The Indigo Group
Shifting Minds and Changing Lives

Rob Riches

Originally trained as an electrical engineer, Rob retired from after a 30-year career teaching problem-solving subjects Mathematics, Computing and Electronics, at both polytechnic and high school levels. Whilst teaching he took a deep interest in learning styles: how people learn, what they most need to learn as a next step, and became conversant with many different teaching and learning methodologies. The large variation in students' abilities and motivation allowed him to develop several coaching strategies that he uses effectively in his current work.

He first became interested in personal development when he took up Transcendental Meditation nearly 40 years ago, trained for and became a teacher in 1972. He has also completed the Excellence Series and became a facilitator of the Advancement of Excellence (AOE). The Series consisted of many programmes; The Pursuit of Excellence (POE), The Wall, The AOE, Master, Leadership Skills and Facilitator Training.

Upon relocating to Ontario, he undertook training with Research Associates Corporation in Reading, Pennsylvania to become a certified facilitator in highly effective developmental processes in business and personal development, and a certified Facilitator for the Attribute Index, a personal assessment tool which highlights a person's talents.

Several years ago, Rob developed a specialism in emotional intelligence, and has developed an alternate paradigm of Self called Soul Dynaamics, complete with courses in emotional development and emotional self awareness aimed at achieving inner peace, integration, balance and emotional resilience.

Ellen Riches

Ellen Riches has worked in the area of professional and personal development for over twenty years. She established herself as a trainer/facilitator of women's workshops and relationship training in the late 80's and early 90's.

Her interest in personal development started in 1984 with Context Associated and the Excellence Series. After an exacting period of training and development with Context Associated, she became a very effective and highly popular Pursuit of Excellence Facilitator. She led the POE for three years in many cities throughout British Columbia as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta and Regina Saskatchewan. She also has the honour of leading the only POE held in the UK.

Ellen established herself as a trainer and partner with Impact Factory in London, England in 2000 as well as a presenter/trainer of study skills and motivation for young people with Learning Performance Seminars in England. Both of these organisations provided many opportunities to travel throughout the UK presenting study skills to students and corporate training to clients such as; BA, Nokia, AXA Sunlife, Pfizer Consumer Health Care, BUPA, Iron Mountain and extensively with Fidelity International and First Drinks Brands.

Her effectiveness as a process facilitator has been developed and enhanced by her involvement with RAC in the United States. As a qualified Facilitator of the RAC processes she brings her vast experience and commitment to 'moving people forward.'