The Program

Art serves a primary function in our global society: it is through dance, music, story, and image-making that we know who we are and where we belong. It is through the arts that we imagine ourselves fully, make meaning of our experiences, reaching beyond “that which can be measured” to touch “that which can’t be known.”
The role of creativity, heightened awareness, and presence (qualities traditionally cultivated through artistic practices) are increasingly identified as central components of success in both meeting business objectives and supporting personal well-being. We believe the time is ripe to harness these potentials in our work, for ourselves and our clients.

Using a combination of experiential activities and conversation, we will explore how the arts can strengthen our skill as coaches, enriching our sense of ourselves, and broadening our perspectives.

The Setting

The program is held outside Poitiers, France, at the lovely Chateau de St. Julien, whose history dates from the 12th Century.

The setting plays an important role in our time together. Evocative, yet grounding, the chateau’s old stones carry traces of the building’s history: as a noble’s estate, a nun’s convent, and – at the turn of the 21st century – an artists’ community. We will benefit from this legacy, as we create our own learning community, turning our attention to what is unfolding in and among us.

Chateau de St. Julien

Chateau de St. Julien

The chateau is sited on a 55-acre walled estate, containing gardens, fields, and forest, in the quiet village of St. Julien l’Ars, in the Poitou-Charente region of France, south of the Loire Valley. Lodging is in the chateau. Most meals are provided family style in the 18th century dining room.

Return on Experience:

  • Deepen your coaching practice and cultivate industry-leading skills
  • See your business in a new way, identifying opportunities for greater fulfillment and success
  • Form new relationships with international colleagues in a beautiful, relaxing setting
  • Learn techniques for exploring untapped potential and gaining new insights
  • Recharge and reground your creativity
  • Enhance your ability to be present to yourself, and thus more present to your clients

Special Program Features

  • A proven methodology for accessing self-awareness, creativity and inspiration
  • Access to on-line participant learning community, before and after the event
  • Possibility for ICF credit
  • Program facilitation by an international team offered in English and French
  • Lodging and programs on estate of historic château; catered meals from the local markets
  • Excursion to Poitiers, center of extraordinary Romanesque art
  • Optional post-seminar guided excursion to Bordeaux, (or) port city of LaRochelle