Maria Iliffe-Wood

Coaching Presence Workshop

How do we make the intangible, tangible?  Coaching presence is the intangible part of our coaching, yet when the intangible arises in our coaching, something profound occurs.  Transformations happen.  As we mature as coaches we come to understand that more than anything our presence as a coach is a distinguishing factor for success in coaching relationships.

You are invited to this retreat experience to develop your Coaching Presence. The two days are facilitated by Maria Iliffe-Wood, author of Coaching Presence, building consciousness and awareness into coaching interventions.  Places are limited to just 4 people per workshop.

What is Coaching Presence?

"Coach maturity is having a strong sense of "Who I am".  A strong sense of your own identity in the coaching relationship.  Presence is a way of being. And this way of being will set the tone for the coaching." - (Iliffe-Wood 2014)

In this reflective, practical and experiential space Maria Iliffe-Wood will invite you to explore "Who I am" in order to enhance your presence in coaching relationships.

Testimonials from previous workshops: 

"It was a transformative experience, quietly and deeply profound.  Learning about coaching with Maria, teaches you to coach in its purest and most powerful form, supporting you to connect to your inner wisdom.  She practices what she preaches and you will grow as a person by simply being in her presence."  Sarah Lowes, People Development Manager, Thomas International.

"I signed up for this workshop in complete faith that it would transform my coaching confidence and skills whilst at the same time having no idea what would be involved.  I was not disappointed.  It was excellent.  Maria's personal style, depth, intelligence, warmth, compassion and expertise means I would attend the same workshop again, and recommend it highly to anyone seeking greater purpose and effectiveness in their own coaching."  Penny Tunnell, Director, DD Capace Ltd

"Great qualitative, deep touching workshop. Great for personal as well as professional development. Theory, practice together with personal work.  I go to many workshops and trainings for further development and this one was really the one I was really happy I did." Giedre Lesmaityte, coach, trainer and cofounder, Lucid Head Solutions Lithuania

"If you are looking for a workshop with immediate effect on your coaching, your presence in coaching, as well as your presence in daily life, this is a must. Maria is a gentle yet firm facilitator, coaching the group as well as the individuals to get the best out of the two days. It was a real pleasure to participate!"  Sybren Tuinstra, Managing Partner, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and President ICF Netherlands, The Coaching Square NL

"What I found was that I gained a lot of inner confidence, I now tell myself that 'I am enough' and it helps to centre me and stops me trying too hard.  Not just when coaching but also when playing tennis competitively.  This sense of calmness has also opened up some fabulous conversations..."  Deborah Liles, Coaching and Development

"It was a thoroughly enjoyable two days - fabulous environment both physically and psychologically (emotionally).  I will be able to apply what I've learned to a range of situations extending the value of the time invested."  Margaret Kendle, Facilitator and Coach, CMK Development

Over the two days you will:

  • Reflect upon and connect with "Who I am" in coaching relationships
  • Consider your own coaching presence and develop this further
  • Explore and develop how you connect with your clients
  • Gain a better understanding of what is impacting and influencing your coaching presence
  • Date: 15th & 16th March 2018, 9.30am - 5pm.  
  • Date: 21st & 22nd May 2018, 9.30am - 5pm.  
  • Date: 11th & 12th July 2018, 9.30am - 5pm.  
  • Date: 17th & 18th Sept 2018, 9.30am - 5pm.  
Venue: Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold estate, Leicestershire

The venue has been carefully selected for its beauty and closeness to nature, to enhance your reflective experience.

Included in the price

  • Two day workshop
  • 1 x half-hour Skype session prior to attending the workshop
  • 1 x One hour Skype follow up session
  • A copy of the book Coaching Presence, building consciousness and awareness into coaching interventions by Maria Iliffe-Wood


  • Tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits morning and afternoon.
  • (NB Lunch is not included)


  • Early bird booking:  £400 including VAT 
  • £500 including VAT
  • Early bird deadlines: 14th Feb, 31st March, 31st May and 31st July 2018 

To confirm your place please email  On receipt of your confirmation, we will send an invoice for  your immediate attention. Your booking will be secured on  receipt of payment.

If you would like to discuss the workshop, please email or phone Maria on 07817 616 295.

What do our clients say about us?


Even though I am an experienced coach, Coaching Presence took my coaching to a whole new level, my coaching now has a consciousness to it that just wasn’t there before & this is already having a positive impact on my clients.

I often find when reading coaching material it feels familiar, a model or concept that is being presented in a different way or being developed further, rarely do I find a totally new model but that’s what Maria offers in this book.

After each chapter Maria offers some Reflective Questions, these are like coaching sessions all on their own, they certainly got me digging around in my own coaching, thinking, pondering & ultimately coming out the other end with something better than I went in with. I couldn’t just read straight through the book I wanted to stop at the end of each chapter & do the self-discovery/self-development the questions provide, I loved the way they challenged me & what I was learning.

I have recommended this book to some of my clients as I don’t feel you need to be a coach to benefit from the wisdom the book offers.

Jeanette Start, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant

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