life; the fresh air; the mountains; the breeze blowing away the cobwebs; the views. I’d previously said I didn’t want to spoil my hobby by making it my job, but I now realised I should spend as much time as possible in the places I loved. I also realise that if the mountains had this magical healing effect on me, wouldn’t it wonderful to share this with other people. Within a couple of months, I’d transferred to Edinburgh, to be closer to the Scottish Highlands, and had started to plan out a business I could run in the mountains. But something was still holding me back. Perhaps it was the golden handcuffs of corporate life; my salary, annual bonus, flexible benefits, company car allowance … perhaps it was just a lack of selfconfidence. Then came the second turning point. Having held a passing interest in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) for a number of years, I finally signed up to an NLP Practitioner course. This was initially just for
personal interest, and it completely captivated me. Through the training, as well as learning how to coach others, I also went on my own personal journey. This process was hugely powerful and helped me gain some significant clarity on what I wanted to do with my life. Through the coaching activities, I discovered how I could combine my two main passions: the mountains and helping people; into a feasible business. I also found the confidence, motivation and courage I needed to leave my job and get started. And so, here I am. I now own a business called Reach the Peak, running weekend retreats combining hill-walking and NLP coaching. I sometimes team up with a Yoga instructor to add Yoga into the wellbeing mix as well. All activities are tailored to complete beginners. I find the mountain element in particular, with its stunning scenery, the challenge it presents and the resulting sense of achievement, really helps my clients to find a different
Reach the Peak combines the freedom and beauty of the mountains and nature with NLP coaching techniques to help individuals who feel stressed, stuck or in need of inspiration. They offer Individual Coaching, Group Coaching, Team Building, Corporate Wellbeing Coaching, Weekend ‘Walking-Coaching’ Retreats and Wellbeing Retreats (a unique blend of Yoga, Walking and Life Coaching).
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perspective on life. There are many metaphors to be taken from a mountain journey: resilience; just putting one foot in front of the other; knowing a general direction but concentrating on the next few steps you can see – all these and many more transfer into everyday life, and particularly into problem solving. Clients come to me for many reasons, often wanting to make a transformation in their life. This ranges from wanting to quit their job and do something they are passionate about, leaving a long-term relationship to gaining ‘me-time’ and reconnecting with themselves, through to dealing with health problems. The common theme is that these people feel stuck, trapped or directionless; they need some support to reconnect with themselves and what is really important to them. Both the coaching activities and the magic of the great outdoors enable this to happen.
More info: www.reachthepeak.co.uk
The next WellBeing Retreat takes place in September 2016 – location – Bunrannoch House, Kinloch Rannoch, near Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands.
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