With my love of the outdoors and specialist training in ecotherapy, I have integrated nature into my coaching and supervision practice when it is appropriate to do so. This involves much more complexity than simply taking a client out of the office and offers infinite potential. Here are examples of some aspects requiring particular expertise and attention:
- Assessing when taking a client outdoors is (in)appropriate (SEE MY ROUTEMAP HERE).
- Contracting, and spot contracting, for working together in an unpredictable, more democratic environment.
- Ensuring psychological safety and containment in an uncontained open space and varying the natural setting to finetune its holding impact.
- Drawing on the dynamic aspects of nature to accelerate internal processing (e.g. through the lenses of metaphor, Gestalt, mindfulness, somatic noticing for client and practitioner.)
Book chapter ‘Nature as Dynamic Co-Partner in Group Supervision’ in Coaching Supervision Groups: Resourcing Practitioners. Edited by Jo Birch. Publication: November 2021. PRE-ORDER from ROUTLEDGE with discount code for 20% off: https://www.routledge.com/Coaching-Supervision-Groups-Resourcing-in-Practitioners/Birch/p/book/9780367698355
This article appeared in the October 2019 issue of Coaching Today, which is published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (c) BACP.
Nature’s Invitation http://NATURE’S INVITATION – Coaching at Work (coaching-at-work.com)
This article was published in Coaching At Work March 2021.
See HERE for my specialist model: Outdoor Supervision Frame with Nature as Dynamic Co-Partner.
Specialist Supervision Group (Zoom): Nature as Dynamic Co-Partner
Would you like to learn how to:
*optimise the impact of integrating nature into your coaching – both outdoors and virtually?
*create psychological safety and containment for working outdoors?
*invite the natural environment to deepen your inquiry into your own practice?
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Please contact me if you would like to discuss any group or individual supervision options.
Nature as Dynamic Co-partner Virtual Masterclass (covering outdoor and virtual coaching): next masterclass 19 November 2021. Download flyer
Nature as Dynamic Co-Partner Workshop:
St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, to be rescheduled Download flyer
Die Natur als dynamischer Co-Partner:
den 9. Juni 2021 18:00-20:00 BST Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3tGBnKy