In working with Nancy, I found her to be positive, caring, enlightening, and intelligent. Nancy has the amazing ability to have multiple perspectives and different ways of looking at any given situation. Her ability to see things from different perspectives and teach me how to view things differently was what helped me the most. I have taken what I’ve learned and applied it in so many different aspects of my daily life. I love and use the strategies I learned from Nancy on a regular basis. I love reading her articles and find them supportive to my growth. When I begin to stress about something, I turn to the strategies that I learned from our 10 sessions together. I feel my life has changed in such a positive way since working with Nancy.




I found working with Nancy to be quite enlightening, refreshing and above all, useful! I liked how her philosophy is grounded in the work of positive psychologists, and always left our sessions feeling like something was uncovered. Her sense of humor and good cheer framed our time together in a really engaging way. It’s good to know that I can always come back to my life coach Nancy, as life unfolds in unpredictable ways.




I love working with Nancy for so many reasons they would be too numerous to list. As a coach, she has a lot of tools in her toolbelt and adapts dynamically to my needs as I am trying to achieve my goals. She is a perceptive and respectful listener and takes the time to absorb the full context before responding. She is very supportive but she also challenges me and always provides excellent perspectives I’m not seeing on my own—or am trying to avoid. I have had only a handful of sessions but I’ve already made positive personal changes, I am moving into a better suited career path, and have jump-started a stalled social life (due to death in family). Nancy works with me on several fronts at once to coach me through the challenges in achieving my goals. She is very effective and she is a lot of fun too.




Facing divorce, potential loss of wealth, and other major life-changing issues, I knew that I needed someone to listen and to help. I couldn’t have been happier with the results of Nancy Kalina’s “Safe Space Life Coaching.” Through coaching, I was able to uncover negative and unproductive ways of thinking that were blinding and paralyzing me. I learned to “turn around” those negative ways of thinking, which provided me with renewed energy to grieve, face my problems, take action, and heal. I am a different, smarter, more vivacious, and more confident person because of life coaching, and I have recommended Nancy to countless friends and relatives that I have witnessed struggle with issues in their lives. If you are ready, and are willing to expend effort, Safe Space Life Coaching WILL change your life for the better.




My sessions with Nancy have helped me to change the way I see my life and the way I make decisions. Working through limiting beliefs was an effective way to get me to step off the hamster wheel in my mind that was keeping me stuck and unhappy. I now have tools to help me through each day. Since talking with Nancy I feel happier and more hopeful than I have in a long time. Thanks Nancy.




I had no idea what a Life Coach was when I first met with Nancy. I only knew that I really liked her and wanted to learn more about her work. I gained so much from our very first session and left feeling very grateful for the tools she gave me to take into my life.. This was not therapy per se, although it felt similar. This was a whole new way of encountering and relating to my thoughts, my essential self, my relationships, and reality itself.

Our sessions are full of practical guidance and techniques. The work I’ve done with Nancy has resulted in wonderful insights, awakening and transformation. I had no idea how many unexamined thoughts I believed and lived out of, until I began to question them. I have now become much more aware of my thoughts and how to engage them without letting them take over. I know how to process my thoughts to get down to what’s really true, instead of letting my anxieties, worries and unexamined beliefs take me for a ride. Overall, I have a much better and more truthful relationship to reality. I have become more attuned to sensations in my body that are communicating with me at all times if I stop to listen. I know what my body experiences when I’m heading in the right direction, and when I’m not. I am learning about inquiry and how to do “the Work” whenever I come up against a situation that I can’t resolve, or a judgement I have made about another person or myself that needs healing.

I love that Nancy draws from the work of Martha Beck, Depak Chopra, Byron Katie, Lissa Rankin and Brene Brown (among others). These teachers are exploring the edge of consciousness and Nancy is right out there with them. She blends many approaches into her own in a way that feels contemporary and authentic. Being exposed to these new concepts always leaves me feeling paradoxically exhilarated and wanting to delve deeper, as well as content with simply being and accepting.

I was trying to explain to Nancy why I loved working with her so much, and why I was so grateful for the tools she has shared with me. She is easy to talk to, insightful, open, loving and challenges me in just the right ways. The work we’ve done together has touched every aspect of my life. It’s not so much about self-improvement (although that’s part of it). It was just that once I became aware of all of this, once my eyes had been opened, I couldn’t stop! I now feel as though I’m unravelling and reweaving myself. As Nancy put it, once you begin to become aware, it becomes a personal responsibility to continue the work. This is a responsibility that I am extremely thankful for. And I love working with Nancy!




As a professional career consultant I truly understand the necessity of building your resource team to achieve your personal and professional goals. Even coaches need coaching and I can say with enthusiasm that Nancy helped me overcome some career blocks and fears that were getting in the way of my master plan. Her coaching style is empathetic and energizing and the action steps and exercises she provided gave me the tools to make changes. It’s refreshing to work with someone who reminds you how important each step is along the journey. I subscribe to her mantra of always learning, always growing and would highly recommend Nancy as a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach to help you create your unique destiny.

Caroline Dowd-Higgins
Director of Career and Professional Development & Adjunct Faculty
Indiana University Maurer School of Law



I have 30+ years of experience with various alternative healing modalities and therapies and I am very open to looking inward to find solutions for problems or for a clearer vision of where I am meant to be. When I received life coaching from Nancy, I didn’t know what to expect. Nancy introduced me to my body compass. We talked about the aspects of my attempt to make a mid-life career switch. The conversation was not new to me.

But there was something about the questions Nancy asked me and the observations she made, using the tools of The Body Compass, that gave me energy and focus that has carried over weeks after I did the session. It’s almost as if I found a way to sub-consciously connect my head, heart and body so that they are communicating and guiding me even without my actively trying to direct the process.




I can’t think of the perfect descriptor for my experience with Nancy Kalina as my life coach, but awesome. That much over-used word that used to describe aspects of mystery, wonder, and the sacred, keeps coming to mind.

Nancy has a gift for going straight to the heart of the shadow and drawing it out of hiding into the light where it can be gently embraced and transformed. Her insights are truly inspired. At the same time that she challenges assumptions and uncovers aspects of my being that are difficult to face, she also emanates total acceptance and, yes, love that makes the journey into uncharted territory a life-giving adventure.

I trust Nancy and I trust her process and I’m becoming more and more the person I want to be.

– Rebecca



During the winter and spring of 2012, I had the pleasure of joining a group that met monthly to discuss the book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck. It was an excellent opportunity to experience this book together as a community in Nancy’s beautiful home. Nancy did a wonderful job taking the initiative to set up the monthly meetings and host a vibrant, interesting group of people. Each month that we met, Nancy led insightful discussions with guiding questions and activities to help all the participants get the most out of our reading from the past month. In addition to fun and reflective discussions, we had wonderful refreshments!

I appreciated the flexibility of the group, so that we could participate with an in-depth analysis of the text as well as exchanging our views linked to personal life experiences. Nancy was always well-prepared to lead discussion and facilitated a group where everyone’s opinion was valued and welcome. Our group bonded during the short time that we met, and in addition to our book discussion meetings, we also shared a trip to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center as a celebration when we finished the book! I would highly recommend any book group led by Nancy – for me, it was an excellent way to examine my own goals and growth while finding others with many of the same interests and goals for personal development.

– Michelle (from a Martha Beck Book Discussion Group)



I highly recommend working with Nancy in the Caring for the Caregiver series. Nancy has a knack for helping an individual think clearly. She gave me specific, effective, positive life tools that helped guide me through a major transition in my life. These tools were presented in a series of Saturday afternoons after and exhilarating (and super-fun!) global dance class led by Darrelyn Valdez. The combination of physical, emotional, and cognitive exercise was enough to help guide me through my life transition more smoothly than I could have imagined. I’m forever grateful…and excited for the next series to begin!




Nancy created a welcoming and safe space for me to explore life’s possibilities. I deeply appreciate Nancy’s practical and intuitive coaching style. My time with her helped me move along significantly in pursuing what has meaning and purpose in my life.

What a gift!”

Reverend Mary Ann Macklin