Think Executive Coaching, think stuffy office, boardroom or a therapist or coach sitting on a leather couch. Like many cringe-worthy cliches, it's an image that smacks of a modicum of truth.
But that’s exactly what Walking Coach has set out to change.
And why not?
At last, public awareness about the benefits of walking seems to have taken off.
Much of this is driven by understandable concerns over our health.
Apparently, we spend more time sitting on our bums nowadays than we do sleeping. The sedentary life of the average office worker is gradually killing us.
In a recent TED talk, Nifoler Merchant made a compelling case for walking meetings. They make business life healthier, more creative, more sociable, more sustainable. Take a look below.
In UK, May has been pronounced 'National Walking Month' and in the last few weeks, charities, Living Streets and Mind have been campaigning hard to raise our awareness about the benefits of walking for mental health.
More than just exercise, walking is a philosophical, spiritual and creative activity, which has played a central role in the work of thinkers, artists and writers throughout history. Frederic Gros has just launched his new book The Philosophy of Walking, in which he extols the activity of walking and slowing down as necessary in this era of speed, efficiency and consumption.
Henry Thoreau, Goethe, Wordsworth and Whitman, Henry James, Thomas Mann, Thomas Wolfe, Gretel Ehrlich and Iain Sinclair are among the countless authors who talked of walking as their favourite source of creative inspiration.
The idea of getting off the couch and going outside to connect with nature has been reinforced even further by Richard Louv in The Nature Principle, where he writes:
"The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”
At Walking Coach, we have witnessed for ourselves the numerous benefits offered by walking combined with coaching.
An increasing number of clients now choose to take their coaching outdoors – they invariably know they need more exercise and welcome the opportunity to embrace walking as part of the coaching process.
So we encourage all professional men and women to put on their walking boots and take their professional and personal development into the open air, in beautiful countryside where the environment itself inspires great results!
While the outdoor sessions are as structured and planned as they would be indoors, people usually find that once they escape from the familiar work environment, its interruptions and associations, their minds are free to function far more creatively and effectively than would otherwise be the case.
Walking Coach Retreat: June 21-23, 2014
If any of the above has struck a chord with you and you find yourself in need of time away, R&R, plus space to think ... join us next month for this amazing weekend of walking, talking, thinking and re-connecting..... find out more >>>