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Why Nature Immersions are an Essential Key to Next-Stage Leadership and Organisational Development

June 22, 2019

Leadership Immersions provide rich, powerful and long-lasting experiences for leaders to go deep with personal and collective inquiries in well-held psychologically-safe yet deep spaces. This leads them to consider vital questions around their own and their organisations purpose and legacy and how to take their own leadership to the next-stage. Often, adults feedback how they gain far clearer perspectives on their personal and organizational challenges when out in nature.

Key Learning Objectives realised through well-facilitated Leadership Immersions:

  • Renewing personal and organisational passion, ambition and purpose
  • Revitalising personal and organisational creativity, innovation, adaptability and agility
  • Empowering individuals and teams for the ‘new-norm’ of next-stage future-fit leadership
  • Enhancing mindful, authentic, inclusive and conscious leadership capacities
  • Learning and embodying tools for self-mastery and systemic awareness

Time in nature can provide transformative benefits


Look deep deep deep into nature and you will understand everything better – Albert Einstein, genius

Leadership Immersions have proven uniquely powerful in at least two ways…


 1) Well-facilitated immersions help us identify root problems and systemic solutions, to reach beyond the mechanistic reductive ‘level of consciousness that created our problems in the first place’. We draw on insights from living-systems and apply these to our challenges in profound ways. For more on tis see:


2) Being-in-nature is scientifically proven to enhance creativity, empathy, deep listening, improved memory and the ability to see different perspectives. When coupled with somatic body-work, mindfulness, vision-quests and round-the-fire dialogue circle-work, these immersions enable us to find a greater sense of meaning and purpose in our work-lives and also personal lives. It helps develop physiological and psychological coherence and connectedness, and aids us through challenging times of change. For more on this see:


What do Leadership Immersions consist of?

A blend of solo, pair and group work, mindfulness and presencing techniques, somatic tools and gentle body-work, deep listening exercises, learnings from living-systems applied to organisations, and rich dialogue round the fire.

Leadership Immersion facilitator Giles Hutchins applies several leadership modalities, which he has honed and adapted for nature immersions. These methods include:

  • Complexity Theory and Complex Adaptive Systems – Ralph Stacey and others work on the complex non-linear nature of organisations
  • Regenerative Leadership – Giles Hutchins work on ‘organization-as-living-system’ and ‘ecosystemic awareness’, supplemented by other pioneers like Carol Sanford, Pamela Mang, Bill Reed, Laura Storm and Michelle Holliday.
  • Theory U, Teal/Evolutionary, Future-Fit and Agile – Giles Hutchins work on next-stage Future Fit leadership and organisational development, supplemented by other pioneers like Otto Scharmer, Frederic Laloux, Clare Graves, John Kotter, Robert Kegan, Peter Hawkins and Peter Senge.


Two workshops coming up:

5th Sept: A one-dayer on Self, Source and Systems – applying Theory U, deep adaptation and renewal in this times of transformation:

19th/20th Sept: An two-dayer with over-night solo, all camping equipment and food is provided:


What People Say:

‘Giles Hutchins is at the forefront of synthesising new logics for business with the natural rhythms of life and the human mind that will revolutionise business. I cannot recommend his powerful work highly enough’ – Dr Lynne Sedgemore CBE, former CEO of 157 Group, Centre of Excellence in Leadership UK

‘Giles Hutchins offers lifesaving radical surgery for humanity and the business world’ – Dr Malcolm Parlett, Gestalt Psychologist and Author

‘What I didn’t expect when I signed-up to attend a one-day nature immersion retreat with Giles was the opening up of a whole new world. The experience opened my eyes to the energy and beauty of this amazing place. During the final campfire session I felt a deep connection to the group and something much bigger than all of us. I highly recommend this programme.’ – Michaela Wright, Director, HSBC

‘The Nature Immersion with Giles was just what I needed! Giles beautifully crafted a deeply nurturing atmosphere where the group could connect with self, others and nature. I was able to deeply reflect on my life, my purpose and the changes that I needed to make in my life, to enhance my effectiveness as a leader within my work at a business school.’
– Sharon Olivier, Programme Director, Ashridge Business School

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