The Embodiment in Coaching

What can we learn from the movement of the body? How can we learn through the movement of the body? The Embodiment in Coaching adds a bodily perspective in the field of coaching. It gives food for thought and provides answers to the questions above and gives new perspectives and insights.

When referring to embodiment in the learning and coaching process - we mean that both the mind and the body are included. Learning happens at all levels: body, mind and emotions. (Sieler, 2003) In other words, learning everywhere and not only from the neck up. Thus the body is not only perceived as a brain train, but as a source of experience, memory and so much more (Walsh, 2020).

The purpose of this chapter is to offer a theoretical framework, principles, insights and guidance for using embodiment when coaching and/or training people in coaching. This chapter could contribute to you if you are an adult educator, trainer coach, counsellor, youth worker or social worker. We aim to:
  • Become familiar with the terms and the principles of embodiment
  • Become aware of the embodied methodology
  • Learn two ways of approaching embodiment.

    The training course in the Netherlands is part of the strategic partnership project ReACT. ReACT is a KA2 Erasmus+ Adult Education project which aims to create an immersed approach to battle unemployment. During this project seven organizations from six countries (Netherlands, Greece, Croatia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania) come together and contribute to the project by offering their unique coaching & training expertise in order to create innovative training and coaching methodologies to support the targeted adults in entering the labor market. This article is part of the intellectual output - Workbook. Materials presented are free to use.