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…

Happy Interdependence Day!

HAPPY INTER DEPENDENCE DAY!       Yesterday in the United States we observed Independence Day. This day commemorates our adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which states the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as an independent nation, The United States of America, and was no longer part of the British Empire. The day is often filled with parties, picnics, great food, and fireworks. Today, July 5th, Dr. Linda Bark likes to call “Interdependence Day,” a day to celebrate connection, collaboration, and working together to form…

Rest and Relaxation

Last month we talked about our Holistic Assessment as a tool to consider when taking action, and we thought while we were at it, lets look at the Holistic Assessment in terms of rest and relaxation; it is summer after all! Americans typically are really good on the activity section of the Holistic Assessment, however rest and relaxation is an area Americans need a little help with. The rest and relaxation section in the Holistic Assessment can be quite useful for coaches too, not just…

Build Better, More Integral Relationships

Relationships don’t have to be hard. They can be fun and easy too!Facing a challenging relationship during the holidays? These three powerful tools can quickly shift a relationship from difficult to collaborative and cooperative. Reflective listeningSeeing others as strong and capable, and trying not to “fix” themNaming “old” patterns to put “new” patterns in placeAs you navigate your way through this holiday season, we invite you to consider these three keys to make your relationships fun and easy.People often sign up for our coach training because…

Multiple Perspectives

MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES       In our Mission and Vision statements for Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy, we talk about multiple perspectives and how this will help create a different and better world. Well, what do we mean by “multiple perspectives”? And how would that make a better world?It’s about looking at something from different angles, viewpoints, windows, or glasses, where each person makes an effort to see and understand things in more than one way. When we talk about this in terms of the “Integral”,…

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…