When I was training as a therapist many years ago I worked with a young woman who sat opposite me in silence as she struggled to find words to explain what was going on in her life. As a result, I wrote a thesis ‘When Words Fail’ and started to use objects in my work rather than always relying on words.
Over the years I have collected hundreds of beads, buttons and stones and developed the BeadTrail® process. I use them with individual clients and groups to find solutions, map out situations and come up with new ideas. They seem to work very well. I have since expanded the use of the beads by developing them into Stillness Beads to use for meditation.
I have been fortunate enough to work in many industries, businesses and countries including Africa, Ireland and the UK as a coach, facilitator and trainer. I lived in Dublin for many years where I was Principal of the College of Progressive Education with over 3000 students nationwide in Ireland. I also worked in senior management in two organisations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and was involved in a number of conflict resolution programmes in the 1990s before the Good Friday Agreement was signed.
I believe taking a moment of stillness can define who we are and allow us to gain clarity, healing, renewal and vision. This may be in using a creative problem-solving exercise, or having a quiet moment to meditate. I don’t think there is a one size fits all so I work with people to find their very own still space that resonates for them and that they can use to grow and develop.
Penny Gundry Facilitator and Coach
Certificate and Diploma in Coaching: Coaching Development UK
Certificate in Teaching Stress Reduction: Stress Management Institute of Ireland
Certificate in Family Therapy Clanwillian Institute Ireland
MBS Masters in Business Studies in Management and Organisation Studies Smurfit Graduate Business School Ireland
I am a member of the International Coach Federation: PCC
I founded the The Stillness Practice