Realms of Attention
23 & 24 May, 2017

Rich conversations with
Iain McGilchrist 
in a Thinking Environment®
Iain McGilchrist, the acclaimed Lecturer, Psychiatrist, Philosopher, and Author of "The Master & His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World" will be exchanging his ideas with us in a unique two-day residential event at Chartridge Lodge in the beautiful Chilterns countryside in Buckinghamshire in May 2017.

Facilitated by Linda Aspey, Global Time to Think Faculty and her Time to Think colleagues.

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Today’s leaders face so many challenges,
including finding enough time for thinking, and staying attentive to and informed about the world outside of their own lives and organisations.   The world is changing, the future likely to be a very different one from now, and many leaders want to engage in conversations with people who come from different contexts and who hold diverse views to their own so they do not become blinkered to other realities. And they need to develop the capacity to think with both sides of their brains.

Iain McGilchrist, the acclaimed Lecturer, Psychiatrist, Philosopher, and Author of "The Master & His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World"
will be exchanging his ideas with us in this unique residential event.  Iain believes that:

Our brains are not mere machines but an inseparable aspect of our whole selves AND of the culture in which we have taken a part in creating because of the way our brain hemispheres attend to the world.  

The differences in our two brain hemispheres are responsible for moulding the world in which we now live. However, in modern times the left hemisphere has become dominant in organisations and decisions with often devastating impact.  

So why is this important for leaders?
Well we look to leaders to lead on creating culture. To question, explore, and innovate so we can do the same. And if a leader is living in a bubble, or seeing the world through only one side of their brain, they won’t be able to do that. They will shape according to the world they see, but they are only seeing it through their eyes. So, it’s only partly real.

The Thinking Environment
Created by Nancy Kline of Time to Think, the Thinking Environment comprises of ten “Components” which add value and quality to thinking in discussions of all kinds with groups of all sizes. We have found that many of Iain’s ideas and philosophies resonate deeply with those of the Thinking Environment.  

And so, in a unique first …
We’ll bring both sets of powerful ideas together in this special programme. Participants will be able to engage in fascinating and stimulating discussions, whilst learning about and drawing on the Thinking Environment for balanced brain thinking!

Facilitated by Linda Aspey and Time to Think colleagues, this will be an experience, not a conference. 

Who is this event for?
You may be a leader, a coach, an academic, a medic, a parent, a philosopher, or none of those things; we expect that like us you will be keenly interested in questioning the nature of existence and how our world works. And what part we can play in making it better

What will we talk about?
Over two thoroughly engaging days, we will look at the structure and function of the two brain hemispheres, how they contribute differently to our own experience of the world and indeed how we have shaped the modern Western world because of the way our brain experiences it.

We will blend Iain’s lectures with world café style groups in a Thinking Environment to explore the implications of the Divided Brain in the fields that interest you.

For example, you might want to think and exchange ideas about leadership, education, commerce, government, health and social care, society, environment and more.

Key Themes:
Myths, Attention, Reality, Paradox, Metaphor, Hope, and so much more.

There is a maximum of 35 residential and 5 non residential places.

Programme choices

Please select your chosen programme A, B or C for 23/24 May 2017

Credit card payment of £150 will be required to secure a place (see next pages) and thereafter we will send you an invoice for the balance. If you would like to pay the balance in 2 stages we are happy to arrange this. 

If you wish to stay the night prior to or after the event please contact Chartridge Lodge directly on 01494 837 484 or email

Please read these terms before you proceed further with your provisional booking. 

Realms of Attention 23/24 May 2017

Terms and Conditions, 1st January 2017    

Coaching for Leaders (The Company) is incorporated and registered in England, company number 05760700.  These terms and conditions shall apply to the exclusion of all others, and no variation effective unless in writing and signed by a director of the Company.  A pdf copy of these terms is available on request by emailing  

1.   Event Booking

1.1  Provisional booking is via this online form; we cannot take bookings by telephone or email.

1.2  The maximum number of residential places is 35 and non-residential, 5. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

1.3  On receipt of a provisional booking and credit card deposit of £150 we will confirm if a place is still available. If the event is full and payment has been made, we will refund this. We cannot reserve a place without a deposit. 

1.4  If you have an access need (for example because of a disability) or dietary requirement you must tell us on the booking form so we can tell the venue. If you tell us after booking we may not be able to provide what you need.

2. What is included

2.1  The standard residential and non-residential programme fees are for 1 person only.

2.2  The residential programme includes beverages on arrival, 2-day conference, mid-morning and afternoon refreshments and a 2-course lunch on both days, plus a 2-course dinner, overnight accommodation, and breakfast.

2.3  The non-residential programme includes refreshments on arrival, the 2-day conference, mid-morning and afternoon refreshments and a 2-course lunch on both days. It does not include dinner, overnight accommodation, or breakfast.

2.4   All bedrooms have double beds and en-suite bathrooms.

3.    Extras

3.1  Accommodation and / or dinner on the night prior or night after the conference can be arranged and paid for separately by contacting the hotel on 01494 837 484 or

3.2  If you wish to bring a guest who does not wish to attend the conference please ask us before booking. Booking will be subject to availability and a small additional fee will apply if they are to have meals.

3.3    Water, tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the breaks and with meals. Water will be provided during sessions. Other soft drinks or alcoholic beverages are not included and delegates must settle their own room service and drinks bills before departure.  

4.   Fees and payment

4.1  To be eligible for Early Bird fees we must receive your completed booking form with £150 deposit by 02/02/2017

4.2  From 03/02/2017 the full fees will apply for all residential bookings.

4.3  There is no Early Bird fee reduction for non-residential bookings.

4.4  We do not accept cheques. 

4.5  We will invoice you or your organisation for the fee less the £150 deposit and payment will be due by bank transfer (e.g. BACS) within 28 days. If you would like to pay the balance in 2 stages please let us know - we are happy to help.  

4.6 If you like to pay the balance by credit card please let us know in the comments section at the end of this form. For credit cards from the UK and rest of Europe there will be a 2% credit card processing fee added to your invoice. For non European cards we will obtain an estimate of charges and contact you. 

4.7 If you are taking a late availability space, payment must be made at least 48 hours before the conference.  

4.8  If your organisation requires a Purchase Order to be quoted, you must provide us with a valid Purchase Order at the same time as you make the provisional booking. 

4.9.  We reserve the right to cancel provisional bookings if payment is not made within the agreed period.

4.10  VAT is chargeable @ 20% and fees are payable in GB Sterling. Our VAT number is 131 8695 03.

5. Cancellation, transfer, and substitute policy

5.1 In the unlikely event that the Company is required to cancel or postpone the event delegates will be offered either a full refund of fees paid or credit note for the full amount towards a place at a future Coaching for Leaders event or course within the next 12 months.

5.2   Sadly, we cannot refund delegate cancellations (because of the limited number of places and the venue’s own terms), unless we can secure a substitute delegate either from our waiting list or from the delegate making the cancellation. For this we would charge £50 to cover our administration costs. The substitute delegate must agree to these same Terms and Conditions and pay the fee in full before the original delegate receives their refund, less the £50 admin cost.

5.3  Part refunds will not be issued to delegates who only attend part of the event.

6. Professional Development

6.1  You must attend both days of the event to receive an attendance certificate or to claim event / course completion or the advertised CPD hours.

6.2  We aim to ensure that any description of the design or content of events is as informative as possible, but it is for participants to decide whether a programme is suitable for their needs.   Our events have an experiential and emotional development element to them but are not specifically intended as a psychotherapeutic experience.

7.   Data Protection and Intellectual Property

7.1  We will retain your details from your booking to send you further information about this event and others that we may run in the future.  You can opt out of this marketing information at any time.  We will never share your contact details with anyone else without your permission.

7.2   All event and course materials are subject to copyright of either Iain McGilchrist, Coaching for Leaders Ltd or Time to Think Inc and if the latter, are used under licence by Coaching for Leaders Ltd.  

8.  Limitation of liability

8.1  Coaching for Leaders shall not be liable for non-delivery of events or courses because of causes beyond its reasonable control including (but not limited to) war, terrorism, acts of God, fire, floods, strikes, delays in transportation.

8.2  The Company will not refund any costs incurred because of this cancellation or provide any additional sums by way of compensation.

8.3  The Company shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damages of any nature whether direct or indirect including any loss of profits or any consequential damages suffered or incurred by the event attendees for whatever reason.

9.  Photographs, videos, audio and devices

9.1  If the Company or any delegate wishes to take photographs, videos or audio recordings during sessions they can only do so with the express permission of all present and must state their intended use. If you do not wish to be included in such media please notify the person prior to them being taken.

9.2   Unless it has been agreed otherwise by the group, in keeping with the ethos of the Thinking Environment, during sessions we ask that the use of electronic devices is limited to essential, urgent communications only.  

10. Complaints 

10.1  Should you have any complaints about the event please contact Linda Aspey at  
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Chartridge Lodge does not have any lifts or escalators. There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor in the nearby annexe which are suitable for wheelchair users although not specifically designed for those who have a disability. Please let us know if you would like one of these rooms booked. 

There is no induction loop in the room however our main meeting room is not a vast room and we have been told that an induction loop has not been previously needed.

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