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Karen Darke MBE

Welcome to my website, and thank you for visiting. I’m grateful for you visiting these pages and invite you to explore around! I’m fortunate to have experienced quite a journey of exploration in my life, one that has been uniquely connected to ‘gold’. I feel privileged for the ‘Alchemist’ it has created of me. The gifts life has given me have led to what I feel is my purpose: to coach others through the challenges and soul-journey of life, and to inspire through speaking and writing. I enjoy sharing my experiences of adventure, high-performance sport and inner discovery, and exploring with others how we can peel away layers of to expose the brilliant shining light that is within us all. We all have the power within us to be creators of our reality, our wellbeing and our perceptions of the world.

“Ability is a state of mind, not a state of body”.

A little more info…

I started my working life as a geologist in the Bolivian Andes, researching gold, but a life-changing accident left me paralysed from the chest down. I moved away from being a ‘rock-doctor’ to exploring both outside and within. I love to discover and to find ways to align mind, body and spirit to do extraordinary things. This has led me to ski across icecaps, kayak at extreme latitudes of the planet, and handcycle the world’s biggest mountain ranges and longest rivers. I believe we create results and happiness from the inside out. Utilising our thoughts – the language of our mind, and our emotions – the language of our body, we can create health and freedom. I believe that with desire, awareness and resources, and permission to unleash who we truly want to be, anything is possible.

“See life as a giant adventure, to learn and grow with, and seek the gifts that hide within the challenge”.

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Be brave, be strong, be kind, and wishing you a wonderful day