Nature as Co-Facilitator

Delivered virtually via Zoom

September 2021

This programme is designed to explore all that nature has to offer in the way of a co-facilitator, and to encourage you to grow your confidence in working with the opportunities that nature provides for both coach and client. 

Inviting nature into our coaching relationships has many benefits.  For example, as a way to access and connect with emotions, providing moments of opportunity for exploring edges or a way into the sub-conscious through the abundant metaphors on offer. Imagine the power of each coaching session if you could work at a deeply resonant level with your clients and feel that it came naturally!

Coaching clients outdoors can be so much more powerful than simply ‘walking and talking’.  Integrating nature into the relationship can accelerate emotional processing, deepen insights and unlock creativity.

Programme content

This programme introduces you to make the most of what nature can offer for you and your client.  Bringing nature consciously into the coaching experience and conversation as a working partner is what this programme is about.

This programme will be held over two weeks 6th – 17th September, this includes three 1 hour Zoom sessions to enable you to share your learning through the content and practical work over the programme. You can participate in this programme at a functional level to enhance your coaching practice, this will take roughly 60 – 90 mins a day. And, if you wish, there is the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the content and nature; benefitting personally as well as professionally. It’s an opportunity to develop, reflect, nurture yourself and connect with your place in the natural world, then bring all of this to your life and coaching work.

Target audience:

This programme is open to NHS colleagues who work within the South West region, specifically, experienced coaches who already do some work outdoors and would like to make the most of what nature can offer to the coaching conversation and experience.

We also encourage registrations from colleagues who are under-represented in our programmes, including; transgender colleagues, colleagues under the age of 25 and above the age of 55, ethnic minorities (including non-British colleagues) and colleagues currently on parental leave.

Programme dates

The programme will run across two cohorts, both cohorts will take place on the same day at different times. Please ensure you block out the time for both cohorts in your diary, we will take into consideration your cohort preference when allocating places. 

Cohort 1 (12 places)

  • 6th September 13.00 – 14.00
  • 10th September 9.30 – 10.30
  • 17th September 9.30 – 10.30

Cohort 2 (13 places)

  • 6th September 14.30 – 15.30
  • 10th September 11.00 – 12.00
  • 17th September 11.00 – 12.00

Facilitated by Lesley Roberts

Image of Lesley RobertsLesley Roberts is a business coach and adventurer.  During her MSc in Executive Coaching at Ashridge Business school her research focused on how nature can support both coach and client.

Her passion for people development in the outdoors began at university, whilst studying to be a PE teacher she majored in Outdoor Education.  After teaching, Lesley worked with youth at risk groups in the Highlands of Scotland, using the environment as a catalyst for personal development. In 2000 she began a 16-year corporate career with Mars Inc spending 8 years in the commercial side of the business before moving into people development where she brought her insights from working outdoors to her coaching work with teams, and executives.  Whether it be a mountain walk, a stroll through the woods or along a river, she has found that nature has proven to be an excellent environment for supporting and enhancing the experience of both coach and client.

Read more about Lesley’s work

Apply for a place

To apply for the Nature as Co-Facilitators programme, please follow the link below and fully complete the online application form.

Applications will close on Friday 13th August at 5pm and you will be informed of the outcome of your application by Friday 20th August. ​

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