to find courage, heal wounds, and grow wings!
There are many ways to discover the world. Some like to go on luxury cruises, with every detail of their journey planned out. Others prefer to go backpacking, loving the sense of adventure and excitement that comes with exploring the unknown. I much prefer the latter, because in the space of the unknown, there are no expectations, and without expectations, I am free to discover all the magic that is there to be found.
Exploring the inner world is very much the same for me.
When I open myself up to discover the unknown, without expectations, I can see everything there is, including the treasures that are buried way beneath the surface of my conscious mind. But finding the door that leads to this magical place wasn't easy, and forging the key to open it took some wizardry, patience and time. I don't know about you, but my critical mind doesn't just shut itself off when I want it to. There is trickery involved, even an element of deception, that woos my analytical mind into taking a break, leaving me free to explore the subconscious mind at will.
I am not talking about meditation nor mind-altering substances, even if I have tried them both and they come with their quirks and challenges. I'm talking about something far more powerful. I'm talking about play. Yes... PLAY.
"Play is the highest form of research." Those were Albert Einstein's words, and he was not the only one to acknowledge the power behind this fabulous tool. Researchers have found play to be 400 times more effective for learning new things than the traditional, and very boring, classroom approach. After all, play is nature's gift for discovery and learning how to navigate the world, so why should we stop using it once we've hit a certain age?
So, I've decided to take play seriously, aha! I play to discover my Self, I take curious explorers who want to experience a deeper connection on playful journeys to discover their magical Selves, and I help teachers, coaches and healers create playful tools and environments that accelerate and enhance their student's and client's transformational experience. Have I woken your inner child with curiosity yet, or are you rolling your eyes thinking this is just silly?
If your eyes have hit the ceiling, there's possibly a whole world of tiny spots and stains that have now grabbed your attention and thoughts of buying paint and redecorating are already entertaining your mind. That's ok. It's just another story, and another game, that are available to you right now. By all means, play! But, if your eyes are still here with me, and you're curious to explore how the power of play and I might be of service to you in a deep and meaningful way, then I officially want to say WELCOME TO MY MAGICAL WORLD!
Feel free to go down the rabbit holes of this website, if you wish, or just book a call with me and we can explore all sorts of burrows and paths that are just waiting to be discovered, together. Who knows what we might find!
THE STORY BEHIND MAPS of LIFE
How coaching, art, writing and play came together to create a powerful gateway to the subconscious mind.
My professional life has taken me on many adventures, mainly because I didn't really know what I wanted to pursue. Exploring things was more important to me than achieving things, and I must admit that they still are. I used to judge myself for this, thinking that I was indecisive, impatient, incapable of committing to something long enough to really become a master at it.
Now I know this is one of my strengths.
Every project, every job, every attempt to start a business (and there have been many), and every soul-searching retreat has contributed to the construction of who I am and what I do today, in a positive and meaningful way. Even if, at the time, I felt lost and like I was wasting my time, something was brewing deep within which has brought me to a place where I now know I was always supposed to be.
While self-expression through art, and other manual means of creativity, has always played a great role in my life, I never took my art seriously. I would have liked to, but having failed the entry exams to the "Ecole des Beaux Arts" in Geneva when I was fresh out of school, I didn't think I was good enough to make a living out of it. It would take me 30 years to understand why this was not meant to be my journey.
Art was to play a different role for me, and it was only when I started my journey into the coaching world that I understood what that role was.
Coaching opened me up to the power of questions. Rather than obsessing over finding answers, I became fascinated with the impact a question of great quality could have on the thinking process. For a number of years I explored this with individuals and teams, guiding them through journeys that would bring them clarity and get them to connect more deeply with themselves and each other.
I truly loved this process, but I knew there was a lot more going on in what felt like a sacred space, which I was creating together with my clients. I started integrating playfulness, even games, which not only shifted the energy in the room, it provoked growth and learning at a much faster rate. The space became a tool as well, as we moved within it to shift perspectives, letting our body intuitively show the way.
But for my own clarity, I needed something more. I needed a visual representation of what was going on in my busy mind. I needed structure, space and simplicity. I needed something to quiet the mind and slow down my thoughts long enough for me to understand them, so I started to draw.
For many years I used drawings to find stillness and clarity. That in itself was a blessing. With time, though, I have come to understand that my hand is connected to my subconscious brain, and that it can access deep inner knowledge that has long been forgotten due to the conditioning we go through as we try to adapt to life as we know it.
Maps of Life is the integration of powerful questions, playfulness and the connection to the subconscious mind, in order to help people focus and access the inner knowledge that is waiting to guide them and make them feel truly connected to who they truly are.
Whether it is to find answers, solutions, clarity, connection, make decisions or simply feel more aligned with who we are, the power of play, imagination and drawing the maps of the magical place that is our subconscious mind is like going on a treasure hunt, with pots of gold hiding in little spaces all along the way.
She helps structure thoughts and ideas, and identify priorities and waste, even in the most confusing moments of life.
An excellent practitioner of the solution approach. Extremely effective, practical and enjoyable.
Consultant & Coach
Great listener, easy to connect with. Nicole has a profound interest for people and how to make life simple and fun.
"If you and another person had exactly the same values, one of you would not be necessary!"
From the minute Nicole hosted her first discovery call with us, we felt that she truly understood our needs. She has a box of cheeky tricks and a wealth of experience to call upon.
Nicole brings a refreshing sense of fun and of humor to her activities, which energizes the group,
awakens imaginations and gets the conversations flowing!
If it were not for Nicole's coaching, I would not have asked the hard questions I needed to transform what was essentially a broken business model.
“Nicole helped [our employees] discover the amazing resources
that were hidden right under their nose – resources
they need to move forward. [They] even asked for more
personalized training and coaching with her.”
“Dynamic and excellent coaching skills!”
Head of Human Resources
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“Excellent content and excellent delivery.”
“We want more sessions like these.”
“I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the
enthusiasm of the speaker.”
"It was really interesting, [Nicole] was really good at
getting interest and participation of the group.”
“A big ‘thank you’ for organizing this for us and
choosing such an interesting speaker.”
“Workshops were pleasant and I always enjoyed stepping back and reflecting.
Nicole managed to keep it lively, which is not always easy
with a large audience.”
“Very good concept and facilitator, interesting topic.
Loved taking the time to do these workshops.
“Fresh ideas, improved thinking and reasoning skills, new perspectives on old problems - these are just some of the benefits that my colleagues and I have enjoyed from the sessions we have with Nicole.
When Nicole worked with my organization, she helped us to gain insights into the challenges
we were facing and, in other scenarios, has brought a boost of creativity that has helped
colleagues perform better and connect with each other more.
In addition to helping groups tackle complex challenges in the workplace, Nicole can also bring
a refreshing sense of fun and of humor to her activities, which energizes the group,
awakens imaginations and gets the conversations flowing!
I wish we could have Nicole visit our workplace more often –
there would be huge benefits for individuals and for the organization as a whole."
“Highly valuable for our organization. Provoked fast and concrete results.”
“People obtained a better sense of clarity, positivity, a good feeling of control
and increased level of confidence.”
“Nicole sait s'adapter aux situations, mettre les personnes
à l'aise et faire des propositions sur mesure,
ce qui est un atout précieux.”
FULL QUOTE : « J'ai rencontré Nicole lors d'un coaching avec l'équipe de direction. Elle nous a fait une séance avec la méthode des Legos. J'ai trouvé cela tellement intéressant comme méthode de management qu'elle est venue le faire avec les équipes. Ce fût un grand succès et l'équipe en a gardé un très bon souvenir, même les personnes qui n'aiment pas ce genre d'exercice. Elle a également fait des interventions sur la communication et la gestion du stress. Nicole sait s'adapter aux situations, mettre les personnes à l'aise et faire des propositions sur mesure, ce qui est un atout précieux. »
“By the end I had elaborated my own personal “tool kit”
for a particular work situation – something
I am still using successfully every day!”
FULL QUOTE: “In just one session, Nicole was effectively able to walk me through a process where by the end I had elaborated my own personal "tool kit" for a particular work situation - something I am still using successfully every day!”
“One of the most creative and resourceful thinkers that I know.”
“Skillfully steers her clients toward
finding their own solutions.”
“Very highly developed analytical skills.”
“Fantastic non-judgmental listener.”
”Ask[s] the key questions that are often the key to really understanding
the roadblocks to moving ahead.”
Nicole’s work [… ] provided me with critical “a-ha” moments and a basket of tools to help me get “unstuck” and realize my goals.”
“Great listener, easy to connect with. Profound interest for people and how to make life simple and fun.”
Maria Pulido - Svensson
“An excellent practitioner of the solution approach.
Extremely effective, practical and enjoyable.”
Business Consultant & Life Coach
FULL QUOTE: “Nicole is an excellent practitioner of the solution approach. This is a counter intuitive approach to driving positive change, which requires practical experience and so is not so straightforward a topic to teach or learn as it requires a different mindset. I was privileged to attend a small course run by Nicole where she taught both the theory and this practical model experientially. Given she is also a professional coach her approach was extremely effective, practical and enjoyable. I would recommend Nicole for both this course and her general expertise in this field.”
“She helps structure thoughts and ideas, and identify priorities and waste,
even in the most confusing moments of life.”
Founder & CEO
“Nicole is a great coach and I highly recommend her to anyone needing
a little help to unblock situations or dealing with difficult decision-making.
I've come out of Nicole's coaching sessions with a clear mind and set of actions
of how to overcome my obstacles, with the added benefit
of a great sense of relief!”
Communications & Knowledge Coordinator
“She manages to make people see that there are ways out of problems
and around difficulties, and […] opens your eyes to different solutions.”
“Very much focused on my needs.”
“Nicole is a very good listener [and] takes the time she needs to make sure
that steps towards progress are made.”
“Her invitations for reflection, positive communication, meaningful dialogues, easy going atmosphere made me unstuck so simply and easily.”
“I consulted Nicole on a professional situation where I was feeling exasperatingly powerless and frustrated. As I answered Nicole’s questions, it came clear that the response I had tried to use was rather at odds with my natural personality. No wonder I had been blocked for so long! Through an amusing bee-dialogue, we then simulated alternative solutions until I found one that seemed more adequate and that has actually enabled me to open my situation to change."
By asking the right questions, [Nicole has] managed within a few minutes to make me aware of the appropriate answers. Everything fell into place, and when I found the key which allowed me to resolve a situation which seemed complex before, everything became very clear in my mind. A big thank you for having let me discover this powerful yet simple technique! (Translated from French)
“At a time when my to-do list was out of control, my head was a mess, focus gone, and it simply all got too much at work...I was lucky enough to have a coaching session with Nicole which put everything back into perspective. Not just that, with her help I managed to come up with the solutions myself and at the end, walked out of the session with a clear head on the next steps to take.
Feeling reinvigorated I acted upon these, and what had seemed as an insurmountable mountain before, became a manageable hill, one I crossed easily and got me back on track, focused and emotionally-balanced. Thanks again Nicole.”