I am a self enquirer, freedom seeker, shadow hunter, adventurer, explorer, lover and self-kindness empowerer!
Originally a software developer in finance for many years, my soul was calling me in a different direction...
In 2007, I had everything that society told me I should have and yet I didn't feel fulfilled. I had an amazing boyfriend, we lived together, owned our house, owned cars, had good jobs, went on holidays and we even had 2 kids (his) who adored me and were like my own children. Yet, in the evenings, I would often feel tearful, isolated and drowning in a never-ending to-do list.
I started to see a counsellor and she helped me realise I'd lived my whole life for other people... I actually had no idea who I was or what I wanted! This was the start of my journey of self-discovery: a journey of removing all the layers of conditioning I had picked up from society and starting the exciting and beautiful discovery of who Natalie Ford really was!
This fascinating path has been unfolding since 2007 and with a much greater intensity since 2013, when I really started to try to like - and eventually love - myself. Self-acceptance has subsequently become a huge part of the work I offer to the world. Around 2014-2015, I discovered, and fell in love with, the path of Tantra, which has now also become pinnacle in my life and offerings.
In August 2017, I left software development and finance and embarked on a new career putting together the vast amount of self-development I'd gathered over the last 10 years.
In January 2018 I founded Empowered Healing Ltd and began working as Authenticity & Empowerment Facilitator. In August 2018, I graduated from the ISTA-PT training course that helped me develop the main skills I now use in my one-to-one sessions. I have continued to build upon these skills with trainings in Shadow Work®, Shamanic Breathwork® and Dearmouring®.
The main skills I draw upon are:
- Feb 2013 - Jul 2016: learned Self Love & Self Acceptance at Teresa Corso Existential Counselling
- Mar 2015 - Jun 2018: studied Intensive Tantra at Tara Yoga Centre
- Nov 2015 - Oct 2017: learned Conscious Relating & Self Love at What Evolved Women Want
- Oct 2016 - Jan 2018: completed three ISTA Level 1 (Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience) trainings with International School of Temple Arts
- Apr 2018 - Aug 2018: graduated ISTA PT (somatic sexual practitioner training) with International School of Temple Arts
- May 2018: completed ISTA Level 2 (Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Initiation) training 2018 with International School of Temple Art
- Jul - Oct 2018: Assisting and learning from some amazing facilitators of Shamanic, Sexual, Spiritual and Earth modalities
- Oct 2018: Shamanic Womb Journey - with Janine Ma-Ree
- Oct 2018: Women Who See In The Dark (masculine shadow awareness training) - with Komala Lyra & Araminta Barbour
- Nov 2018: Introduction to Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy
- Feb 2019: Shadow Work® Basic Facilitator training
- Mar 2019: Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator training - with founder Linda Star Wolf
- May 2019: Basic De-Armouring® Training