Where will your path lead?

Venues for Coaching

One beautiful spring day while sitting in my office — feeling sedentary and yearning to be in the sunshine — I had an “aha” moment.  I suddenly realized that my clients and I could do our coaching in the great outdoors, while moving!  My Walk & Talk sessions were thus born. Michigan, however, isn’t a hospitable climate in the depths of winter. And, I wanted to continue working with clients all around the country. So I retained my Phone & Zoom sessions to stay connected and support clients everywhere, year-round. All three are terrific venues for coaching and we can mix-and-match from session to session as you desire.

Phone

Phone sessions are a great fit if you don’t live in the Ann Arbor area, aren’t interested or able to get outside for a Walk & Talk, or simply enjoy speaking by phone. You call me at the scheduled time to kick off each session.

Zoom

Video sessions are via Zoom and are a great fit if you don’t live in the Ann Arbor area, aren’t interested or able to get outside for a Walk & Talk, or simply enjoy technology and face-to-face connection. I’ll email you a Zoom invitation before each session.

Walk & Talk

Walk & Talk sessions are  available roughly 9 months of the year. I hang up my walking shoes January-March unless the weather is unseasonably nice. More info about Walk & Talk sessions is below. These are an especially fun and powerful way to coach.

Walk & Talk Locations

Walk & Talk Locations

Bird Hills Nature Area

GPS Address: 1850 Newport Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Parking: Free; park in the lot on Newport Road, just north of the bridge over M-14

Meetup: Meet at the trailhead in the Newport Road parking lot

Bathroom: No

Trail Surface: Natural

Website: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/pages/birdhills.aspx

Border to Border Trail #1

Starting behind the Dexter Public Library and heading northwest on the B2B Trail

GPS Address: Dexter Farmer’s Market structure – located at 3233 Alpine Street, Dexter, MI 48130

Parking: Free; park along Alpine Street near the Dexter Farmer’s Market structure

Meetup: Meet at the top of the staircase adjacent to the Dexter Public Library

Bathroom: No (however the library has a bathroom)

Trail Surface: Paved

Website: Border to Border Trail: https://www.washtenaw.org/334/Border-to-Border-Trail

Border to Border Trail #2

Starting at Dexter-Huron Metropark and heading east or west on the B2B Trail

GPS Address: 6536 Huron River Drive, Dexter, MI 48130

Parking: Daily parking is $10/day. If you purchase an annual Huron-Clinton Metroparks pass ($40 for the year, and valid at all parks in the system) parking is free each time you visit any of the parks. The attendant in the welcome booth will take your parking fee, sell you an annual pass, or wave you through in you have an annual pass.

Meetup: After passing the Guard’s booth, fork left at the first junction, then fork left again into a small dead-end parking area. Meetup in the parking lot.

Bathroom: Yes (Seasonally)

Trail Surface: Paved

Website: Border to Border Trail: https://www.washtenaw.org/334/Border-to-Border-Trail

County Farm Park

GPS Address: 2230 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Parking: Free; park in the main lot at the Platt Road entrance

Meetup: Meetup at the park entrance in the Platt Road parking lot

Bathroom: Yes (seasonally)

Trail Surface: Natural

Website: https://www.washtenaw.org/421/County-Farm-Park

Eberwhite Nature Area

GPS Address: Redeemer Lutheran Church – located at 1360 Pauline Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Parking: Free; street parking along Pauline or adjacent side streets

Meetup: Meet at the trailhead just a few paces west of the Redeemer Lutheran Church

Bathroom: No

Trail Surface: Natural

Website: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/Pages/EberwhiteNatureArea.aspx

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

GPS Address: 1800 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Parking: Parking fee is $1.80/hour payable at a kiosk which accepts cash or Mastercard/VISA. Parking is free for Matthaei members. Park anywhere in the main lot.

Meetup: Meet at the front steps at the main entrance of the building

Bathroom: Yes (10am-4:30pm year round)

Trail Surface: Natural and Paved

Website: https://mbgna.umich.edu/matthaei-botanical-gardens/

Nichols Arboretum

GPS Address: Delta Tau Delta fraternity house – located at 1928 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Parking: Street parking in adjacent neighborhood on Oswego, Seneca, or Onondaga streets. Be alert to signage with parking information regarding hours and restrictions.

Meetup: We’ll meet at the Arboretum’s Geddes Street entrance gate, which is across Geddes from Delta Tau Delta and just a few paces to the west.

Bathroom: No

Trail Surface: Natural

Website: https://mbgna.umich.edu/nichols-arboretum/

Why Walk & Talk?

 

Nature is Nurturing.  Getting outdoors helps us escape the confines and distractions of our indoor spaces and exposes us to fresh air, sunlight, and nature. This can bring a welcome feeling of spaciousness and help us slow down, be present, connect to ourselves, and think without pressure.

Movement is Magical.  Moving our bodies increases circulation, causes more oxygen to reach our brains, and triggers the release of endorphins (happy hormones) that reduce anxiety and stress. Blood pressure also drops and mood increases. Walking thus supports our brains in being more alert and clear, making more connections, and experiencing more insights. It can also help us feel more connected to our bodies and somatic knowledge.

Casual is Comfortable.  Walking is less formal than sitting face-to-face and is therefore more comfortable for many people. The conversation can feel more relaxed and flow with greater ease, and it can make silences more natural.

Walk & Talk FAQ

 

Q:  How far will we walk?
The distance we walk will depend on our pace. You set the pace and I follow your lead. We can stop as often as you like to enjoy the scenery or sit for a spell.

Q:  How physically fit do I need to be?
The trails we walk are mild-to-moderate in grade. While the  Border To Border trail and one trail at the Botanic Garden are paved, the other trails are dirt/gravel.  All trails can have tripping hazards, slippery spots, and uneven areas. Anyone engaging in Walk & Talk Sessions should be fit enough to walk comfortably and safely in these conditions.

Q:  Can I bring my dog?
Regrettably, no. As much fun as it would be, I leave my dog at home so that I can focus one hundred percent on you during our Walk & Talk, and I ask that you do the same.

Q:  Will we walk in the rain & snow?
It’s up to you. If you don’t mind walking in a light drizzle or light snow, I’m game. But if weather conditions are uncomfortable, questionable, or at all unsafe, we’ll communicate about switching to phone/video.

Q:  What should I wear?
Check the forecast when getting ready for our Walk & Talks. Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Layers and good walking shoes are always recommended. 

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