reignite - with jonathon porritt
21-23 SEPTEMBER 2018, CAE MABON ECO-RETREAT CENTRE, SNOWDONIA
Led by Andy Raingold, Chloe Revill and Jonathon Porritt, this retreat draws on their 65+ years of combined experience in the field to reignite sustainability professionals’ personal leadership and drive. There will be ancient oak trees, wide open skies, rushing mountain rivers, fireside discussions and lots of laughter – supporting you to reflect, reconnect and reenergise. You will leave fired up and part of an ongoing network of peers who have shared this unique experience.
Innovation is a communicative and human-centred process, yet this can so often be boxed in by tall office buildings and familiar urban environments. It has been shown that being immersed in nature and disconnected from multi-media and technology increases creative problem-solving ability by 50% (Atchley et al, 2012). That is why leading entrepreneurs — such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs - have been known to take regular time off in nature to relax and clear their heads.
If you want to change the way you and your organisation do things, why not change in nature? This is the perfect place to be inspired and explore fresh perspectives, breathing new life into your professional challenges. We provide valuable space for reflection, allowing time to step back, examine progress, consider areas to develop, get fresh inspiration and celebrate achievements. All this in pristine, open and expansive environments where we create a temporary village for your team, with fire pits, sheltered spaces, compost toilets and optional glamping to provide an authentic, yet comfortable, experience in the natural world.
Elements that can be included in our bespoke packages include:
There is increasing evidence to show that time out in nature benefits employees' wellbeing and performance. Findings include:
To thrive in this era of increasing volatility and unpredictability, leaders must deepen their personal and organisational capacity to anticipate future trends and unleash the creative potential of their organisation. Our bespoke leadership development programmes, designed for teams within organisations, combine theory, discussion, exercises and personal reflection time. Programmes will help leaders and future leaders to:
We live and work in an ever more complex and rapidly changing world. The challenges seem to be getting bigger but we have less and less time to address them. It’s hard to keep up and the target is always moving. With the constant demands and pressures of the day job, we can often feel overwhelmed and lose sight of how we can best harness our talents in service to things that are of greatest meaning to us.
To perform at our full creative potential, I feel it is more vital than ever to make the space regularly to stop, question, reflect, reassess and ensure our actions are consistently in line with our highest aspirations. When was the last time you asked yourself whether you are being your most impactful and effective in all that you do? To what degree could your values be (even) more closely aligned with your roles at work and/or home? Are you continually moving towards the most authentic, purposeful, integral and courageous version of yourself at this exciting, uncertain and critical time?
If this resonates with you, I can support you to identify, create and sustain personal and professional change. This will help you to uncover your deeply held values and motivations, unlock limiting assumptions and fulfil your highest aspirations. It involves seeking new insights and guidance in response to the important questions in your work and life and then setting a number of stretching goals that we work to achieve over a number of sessions. As part of this process, we can head outside into the great outdoors which can help to provide creative inspiration, shift perspectives and connect to the bigger picture in the current challenges you are facing.
I perform a number of varied roles in my life, such as a coach, speaker, mindfulness practitioner, environmental campaigner, social entrepreneur, outdoor educator and group facilitator with a wealth of experience leading people through transformation. In everything I do, I seek to make a difference and am constantly challenging myself to create, learn and evolve. This has led me to run a green pressure group, lead a cancer charity, set up a nature based social enterprise, sit with hospice patients, volunteer at homeless shelters, advise environmental groups, mentor young boys, support refugees in Greece and collaborate with San Bushmen in Namibia. I bring all this experience of making big changes in my life and creating change in the lives of others into my coaching. This encompasses both the worlds of social change and business. As Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group for over seven years, I have worked with not only thought leaders, MPs and Government Ministers, but also a diverse range of executives to drive change, with clients including some of the following major brands:
"You have helped me to recover and create time for myself. This is part of getting healthy and regrowing out of burnout and finding a new way of thinking about success and achievement."
"You have given me the time to strip back what is unnecessary and reflect on what is important. It’s given me perspective on where I am now, on my goals, my identity and my relationship with my surroundings... A never ending inspiration!"
"You have helped me create the change in my life I so needed and the courage to keep this journey evolving."
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"You have helped restore a sense of balance and perspective for me. It’s reminded me of what I need to do and helped me find a broader context."