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Navigating Resistance in Coaching – How to befriend your (or your client’s) inner mutineer

Resistance is part of the ecosystem of coaching. If change was as simple as navigating directly from a to b, coaches would be out of a job. Instead, even seemingly routine voyages are susceptible to hijack by a mutineer determined to steer the ship in a completely different direction – whether that shows up as procrastination, self-sabotage, stuckness, ambivalence, or out-and-out rebellion.

But what if the mutineer is right? What if, instead of helping our clients wrest back control of the wheel – the traditional approach of performance coaching – we were to trust the deep wisdom of resistance? What is the dark gift that’s being offered, or the needed breathing space, or the unanticipated outcome we might yet avert?

Coach, supervisor, trainer and real-life voyager NICK THORPE brings a playful, counter-intuitive new compass to this perennial coaching issue, with help from his crew of navigational archetypes – the drifter, the wayfinder, the commander and of course the mutineer.

With customary honesty, Nick shares real-life stories, shadow work insights and examples from nature to explore how the “no” or “wait” of resistance can be as crucial as “yes” to our human flourishing.

About Nick Thorpe 

Nick Thorpe is an award-winning writer, PCC-credentialed coach, supervisor and trainer for Animas Centre for Coaching. In his private practice in Edinburgh, he leans towards person-centred, integrative coaching, with a particular passion for midlife/career transition, male rites of passage, shadow work, spiritual & creative process and intentional drift. He also coaches on executive leadership programmes with senior academics and head teachers seeking fresh thinking. In his 25-year career as a journalist he produced three acclaimed travel memoirs, worked across most UK broadsheets and BBC radio, and voyaged 2500 miles to Easter Island in a home-made reed boat.

Wesbite: www.nickthorpe.co.uk.


Nick is the founder and CEO of the Animas and International Centre for Coaching Supervision. Along with his love of coaching and supervision, he is a a passionate learner with a fascination for philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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29th April 2024


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  • Date: 29th April 2024
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM