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Wilderness Vision Quest

Written by Michael Jospe, Rob Meltzer Posted in Wilderness Guiding

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Now that we’re moving into Spring, we’re beginning to contemplate our upcoming annual summer program - the EBI Wilderness Vision Quest. Is the wilderness calling you? Are you one of the few who have been listening to that deep yearning to feel purpose and direction in your life?  

 
 
 

Looking to Nature - Part 2

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Looking to Nature Series, Nature-Connected Coaching, Professional Coaching, Wilderness Guiding

Looking to Nature as an Outdoor Professional

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As a professional coach or guide, what occurs during the dynamic process of looking to nature is extremely important. While we, too, are always looking to nature to help create awareness in our clients, opening this doorway for them is a powerful reminder of how they have everything they need to answer their own questions, and to reach their own goals. Additionally, looking to nature means understanding the natural processes that are involved with personal growth and change, so as a guide, you can collaborate with and rely upon them. Remember, you are nature! Everything about you is part of nature. Understanding what naturally happens internally for an individual as they look to nature can support the change process tremendously.

Looking to Nature - Part 1

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Looking to Nature Series, Transformational Guiding, Nature-Connected Coaching, Wilderness Guiding

What does it mean to look to nature?

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“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.” 
 William Blake
 
 
 
The topic of looking to nature is expansive. I’ve decided to turn this discussion into an ongoing series. These next few articles, I feel, just start to scratch the surface. I look forward to developing this idea over time.

Transformational Guiding

Written by Michael Jospe

What Does Personal Transformation Really Mean?

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In personal growth work, it is common to mistake a heart opening, inspiring, breakthrough moment as a heralded transformation - that moment when the proverbial lightbulbs turn on, the hair on the back of your neck stands up, or you get goose bumps and chills - perhaps tears of understanding and release arise, or a much needed heartfelt connection occurs. These moments often do feel as though everything has changed. New perspectives have certainly been reached. Yet, how long before the “snap back” (Malts) takes place and one is back to one's old ways?

Nature-Connected Coaching

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Nature-Connected Coaching



In my previous posts, I’ve written about what professional coaching is, as well as explored the role of the professional coach. In this article, I will discuss what Nature-Connected Coaching is.
 
It is important to say that Nature, in the context of Nature-Connected Coaching (NCC), is not just “outside". Nature, rather, is everywhere - it is you, in you, and all around you. It is physical, neurological, energetic, emotional, spiritual, and mysterious. Even your thoughts, beliefs and behaviors are nature! Separation from nature is a myth - it is impossible.
 
 

What is Coaching? Part 2

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Professional Coaching

Part 2: The Role of the Professional Coach

What is Coaching? Part 2

Coaching is a profession that capitalizes on health and vitality - not pain, disease, victimization, and suffering. Additionally, Professional Coaches understand that models, tools and assessments are ways to help clients gain awareness of themselves. Any motivation clients experience from an assessment or a tool is not borne of the assessment, tool or even the coach - the motivation arises from the awareness that is gained or the internal conflict that is resolved as a result of the self-reflection inherent to the model. A Professional Coach strives to be skilled at noticing that motivation, highlighting it and helping clients harness it to achieve their goals. 

What is Coaching? Part 1

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Professional Coaching

Part 1: Coach or Professional Coach

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Some of my Nature-Connected Coaching students have talked to me about their hesitation in labeling themselves as coaches. They told me that they have come against a “negative stigma”  about coaches in their networking for new clients. This conversation has inspired these next two blog posts on Professional Coaching.

At the Core

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Wilderness Guiding

A Look at the Foundational Roots of our Certification Programs

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At the heart of this program is the strong foundational belief that Nature, more specifically our inherent relationship to Nature, is “The Healer”. If we drill down deep enough, we find that place inside all of us that is connected to and informed by Nature. At EBI we believe that each individual has a unique purpose, voice, or role to play that is driven by his or her connection to Nature. We also believe that learning to connect with and listen to Nature has a direct impact on our nervous systems, minds, and bodies. A powerful feedback loop exists between nature and ourselves: the more we quiet ourselves to resonate with the speed of Nature, the more we awaken; the more we awaken, the more we slow down to listen to Nature, and ultimately, to ourselves.  

 

TWG 2.0: The Evolution of the Transformational Wilderness Guiding Certification Program - Part 1

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Wilderness Guiding

Written By Michael Jospe

TWG 2.0: The Evolution of the Transformational Wilderness Guiding Certification Program - Part 1

 

I wanted to take some time to share some of our vision for the future of the Transformational Wilderness Guiding Program. There is so much, and it is evolving more quickly than I can update the information on the website. Here is a preview of what’s to come. We hope to have all literature on the website updated by the end of the spring.

 

 

TWG Student Field Notes: Four Shields

Posted in TWG Student Field Notes

Written by Jarhae Maldonado

TWG Student Field Notes: Four Shields

Throughout life we are continuously making transitions, which is not always an easy thing.  The natural transition between seasons is a beautiful visual example of this.  In winter everything is cold and dormant and as spring slowly crawls closer, life begins to remerge.   Spring so badly wants to be present and full of life but is always fearful of an unexpected life-threatening freeze, until it is time for winter to be present again, causing Spring to lay its head down to sleep for another year.

TWG Instructor Guidance: The Sit Spot

Posted in TWG Instructor Guidance

Written by Darren S. Silver

TWG Instructor Guidance: The Sit Spot

Bird migrations have passed through lifting the veil of winter and revealing the gifts of seeds sown by fall as plants jump out of the ground and life begins to grow again.  In sight of the migrating birds I often feel the need to explore, engage in adventure and connect with the turning of the season and all the wildness that begins to move in all directions of spring.  It is such a wonderful feeling to connect and be a part of the earth coming to life again.

Evolving Through Conflict

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Parent Coaching, Wilderness Guiding

Evolving Through Conflict

When working with conflict, in families or between two individuals, my goal is always to support both sides to understand the other completely. This may seem obvious, but it is actually quite difficult for the two parties in conflict to do. There is always the tendency to prematurely problem solve. It’s premature when the problem solving requires effort and there is still reaction coming from one or both sides. There is a pivotal moment in the process when both sides feel truly understood. The energy drops and connection is made.

Essential Reading

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in Parent Coaching, Wilderness Guiding

Essential Reading

There are two books that I would like to recommend (actually there are a bunch, but we’ll start with two) one for my family clients and one for my guiding students. However,  both of them are applicable and useful regardless of your relationship to EBI.

The Brain and Nature

Written by Michael Jospe Posted in The Brain and Nature

The Brain and Nature

As many of you know I am quite passionate about discovering more about the neuroscience behind our relationship to the natural word.  I am assuming that our nervous systems function the same as if it were in relationship with another human being. Maybe I should be looking at it from another angle, but needless to say, I’ve done a ton of research on what’s called “interpersonal neurobiology.”