Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadia Colburn.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have a Ph.D. in English and am a creative writer. When I started my professional life, I thought I’d teach in universities. But as I spent more time in university systems, as a woman, a mother and someone with a deepening spiritual practice, I felt that the way I wanted to teach and interact with literature, with writing and with my students would be better served in other venues. I began to teach adults in non-degree settings. I didn’t need to give grades; instead of judging my students, I could coach and encourage them. And working with adults instead of college age kids, I worked with clients who had much more life experience and deeper stories to tell.
I also had the freedom to teach in different ways and incorporate meditation and yoga into my teaching.
In my own life, I went through a period of deep personal healing—in my mid-thirties I began to work with some early childhood trauma that I hadn’t really confronted before. I found writing helpful with my own healing process; I also found meditation and yoga really essential to my own healing. As I deepened these practices, I got trained as a kundalini yoga teacher and began to study Buddhist meditation more seriously, primarily in the school of Thich Nhat Hanh, though I also practice vipassana meditation.
I wanted to create a teaching practice and courses that incorporated these different modalities, that brings together writing, yoga and meditation. I wanted to create a writing school and coaching practice that attends to the words on the page—the aspects of craft that are covered in more traditional writing classes—and also to the larger psychological, physical, spiritual and social conditions and the process of writing our stories, whatever genre we’re working in. I really believe—from my own experience and from working with many many clients— that we need to bring our mind and body together to access our full stories and our full selves.
Ghandi said that happiness is when what we think, say and do are in harmony. I help create the conditions for that harmony for my students. And I give them the tools to tap into their inherent embodied wisdom and creativity. Our creativity is a central part of our life force. If we block it, we block access to our own vitality.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since creating my business, I’m happy to say, it has been a smooth road. It’s been really wonderful to see the business grow organically. And I really love working with my clients and students.
What was less of a clear road was getting here: for many years, I wondered how I could authentically teach from my full self and how I could bring my different passions together. I needed to take the leap of faith and believe that if I brought together the things that normally are kept separate, people would respond; if I offered what I believed in, people would come.
And I’ve been so happy to see that has been the case!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Nadia Colburn: Align Your Story Mindful Writing and Coaching – what should we know?
I work with clients one-on-one as a writing and personal coach. I also offer in-person writing workshops and in my online course Align Your Story, which includes yoga, meditation, and writing. Align Your Story is the product I’m most proud of because it brings together in a unique way so many of the practices that I love. I know some people have misgivings about online classes, but I find it’s a really wonderful way to make abundant resources available to my students, while also providing structure and community. There is enough structure that students feel held in the experience of the course, but there is also enough freedom that they can self-pace themselves and come back to the material again and again.
Since you have lifetime access to the course once you sign up, it also allows for a more long-term community than other courses. Because once the “semester” is over, the course doesn’t end—you are still connected to the community and can come on all the live conference calls when I offer them again. It’s been such a pleasure also having students from around the world in the course—We have students from Israel, England, South Korea, Germany, Canada, and of course numerous Parts of the US—Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, New York, Maine etc.
I’m most proud of in my business overall are the changes I’ve seen in my students and in my clients. It’s so deeply invigorating and exciting to have clients tell me that they are experiencing a major shift in their storytelling and their life as a result of the work we do together; students get through big blocks and can access their authentic voice for the first time. Or they have a shift and no longer see themselves just as a victim or as someone angry about injustice, but as someone with a really varied, full life with much to appreciate and a lot of light to share with others.
It’s also really exciting to see people work on long projects and finish and publish books. Whether it’s internal or external breakthroughs my clients are having, I’m so proud to be able to help them manifest what they want in their lives and become who they want to be.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I’m really grateful for all of my teachers, mentors, and guides–my writing teachers, my spiritual teachers, my yoga teachers, my coaches, therapists, healers and also to the many many thinkers and wise people whom I’ve learned so much from through books–there are too many to name.
I’m also really thankful for my friends and my family. I’m most thankful to my husband, who always believes in me and encourages me to .be myself and share what I have to offer to others.
- Signup at my website and get free meditation and writing prompts. You’d also receive notifications about sales and discounts.
- Align Your Story Course: $667 (and sign up for my email list because I sometimes offer discounts)
- 90 minute coaching session for personal or writing coaching: $197
- 5 pack of 50 minute personal or writing coaching sessions: $697
- create your own long term one-on-one personal coaching/ writing coaching package: price varies
- In-person poetry or memoir class: 1 semester $500
- Address: 48 Cedar St, Cambridge MA 02140
- Website: www.nadiacolburn.com
- Phone: 617-785-6627
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org