Aurelie Richards

Student Support

Aurelie is originally from California and lived in New York City for a long time. Part of her “where I’m from” story is very influenced by this, what North Americans call the bicoastal experience. After New York, she moved to Vermont to which she feels very attuned, "search autumn in New England, imagine living in a cute cabin in those woods, and you’ll know why I feel that way”.

Aurelie began working for Catalyst in June 2022, where her main role is Student Support. This means she ensures that non-academic needs of the students at Catalyst are addressed. She has also been a working artist with a fine arts degree from New York University and therefore knows the challenges (and of course joys!) of doing an arts degree and working as a freelance artist. She chose to take the position because it is her hope to be the person she needed when she was in arts school.

Before Catalyst, she was a coach who works with individuals, groups, NGOs, and businesses wanting to develop intentional leadership, smoothly navigate change management, as well as integrate mindfulness and somatic coaching into their lives and organisations. Informing this coaching is her training at MIT Presencing Institute in Theory U and her two years spent living as a monastic novice resident in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Buddhism.

Beyond Catalyst, you can find Aurelie managing the Numinous Network, an online platform with workshops and networking opportunities for therapists and coaches wanting to make their practices more trauma informed. On some weekends, Aurelie develops her self-care oriented practice at Shou Zhong Ausbildungszentrum für chinesische Medizin, where she is learning acupuncture. She is also an avid gardener and enjoys discovering new German vistas in the Sächsischer Schweiz or on Rügen. She feels a certain resonance with the movie “Lady Bird” by Greta Gerwig and is most satisfied when there is a purring cat on her belly.