Coaching Connect is developing a pool of Coaching Connect Coaches to provide pro-bono work for organisations that have similar values and ideas. One of these places is Embercombe. Embercombe runs courses and events that have sustainability at their heart. Embercombe’s mission is to inspire people to take courageous action for a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The Coaching Connect Coaches support participants coming off one particular programme called ‘The Journey’.  Jo Stones is one of the Coaching Connect Coaches and she has also completed ‘The Journey’. Liz Scott from Coaching Connect asked Jo some questions.

What is your background? What kind of coaching have you been involved in?

jo stonesAfter working in HR in the corporate world for many years I realised I felt unfulfilled. I was not living my life purpose and my work felt inauthentic for me. So I trained first as a Coach and then also a Counsellor and opened my own practice working predominantly in the Plymouth area but also working with clients from all over the country by Skype or telephone.

I am passionate about helping people to uncover their REAL self and to bring their own authentic voice to the world. I work with my clients to help them overcome their fears and insecurities, so that they can feel confident about who they REALLY are and to step into the life they were meant to live.

All too often in our search for connection with others we lose ourselves – perhaps trying to be someone we are not, doing things to please others rather than be true to ourselves. This was certainly my story.

What inspired you to do ‘The Journey’?

A friend of mine recommended the Journey to me a couple of years ago but somehow I never found the time to sign up – there always seemed to be something more pressing to do. Then last autumn, I found that the Journey seemed to be calling me wherever I went.

A card in my chiropractic clinic, an advert in my inbox, a You Tube clip…and then having the privilege to hear “Mac Macartney” (the founder of Embercombe) speak at a couple of seminars I attended. The universe was knocking loudly at my door to tell me it was time.

I completed “The Journey” in November 2014 and it was a life-changing experience for me. As a coach and therapist, I have done a lot of personal development work over the years, but “The Journey” did truly take me to another level in my search to understand myself and to pursue my purpose in life.

What did you get from doing ‘The Journey’?

Embercombe is a very special place and one I feel a deep connection with every time I return. The course facilitators are exceptional and I felt truly held and supported along the way.

After the course, it was so beneficial to receive the 3 sessions of “follow up” coaching from Gary Burdis, my Coaching Connect coach. Perhaps you can relate to having returned full of inspiration and enthusiasm from a great course in the past, only to fail to put the learning into practice back in “the real world”.

Gary’s coaching helped me to continue my journey and integrate what I had learned. I was so grateful to have received such a gift in my life that I decided to sign up as a coach myself.

What do you enjoy about being a Coaching Connect Embercombe Coach?

To date I have had the privilege to coach four “Journeyers” and I absolutely love the work. Whilst I believe you can do the coaching without having done the course, I do feel that doing The Journey myself has given me a deeper understanding and connection with the work. So, if any coaches out there are thinking about signing up for The Journey and getting involved in the coaching – go for it! Like me, you’ll probably wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

Becoming a Coaching Connect Coach

If you would like to find out about becoming a Coaching Connect Coach, then contact Stuart Newberry at you will need some coaching experience.  You can also participate in the Journey at a reduced rate, so please do contact Stuart for more information. There are many different ways you might collaborate with Coaching Connect. Contact us for more information