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WORKSHOPS & TRAINING, WINTER 2015-2016

Heart space workshop
Mysore: 3rd December, 2-4.30pm @ Khushi’s
Auroville: 9th December & 13th January & 16th March, 9.15am-12.30pm @ Verite

Are you at a cross roads in your life? Do you want to figure out the path you’re meant to walk on, and walk it?

In this dynamic and interactive workshop you will get more insight into how to align your life to your dreams.

You will connect to the answers within and learn how to work with your inner critic.

“The positive feeling of the workshop and the skills I learnt have already helped me so much in a very urgent and difficult conversation. Fulfillment in a way that was not easy, but it felt so right! Thank you!”

Nora Klein, Student, Environmental Engineering, Germany


Fresh Perspectives
Auroville: 23rd December & 3rd February & 26th March, 9.15am-12.30pm @ Verite

Are you at a cross roads in your life? Are you going through a transition? Do you want to get unstuck?

In this half day workshop, we’ll explore how you can create clarity, make conscious choices and move forward. Join me to get fresh perspectives on your life.

Flow through Life
Auroville: 6th January & 17th February & 30th March, 9.15am-12.30pm @ Verite

Are you holding on to your emotions? Do you keep experiencing the same patterns and want to create more flow?

Learn how to process your emotions so you can access your intuition more fully.

Join me for this workshop to explore how to turn emotions into energy in motion. You’ll feel relieved and full of energy to move forward.

Coaching fundamentals
Auroville: 9th January & 27th February, 9.15am-4.30pm @ Verite

This interactive and dynamic training day will provide you with basic coaching skills. Coaching is the art of listening profoundly and asking powerful questions with the aim of facilitating sustainable and real change.

Coaching conversation skills are a great tool for anyone interested in optimising their relationships, and in particular:

  • Managers to build an inclusive, non-hierarchical leadership style
  • Therapists to enhance long term impact on clients
  • Designers and other freelancers to build trust in client relationships
  • Teachers to create mutual respect and openness with students

You will learn how to listen in a focused and intuitive way, how to ask questions that quickly build resonance and trust, and how to facilitate transformation.


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Each workshop addresses different aspects of the coaching practice:

  • Developing better relationships through enhanced listening and intuition skills
  • Connecting with your life values, fulfilment energy and your inner leader
  • Making conscious and lasting choices by exploring different perspectives
  • Being present to emotions, allowing them to be in motion

I also host coaching training days for corporate and private groups in Europe and India. See Retreats page for weekend and week long retreats in Auroville (January to March) and Greece (June).

Get in touch at julie@maitreecoaching.com if you’d like to join or discuss hosting these workshops and trainings elsewhere in Europe or India for corporate and private groups.

Heart Space: the magic of synchronicity

“Is it always like this or are we special?” asked one of the participants of the my latest retreat in Crete. I replied: “Both. It is always like this and it is always magical.” In the months leading up to the retreat I was observing the group coming together – some signed up months in advance, others cancelled last minute. Coincidence? Or is it a complex cosmic law that our limited understanding is (yet) unable to grasp?

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It has been two weeks since the end of the Joyful Living retreat in the remote village of Sfakia in the South of Crete. I’m still in awe of the perfect synchronicity – perhaps the best term for that complex cosmic law – that brought this group together. So are the participants who are already booking their flights for the reunion in October. One of them, a theatre producer from Zurich, writes: “I’m astonished at how open and warm we were in the group and this very quickly.” “It was a real joy to see how the group evolved into a small family in just the space of a few days!” shares Mouna, an interpreter from Paris.

The swift intimacy created after sometimes only a couple of hours is a marvel to most people attending my workshops and retreats. In my experience, connection and transformation happen when synchronicity enters the scene. Then meaningful coincidences start occurring, such as people find themselves working on a similar life purpose, or bringing an identical inspiring object to the workshop. Or I will intuitively share an experience which is deeply meaningful to one or more participants.

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To trust in synchronicity is one of the cornerstones of being a transformational facilitator and coach. My coaching school CTI calls this skill ‘dancing in the moment.’ To surrender control initially feels counterintuitive because as a faclitator you are ‘doing nothing’ but following the flow of a session. Slowly you build trust that whatever is unfolding, is exactly what participants need in that very moment. When I feel I am working hard, I now know something is wrong!

In fact the only thing to ‘do’ as a facilitator is to role model how to interact with an open heart, a sensitive spirit, a curious mind and a flexible body. Thus you give the group permission to enter into a safe space. They respond by sharing the full spectrum of their humanity. It is as if in this ‘heart space’ we can uncover the strength of our vulnerability. We recognise each other’s stories of feeling intensely alive or of sabotaging our wildest dreams. By “taking the lid off ourselves” (‘The Heart of the Buddha‘ by Chogyam Trungpa, p6) we give each other permission to relax, be present, connect with our inner self and leave our unique footprint.

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Occassionally I come across a group where the heart space is unstable. This usually indicates that one or more participants has become sceptical and closed their hearts. The crucial thing to do as a facilitator is to stay curious and avoid closing our heart in retaliation. Fear can easily make us defensive or judgemental. Yet when we stay open hearted we invite a participant to express their doubt and neutralise the impact. Mostly this is enough for the air to clear and for synchronicty to work its magic once again. I remain in awe.

Watch this space for my next piece on how flow and synchronicity are related to gut feeling.