In 2019 I embarked on a journey to completely redesign my life guided by my connection with nature.
A journey that has seen me move back to the land I grew up on, rebuild the foundations I live by and retrain to be able to support others in living a life they love too.
Sharing a little of my adventure here
'Let's Step In' is my true calling and I can't tell you how happy it makes me to say be able to that.
I have an intuitive, gentle, heart based approach to the space that I hold as a guide. Combining my training with some of the best in their respective fields. Sharing with you a brief overview of that here ~
I am an accredited Advanced Transformational Coach having trained with the inspirational Mindful Talent and am a professional member of the Association of Coaching.
My love of, and curiosity with the magic of nature's space took me to Devon to train as a Shinrin-Yoku Forest-Bathing Practitioner with Stefan, Nature and Therapy UK. Continuing my training with Stefan to complete my International Forest Therapy Guide Diploma.
Sharing nature based meditations at womens gatherings led me to become a certified Meditation Teacher with Yoga Campus.
I studied with Cacao Love to incorporate the beautiful 'heart opening' natural plant medicine Cacao into my practice having been visited by the Spirit of Cacao one night in January 2020.
True Nature is you being a true expression of your natural self, walking the path that your soul, your true self, was put on this earth to explore at this time. A life that makes you're heart-full, no need for more.
I'd love to share a little about the journey that has brought me here to you now...
From my mid 20s I had a deep sense there was something wasn't quite right, there was a feeling within that I didn't understand, an emptiness I couldn't fill. A whisper repeated in my mind 'is this really what life is meant to be?'
I was exhausted from repeatedly working all hours of the day, trapped in a cycle of having to give my all to my job working in London in the fashion industry. Weekends were focused on sleeping to recover my energy too exhausted to do anything else.
I had a feeling I was walking the wrong path. That I wasn't me but I didn't know what to do, where to start or what the feelings were trying to tell me. My truth was trying to guide me but I wasn't connected to my inner guide to hear, or trust, the messages. I didn't know that at the time.
I mean, what could be wrong with my life? I had a privileged education, I was climbing up the career ladder at a great British fashion brand, I lived in one of the best cities in the world, and had amazing friends and family around me.
Yet I was deeply unhappy and unfulfilled.
It wasn't until January 2018, having packed up my London life, that I had the time, space and right environment for things to shift. I took my 'dream' job in a part of the UK I'd never been to and where I knew no-one.
I had a deep sense I had to take this step and that, one way or another, I would find the answers to my questions there.
Living on the beautiful Northumberland coastline I walked the beach, swam in the sea and took up paddle-boarding. Being out of the city and spending time in nature took me back to the young girl I once was, playing in the trees and hiding in the long grass.
I was reconnecting with my true nature, I was remembering.
With the physical and mental affects of stress starting to show from the pressure of my job and the inner battle of repeat thoughts starting to really wear me down I was finally ready to do something about it.
I started to take the steps, I went to my first womens gathering at the end of 2018 and I started to open up, to talk, to share. Well I say 'talk', to be honest all that came out of me in my first circle were tears and a few confused words. But that's ok, I took the first step.
I invested in myself. Seeking the help of a life coach, she listened and helped me to connect to the messages my emotions were sending me and to understand how I was feeling and what was important to me.
That summer I spent time with beautiful souls on retreats as I gradually dived deeper into uncovering and exploring my truth. I was being guided back to nature, something that had been such a big part of my life growing up but a connection that had been lost after 15 years living in the city.
I felt called to bring women together in nature and so at the end of the summer in 2019 I set up a private facebook group called 'Let's Step In' (now 'Let's Step In Together') which providied me with a safe space to share and build confidence in my natural self.
I held my first gathering - sea swimming and huddling around the campfire for ginger tea and marshmallows. It felt so right, so natural, so me!
There were moments of pure magic receiving guidance from nature, connecting with the spirits and being held in such a way that I developed a deep sense of knowing and trust within myself. I might not have know the details of where my path was taking me at the time, but I knew the direction I was to head in and that Mother Earth would guide me.
When the challenges came my faith in nature helped me to push through and finally the breaking point came with a panic attack on the beach bringing me to a fork in the road ahead.
There it was, certainty and uncertainty, and there they switched places - in that moment uncertainty became a path ahead filled with endless possibilities and certainty became, well, a scary place to stay.
I stepped fully onto my new, uncertain, path. Handed in my notice on the career I had worked so hard to build and embarked on a journey to find out where nature wished to guide me.
I trained as a Forest Bathing Practitioner in October 2019 knowing that nature was my guide, completing my International Diploma training as a Forest Therapy Guide in September 2021.
In January 2020 I left what had once upon a time been my 'dream' job and packed up my life in the NE of England to move back in with my parents in Cheshire so I could redesign my life based on what my heart was calling me to do.
Since then, I've trained with an inspiring space holder and started to hold nature gatherings for women, something I never expected to do but adore!
A visit from the Cacao Spirit on night led me to explore with ceremonial Cacao, the beautifully nurturing and 'heart opening' natural tree medicine. Training with the beautiful couple from Cacao Love. I bring Cacao into my coaching work to support connection to self and visioning and share it at nature gatherings too. It leads to deep insights and is well, delicous too!
I had a sense that training to become a transformational coach would help me to connect the dots with the direction I was to take. It delivered so much more than that! Not only do I love supporting others through coaching but it was a massive personal transformational journey for me too. I was certified in Advanced Coaching Practice in January 2021.
My curiosity in meditation to support mental health and further my exploration of supporting self connection led me to complete my Meditation Teacher certification with Yoga Campus in 2021.
I'm here to support and guide you, to hold space that enables you to create the life you wish for, a life that makes your heart feel full.
If you'recurious to explore how I can support you please drop me a message and we can arrange a time to chat.
With much love and all the happiness,
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I look forward to connecting more with you, Amanda