For the first time, Concord Institute will be offering coaching services to the community at large. Six sessions will take place over a 6-12 week period, drawing on our model of Integral Coaching, which is customised to meet the individual needs of each person’s situation.Read More
One of the hallmarks of Concord courses and programmes is the use of coaches to supplement in-centre course work. This is especially true for the Foundation Course where each participant is assigned a coach to support and assist with completing various assignments over a 3-month period but more particularly assisting them with personal issues or challenges that arise in the course of the programme.
Coaching at its most basic is about empowerment. What does that mean? It means several things. Firstly, it represents a gradual enrolment into a different order of power. An effective coach identifies the areas and situations in one’s life that are energy draining and an ineffective use of resources. By divesting oneself from those situations, the freed energy can then be redeployed to those areas in which one has a legitimate stake or interest.
Secondly, coaching is a partnership in which the coach commits him or herself wholeheartedly to the intentions of the one being coached, ideally creating a relationship in which the “whole” (the coaching relationship itself) becomes greater than the sum of its parts. In the coaching partnership, the coach stands in and holds open a larger dimensional space for the one being coached.
From there, the coach supports and guides their coachee through the various stages on their way to the fulfilment and realisation of the intentions established at the outset. Coaching provides a support structure or safety net that enables one to make mistakes, go astray, or become disillusioned without compromising the overall mission.
As a charity, our mandate as an educational organisation has always revolved around health and well-being. We have been promoting an integral model that recommends specific dietary practices, bodywork programmes, and offers self-inquiry workshops that are designed to cultivate a healthy self-expression and self-confidence.
Now, for the first time, Concord Institute will be offering coaching services to the community at large, customised to meet the individual needs of each person’s situation. We will be employing the same approach to coaching that has been so successful in our Foundation Course. We have solicited some feedback by both coaches and coachees alike which you will find below.
In light of this, the coaching services that we will be providing will fall under the heading of “Integral Coaching”. In other words, the coaching will emphasise a holistic approach rather than merely an issues-oriented approach. This does not mean that one cannot bring a specific issue to the coaching arrangement. It only means that we will approach that issue from a holistic point of view and be looking into areas that at first might seem completely unrelated.
In terms of coaching services, in most cases we will be offering a six-session block of coaching spread over 6-12 weeks with each session lasting approximately an hour and a half. A review will take place after the first three sessions. Should we achieve the stated intention during that time, the coaching can be terminated early by mutual consent.
We list below some of the areas in which people have felt Concord coaching has made a clear and profound difference:
- Health and well-being (nutrition, bodywork, healing, and health)
- Life-stage project (life purpose, professional calling, starting or running a business, new home, personal goals/ dreams)
- Relationship issues (family, partnerships, children, parenting)
- Work or career-related (work issues, business challenges, finding work or right career)
- Financial issues (money, financial stability, financial goals, investing)
- Community projects (environmental, social, political)
- Home environment (physical space, workspace, renovation etc.)
If you would like to take up the opportunity of this new service, please click on the ‘register to participate’ button and complete the form, selecting ‘other’ in the drop-down list. As well as giving us your contact details, please briefly specify the areas of your life you would like the coaching service to focus on in the ‘your message’ box.
Please scroll down to read what people have said about their experience of coaching.
Available throughout 2022
Concord Coaching Services participant testimonials
My coach was intuitive, sensitive and fierce in her clarity. She felt like my mother tiger when I was lost and scared, needing someone to be brave and strong to help me roar. I trusted her completely with my well-being and desire for me to be truly free. Anyone who gets the chance to experience some powerful committed coaching will not forget it.
My coach was amazing. She was totally committed, trustworthy and fully present at every second of our phone calls. Her style of communication was clear and honest. She pointed out things to me which nobody else had done so far in this way. Getting away from myself was impossible with her! This amount of rigour wasn't always easy for me... but truly beneficial and constructive.
Maike Lehmann Sander
My coach created a space where it was possible to access what is within me, whether I liked it or not. I am ever so thankful that my coach was available and present for me. He did a remarkable job and I truly felt his intention to assist and guide my transformation. Because of him, I found out that what I really knew about myself is only a part of who I am. I had access to something far greater than myself and my coach opened the door to this world.
As a coach, I was an ally who walked alongside my coachees, looking at areas where they were wasting energy or not being fully responsible in their lives. To hold another accountable for what they say they’re going to do meant also holding myself accountable. My experience of being a coach was that it was a great privilege. Standing for another person's dreams also allowed me to stand for the fulfilment of my own dreams.
Brand Strategist and Graphic Designer
Coaching is a commitment to making a difference in someone’s life. As a coach at Concord, I have experienced the extraordinary privilege of working with people and listening to them open up about the realities of their life. All the coaches I have worked with at Concord have been motivated by a sense of being of service, and in so being of service they get to work on the challenges that they themselves face. It is only through putting our personal selves to one side that we can truly coach another. That training is what sustains our own development and access to power in making and seeing the world the way we wish it to be.
Essentially the Coaching service turned my life inside out. Instead of fitting in a bit of well-being (bodywork, cooking, journaling) around my schedule, I now fit everything in around a tailor-made structure where my own well-being comes first. The difference this has made to my energy levels is astounding and has impacted every other area of my life. The overwhelming fear, stress and fatigue has been replaced by calm, coherence and aliveness. It was like having a compassionate but firm guardian Angel that helped me rebuild myself into a more solid, capable human being and has given me all the tools I need to deal more gracefully with being human.
My intentions for participating the Coaching Services were big, … I was struggling with one of the most existential questions: “Why am I here, what is my purpose?” and a more practical matter: “I want to consume alcohol more consciously”, coming from the promise I made myself, to nourish myself and others from the heart. Just subscribing got me in a personal process; Am I doing this right, am I living my life, is this how concord approaches life, am I doing ok, how is my wellbeing, Lots of questions and lots of judgement towards myself. Together with my coach, we defined my intention to a fully emotional expression of myself. Due to the feedback from my coach and the journaling on certain matters of my personal life, my bodywork and nourishment, I became aware of so many patterns that are wired into my habits, thoughts, behaviour and even my body. During this program I learned to slow down, nourish myself with care and warmth, I integrated new habits and for the first time in many years something very important changed. I could feel the difference between making yourself watch your diet and bodywork and energetically sense what your being needs. There were moments of grief thinking of leaving my old self behind, moments of anger and wishing I hadn’t subscribed for this event. But only now looking back to this period after several months I realize how big the impact has been. During this period my father became very ill and a short while after I ended the coaching services my father passed away. Thanks to some very important foundations I reinstalled and the support of concord I consider this period as one of the most intense, human, powerful and beautiful moments of my life.
I found my coaching service experience to be hugely powerful. By working intimately, one to one with a coach I reached new depths and levels of clarity in my body. The disciplines of cooking and bodywork now feel so woven into my daily life. Throughout I felt simultaneously held and very responsible for my own journey. There was a huge amount of resources in food and bodywork made available that kept inspiring me. I went in with a clear intention of what I wanted, and nothing has necessarily changed but I can see so much more of where I was coming from in the matter of it all.
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