What is Integral Coaching, REALLY?

How can we talk about Integral Coaching with Others?  How can we talk about an integral coaching model with others in a way that makes sense? To start a conversation describing Jean Gebser’s Structures of Consciousness might not help keep it simple either, particularly when some people aren’t very clear about what coaching is in general!Here is one way we describe it:Our integral coaching model collects the more subtle information we all get as human beings. Sometimes we don’t know how to collect that information, name…

Where in the world is Linda Bark?

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you might already know about our Where In the World is Linda? column. Linda attends many events across the US (and sometimes across the globe), spreading the word about holistic coaching. Since not everyone subscribes to our newsletter, we wanted to share this fun article with our blog followers! Here is the latest news from Where In the World is Linda?Dr. Linda Bark, WOW’s founder and CEO, has just returned from a week in Washington D.C. where she presented…

Summer Days of Renewal

Here in coastal Virginia, summer brings early sunrises and late sunsets, an onslaught of lightening bugs in the evening, the lingering scent of honeysuckle, and of course, heat and humidity!  As life slows down, albeit briefly, I begin to take time to enjoy those things that nourish and renew my spirit – kayaking, backyard barbecues with family and friends, and time at the beach. What nourishes and renews your spirit?Taking time for spiritual nourishment, physical rest, mental exercise, and general renewal is often referred to…

Do you know what Nutritional Coaching Is?

Nutritional Coaching & the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Model by Paula Szloboda, RN, MA, MBA, NC-BCWhat is nutritional coaching?It is a whole-person approach to helping clients make the dietary changes they desire to support their health and wellness goals. It is a blended model of coaching and consulting in which the coach and client collaborate to find a dietary approach that will work for the client. This approach is designed to both heal the body with food and also heal the relationship one has to…

Words versus Pictures

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” ~ Arthur Brisbane, 1911Recently, on a cold, rainy spring afternoon, I curled up on the couch with a warm cup of homemade chicken soup, a thick slice of homemade bread, and a 2014 movie, “Words and Pictures” – an intriguing title, I thought. The soup and bread were comforting on that chilly afternoon, and I found the movie to be thought provoking. The movie focused on a rivalry between two teachers; the rivalry ended in a debate…

The Energy of Coaching

Experiencing a coaching session from an energetic perspective provides a client with many opportunities for exploration and discovery. It’s hard to put into words, but the energy of a coaching session can range from stagnant, quiet, or calm, to meandering, vibrant, or fresh. Who knows, maybe the coach and client both sense a “suffocating” energy from the client’s current situation, and then a shift occurs where they can both sense something lighter and freer after a change in the client’s awareness.Cyndi Dale describes two types…

Nurse Talk Radio with Dr. Linda Bark

For the nurses out there, our Founder and CEO Dr. Linda Bark was recently interviewed on Nurse Talk radio to discuss how combining medicine and holistic care opens up new ways for patients to heal. Listen now or hear Dr. Bark in person at the AHNA SF Chapter conference on Saturday March 26th in Pleasanton, CA.How do nurses meet their patients “where they are”? Is the patient the expert? Combining medicine and holistic care is opening up new ways for patients to heal. Dr. Linda…

The Rhythm of Coaching

The Rhythm of CoachingOur biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune. ― Deepak Chopra  We all move to our own rhythm, and accomplish goals in our own time and at our own pace. Lets consider for a moment some of these familiar phrases that describe our sense of rhythm:Feeling out of synchMarching to the beat of a different drummerWalking in rhythmAnd the beat goes on…Have you considered how rhythm…

A New Year, A New You

A New Year, A New You!2016 has arrived!  What New Year’s resolutions did you place on your list?  Eat healthier? Drink a green smoothie daily for breakfast? Go to the gym every day?  Clichés aside, many of us intend to create new healthy habits at the start of a new year, and as coaches, we often hear clients voice similar desires. This unique time of year presents opportunities to pause, reflect, and assess balance in life, as well implement changes for increased life satisfaction. Using an assessment…

Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy and IM Health partner to change healthcare

We share a vision of forming healthcare around an integrative model I have worked with many companies and as the years progress, I have become extremely selective about my alliances. When I met acupuncturist, Geoff DePaula and his team, I was very impressed. Of course, I was enthusiastic about his vision:   To completely transform the current disease-centered model of healthcare in the U.S. into a proactive, integrative and holistic medicine paradigm of healthcare! Next, his desire to build a healthy company culture drew me…