professional

 

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programmes

A precious chance to stop, think and reflect about the next steps in my transitioning organisation and my transitioning life.
— FOUNDER DIRECTOR OF ONE OF THE PRINCE'S CHARITIES

we are running our two core professional programmes again in 2018:

LEADERSHIP IMMERSION - WITH GILES HUTCHINS

21-22 JUNE 2018, SECRET LOCATION NEAR STROUD

Facilitated by Giles Hutchins and Andy Raingold, this two day immersion will explore and embody Future Fit Leadership – leadership inspired by nature, nature’s living systems and our shared humanity. It will include nature explorations, leadership workshops, facilitated discussions, private reflections, peer-to-peer sharing and an overnight solo on the longest day of the year -  helping you uncover how your leadership can transform in the months and years ahead. 

More info & bookings

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reignite - with jonathon porritt

SEPTEMBER 2018 (DATE TBC), SECRET LOCATION IN NORTH WALES

Led by Jonathon Porritt, Chloe Revill and Andy Raingold, this three day retreat is for sustainability practitioners at all levels who want to take stock and reignite their passion for the work they do. There will be fireside discussions, big skies, ancient oak trees, babbling streams, great company, enriching conversations and lots of laughter - fostering a deeper way of relating to and learning from your peers. You will leave fired up and part of an ongoing network of colleagues who have shared this unique experience.

Check back for more info

What an amazing, unique and strong place... I will keep coming back to this as a source of inspiration.
— MANAGER, BSI GROUP (£330 MILLION TURNOVER)


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bespoke

 
I just love the way that Change in Nature have designed a range of different experiences, adventures and challenges in the natural world for all comers - be they deep ecologists or city slickers!
— Sir Jonathon Porritt, leading UK environmentalist

BESPOKE PROGRAMMES FOR ORGANISATIONS TO INNOVATE AND INVIGORATE

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:

  • Fresh thinking. Time and space for individual reflection and facilitated group discussions around a fire to stimulate fresh thinking, perspectives and strategic development. 
  • Adventures. Such as a 'Deep Time Walk' (an evocative exploration of the Earth's 4.6 billion year life story in 4.6km, with each metre representing a million years) or a secret woodland banquet. 
  • Inspiration. Hear stories and insights from a range of thought leaders and change makers. 
  • Wild activities. Traditional fire making techniques, cooking over an open fire, craftwork, bushcraft challenges, foraging, storytelling, music and more.
A time to stop, think and reflect about the next steps in my transitioning organisation and my transitioning life.
— Founder Director of one of the princes' charities

PAST CLIENTS AND COLLABORATORS INCLUDE

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THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF NATURE FOR EMPLOYEES

There is increasing evidence to show that time out in nature benefits employees' wellbeing and performance. Findings include:

  • Being immersed in nature and disconnected from multi-media and technology increases creative problem-solving ability by 50% (Atchley et al, 2012)
  • Exposure to nature leads to improved cognitive functioning and mental well-being (Kaplan, 1993, 2001) 
  • Connection with nature has a significant positive effect on autonomy, personal growth, and purpose in life (Nisbet, Zelenski, & Murphy, 2011)
  • When people relate to nature they experience greater feelings of vitality, regardless of levels of exercise and social activity (Ryan et al., 2010) 
  • When immersed in a natural environment, people report feeling more connected to others and to the world around them (Terhaar, 2009) 
  • Walking in nature improves memory by up to 20% (Berman et al. 2008) 
  • Time in nature relieves stress and reduces pulse rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels (Chiba University) 
I love that we explored such a range of ideas, sharings, processes and exercises in such a short time.
— Editor, Positive News
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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 

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:

  • Enhance their energy and drive by reconnecting work with personal values, visions and objectives 
  • Gain a greater understanding of the principles of successful leadership
  • Forge deeper, more collaborative relationships with their peers
  • Hone communication skills to better connect with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Facilitate more effective and productive meetings
  • Take greater responsibility and ownership in their roles
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What an amazing, unique and strong place... I will keep coming back to this as a source of inspiration.
— Manager, BSI Group (£330 million turnover)


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coaching

 
A calm, conscious and skilled coach.
I’ve already recommended Andy to one of my best friends, which I think speaks for itself!
— Helen, November 2017

We believe that connecting with your nature in nature can awaken your potential in the most powerful of ways. Andy offers a nature-inspired coaching journey that will help you identify, create and sustain personal change. It is not about giving advice - is it about helping you to uncover your own deeply held values and motivations, unlock limiting assumptions and lead a life that makes you truly come alive. The first session is generally a purposeful walk in nature, with the intent of seeking new insights and guidance in response to the important questions in your life. We then set a number of stretching goals that we work to achieve over the course of the journey.

Andy is a life coach and mindfulness practitioner with a wealth of experience leading people through transformation. As Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, he has worked with a diverse range of executives to drive change, with clients including BT, Microsoft, Marks and Spencer, Aviva, Asda, Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, National Grid, Sky, Thames Water, TUC, WWF and Friends of the Earth.

I felt comfortable, yet my boundaries were stretched.
— SARAH, SEPTEMBER 2017
 
 

FEEDBACK FROM OUR RETREATS

"You have helped me create the change in my life I so needed and the courage to keep this journey evolving."

"Thank you for helping me to find my way back to myself after a rocky and confusing few months... This has made me whole again."

"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."

"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 (both inwardly and outwardly) and my relationship with my surroundings... A never ending inspiration!"

"You have helped me to recover and heal and create time for myself. This is part of recovering and getting healthy and regrowing out of burnout and finding a new way of thinking about success and achievement."

Caring. Supportive. Challenging.
— PAUL, JULY 2017