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A Midlife Invitation

A Midlife Invitation

Navigating the questions of midlife can be strange, uncharted times. So many of our relationships and circumstances are changing – and with them our sense of self is shifting too.

Neena and our good friend and colleague Sophie Howarth have been exploring this topic and as they’ve walked and talked, have found themselves wondering afresh about what this season of life might be calling for. While it can feel like a time of challenge or crisis, they are discovering it can also be a time of opening to something fresher and older and wiser in ourselves. 

You are invited to join a community of enquiry and possibility… to accompany one another for twelve months on a journey to find and take your place midway along the pilgrimage of life.

Find out more on our dedicated website

Turning Towards Life

Turning Towards Life: weekly conversations about subjects that matter

Every Sunday morning at 9am (UK) Justin and Lizzie will be speaking live online for 30 minutes about a topic to do with facing life with courage, wisdom and compassion. Or, said another way, to do with how we might each come out of hiding and take up our places in the world.  Each conversation starts with a source that’s inspired, moved or challenged them – a poem, article, reading, or book – which is posted on the Friday so it’s widely available before the conversation.

You can join our FaceBook group, now more than 750 strong, to watch live or later and participate in the lively conversation that’s going on in the comments.  Videos of the previous conversations can be found on our dedicated website here.


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Aletheia: the power of unfolding what is

Aletheia Coaching is an emerging “next generation” micro-developmental approach to coaching founded on the realization that, in a profound way, nothing is missing. An Aletheia coach helps their client unfold and express who they already are - their love, compassion, courage, strength, joy, creativity, freedom and many other essential resources.

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Supervision is a fundamental part of ongoing development for all of us supporting the development of others.  

We aim to create a supervision space that it’s safe, reflective and in to which we can bring all our coaching experiences, and engage in dialogue and learning.  It’s a place to be supported by peers in all of our personal and professional development and a place to get curious about all aspects of our work.

Our supervision support is delivered in various formats: Group and One to One Supervision, both in person and remotely, and is open to all coaches with an active practice.  We welcome coaches who have trained with any organisation as well as graduates of our own programmes

A number of us at thirdspace have taken up supervision training to support our work in this area and also undertake regular supervision on our work as supervisors.

Supervision Programme 2018

Starting 1 February 2018, this year-long programme comprises five half-day group sessions and two individual supervision calls.  Neena Sims and Amanda Visagie will lead a group of up to ten participants meeting face-to-face in central London.  Full details and how to book your place can be found here.

Integral Development Coaching Principles

Learn the principles of Integral Development Coaching

This programme, offered in partnership with New Ventures West, is designed for experienced professionals who are ready to add depth to their practice and a richer coaching structure to their client relationships. It will be led by James Flaherty, the founder of New Ventures West and originator of integral development coaching, and Justin Wise, founder of thirdspace coaching.

In this three-day programme you’ll gain a new appreciation for the full complexity of your clients’ lives using the three foundational models of our work:

  • The Ten Ways (a developmental approach to coaching interventions)
  • The Four Human Domains
  • The Six Streams of Competence

These models – and the methodology that goes along with them – also have profound and pragmatic use in any kind of organisation development and consulting where the lasting development of people is important.

In addition, this course satisfies the prerequisite for joining the Professional Coaching Course and awards 24 ICF CCEUs (Continuing Coach Education Units).

About integral development coaching

Integral development coaching is intended to make a profound contribution to individuals, organisations and society. It supports coaches – and consultants who work with its principles – in becoming skilled at working with clients in a way which frees them up to bring their intentions into their work and wider life with dignity, humanity and skilfulness.

The approach supports their clients in ongoing inquiry and practice. It allows coaching to include everything about the client and the client’s world, including how they represent themselves, their social world, habits, relationship with the body, quality of self-care, the amount of attention and energy available to take on change, and much more. It draws on deep philosophical roots as well as biology, cognitive science, linguistics, psychology, spirituality and more, providing many avenues of insight and practice.

Who would benefit

  • Experienced coaches
  • Graduates of other coach training schools
  • Managers and professionals with coaching experience
  • Anyone interested in bringing more rigour and structure to their coaching

Hear a little about the methodology

James Flaherty describes the ‘integrating stream’ – one of the streams of competence addressed in our methodology in the Six Streams of Competence model:

Here James describes the distinctions between integral development coaching and other approaches to coaching:

Outcomes of the programme

While mastering integral development coaching takes time and practice, this three-day class will allow you to:

  • Understand the stages of an integral development coaching programme
  • Learn how to conduct a developmental intake session
  • Design coaching conversations and deliver coaching programmes that offer powerful developmental possibilities for your clients
  • Design customised practices and self-observation exercises
  • Come away with your own self-development plan


  • Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
  • the course takes place in London from 9am to 6pm each day
  • includes a copy of James Flaherty’s book, Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others
  • awards 24 ICF CCEUs (Continuing Coaching Education Units) 16 in ICF Core Competencies, 8 in Resource Development
  • fee: £1500 + VAT, of which £100 is a non-refundable but transferable deposit


To sign up for this programme

for 19-21 September 2016 in London

Contact us to find out more

All of our contact details are here.

Drop us a line – we’ll gladly call you back to talk about any aspect of our programmes or our work with individuals and organisations.

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) Training

David Berceli’s tension and trauma releasing exercises are an amazing tool for helping the body let go of deep, chronic patterns. They are remarkably simple and the process of change they facilitate is very easy to self regulate. The goal of the exercises is to start a self-directed tremoring process. The tremors are deeply natural and release tension and trauma held in the body. Once you have learnt the exercises, and can feel and allow the tremors, you just let the body do its own healing and clearing out of overwhelming experiences. It really can be that easy.

We think it will be hugely valuable for us to learn this together, so we’re organising the initial training module as part of our graduate development programme.

This three day TRE Module 1 workshop facilitated by Steve Haines is open to everyone. You can attend to learn about using the tremors to support your own health; you will learn about being in your body and self-regulating in response to tension, stress and trauma.

The course will be very practical; each morning and afternoon session you will be supported through the exercises and tremors. There will be lots of time for discussion and sharing of experiences and we’ll explore the theory behind the model.  The workshop covers:

  • Anatomy, neurology and physiology of stress and trauma as it relates to TRE
  • Understanding the tremor response
  • Introduction to the polyvagal theory: How humans are always checking for safety
  • Defence reactions as they relate to TRE
  • Containment and grounding strategies
  • Introduction to basic skills of working with individuals and groups
  • Introduction to TRE and personal tremoring experience

While Module 1 is a self-contained workshop to support your own development, it is also the start of the process to teach TRE to individuals and small groups. Many coaches find TRE a very useful tool to offer their clients. Through certification you will learn how to competently and safely offer this self-help technique to support clients move beyond somatically-held patterns. If you wish to become a certified teacher, there is a structured certification program that takes about a year. The key elements are two 3 day workshops – Module 1 and Module 2 – about 3 months apart, a supervision process and self-practice.  More information can be found here.

Having completed Module 1 in January, a number of us intend to work through the certification process together over the coming year, joining the open Module 2 workshop planned for 9-11 May and working together through the supervision and self-practice, and we invite anyone who is interested to join us in this process to support our collective development.

Date, logistics, and registering your place

Date: Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 January

Times: 9.30am-6.00pm
Location: London Buddhist Arts Centre, Eastbourne House, Bullards Place, E2 0PT

Cost: £384.00 (£320.00 + VAT)

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Contact us to find out more

All of our contact details are here.

Drop us a line – we’ll gladly call you back to talk about any aspect of our programmes or our work with individuals and organisations.

Professional Coaching Course Graduation

PCC graduation 2012

Our graduates and faculty from the 2011-2012 Professional Coaching Course (PCC) in London, which recently completed. The programme brought together students and faculty from the UK, Turkey, Poland, Egypt, Denmark, Switzerland, USA and India, and a group of exceptional graduates. The next PCC in London begins in March 2013.