Training in systemic coaching
“I highly recommend this to any coach who is struggling to facilitate complex organisational dynamics.”
“This is a very useful two days offering the opportunity to work with energy in a different way but also providing practical tools for use with clients”
“An excellent way to immerse yourself in systemic coaching and emerge with some practical tools and a solid grounding in the underlying principles.”
“It was a great personal experience that made me reflect on my own behaviour and provided me with new tools and practices.”
“Not only do you discover something of the entanglements and deep resources in your own systems, but you develop your ability to be of real use to others. That’s what makes this training potentially life-changing.”
I’ve visited many teachers and practitioners of constellations across Europe. John is outstanding in his gentle and non dogmatic approach. I enjoy his humor as well as the safety he creates.
“This is unequivocally the best training I have participated in in the past twenty years.”
“This truly systemic approach to coaching takes one far beyond the boundaries of ‘training’ and into ‘transformation’.“
“This training offers a fantastic insight to the felt sense that clears the mind to take action.”
“This has given me confidence to embed the systemic approach.”
“This a clear process to work with complex issues.“
“John has a depth of experience and ability to speak to what emerges from the field with the ease and familiarity of practical mastery.”
“Part I was simply superb! It enabled real experiential learning and generated insights that I believe will be transformative in my coaching practice.”
“…systemic coaching constellations is essential for anyone who works with people, organisations or groups.”
“This training is more profound than anything else I’ve encountered, professionally or personally.”
“This far exceeded my expectations. Well worth travelling across the globe for this experience.”
“In Fundamentals Part II the penny drops and gives you a much greater depth of understanding.”
“I applied what we learnt on Part I and it helped my client understand the dynamics of her team in a completely new way!”
“A powerful way to get ‘out of your head’ and experience the issue at a deeper level.”
“I recommend this course very highly.”
“The quality of John’s facilitation and teaching is very high and deeply respectful. Inspiring!”
“Thank you for an inspiring insight into a whole new way to coach.”
“I was looking for someone new to learn from and I soon knew I’d made the right decision.”
A Field of Learning
Whether you choose to integrate this perspective and methodology into your individual coaching practice or focus on group and team facilitation, you are welcome to begin your journey of discovery on our two-day training, Fundamentals Part I: Mapping the Field. This level is available online and in several locations around the world. Please see the detailed description below and the diary page for the next available.
Having learnt the essentials of the stance, principles and practices and started to apply them in your work, you are then welcome to step into Part II: The Intelligence of the Field. With a particular focus on the unwritten rules in organisational life, this level resources you to go deeper into the dynamics which emerge to protect belonging in relationship systems. This awareness will extend and enrich your work with individuals, teams and whole systems.
Fundamentals Part III: The Language of the Field is for those who have completed our Part I and Part II training and are ready to dive deeper. The focus here is on the unique structure of language used in constellations and systemic coaching. As the detailed description below describes, this includes the use of systemic questions as well as the resonant systemic sentences that are used to connect clients with the deeper fields of truth, resources and resolution held in systems.
All embodied practices take time and so for those who want to bring the stance, principles and practices into the core of their work as a coach, facilitator or consultant, our ten-day, three-module ‘Practitioner: ‘Walking in the Field‘ training is available.
Each of these incremental levels of experiential training is available online and in-person worldwide. Each is nourished by reading ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’. Each level is facilitated by members of the teaching team. Please note that this is not a training in coaching but a journey into systemic coaching for those already practising as a coach.
We limit the size of our training groups to maximise learning.
They are often fully booked several weeks in advance, so please note that we work on a ‘first come first served’ basis and that payment secures your place.
A detailed description of each level of training is given below.
Fundamentals Part I
Mapping the Field
Our two-day introductory training explores the practical application of constellations in personal, professional and team-development coaching. After completing this experiential training, participants will have developed an understanding of systemic awareness and will be equipped to start using it in their coaching.
The curriculum includes:
- Mapping – building representational maps that surface the unconscious of the client and the systems they occupy.
- An introduction to the organising principles that sustain and limit systems
- Application and practice in one-to-one coaching settings
- Two exercises to use in team coaching
The learning is shared through a mix of systemic exercises, constellations and teaching. There are opportunities to practise application in one-to-one coaching, as this is often the most effective place to build understanding and confidence before progressing to application with teams or groups. Many participants have identified this mix of teaching and facilitated experiential learning through constellations as very powerful.
This course is open to practising professional coaches. Participants are encouraged to read at least the first two chapters of ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ before attending.
This Fundamentals Part I training awards 12 hours CPD, ICF CCEUs
Fundamentals Part II
The Intelligence of the Field
The Fundamentals Part II training explores the rules of belonging in systems and how those rules are in turn influenced by the larger systemic organising forces. Participants deepen their understanding of the stance, principles and practice of systemic coaching and develop their application in one-to-one, team and group settings.
The curriculum includes:
- Connection with our own system intelligence: head, heart and gut
- The unwritten rules of belonging in organisational systems and the intelligence of the wider field
- Practice in one-to-one coaching and exercises to use with teams
- Insights into personal and systemic conscience, boundaries and the hidden loyalties that emerge from these
The training offers a journey into the application of this applied philosophy and has proved to be a turning point for many coaches as they learn to hone their systemic awareness and then embody and apply the principles and practices underpinning this profound and yet very practical methodology.
Fundamentals Part II is for coaches, facilitators and organisational consultants who have completed the Fundamentals Part I training. Participants are required to read at least the first two and last two chapters of ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ before attending.
This Fundamentals Part II training awards 18 hours CPD, ICF CCEUs
Fundamentals Part III
The Language of the Field
This three-day training focuses on the practice and application of resonant systemic language that catalyses lasting embodied change in coaching along with personal and professional development. This level supports greater fluency in finding and then expressing the voice of the field in the client and the wider system.
The curriculum includes:
- The hidden language within the cycle of joining, belonging and leaving
- Facilitating constellations with a focus on language and resonant sentences
- Where systemic language comes from and how to articulate it
- The sentence wheel and how to use it
The training offers the chance to explore and co-create ‘resonant systemic sentences’ with the group and offers opportunities for participants to facilitate constellations, in pairs or small groups, with a particular focus on the use of language. This builds understanding and supports coaches to co-create language which touches the depths of the issues that clients bring.
Fundamentals Part III is for those who have completed the Fundamentals Part II training. Participants are invited to read ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ before attending – in particular the sections on the use of language, questions and ‘secret sentences’.
This Fundamentals Part III training awards 18 hours CPD and ICF CCEUs
Walking in the Field
All somatic practices that work at depth take time. Our 10-day Practitioner training journey is for those who wish to integrate this approach more deeply into their work and life. After completing this experiential and residential training, participants will be able to bring together all of their knowledge to use the stance, principles and practice of systemic constellations with fluency.
The learning journey begins with a module in a residential retreat and includes a refresh of the learning to date plus a mix of practice, illumination of issues and addressing questions that arise in the group. Then the journey deepens and widens to expand your systemic intelligence and broaden your ability to apply it in multiple contexts.
The training is often described by participants as a personal as much as a professional development learning experience. Exploring your own systemic resources and entanglements is key to building the inner stance of this approach, and is included throughout. The integration of the learning in this way goes on to form the essential underpinning of the inner stance towards systemic dynamics that is so central to their application in coaching. Please review the dedicated Practitioner page in the link below for more details.
Participants should have completed all three Fundamentals trainings and are required to read and then write a reflective journal on ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations’ in the 3rd edition whilst attending the Practitioner training. This significantly enhances the learning and ability to apply it in practice.
Flowing with the Field
This learning path offers an opportunity to resource yourself, your work and your life, through a deepening connection to and trust in the flow of the field. The field in you as a human being, as a facilitator or coach and then in others. It is for those who would like to learn more about how to create the conditions for flow and coherence in systems of all kinds. For, when we can support those conditions to emerge, we can catalyse a deep and lasting impact within the systems we come alongside, create, lead or inhabit.
Whether you would like to learn more about how to facilitate classical constellations to enrich your existing systemic practice, in your context, or simply immerse yourself again in the larger fields we are all held in, you’ll be welcome. This programme will offer you a fresh opportunity to expand your understanding, deepen your systemic awareness and strengthen your connection with the intelligence, entanglements and resources held in all fields. The programme, facilitated by founder John Whittington, is offerred every four years, the next will be in 2026.
behind them, like a Peacock’s tail…”
belonged, like a Peacocks tail just behind you…”
take some time to understand our own belonging in systems…”