Deep Dive in the Sun with Ken

Being outside matters. Being in motion matters. 
Co-creating together with someone you trust matters. 
Your best life matters

That’s what this is about.

Now that I’ve moved to California, I want to take advantage of the geography of California and offer you a chance to crack the nut you’ve really wanted to crack, to spend some focused time away from your everyday life, to take our partnering to the next level. 

Everyone is different and I can customize a program just for you. Here is where we bring the topic you need to work on the most, the stubborn one, the one that has kept you from taking the big steps you want for yourself. 

What’s the agenda: You’ll arrive the night before and get settled. The next two days will be customized to your specific requests.

Where we’ll be: You’ll select a location and we’ll find an Airbnb or hotel that will serve as our home base. 

The coaching, lunches, and dinners will only be $1000 total for both days. The other costs (hotel, airfare, other food, and transportation) are your responsibility. I’m happy to manage and bill them to you or allow you to book on your own. $500 deposit required. 

Potential Agenda, Activities, and Locations

Day 1

Arrive previous evening

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast on your own
9:00am - 11:30am Meet face to face in a beautiful location to begin the coaching. Create the focus for the following two days. 
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch together
1:00pm - 4:00pm Active Coaching (Choose an activity)
4:00pm - 5:00pm Processing Time
5:00pm - 6:00pm Debrief/Processing together in a beautiful location

Day 2

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast on your own
9:00am - 11:30am Active Coaching (Choose an activity)
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch together
1:00pm - 3:00pm Active Coaching (Choose an activity)
3:00pm - 4:00pm Processing Time
4:00pm - 6:00pm Final Debrief together in a beautiful location
6:00pm - 9:00pm Departure on your schedule

Potential Activities

Walking (on beach and otherwise)
Running (Trail, beach, or road)
Cycling (Road bike, Mountain bike, other)
Surfing (Lessons or otherwise)
Ocean Swimming
Skiing/Snowboarding (Winter dependent)
Snowshoeing (Winter dependent)
Relaxing in the sun or shade


Potential Locations

La Jolla
San Clemente
Dana Point
Newport Beach
Big Bear Mountain
Long Beach
Santa Monica
Las Vegas

About Authentic Development

I am a coach. You may have guessed that the work that I do is my life. I love it at the core of who I am and want nothing more than a deeply “alive” life for my clients and for the world. I believe one on one coaching works and helps us to change. I also believe that retreats—specifically with the use of nature and intimate relationships—can be the catalysts that change lives. My life has moved dramatically to deeper stages in the midst of retreats and I am excited to be offering that to my clients. 

Call or Write for Details

Please call or email Ken at 847-873-9559 or to discuss scheduling and pricing. Or click here and fill out contact form. Ken will contact you within 24 hours.

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The new learning design The SLII Experience™, uses game-changing techniques that immerse learners in SLII quickly, deeply, and effectively. Learners gain access to online learning assets in The SLII Experience, which are available for downloading and sharing valuable knowledge back on the job through an online learning portal. 

The two-day program is designed for individuals in leadership roles who want to increase their effectiveness, including executives, managers at all levels, project managers, team leaders, and supervisors. It is available to be delivered in person or virtually or in a blended virtual/in-person model.

Bringing together highly engaging classroom activities with pre- and post-tools helps reinforce, measure, and cement learning. Short, fast-paced learning scenarios using real work problems capture learners' attention. The outcome is that learners get up-to-speed and start using SLII faster than ever before.

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This program benefits anyone considering a transition into a management role, those newly promoted to manager, and those early in their management career.


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Team Performance Concepts

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like DISC and Myers-Briggs, we have also developed assessment instruments
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Gaining insight and awareness through self-assessment tools and 360-degree
assessments can be helpful for individuals to understand strengths and
weaknesses and break through to a new level of performance.

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