I feel happiest and most at home in the zone that lies beyond the boundary of my current knowledge, conditionings, routines and 'map of the world' - where life is wild, fresh, as-yet-unknown and full of potential and possibilities that are about to be discovered and created. I struggle when life becomes predictable.
I get inspired and fired up by what is impossible. I love radical thinking and working with heart-driven, passionate & creative 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 activities and areas in life that create my oxygen and give me a deep sense of meaning. My work as a sculptor can be seen here: hylesophy.com .
Having grown up in Germany, my love for change, adventure, and the unknown has since 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 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 travelling in an American RV across southern Europe for nine months.
I am currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
One : One Coaching
I do not believe in just taking people from A to B.
I am interested in assisting you in changing the alphabet and developing your own rules and grammar.
And I do not think anybody has ever been inspired by mediocre goals. Our world is what we think it is and exceptional things happen when and because we presuppose their existence, when and because we believe in, and exclusively filter for, the exceptional in ourselves and in each other. It is already there, at the core, deep inside each one of us. I enable you to connect with it and remove any internal obstacles that may be obstructing its power. In my experience, exponential growth and success in the external world is then a natural consequence.
Teaching & Mentoring
I have worked as a guest lecturer at the University of Art Berlin, where I was in charge of the teaching programme for first-year art students.
I mentor and coach artists -and art students- to withstand the pressures and constraints of today's highly standardised and standardising art and culture industry, and support them in being fearless, self-determined and radical in their approach, find their unique artistic identity and measure their own work against the greatest achievements in the history of art - with the aim to create works that are a meaningful contribution to our collective culture and worth being passed on to future generations.
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.co.uk, a not-for-profit organisation concerned with updating art education to 21-st century challenges and potential.
In collaboration with a Scottish 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, called 'Women in Focus', included a one-week wilderness experience which was run by the charity. In weekly meetings, I created a safe space that allowed the women to relax, have fun, learn and also be vulnerable, connect deeply, and share and process traumatic memories. Below the surface of our vastly diverse life experiences and backgrounds, we touched deep common ground. Over time, with my focus on each woman's dignity, beauty, talents and strengths, all of these came to light; being heard, supported and seen in that light, their self-perception changed. They began to feel happier within and thus started to make positive life choices - they furthered their education, got back driving licences, found employment, built healthy relationships and families and began to live balanced lives free from crime.
Together we created a movie-like presentation with quotes from our conversations which I had recorded with their permission and the photographs they had taken, documenting 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 this 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; it was not only a highlight in their but also in my life. This event impacted on the debate about women's needs in the criminal justice system.
I have an MA in Fine Art and am a certified Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, and Wingwave/EMDR Coach. I am a member of the Wingwave Quality Circle of the Besser-Siegmund Institute in Hamburg, Germany.