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Cumbrian Challenge Taster Walks

Thinking of signing up for the 2017 Cumbrian Challenge?

Then you’ll know that it is one of Walking With The Wounded’s flagship events. That the next one is on 13 May 17 in the Lake District.  And you’ll know there is a choice of routes – 10kms, 20kms, and 30 kms. And that entry is for teams of 4.

But you want to know more. Right?

So, how about an expertly led taster walk?

  • Want to learn what’s involved?
  • Be inspired and energised?
  • Learn about the clothing & kit you’ll need?
  • How to prepare yourself and your team?
  • How to look after each other?
  • Share great fund raising ideas?
  • And discover how doable and awesome the Cumbrian Challenge experience will be!

We are proudly supporting Walking With The Wounded to provide a programme of taster walks in Southern England.

We’ll walk, talk, learn and laugh our way around a gently paced 15kms route through stunning countryside.

Bring your family and friends too!

They’re your best supporters. They might be inspired to participate too!

All taster walk participants will all be eligible for 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, one of  the UK’s leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailers.

The price is £30 per person (includes VAT).

Book your place now

Email us at info@freshairlearning.com or telephone 0800 052 7900 (free from a UK landline). Or even better, book on Eventbrite as follows:

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Want to learn what’s involved? Be inspired and energised? How about a taster walk?

Fresh Air Hack PROGRAMME

Keep an eye out for the new dates and walks we’re going to be adding in the coming months. If Fresh Air Hack concept is new to you  (also known as Fresh Air Business Walks) then read more here.

Simply sign-up for the Fresh Air Hack you want via the Eventbrite link or email address below. We will make sure you get the information you need.

And we’ll also send you a 15% discount code for on-line and in-store purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, one of UK’s leading outdoor equipment & clothing retailers.

If you want to book out a whole Fresh Air Hack, or need some focussed one-on-one time in the hills, that’s great. Contact us direct at info@freshairlearning.com and we’ll work with you to ensure you get the tailored experience you want, for the numbers you need, on the dates that work best for you.

What about the weather? Our walks will go ahead in all but the most extreme conditions. The routes chosen on the day will reflect the weather, underfoot conditions, and water courses, as well as party capabilities.

  • Thu 14 Jul 16, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Mendip Hills, Somerset
  • 7kms, easy walking on good paths
  • 8 places. £50 + VAT per person
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite
  • Tue 19 Jul 16, 03:45 – 07:00
  • Moonlit-Sunrise ascent of Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • 7kms, sustained ascent of 550m (1800 feet) on good paths
  • 8 places. £50 + VAT per person
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite
  • Wed 10 Aug 16, 13:30 – 16:00
  • Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
  • 8kms, easy walking on good paths
  • 8 places. £50 + VAT per person.
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite
  • 12 – 16 Sep 16
  • Highland Hack (read more here)
  • Bridge of Orchy, Glencoe, Kinlochleven, Fort William
  • 60kms, 3 days walking
  • 6 places. £1595 + VAT per person.
  • BOOK NOW at info@freshairlearning.com

 

Cumbrian Challenge Taster Walks

We are proudly supporting Walking With The Wounded by providing a series of taster walks around the UK in advance of the charity’s flagship fund raising event, Cumbrian Challenge. This takes place on 13 May 17, and our 15kms taster walks are as follows:

  • Sunday 7th August: Lake District, Grasmere
  • Saturday 24th September: Chilterns, Berkhamsted
  • Saturday 1st October, Lake District, Grasmere
  • Sunday 9th October, South Downs, Amberley

For more details see our Cumbrian Challenge page.

TrekPreps

We also provide preparation weekends for high altitude treks such as Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and Aconcagua. We call these TrekPreps. These are led by experienced international expedition leaders, and based out of an exclusive-use bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons. Read more here.

  • 14 – 16 Oct 16, Brecon Beacons
  • 15 places, £165 + VAT per person.
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite

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Fresh Air Hacks!

Welcome to Fresh Air Hacks – a range of expertly facilitated journeys and experiences for select groups of senior business leaders and formed teams.

Fresh air, fresh thinking, fresh perspectives. Go on – give it a go!

If you want to go straight to our programme click here

Our use of the term “hack” emerged from a walk and subsequent teleconference involving three business leaders. It is a nod at “hackathon” – a collaborative process for rapidly testing ideas and developing new software products.

Our take on this? We create a relaxing, safe and creative outdoor environment – a sandpit if you like – to help senior business leaders and teams get clear on difficult issues, develop workable solutions, and commit to concrete action. Creative, collaborative, and outcome focussed.

They are also great opportunities to just breath deeply, notice the world around you, and gain fresh perspective.

We offer three flavours of Fresh Air Hack which can be utilised by individuals or teams:

  • Timeout Hack: Inspirational half-day walks in upland areas of outstanding beauty.
  • Sunrise Hack: Awesome night ascents of UK mountains to marvel at summit sunrises.
  • Highland Hack: Fully supported journeys on foot through magnificent mountain scenery. Four hotel nights and three walking days. Featuring inspirational guest companions. Read more here.

And we don’t stop there. We can provide the follow-on challenge and support needed to help you turn fresh thinking into fresh action.

Why do this?

Some business leaders need “time out” to relax, and draw energy and inspiration from stunning natural environments. Others value the space to think more clearly and creatively about big challenges and choices. And others love bouncing and building fresh ideas in the group environments we create.

What about teams? They’ve had conversations they’ve never had in the workplace. They’ve got to know one another better. And they’ve learned to trust more, think together, and align behind bold common goals.

And some organisations have used Fresh Air Hacks as outdoor alternatives to indoor meetings – for executive boards, strategy reviews, and meetings with clients.

Finally, there’s increasing media coverage and scientific evidence around the health, relationship, and creative thinking benefits of the outdoors.

So, why wouldn’t you want to tap into some of this goodness?! Read more here.

How does it work?

Click through to see our latest programme. We update this regularly, and we’re going to be adding an increasing range of walks in the coming months.

Simply sign-up for the Fresh Air Hack you want via the Eventbrite link shown in the programme against most events or email us using info@freshairlearning.com. We’ll make sure you get all the information you need.

1535554_10151903183608657_1455514042_nAnd we’ll also send you a 15% discount code for on-line and in-store purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, one of UK’s leading outdoor equipment & clothing retailers.

If you want to book out a whole Fresh Air Hack, or need some focussed one-on-one time in the hills, that’s great. Contact us direct and we’ll  ensure you get the tailored experience you want, for the numbers you need, on the dates that work best for you.

What about the weather? Our walks will go ahead in all but the most extreme conditions. The routes chosen on the day will reflect the weather, underfoot conditions, and water courses, as well as party capabilities.

What does it cost?

Pay-per-Hack

Come on as many Timeout and Sunrise Hacks as you like and pay each time. The price is £50 plus VAT per head.

Highland Hack is priced at £1595 + VAT.

In both cases enjoy 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.

6-Monthly Individual

Pay a 6-monthly membership fee of £500 plus VAT and enjoy a 10% discount on one Highland Hack and participation in as many open Timeout and Sunrise Hacks as you like per 6-month membership period.

Also includes 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.

6-Monthy Corporate

Make the outdoors part of how you do business! Involve your teams. Involve your clients. Run an al fresco meeting. A test-bed to turn an idea into a concept. A “Dragons Den” to test a proposal. Or just enjoy the opportunity to slow down and get to know one another.

Pay £3950 + VAT and receive these benefits during the 6-month membership period:

  • 6 exclusive, part- or full-day Fresh Air Hacks anywhere in mainland UK for a group of 8.
  • Led by male/female team of professional facilitators who are also qualified Mountain Leaders
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor for 8 named individuals
  • 10% discount on up to 8 places on Highland Hack

Note that the 8 individuals can be different each time.

But what about value?

We have touched on the benefits above already, and here is how some clients have described the value of Fresh Air Hacks.

  • “a boardroom without walls”
  • “business with health benefits”
  • “a sandpit to develop ideas”
  • “brilliant al fresco networking”
  • “a place where conversations come alive”

And remember, whichever arrangement you choose, you will also be eligible to a 15% discount arrangement with Cotswold Outdoor.

Who will be looking after me?

Fresh Air Hacks are led by mixed male/female leadership teams. All are experienced business leaders, qualified outdoor leaders, coaches and first aiders. And we’ll also feature inspirational guest companions from time to time. It’s a powerful blend that will ensure you get an invigorating, safe, and inspiring Fresh Air Hack.

Why do we do this?

We have spent our lives in and around elite teams, in organisations big and small. We know how to help people think and work together to deliver “way beyond ordinary” results. It’s our passion.

And it’s this passion, and our experience and skills that we want to offer through these facilitated outdoor journeys and experiences.

The Highland Hack multi-day journey format is the most powerful of all. Yet we appreciate this can be a difficult investment in time and money for some individuals and businesses to justify.

Timeout Hack and Sunrise Hack are powerful experiences in their own rights. They are also great stepping-stones to better appreciate the value and possibilities of Highland Hack.

They are also opportunities for us to meet and explore how we might work more closely together – to create the journeys that will help you achieve your goals.

Sign-up now

Visit our Fresh Air Hack programme here.

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Executives! 7 Great Reasons to Go Outdoors

“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.”

You may recognise the truth of this. And you probably already value a walk to clear your thoughts. But how many formed teams embrace the outdoors as a competitive source of fresh thinking, richer relationships, collective clarity and resolve?

Here are 7 great reasons to go outdoors together.

And if this inspires you, why don’t you consider joining us on Highland Hack – a facilitated journey on foot for senior leaders through the iconic scenery of the Scottish Highlands 14 – 18 Mar 16? 4 nights full board, 3 days walking, 2 great coaches, and lots more….

So, 7 great reasons to go outdoors.

Experience

Very few executives have told us they do their best thinking in the office! Aesthetically pleasing natural environments have long been held to offer a range of therapeutic effects. A natural health service for the body, heart, mind and spirit!

Biochemistry

Our body biochemistry changes as we move through natural landscapes. Blood pressure drops, mood lightens, and self-esteem rises. We become more open to fresh ideas.

Burn-out Recovery

We have two systems of attention. One, “directed attention” is used to solve problems. This focused faculty appears to have limited capacity, and without rest can lead to “burn out”. The second, “involuntary attention” is used to maintain awareness of our environment and does not seem to deplete. Stimuli-rich natural environments can strongly engage this second form of attention so creating an opportunity for our directed attention to rest and recover.

Boundary Removal

Many of the boundaries normally encountered in the workplace limit creativity and relationship building. They do not exist in the outdoors. This can create a sense of freedom, trigger significant shifts in perspective, and enrich the nature of our conversations with one another.

Inspiring Metaphor

The outdoors is super-rich in metaphor which, with expert facilitation, can be a source of inspirational thinking, fresh meaning, revitalised relationships and a collective commitment to transformative action.

Story Creation

Powerful, lasting stories often arise from activities in the outdoors. Creatively organised and facilitated, these personally experienced and collectively constructed stories can become binding narratives for individuals, teams and organisations.

Cost Effective

Outdoor work can be highly cost-effective. Humble rural bases, communal living, simple food, and active participation in the outdoors can provide a deeper, longer lasting experience.

Dave Stewart

Managing Director, The Fresh Air Learning Company

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A Boxing Day Offer to Walk!

We are offering a no charge opportunity to go for a walk!

The idea is simple. It is about doing something different to find the space you need to think clearly. Spend some time in the outdoors with one of our thinking partners. They are experienced business leaders in their own right and also experienced outdoor leaders. They will help create the space and inspiration for some quality thinking and exploring, and some chilling too.

How does it work?

We can offer a short walk near your work, or we can take you into the UK’s wilder spaces. You choose what you want to do, and where you want to go. Our thinking partners hold national governing body Mountain Leader and first aid qualifications. So, if you want to walk in a nearby park, that is great. If you want a day out in the mountains, that is totally doable as well.

There is no charge for this but the number of free walks we are offering is limited. The offer is restricted to one walk of up to eight hours duration anywhere on mainland UK, a party size of between one and six people, and is subject to availability. Detailed terms and conditions will be sent on application.

Remember “if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got!”

So, do something different now to bring freshness to your thinking, your conversations, and your actions. Let’s walk and talk!

Get in touch to explore more now.

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Are you an Open University Business School graduate?

OUBS residential workshop

4-5 July 2014

We are leading 3 sessions at the OUBS residential workshop “Motivation, Mindset and Resilience in the Workplace” 4-5 Jul 14 at the De Vere Milton Mill House, Oxford. Join us. Full details at http://www.open.ac.uk/business-school/alumni/news-and-events/forthcoming-events/thu-2014-05-29-1400/residential-workshop-motivation

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An invitation to walk!

We are offering a no charge opportunity to go for a walk!

The idea is simple. It is about doing something different to find the space you need to think clearly. Spend some time in the outdoors with one of our thinking partners. They are experienced business leaders in their own right and also experienced outdoor leaders. They will help create the space and inspiration for some quality thinking and exploring, and some chilling too.

How does it work?

We can offer a short walk near your work, or we can take you into the UK’s wilder spaces. You choose what you want to do, and where you want to go. Our thinking partners hold national governing body Mountain Leader and first aid qualifications. So, if you want to walk in a nearby park, that is great. If you want a day out in the mountains, that is totally doable as well.

There is no charge for this but the number of free walks we are offering is limited. The offer is restricted to one walk of up to eight hours duration anywhere on mainland UK, a party size of between one and six people, and is subject to availability. Detailed terms and conditions will be sent on application.

Remember “if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got!”

So, do something different now to bring freshness to your thinking, your conversations, and your actions. Let’s walk and talk!

Get in touch to explore more now.

We are offering a no charge opportunity to go for a walk! The idea is simple. It…Read more