Lessons from Nature

From Annelies & Conduit for Change, LLC

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What SLOW taught me & our guests

This was our 3rd annual UNPLUGGED Retreat. Each year we explore the art of human connection through nature and creative expression. People were comfortable, nestled in their own rooms by night and nudged out of their comfort zones by day. We played, we laughed, we slowed down and we learned- together. This is the art of living and the art of human connection. This is Unplugged at its best.

The greatest compliment I heard was "Wow! I never thought about nature as a metaphor to inform my life or work. That's really useful!!"

If I can get people to slow down long enough to gain presence and perspective- an entirely new outlook on life and problem-solving emerges. It's profound, if and when we're willing to slow down to explore. At one point one person learned how being too comfortable in her life was affecting her bravery in stepping up in her business. Another re-discovered her sense of trust and 'gut-instinct'. Another found stress-reduction tips through laughter and intends to use them at her next staff meeting. These insights are real and powerful, and were found through play, walking barefoot through tall grasses and inquiry through nature and creativity. Easy stuff! It's the slow-down that's hard.

Our group was small yet powerful. Nurses and artists were the theme this year. Last year it was teachers and leaders. Who knows what next year will bring! The point is we serve people through a creative perspective to help them remember the power of presence. We all yearn to belong and be heard. And when we're so caught up in our tremendously busy lives we make mistakes, miss opportunities and create messes in life, at work, in our relationships, and in our bodies.

In an increasingly disconnected world, it’s important to find creative ways to reconnect to ourselves and one another, especially when facing change. It’s all about the process! When we explore the wholeness of life through a creative lens, solving fundamental problems is not just easier, it's blissfully refreshing!
I'm staying unplugged a few more days solo to quiet myself down and to work on several books I'm writing. One is on the art of living, tips and tools to unplug the crazy and embrace calm. Keep your eyes out for this in the near future and if you have favorite tid-bits you'd like to share on how you unplug- call me! I'd love to hear from you!

In the meantime, whether you're leading teams, dreams or life, take care, be well and remember professionals are people too! We're human-beings, not human-doings. :)

UPCOMING EVENTS

ART in the Garden :: Mini-UNPLUG
Saturday May 6th 10AM-1PM
$38
(lunch & class included)
Come explore art-FULL living with Annelies!
Come to one of Raleigh's best kept secrets, the Well Fed Community Garden owned by Irregardless Cafe. Join us for Art in the Garden and enjoy the simplicities of life; creativity, community and cuisine. Experience the good life through an outdoor (plein-air) guided watercolor class with artist and integrative leadership coach, Annelies M. Gentile of Conduit for Change followed by a light-n-tasty vegetarian farm-to-table picnic lunch from Irregardless Cafe.

WISDOM CIRCLE MASTERMIND
Online & In-Person Seminars (new group begins every 3 months)

$3500 (Seats are limited to 4 participants. One partial scholarship is available to a qualified applicant.) Wisdom Circle is an INVITATION-ONLY facilitated 6-month mastermind group. Bi-weekly meetings, accountability partnerships and coaching support helps serious professionals define themselves, grow their business, fuel their visions, catalyze ideas, gain traction, direction, community and peace of mind from accomplishing personal and professional goals. Due to the extraordinary personal nature of this mastermind, Wisdom Circle is open to a limited amount of seats. 6-months :: Bi-weekly READ MORE
GO FLY A KITE :: NETWORKING IN NATURE :: Mini-UNPLUG

Every 3rd Thursday from 11AM-12PM
North Carolina Museum of Art

Come walk with me!! Go solo or bring a friend, we'll chit-chat as a group for 10-15 min and then go on a walk-a-bout down the greenway. No stress, no fee, weather permitting, stick around for a powerbar picnic, if you can. If you're not near the RTP area, make 3rd Thursdays your reminder to invite a friend or new face-- outside. Create novel, special or nostalgic ways to connect with one another. Go wild! NCMA :: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607. Kites are optional! :) Park by the big chimney, there's a meeting space there, then we'll go to the grassy circle/ellipse.

INSPIRING NUGGETS NEWSLETTER
SPRING :: A Time to Explore Creativity

Each season I provide inspiring nuggets of wisdom through my newsletter Inspiring Nuggets. Here, I share seasonal teachings highlighting unique nature-based ways to explore, understand and process change. READ the SPRING Inspiring Nuggets Newsletter
If you're new to my updates, WELCOME! FYI- I make a concerted effort to email only important and useful info and try to do so in about two emails or less, a month. Reminder notes are specific to events coming very soon. Inspirational Nuggets Newsletters are seasonal and come five times a year. If there's an extra email once in awhile, it's because I trust it's useful and you'd want to be in the know! ;)

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