Have you been flirting with coaching for a while and would you like to finally get the hang of it? This 7-day programme offers you an (embodied) hands-on coaching experience that will enable you to identify your skills as a coach and boost your growth as a coachee.

If you are searching for a training that will boost your communication, body language and understanding skills in an engaging way and are bored with courses that give you only textbook theory you can google yourself, you may just found something worth investing time in. And if you are also curious what coaching can do for you as a coachee as well as a coach, this is definitely the training for you.

Practicing Coaching is an uniquely designed 7-day embodied coaching training that has been tested for more than 20 times with an international crowd, and it works! It is formed as one big coaching session and emphasizes learning by involvement offering a hands-on journey through the methodology of coaching.
Is it for you
It is open for everyone: teachers, educators, team-leaders, HR experts, trainers, youth workers, people working with people in different contexts.

It is intended for all of you who already are accomplished coaches willing to add another layer of interpretation to their practice and also for you who do not have a day of coaching practice behind. How is this possible? Because of our unique approach.
Our unique approach
Inception training
We like to play and what you can expect is a training within a training. You will parallelly be immersed in different levels of learning: you as a professional/coach, you as an individual/coachee, you as a peer member. Through reflection groups, intervision groups, coaching sessions and assignment experiments.

Embodied approach
Communication is 93% non-verbal and this is the reason why all the models we offer in the training are approached both in verbal and non-verbal level. The non-verbal behavior of a coach concerns posture, movement, voice and breathing. Every part of the training is colored with embodied exercises so you explore and develop an effective embodied coaching behavior.

We offer everything, you choose
A variety of tools, techniques and methods will be presented. From the core ones to innovative and digital ones. A technique becomes a skill through practice so, you will have this opportunity and will be able to choose which one you will add to your personal method and identity as a coach.

Sandwich method
We are clever and take care that we deliver the training first to your process body memory and once the body has it, it naturally comes up in your rational reasoning as well as practice. This means we serve tasty and digestible sandwiches that look like this: bodywork = theory = coaching practice.
What will you gain as a participant
  • Find your strong points in coaching, work with them
  • Develop your own personalized coaching method
  • Understand how the human brain works
  • Discover the three basic ways you can make intervention
  • Practice in depth conversation, questioning and observation skills
  • Develop an effective embodied coaching behaviour
  • Learn how to diagnose your coachee, how to start, execute and close a coaching session
  • Detect and handle resistance
  • Identify your own obstacles and learn how to turn them into stepping stones
  • Explore the opportunity to coach and be coached
  • Boost your growth in reflection groups
  • Advance your coaching method while working with peer coaches
  • Full book on the Methodology of Coaching and all the video/audio materials used for future reference
Methodology of the training
The teachings and disciplines we consult
Embodied approach
Richard Strozzi Heckler, Wendy Palmer, Stuart Heller, Paul Linden
Ontological coaching
Brothers, C. Language and the Pursuit of Happiness
Sieler A., Coaching to the Human Soul vol I-III
Flaherty, Coaching evoking excellence in others
Starr, The Coaching Manual
Whitmore, J. Coaching for Performance
Parsloe, Leedham: Coaching and Mentoring
Starr, Julie The Coaching Manual
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
Bandler, Grinder, The Structure of Magic vol 1&2
Methodical work
Winkelaar, P. (2001). Methodisch werken
De Galan,K. Trainingen ontwerpen
Experiential learning methods
Kegan R., Lahey L. Immunity to change
David A. Kolb, Experiential Learning
Alternative approach
Tolle, E. The Power of Now
Eagleman, D.,The Brain
Nonverbal communication
Pease, A. The Definitive book of Body Language
Systemic work
Whittington, J. (2012). Systemic coaching and constellations: An introduction to the principles, practices and application
  • "I am better at listening to others without jumping to conclusions and experience less of this burning feeling of having to solve someone else's problems."

    - Ilze Ozola, journalist and coach

  • "Learning interesting new things about myself and the way I cope, makes me feel more comfortable to not be afraid to express myself and be seen by others."

    - Eleanna Mavrofrydi, Visual artist

  • "I've discovered several things: coaching is my passion, different coaching tools and techniques, ability to listen is very important, I'm quite sensitive to other people. Coaching is a very good tool to work with goals and for diagnostics."

    - Andrii Suslenko, Communications specialist

  • "I use the coaching techniques when I hit communication roadblocks with close people, to get unstuck without reaching an argument. Also when a friend shares a difficulty I try to take the conversation to a constructive place where my friend gets ideas on next steps without giving advice as I usually would. Also when talking to myself, I watch if I don't put myself in a victim's position and strive to gain ownership of the situation."

    - Nora Georgieva, Marketing Expert

  • "It inspired me to study coaching further and deepen my knowledge in this field. The practicality and the coaching assignments that we had during the training made me realize what is the style that suits me the best."

    - Kiry Noémi Ambrus, trainer and coach

  • "The skills I learned are useful to be able to listen and help others around me to find the right solution for their situation. I make sure that at least every week I spend some time with my older son to listen to his issues and help him deal with challenges. With my daughter  I do some coaching while we play or tell her stories. My students also benefit from the coaching skills I gained."

    - Andy Bugeja, Lecturer

  • "I am better at listening to others without jumping to conclusions or this burning feeling of "I need to solve all your problems!"

    - Ilze Ozola, project manager & journalist

  • "Recently I started to have communication and cooperation trainings for companies, where my coaching knowledge supports me a lot in working with them towards their goals. I also held some workshops for young adults on personal development, where I used coaching to help each individual to make the next step towards their dreams."

    - Marton Laura, trainer

  • "I took more coachees after I came back from the training and I made my own coach page to build a reputation. I am also presenting myself as a coach now in my network. "

    - Roxana Bucur - teacher, coach and researcher

  • "The most relevant experience of the training that I implement in my life is giving feedback/building conversations with people, both in my professional and personal life."

    - Anne Smeets, student

  • "I got a great introduction about the  body empowerment and contact exercises which can be an asset tool for coaching sessions and I learned how to work with people in a limited amount of time and how to lead myself into the right questions."

    - Vasiliki Koutrouli, Artist

  • "The Coaching and Mentoring Training supported me greatly in developing my own approach as a coach. I gained a lot of clarity about my assumptions, goals and strategy. At the same time, the training furthered my personal development as it helped me to become aware of many blind spots and patterns in my thinking and behavior."

    - Simon Kornhäusl, Change Facilitator

  • "I thought it first to be a traditional type of delivering training with might be some of interesting exercises and active interaction within, but discovered that those who are behind tailoring that program were actually designing a whole different life experience! An experience to pass-over differences of people in terms of mindset, cultural aspects, values & beliefs, perceptions, behavior and how to do such a bridge though in short time but effective and rich thorough the well chosen tools, techniques and exercises which led the program to personally impact my character and sharpening my vision and outlook into things."

    - Mohamed Nabil Kahlil, Egypt

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Participation fee

€525 - general participation fee.
€450 - for people without paid job

To ensure your place in the retreat send us a copy of your travel booking by email. (If you don't need the travel reservation then transfer the registration fee of €125.)

Participants take care of their travel expenses. Accommodation and food are covered by Olde Vechte.

The trainers of this course:

Marko Vlaming

Youth worker, Head Trainer and Director

Marko started 25 years ago as a youth worker after obtaining his university degree in social and cultural work. Besides doing youth work and trainings, he uses coaching approaches in his daily work. In the last 12 years he developed into an all-round coach. Learning by experience as a method in coaching created a coaching approach that is very focused on working in the here and now. In his practice he works a lot with on-the-job coaching, supporting people to build up their life dream in the way they create fulfilment in their lives, using a wide spectrum of coaching methods and techniques that are currently available.

Krisztina Erdélyi

Educator, Trainer, Learning designer, Youth worker

For me, learning is a constant flow, it is always in motion: has different shapes, offers continuous insights and is present all around as long as we welcome it. These thoughts inspire me while working as a freelance trainer and project designer, while creating playful and dynamic learning frames for groups and individuals.
Working from and with this movement has always been exciting for me… it is the essence of my professional practice and it keeps leading me towards new and impactful discoveries (whether I’m facilitating a coaching conversation, delivering a training program or guiding a team of professionals).

Team support.

Lena Nasiakou

Learning Consultant, Trainer and Coach

Lena believes that “play is our brain’s favourite way of learning”. She perceives training courses as a playground where creative approaches stimulate learning both in the body and mind. As such, the participants can enjoy a dynamic learning process besides gaining a deeper understanding of the topic. Lena holds an MSc in Lifelong Learning & a BSc in Educational Studies and has extensive experience in designing & delivering international coaching training courses. Her courses have been successfully applied to more than 2.500 leaders, managers and facilitators, in international and multicultural environments. For more information click here: https://lenasmoves.com/

Joanna Nikolova

Facilitator & Coach

At Olde Vechte Foundation I work as a youth worker and a trainer. My daily job is to mentor the team of volunteers and support them in their personal development. In my private practice I give coaching sessions to people who are in a period of transition, changing country, job, city or a relationship, rethinking their identities, beliefs and path. With a background in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology, my big passion is communication and movement. I host vulnerable places for people to develop and training courses on topics of communication, learning and coaching.


The training takes place in Ommen, the Netherlands and is organized in and around the premises of the Olde Vechte Foundation.

You’ll stay in a shared (2-4 people) room with common toilets/showers located on every floor. There is Wi-Fi available and you will have access to the washing machine and a dryer.

The accommodation is located within a walking distance from Ommen city center (approx. 500 m). We will send you further information about how to get there and what to bring with you after your application form is approved.