Human being. Encourager.
Hiya! I'm Dionne, a creative coach, yoga and meditation teacher, dj, writer, spacemaking event maker, but above all, a human being that loves life, good vibes and feelings.
I also love movement, memes, music, food, words, self care, colour, creating spaces that didn´t exist before, cultivating community, collecting inspiration, explorations and adventures.
And sharing combos of these things in spaces and places that might not be the “normal” context. Cause what´s “normal” anyway?!
Most of all, i love sharing combos of these things in ways that are REAL and FUN with GOOD people. Real people. Who are also curious and interested in ways to make life better, more inspired, more abundant, more in-flow. In whatever ways that work for them.
I´m currently based between the UK (south coast- yo!) and Norway (west and east coast-yo!). I run community events, retreats and experiences in both countries and beyond (thank you, internet!) as well as working one to one with my creative coaching clients all over the world.
Life is a bit of a mixup. I like to embrace that.
you can feel good and create an inspired life that is meaningful and sustainable in your own unique way.
I support people to feel empowered to create real life change that´s purposeful, authentic, balanced and real.
It´s my mission to share tools for transformation that are inclusive and accessible
so you can feel good whilst carving your own path.
I encourage you to do you.
I´m into celebrating uniqueness.
And getting real, into the guts, and making space to feel the feels.
Wherever you have come from, whatever you´ve been through,
you are important, of value and worthy of and entitled to desiging a life that feels great
(not just one that looks nice from the outside).
to create the changes you want.
To be inspired to make that thing you´ve been hankering for.
To feel motivated to (cue MJ from 1989´s Man In The Mirror) “make that change”.
Real life tips, not a strict, snooty approach. Room to ponder.
Explore and have an adventure.
Down to earth realness.
A different approach to creating a life that feels good.
HOW I DO WHAT I DO
I´m a creative coach and provide tailor experiences for people to delve into their desires and to create positive, meaningful and sustainable changes that help them feel better every day.
Writing is life. And i create resources for you about a lot of life suff, including authentic and accessible self care, real talk about managing the challenging stuff (usually with some lols and gifs). I also talk about life in between the UK, Norway and beyond because i´m based between two countries!
It´s generally a multimedia feast as although i was born in 1980, i´m still vaguely categorised as "millennial", but i don´t really think anyone knows what that means :) :) :)
I also collect and curate resources and create feel-good inspiration holes. You know, like the good stuff you find on the internet and irl but aren´t sure how what to do with it? I´ve got you. And them. Some of them at least. That i hope will inspire and delight you.
I curate things to help you feel good/better.
Now and then i play records (or MP3s), sometimes alone, sometimes as Brød & Smør running events like silent art discos and curating late night at the museum events (LINK). I´m usually dancing in equal measure. Oh and I have a radio show. It´s called FEELINGS.
Plus i have heaps, nay, thousands of yoga playlists. I like to call them “playlists”. And i also make mixes for you to enjoy on the regular (you can access them via my email list). If you want to know what i´m listening to these days, you can receive my Vibes Immediately rolling playlist of mood music here. I update it weekly.
My weekly digest
Fancy working with me?
Here´s a list of projects past and present and ways we might be able to work together!
I dreamed of a life where i had the freedom to create the things that didn´t exist but that i wanted to see in the world and to do it whilst being real and authentic and kind because i truly believe you can make stuff and be in business without having to be mean.
I hustled. By hustle i mean grafted. I got hurt. And ridiculed along the way, being told i was too "nice" or smiled too much...so grafted some more. I didn´t take care of myself and pushed my body way too hard. Then i burned out.
This pattern continued a few more times because basically i wasn´t taught there was any other way. But something kept telling me that there had to be more than this cycle of graft, burnout and putting pieces back together. And eventually, i realised there was more.
A more balanced way to find your focus.
To implement self care on the everyday.
To create and live your creativity, no matter what societal label you wear (willingly or reluctantly!). Whilst being true to yourself. I wanted authentic connection to myself and to others.
DO YOU RELATE?
I´m passionate about people feeling empowered to claim their own lives.
And doing it by being it -
living according to your own terms, in your own way, reflected by your own authentic expression of it. In ways that are balanced - that don´t leave you crashing or burning out.
I´m interested in getting real about ways to heal and ways to live.
In taking care of our physical, mental and emotional health.
I believe you can design a life that is abundant. nourishing. exciting. and make your own rules (then eat them if you like).
I´m not really "into" the idea of rules tbh...i´m interested in a way of being that feels in flow - that is, it feels easeful - even in the sticky and difficult moments - cause there will always be challenges in our life journeys - but we don´t have to be defined by them or playing out the same destructive patterns. Instead we get to write the story we always wanted to tell.
Create the environment.
SEEKING AND MOVING
I was always interested in seeking. i was searching for something deeper. In looking for something more.
I was never interested in short cuts or the easy route.
And i don´t mean that in a gratuitous way, for years i wished i could be that person that sought out a quick fix.
A lot of my projects centre around creating offerings that didn´t exist before. Whether it´s space for community to form and grow. Or doing things differently. I´ve not got a great track record for taking the easy route. In fact, struggle was a way of life for a really long time.
The littlest hobo
I was always a seeker. Constantly on a quest looking for something. It manifested in me moving around a lot. My nickname used to be The Littlest Hobo (hiya to folks i´ve known since hi5, myspace and blogger!) i grew up going to a lot of different schools as my parents were pretty nomadic, moved to different countries, cities etc and feel that “home” is a number of different countries . at present , im based between the uk and norway.
I was always restless. Looking for something. Taking solace with temporary fixes, most of them doing me no good. Many years working on trauma, from childhood, from adolescence, from adulthood. I threw myself into work and sometimes play. Mostly media and arts related careers, mostly relating to music although i kept trying to fight it, i´d always end up back there. From record labels to management to radio i grafted
But i was always seeking. I guess that came from growing up and moving around a lot. My parents were pretty nomadic and transient. I went to many different schools. Moved countries and am grateful for the experience of some of my schools being in the Caribbean. And the seeking didn´t stop when i left school. I bought a house at 18. Worked a while then took myself to university. Then took myself to live in Barcelona. Then to London, then spent some time in a van in Greece. Then Brighton. Then the south of France. Monaco. The UK. Norway. Then the UK again where i split my time between there and Norway.
Identity is something i´m always exploring. Perhaps that´s because i´m used to being from different places. And being Other, which i think means you can´t help but see many different perspectives.
HEALING is a big part of why i do what i do.
- Creating spaces where healing and self care can happen using tools like movement, meditation, music and words.
- In terms of yoga , i specialising in trauma and stress sensitively , and also anxiety and depression. Neuroscience . feel good. No expectation.
Such a significant amount of my life has been about dealing with/managing anxiety and depression. Finding ways to learn how to take care of myself and my mental health, with compassion and openness. I´m passionate about dismantling the stigma that orbits those words to be honest. And creating environments whether online or in real life that champions humans for being brave and showing up.
I´m interested in self care for real life , for real people. The stuff that´s sustainable and accessible. And most of all resonates with who you are as a human. Not a one size fits all copy-paste affair. Whether it´s in my coaching offerings, yoga classes, workshops, and retreats it´s the same: it´s your life, your experience, your practice and each session has space for you to have/make your own adventure and honour that. You´re not expected to look the same or think the same as everyone else. I´m praise of the individual whilst celebrating community and diversity.
It´s not a one size fits all, rather a curious adventure. Practice. Enquiry. Exploration. Self care. Empowerment. Listening to what you need. Being opening to possibilities. In ways that´s real and true for you. And sustainable. Cause who wants a temporary solution when you can have a lifestyle transformation?
It´s not about looking a particular way. Or feeling like you need to fit. I help you to create your own space.
I want to help people to feel better. About themselves and their lives. So they can empower themselves to feel nice.
self development needn´t be laden with pressures to be like anyone else. or to subscribe to another standard of doing things. i mean changing your life and living it according to your own terms. values. and creating goals that are meaningful to who you are.
i´m really not about that life that tells us to adhere to societal expectation. or to conform to a way of being that feels false and superficial. i believe there is a different way. do you?
At 19, i had survived a dysfunctional, violent and abusive childhood, my best friend had died a couple of years before, and i was in the midst of a very boring eating disorder. I felt rootless, lost and carried the legacy in a giant rucksack of anxiety and underlying depression. Back then, they didn´t really have much terminology for it. But nowadays, thankfully, there´s more awareness about how our lovely brains work, and how we can manage symptoms, hopefully getting to the bottom of it and finding ways to live fully, despite it. Even in the darkest moments i knew there had to be more. Even if i hadn´t been taught how to find it, i was determined to discover it myself. Cue a lot of therapy, councelling, and my own seeking. I went to my first yoga class that year, mainly to try to find ways of managing anxiety and tackle insomnia. Since then it´s been a constant thread.
I´d moved around a lot as a kid, schools, villages, towns, cities and countries, which i think helped me always explore and unpick human behaviour, cultures and how we find our place in the world. I´m also mixed race and a geek, which only fuelled my core desire to seek and explore.
I dreamed of a life where i had the freedom to create the things that didn´t exist but that i wanted to see in the world and to do it whilst being real and authentic and kind because i truly believe you can make stuff and be in business without having to be mean. I hustled. By hustle i mean grafted. I got hurt. And ridiculed along the way, being told i was too "nice" or smiled too much...so grafted some more. Then i burned out. This pattern continued a few more times because basically i wasn´t taught there was any other way. But something kept telling me that there had to be more. And eventually, i realised there has to be more. A more balanced way to find your focus. To implement self care on the everyday. To create and live your creativity, no matter what societal label you wear (willingly or reluctantly!). Whilst being true to yourself. I wanted authentic connection to myself and to others.
The offerings i share come from those learning moments.
DOES THIS RESONATE?
Are you tired of the labels and expectations of sociatal "norms"
do you want a "different" approach to living the life of your dreams? and making those dreams real?
exhausted at having to clip your wings, dim your shine or conform to a way of being that doesn´t feel authentic?
feeling overwhelmed at all the self development stuff that´s out there telling you contradictory rules for living?
deep down trust that there´s something more?
there is more.
you can design a life that is abundant. nourishing. exciting. and make your own rules (then eat them if you like). I´m not really "into" the idea of rules tbh...i´m interested in a way of being that feels in flow - that is, it feels easeful - even in the sticky and difficult moments - cause there will always be challenges in our life journeys - but we don´t have to be defined by them. Instead we get to write the story. Create the environment.
There are times in our lives where we might feel powerless. We might feel stuck, or like we have lost our way.
That might be for all kinds of reasons.
Life getting in the way.
A job that becomes different to what we expected.
A dramatic life change.
A relationship that was imbalanced.
Pressures, stresses and demands taking their toll
Procrastination preventing us from moving forwards.
We might simply forget the power we have.
So i´m passionate about people feeling connected to themselves so they can feel empowered to design their own lives.
And doing it by being it -
living according to your own terms, in your own way, reflected by your own authentic expression of it.
Does this resonate? Do you relate? Then let´s connect!
No matter how difficult/impossible things might feel, I believe you have the power to change your life!_
live your life on your own terms___
Everybody deserves access to transformational tools that that are authentic, accessible and sustainable.
You made it this far! Here is your reward, babes!
Fave kings + queens
Eartha kitt, Zadie Smith, bell hooks, Ru Paul, Patti´s potato pies, robot guy, Patrice Rushden, prince. Sylvester. Willy. Oprah. Chaka. (there are so many more of my faves here)
The farming of bones - dandicat
Swing time - zadie
Fruit of the lemon - anita
Fave spacemaking activities
Mediation (after years of resisting + subsequently failing and realising that was all part of it.)
Yoga and movement studies
Talking to cats and dogs - in these streets
Le Comptoire General, Paris
That turkish cafe in Chapel Hill, USA
Indian restaurant Tiffin Wallah, NY
Pilion + Amorgos in Greece
“A strong spirit transcends rules” - Prince
“Do you, boo” - Shameless Maya
“When people show you who you are, believe them” - Maya Angelou
“When you know better, you do better” - also Maya
“Boy, just be yourself! If people don´t like you, f*ck em!” - Bernie in House Party 2
Of course, impossible, yet so simple: i would die 4u - Prince.
Francis Bebey - Yes, i believe in you
Harry Case - Carry Me Home
What do i believe in?
Crystals, muji pens, (not sponsored!), the power of baklava, food. music. Sea magic. My animal friends. Duvets. Energy.
Fave style era: 1970s - especially Prince´s + Sun Ra´s wardrobe. And Chaka´s. I could go on so will try to reign it in….
There´s a pinboard here if you´re interested.
My mission: to make yoga, movement, music, the arts and self care for real life, accessible and not pretend. That doesn´t even work as a sentence. But i think you might know what i mean. Anyway. I´m a mixed "race" - whatever the hell that is - human, so inclusivity is really important to me. That endless straddling between places spaces and peoples. If that makes sense.
I´m committed to producing meaningful offerings that provide a unique approach to wellness and, well, the world!
I love to be useful.
I know that