I am the product of my own eclectic experiences. My own aspirations to work in a people-led environment began with the start of a career in retail management. The role I played in developing up and coming retail managers soon determined my own future in leadership development.
My business success stories have always been rooted in my own sense of wellbeing. Yoga has long been my “go to” feel good and as my preferred fitness option. The more successful my business ventures, the more yoga became an essential element of my personal growth and stability. Inevitably the more I grew, the more successful I became in identifying holistic solutions for myself and for others.
My interest in treating the whole person grew from a deep understanding of leadership development and entrepreneurial challenge. From time to time the coaching sessions which I facilitated led my clients to unlock some of the rusty padlocks which had prevented their success. Padlocks which had kept personal grief, confidence lapses and low self-esteem locked away, but hardly understood.
Ann Edwards & Co
This was my first independent venture as a limited company almost 20 years ago, and the foundation for The Therapy Shed. I created opportunities to work with corporate clients on major transformations, combining outstanding consultancy skills with expert coaching and learning and development techniques.
In addition to working with associates on significant commercial projects and coaching executive leaders, I created a complementary therapies business to run alongside. This grew out of my love for Yoga and my own capabilities as a qualified Yoga teacher. Plus my qualification as a holistic therapist 15 years ago. The Therapy Shed was born and the two businesses ran in harmony for a number of years.
Communication, collaboration and personal development have always been at the heart of my work with individuals as well as corporate clients. My objective has always been to create a safe space where people can work through their challenges and succeed. A space where they can achieve balance and wellbeing. Just be …
And now in 2021, spurred on by the challenges of the past 12 months and renewed training in Yoga studies, I have fused the two businesses together so that they exist in harmony as Ann Edwards @ The Therapy Shed. A restorative solution to your needs.
Career & qualifications
A progressive leadership, learning and organisation development career with global brands and consultancies, before setting up an independent executive consultancy business, specialising in OD, assessment and coaching:
◦ Business qualifications
◦ Licensed psychometrics assessor/diagnostics user
◦ Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
◦ Master Coach and trusted partner
Yoga practice & teaching
◦ More than 35 years experience as a practising Yogini with world renowned teachers
◦ The British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Professionals teacher
The Therapy Shed
◦ Established a wellbeing practice to run alongside Yoga teaching and executive coaching
◦ Various part-time and intensive courses on the full range of massage and healing therapies
Freelance Yoga teacher & therapist
◦ Appointment only therapist practising in Sussex
◦ Support to Cancer Patients & their families with The Olive Tree Cancer Support Group & Macmillan Cancer Support.
2020/2022 – the “here and now”
◦ Advanced Yoga Therapy programme
This body is a guesthouse
each morning someone new arrives.
Welcome them all for they may be
messengers from the invisible.
Do not feel burdened by them
or they may go back to non-existence.
Each time a thought enters your heart
treat it as an honoured guest, your worth
is shown by the thoughts you entertain
Embrace sorrowful thoughts for they
sweep the house of your heart clean,
scatter the withered leaves, and pull out
the twisted roots, preparing the ground
for the new shoots of joy.
What sorrow takes away from the heart
it replaces with something better.
Without the fury of thunder and lightening
the plants will be scorched by the sun.
Be grateful for all you receive,
good and bad alike, for it may be a gift
from the treasury of Spirit that will bring
the fulfillment of your most secret desire
Written by Rumi – a 13th Century world renowned Persian poet and Sufi
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What you say
We’ll definitely have a catch up when we have a chance, cocktails are a great idea! The legacy of xx lives on and is weaved into everything we do now, your influence in getting this to those senior figures in the business will not be forgotten. A much more modern L&D function is growing.
As part of her Brand Lab video I sensed your strength, natural empathy and eloquence. If potential clients watch one of your videos they will see this & engage with you immediately.
I have known Annie for over 40 years as my tower of strength, working to benefit both myself & my body! Wherever Annie is the Shed is.
At the Day Hospice we have introduced yoga & breathing sessions with Ann Edwards to help with coordination and confidence.
Wonderful yoga classes, very spiritual, calming & uplifting. Leaves you feeling ontop of the world! Beautiful peaceful location as well. I feel really well after my massage- we had a quiet weekend planned so perfect for a detox. I slept for 10 hours on Friday night….unheard of for me !
Bless you for your fabulous professional TLC. Gorgeous healing.
Wow! what can I say…totally different experience to what my mind was expecting. Absolutely loved the sensation of the hot & cold stones combined. Initially difficult to let go then left feeling totally chilled, nurtured & soothed.
Thank you for the yoga experience in our meeting today. It was great fun to have a go at something I would not normally do.
We love your Health & Wellbeing newsletter. When are you going to write your book?
Thanks for being with me over this last challenging year , our highs & lows, keeping each other going in all sorts of ways….in a spirit of friendliness, care and support
As we approach the end of our adventure. Thank you for helping me unlock my inner self & continue to walk the yellow brick road
Thank you very much Ann, for our coaching session last week. It was very powerful – as I’m sure you must have experienced with others you’ve coached. It really helped with focus, and have thought about it a lot since.I had a good conversation with x, who (I hadn’t realised) had written coaching books herself, bizarrely. It was fascinating to hear about how she had gathered the courage to make a big leap from her career.
I so enjoyed all that we did in yoga class yesterday, I especially like that time of day, the pace of the class and the combination of standing and sitting postures, thank you.It was good to “see” you. Looking forward to next Monday.
I have been enjoying doing my yoga … though I have to confess it is a little hit and miss on whether I get it done early in the morning or late morning. I hurt myself doing Pilates on Thursday, pushing myself to do more than I can since my operation, so I am a little annoyed with myself but also taking it as a valuable lesson. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday
Ann has the rare quality to really – and I mean really – listen and understand clients’ needs, she translates them into innovative and result oriented solutions and commits to successful implementation. She’s courageous and challenging, and the clients we have worked together with, very much appreciate her critical reflections combined with her positive mind set. Ann delights with her passion and astonishing experience. Of all the consultants I have ever worked with, Ann is on top of my list for recommendation to any client company. Working in a team with her was one of the best experiences in my career so far.
Ann helped me work through how I wished to be experienced at work, and how this could be congruent with my personal values, and career choices. She also helped me to see how my not taking individuals through my thinking processes was hindering my development within the organisation. I would not hesitate to recommend Ann as a Career Coach.
I have worked with Ann over a number of years and her experience and insight have always proved to be valuable. I set up my business focussing on learning and development for executive search and Ann has been very helpful in recommending me to her clients. She has been particularly helpful as a sounding board around business development and building client relationships. Ann always gets to the core of the issues and provides valuable advice. I hope that we can continue to work together in the future
Adapted coaching to specific and varied situations. Brought it to life with practical board room examples. Built my self confidence and had trust and faith in my ability to deliver. Pushed me in uncomfortable situations.
What a pampering experience I had with Ann, using the finest of products on my face and body. It was so comfortable in beautiful surroundings, very calming and relaxing. A full facial followed by a body brush and scrub , finishing off with an exquisite rose body oil after a detox bathe.
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