Featured Graduate: Kate Lockhart

The Emotion of Awe Do you ever have the impulse to share a beautiful or amazing sight with someone else? Lately I’ve been noticing how much I love sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world. When I do this with other people around me, I get a lot of different responses. Some people avidly agree, “Yes, the clouds are amazing today!” while others merely grunt or outright ignore my commentary. I feel disappointed when I attempt to recruit a companion into reverie and they greet…

5 Reasons Why Coaching is a Hot Topic

Twenty years ago not very many people had even heard of “coaching” outside of its traditional sports application. These days, this new profession, which could very well be the answer to many of our current problems, is experiencing incredible growth and quickly becoming a hot commodity throughout many industries, such as business, education, and healthcare.   Business coaching and life coaching were the first coaching specialties to really take off and emerge as distinct professions over the last few decades. Because of their success, coaching…

Featured Graduate: Romina Portas

Romina Portas is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC). She is a project manager and entrepreneur currently developing a program about cross-cultural coaching. She was born in Italy, and works in Italy, Spain, and Pakistan. Here is more about Romina and her story: Three years ago, I decided to move to Pakistan to broaden my horizons and develop an inter-cultural coaching program. After one year living in Pakistan, I then became involved in another project to better understand the culture and country.…

The Art & Science of Coaching

We are excited for our inaugural Wisdom of the Whole (WOW) coaching conference to take place in Rochester, Minnesota, September 9-10. The conference theme is “The Art and Science of Coaching: Wholeness for Transformation.” Coaches and health care professionals from all over the world are invited to join us at Assisi Heights in Rochester.   This conference offers something for everyone!   If you are Wisdom of the Whole Alumni: Take your learning to a new level. See how the brain and energy systems work…

Nourishment

NOURISHMENT           Part of our Holistic Assessment is a great tool when considering nourishment because feeling nourished is not just about the food we eat, but about all kinds of things that “feed” us, as well as how it is balanced with cleansing, activity, and rest. Many of us tend to think about taking care of others and feeding others, but how do we really feed ourselves? How much time do we allow to feed ourselves? On April 4th our Nutritional Coaching Masterclass begins,…

Compassion and Coaching

February often brings up thoughts of love, hearts, and Valentine’s greetings; it’s the perfect time to talk about compassion…and more specifically, compassion and coaching. Compassion is a very useful coaching tool; it can help a coach be in a place of non-judgement during a coaching session.  What might compassion look like for a coach, before or during a coaching session? It could be: expressing kindness to oneself and to your client, replacing negative inner dialog with positive dialog, or experimenting with a loving kindness meditation.…

One Coach’s Story-A Featured Graduate

FEATURED GRADUATE: MARIAN LONG RN, MSN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, ND, CHTP/IMarian has a long history of using holistic nursing concepts and practices in hospital and community settings. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years in ambulatory care, long term care, home care, hospice, hospital and private practice settings. She has a MSN in Holistic Nursing from Tennessee State University and is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She has a Naturopathic Doctoral degree (ND) and holds certifications as a Healing…

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore?

Is Coaching Part of Your Encore? by Ruth Tongen Encore career is the term used for second half of life work that has greater personal meaning and creates social impact. Are you considering an encore career in your future?The number of people choosing to pursue encore careers is growing rapidly. In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland found that 4.5 million Americans between the ages of 50 to 70 are in encore careers and 21 million will join them in the next five years. Studies by Babson College…

What is Integral Coaching, REALLY?

How can we talk about Integral Coaching with Others?  How can we talk about an integral coaching model with others in a way that makes sense? To start a conversation describing Jean Gebser’s Structures of Consciousness might not help keep it simple either, particularly when some people aren’t very clear about what coaching is in general!Here is one way we describe it:Our integral coaching model collects the more subtle information we all get as human beings. Sometimes we don’t know how to collect that information, name…

Coaching In Healthcare

Pondering Coaching in HealthcareThis past year, as I was completing my practice coaching sessions to accompany the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy 60-hour course, I had the opportunity to provide volunteer coaching in an acute care hospital. Throughout my experience, I often pondered, “How might coaching fit into a healthcare setting?” A literature review was quite revealing in providing answers to my question! A systematic review of 284 full text articles in the medical literature on health and wellness coaching (Wolever et al., 2013)…