Dr. Nicola Amadora is an accomplished leader, therapist, speaker, writer and spiritual teacher. Her passion and gift is to support people to live, lead and relate with presence, connection and wholeheartedness in the world. Nicola guides in an empowering, integrated way and teaches from a non dual and feminine approach. For 30 years she has worked both 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), 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 sacred traditions and all things human, Nicola really is a modern day mystic who walks the ancient way of love in ordinary life. Her intense journey of awakening, healing and embodiment took her beyond concepts deep into the core of the heart, from which an integrated, non dual, utterly alive and feminine approach emerged to guide people home.
Since 1986, she has worked with adults and children and facilitated groups in England, Sweden, Germany and America. Trained in different therapeutic modalities, she worked as a psychotherapist in Europe. She has been practicing 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. She facilitated regular family retreats, couples workshops, professional trainings, women’s and meditation retreats, leadership & relationship trainings, nature 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 work and service. She is a frequent speaker at SAND and other conferences, leads satsangs, spiritual retreat intensives and offers trainings for professionals internationally. Nicola is the author of “Nothing but Love and Kissed by Fire” and resides in the Bay Area of California, where she raised her beautiful daughter. 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.
“My greatest journey, passion, learning and the gift of my life has been, and still is, Love. It is my joy and honor to support people in their awakening, to heal, embody and learn skillful means for living, relating and leading so we can bring forth a new dawn in our world.”