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  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
Our Philosophy
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Our philosophy is shaped by many years of coaching and facilitating experiential learning programmes for organisational leaders. We discovered that people were describing as much impact in their personal lives as in their professional roles. There is, of course, a clearly established link between the two but it ignited a vision to offer the same level of coaching and learning experiences for individuals. What we do and how we work is therefore grounded in many years experience of coaching, training and facilitation, dozens of programmes around the world, and hundreds of coaching relationships.


"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to next generations."

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)



Our philosophy and approach can be summarised by three themes:

WE LIVE THIS VISION We believe passionately in what we do - learning and growing as people, enabling others to do the same and making a positive difference to the world. Inspiring Life is not just a brand. For us, it is a way of life.  It is who we are and what we do.

KEEP THE CHANNEL OPEN We see every human being as a unique person, each of us carrying a spark of life within ourselves and interconnected to the world around us. We believe that part of our purpose in life is to have the courage to embody that life spark, that essence of who we are and to reconnect to the world of which we are an inseparable part. As Martha Graham wrote in her autobiography, 'All you have to do is keep the channel open'. Separateness is an illusion; interconnectedness and inter-dependence is the reality.

WE ARE VERY CURIOUS We are constantly exploring, asking questions and experimenting. We are fascinated by people, and the world in which we live. Einstein said, 'Never lose a holy curiosity'. This curiosity directly influences how we coach and the programmes that we run. We believe that this curiosity, which is in all of us, gives people an enormous capacity to learn.

We summarise these three themes as:

ADVENTURE, COMMUNITY and LEARNING

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Ben Clayton-Jolly
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Everything that human beings do for our survival – eating, sleeping, reproducing, and working physically – breaking a sweat – is designed to make us feel good biologically. We are rewarded for doing the things necessary to stay alive. This is a generous biological design, and at the same time, the key to our survival. All animals seek pleasure and avoid pain. Maintaining life in the human body was designed to be an ecstatic experience, as was bonding with other humans. Throughout our evolution, physical exertion and sticking together have produced neurochemicals that scientists are just beginning to identify as being associated with happiness. One reason the psycho-pharmacological business is booming is that our bodies are not designed to be sedentary or isolated behind computer screens. Doctors prescribe pills to make people feel better – I prescribe sweat, community, energy balance and a sense of purpose. Humans need to move. Organic, self produced bliss, kinship and stress reduction are available to all of us, if we are willing to break a sweat, bond with other humans, and chase our happiness down.”

Christopher Bergland, “The Athlete’s Way”(2007)



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"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything with integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."

Cecil Beaton (1904 - 1980)




“I came to Inspiring Life worn out, disillusioned and flat. I was existing – definitely not living anything remotely resembling the life I knew I wanted. I’d been through a particularly challenging period – personally and professionally – the ‘volume’ in my life had been turned to full for too long and I couldn’t hear my internal voice. I’d lost my vision for my future. I was chronically stressed with no outlet or support and I hadn’t had the opportunity and the right environment to consider my values, personal needs and future life direction. The week in France was an opportunity to reconnect with parts of me that I had consciously put to one side temporarily but never got back to when I’d intended. The content, structure and location of the week, blended with the adaptable approach of the coaching team created a recipe/catalyst for positive growth. As a result I have begun to travel a road of living a life more truthfully and much more aligned with my own values. By no means a miracle cure for all of life’s problems – the hard work will necessarily continue for many years to come – but at least I will have my eyes open.”

David Giles, Director of Operations