In the beginning…
We grew up in Yorkshire, famous for the humble Yorkshire Pudding, cricket, Old Mother Shipton – check her out, Yorkshire’s very own answer to Nostradamus, the Yorkshire Dales, James Herriott and deep philosophical statements like “There’s nowt so queer as folk.” Translation: “People are so interesting you really should study them.” So we did.
Walking the Lifelong Learning Talk
Then we decided to explore. Curious about folk we travelled and worked around the world, as far afield as Australasia and Tibet and everywhere inbetween. We discovered other cultures, inspiring values and many ways of perceiving the world. We saw how people respond to life’s challenges in a myriad of different ways and our passion for psychology was ignited. That passion led us to degrees, masters and work based PhD research. However much we love to be part time boffins we recognise that fascinating as theory is, it’s got to have a practical application. That’s why we’re all about practical tools for positive change at PCG.
Making a difference
It would be easy to look at some of the big name companies that we work with now and think that’s how things have always been. But we haven’t always worked with international clients. We cut our teeth somewhere very different. After losing a parent at a young age we were acutely aware that it’s easy to be blindsided by traumatic events. We realised that not everyone starts life with the same level of resilience and for some it can feel like a mountain to overcome challenging life events. We wanted to make a real difference, so we began applying psychological theory to support people living in inner city London who were homeless, experiencing mental health issues and young people at risk of offending. We also worked overseas in United Nations refugee camps. We knew that practical tools for positive change could be learned and were passionate about supporting people to develop the skills to do just that.
We still do pro bono work today alongside our corporate clients for causes that we truly believe in.
Quality and Expertise
Eventually we started our own companies. The feedback was great! People we worked with loved what we did and how we did it, we built a solid reputation as experts with clients around the world. We made a decision to maintain our independence and not partner with larger, impersonal training organisations. Quality and expertise are paramount to us. It’s what our clients deserve. We guarantee high quality by ensuring that everything with the PCG touch is designed and delivered by a qualified expert in their field. Someone with real world experience, who knows the theory, has road tested it and successfully put it into practice.
So where does Oak Cottage come in?
For a long time we dreamed about working together somewhere beautiful, somewhere peaceful that we could share with others on our courses. We spent years getting up at 4am, doing 15 hour days or more, pushing ourselves to develop our companies and support the Koru Trust until one day an opportunity presented itself. And so, we grabbed it and followed our dream. Set alongside the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Lakeland Site, Oak Cottage and Owl Barn were perfect. We fell in love with them straight away and hope that you will too. We now divide our time between our international work, London and the mindfulness courses we run at Oak Cottage, our 17th century, Cumbrian farmhouse. We look forward to meeting you, wherever that may be.