We bring a wealth of experience from years of working in organisations in senior leadership roles and our extensive work in hosting spaces for people to learn and grow, individually and collectively. We draw on the work of some of the best thought leaders in the field of learning and organisation development, together with our own research. Our approach combines the methodology of embodied learning, the philosophy of language, complexity sciences and adult development principles.
Our approach starts with the wisdom and insight you already have. Together, we create a bespoke solution that unlocks your capacity to realise the outcome you seek. We co-design individual and collective practices that enable you to take action aligned with what you care about. We support you to learn in and from the work we do together so you become self-sustaining in navigating emergent change.
Our clients are ready to ask themselves difficult questions about their purpose, presence and impact and who they need to become to be more connected, more consequent and more innovative.
We work with you wherever you are or wherever works best for the activity at hand. The Sheepdrove Organic Farm and Eco Conference centre is our venue of choice for client work and open programmes.
Dr Eunice Aquilina
I valued my 25 years of corporate life, learning to lead and adapt to an ever changing, complex and often-uncertain environment. However, I noticed how time and time again enabling change by acquiring more knowledge or obtaining more information was not enough. We could not simply think our way to being different. And so I began to explore how I might deepen my capacity to help my clients become the leaders and practitioners they want to be. I discovered the field of somatics and what became possible for me when I tuned into the wisdom of the body.
This discipline called somatics has become my life’s journey and is at the heart of my capacity to support my clients to evolve and grow. I create a space for those who dare to engage in their own deeper inquiry into the wisdom of their heart, mind and spirit. In doing so, we embody our authentic self, enabling us to cultivate trust, build genuine connection with each other and produce outcomes that are meaningful.
In my early 40s, I had a profound realisation that I was waiting for other people to give me praise and recognition, rather than being able to evaluate myself from within. I had handed over all responsibility for my self-esteem, and therefore all power, to others. Since then, I’ve worked hard to build an inner self-confidence, based on my values, strengths and self-knowledge, that keeps me anchored and afloat whatever life throws at me. I know what matters to me, and this knowledge allows me to make robust decisions about the choices that face me.
This learning underpins the philosophy I bring to my clients – know yourself, seek to understand and create space for others, work with (rather than against) the strengths, talents and possibilities that are around and within you, get clear about your purpose and what you really care about. Create the environment in which great things can happen, and play your part in making work a place where humans and humanity can flourish.
I consider myself fortunate that I have been able to grow and learn alongside my clients. Each intervention brings its own rewards, insight and further understanding of both myself, of others and the context within which we are operating. This parallel process is what makes the work I am involved in so powerful. I cannot encourage my clients to look at each experience they have to extract the learning for themselves if I am not also doing the same.
Until I started to really understand myself and to be able to stop, centre and make more meaningful choices about how I move forward I would often find that my frustrations would get in the way of achieving outstanding results. From this place I can demonstrate the power of having an authentic voice that empowers others to find theirs.
I come with a quarter of a century of experience of the corporate world together with a lifetime of learning to navigate a constantly changing world overcoming both personal and professional challenges along the way.
I have led change throughout the entire business lifecycle from strategy, business case, design and implementation through to completion and operation for over 20 years in corporations. Having seen many different types of change complete with mixed results I have always strived for ways to help change last, for individuals, teams and organisations in our fast changing world.
Through somatics I learned for myself that I could sustain my own changes by being clear in my purpose, my presence and my practices. I have brought this learning to my work with clients supporting their own discovery of their own aims, exploring their systems and relationships, deciding on how, when and where to focus their practice and engaging themselves in honest and open assessment of their situation.
Working for many years in the cut and thrust of the sales and marketing arena I learned, early on in my career, the value of listening. Being able to truly hear what people have to say, what is meaningful for them and allowing them the space to discover what would make the biggest difference for them in their work gave me a privileged insight into what matters most: building connections and co-creating trust.
Using these experiences as a building block I embarked on developing my capacity to broaden and deepen my work with both groups and individuals – a process that continues every day – and has led me to an appreciation of the field somatics. My experience is that somatics enables us to think less and be more; to connect with our bodies and gain data on what is truly going on. By tapping into and using this information we can choose to respond from a centred space. This allows me to create a safe container for my clients, for their own, often transformative, work.
Like everyone in the profession, I didn’t plan to be a HR Director when I grew up, but that is what I became. I was drawn to HR because I enjoy helping people to grow, and so I look to foster partnerships where support and challenge are possible. My own personal development, has taught me that growth isn’t possible without some pain.
As a trainer, I became disillusioned with people’s best intentions being derailed by bosses and organisations that didn’t see their possibility. Therefore I am committed to bettering businesses WITH people, not forcing change on them. I know that changing conversations in an organisation enables the consistent delivery of a strategy. I enable this by being curious about what is holistically going on, being brave in raising awareness to this, and being creative about creating cultures where people can do their best work.
Having recently been a HR Director at News UK, I understand operational pressures, can operate in challenging environments, and can deal with crises.
I have worked in corporate transformation and leadership development. My professional approach has been significantly impacted by my own experiences – in particular, being diagnosed with a rare form of Type 1 diabetes at 35 years of age. Through this period, I underwent a period of dramatic personal transformation.
Many of my core assumptions and approaches to organisational transformation were impacted by this change. In particular, I learned that it is not enough, on its own, for leaders to strategize or think their way through transformation. It also requires learning how to embody new ways of being, at an individual and collective level. This requires the balance between rational strategic thought and here-and-now awareness of how we are embodying ourselves at a personal, group and organisational level. It is only when these two disciplines are present that the potential for transformation is truly created.
At a very young age I pretended to have a homework assignment that required I interview my neighbors to find out “what makes them tick”. I was innately curious about what drives people, and if they were doing the work that brought them energy and joy. Throughout my 25 years in corporate America, whether it be as a consultant with Grant Thornton, or a leadership coach at the Disney University, I have kept my focus on working with people to find their courage to do the work that connects with their purpose. My extensive study in the powerful combination of linguistics and somatics has enabled me to work with people managing their mood, taking effective action connected to purpose, and improving collaboration. As Soren Kierkegaard states “we create ourselves by our choices”, is most powerful when our choices are aligned with our purpose and action.
Life is a roller coaster. And my life has brought me some profound learning through the low points of that ride and they define me as a human being probably more than the highs. But in our lows we are most vulnerable too. So in conversations with clients and colleagues I always want to create a sense of safety in order to engage us in inquiry about the depths of our lives. Going under the surface is a way of being for me as I see growth and wisdom there.
So my scientific, corporate and artistic career has always been in support of my desire to understand the mechanics of our growth and the meaning we create in our human existence. My art helps me to express the non-verbal aspects of my experience through color and form with which I seek to enable conversations about different perspectives and reflections. Only with a clear and multifaceted understanding of what lies underneath the issues at hand, we can move forward with meaningful action.
We work together as a network of consultants, facilitators and coaches. Each of us has worked as a senior leader or director and brings significant business experience as well as knowledge of leadership and organisation development.
Many of us are fluent in two or three languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Our network is proud to bring together some of the most talented people in their fields.
Transformative change begins why those who seek to lead it. Connecting the individual journey with the collective journey is what allows organisational transformation to unfold and sustainable change to become possible. Embodying Authenticity explores the theory and practice of an integrated somatic methodology an how this unique approach supports individual and collective transformation.
Somatic coaching treats the body as a fundamental place of change and transformation. It sees the body as the place that holds our lived experience and defines our way of being in the world. By working through the body we can work directly on the self.
Dance of Trust
As humans, we have an innate understanding of trust and our clients are continually assessing the level of trust they feel exists. When trust is lost or absent, this can disable the coaching relationship. We are able to cultivate trust through the quality of our presence.
Leaders Going Boldly Forward
This article explores two appreciative approaches to discovering leader’s stories of going boldly forward in their destinies after formal leadership development, demonstrating that further discovery conversations are sustaining and generative.
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