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Outdoor Experiential Program: Nature as Co-Coach: Discover the power of collaborating with nature

Friday, June 11, 2021, 8:00 AM until 10:30 AM
Harriet Keeler Memorial Picnic Area
Brecksville Reservation - Cleveland Metro Parks
Chippewa Creek Drive
Brecksville, OH  44141
Additional Info:
Heidi Langer
Monthly Program
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

This month's chapter meeting will be held IN-PERSON
- the weather is great today (6/11/21) See you there!-


Due to the outdoor nature of this event, no masks required; however, non-vaccinated attendees will be asked to wear a mask. Social distancing will be required.


June 11, 2021 Meeting Agenda* Meeting times are in Eastern time zone

8:00 - 8:15 am Socializing and Networking
8:15 - 8:30 Meeting Open: Chapter Business
8:30 - 10:00 Featured Presentation: Nature as Co-Coach
Discover the power of collaborating with nature
Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. This meeting will be in part, if not all, held outdoors.
Participants will also walk 1-2 miles on a path as part of the experience.
10:00 -10:15 Wrap up and final announcements
10:15 - 10:30 Socializing and Networking

*Meeting agenda may be adjusted to meet the needs of the chapter and presenter. Please check back prior to the event to confirm.
Additionally, we do our best to adhere to the start and end times for the full meeting, however the specific agenda times may not be precise.

Featured Topic: Nature as Co-Coach: Discover the power of collaborating with nature

Participants will explore how to leverage the power of nature by creating a somatic learning environment for personal and professional growth for their clients and themselves.

Session Objectives:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the experiential learning process and the value of moving from one’s comfort zone into their learning/growth zone.
  2. Gain a better understanding of the science and research associated with nature as co-coach as well as the many health benefits associated with being in nature.
  3. Experience first-hand what it is like to participate in a coaching session using nature as a co-coach through a demonstration.
  4. Actively engage with nature as co-coach to experience the potentially transformational benefits associated with the practice.
  5. Identify the ICF Core Competencies their own practice could benefit from using nature as a co-coach.

Full Description:

This workshop will consist of three components:  
First, there will be a brief presentation sharing research and science associated with using nature as co-coach.   (e.g., What is Forest Bathing). 

Second, there will a demonstration walk highlighting how one may use nature as co-coach (e.g., How can the Erie Canal and Cuyahoga River lead to a breakthrough for my client? How can being still and simply listening to sounds in nature evoke new levels of awareness for my client?) 

Third, an opportunity for praxis through one or two practice experiences in which participants can partner with one another or spend time in self-reflection to experience the power of nature as co-coach.

In this experiential learning workshop, we will explore ICF Core Competencies as we ponder questions such as: 
• How does being still and mindful in nature benefit the coaching space? (Maintains Presence)
• What is nature and the environment offer you and your client to be aware of and use for reflection?  (Listens Actively)
• What senses are being activated and what new sensations are you and your client experiencing? (Evokes Awareness)
• What nature-based metaphors can you use to ask powerful question for transformational growth?  (Facilitates Clients Growth)

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds will be provided. In the event that a guest needs to cancel, the guest fee will be applied to a future month's program.

Continuing Coach Education Credits (CCEs):

1.0 Core
1.0 Resource Development

Presenter Bio: Mark Skillings, ACC, MABA

mark Skillings

My mission is to ‘support individuals, teams and organizations achieve their greatness’ and my passion is unlocking the gifts and talents of individuals and teams to be their best and healthiest selves.  Much of my career has been in higher education (e.g., adjunct faculty, scholarship advisor) and adventure education (e.g., ropes courses, team building initiatives). 

I created L3 Coaching as a natural offshoot of my decades of experience supporting others grow and develop into their fullest selves.   L3 refers to ‘living, learning and leading’ and the exponential impact one can make when there is alignment between all three components.

*Living focuses on how we identify and walk in our purpose; develop a better awareness of self; and know how we make a positive difference in the world.  
Learning aligns with having a growth mindset; recognizing how 'failure' can be our greatest developmental tool; and learning to unlock our potential and being our happiest self is a lifelong process.   
Leading recognizes how we have positive influences on those with whom we interact; how we need to recognize and celebrate the diversity of others; and how we display selfless leadership behaviors. 

I work with Rising and High Potential Leaders who need to find their sense of balance between high performance and self-care and have a special place in my heart to support fellow White males recognize and understand how matters of privilege have shaped our view of the world.