Special to the Reformer

BRATTLEBORO >> From August 12 to 14, the Center for Health and Learning, at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, will host a walking and leadership retreat, "aWALKening to Personal Leadership."

The three day event is for new and experienced leaders, with or without designated titles and roles, who are advancing their leadership skills. Leadership teams will find attending together especially helpful. While it may seem that summer is still a season away, the early bird deadline of April 30 is fast-approaching and registration is already underway.

Partial scholarships are available for Brattleboro area residents and businesses. Retreat details and online registration can be found at www.awalkening.com.

Having a clear vision, being able to move forward, connecting to others and exchanging ideas are all skills of effective leadership. One simple way to advance these assets is to walk.

Quantitative and qualitative data have shown that walking boosts creativity, helps in problem-solving and, when done with others, promotes shared ideation and builds relationships.

Movement, Leadership N' Motion, is gaining traction through social media and by offering "WALKshops" and retreats. The upcoming aWALKening Personal Leadership retreat will blend leadership strategies with walking to guide leaders in gaining awareness, self-management and relationship-building skills. In order to best participate in the retreat, interested leaders should be able to walk four to six miles a day.


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The WALKshop which they piloted in The Netherlands for individuals wanting to use walking as a method for managing change and developing leadership. The participants were so enthusiastic and wanted more time for walking, reflection and engagement with Kate and Marijne that the two co-leaders created aWALKening to Personal Leadership. Feedback from past participants indicated that 100 percent would recommend the training and agreed that the co-leaders were motivating and worked well together. Eighty percent expressed learning something new about themselves and 90 percent better recognized the benefits of walking.

Interested emerging and established leaders are asked to join Kate and Marijne, in partnership with the Center for Health and Learning. Participants will be guided as they take steps towards (re)claiming leadership in their lives while improving their own health in the process.\

CHL serves as a catalyst, for initiatives that inspire optimal health for all. This nationally recognized organization based out of Brattleboro acknowledges that leaders can impact the health of the environments that they represent and of their followers. A retreat for leaders helps build a foundation for healthy workplaces and communities. With such a large physical activity component of the retreat, aWALKening to Personal Leadership fits right into the mission of CHL.

Empowered leaders empower others, especially those that walk their walk!

For more information, contact Kate Lampel Link, Leadership N' Motion/The CoachingLink at 603-762-8266 or Kate@thecoachinglink.com; Catherine Diduk, Center for Health and Learning at 802-254-6590 or catherine@healthandlearning.org.