I’m Kirsty.

I am a coach. I specialise in helping ‘Earth Warriors’ – those of us who feel an inescapable pull to act on behalf of the planet. I help us to overcome personal challenges, find peace, be strong and resilient in the face of global crises, and be powerful forces for positive change.

I believe that we are all custodians of the planet, and that now more than ever we need to step up to the task of creating a world that works for all. I also believe that each of us has our own strengths and unique gifts to contribute to this task. It is not an easy calling, so I am interested in working with you to overcome any limitations and rise into your full potential, and experience the joy and connection that comes with that. I believe that we can heal the world, and it starts inside you. The seed of the world you want to live in is inside you.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

My unique contribution at this time is to be your coach. To encourage you forwards, to guide you to your own truths. To hold space for your dreams, to be your cheerleader, a mentor, and to give you accountability. I bring together diverse training and experience, and a love of Nature and personal development.

My story

I grew up in Sydney backing on to a beautiful national park, and I’ve loved Nature, and especially trees and birds, for as long as I can remember. When I was 17 my year 12 geography class did a unit called ‘fragile ecosystems’. I heard my calling. I was lit by a desire to help save the world. While my siblings joined the medical profession and my parents are accountants, I followed my passion to study environmental science and management at uni, and then on to an 11 year career as an environmental professional.

In my mid 20s I moved to the mid north coast to pursue an environmental education role. I was full of ideas and really driven to do as much as I could, but by the time I turned 30 I was experiencing the slow onslaught of complete burnout. I had gut-related health issues, relentless fatigue, depression, and disconnection from my passion. I was physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually wiped. It was my soul trying to guide me, but I had forgotten how to listen.

“I pray that you hit rock bottom” – Rebecca Campbell

(click above to see Rebecca’s beautiful poem)

For all the pain, piecing myself back together has been a beautiful experience. I’ve learned to consciously connect with Nature for a deeper relationship than ever before. I have reprioritised my health, and I feel empowered about my wellbeing. I no longer feel alone. I have reconnected with myself, and learned to access my intuition and hear my inner wisdom. I have recovered old passions and discovered new ones. I have found the Universe living inside me. I know that the future is mine to create. And because I have found these things, I can share them with you!

Training and influences

Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)

I am a certified integrative nutrition health coach, providing the framework for my personal coaching. IIN is the world’s largest nutrition school and what I love about them is their mission to ripple health and happiness across the globe, their experiential learning approach, and the way they teach about nutrition way beyond food. Together we can explore all the things that nourish you, for complete wellbeing.

Environmental restoration

I have a BSc(Hons) in Resource and Environmental Management, and Cert III in Natural Area Restoration, plus 11 years of experience working in the industry, mostly at local government level. I’ve been supervisor on a dozen bush regen sites, sat on a gazillion committees (well ok maybe 10) and done face to face environmental education with over 10,000 people. I get the work that you do and the issues that you face. I also see our bodies and our lives as an expression of nature, so some of the principles of ecological restoration can be crossed over. Plus it gives great metaphors! Nature is ever my teacher.

Holistic Management

I have a Certificate in Holistic Management. This is the framework developed by Allan Savory. While this is primarily about sustainable and regenerative farm management, it contains within it the tools to create a life that works for you and a world that works for all. What I also love about it is that it encourages you to seek the root cause of a problem, and form creative solutions from new vantage points. It is about having a vision of your dream and stepping into it with every decision that you make.

Spiritual leanings

I am a student of A Course in Miracles, which is a metaphysical text training your mind to find inner peace. It is said to be compatible with the spiritual core of all religions. I believe that spirituality is part of our humanness, and the root of our Earth Warrior calling, but also that it need be nothing more than the feeling of  connection – to your own higher self, the present moment, God, the Universe, Life, your family or community, the Earth Warrior archetype, or other. I don’t believe in dogma, and I do believe that everyone has their own path. As a coach I will guide you to your own truth on this, if spirituality is something you want to explore. For an introduction to the concepts of A Course In Miracles, and for an excellent read, I can recommend Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love, which contains the famous quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

It is time to shine.

Find out about having me as your private coach to overcome the personal challenges you face and step into the Earth Warrior work that your heart is calling you towards over a cuppa. It’s a free discovery session via phone, skype, or at my place if you live near Old Bar! Send me an email and we can organise a time.

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