I have been a passionate and dedicated student of spiritual and personal development for more than 25 years through many different schools.
I was raised in a Roman Catholic family, but my devotion to my spiritual evolution has taken me to Buddhist retreats, Sufi retreats, silent retreats (Christian and Sufi), alethic/integral workshops and evolutionary retreats. I have been initiated as a Sufi (my Sufi name is Aisha) and I have studied and read widely from other spiritual traditions and philosophies.
My training as a coach began when I first qualified as a mentor through the More to Life programme in 1992, teaching their courses, The Power of Self Esteem and The Power of Purpose and served on the MTL UK Steering Committee for several years, responsible for Leadership Support; training teams and team leaders to develop themselves through their roles and lead powerful, transformative team experiences.
Through this programme and other programmes of courses, workshops and residentials, including The Journey, I learned some incredibly powerful, useful "tools" and practices, some of which I still use in my personal life today, and some of which I have evolved over the years into the material I offer my clients.
I have also been a student of the Strategic Intervention coaching training programme through Robbins Medanes Training (Anthony Robbins/Cloe Madanes) and exploring Cindy Wigglesworth's SQ21 - 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence and David Gershon and Gail Straub's Empowerment materials.
I also hold a BA degree in Combined Studies (Child Psychology, Arts, English) and a CPBAB certificate in Counselling Studies.
I am very proud to be one of the core team members of Vital Detox Retreats, the UK's leading juice-fasting, mind-body-spirit rejuvenating retreat that is lovingly referred to as "One Week To Change Your Life"!
Our unique offering has many clients returning year after year, for the care, nurture and transformational emotional support they receive, as much as for the physical detox.
My "Other" Life
I am also a singer-songwriter and have several CD releases available from my website www.barbarajhunt.com, or from CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.
I have had a few of my songs used in a couple of British movies: "Confetti" and "Killing Bono" and make brief appearance singing live in "Confetti".
Some of my as yet unreleased EDM tracks and collaborations are also available to hear on my Soundcloud page.
As a writer/artist myself, I particularly love to work with creative people to support them to move through any resistances to their creative process, their discipline and making their fullest contribution to the world.
In the last decade, my interest in Integral theory evolved through my engagement with the work of U.S. philosopher, Ken Wilber and I am an active member of the SW Integral Group.
I served as a Trustee of a Steiner School for seven years, where we pioneered an integrally-informed (holarchy-based) approach to governance and best practices for running the school.
For the past seven years, I have been a student of Craig Hamilton's on-line Academy for Evolutionaries, deepening both my meditation practice and my engagement with the principles and practices for evolving consciousness and culture. For several years, I co-lead international coaching and experiential practice calls for this community and have served as a course assistant on Craig's Practice of Direct Awakening and other on-line programmes.
I give talks and interviews and lead workshops on themes such as "The Forgiveness Business”, "Leading Beyond Ego", "Emotional Eating", “Evolving Beyond Ego”, “Managing Your Monkey Mind”, "Grief, Love & Loss" and "Dealing With Feelings".
I'm most passionate about the power and potential of forgiveness, and my first book, Forgiveness Made Easy is available on Amazon.
It’s currently my delight to be co-developing a "Leading Beyond Ego" on-line advanced leadership programme for leaders who want to overcome the #1 obstacle to success: the habits, perspectives and limitations of the ego.
My approach is to see each client as a "masterpiece in process" and I am passionately dedicated to discovering the best ways to distill and synthesize the essence of all the approaches I've studied. I work with each client's unique, chosen focus and the universal evolutionary impulse to help them resolve any past issues and evolve at their current growing edge to embody their highest potential.
For deep, transformational work in shifting old, stuck patterns of behaviour, I have developed an evolutionary shadow process, the "Soul Search". This is a simple, transformative, powerful tool that evolved over the past five years through my own practice, which is a synthesis of several other processes including Ken Wilber's 3-2-1 Shadow Process and Brandon Bays' The Journey, with an evolutionary "twist"!
If you have any questions about working with me, please get in touch using the contact form on the contact page.