Nicky Temple | The Soul Coach
What is a
Spiritual direction is the practice of accompanying people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with God, or grow in their own personal spirituality. A Spiritual Director is a companion, helping you connect with and discover where God is present to you in the day-to-day circumstances of your life ~ big or small, painful or joyous. Spiritual direction is not about telling you how you should live your life, but helping you to find your own way on this mysterious and enchanting journey.
We’re each of us on an individual spiritual path with our own unique gifts to contribute to the world. Being attuned to our inner self and the movement of the spirit within will shape what flows out. If we can live in a way that is more present to ourselves, we will be equipped to be more present to others in a compassionate and empowering way. There are many times in life when a spiritual director can be helpful ~ times of transition, decision making, facing a painful situation, times of loss, seasons of restlessness, being unsure of what path to take next, all of these and more can be greatly helped by having a spiritual director as your companion along the way.
“When people share their brokenness with me, my first goal is to create safe space where they can give voice to whatever they thought was unspeakable…”
Parker J. Palmer
what you can expect from your
I aim to help you live from your authentic, true self and to discover new ways of being present to life in all its fullness. My role is to be compassionate, hospitable and kind companion on your journey who will listen and respond without judgement.
I will create and hold a safe sacred space in which you can explore and discover more about yourself, about God and about your relationship with others. My role is not that of an advisor, nor is it to push or pull you in certain directions. It is, however, my great pleasure to help you connect with your heart and soul; to hear what your authentic life is saying to you and to listen for the still small voice within.
From our times together my aim is that you will grow more and more into the fullness of your true self and live the abundant, meaningful life that is yours to live, in increasing freedom from the expectations that you and others place on your life.
An alternative to personal spiritual direction is group spiritual direction which, is available for people wanting to walk alongside others or their friends with a Spiritual Director, to gain insight in how to listen well and respond prayerfully. It is a rich experience which brings a dimension which isn’t possible in one to one sessions, inviting honesty and vulnerability with the rest of the group within a safe, confidential space.
Although I myself am a Christian with a deep love for and faith in the Trinity, I am very happy to accompany people from all faiths and backgrounds, including those who don’t affiliate with any particular religious tradition. As a spiritual director, I welcome anyone regardless of age, colour, gender, background or belief, and whatever name they might use for God / the Divine / the Ground of all Being / the Supreme Being and more besides.
Personal Spiritual Direction
Personal spiritual direction sessions are conducted on a one-to-one basis either in person at my home in East Devon, UK or via online video link. Each session lasts for about an hour and they commonly take place every two weeks depending on individual needs and circumstances.
Group Spiritual Direction
An opportunity to journey with others in a meaningful way by hearing their current story and offering space, compassion and a considered response. As well as sharing your own story, group spiritual direction provides you with the privilege of learning to journey well with others.
Workshops & Retreats
Throughout the year I will be hosting and co-hosting a number of one day workshops and weekend retreats as a means to further explore your spiritual journey and to facilitate personal growth. These will take various forms with different focuses, and be held in the beautiful surroundings of SW England.
Introducing The Soul Coach
Although I attended Sunday School and Church in my youth, I didn’t really begin my spiritual journey until the age of 17. During the 30+ years since, my faith has been central to my life and has seen me through all my life experiences. I have developed a strong value for living a contemplative life and highly honour silence as a spiritual practice as I know how life-changing, rich and meaningful they can be. It is through centering prayer, letting go and practising stillness that I personally have experienced the most transformation in my life.
I understand what it is to go through times of great loss, pain and confusion. My own life journey has taken me through many wilderness seasons, including coming to terms with childlessness, as well as many other forms of grief and suffering. I have great compassion for people and it is my desire to be available as a companion on this beautiful journey of life. I don’t present myself to you as someone with all the answers but as a companion guide who themselves has struggles navigating the ups and downs of life.
I live in East Devon with my husband Mike and our Yellow Labrador Moth. We have recently settled back into the UK following a decade of adventure which has taken us to America, Germany, Wales, Canada (for four years) and France. Although the transition back to living here has been and continues to be challenging, we love being nearer family and friends and soaking up all that this area offers. I love the outdoors, watching Moth run in and out of the sea for a stick, reading, food and flat whites!
I have been trained as a Spiritual Director at the renowned Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Nicky is a true contemplative at heart and has lived the contemplative life for many years. She is a wise guide whose heart is set on God, and will accompany you with compassion, creativity, kindness and gentleness in your journey with God.
Moth aged three months
As a spiritual director I have found what I was made for and it really brings me alive. I love creating an environment in which people feel safe, and it is an honour when they make themselves vulnerable by sharing their deepest desires and personal challenges with me.
- Personal spiritual direction ~ £45 per session
Session lasts up to one hour
First session free
- Group spiritual direction ~ £90 per session
For up to 3 people
Session lasts up to two hours
First session free
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Testimonials for the soul coach
Feedback from Nicky’s spiritual direction clients
... a space for me to be vulnerable ... This past year has been one of growth for me, and Nicky definitely had a part to play in that. When I came to Nicky I was in an extremely vulnerable place. I had slipped two discs four months prior, was having some...
... a companion along the road ... Before I took the decision to reach out to Nicky, past happenings in my life had damaged me, locked me away and held the potential for a complete loss of hope and faith. I knew that, unless I could move on from that dark place full...
... Nicky asks brilliant questions ... I have really valued my monthly Spiritual Direction sessions with Nicky over the past year. I wasn't quite sure what Spiritual Direction would look like initially but quickly learnt that it can be about anything, and is totally...