Meet the Coaches Rising Team

Coaches Rising was founded in 2008 by Joel Monk & Laurens van Aarle and is at the forefront of a movement that is committed to radically further the impact coaches have in the world and the success they experience.

We believe that the work we do as coaches, and the way of being it represents, is essential to the kind of shift the world needs and deeply desires.

Laurens Van Aarle – Co-Founder

I’m a coach, entrepreneur and psychologist.

Curiosity and consciousness are at the heart of my work and life.

To me they form the bloodline of Coaches Rising, and all our programs are fueled by them.

I believe there is no professional relationship more potent than that between a skilled coach and someone ready to embody his or her full potential.

For Coaches Rising and The Art of Developmental Coaching, I get to simultaneously hold the bigger vision and make sure all the details are in place. Yes… It sometimes makes my head spin 😉

Next to crafting the course architecture, I create the workbooks for all our courses.

Both Joel and Ewan, next to being my business partners, have been fellow travelers on this evolutionary journey of becoming ever more deeply human.

Joel Monk – Co-Founder

I’m a coach, trainer and entrepreneur.

Recently I saw on a deeper level how all the things in my life orient around cultivating a sense of ‘aliveness’. By this I mean – what is it to be awake and fully expressed in this moment? How can I metabolize the conditioning that binds me so that I can wake up into deeper expressions of authentic, embodied human presence?

I’m deeply committed to awakening the leader that lives in all of us. We’re all being invited to align with what wants to live through us and from here we can truly serve the world with our work.

I’m grateful that I get to work with Laurens and Ewan. Both of them have enriched my life in ways that I could never imagined when we both met. Here’s to where we head next!

For Coaches Rising and The Art of Developmental Coaching you’ll often find me hosting the dialogues and teaching sessions.

I’ve also been told that the way I express excitement or not in our meetings is a great barometer of how good an idea is and regularly informs our business strategy. note: handicap when it comes to playing poker.

Ewan Townhead – Co-Founder

I’m a writer, coach and founder of The Realized Entrepreneur where I explore the intersection of business, spirituality and art.

There are very few businesses I’ll actually partner with these days. Coaches Rising is one. Not only are Joel and Laurens dear friends, but their stand for deep conscious integrity in coaching and business is one I share resolutely.

I’m all about the new business paradigm. The one where we create our Work as work. I know of no business strategy more powerful than that of radical self discovery. I know of no spiritual path more complete than that of creating a business from your deepest heart.

My work for Coaches Rising spans marketing strategy, launch architecture, idealism advocating and coffee drinking.