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Feb 2

Christiane Frischmuth

February 2

$895 – $995

September 5-7, 2024
Your True Nature Coaching: Using age-old sacred practices, enhanced awareness of self and other, as well as natural spaces to support and challenge those you coach.

Are you a coach or human relationship professional? Are you a leader who is using coaching skills? Are you wanting to access the profound wisdom of nature in your work? Do you want to build your own nature practice?
Nature offers the opportunity to experience questions and musings and discoveries in a completely new surrounding.
~ Nature allows us to walk our talk, choose a different path, experience getting lost and finding our way again. In nature, we can still ourselves and listen to our bodies, hearts and souls.
~ With nature as our insightful partner, coaches and those using coaching as a way to support others, can use age-old processes to support setting intention; create deep, personal journeys of self-discovery; and facilitate meaningful re-entry and integration through coaching.
~ Particularly during major transitions, these rites of passage ~ some call ‘soul searching’ ~ can propel the coachee to new awareness, new discovery, and a natural sense of well-being.
If this is your first time attending a nature coaching program, you will learn an adult development framework to orient those we coach to their life phases and transitions, with clearer steps to move forward, naturally.
If you have some experience with coaching in nature, not only will you deepen your skills and application, you will also have an opportunity to hone your mentoring skills using nature as your partner.
You will benefit personally as you immerse yourself in wild nature and are coached by your peers as well as enhance your coaching skills by coaching your peers with mentoring and guidance from Russ and Christiane. Bring your own life questions, ponderings and reflections.
Join us for an in person Coaching Workshop with ICF CCEs. In this ICF CCE program, learn to create and use sacred coaching and leading spaces and times as well as ancient processes for modern times to imbed in your leading/coaching style. Be in wild nature to re-member your own true nature and life story: September 5 (12 noon) through September 7, 2024 (12 noon).

Treat yourself to gorgeous, wild nature while advancing your coaching and leading skills and competence.

Skills you will learn during our time together:
• Understand how to support your coachees in sharpening their awareness of self and other
• Build confidence in working in natural surroundings, including keeping you and other safe in nature
• A process for coaching with nature as a partner, including
 Shaping and clarifying intentions as you listen to self and other
 Creating a sacred pause and space to let the extraordinary emerge
 Generating ideas about self-ceremonies and practices that include nature
 Keeping others safe as they spend alone time in nature – their own purpose retreat
 Stepping into purpose, and then processing discoveries upon return from their experience through listening, mirroring and integrating nature
 Creating action steps and practices for integration and accountability
• Apply nature-based practices in your own coaching to create sacred spaces and times that translate to regular rituals and practices in back every-day life
• Hone your ICF Core Competencies of Coaching Presence, Establishing Trust and Intimacy, Active Listening, Powerful Questioning, Creating Awareness, Planning and Goal Setting, and Accountability

Colorful Colorado – Ridgway in the San Juan Mountains:
Located in beautiful Colorado wilderness and surrounded by untouched National Forest land, Top of The Pines offers rustic camping with fire rings and an outhouse. We will be spending our time together here during the day. For those wanting to stay immersed in nature, camp sites are available at the program site. You are welcome to come early and go for a walk or come a night before and stay a night longer to acclimatize. https://www.topofthepines.org
For those wanting a more comfortable accommodation, Ridgway and Ouray offer hotels, Airbnb and farm accommodation a 10-30 minute ride away. If you were to choose that option, we would want you to be at the campsite with the group as early as possible to join in the pre program conversations and to stay as late as you like for campfire, star gazing and story telling. Ridgway and Top of the Pines is one of the designated dark sites – reducing artificial light and allowing the night skies to show their true brilliance.
Participants will organize their own accommodation, transportation and meals (2 lunches, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners). Christiane who lives in Ridgway can take care of camping reservations for those wanting to camp, which we highly encourage. Camping with us at Top of the Pines allows being fully immersed in nature. We will book the entire campsite so we have it for ourselves during the program. We will provide a check list of what to bring and links to places to stay.
Ridgway has a small grocery store and beautiful Orvis hot springs to soak in. There are also restaurants, should you wish to order food to go during the program. Most of you will fly into Montrose, where you can shop at larger stores as well. Plan on staying longer or coming earlier. Ouray and Telluride are nearby, festivals abound; hiking, kayaking, biking are numerous and stunning. If you come with your family or friends as part of your Colorado experience, they will find lots to do during your time attending the program.
The season: September is a season of color and light, of harvesting what we’ve planted, of getting ready for the more reflective time of winter. It is a perfect time to nurture, fertilize and plant anew. Here in Colorado, the days are usually warm with cooler nights. Elevation at Top of the Pines is 8600 feet.
Process for True Nature Coaching: This 12-hour ICF CCE coaching program is highly experiential. You will experience the various practices yourself and then apply these practices as you coach one another. Your guides will model each practice before you try yourself. Receive 1 mentor coaching hour and an additional 4 resource credits as your request.
Context for True Nature Coaching: What resources do you draw on as a leader/coach, when you hear your colleagues, coachees, peers, friends ~ or even yourself, ask:
• How do I create dedicated space/time for me?
• How do I broaden my horizons?
• Is it the time to make a big change in my life?
• If I close something… what will open?
• What legacy do I leave?
• What is my true nature?
• What is only mine to do?
• I wonder what’s over the next hill…
• Do I start/change my business or my role or my place in life?
• How do I self-support my growth and development?
• How do I integrate my insights from alone time?

Coaching in a natural space supports deep connection, profound meaning making, and a unique client experience. When you coach in nature, your coachee has space to venture forth from and to be welcomed back into greater clarity. Their time in nature takes on a special meaning with your coaching of clear intention and enacted beginnings and endings. As coach, you allow awareness and guide supportive personal discovery that is essential for the process to be safe and impactful.
Research shows that being in nature enhances the positive emotions of joy, awe, optimism and courage. The energetic waves found in nature are those found in the human brain when in deep meditation. We slow down, deepen our insights, open to taking in what’s around us. We also connect to a broader purpose and to what is really emerging in us as a yearning or next step on our road.
Being in nature enables us to externalize our internal landscapes. Nature allows us to sharpen our senses and to have a more expansive, deeper and slower experience. Nature doesn’t judge us or make meaning for us or nudge us in any way. Nature simply is. In relationship to nature, we can test ourselves, listen to ourselves and listen to what nature can tell us about ourselves ~ our life phases, paths forward, and next steps.
When: September 5, 2024 (noon), through September 7, 2024 (noon). As an additional feature, we can expand the program and create your individual post program experience. You can go for an additional solo walk and spend another night at the site. The participants may want to have a dinner together or go to the hot springs together on the night of September 7, which can also be arranged. Just let us know.
You: Everyone is welcome regardless of physical ability, fitness, agility, experience in nature. This program will meet you where you are from novice- to experienced-in-nature.
Cost: 895$ for early bird special up to May 15, 2024 and 995$ after the deadline. We require a minimum of 4 participants to make this program work.
Want to save money? Register prior to May 15, 2024 to receive a $100 early-registration discount. In order to make this program as affordable and as good of an individual fit as possible, we will be charging only for the program design, preparation, facilitator travel and facilitation and the campsite for the program. All other costs will be up to you and your preferences.
To learn more (no obligation) and to register, contact Christiane [email protected]
Planning travel: The closest airports are Montrose (30 minutes away) and Grand Junction (90 minutes away). Durango is 2 hours away. Feel free to email and ask questions.
What to bring: Dress casually and in layers as we will be inside and outside, in various weather conditions. Bring sturdy shoes and a jacket/hat for cool evenings. (Zip code 81432) Bring a journal, pen and water bottle. The venue neither sells nor serves alcohol, however, you may bring alcohol onsite for your own or for shared consumption. We will provide further logistical details upon your registration.
Cancellation policy: Due to payments for the campsite, materials and logistics and plane tickets, we must have a cancelation policy in place. Prior to May 15, a full refund is offered. After May 15, we are unable to offer a refund. We will decide on May 15 if we have the minimum number of participants required to make the program work.


February 2
$895 – $995
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top of the pines
Ridgway, Colorado 81432 United States + Google Map
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