A Little Bit About Myself

Hello there! I’m Nathan Maingard, a transformational guide, troubadour, and a dedicated explorer of the vibrant and often challenging tapestry of life. I’ve lived a journey filled with music, discovery, and deep personal transformation, and I’m here to share that journey with you.

My Story

Born in Scarborough, Cape Town, to two rebel hippies, my childhood was a dance between the wildness of nature and the depth of human emotion. Raised by a guitar-making father and a poet mother, I was enveloped in a world of stories and songs. My early days were spent barefoot, free and wild, with the mountain and the ocean as my playground. However, life wasn’t always a gentle melody. I absorbed deep-seated pain from my parents’ troubled pasts, which echoed in my own struggles with depression, self-esteem, and a lingering sense of not belonging. My parents divorced when I was just ten, a tumultuous time that left deep scars of abandonment and disillusionment.

School became a battlefield. My sensitivity and authenticity made me a target for bullies. These experiences taught me a harsh lesson: being myself was not safe. So, I hid behind a mask, numbing my pain with substances and fleeting relationships.

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Turning Points

Music and songwriting with my best friend Heyn at 14 offered me solace and a glimpse into my deeper self. Yet, it wasn’t until my later encounters with plant medicines like Ayahuasca and profound practices like Vipassana meditation that I truly began to confront and heal my inner wounds. In 2010, a 10-day Vipassana retreat opened my eyes to the damage I was inflicting on myself and others. It was a year of celibacy and deep introspection, leading to transformative changes. I started to peel away the layers of the person I thought I had to be, rediscovering the person I truly was.

Professional Journey

My professional path has been as varied and rich as my personal one. From busking on the streets of London to receiving the Silver Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, each step has been a building block in my career. Eventually, I moved beyond music, embracing my role as a breathwork facilitator and transformational coach. I’ve learned that my unique ability to blend coaching, breathwork, and custom songwriting creates a powerful formula for transformation. My approach is not just about guiding others; it’s about creating a space where they can safely explore and embrace their full selves.

Philosophy and Approach

I believe deeply in the freedom and power of the individual. My philosophy—We are already free—informs every aspect of my work. It’s about peeling back the layers of societal conditioning to reveal the vibrant soul beneath. Whether it’s through a custom ‘heart song’ or a transformative coaching session, my goal is to help you reconnect with your intrinsic worth and joy.

Vision for the Future

Looking ahead, I dream of cultivating a space where individuals can come together to heal and grow—a retreat center grounded in ancestral wisdom and natural healing practices. Alongside my wife Carly, I envision a sanctuary where people from all walks of life can find refuge and rejuvenation.

Join Me

If my journey resonates with you, or if you’re curious about how we might walk together on this path of transformation, I invite you to reach out. Whether it’s signing up for a retreat, booking a discovery call, or simply following my podcast, let’s connect and explore how we can unfold your story together.

With all my heart,
Nathan