What is Outdoor LifeCoaching?
During outdoor life coaching we utilize everything around us in the process of coaching.
Nature has a relaxing influence on the body and mind, which strongly contributes to gaining insights and emotions.
The coach and the client use the wide variety of plants, animals, objects, landscapes, and even changes in the weather in various creative ways. Nature is also very useful for serving as a symbol of the client’s mental and emotional processes. The combination of the riches of the environment and all sorts of physical activities makes outdoor life coaching provide the coach and client great strength, depth, and resources.
The symbolism of nature is constantly involved in this coaching process. Nature is actually considered to be a second coach. To get the process going the coach will ask two basic questions: ‘What do you notice in the surroundings?’ and ‘What does that symbolise for you?’
Walking is one of the most important activities of outdoor life coaching. This form of coaching literally gets the coach and client going and therefore the mental and emotional processes are set in motion and the brain is stimulated. The paths in nature the coach and client take symbolise the actual paths the client takes in life. The environment changes with every step the coach and client take just like the vision on the path of life. By walking and talking simultaneously the head and body or rather mind and emotions are connected. Creativity, intuition, and intellectual clarity are also strongly stimulated by walking.
Integration of the weather and climate
One can always use the method of outdoor life coaching in every climate and weather. We integrate the condition and the changes in the weather during the coaching sessions. The sun, for example, may symbolise enlightening insights or warm feelings. Clouds also have a language of their own. It often happens that the sun suddenly comes out when a client gets a clear insight while he or she is talking. Rain can stir up feelings of grief that have not been properly dealt with or it can wash away issues that are resolved . The wind may send the message that things have to get going. No wind could symbolise inner peace. When it’s cold, this may reflect inner coldness and encourage the client to seek inner warmth. Lightning is a fantastic natural phenomenon; it may symbolise working out a conflict or ambivalences in life, but it could also mean cheerful fireworks. We emphasize during life coaching outdoors that no interpretation is fixed – the client gives personal meaning to each natural phenomenon.
Areas of application
Outdoor life coaching can be practiced from a training agency, in a private practice, in a freelance capacity within companies, schools, universities, and government agencies, in a coaching or training institute, or by employees of a health and safety institution, hospital, universities, and companies.
With a life coach clients will focus on the most important aspects of their lives.
A life coach helps people to improve their personal growth and efficiency and \ outline a career best suited to their course of life and specific qualities. A life coach motivates and inspires people to establish better balance among the four fundamental life spheres both at work and in the personal sphere.
A life coach helps people solve individual problems as well as problems that arise within organizations. Problems on all levels can effectively be addressed and solved with short-term interventions. A coach can manage groups and organizations and provide training courses to lower absence sickness, reduce stress and conflicts in the workplace, and teach employers how to provide employees with a healthy work environment and lower stress in doing so.
A life coach searches for deeper and more subconscious causes of problematic situations for individuals and groups. The coach possesses various powerful psychodynamic methods to address open and hidden conflicts, find the underlying motives, and focus on questions related to the meaning of life.
Main areas of application of outdoor life coaching
- Stress release
- Prevention of burnout
- Recovering from burnout
- Increasing self-confidence
- Finding the true meaning of life, passion, and insight
- Finding personal balance
- Career and educational decisions
- Improving relationships
- Midlife crisis and menopause
- Team building.
What is Lifecoaching?
A life coach helps people to shape their lives based on their deepest desires and talents.
Life coaching investigates three fundamental life questions: who am I, what am I capable of, and what do I want?
Someone who is happy and successful constantly experiences life as a challenge: life is exciting, adventurous, and inspiring. Yet being happy is not so simple. In the first place it requires a lot of self-knowledge and inner freedom. Furthermore our happiness can be disrupted by doing the “wrong” job, leading an unhealthy life, associating with the “wrong” people, not standing up for ourselves, or carrying unresolved issues.
Life coaching focuses on recognizing these constricting factors and setting up and restyling life in a way that complete happiness ensues. In order to be happy we have to find proper balance in life. Life coaching focuses on: creating balance in life and in our personality.
Who am I?
The basis of success and happiness is self-knowledge. That is why we start by asking the question who am I? In life coaching someone’s personality is compared to the shape of a tree. When a tree has sufficient space, nutrition, and sunlight, it will develop in a healthy manner and achieve full maturity. In human beings we also note this urge to achieve full blossom. All important aspects of human nature are symbolised by the various parts and spheres of a tree.
A life coach helps people to shape their lives based on their deepest desires and talents. Life coaching is coaching in which the whole life of a person is scrutinized and the client is stimulated to take charge of designing his or her life. Both the professional and personal aspects of life are dealt with. Special attention is paid to the balance between work and leisure, increasing self-confidence, stress management, communication skills, developing talents, coordinating career planning with life planning, improving relationships, and developing a positive vision of the future. The primary goal of life coaching is deepening happiness and success.