A place of sea change

  ‘You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop’.    Rumi                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Shifting Sands is a place for one to one integral coaching for renewal and development.  A grounded space where natural responsiveness can open into creativity; bringing the possible into life.

A person centred approach with the whole of you in mind.



You can reach me directly for an initial conversation.


One-to-one sessions in person, by telephone or on-line with Skype.
Fees on request (sliding scale)

Alternatively email at info@shiftingsandscoaching.com or call me on 07784 288744


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Images: Annie Bungeroth


Your story

We are born into a story which becomes ours and shapes us as we grow and develop. It tells us who we are and places us in the world where stories can be very powerful.

Often though, we can’t include everything in a story and parts of ourselves and our life are left out. When we bring them in, there is a depth and a richness that is palpable. We can shape our own story by how we want to be in the world.

There is work in bringing ourselves more fully into life and discovering what is genuinely true for us. Exercises and practices to develop capacity and skilfulness as well as courage, creativity and our own wisdom are central to this inquiry.


‘The pen that writes your life story must be held in your hand’.

                                                                                             Irene C. Kassorla

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With the whole of you in mind

At the center of your being you have the answer,  you know who you are and you know what you want’.   Lao Tzu                                                                                                                                                                                          

Integral development coaching is an approach which is person centred rather than issue focused. It works with the whole of you in mind, your emotional, somatic, cognitive, relational and spiritual intelligence.

It looks at what is most pressing in a sustainable way for long term change. Work is practical leaving you more skilful and competent to face future challenges and opportunities.

A purpose designed coaching programme provides inspiration and the structure and support for you to inquire into the possibilities in your life.


The coaching has helped to integrate the separate concerns of my life to a more cohesive flowing process’.                                                                                                                                                                  

Su Ormerod

‘When you imagine things…they start to grow. If you love them, they love you back’.                                                                                                        Michelle,  NY schoolchild


I am a certified integral development coach who works with people who want to bring more of themselves to life. The story I was born into wasn’t my own and I have spent a life time releasing myself into a more authentic narrative. A central thread has been a belief in our human freedom to become who we are.

My work supports people to be self-generating, to be curious to discover what is possible and genuine for them in the world now and make it central in their life.

I am interested in how we can create space to be open, curious, even playful to create a unique shaping of ourselves.

I value the opportunity to work with you in a meaningful way where there is  a need for transition, an imagining and reshaping in your life.

My work draws on a rich and diverse background in health, community, education, management and coaching. Also, my studies at Winchester University, Oxford Brookes University, Henley Management College and Third Space.

(more biography on request)


And For No Reason

For no reason
I start skipping like a child.

For no reason
I turn into a leaf
That is carried so high
I kiss the Sun’s mouth
And dissolve.

For no reason
A thousand birds
Choose my head for a conference table,
Start passing their
Cups of wine
And their wild songbooks all around.

For every reason in existence
I begin to eternally,
To eternally laugh and love!
When I turn into a leaf
And start dancing,
I run to kiss our beautiful Friend
And I dissolve in the Truth
That I Am.

Hafiz (translated by Daniel Ladinsky)





‘Su’s integral coaching has been immensely beneficial for helping me to discover & work through some of the mental obstacles & unhelpful habits picked up in a lifetime.

I went into the coaching with an open mind, willing to try new things and look at different ways of doing old things. It wasn’t easy at all. Didn’t know where to start. Rip it up & start again not an option. Su listened carefully & gave me time to look inside my own head & body more thoroughly. Occasionally bumping into very painful memories & realisations.

The thing is, it worked. Because Su was patient & realistic. There was no forcing. Much more about allowing. And there were times when we laughed our heads off! Su also gave me some very helpful & workable practices to help restore & recover from the sheer rigour of my own life.

I haven’t arrived anywhere yet, but for the first time in years I am stepping back onto the creative path of the painter I know myself to be. There’s a way to go, but this time it’s for the rest of my life. Words are not enough to thank Su for guiding me safely back’.

Visual Artist


‘At the start of integral coaching I wanted to understand more about myself and my relationships with others. At the time I was burdened by a major issue in my life which, after eighteen months, I didn’t think would ever be resolved.

I felt that I could trust Su to accompany me on my journey.

I had never experienced integral coaching before so it seemed like a magical mystery tour with Su gently guiding me as I explored issues and patterns, discovered things about myself and others, learned to accept myself and move forward.

Su encouraged me to explore new things which have become regular, useful practices, items which I have added to my toolkit as I now continue on my post coaching journey.

Most importantly, integral coaching helped me overcome the issue which had been weighing on my heart’.

Co-Director – Voluntary Sector