Coach of the Month – Natalie Tollenaere

Name: Natalie Tollenaere

Title: Life Coach and cross cultural trainer

Business Name: Transitions to Africa

Client Testimonials:

Niche/Specialties: As a life coach I help expatriate families to create the life they desire while away from Home in Sub-Saharan Africa. I mainly coach accompanying spouses as they have a real task to recreate their lives with every move. I also coach teens though their teenager transition and their international transitions.

As a cross cultural trainer I help people to acknowledge their own cultural baggage in order to receive the one from their host country with a deeper understanding. I’m specialised in African Sub-Saharan countries

Expat Experience: My life abroad started with my birth. I’m Belgian but was born in Morocco. As an adult I lived in India, Guinea-Bissau, Germany, Zambia, South Africa and now in Rwanda. I have been living as an accompanying spouse since 1987 and I’m the mother of 4 TCK (Third Culture Kids). My expat experience has given me to the sweetest and the sourest moments.

Languages Spoken: My native language is French. But living in English-speaking countries led me to become bilingual.

Life Experience and Accomplishments: I have built my life like you make mosaic art work. Every learning, every experience, every encounter gives me something new to add to my mosaic piece. Naturally living as an expat gave me the opportunity to welcome a lot of people. I love meeting people and make them feel at home. My nursing background gives me the skill to nurture and be compassionate to others. My artistic mind gives me the skill to use creativity in everything I do. My training as an art therapist and a life coach gives me the skills to combine my experiences, my passion, my energy with the community I belong; the globally nomad community.

I’m the author of “L’art des Possibles: créer son chemin dans une vie internationale mobile”  translated into English as “The Art of Possibilities: Create a path in an international mobile life.”  A book helping globally nomadic people to manage the transition in a creative way. An indispensable tool to live through the emotional roller coaster of transition.

I’m the co-author of “Turning points.” 25 women entrepreneurs describe the turning point in life that led them to new rewarding careers and lives. An inspiring and empowering book.

Coaching Style: Creativity is the essence of changes. In a life where everything is unstable (house, environment, language, culture…) people need a great amount of it. This is why creativity is the core of my coaching and training style.  I use artistic and creative tools that are accessible to each and every one. In turn these tools develop my client’s creativity and enable them to use it in their daily life.

Why Clients Choose Me As Their Coach: If you are willing to create a rewarding and inspiring life while moving around the world,

If you believe that your own creativity (even if you think you are not creative!)  could help you rebounce from every move,

If you are ready to build your own mosaic piece of life that includes who you really are,

Call me for a free discovery session. We will get to meet each other and create a great learning and growing environment.

“Your life is an art work, you are the artist”

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  1. Posted December 5, 2011 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Well done, well deserved!

  2. Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Well done Natalie. I’m sure your clients don’t need to be told that you are coach of the month; they already know how good a coach you are!

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