Dr. Nicola Amadora is a Contemporary Spiritual Teacher, Transformational Leader, Inspirational Speaker, Transp. Psychologist, Hakomi Therapist and Consultant. Her work is dedicated to the awakening of all beings and to compassionate action on our planet. She passionately supports people to live, lead and relate from presence, connection and wholeheartedness in the world. Nicola guides in an empowering, integrated way and teaches with a non-dual, feminine and relational approach, addressing suffering as a call for real love and inspired action.
For 30 years she has worked in Europe and the USA with organizations, communities, groups, families, couples and individuals. In all her work, Dr. Amadora offers a rich banquet of life experience, high-level professional expertise, a deep well of wisdom and great heart to contribute to positive change in people and our world. Nicola is known for her integrity with a fierce, tender love for all beings.
Her official Credentials: Nicola Amadora, Ph.D. holds University degrees in Transpersonal Psychology (JFK and IPS) and Clinical Social Work (FHS). She is a certified Hakomi Therapist (Hakomi Institute), certified Dharma Leader (Vipassana Center, Spirit Rock), Mindfulness Teacher (Mindfulness Program Jon Kabat Zinn), Certified Meditation Teacher (Yogananda Center), Universal Peacedance Leader (Sufi Order), Diplom Horseriding Therapist (Swize Equine Therapy Center), Rev. Interfaith Minister (New York Seminary), Mediator (JFK University), Parent Leader (Parentleadership Institute), Non-Violent Communication& Conflict Resolution (NVC Center), Permaculture and Ecology, Women Wisdom& Empowerment, Leadership and Relationship Trainer (International Education).
Faced with hardship and suffering, Nicola followed a deep yearning for the truth already as a teenager. Her holy and heart-breaking journey, filled with a wide breadth of great challenges and beauty, took her through a ruthless fire into the core of life and her own being. Here she found the gold that keeps changing her from inside out. Nicola continues to practice, lives and shares this gift, with both feet on the ground.
Nicola grew up in Europe, lived with different cultures around the world and worked at the Findhorn Community as an educator for seven years. She received in depth training from spiritual teachers such as Mother Theresa, The Dalai Lama, The Indigenous People, Adyashanti, Thich Nhat Hahn, Lama Zoppa, Pir Vilayath Khan and Ammachi. While having been extensively immersed in the world’s major sacred traditions and all things human, Nicola really is a modern-day mystic who walks the ancient way of love in ordinary life.
Her own intense journey of awakening, healing and embodiment took her beyond concepts deep into the core of the human and universal heart. From here an integrated, utterly alive and embodied way emerged to guide people home into their true nature and to inspire engagement for transformation in the world.
Since 1986, she has worked with adults and children and taught groups in England, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany and America. Trained in different therapeutic modalities, she has been working as a somatic psychotherapist. She has practiced meditation intensively for 30 years and was asked to teach. One answer to her calling was that Nicola founded a 501.3 non-profit organization and spiritual/educational center in California. Here she facilitated regular family retreats, couples’ workshops, professional trainings, women’s and meditation retreats, leadership & relationship trainings, ecology awareness seminars, interfaith worship services and community festivals. She always has been actively involved in the movement for social justice and the care of our earth.
In recent years Nicola travels extensively around the world with her ‘living connection’ work and service. She is a frequent speaker at SAND and other conferences, leads satsangs, spiritual retreat intensives and teaches professional trainings for leaders, healers and change makers for the great turning internationally.
Nicola is the author of “Nothing but Love” and her forthcoming book: “Love Unleashed – How to rise in a World on the Edge” and raised a beautiful daughter in California. She enjoys dancing under the stars, writing with a cup of tea, riding horses in the wild, plunging into the depth of the sea, and loves life.