Business Walkshops

Fresh air, fresh thinking, fresh perspectives!

“What a simple yet super-effective way to spin up some fresh ideas and meet some fellow business folks! It was a great couple of hours and set me up for a fabulously productive day. Thank you!”

When intelligent, motivated people journey together through inspiring landscapes, a creative spark is lit. Add expert facilitation and the effect can be transformative.

Is this for me?

Do you want:

  • Fresh air, great conversations, and laughter in your business life?
  • Time-out to relax, draw energy and inspiration from stunning natural environments?
  • A powerful alternative to indoor meetings and workshops – with your team, your clients etc.?
  • Access to a more creative and engaging form of networking?
  • To think more clearly and creatively about big challenges and choices?
  • Safe and supported access to some of the UK’s most iconic natural landscapes?
  • An expertly led walking programme to support your health and fitness goals?

If any of these apply to you, Fresh Air Business Walkshops will provide the space and support to meet your needs.

How does this work?

There are four types of Fresh Air Business Walkshop:

Open Walkshops. We facilitate open walkshops on topical leadership challenges in stunning countryside near to major cities. Typically these involve around 8 – 12km of walking on good paths over a generous 4 – 6 hours. We advertise, and provide full information on Eventbrite. Our current programme is here [link to programme to follow].

Business Ecosystem Walkshops. These are open walkshops that we design for, and co-facilitate with businesses who want to offer their communities, clients, and networks a fresh and inspiring way of engaging around an important theme of common interest.

Membership Organisation Walkshops. These walkshops are open to members, and are advertised internally by the organisation.

Internal Business Walkshops. We run bespoke walkshops for businesses who are looking for a different way of having high value internal discussions around business critical topics. Typically these involve pre-event Discovery engagements with the sponsor and participants to understand issues and perspectives, crystallise an overarching inquiry theme, and agree outputs and outcomes. Depending on the project, we may also use some form of diagnostic questionnaire. Thereafter, an iterative Design conversation will identify the best team, best place, and best process for your walkshop. These pre-Delivery phases are potentially transformational in their own right. They engage and energise participants, and promote conversations and fresh thinking around the inquiry theme ahead of the walkshop. By way of examples, we have helped:

  • Boards with strategic reviews.
  • New executive teams that needed to get to know one another quickly.
  • Business partners facing courageous conversations and difficult decisions.
  • Functional teams with stakeholder challenges.
How fit do I need to be? How long are the walks?

All our walkshops are on established paths and conducted at a pace that allow people to talk comfortably. There are plenty of stops too. Walks are typically 8 – 12kms over a generous 4 – 6 hours.  If you are in any doubt about your ability to undertake a walk consult your GP and the walk leader.

What about medical conditions and injuries?

Disclosure of medical conditions and injuries is important. This will allow your walkshop leader to provide the best possible support.

What about clothing and kit?

We will provide a carefully considered clothing and equipment list for each walk. We have a limited number of items we can lend if required. In any event, clients are strongly advised to invest in a pair of lightweight breathable waterproof walking boots (e.g. with a Goretex or similar lining). Get in touch and we can advise. Note that we can also provide a 15% discount arrangement with Cotswold Outdoor. Wellington-style boots are not suitable.

What about the weather?

The walks will go ahead in all but the most extreme weather. Your leaders will ensure everyone has a safe and rewarding walk. Routes may be modified to make the best of conditions.

Who is looking after me?

We will always provide at least one National Governing Body qualified outdoor leader who will also hold an appropriate Outdoor First Aid qualification.

How do I sign up?

Simply check out our Fresh Air Business Walking programme and follow the relevant Eventbrite link for full details and to make your booking.

Want to know more?

Simply get in touch as follows:

0800 052 7900 (free from UK landline)

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