Previous participants on our writing retreats have worked on a tremendous range of projects, from poems to PhDs. Here are updates on a few of them.

Lambay 2018

Minnesota, USA


On the retreat I worked with my co-author on a detailed outline for our next book together, which is still in progress. I continue to write my weekly blogs and am now writing a small book on leading living systems.  I am more and more convinced that if we saw the life in our systems our behavior would shift as a result.


I am working on helping people change the narrative from seeing people and their organizations shift from an object / objectification to a living system / living human beings.

Julia Vaughan-Smith

Zen Vouga 2017



Many thanks for your encouragement of my writing.

The writing I started at the Zen Vouga retreat resulted in a book ‘Coaching and Trauma’, published by Open University Press in September 2019.  A photo of the book and the link to amazon is here.


The book has been very well reviewed in Coaching and Work and Coaching Today, the two main journals for coaching in the UK. It has also been well received in Norway. 


I would love another writing retreat and look forward to later in the year when that might be possible.  A favourite of mine is the Gladstone Library, a residential library, which is perfect for getting on with writing. They have been giving a reduced rate to members of the Society of Authors.  The institution-like space holds the writing task well. 

Nick Ross

Lambay 2018

Somerset, UK                                                       

At the Lambay writing retreat I wrote poems - here is one about my experience of the writing retreat itself: 

Sarah Bailey

Lambay 2018

Exeter, UK                                                


I worked on a chapter of my doctoral thesis “Social enterprise partnerships: exploring the experience of partnership for social enterprises in the UK” – subsequently completed and accessible at the University library here.

Cynthia Cherry

Lambay 2018


You can read Cynthia's paper here "Can Business Drive Performance and Social Impact?"


President & CEO International Leadership Association. You can find Cynthia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Amit Chaterjee

Zen Vouga 2017


Well, the piece I was struggling to get under control during the retreat in Portugal was a book I wanted to write on the ‘trajectory’ of a professional as one starts off as a young educated individual, becomes a Manager and then hopefully retire as a CEO or a Board Member. I hope that such a book may help budding managers to culminate their professional journey in a purposeful manner.


Here is an article - ‘A Purposeful Life’ - I wrote sometime back 

Al Berg

Lambay 2019

USA                                                      ​


Here is a  link to the introduction of the book I worked on with you during my time on Lambay. 


I'm hopeful that the book will be available before the end of the year. 


Yori Kamphuis

Lambay 2018 & 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands                              

After Lambay I did what I intended – to complete the first full draft of my book Walk With Me (about 100,000 words). 


Then I I felt that some of the function of the writing had been achieved – the reflection, going through it. But wasn't yet a book. I didn’t find a publisher and set up a website to crowd-fund the publication. The people who signed up include a colleague who left full-time employment to become a writer – he went cold turkey! He gave me detailed feedback and I now pay him as an editor which is helping a lot. 

I had wanted to write about recovery (from injuries) but through this editing process I have come to see that the book is about belonging. This has implications for the story arc and I’m enjoying re-thinking it. It feels like real progress. 

Rebecca Nestor

Lambay 2019

Oxford, UK                                                        

After Lambay I completed the piece on leadership for the Climate Psychology Alliance handbook, edited by Paul Hoggett and others on the handbook editorial board. Here it is.

Thank you for the Lambay experience, which was very important for me. 

Pippa Warin

Lambay 2019


Pippa Warin
Lambay 2019

I worked on three short stories when on Lambay, and subsequently edited and adjusted them a bit. Here are two of them.

I’m writing more, and wondering whether an introduction to them as a series would help them coalesce for the reader - perhaps I’ll make a podcast. 

Here are references to books in which Jonathan Gosling has had a hand.

  • Jeanrenaud, S., Jeanrenaud, J-P. & Gosling, J. (2017) Sustainable Business: A one planet approach Hoboken, NY: Wiley. Buy here

  • Jia, F., Gosling, J. and Witzel, M. (2015) Sustainable Champions:  how international companies are changing the face of business in China Sheffield: Greenleaf. Buy here

  • Jones, S. and Gosling, J. (2015) Napoleonic Leadership: A study in power London: Sage. Buy here

  • Gosling, J. and Villiers, P (eds)  (2012) Fictional Leaders: Heroes, Villains & Absent Friends London: Palgrave. Buy here

  • Gosling, J., Jones, S., Sutherland, I. and Dijkstra, J. (2012) Key Concepts in Leadership London: Sage. Buy here

  • Bolden, R. Hawkins, B., Gosling, J. and Taylor, S. (2011) Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives Oxford: OUP. Buy here

  • Marturano, A. and Gosling, J. (2007) Leadership: Key Concepts London: Routledge. Buy here

  • Gosling, J., Witzel, M. and Case, P. (eds) (2007) John Adair: Foundations of Leadership London, Palgrave. 

  •  Jones, S. and Gosling. J. (2005) Nelson’s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Commander  London: Nicholas Brealey. Buy here




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