If nature is your teacher your soul will awake – Goethe

 

Think like a tree six week programme:

We associate woodlands, forests and other natural ecosystems with resilience, longevity and harmony, but often struggle to experience these in our own lives.

By exploring principles derived from nature, this programme will guide you step-by-step through a design cycle that can be used for a wide range of personal circumstances – relationships, health, wellbeing, leisure and work.

Is this course right for me?

You may want to make a significant change, some small improvements, or just want to be more content or effective in your everyday life.  Whatever your circumstances this course has something to offer.

The course has been designed to be appropriate for absolutely everyone’s circumstances and stage of life – whether you are starting out on life’s journey, switching direction, dealing with a challenge, or planning your future.

Come prepared to think, being open to seeing yourself and the natural world in a different light, and to challenge existing beliefs…

How much time do I need to commit?

The programme comprises six two-hour sessions with activities to do at home.  During the six week programme you will build up a design that is personal to you.  All course materials are provided and you will go away with a toolkit of tools and principles that can be used again and again.

You should aim to commit an additional 2 hours at home, but that is up to you – but I can guarantee that once you start thinking, you won’t want to stop.

Beautiful and inspiring locations

Courses take place in a range of different locations, but all situated within or near woodlands.

Each week we will spend some time outdoors to ensure that you are able to gain the maximum advantage from learning from the woodlands themselves.  We will experience nature and the weather in all its diversity.  Often our learning from the bad weather in our lives is more useful than the experiences of sunny days.  So please come prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing.

What can I expect?

Be prepared to think differently about yourself and the natural world, be challenged in your existing beliefs, and be open to learn from others.   Our most productive space is often just outside our comfort zone, but the environment is a supportive one.  Practical exercises bring the principles to life, and laughter helps the learning too…

The programme:

You will work in groups and individually to explore the three elements of the course:

  • the natural principles – learned from observing nature
  • the design cycle – allow us to put the principles into action
  • the tools – give us the means to get where we want to be

Here is just some of what we will cover:

  • What makes natural systems resilient, healthy and able to adapt to change? Which
    characteristics would we like to incorporate into our own lives?
  • Why we are all designers of our own lives, even if we don’t realise it yet…
  • The twelve stage personal design cycle
  • Designing for many different circumstances – health, wellbeing, mental health,
    personal relationships, loss, work, leisure, lifestyle, coping with change,
    communities and groups, and supporting others.
  • How to re-examine existing patterns of belief and action
  • How to have more effective relationships
  • Resilience- how to cope with life’s challenges

We will use a wide range of tools taken from a range of disciplines – everything from psychology, personal development and design, to permaculture and biology!  And we will explore how you can develop and evaluate your own tools so they work for you.

In each session we will work, step by step through the twelve elements of the design cycle:
– Observation
– Visioning
– Helps
– Limits
– Patterns
– Ideas and Inspiration
– Choices and Decisions
– Design and Plan
– Action
– Momentum and Tweaking
– Evaluation and reflection
– Appreciation and pause

Home study

At the end of each session there will be personal exercises and fun tasks to undertake at home. This will support you to complete a design that is personal to you – either by the end of the course, or afterwards, depending on the pace you choose.

Learning and teaching style: The course uses a wide variety of methods including discussion, group work, observation, visioning, and individual study, all designed to accelerate learning. These ensure that everyone each of us, with our own unique learning styles, are supported. Everyone will have valuable skills, learning and experience to bring to the group and by working together we can explore the issues in theory and practice.
As a group we share our knowledge with each other and have fun too.

Safe space: The course is applicable to a wide range of personal circumstances that
participants may have concerns about sharing in a group setting. We therefore ensure the following:
– That no-one will be required to share beyond what feels comfortable
– That confidentiality is agreed amongst all participants
– That personal designs can be worked on at home
– That we have fun and laugh a lot!

Additional support:
During and following the course, additional support is available. Sarah offers, if required, private mentoring, at a cost of £30 for a one hour session. Sessions are available in person or via Skype.

Bespoke courses and workshops

The course can also be tailored to a specific group, such as a workplace, health group,
group of friends, social or community group.

I also provide 1, 2 or 3 hour workshops according to your needs, and in a variety of locations.

Please contact me to discuss.