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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Role of Our Bodies in Our OD and Coaching Work"

  • 05 Nov 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom link and password will be included in the registration confirmation email


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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP -  Virtual Session Only

Member Registration: FREE

Non-Member Registration: $5 (please see our Cancellation Policy below)

Topic: The Role of Our Bodies in Our OD and Coaching Work

Description: Learning to listen to our bodies — “soma” — is a key skill for coaches and OD professionals that must be constantly honed.  Accessing our internal awareness can enhance our observations and expand the options that are available us and to our OD and coaching clients. Despite the fact that our body-mind makes up 90-95% of our whole mind, our thinking minds’ chatter often drowns out this expansive store of wisdom and experience.  Yet soma is always present and waits patiently for us to listen to its messages. 

In this session, we’ll learn how to tap into this quiet wisdom and experience. We’ll experience the benefits of listening to our inner-self, and discuss how to integrate our somatic experiences with our thinking minds. The session begins with clarification of what soma is and its value to coaching and OD work. With this grounding we'll learn a simple way to access soma. We’ll end with a discussion of ways to incorporate this into our work.

Presenter:  Patricia Bonnard 

Patricia Bonnard is a certified International Coaching Federation (ICF) Leadership Coach and a certified Martha Beck Life Coach. She is trained in Focusing and Byron Katie’s The Work as well as various other meditation, somatic and shamanic practices. She is a Master Practitioner/Instructor in various forms of energy healing and a certified aromatherapist. Patricia customizes her coaching approach to suit each client’s needs and process. She blends conventional coaching with embodied somatic practices to encourage participants to go deeper and experience more profound shifts as well as acquire sustainable and transferable learning. In addition to one-on-one coaching sessions, Patricia extensively blogs and customizes presentations on personal and staff development and well-being for associations, companies, centers and the general public. 

CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net, www.markasachs.com

Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

Cancellation Policy: CBODN Members may cancel registration up to 24 hours in advance by logging into CBODN and returning to this event page.  Non-members may not cancel their registration.  No refunds will be provided.

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