Spring 2018 Beginners and Urban Tracking Online Classes!

Spring marks the beginning of tracking season! Just in time, I am excited to offer two MORNING CLASSES for Beginners and for Urban Tracking! These are not just webinars – they are mornings of personal, live instruction with small classes and interactive participation. As a professional coach, I am always geared to meeting your needs and goals and committed to your progress and success.

Each class is 4 hours of instruction (with coffee breaks of course!) When you take part online, you can chat live or use a typed chat feature to ask questions or make comments. Whiteboards are used – to draw maps and other diagrams that help explain things more clearly. There is a presentation, we will have a quick look at video, and handouts are provided. Everyone leaves with practical lesson plans and ideas to get out and get training!

Class content is based on proven successful methods that I have developed over the past 27 years as a teacher, clinician and active participant! You can see more about my dogs, read testimonials and learn more about my involvement in tracking here on this site under Learn More, or on my business website.  

This information is soon to be published so be sure to check it out now! *A Spiritdance Tracking Book is in the works! 

Beginners Tracking Online Class Poster

The Beginners Tracking Online Class is aimed at people who don’t have a TD or who are looking for new ideas for foundations and training. If you have never tracked, this is the class for you. If you are new to tracking or feel like you need to go back to square one with some fresh ideas – please consider this class. I will share my methods and ideas to get you going.

Urban Tracking Online Morning Class Poster

The Urban Tracking Online Class is for both beginners to tracking and experienced trackers. Beginners to tracking and beginners to urban tracking will find some unique and fresh ideas to get started in the fun and way cool sport of Urban Tracking! Be careful though – it is addictive!

  • If you are new to tracking, you will learn how you can begin to train for urban tracking once your foundations are in place and how urban tracking can improve your handling and test readiness. Plus, once you have that TD, you are ready to move on!
  • If you are an experienced tracker, you might be looking for some new ideas, new ways to train or ideas to improve your performance in urban tracking.

To register, click on the Training tab on this website or check out my new Spiritdance Tracking ‘business’ site for links to registration forms.

As always, I am excited and happy to share information about this sport with people who are passionate to learn.

Your Coach,

Donna Brinkworth
http://www.spiritdancelifecoaching.ca
http://www.spiritdancetracking.ca

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NEW! Group Coaching – What is it and how does it work?

This winter, I am very excited to offer something new to Spiritdance Coaching! Every second week, I’m hosting an ‘open house’ online that I call Tracking Mastery: Group Coaching. Group Coaching is becoming popular in coaching circles because it offers the benefits of working with a Professional Coach at an affordable price by sharing the time with others focused on the same goals and themes. I always keep my webinars small because they are LIVE and offer interaction and the ability to explore solutions to your questions.

One of the benefits of Small Group Coaching is to maximize the energy, experience, and wisdom of participants, which in turn helps others to learn and develop ideas to achieve their goals.

Group Coaching is slated to start November 9 pending registrations, then every two weeks following! It’s a new idea and another way I hope to encourage people on their tracking journey and form an online community of people from across Canada to share their ideas and their love of tracking.

In each session, I am the group facilitator.  My role is to keep discussions focused, develop themes, help individuals with ‘laser coaching’ techniques (quick problem resolution) and make sure everyone takes part and sees benefits.

Details about how to sign up can be found HERE.

A session could focus on one topic, such as “ARTICLES” and involve questions, sharing, tips, and field work (homework) being assigned along with goals to bring back to the next session. OR, it may be round table where each participant has a 10-minute focused discussion that everyone can learn from. And there are a lot of other ways the group can function once it gets going.

Well-known Coach and author Jennifer Britton says group coaching allows everyone to benefit from having a real-time conversation with peers for faster learning – often faster than 1:1 Coaching because the topics are focused and participants have a chance to both interact, and step back to listen and reflect during the session. In 1:1 Coaching, a client may feel “put on the spot” by a Coach who deliberately spends time with people helping them to focus and develop awareness. Group coaching can be a more comfortable space, particularly for people who want professional development or skills training.

Hearing different issues and resolutions in one session lets people pick and choose from a variety of ideas.

As facilitator, I will make sure that time is used wisely, everyone’s goals are met, and keeps everyone accountable from one session to the next to go practice, experiment, and participants are invited to bring results back for feedback and discussion.

The Coach (that is me!) also brings insights, guides discussion, manages group dynamics, helps to set goals and makes sure the discussion stays positive and productive. Everyone ‘co-creates’ the experience and a supportive community can become the result!

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A closed FACEBOOK page will be also created for photo and video sharing as part of this experience for people who sign up for Group Coaching!

For the most benefits, people should attend regularly for ongoing support and feedback.

The cost PER 90 MINUTE SESSION is only $30. The average price for 1:1 coaching is $75-$120 per hour. Maximum participants will be 7 people per session.

For more information go to the Seminars, Training and Coaching page, or click HERE to register for upcoming group coaching sessions! 

Group Coaching – printable flyer: Tracking Mastery – What is Group Coaching

Ready, set, track! Beginner’s Tracking Online Classes start August 23!

You CAN learn how to track online and aim for your first tracking title! Register now!

Not everyone has access to a tracking instructor. Now, you can learn how to track right from the beginning through CKC focused online tracking lessons! Maybe you have a friend who is always asking about tracking. Please let them know they can learn about it through these introductory lessons.

No more worrying about fields either! In these classes, learn how to start tracking in urban greenspaces close to home! You and your canine partner will be a stronger team through great exercises that are easy to learn. Through the magic of technology, view handouts, presentations, photos and video. Head out to practice your lessons, then gather with your class every two weeks to learn next steps and ask questions!

These online classes are a first in Canada and have been very successful and popular.

You’ll learn:

  • How to get started!
  • Scent theory and proper handling
  • What you need to do to pass a TD (Tracking Dog) test
  • Tips for success!

The webinar is LIVE, so you can ask more questions, with personal answers and tips to help YOU in return. Expect loads of great tips and start a great new journey with your dog!

Who should take part? These lessons are aimed at BEGINNERS who have never tracked before!

What you need to participate: Computer and wifi with audio so you can speak and listen (you may need a low-cost headset to plug in)

What is an online course like? You would be surprised to see how quickly you get used to the online environment. We can all hear each other, and we are all looking at the same screen including photos, slide shows, videos and even a white board where we can all draw our ideas!

Handouts are available for download afterwards.

Your coach has been tracking since 1990 and teaching since 1995. I have many titles on three breeds, 3 Tracking Champions and happy, successful students.

As a trained and Professional Coach, my goal is to offer comfortable, stress free learning to help individuals become the best they can be!  Using my years of coaching and training experience, I want to help you come up with a plan for success, with real goals for effective training.

Online training is a perfect choice for people who want to invest a few hours into their training and take away tools to improve their approach instantly!

Tracking is a wonderful, non-competitive sport that all dogs, large or small, mixed breed and purebred can enjoy at any age.

Have fun, make new friends and share ideas with trackers across Canada!

Course curriculum: 2017 Beginners Online Lessons

To register: Fill in this online form and send payment as described. $200 for 6 lessons. That’s $33 per lesson, delivered in 3 sessions – all in the comfort of home!

Course description: Beginners Tracking Online Lessons

PICTURED above: A young Tracking Champion Caden von der KleinenWiese studies a tracking video to pick up some tips!

More Webinars and 1:1 Coaching coming soon!

I just love the online training environment! When we are all together online, it is like being together in a class! We all look at the same screen (we don’t see each other); we can talk to each other, chat and share links, use a whiteboard, look at a presentation, view videos and get handouts! It is surprising how comfortable it is! Plus you can meet trackers from across Canada and build your network and share ideas!

Spiritdance online students have been doing very well in their tracking tests and preparation. One of the benefits you’ll notice right away is the difference it makes to work with a trained, professional coach. If you’ve never really had a coach, you’ll experience the difference when you take part. This is not cookie-cutter training. Your needs and individual goals are important!

If you are looking for ideas, don’t have access to in-person instruction, or if you are striving for excellence and would like performance coaching – why not try a webinar? No commitment to classes – learn some tips in one morning, then head out to practice!

Some new webinars have been added for Fall and Winter 2017!
  • Beginners Lessons
  • Getting Started in Urban Tracking
  • Starting your Puppy
  • Winter Tracking!

Details are here!

 

If you like the webinars and online lessons, you may like to try 1:1 Individual Coaching too. Offered in 3-session “chunks” we take things one goal and one topic at a time. No long-term commitments. Personal coaching will begin in mid-October. Only 4 people per month are accepted for two sessions per month (every two weeks). Watch for future coaching announcements!

Cool new stuff coming this fall!

It must be the time of year! I have been receiving webinar and coaching requests from Newfoundland to BC! WOW! I am so excited about this. I will be putting together some new packages that I know people will love – after the trial first year – and thanks to everyone who took part in the first year sessions and all of your wonderful feedback.

Coaching will begin this fall. There will be more short webinars starting this fall on specific subjects this year, for small groups. I will also offer small group coaching and will continue with 1:1 for people who prefer individual goal setting and plans.

I’m going to be offering training booklets online as well, including a special blog and channel that follow’s Micah’s tracking training from the start (or, how Micah trains me!) Micah – or Gem von Wendelin, is 4 months old and already doing very well learning tracking foundations! She is pictured above, doing a great 400 meter long track two nights ago. I am very excited about her training, using my Spiritdance methods! 

Information and registration will all be posted here – using a new method. Lots of cool new stuff coming. Keep an eye on this website for announcements!

Beginners Tracking: From Foundations to TD – Online and On-Demand!

Online Training – Beginners from Foundations to a TD *

If you are new to tracking, looking for new ideas, starting a puppy, or have no instructor or club to train with this course will get you started on the right track!

Spiritdance Coaching offers Holistic Training that sets you up to succeed by focusing on your body, mind and spirit. We also see your dog the same way, as an individual with unique needs and motivations. All dogs love tracking but not every team takes the same path to achieve their goals and enjoy the journey.

Use the submission form under “Learn More” for  registration information

* This course is offered live online once a year and will soon be available on-demand.  Please check back often for dates and other courses for Beginners.  

Online Training & Coaching

In 2016 Spiritdance Coaching offered the first online CKC-focused tracking classes and webinars in Canada! Many thanks to those who have participated in the first test-courses to help as this format has been developed and improved to provide in-home training! Imagine – a tracking class, coffee in hand and relaxing in your pajamas!

Please check out Online Training – Seminars, Webinars, On-Demand and Coaching
*Keep checking for updates. Many are offered as live classes. On-demand is coming soon!

In the past year, Spiritdance Coaching has offered the following online classes and seminars, bringing together people across Canada:

  • Beginners Tracking (Foundations and TD / Field Tracking – 6 weeks)
  • Advanced Tracking (TDX and Urban Tracking – 6 weeks)
  • Winter Tracking (two sessions)
  • Tracking Goals and Training Plans (Weekly January webinars)
  • So You Want to be a Tracking Judge (1/2 day Webinar)
  • Google Earth Maps & Tracking Apps (On-demand 1 hour training)

Donna Brinkworth, a Professional Coach, has also enjoyed 1:1 Personal Coaching on weeknights, for both new and advanced trackers across Canada since last fall. Coaching is offered from Fall to Spring in the tracking “off season.”