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Inviting you to our Coaches Working Retreat

30th & 31st January 2020


Inviting you to our Coaches Working Retreat

30th & 31st January 2020


Our commitment to developing our profession includes time to Reflect, Refine & Recharge

Our commitment to developing our profession includes time to Reflect, Refine & Recharge

Come to a 2 day working retreat to reflect, refine and recharge. We will be:

  • Reflecting and integrating the learning from your client relationships over the last 12 months
  • Refining our reflections through a systemic lens in support of personal and organisational growth
  • Recharging your practice for the year ahead.


Engaging in reflective practice, dialogue and collaborative learning for the development and benefit of your coaching, you will be eligible for 12 Resource Development CCEUs*.

You can list 4 of these in your own ICF credential renewal towards the 10 hours of Coaching Supervision eligible as Core Competency CCEUs.

* Continued Coach Education Units.


Our 2 days together will provide a forum for reflective practice on your work as a professional coach, drawing out the learning and how you want to apply that learning for the year ahead. Our focus will be on your personal and professional development in service of you, your clients and the wider organisational system.


Our active reflection offers space to continue refining your internal processes and creates greater awareness of strengths and blind spots for you and your clients. We will use psychological frameworks from Transactional Analysis to reflect on your experiences. We will also use Systemic principles to integrate those experiences to refine growth for the year ahead. 


Recharging yourself and your practice is a core ingredient of resourcing ensuring we, as a profession are fit for purpose for clients and the organisations we serve.  Suzanne and Wendy will bring their skills and experience as Systemic Practitioners to support you as you take care of yourself as a professional for the year ahead.

Who is this for?

Coaches working organisationally will find this of most benefit. You may be working 1:1 and/or working with groups and teams, you may be an internal coach, working for a coaching company as an associate or be running your own business and practice. This retreat is planned with you all in mind. In your application form, do tell us a little about your practice (just as examples: the kind of coaching you do, current credential, supervision arrangements, type of organisation) hopes and fears for the year ahead. This will help us tailor the programme for you on the day.

What to expect

This is an experiential 2 days focussed on you and your practice as an organisational coach.  A brief online questionnaire (3 questions only!) is the beginning of your reflection.

On both days, we will use frameworks from Transactional Analysis, Somatic Practice, and Systemic Constellations.  The learning will be experiential enabling you to have a felt sense and embody these frameworks more deeply into your practice. No prior knowledge of these frameworks is needed for you to benefit from the retreat.

No other reading or pre-work is required. We will send joining instructions 4 weeks prior to the event but all the details for booking are on the website now. Come ready to reflect, refine and recharge!

Our focus for Day 1 – Reflecting on the previous 12 months

We will focus on your experiences and learning as a coach over the last 12 months, integrating the successes, challenges and opportunities you have had during the year. We will look at our stance as coaches, what you want to take with you from these 12 months and what you might want to leave behind.

Our focus for Day 2 – Envisioning your next 12 months

We will be focussing on the 12 months ahead enabling you to refine your focus and plan for your year ahead as a coach.

If you would like more information please do contact Suzanne: suzanne@abamentis.com or +44 (0) 7887 897 993


  • Structured time to reflect on your practice with fellow professionals, guided by Suzanne and Wendy: 2 experienced organisational coaches, leaving you free to focus on your learning.
  • On completion of the 2 days, you will be eligible for 12 CCE Continued Coach Education Units. ICF credential holders may include of these as part of their 10 hours of Coaching Supervision as Core Competency credits toward their credential renewal.
  • A certificate of attendance for you to use for your log of continued professional development.
  • Exercises using Transactional Analysis, Systemic Coaching and Somatic work that you can incorporate into your own practice as well as offer to your clients.
  • Embodied learning from Transactional Analysis, and Systemic Coaching Constellations to deepen your felt sense and develop your practice for the year ahead.
  • Working as a single group, and in smaller groups, you will have time to do your own personal work with all the frameworks we cover
  • Opportunity to integrate your learning over the last 12 months with the client successes, challenges and opportunities, resourcing you for the year ahead.
  • Reflection time to shape your “what next?” as a coach for the year ahead.



Your Hosts

Suzanne and Wendy both bring considerable organisational experience working 1:1, with groups and with teams. They contribute, design and deliver a range of programmes for clients working internationally and across industry. Suzanne brings a particular expertise from transactional analysis, Wendy brings particular somatic expertise and together they share deep experience of working with Systemic Coaching and Constellation. Suzanne is also a trained mediator and coach supervisor.

In September 2019, Suzanne and Wendy were two of 17 International Coaches to complete the first ‘Path to Mastery Programme in Systemic Coaching and Constellations’ offered by John Whittington, following 5 years of training.

Suzanne Lines

Suzanne has over 25 years of global business development experience working to board level with FTSE 50 and entrepreneurial companies, in Russia, North and South America and throughout Europe. 

Suzanne has been coaching Senior leaders and their teams since 2000, focusing on leadership transition and transformational growth. She specialises in Personal Leadership at board level, top team performance, strategic development of business relationships and conflict & change

Clients come from a wide range of sectors, including professional partnerships, finance and investment, pharma and FMCG industries both in the UK and overseas.

Her commercial experience includes Ernst & Young, where she led key client relationship and strategy, coached for performance and ran the selection of Business Development Professionals. DeAgostini (Italy) and Rand McNally (US), the BBC and Dorling Kindersley.

Suzanne holds an MCC, with the ICF, is a coach supervisor and mediator and has 9 years training in Transactional Analysis (TA,  Organisational field). She has translated chapters from French and Italian into English and translates between an Italian supervisee and English Supervisor all in the field of TA. 

Clients Assignments have included: Deloitte, GSK, Nationwide, the RAF, Baker & McKenzie, BP, UK Sport, BAE Systems, Windsor Leadership, YOOX Net-a-Porter Group, ICEAW.

Wendy Bedborough

Wendy has over 25 years experience in Senior business/HR roles in the corporate environment, and now offers coaching, consultancy and facilitation for leaders at Senior and C-Suite level across Europe and the Middle East in a wide range of business sectors. 

Wendy has a degree in Business and HR Management, is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, an NLP Master Practitioner and Certified European Coach, and holds a PCC Credential with the ICF.  She is also certified to deliver a wide range of psychometric tools, and is a LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator.

Sectors include: Government, Military, Scientific/Space, Education, Technology, Financial, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG and Fashion.

Wendy works as a Systemic Leadership Coach, and is known for her warmth, emotional sensitivity and sense of fun as well as her courage to challenge others in service of their development. She is adept at creating a “safe space” for her clients to explore and experiment with behaviours that will support them in showing up differently in the workplace.  Her work draws on Psychology, Somatics, NLP, Systemic Coaching and Constellations and a good dose of common sense.

Clients have included: The Cabinet Office Astra Zeneca, Barclays, Berghaus, Eumetsat, European Commission, Cisco, GSK, Juniper, RBS.  


We’ve chosen the Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury. The Old Bell is a Grade 1 listed building purported to be England’s oldest hotel located next to a 12th Century Abbey in the heart of of the historic Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury.  The location offers us a place away from the hustle and bustle of corporate life enabling space to focus and reflect. We have chosen the Old Bell for its atmosphere, warmth, light and space. Being right next door to the Abbey provides a contemplative space for us to use, just right for our reflective thinking and recharging.

The Old Bell Hotel is within easy reach of Tetbury, Bath, Bristol, The Cotswolds and London. Close to the M4 (Junction 17) and is also convenient for those travelling by train from London Paddington to Kemble, Swindon and Chippenham. There is a car park available at the back of the hotel.

The Old Bell is holding rooms at a discounted price for us, just use the Code “Abamentis Coaches Retreat” and you can book directly with Lauren Hall, Events Co-ordinator: email lauren@oldbellhotel.com, telephone: 01666 822344.

There are places to eat close by and of course, the hotel itself.


Costs for the 2 day programme:

£650 plus VAT
A limited number of bursaries are available for those who are self-funding.

What’s included:

Welcome tea and coffee on arrival, water throughout the day, all materials for the 2 days and the signed CPD certificate.

What’s not included:

Accommodation is not included.

However The Old Bell are holding rooms for us at a discounted rate so if you would like to book an overnight stay, please contact Lauren Hall, Events Co-ordinator at the Old Bell; email lauren@oldbellhotel.com, telephone: 01666 822344 and quote “Abamentis Coaches Retreat” to ensure you receive the discounted rate. You will need to do this before the 3rd January 2020. Bookings will work on a first come, first served basis. Your booking with the Old Bell will be your responsibility.

Meals: we wanted you to have the flexibility of time, costs and food so no meals are included. You will find more places within walking distance (pubs, cafes, hotels) as well as food at the Old Bell which is very good!

To Secure Your Place

To register please complete the form and we will be in touch to confirm availability. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

On receipt of your registration form, an invoice will be sent for a 25% deposit to secure your place. The balance of payment will be required by the 15th December 2019.

If there is more you would like to know

Please do get in touch with Suzanne: suzanne@abamentis.com or +44 (0) 7887 897 993