The Expansion Circle: Group Coaching Program
Five Months of Heart-Centred Community, Support, and Guidance for Women* Ready for Change
Does this resonate?
There must be more for me than this: I’m longing to get moving, play bigger, and experience more joy.
I’m done with letting fear, excuses, and challenges hold me back from creating the changes I want.
Things are good or mheh - and I’m determined to level-up.
It’s time to elevate the contribution of my gifts, voice, and influence in our world.
Perhaps you’re experiencing:
A desire to create small, deep, yet significant moves in your life, like taking greater charge of your finances, time, or health.
Readiness to release a pattern that’s holding you back - and it’s not therapy but strategy, support, and accountability that you need.
Leadership fatigue: you want someone to have your back and offer you sustained presence and guidance as you move forward.
A gnawing dissatisfaction with the status quo but you’re not even quite sure what you need or want. (We’ll help you clarify your vision!)
You’re not alone. Many women long to connect with fresh possibilities.
Feeling more connected to yourself and what’s important: setting boundaries to better honor your time, attention, and energy
Not letting fear run the show - and inviting inner wisdom and bravery to increasingly guide your way
Trusting yourself to make smart decisions - including the big, risky, soul-directed ones, like initiating a career transition, starting/ending a marriage, or moving - and to handle your new realities when you take courageous action
Connecting with circles of wise, uplifting women to nourish change in each other and our world
Your state of being matters. Your yearnings matter. YOU matter.
If this is a life chapter where you want to invest in yourself, get unstuck, journey wisely through change, tap into greater wellbeing, achieve things that you keep telling yourself are out of reach, or just stop carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders by yourself and access support for all you’re navigating - then you’re in the right place!
This journey will:
Get you making headway on your inspired (and in some cases, long-awaiting) goals, dreams, and projects.
Give you resources, tools, and actionable prompts to keep your momentum and motivation topped up - especially for those moments you feel overwhelmed or tempted to give up on yourself and the future you want.
Offer you access to an experienced coach when you need a deep listener, a powerful cheerleader, a strategic thought-partner, or a compassionate mirror (aka. get grounded in your own wisdom and not be so hard on yourself all the time!).
Provide you an in-depth, holistic and effective approach to cultivating transformation in your life.
Support you showing up fully: your fears, resistance, doubt, and fatigue, as well as your confidence, superpowers, ambition, and wise instincts. Because courageously creating change? It’s not just a cerebral exercise and it will touch emotional terrain.
Nurture a unique community that amplifies growth for each participant. Because a group of people who see you with fresh eyes, who encourage you to shed tired old identities, habits, or realities AND cheer you on in creating new possibilities is powerful.
By the end of the program, you’ll leave with:
Greater clarity, confidence, and joy
Progress under your belt with doing more of the things you dream of and less of the stuff you don’t want in your life
Pride in what you’ve achieved and strategy for your next steps
Practice making big and small decisions with more faith in yourself and your capacities
Nourishment from having carved out steady, consistent space to listen to your inner wisdom
New habits that ‘up your game’ and keep you energized, motivated, and focused on what’s important to you
The richness and (wonderfully unpredictable!) blessings of co-creating an intimate, authentic circle of support
The Expansion Circle is a great fit for you if:
You’re committed to creating change in your life and ready to invest your time, money, and energy to make it happen
You enjoy group experiences and will bring your positivity and A-game to this community of change-makers
You want a potent blend of reflection and action-oriented homework to fuel your transformative steps and personal growth
You resonate with a holistic approach to change: one that acknowledges that we are emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual beings living in social and political contexts - and value a diverse group of women, navigating different edges and goals
You anticipate that The Expansion Circle experience is going to be amazing and you envision yourself fully in for five months - consistently showing up for what you want to create in your life AND for the benefit of the group
the program likely won’t be your jam if:
You don’t like groups, meetings, or lengthy conversations/intimate connection
You’re not truly interested in focusing on and learning from others at the moment: you want predominantly 1:1 attention right now
You want a group that’s super-niched (only women growing their businesses or only those going through a divorce, etc…)
Personal growth, spirituality, self-help, and/or critical social consciousness are not your thing
You’re not prepared to navigate emotions (your own or others)
You’re experiencing profound crisis, loss, grief, and/or acute mental health challenges (contact me for compassion & resources)
What You’ll Get in the Program:
Ten Virtual Intimate Groups Sessions (6 participants maximum / Next Circle starts in November 2019)
Four 1:1 Private Coaching Sessions
A BONUS 1:1 Strategy Session with me
Access to a private Facebook Group
Access to a Resource Library
Additional Materials: videos, worksheets, and actionable tools to nourish your momentum
About Your Guide: Nicola Holmes
I cherish relationships and love leading The Expansion Circle to facilitate women creating the lives they (really) want. Truly remarkable things happen when women feel less alone, tap into their power, collective wisdom, and mobilize change together.
During two decades in non-profit work, I facilitated hundreds of groups, drawing on intersectional feminist analysis; narrative therapy and expressive arts modalities; dance and movement; (I am a master-certified “Kripalu Let Your Yoga Dance" instructor), coaching and motivational interviewing techniques.
Through graduate studies in Adult Education & Community Development, I additionally trained to more skilfully navigate equity, diversity, and oppression in group process.
I have also learned through being a group member. I lived in ‘Intentional Communities’ for over a decade and grew so much through (joyfully!) living with diverse adults. I volunteered in places like Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and Earthdance, was an active member in Mindfulness Practice Community of Toronto, and have participated in many “Mother’s Circles.”
$1975 + HST: $400 deposit to secure your spot + $315 monthly (x 5) payments during the program
last call: Listen up, please!
If you want to embrace or create change, you’re committed to making good things happen in your life and our world AND you want to amplify the fun, momentum, and faith in your journey with an awesome group, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been dreading, avoiding, or dreaming of this change for months or years. It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried to make it happen in the past and failed. It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning to dare to dream up possibilities that terrify and excite you in equal measure. If you feel called to be part of this to support your growth and expansion, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.
Let’s get you dreaming big, strategizing smart - and taking wholehearted action.
Want to hear what Past Expansion circle participants have to say?
When I started the Expansion Circle I was feeling really strapped for cash and overwhelmed by the options in front of me: knowing I wanted a life in the arts, but not knowing HOW to create that life. I now feel an enormous sense of clarity and purpose with specific goals in mind.
Something the group has done for me is really let me acknowledge/celebrate my wins, which is huge. Showing up and being a part of the group is an amazing tool in and of itself: this act encourages me to show up for MYSELF, and keeps me going and focused on my goals.
I am now genuinely believing in the possibility of my dreams becoming reality (some that I used to hold as truly impossible!), and experiencing growth in my creative vocation: financially and otherwise.
Through this process, I am also better at drawing on inner strength/guidance to pull me out of negative spaces: “the pit” as I have been known to call it. I think I could leverage this capacity to accelerate me into even higher states of being/functioning. Because of the clarity I’ve found, I feel more connected to my intuition.
I find that the group setting is a really great way to check in a track progress with support, encouragement, and without feeling pressure to be anything other than who I am in that moment. Leaving each session with some kind of tool or exercise “homework” has been great! Nicola, I love how in our sessions you condense, clarify and summarize where each of us is at and repeat it back to us. I find it such a valuable tool. Odd how sometimes you can’t even tell what’s going on in your life/mind until someone tells you! Thank you.
Cheryl’s Kind Words:
When I started the Expansion Circle, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with the amount of change in my life. I was already doing therapy and meditation to get through the harder personal stuff, but I was putting off business decisions. Now I feel that I’ve become more excited and empowered to take action on my future. I love feeling part of a group going through change and meeting regularly to name what we want to work on and improve. I feel like I not only invested in a coach wisely, but also in a support system, there to witness and offer feedback on my tough stuff, successes, and commitments!
Tu’s Kind Words:
“Thank you for being there for me through some difficulties in these past few months. In reaching out to a circle of companions, I found faith and trust in myself that I wasn’t expecting. I received guidance from a compassionate voice that supported me. I felt connection to personal strength and resilience, to hopes for success, happiness and a sense that what I really long for is within reach....
As I talk to you all in Circle and participate in an engagement with yourselves and my own intimate self, the honesty and acceptance practiced while in a Circle is so nourishing. Thank you all for giving space, for trusting and sharing your stories, and thank you for providing space for me to share my stories in an honest voice. Thank you for the support.”
When I started the Expansion Circle, I was searching for an alternative community with women who were in a similar situation to me, and who could come together to think about and learn how we could move from our current situations into the future with greater clarity. As a teacher, I found myself facing a lot of challenges; however, over time and with lots of discussion and reflection, I feel like I gained that greater clarity in how to manage different relationships and situations.
I’m now experiencing a greater sense of understanding and connection in my life with the support of the Expansion Circle. I have really enjoyed getting to know new people and working with others in the group, especially offering and receiving questions and support. I’m now more motivated to read, listen, and deconstruct more about issues and challenges I am facing. I received meaningful acknowledgment that I’m not alone and more clearly see new pathways forward.
I have most appreciated the new tools, resources, and creative thinking we have engaged - individually and collectively - as they are relevant, creative and thought-provoking.
I have begun to take more ownership of my health: eating better, cooking more, and paying attention to what I eat. I feel empowered to use my voice, ask bigger questions, and to seek connection with those who affirm me in all areas of my life and to shift my energy away from relationships that are not so affirming. I have created multiple new teaching and learning opportunities for students and colleagues, and I survived a challenging transition to teaching new courses and new environments: I am finding joy and connection in that.
I am thankful for the things I have learned about myself and you and our circle these past few months. Nicola, I am grateful for your empathy, kindness, thoughtfulness, and good counsel that you shared with me and all of us.