Presence & Pleasure
A Small-Group Coaching Programme
You feel lost.
You’ve neglected your passion, vocation or calling.
Is it too late?
Searching for a way forward, you look online and see promises:
‘Do these three simple things…..’
I’m living my dream. You can too……’
‘Just imagine it and the universe will make it happen….’
These offers taste of dust.
You want something more substantial, more grounded, more real.
You’re looking for space to be heard and people to listen.
You want to explore, to discover your own true way.
You want to be challenged.
You want rigourous, practical guidance and insight, to help you reconnect with passion.
You want support, and you want to support others.
Your purpose-driven life is waiting for you: aligned, holistic, impassioned, fulfilled.
Presence and Pleasure will be your guide.
What’s PPP about?
Over the course of 6-weeks, as part of a select group, you’ll develop key skills to quieten your mind, hear your inner voice, reconnect with passion and make the changes you’re yearning to make.
You’ll develop insights and skills to shift from lost and frustrated to focused and energised
Through teaching, practical work, reflective exercises and individual & group coaching, you’ll define/refine your Purpose, become more Present (less distracted) and learn to place Pleasure at the heart of everything you do.
Between sessions you’ll be given practical actions to implement and report back on.
You’ll receive an individual 45 minute induction session to explore your needs, 6 x 2hr group sessions and a final hour-long individual session to review, reflect and set out next steps.
The PPP group is limited to 12 people.
What’s the approach?
My approach is holistic, psychophysical and is developed from deep research into mind-body connectedness.
All of my work is based in Self-With-Others – ‘a framework for thriving in an interconnected world‘.
My coaching is founded in the simple idea that to achieve more, you need to do less: worry less, struggle less, block yourself less, be distracted less, criticise yourself less. When you stop wasting mental energy on things you can’t do anything about, you become more focused, present and energised – more able to focus on – and build – your best life.
A ‘psychophysical approach’ recognises that ‘thinking’ is only part of knowing. We must also listen to, and respect, the body.
The body talks.
Let’s learn to listen.
What will we actually do?
Sessions will combine learning, self-reflection, discussion, focusing and physical sensitisation.
There’ll be practical work on accessing greater presence, exercises to discover your life-purpose, insights into the role of pleasure (including how to access flow state), one-on-one conversation with other participants, and time for group discussion, support and accountability.
If you’re accepted into the programme you’ll commit to attending all six group sessions and to contribute to creating a supportive and rigorous community in which all of us can thrive and grow.
Is it for me?
I work with people from all walks of life and from all around the world.
I’ve worked with therapists, coaches, educators, artists, business people, priests, activists, veterans, performers, health professionals and many others.
Many of my clients come to me feeling disconnected, lost or trapped.
Often they sense there’s another life they could/should be living, or a new direction they might follow.
Sometimes they know what they want, often they don’t.
They come to me to gain clarity and overcome blockages.
They come to reconnect with passion.
So is it for you?
Only you can answer that – but I know this: you’ll only join if you trust me to deliver on my promises. So, if you’re not sure, I invite you to set up a no-obligation 30-minute call with me. We’ll explore what you’re looking for and you’ll get all the information you need as you work out whether PPP is right for you. If you follow this link below I’ll ask you a few questions about what you’re looking for and invite you to set up a call at a time that suits you.
Some more detail about the 3 Ps
What’s your ‘WHY’?
Are you thriving or surviving?
Do you know what you’re trying to achieve?
Do you feel your real life is elsewhere, or hasn’t started yet?
Do you feel disconnected?
Without a ‘why’ – a sense that you’re doing what you were born to do – you’re just filling time between birth and death.
Once you know your purpose, you can commit – passionately – to your life as it is, or choose to go in a whole new direction.
Your Purpose is beyond words.
It’s a feeling of ‘rightness’.
You know when you’re living it.
Presence is a superpower.
It’s one of those things people know is ‘a good thing’ but usually don’t understand.
I make it really simple.
Presence is what you experience when you’re not distracted.
When you stop being distracted you connect with the world around you – inside and out – and make better choices based on ‘what is’, not the incessent chatter of your thoughts.
Being – and remaining – Present is essential if you’re going to hear the little voice from deep within telling you who you were born to be.
Each week we’ll do some simple practical work to quieten the mind and enhance focus. From a place of quietness you get to hear your deepest and most vital voice – the voice your chattering mind usually drowns out.
During the sessions we’ll explore each of The 8 Principles of Presence.
There’s a thousand memes and quotes about it – ‘do what you love and you’ll never do a day’s work in your life’, ‘follow your bliss’……
But what does it actually mean – to put pleasure at the heart of your growth?
Prioritising Pleasure means valuing intrinsic satisfaction over extrinsic reward. It means creating a life where you aim to enjoy what you do, not only enjoy the rewards of what you do. It means refusing to live a life of drudgery in exchange for a pay-cheque.
We’ll look at different TYPES of pleasure, and how they serve you at different times. We’ll explore structuring your work so it doesn’t even feel like work anymore (accessing ‘flow state’).
People think committing to pleasure means doing what you like. None of us can do that all the time! Prioritising pleasure is not about doing what you like, it’s about finding what you love in what needs to be done.
A group process needs a supportive and committed group. I ask, before you apply, that you commit to attending all six group sessions. They’ll take place on Thursday evenings (Ireland/UK Time) via Zoom. They’ll be recorded so you can review them afterwards to dig deeper into the material.
Thursday November 16th: 7.15pm – 9.15pm (Ireland/UK Time)
Thursday November 23rd: 7.15pm – 9.15pm (Ireland/UK Time)
Thursday November 30th: 7.15pm – 9.15pm (Ireland/UK Time)
Thursday December 7th: 7.15pm – 9.15pm (Ireland/UK Time)
Thursday December 14th: 7.15pm – 9.15pm (Ireland/UK Time)
Thursday December 21st: 7.15pm – 9.15pm (Ireland/UK Time)
11.15 am (US West Coast)
2.15 pm (US East Coast)
9.15 pm (Athens)
11.45 pm (India)
When you sign up you’ll receive:
1 x 45-minute individual induction call
6 x 120 Minute group calls
1 x 1 hour individual review/wrap-up coaching call
Access to a private Whatsapp group
Permanent access to recordings of the sessions
A free copy of ‘Presence – What it is. Why it matters. How to get it’
(My new book, published November 2022)
The cost of the entire programme is £750.00
If you set up a call before November 1st, there’s an early-adopter price of only £545.00
What Previous Participants Have Said
‘It helped me reinforce my transformation. The clarity with which John talks about Presence is second to none. I highly recommend this workshop.’ (OS – USA/Argentina)
‘Former shiny object seeker, now purpose aligned thanks to this course!’ (CR – Mexico)
How do I apply?
If you’re interested in applying for one of the 12 places on ‘FInding Purpose, through Presence & Pleasure‘ is for you. Please click on the button below.
You will be taken to a short online form where I ask you what you’re looking for.
Before submitting the form you’ll be invited to set up a 30-minute meeting with me during which we’ll talk about whether ‘FInding Purpose, through Presence & Pleasure‘ is going to meet your needs.
This initial call is ENTIRELY without obligation on either side.