time to adapt
creatively confront what climate change means for you
space to reflect & repurpose
Change is upon us. 4th industrial revolution or climate collapse? Or some messy in between. Only one thing is certain: unprecedented levels of change.
Organisations have a choice: wait and react, or use this time to reflect and repurpose.
The emerging realisation that climate change is becoming a destructive tragedy, not just an urgent challenge, is profoundly disorientating for many people. How are we to feel? What are we to do? What might become the purpose of our lives and work in the face of imminent societal breakdown from climate chaos?
You are warmly invited to join us for a week of dialogue and reflection with people working on this Deep Adaptation agenda. We will focus on nourishing the inner resilience for us all to help make this a kinder and more sacred unravelling of life-as-we-know-it. We will draw upon the experiences of participants, a range of experiential exercises as well as facilitated connection and exploration that welcomes emotional, spiritual and somatic ways of being and (un)learning, as well as the intellectual/cognitive. Our aspiration is that we will support peaceful empowered surrender to our predicament, where action can arise from an engaged love of humanity and nature, rather than redundant stories of worth and purpose.
Within a safely held and gently facilitated space, we aim to explore the possibilities for meaning, purpose and joy amidst the climate tragedy, whilst cultivating the practice of welcoming the whole range of human emotions, including those that are painful and usually pushed away. The focus is on inner adaptation rather than policies for reducing the harm from societal collapse. The retreat is part of a wider movement on Deep Adaptation. Our hope is you leave better able to host future gatherings on this agenda, and feel more peaceful in your ability to be alongside and support others in their own journeys.
What’s the biggest challenge your organisation is facing? Are you giving it the level of focus and attention it needs? Are you close to cracking it? Or are you going around in circles, crying out for a fresh approach?
Grappling with today’s challenges calls for no less than bringing our most refreshed minds into the environment where they perform best. As our world gets ever faster and more complex, we desperately need more time and space for deep, creative thinking. Distracted and worn out employees talking strategy in a concrete box simply won’t cut it.
That’s why some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world take this approach. Warren Buffet dedicates 80% of his time to just reading and thinking. Bill Gates gives himself two whole “Think Weeks” every year. And there’s a reason he spends these weeks in a remote cabin by a lake. It’s what we all know, and science now tells us – that our minds are much more receptive and creative when we’re out in nature.
Whatever it is you’re grappling with, we can help. We take teams into inspiring natural environments and help them to crack their biggest challenges using the power of refreshed, creative minds. Each programme is carefully tailored to the team and challenge concerned, but all of them draw on our tried-and-tested Think Differently process. Over 200 people have been on our programmes, from CEOs to senior sustainability professionals.
if it works for them…
Individuals from a wide range of well known institutions have benefitted from our professional programmes:
Feedback from our Reignite Leadership Retreat 2018
100% of participants felt better resourced to meet challenges at work and/or at home
89% of participants formed closed personal connections in a short period of time
89% of participants felt less stressed and overwhelmed
Across all our programmes in 2018:
88% of participants felt a greater sense of general wellbeing
85% of participants felt more practiced at listening to others perspectives without judgement
80% of participants felt more inspired and creative
Our programmes are designed around the unique Change in Nature Think Differently process. At the centre of our model and all that we do is people. We believe that cracking tough challenges ultimately depends on building deep personal relationships and community around a common purpose.
1. Open. Awareness and spaciousness. Building trust and allowing for authentic personal expression.
2. Listen. Observe and develop empathy without judgement or solutions. Recognising complexity.
3. Explore. Shift perspectives and discover new insights. Innovating and opening mindsets.
4. Create. Crystallise vision and intention. Evolving and implementing.
5. Appreciate. Acknowledge successes and celebrating failures.
Between each step we allow for regrounding - time in nature for each individual to distil and assess their personal learnings, ensuring the process is developing on a firm and grounded basis at each stage.
From glamping in secluded woodland areas of outstanding natural beauty to staying at beautiful rural cottages, our programmes are held at carefully chosen venues across the UK. Many of these are not open to the public. Once we know a bit more about your team’s culture, we can find the right venue for you.
2 or 3 day residential programme
Additional services: consultancy before & after, professional coaching
Exclusive use of a carefully selected site // All accommodation // Facilitated discussions, workshops and experiential practices // Freshly prepared, healthy and delicious vegetarian meals.
who we are
Change in Nature was created by two senior sustainability professionals who after many years of working to influence business and policy in Westminster, went on personal journeys in nature to renew their sense of purpose and drive. They set up Change in Nature to support other professionals to reenergise, reconnect and create change in their spheres of influence.
Chloe helps professionals to build deep mutual understanding, and rekindle their energy and drive. She is an international climate change diplomat and public policy strategist, who has worked closely with Government Ministers and senior negotiators from a wide range of developed and developing countries. She consultants for leading think tanks such as E3G, the European Climate Foundation and Mission2020
Andy is a coach, speaker, mindfulness practitioner, environmental campaigner and social entrepreneur with a wealth of experience leading people through transformation. As Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group for over seven years, he worked in the corridors of power with CEOs, Government Ministers and thought leaders to drive UK and EU policy change.