The Thursday Coach London
Ideas, inspiration and solutions all lie within us. Believing there is a moment of powerlessness along the trail to find them is the equivalent of taking a map of a clear, straight road and drawing a ditch halfway along.
The Thursday Coach is a free event, running every third Thursday of the month, enabling Creative Coaching to be available to all. The evenings will help participants develop a creative practice that works for them. Here, you will discover how to bring your dreams into the world around you. You will build skills of self-awareness to see beyond any limitations you might have come to accept about your daily routine. Explore the unknown without a fear of failing. See those perfect ideas that have crept unnoticed in a room of other, louder thoughts. Find where your confidence has been hiding.
Join writer and qualified Life Coach Gabriela Blandy for sessions that will enable you to be the writer and artist you want.
The evening will consist of coaching and beliefs work set around a theme, as well as readings and talks from guest authors, agents and editors and a Q & A session. Bring your notepads and be ready to participate.
The next event will be at City University on the 18th October at 6.30pm. We will be in building A, on the ground floor in room 21. (See Map: https://www.city.ac.uk/visit)
We will be exploring ‘Light Thoughts and Heavy Thoughts ’. How is it that we might spend a day, worrying about the state of our writing, aware of our plummeting feelings, and seemingly unable to do anything about it? How much time do you spend pondering on the successes you have achieved and your capacity to live an amazing life? Why is it supposedly so hard to ensure that the background music of our mind is motivating and inspiring, and what stops us doing anything about it?
My special guest for October is the brilliant Anna Kelly, Commissioning Editor at Fourth Estate. Her list includes Joyce Carol Oates, Jonas Jonasson, Elizabeth McKenzie, Molly Antopol and Luke Kennard. Anna studied French and German at university before starting her publishing career at Hamish Hamilton where she worked with authors including Ali Smith, Zadie Amith, Mohsin Hamid, Paul Murray, Robert Macfarlane and Alain de Botton.
The free event will run until 8.15pm.
Previous guests include: Monica Ali, Tim Pears, Miranda France, Chris Power and Juliet Pickering.
The Thursday Coach Nottingham
Every second Thursday of the month, I run Creative Coaching workshops at The Nottingham Writers’ Studio from 6.30-8.30pm. These sessions won’t just benefit your writing, they will help you handle the stresses of everyday life in a more skilful way.
The Thursday Coach enables you to foster a conscious and creative mindset. Let go of who you think you should be, and learn to engage at a deeper level of authenticity in order to be the artist you truly are.
On 11th October I will be looking at ‘Fear’.
It might be that you are fearful about rejection, what people think, failure, or even success. Whatever you’re fearing will become a place that you refuse to go - the equivalent of avoiding the hairy monster who will tear you to pieces. Then, there is our fear of fear - as if it wasn’t hard enough! It’s time to step beyond fear, into the life you truly deserve. Here, you will discover that there was nothing to be afraid of - not because your fears were trivial, but because you no longer have them.
Through the process of neuroplasticity - our capacity to re-shape and re-wire our brain - we can experience work, life and writing as they are, without the interference of labels, concepts and judgments. Whether you are interested in deepening your creativity as a writer, or developing personally, The Thursday Coach is for you.
Join qualified Life Coach and Shamanic Practitioner Gabriela Blandy for sessions that will enable you to live the reality you want. Bring your notebooks and be ready to write.
‘I just wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed last nights session! I didn’t know what I was expecting from the session but it wasn’t that! I thought that you were an amazing life coach, filled with energy and enthusiasm. I left the session feeling really excited about life. I very much look forward to more sessions with you. Thank you so much.’ Jenny, Writer
‘No one would have believed, on a Thursday evening in June, that human beings were being steered through the timeless worlds of the Divine Comedy – not by not Virgil, but by Gabriela Blandy, The Thursday Coach. Supported by models, metaphors and honesty, challenged by Gabriela’s questions, this particular Dante emerged from her very own Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso with new energy and a Plan of Action. It was an excellent non-writing writing workshop and I cannot recommend it strongly enough. Come to the next session to find out for yourself; robe and staff optional.’ Elvire, Poet.
‘The workshop helped me to identify what blocks me.’
‘Thank you for a perfect end to the course.’
'Gabriela, I really enjoyed your session, not only in terms of voice and pitching, but the effect it has on the writing itself. It has made me want to read out the work and edit the places that do not sound right. Many thanks.'
'A very informative session. Body language tips are useful. Thank you.'
'Enjoyed it. Appreciated all the different relaxation techniques.'
'Great and very helpful. Thank you! I particularly enjoyed the chance to hear you read some fiction.'
‘Discussion on deadlines was good.’
‘Lots to think about. Thank you.’
'Really good session in preparation for our reading - thank you! Good at getting to relax, recognise the importance of slowing down, etc.'
'Very much enjoyed the mindfulness exercise and the humming.'
‘Thank you so much. Really thought provoking and such a wonderful compliment to the rest of the course.’
'Like very much. Particularly how you took no nonsense from anyone and kept things moving.'
'You were really good.'
'This was very helpful. The breathing exercises helped to calm me and the practice of holding the space and connecting with the audience is very useful for contemplating tomorrow's reading. Thank you!'
‘I found this session extremely helpful.’
‘Thank you. Right balance of practical advice and theory.’
‘Great session – very useful process.’
'Thanks! Very approachable teaching, which made us all feel comfortable, clear instructions, helpful suggestions, calming presence, and catching us out on our giggles.'
‘Going to refine my notes and put into practice!’
‘Liked: brush your teeth with opposite hand exercise.’
‘Great to have just one specific goal to work on.’