Hi I am Karen Plumbe find below some more information about me. I look forward to getting to know you.
I love Learning, especially in the areas of cooking, nutrition and physical and mental health. I thrive on turning knowledge into courses and learning experiences for others. I love being in nature, walking, camping and swimming, especially with my family.
I am Creative, I love to sew, dance and create new and interesting things. I have a special place in my heart for beautiful fabrics.
I am Passionate about supporting others to take charge of their health and wellbeing to be informed and to engage in health promoting behavior regularly. To create sustainable change. To reduce stress, disconnection and dis-ease in life and body.
I believe in truth, honesty and empowering others. In taking care of our environment, living sustainably, stretching comfort zones, cultivating strengths, and the power of change and possibility.
I admire and respect people who stand up for what they believe in, move forward and thrive despite adversity, who live their passions, who are willing to learn, grow and change.
My Education/ Qualifications/ Experience
Bachelor of Applied Science (Consumer Science), Newcastle University, NSW, Australia
In this degree I studied food technology, nutrition, human bioscience, food chemistry, and food marketing.
I guess you could call me a bit of a food nerd. I love to know what is in the food that we eat. How nutrients or absence of nutrients in our diet affect our physical and mental health.
The marketing and ethics of food manufacturing really interested me, but puzzled me at the same time. I began to realize that many of the foods that are marketed as ‘food’ can be harmful to our bodies in the quantities and frequency that they are consumed
This degree also highlighted for me the amount of misinformation which is out there about food, nutrition and health and how confusing this can be After completing this degree I felt like I still wanted more. I really wanted to know why we find it so hard to use food as medicine, to reduce consumption of harmful foods and to increase and improve health through wholesome foods and diet change.
Bachelor of Psychology, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
I enrolled and began studying a Bachelor of Psychology by distance education, which I really enjoyed. I learned so much about people, about dysfunction and human potential.
However, my real passion remained positive psychology and how humans can thrive. I was also becoming increasingly fascinated by emotional eating and how we use food to soothe, distract and punish. Universities didn’t offer these subjects in the psychology degree at the time I was studying..
I decided to step away from the degree at that time, with just six subjects to go. I was pregnant with my second child and I was also looking for something different. I may return one day to wrap up those final subjects!
International Coach Academy, Melbourne VIC
I first heard about coaching whilst studying psychology. I found the focus uplifting, and inspiring and just thinking about forging a path into coaching gave me a real sense of something wonderful, which I could focus my energy on and feel intensely passionate about.
The range of course topics at the International Coach Academy, the power tools and the interactive nature of the learning experience (in classes with people all over the world), was enriching and inspiring.
During this training I learned so much about myself, about how to engage and empower others and how to make a difference to their lives.
Mindfulness 8 week course, Coffs Harbour NSW
I have completed two Mindfulness courses now. I really enjoyed the courses and learned so much about the value of regular meditation practice, despite the fact that it can be challenging in a busy life. My pattern in the past had been to keep constantly busy and active, subsequently avoiding the negative self-talk and painful feelings (or so I thought). I enjoyed the discussions during the courses and the opportunity to really explore and understand for myself what self-care means to me.
I have also completed two silent retreats which provided a wonderful opportunity to connect in with the self, become aware of, and discard destructive thinking patterns. The environment on the retreats was calming, nourishing and nurturing.. I really began to learn more about mindfulness and its capacity to heal our pain and reveal our joyous nature.
Emotional Freedom Technique, Levels 1, 2, and 3. With Maggie Adkins Master Trainer of Trainers, Port Macquarie NSW
I was first attracted to EFT through local workshops and sessions I undertook myself for personal growth. Finding relief from past painful experiences and beliefs through what seemed to be such a simple technique was a revelation
I have continued my interest in EFT through the training, further reading, study and personal inquiry, in order to learn about the power of this amazing technique.
The technique consists of lightly tapping on the meridian lines of the body to remove emotional blockages and to clear past pain which may manifest as illness, pain or disease.