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Presence-Based Leadership Development®: A Retreat for Coaches and Leaders

This emerging Presence-Based Leadership Development® body of work gives us radical new perspectives and integrative practices for navigating this terrain. This work is a synthesis with deep roots in complexity work, leadership development, somatics, interpersonal neurobiology, and developmental psychology and coaching.

The retreat draws from the foundations of Presence-Based Coaching and the pioneering work of Carolyn Coughlin and her colleagues with complexity and adult development in some of the world’s leading organizations. Doug Silsbee’s new book, Presence-Based Leadership also provides a major new synthesis of these important streams. This is the fourth time this retreat will be offered at Bend of Ivy Lodge.

Learning Objectives

In this retreat, we explore how complexity challenges our very identity, how the self organizes to defend that identity, and how embodied reactive behaviors often make things worse (albeit with the best of intentions!) We work in the present moment with interventions such as somatic practices and unconventional perspective shifts to build a self that can function with clarity and resilience in the midst of complexity and uncertainty.

This highly experiential workshop is for experienced and practicing coaches and leaders with a significant level of training and pragmatic experience under their belt. Pragmatism, application, and evidence-based practice provide the grounding for this leading edge synthesis. It is crucial that you are enlivened by experimenting and practicing on yourself.

We will work experientially with a new model that offers pragmatic coaching and leadership strategies focused on:

  • Distinguishing complex contexts from complicated and obvious contexts
  • Sensing habitual reactions to complexity through emotions, body, language and meaning-making
  • Resourcing the self by cultivating internal states of awareness and resilience
  • Developing action learning strategies for engaging with complexity
  • Working with multiple perspectives and integrative practices within the self and with clients.


Timing: The workshop will begin at 9am on June 17 and end at 2pm on June 19.

Location: Bend of Ivy Lodge, a secluded and beautiful retreat center 20 minutes north of Asheville, North Carolina. The retreat will include intensive, highly experiential days, morning practices and evening sessions. Because the community experience is a vitally important element of the retreat, so and there are no nearby alternatives, we strongly recommend staying on-site. If you have a special situation and prefer to stay offsite please let us know and we can offer options.

Cost of Workshop: $1,900 plus meals and lodging.

CCEs: 24 CCEs will be provided for those applying for, or renewing, ICF credentials.

Faculty: This retreat will be taught by Bebe Hansen and Carolyn Coughlin. Doug was integrally involved in the design of the frameworks and learning approach for this workshop.

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 from breakfast on Monday through lunch on Wednesday. Three nights lodging starts the evening of Sunday and goes through the end of the retreat.

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.

Carolyn Coughlin Bio

Carolyn is a founding partner of Cultivating Leadership, a firm that works with organizations and individuals to help them increase their capacity to lead across complexity, ambiguity, and change. She is the co-founder of the Growth Edge Network, and she trains coaches in the theory and practice of adult development. Carolyn’s coaching and leadership development work is informed in part by the 10 years she spent as a management consultant, and in even greater part by the journey of her life.

From going on her first multi-day backpacking trip in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana at the age of 9, traveling and working in six different Latin American countries in her 20’s, living on the campus of a boarding school for 17 years, moving her family to New Zealand in 2012 and back to the US in 2013, and currently waking up every day to the miracle of being the mother of three amazing teenagers, Carolyn is a commitment to living life fully.

If you are a PBC Alumni, Growth Edge Coaching Alumni, or NFP leader; please inquire with Jenny for special pricing that is available to you.