I am happiest when I take myself -and others- into the zone that lies beyond the boundary of our current thinking, knowledge, and 'map of the world; outside of the routines of our everyday lives, habitual thought patterns, fears, and conditionings - and into the fresh realm of the as-yet-unknown and about-to-be-discovered where radical invention and creation can manifest, where we can dig deep, discover and unfold our own and the world's full potential - and thus reconnect to the thrill and the sheer joy of being alive.
I get inspired and fired up by what is impossible. I love radical thinking, passionate people, people who are mad enough to think that they can change the world; people who, as Rumi puts it, 'are thirsty for the sea'.
Life to me is an adventure. Or rather: when it is an adventure, then it is alive. Art, travel, learning about science and philosophy, meditation, teaching, and coaching -enabling others to lean fully into their fears and potential- are all areas in life and activities that give me a sense of deep meaning.
My love for change, adventure and the unknown has led me to travel, work and live in many different countries and on different continents, including two life-changing years in Kathmandu/Nepal that have left a deep imprint on my soul. They have become my measure of just how alive life can be.
I have spent much of my life working as an artist (my work can be seen here: hylesophy.com ). I am the mother of two teenage sons with whom I have shared many unforgettable adventures - such as trekking in some of the remotest regions in the Himalayas, driving across Tanzania and Malawi in -and sleeping on top of- land rovers, and traveling in an American RV across southern Europe for nine months.
I am currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
As a coach I have facilitated and accelerated the personal, creative and professional development of people from an extremely wide range of backgrounds. I have worked with high-achieving individuals in the creative and fashion industries -fashion designers, composers, artists- as well as managers, CEO's, social entrepreneurs, coaches, nurses, teachers and many more. I have helped kickstart and develop outstanding careers, find and shape their artistic and/or professional identity, stand out and succeed in competitive/application processes, reach ambitious career goals, create a sustainable work-life balance. I have successfully supported people through challenging life transitions and emotional states, such as a loss of will to live, depression, ptsd, anxiety, panic attacks, grief and burnout, enabled to reconnect to their creative power, make internal shifts ... I have worked with social impact organisations and supported their strategic and content development.
In collaboration with a charity, I ran a 9-month personal development/photography programme with women with extremely difficult/traumatic life stories, drug, alcohol and crime issues. This programme included a one-week wilderness experience led by charity staff. In weekly meetings I created a safe space that allowed the women to connect deeply, dare to be vulnerable, and share and process traumatic memories. Below the surface of our our vastly diverse life experiences and backgrounds we touched deep common ground, and over time, each woman's dignity, beauty, talents and strength came to light. As they felt seen and heard in that light, their self-perception changed. They began to feel happier within, started to make positive life-choices, furthered their education, got back driving licences, build healthy relationships and families and live balanced lives free from crime.
Together we created a movie-like presentation with quotes from our conversations and the photographs they had taken which documented their lives and positive development over the course of the programme. The extraordinary power of the presentation and the success of this project was acknowledged by the Scottish Parliament where an event was specifically hosted to present the movie to an invited audience of MP's, journalists and professionals in the criminal justice system. Each of the women spoke in parliament about the life-changing impact of this project. This event impacted on the debate about women's needs in the criminal justice system.
We did not aim for this outcome - it was a natural consequence. I don't believe in just taking people from a to b.
It is my passion, mission and talent to unlock something each person's core that leads to exponential internal and external growth.
an internal and external journey where achieve goals that were inconceivable at the beginning.
I am a certified Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Wingwave Coach and am member of the Wingwave Quality Circle of the Besser-Siegmund Institute in Hamburg, Germany. I have an MA in Fine Art and taught art as a guest lecturer at the University of Art, Berlin, where I first discovered my ability to help people find their to and to unlock their full potential.
I have a special interest in and passion for the development of innovative educational methods which nourish and enable people to be fearless, autonomous, unmanipulatable and fully self-determined in their decision-making processes. I am the co-founder of artistunderground, a not-for-profit organisation concerned with updating art education to 21st-century circumstances and potential.