Embodied intelligence

For future-fit leaders and coaches

program structure and content

The program includes a three-day experiential workshop and access to six facilitated monthly online (Zoom) support sessions.

Day 1 - Embodied Intelligence and Intuitive Decision-Making

“Your body is the seat of a powerful intelligence that helps you navigate your most important experiences and relationships. In a very real sense, your body is your social and emotional sense organ. It is the lens through which you perceive your relational world, and the instrument by which you act in it.”

- Amanda Blake, Your Body is Your Brain: Leverage Your Somatic Intelligence to Find Purpose, Build Resilience, Deepen Relationships and Lead More Powerfully

When dealing with truly complex problems, where there is no known way forward, relying solely on the power of mind and technical expertise is insufficient.

Day 1 focuses on recent neuroscience research relating to embodied (somatic) intelligence and how to apply that understanding through practical activities designed to support your developmental journey and enhance your wellbeing and resilience. We also explore how you can access your intuition and discern when to rely on it to enhance decision making and when it might let you down.

Day 2 – Who you want to be – for yourself and others

As humans we have a strong survival need to stay connected to, and be perceived positively by, people who are important to us. Early in life, we internalise and embody powerful stories designed to protect us from exaggerated fears about what will happen if we are perceived negatively.

These stories are carried forward and underlie commonly held fears of even the most senior leaders like the fear of being “found out” (imposter syndrome), of underachieving, or of appearing weak or foolish. Most of this happens outside our awareness.

For many of us the underlying fears these embodied stories not only stop us accessing a strong felt-sense of our future self, they stop us taking that first step onto the bridge between who we are now and who we want to be. They often also drive automatic behaviours that undermine strong, connected relationships.

During the workshop you will be supported to surface and rework any limiting fear-based protective stories, to strengthen stories to support your journey and to access a strong embodied experience of what it will be like to become your desired future self. You will leave the workshop with a number of action strategies and embodied practices to progress your journey, and post workshop you can access online facilitated coaching support.

Day 3 - Creating healthier teams and organisations

At the most fundamental level organisations are systems in which relationships between people are structured in different ways – teams, business groups, departments, divisions and functions. Each of these is a system of interconnected people.

Given how complex the relationship between two people can be, it is little wonder organisational life is complex, unpredictable and challenging. In the well-researched field of family systems work, we know there are governing principles that determine whether a family system is functioning in a healthy way.

Increasingly these principles are informing new ways of understanding and improving organisational systems. Through a physical mapping process, called a “constellation”, the relationship dynamics can be identified and worked on to bring about a healthier system.

The constellation process has been successfully applied to many organisational challenges including those related to culture, structure, strategy, morale, conflict and decision making.

In this program you will learn about the guiding principles of healthy organisational systems and how to apply them. You will experience the application of the constellation process to a work challenge of your own, and in a large-scale constellation of an organisational issue.

Facilitated online support

For six months after the workshop, you can access monthly support sessions facilitated by John and/or Joanne

program logistics


Commencing over dinner on Thursday 22nd August 2019 and finishing at 2 pm on Sunday 25th August the three-day retreat workshop is located in the stunning * located in the Blue Mountains of NSW, 1 ¾ hours from Sydney Airport.

Onsite accommodation packages are available.


Program cost is $2,250 inc. GST

Early Bird registration before 30 June is $1,975 inc. GST

If you work for a not-for-profit organisation, please contact us for a special rate.

Program cost includes

  • Workshop materials

  • Lunch, and morning and afternoon tea daily

  • Monthly online support sessions for up to six months

Accommodation and Breakfast Packages


Cancellation policy

Please also note our cancellation policy is as follows:

Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the workshop, less a 10% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the course is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event, and refund your registration fee in full.

In-house programs

We also design and deliver flexible, tailored, in-house programs for leaders and their teams.

program partners

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… specialist firm using the power of stories and embodied intelligence to help create future-fit leaders, teams and organisations.



… global leadership development firm helping corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations navigate complexity.