I like make a particular effort to include nature in my workshops; objects, images, natural light and even the setting all make a difference. I find that people are moved differently when they interact with nature and are reminded of their connection with nature. this doesn’t have to be a heavy handed thing, just a light touch!
Nature renews and inspires me, and yet so often we remove this influence from our work and see it as purely a personal thing. Being in nature makes me slow down and notice things differently. My grandfather encouraged this awareness in me, taking me out into the bush, laying a cryptic trail of stones and twigs and leaving me to find my way home! I was about seven years old. He trusted me and it taught me to observe my natural environment as I was part of it. I was so lucky to have the Tasmanian wilderness as my playground growing-up; mountains, freshwater lakes, wild rivers and pounding ocean. The ocean is my happy place, I’m not such a brave swimmer as I used to be, but I am still swept away by it’s power and beauty. I’m made wide awake, by the bracing saltwater and it reminds me that I am part of something bigger than myself. Long walks by crashing surf ground and renew me, always.
This November I will bring together two of my favourite things – time by the sea and professional development for facilitators. If you would like to dive deeper into how you work with groups, your personal style, your skills and capacities when the going gets tough- then come and join me by the sea on November 18th! Just over an hour out of Melbourne, with the option of staying the night in the lovely seaside town of Barwon Heads. “The Authentic Facilitator- by the sea” will be a day of unique insights,building your confidence, understanding and trust in your own abilities. Get in contact if you would like to know more. I look forward to your company.