Episode 27: Connecting to Nature: Ecotherapy with Fi Garrard

Why is our connection to nature so important? How can coaching and therapy in nature be more powerful than sitting inside a room? And if we know nature is so beneficial for us, how can we begin to deal with the grief of losing it?

Fi Garrard is an outdoor counsellor, youth worker, gardener and dreamer based in Cornwall, UK. Her work is primarily outside and all about helping people connect to and be healed through the natural world. “Whether this is expressing grief about the climate crisis in a group or learning about growing vegetables”, Fi says, “every encounter brings us closer to our true nature and healing in our inner world creating, I believe real change in the outer world”.

As one of my topics closest to my heart, Nature Connection will provide the backbone to the next few episodes. In this episode, Fi and I discuss her work as an outdoor therapist and the transformational power that being in nature can have on her clients, before we delve into the wider issues of dealing with climate grief, trusting in Gaia, and how we might explain our exploitative relationship with the earth.

Listen now: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/Connecting-to-Nature-Ecotherapy-with-Fi-Garrard-eqeab5

Resources:

What is Ecotherapy? – Article

We Are All Connected to Nature – TED Talk by Nixiwaka Yawanawa

The Positive Effects of Nature on your Mental Wellbeing – article

The Work That Reconnects – website

Project Wild Thing – connecting children to nature – website

Episode 26: Dealing with Grief – Jenn M Choi

What is grief, how does it manifest in our lives, and how can we best process it? How does one deal with the loss of both their parents in their early adult years? What are the costs of ignoring grief and trying to power through?

Jenn M Choi is a real human who is passionate about creating impact at scale. As a Writer, Speaker, and Content Creator she tells inspirational personal stories and shares practical life + work lessons to empower people. As an Empowerment Coach, she empowers real humans to make BIG ASS changes and design the life + work they dream of. She’s also the Founder of a marketing communications consultancy. 

Her big dream is to finish writing a memoir on her journey of self-love through the grief of losing both parents. Originally from San Francisco, she’s now cozily settled in Berlin.

In this raw and insightful episode, we discuss everything from Jenn’s personal relationship with her parents, what it was like to lose them in her late twenties/early thirties, all the way up to reflections on what might happen after death and the importance of having a strong support network. 

Listen now: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/Dealing-with-Grief—with-Jenn-M-Choi-emsf68

Resources:

Jenn’s website: jennmchoi.com

Social media @jennmchoi

What’s your Grief? Blog (mentioned in the episode)

Modern Loss – Candid Conversation about Grief (mentioned in the episode)

Option B – Sheryl Sandberg (book mentioned in the episode)

Episode 24: Mediation and Conflict (in Quarantine) – with Mirella Kreder

What is conflict management and mediation? What is the role of emotions in managing conflict? And how can we deal with conflict in quarantine – when we are forced to spend more time than usual with the people we live with?

MirellaMy guest, Mirella Kreder, is an organisational consultant and mediator, specialised in communication, business psychology and development. She offers business consulting and mediation to all kinds of organisations and individuals seeking such expertise in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Join us as we discuss the field of mediation – from international conflicts to conflicts in the living room, emotional intelligence, and the stresses of living under quarantine. We recorded this episode under the COVID-19 lockdown.

Listen here

Resources: 

Find Mirella here at Linkedin (website coming soon)

Article: New Research on Stress of Quarantine and 5 Ways to Feel Better

Blog post: Managing Conflict Under Quarantine (good for couples + parents)

What is Mediation? – from Findlaw.com

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 23: How Emotional Intelligence helps us Connect (even in Quarantine)- with Josh Freedman

What is Emotional Intelligence? How can it help us to connect to ourselves and each other – especially during unprecedented times like these, where we are more physically disconnected than ever before? And how can we face the painful and difficult realities facing us and the planet right now?

JoshFreedmanMy guest, Joshua Freedman, is one of the world’s leading specialists on developing and applying emotional intelligence to improve performance. He is the CEO of Six Seconds, the the world’s preeminent emotional intelligence organization, and works all over the world delivering trainer certification programs and keynotes, and supporting practitioners in their life-changing work in business, education, and communities.

Join us for a moving conversation on the collective consciousness of this moment, where we discuss the need to turn towards the pain of climate change and to grieve, the vital lessons we are learning during lockdown, and how EQ might be part of helping us to create a better world.

Listen here: Emotional Intelligence and Connection (in Quarantine)

Or WATCH the full, unedited conversation here: How Emotional Intelligence helps us Connect (including in Quarantine)

Resources: 

Josh’s website: https://jmfreedman.com/ 

Joshua Freedman on LinkedIn 

Six Seconds – the Emotional Intelligence Network

14 Resources for Emotional Health During Coronavirus Times (Six Seconds)

What is Emotional Intelligence? Exploring the Six Seconds tools (from my Coaching blog)

 

Episode 16: Have you ever been Ghosted? – with Leah Marshall

What is ghosting? Why do people do it? And, perhaps more importantly, if you’ve been ghosted – how do you move on from the experience and evolve?

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My guest, Leah Marshall, is the founder and leader of the Esther Perel Discussion Group on Facebook, a global community of over 6,000 members who come together in person and online to discuss relationships, sex, dating, desire, and infidelity.

In this episode, we talk about Leah’s experiences with ghosting, how one was a massive springboard for her own growth and evolution, and the critical piece that’s missing from so many dating experts’ advice on ghosting. Leah has authored dating and relationship content for media outlets including YourTango, ManTalks, Mend, Daily Urbanista, and more.

It’s so easy to wear the cosy cloak of victimhood and say “I was ghosted!” – but I think there are so many moments in a relationship where if we examine them, we see the role that we created the dynamic for that to happen” Leah, Episode 16, The Way We Connect 

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/Have-you-ever-been-ghosted—-with-Leah-Marshall-ea310c

Resources:

You can connect with Leah on Instagram at @msleahmarshall, through her blog ahttps://leapcastlife.wordpress.com/, and in the Esther Perel Discussion Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/793115204193690/.

An article by Leah: “GHOSTED: 10 Lessons That Made The Heartache Worth It on Medium.com

Video: What Psychologists Can Tell You About Ghosting 

Article (Psychology Today): This is Why Ghosting Hurts So Much

Destiny vs Growth mindsets and attitudes to ghosting –Franiuk, R., Cohen, D., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2002). Implicit theories of relationships: Implications for relationship satisfaction and longevity. Personal Relationships, 9(4), 345-367.

Why People Ghost – LeFebvre, L. E., Allen, M., Rasner, R. D., Garstad, S., Wilms, A., & Parrish, C. (2019). Ghosting in emerging adults’ romantic relationships: The digital dissolution disappearance strategy. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 0276236618820519.