Maria Iliffe-Wood

Coaching Presence Workshop

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.  

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 will invite you to explore "Who I am" in order to enhance your presence in coaching relationships.

This two days is for you if:

  • You are someone who coaches, whether as a professional coach or someone who uses a coaching style in their work. 
  • You don't feel the need to learn any new coaching tools or techniques at the moment. 
  • You are intrigued about the notion of presence and how this impacts on the success of coaching.
  • You are someone who wants to bring more of your authentic self into your coaching relationships.
  • You would like a more reflective experience, rather than a traditional training course.

Over the two days you will:

  • Experience a deep reflection into and connect with "Who I am" in coaching relationships
  • Gain insights into how to bring more of your authentic self into your coaching
  • 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
  • Understand how to facilitate deeper and more profound shifts for your clients

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

Date: TBC - contact us for more information
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)


  • £400 including VAT 

We want you to have a profound experience, so places are limited. 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?


Although running your own business is very rewarding, it isn’t easy. There never seems to be time to stop and just think about things. When Maria from Meridian Iliffe started coaching me it felt like all that changed. She helped me to focus my thoughts, not only in terms of my business but in life in general. I suppose you could say she helped me face my fears. Although she brought a clear structure to our meetings she was also very calm and relaxed in her approach, which I really liked. I never felt under any pressure. I think it was partly her style of coaching that enabled me to really step outside of my comfort zone probably for the first time. The difference it has made has been quite astonishing; I feel as though my whole outlook has changed and I now have a much clearer picture of where I am in my business, and where I'm heading. I would not hesitate to recommend Maria’s services.

Nigel Cunnington, Business Owner, NJC Property Maintenance

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