Sacred Landscape: Learning from Nature’s Wisdom
Karyn Prentice and Elaine Patterson
“When all the world appears to be in tumult and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their natural rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then winter will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light,and the sweet air of Spring and heat of summer”
Madeleine M Kunin
At no time in our human history have we been so divorced from our earth. Living as we do surrounded by concrete and tarmac, wired up to the Internet, we are more disconnected and distracted than ever in our hyper connected world. And at the time research shows that we are using one and half times what our precious earth can sustain (Re: Scharmer and Kaufin 2013)
But we also know that Mother Nature and her Sacred Landscape is a powerful source of personal and professional insight, healing, nourishment and transformation. Her 5 seasons provide the wonderful backcloth and inspiration to help us to ask the questions and start to explore the answers to some of our most difficult questions; as well as a powerful parallel process to our own processes of birth, rebirth, development and change until we ultimately return to the soil ourselves with our own death. The five seasons are:
- Spring: Seeding and Blossoming
- Summer: Relationships, Fire and Excitement
- Late Summer: Harvesting the Fruits
- Autumn: Gratitude and Letting Go
- Winter; Reflection, Incubation and Going Deep
Increasingly also the leadership literature to pointing to organisations shifting away from the machine age to one which mimics nature and the natural world (Hutchins, 2012). Understanding how nature works as a guide, teacher and healer to inform our lives and work is becoming more important than ever.
We know from our own experience that Nature has provided the challenge and solace to our own inner journeys of change; and as way of connecting to our own inner wisdom by connecting with Mother Nature’s wisdom. For Karyn it was walking the same park once a month for 18 months and experiencing the full cycle of the seasons as a backdrop to inspiration and insight. For Elaine it was walking the Lake District Fells in all seasons and all weathers over many years, which created a very deep appreciation of the inspirations, healing and consolations available to us all when we whole heartedly connect with Nature and the world around us. Elaine draws constant inspiration from the song “A Rose in Winter”; the version sung by Bette Midler and written by McBroom in 1979 for Janis Joplin.
Karyn and Elaine are now working together to offer a series of experiential, creative and reflective spaces set in our sacred landscape to explore our relationship with Mother Nature as our Guide and Teacher. Spaces where practitioners can learn to deepen these capacities to be fully human in our work and free ourselves to work with even more courage, compassion, presence and grace.
“You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’
Lawrence Durrell, Spirit of Place: Letter and Essays on Travel
Join us for our Group Supervision ” Sacred Landscape: Insight and Wisdom through the Five Seasons” starting April 2016 http://www.elainepattersonexecutivecoaching.com/sacred-landscape-insight-and-wisdom-from-the-5-seasons/
And our Retreat “Autumn Equinox: Harvesting the Riches” from 23rd to 25th September 2016.
To find out more contact Karyn on firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaine at email@example.com
About the Authors
Karyn is Assistant Director for Training, Coaching Supervision Academy. Karyn is an accredited Coach with Association for Coaching, a member of ICF and an Accredited Coach Supervisor with CSA since 2008. She is in the frontline teaching team at CSA co-facilitating in London, Seattle and France and works bilingually. She is one of the authors of ‘Full Spectrum Supervision’ published September 2013. Karyn is a UKCP accredited transpersonal psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher. She is particularly drawn to Mother Nature as a source of inspiration and teacher in her life and her practice.
Elaine is an international Master Coach, Accredited Coach Supervisor and writer. She is also the Coaching Supervision Academy’s Director: Creative Development. Elaine’s passion is to bring the humanizing, energizing and creative powers of reflection to people professionals everywhere for courageous, compassionate, courageous and ethical practice. Elaine takes her inspiration from her love of the arts, history, meditation, writing, poetry and Nordic walking.
Hutchins, G. (2012) The Nature of Business Redesigning for Resilience. Cornwall, Green Books Ltd.
McBroom, A. (1979) A Rose in Winter. Sung by Bette Midler in this U Tube clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf5UfOuvQHQ
Schamer,O. and Kaufer, K. (2013) Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco- System Economies Applying Theory U to Transforming Business, Society and Self. San Francisco, Berret-Koelher Publishers, Inc.