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I was born in Norway. I have worked and travelled extensively in Asia (as well as in other parts of the world), and love to explore both the infinite variety of human life, and the sameness that unites us.
Study and work experience includes:
- Master´s of Computer Science / Business Administration, Norwegian Institute of Technology
- Bachelor of Philosophy, University of Oslo
- 9 months mindfulness training, Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Center, France
- Extensive trainings in meditation, therapy and personal growth with a number of different teachers over the last 20 years
- United Nations, 4 years
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1 year
- International Consulting for Development and Environment, 4 years
- Owner/Manager of Ängsbacka, Scandinavia´s largest personal growth center, 4 years
- Founder, leader and teacher of the Internatinoal Zen Coaching Training & International Coaching Network, 10 years
- Owner/Manager of Kärlingesund Retreat Center, West Sweden, 1 year
I have a passion for sharing tools and insights that combine the wisdom of the Eastern spiritual traditions, with the action-oriented approach of the West. I have developed Zen Coaching and the International Zen Coaching Network over the last 12 years for this purpose.
For the last 20 years, I have been studying with many wisdom teachers and schools. This includes Zen Buddhism and mindfulness (Thich Nhat Hanh), the Diamond Approach (A.H. Almaas), Nonviolent Communication (Marshall Rosenberg), and many teachers from the Osho tradition, such as Svagito (Germany), Rahasya and Nukunu (Denmark). These persons and traditions inspire and inform the approach of Zen Coaching.
I enjoy sharing the transformative practices of Zen Coaching with people from all walks of life. I also deeply appreciate seeing the International Zen Coaching Network thriving as a growing global community of friends supporting each other in living in presence, and inspiring others in the same.
Eearlier I was co-owner and manager at Ängsbacka, a human growth center in the countryside of Värmland, Sweden (www.angsbacka.se ). Recently I established Kärlingesund Retreat Center on the west coast of Sweden, together with Åsa Kullberg, a Swedish teacher of Shamanic wisdom. Kärlingesund is intended to be the central hub of the International Zen Coaching Network and the Zen Coaching Trainings. See www.karlingesundsgard.se.
Earlier, I also worked with international development and management issues for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations and other international organisations. Originallly I am trained in Computer Science, Business Administration and Philoshophy at the Norwegian Institute of Technology and the University of Oslo.
I offer individual and team coaching, training in Zen Coaching, and workshops in personal growth, leadership and communication.
In companies and organisations I can offer seminars, communication and leadership training, team coaching, conflict mediation, strategy process work, inspirational talks and organisational development. I tailor the offer to each organisation.
If I work with you as a personal coach, I prefer a commitment of 3-6 months where I give you regular coaching support during this period. In this arrangement, we clarify from the start your inner intentions and your outer goals for the journey. I support you for the duration of the journey to fulfill these intentions and reach these goals. We stay in contact on an ongoing basis face to face, over phone, by e-mail, and with reading assignments and home exercises.
I can offer tailor-made workshops, trainings and conflict mediation for businesses and organisations, alone or together with my partners. Please contact me to discuss options and costs.
I have a maximum of 5 ongoing clients, and prefer to work for 2-6 months with each client to ensure real and lasting results.
I also offer some individual sessions, depending on time availability; I offer this especially in cases of crisis / special need. Please contact me for availability and cost.
Individual coaching for private individuals:
6 000 NOK per month (ca 600 €) inc VAT (for a period of 2-6 months)
Individual coaching for companies / organisations:
12 000 NOK per month (ca 1 200 €) plus VAT
Cost for trainings, seminars, team coaching, conflict mediation, strategy process work or organisational development depends on the nature of the assignment. Please contact me to discuss options.