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A Caged Mind: The Nature of Insights








For Coaches


£ 800.00 early bird rate

Join Maria Iliffe-Wood for an eight-week exploration into the nature of insights.

Insights change us. They invoke deep transformations. But how do they work?

Psyche comes from the Greek word psykhe which means ‘the soul, mind, spirit, or invisible animating entity which occupies the physical body.’

In this program we will explore the role ‘psykhe’ plays in your life and work, and how insights bring about transformation. We will focus not on tools and techniques, but the way life works.

As scientific research gained momentum in its early days, the soul/spiritual aspect of how life worked was set aside by psychologists, neuroscientists, biologist and physicists because it could not be scientifically proven. Yet it’s always been an integral part of how life works. Einstein recognised it as such, quantum physicists like Lothar Schaffer and other scientists are pointing to it more and more.

After publishing her book, Coaching Presence, Maria’s personal development took a turn towards spiritual understanding, which led to her most recent book, A Caged Mind, How Spiritual Understanding Changed a Life. In writing about pivotal moments in her life, Maria was able to investigate the nature of how transformational shifts occurred, through insight.

Throughout the eight weeks, using her book A Caged Mind as a steppingstone, we will explore the ‘Psykhe’, the nature of insights and how these two combine to bring about transformation in ourselves and others whether inside or outside of a coaching relationship. It will in an interactive, intuitive and experiential reflection into how life and transformation works.

By the end of the program, you will have:

  • Explored the role of insights in shaping and transforming your life.
  • Understand more about the nature of insight and how it works.
  • Taken a deep dive into who you are at your core.
  • Looked deeper into the workings of the ‘Psykhe’.
  • Reflected on how your inner wisdom has been guiding you, your entire life.
  • Seen how this understanding can shape you as a human being and as a coach.
  • Seen how you can break free from the cage of your own limiting self-beliefs and conditioning.

The full program will comprise:

  • A one-hour one-to-one session to find out where you are now, what you would like from the program and kickstart your learning. It will also enable me to ensure the program is tailored to suit your needs. This will take place in the month prior to the Zoom sessions start date.
  • 8 x 90-minute – 2-hour weekly group Zoom sessions, where you will explore all eight parts of A Caged Mind in the context of your life.
  • Access to audio recordings of the chapters of A Caged Mind and additional resources that will complement your journey. These will be available for up to six months following the end of the program.
  • Recordings of all the sessions will be available for up to six months following the end of the program.
  • A final one-to-one session, one month after the end of the program, to cement your learning from the program.

There are only eight places on this program. Price £975. Book by 31st August to save £175.

If you are interested in this program, contact Maria for an exploratory conversation:


Maria Iliffe-Wood is a coach supervisor, leadership growth coach and team coach. She also works with coaches who would like to write a book but either can’t get started or who have got writer’s block. Maria is the author of Coaching Presence, Building Consciousness and Awareness into Coaching Conversations an academic book for coaches and a second book which is something completely different, Daily Yarns, Riding the Lockdown Roller Coaster of Emotions.

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