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Alumni Retreat: Presence-Based®Resilience for Coaches

Presence-Based Resilience for Coaches: Tools, Perspectives and Practices for Complex times 


Your inner state is the foundation for resilience: the capacity for creativity, resourcefulness and skillful action, no matter what’s going on around you.

– Doug Silsbee

Most coaches we’ve talked with in our community are working with clients who are struggling with a lot more long-term stress these days. You may find yourself feeling extra stressed as well, and not knowing what might be missing or needed to support yourself and your clients in these ongoing challenging times. Post-Covid questions, economic uncertainties, social and police injustice, leadership overwhelm, working remotely, organizations trying to keep up. Changes in our context have taken an internal toll on everyone. Uncertainty seems to be the new normal.

When was the last time you filled your own tank?

This is where the skills of Resilience come in.  We are offering a three-day in person opportunity to take a deep dive into yourself to access your own inner strength and resourcefulness. The Presence-Based Resilience course has the feel of a Presence-Based retreat, yet also offers you new tools, perspectives, and practices to support and build your own resilience as a coach, that you can deliver to your clients right away.

What does this Presence-Based Resilience body of work enable you to do?

  • When you feel depleted, to be able to return more quickly to a more resourced inner state.
  • To be able to respond, versus react, when life throws you curveballs and when you are facing seemingly insurmountable pressures to function despite all that’s going on in your world.
  • To embody neutrality and optimism in the face on ongoing uncertainty at work, at home and in relationships.
  • To understand you don’t have to go it alone, with the opportunity to engage with a like-hearted community of practice.
  • To translate these skills of Resilience to your coaching clients so they can build their own sense of Resilience

We suggest that Presence leads to Resilience, which we hold as our individual capacity for choice in the present moment. The power and success of coaching depends on this ability! 

Join us for these lively and experiential three days at Bend of Ivy Lodge in Asheville, NC, which includes:

  • teaching pieces featuring new tools and skill-building opportunities
  • experiential and somatic exercises
  • coaching practices
  • mindfulness and presence practices
  • understand what it means to be more Trauma-Informed as a coach
  • a manual of resources
  • the chance to fully engage with a group of fellow PBC Alumni
  • This retreat offers a space that is quiet and generative, promoting reflection and learning time, nestled on the beautiful and rejuvenating land of Bend of Ivy Lodge
  • Dava is catering!
  • Earn 20 ICF CCEs (14 hours core competency, 6 hours resource development)

We are all living in a time of great change, challenges and often suffering.  Each of us lives in a human body, each of us has unique strengths and gifts to bring to these complex times.  You can enjoy the benefits of being in this unique PBC learning community and connecting with your peers on a similar journey.

This three-day course on Presence-Based Resilience speaks to the very human aspects of how we each are navigating the many changes we face and addresses the need for more Resilience skills that will support us and our clients into the future.  How can we be in the world in a way that is resourced, mindful and present? How can we serve others skillfully?  How can we be ready for what’s next? Each of us is needed right now!


Course Details

The Presence-Based Resilience Model presented in this Course covers the “what” and the “how” of Resilience.  Underpinned by the practices that cultivate Presence, this course offers new and generative understandings of Resilience that enable you to walk away with fresh insights, strategies, and coaching moves.

You will have the feel of a Presence-Based retreat with lots of connection and community. Learn ways to create a more Resilient way of being within yourself, and to embody perspectives and practices that, in turn, directly support you to deliver these skills to your clients.

  • This is a PBC Alumni only event.
  • As part of the pre-work, you will be asked to bring a current personal or professional challenge or context where you want to be more resilient (parenting, leadership, coaching, activism, marriage).  This will give you a practice ground to apply the material throughout the course.

Resilience is made up of several dimensions that can be learned and practiced. Our experience in this work reveals that the dual thread of coach development rests alongside our client’s development.

In this parallel yet individual process, it is imperative that we continue to do our own development work, as our inner state as coaches matters.  As we cultivate our own Resilience, we are able to provide relational and experiential scaffolding around our client’s capacity for Resilience.  Being more at choice supports our client’s own development and movement toward their coaching goals.

This course offers specific tools around several mutually reinforcing elements of Resilience that you can apply in your next coaching conversation while opening up more areas for ongoing practice and skill-building.

Here’s what we want you to emerge with from this course:

  • Practice cultivating your own presence as a practitioner
  • Understand and embody new and generative perspectives about Resilience that support your coaching and those you serve
  • Understand the connecting threads of Presence and Resilience
  • Learn tools to apply right away in coaching conversations
  • Leverage the body as a reliable resource for coaches and for clients
  • Learn new Trauma-Informed coaching moves
  • Take away tools, perspectives and practices that enable you as a coach to be more Resilient, and to deliver tools that support your clients to embody more Resilience
  • Earn 20 ICF CCEs (14 hours core competency, 6 hours resource development)

Pricing details

Logistics and registration details

  • What’s included: Course fees include tuition, materials, post-retreat class calls, and meals and lodging.  Required pre-reading textbooks are not included.
  • Location: All North Carolina retreats are held at Bend of Ivy Lodge, a secluded and beautiful retreat center 20 minutes north of Asheville. Retreats include long hours, morning practices, and evening sessions. We believe that the community experience is a vitally important element of the retreat. We have a limited number of rooms available at the lodge, once we are at capacity at the lodge (first come, first serve), you must stay off site*. We have a PBC rate at a local hotel about 15 minutes from the lodge.
  • Meals and Lodging: Meals and lodging are included as part of the package. Lodging and meals prices include double occupancy lodging, shared bath, and gourmet meals prepared with locally sourced, organic foods. Meals are provided Monday breakfast through Wednesday lunch. Lodging is provided Sunday night through Wednesday at 2 PM ET.
    • A very limited number of single rooms are available upon request, on a case by case basis. Preference will be given to people with a physical or medical need.
    • *If you are staying offsite, you will pay a reduced commuter rate which will include all meals and day use fees. You will be responsible for paying for off site lodging fees separately.
  • Cancellation policy: If you must cancel your registration for any retreat or course, all fees paid minus a cancellation fee will be refunded, as long as the conditions outlined in the terms and conditions are met. If those conditions are not met, no refunds will be provided. See more details on cancellation policies on the Terms & Conditions page.
  • Special Pricing: Payment plans can be arranged for a small financing charge, inquire with Jenny.
  • LIPCC Grads save an additional $100, email Jenny for the coupon code.

The PBR course taught me the value of curiosity, awareness, presence, gratitude and choice in cultivating resilience. We always have choice, and in this course I learned about the choice between taking a habit loop that ends up in my usual rut and journeying on a presence loop that leads to growth.

Nancy Scannell PBC Alumni