Be honest: How much time do you spend staring at a screen each day?
Our increasing reliance on technology means many of us are spending ever less time outdoors—even as we have shown this week that scientists are compiling enormous evidence of the value of getting out into the natural world.
Over the past x months since the Covid-19 pandemic begun we noticed how time outdoors was being squeezed for working parents. We all now know the reality of being a working parent through the pandemic because we have lived it, are living it. In response to this we started more ‘coaching outdoors’ sometimes the only time a client may have been outdoors that week, it helped our clients and it helped us too.
We have long been advocates for combining nature with our work. Our Coaching Vision and Renewal Programme for Working parents includes being in nature. Coaching sessions carried out in the natural environment has many benefits whatever the weather.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF), write; “Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative partnership that inspires clients to maximize their personal and professional potential, often unlocking previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.”
Coaching in nature is all of the above with the combination of the natural world. Ideally on a walk together but also on the phone. Even bringing nature into the conversation and taking time between sessions to spend outdoors is beneficial. In a world of ever-increasing noise, haste, technology and virtual worlds, there is a counter-movement; “one that recognises our essential quality as a part of nature. This movement invites us to reclaim our place in the universe, to remind us that we are organic relational beings.” (McGeeney, 2016)
That sounds pretty good to us.