my evolving work
Folks know me best as a coach - since 2004. And, a coach trainer - since 2010. Through coaching and coach training I’ve worked with hundreds of (primarily) BIPOC social justice activists. I’ve learned a hell of a lot partnering with them.
These days I’m pondering this field called “coaching;” even while still working as a coach.
Coaching was “professionalized” by (primarily) white men working in the corporate sector. Coaching schools were created, standards for these schools were set and some schools became “accredited.” Primarily by white, corporate folks.
- It can be useful to partner with a coach.
- It can be useful to have codified coaching methodology and techniques.
- Working with a coach and/or attending a coach training program can be life-changing and transformational.
- Coaching tools and techniques are NOT magic that only a rare few should be able to access.
- Coaching methodology owe much to BIPOC ancestral wisdom, customs, rituals, cultural practices.
- We all benefit from having life-changing experiences that introduce us to ways we can be in loving relationship with ourselves and others.
- We ALL can learn these techniques, use them, and, most likely, all need them.
- Coaching methodology can be enhanced by all kinds of practices: somatics, meditation, Norma Wong’s Forward Stance work, different spiritual practices, Internal Family Systems, psychodrama, playback theater, socionomy, psychedelic therapy…
- The history of genocide, slavery, colonization, imperialism, capitalism and the tools of these systems: racism, heteropatriarchy, ablism, violence – must be acknowledged. Facing the truth of the destructive parts of our human collective is the only way we can heal, repair and reclaim all of who we are, individually and collectively.