Regenerative Getaway 2020

Regenerative Getaway 20202024-01-26T11:44:39+08:00

Inaugural Leadership Development Workshop – Kudardup, WA

Life took on a different dimension in 2020. Many of us were literally stopped in our tracks and we had to do things differently and quickly.

At the time, we knew offering our workshop programs online would not work well for us or our clients. Instead, we focused on developing our coaching skills, undertaking an innovative coach training program designed to support leaders and entrepreneurs. It was an intense process and on a whole new level, we discovered how important coaching is to leadership and personal development. From our own experience and learning, we designed a regenerative leadership program we were keen to test.

Late last year, we brought together an eclectic and committed group of curious women and men, from across the state to explore what it means to be a regenerative leader. Several farmers, a fisherman, a teacher, a radio broadcaster, an enviro-friendly transport advocate, an academic and a business coach all converged for three days at a secluded venue situated close to the Blackwood River amongst the forest only a few kilometres north of Augusta, WA.

Leaders are constantly being stretched in ways no one has experienced before and we believe being in an unrelenting state of feeling mentally confronted and physically challenged is not conducive to human flourishing. We experimented using leadership development processes that were nurturing and facilitated creative conversations combined with some challenges around dealing with relationships that were no longer working, or not working as well as they could be.

In the program we included a morning meditation and grounding on the banks of the Blackwood river, a leisurely afternoon pair-share bush walk, a sunset nature connection at Hamelin Bay and nourishing home cooked meals prepared by teams of participants designed to encourage teamwork and collaboration. The evenings were a chance to discover something new about local business people. Augusta’s entrepreneurial abalone businessman, Nathan Adams, shared his story about changing the direction of his business in a challenging COVID-19 environment. Usually selling to the high-end Hong Kong market, Nathan has introduced his product to the local market. It was the first time some people thought about the nutritional value of buying locally produced food.

The highlight for us was seeing new relationships emerge from sharing stories and aspirations for the future. One courageous couple took up the opportunity to continue coaching with us and they are about to launch their entrepreneurial business venture. Rod and Katrina Butler are on the journey to train land stewards in WA in holistic management practices. They now have a support structure to help them transition to their new future. Out of the work we did together, Rod and Katrina are learning how to powerfully lead themselves.

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“Bernard’s coaching supported me to clarify the direction of my leadership development, conquer my struggle with goal setting and allowed me to regain my power over my own success. Bernard asked direct questions that needed to be asked and that challenged my perspectives. I will return to my session notes time and time again and have no doubt they will continue to inspire me to be a better leader.”

Paula Johnston, Chief Financial Officer, Newcastle, NSW

“I engaged Barb in 2020 as a leadership coach to assist me with the new business direction to help women get a seat on a board. What’s great about Barb is her ability to listen deeply and hear what is not being said. She challenged me to lift my game to a whole new level. She’s smart, fast and she’s on my team. Highly recommend her as a partner to lift your game to the next level.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership & Confidence Coach, Melbourne

“One of the most insightful courses I have ever done because it covered the professional and the personal. I would like to have ongoing stages of the Local Leadership Program to continue learning, growing, sharing and connecting with Australia and the world through networks.”

Dawn Thompson, Broome, WA

“I have gained friends who, like me, are actively pursuing goals that add great value to the community. Knowing I have ongoing support and encouragement from inspirational people who are visionary, courageous and at the cutting edge empowers me immensely in my own pursuits to realise my vision.”

Craig Mathieson, Margaret River, WA

“Barb is an insightful and masterful coach who can hold the space for a deep conversation. Working with Barb has allowed me to safely release trauma which helped me to transform an area of my life for good. Now I can move on and start a new phase of life with freedom and joy. I can highly recommend Barb as a coach.”

Jacqueline Hofste, Principle Leadership Coach, Sydney

“Working with Bernard I learnt to face up to my fears, building my confidence, commitment, courage, and purpose to step from the known into the less familiar. With Bernard’s coaching I developed my assertiveness and put in place new agreements with my husband that gave me time and space to pursue things that are important to me. This created a greater partnership with my husband as we move into our next phase of life.”

Katrina Butler, Teacher and Trainer, Perenjori, WA

“I engaged Bernard to coach me around the difficult aspects of my business that I would prefer to shove under the rug. One session at a time he was able to see where I was hesitating and honed in to recommend swift and clever action. It was action that made all the difference. Bernard has an insightful and creative thinking style. He asks really smart questions, the kind that challenge and get results with great clarity.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership and Confidence Coach, Melbourne, Victoria
“Late in 2020, we participated in the leadership development program offered by the Institute of Regenerative Leadership. Since then I have worked with Barb and this has given me the confidence I needed to move forward. Barb’s guidance has helped me clear the blockages as they have come up and kept me moving forward toward what I am committed to.”

Rod Butler, Regenerative Farmer

“I have loved that our facilitator has been precise with the delivery… A program like this requires a ‘’real human’’ to deliver this. If one pretends their life is perfect, I think I would have seen this as fake and not learned as much as I have…my facilitator was open, honest and real.”

Robin Naylor, Williams, WA

“Before coaching with Bernard, I lacked the courage to ask the difficult questions in my personal and business life. I tended to avoid confrontation and I used to pretend I didn’t need the help, or I would ignore the issue and hope it would just go away. Bernard’s coaching supported me to develop my courage and assertiveness and crack through my numbness and fears. I’m now open to contribution from my business partners.”

Nathan Adams, Entrepreneur, Augusta, WA

“Bernard’s coaching was insightful, supportive and at times confronting, which was just what I needed to continue my journey of personal and professional growth. While working with him, I was able to look more deeply at areas of my life where I was not performing or being fully authentic, and he empowered me to make some hard decisions aimed at moving things forward.”

Caroline New, Executive Leadership Coach, Sydney, NSW

“Bernard helped me grapple with everything from self-doubt to recreating my future direction. He brings his unique way of looking at the issue under discussion never failing to have the courage to speak his mind. This is something I find refreshing and very valuable when grappling with my own self-doubts and concerns.”

John Williams, Coach and Big Picture Thinker, Brisbane, QLD

“In my personal capacity, it is with confidence that I highly recommend Barb and Bernard. Thank you Barb, for helping me step into my authentic style of gentle leadership from which I can more powerfully bring societal, environmental and economic healing to our world.”

Fiona West, Shire of Broome Councillor

“Bernard provided me with coaching when I was setting up an architect office partnership with a senior mentor.  The office workload was increasing rapidly. Bernard’s coaching assisted me to expand our team from 2 – 4 architects, to improve office communication and to establish effective time structures contributing to the delivery of projects of high quality, within budget and on time.”

Ally Mackenzie, Architect, Northam, WA
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