Post Course Coaching

This service will look at developing a coaching relationship once your Outward Bound course is complete, with the intent to help you implement the knowledge and goals identified into your own environments.

Our life coaching will build on your course experience to support and motivate you to realise your core values in your daily life.

These sessions are not currently available for Adapted courses.

The purpose of post course coaching

This service will replicate one-on-one discussions you may have had with your instructor but they will take place in your own environment, focusing on your own obstacles.

Outward Bound Coaching aims to continue working with students to achieve the following:

  • Provide a safe, non-judgemental space to review and analyse views, values and experiences
  • Increase the relevance of the Outward Bound Kaupapa into students’ lives
  • To personalise messages, themes and concepts learnt at Outward Bound
  • To be a sounding board for life decisions, identifying personal strengths and areas to develop
  • To follow up on commitments made whilst on your Outward Bound course


Coaching for Professional course participants

All Professional, Women in Leadership and Wellbeing course participants receive one post-course coaching session as part of their enrolment.

To access your coaching session, please click the 'book now' button after completing your Outward Bound course to book your session.

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About Anna

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Paula Popenhagen is on maternity leave from Oct 2019 - March 2020. In her absence Anna Li is managing our post course coaching delivery.

With a passion for people and their growth, Anna trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked primarily in the mental health sector with diverse ranges of age and ability. She then instructed at both Outward Bound Canada and New Zealand for five years. It was a privilege for her to support students in their challenge zone, witness them increase self-awareness and further clarify their 'true north'. 

An ex-Outward Bound student herself, Anna understands the challenges and power of transferring course learning into life back home. And now, with these perspectives, she is excited to support alumni in finding ways to make real and lasting changes for themselves, their communities and the world.

Want to find out more before you book?
If you're not quite ready to book and would like to find out more about the life coaching sessions, you can email Anna at

Student Testimonials

"Paula is an extremely compassionate, knowledgeable, humorous and all-around genius! The OB Post Course Coaching that Paula facilitates is exceptional.

From session one, Paula was willing to gain an understanding from my perspective of my own Outward Bound and life experiences in a non-judgemental way.

Throughout my Classic course, various aspects of my protocols become clearer as I got placed in situations that tested me. Part of me wanted to succeed with tasks present, but part of me would also back down, my negative self-talk decreased my potential.

Paula coaching sessions have enhanced my own OB experience and self-awareness more than I anticipated. A commonality from sessions with Paula and at OB was my passion to help other people out.

The combination of Outward Bound and Paula’s sessions has given me greater clarity. I catch myself when I back out, I rise up to challenges more, and I know I’m capable when I apply myself.

Having struggled with learning difficulties, I used to use this as an excuse. However, I'm now making changes, persevering, and learning to comprehend issues that are presented.

One of Paula's comments continues to stick with me, she said; "I’m not keen to hear that you haven’t made any changes". This year I’ve handed assignments in on time and I'm slowly changing my mindset in all areas of life.

Without OB and Paula’s help, I’ll probably still be winging life too much, and not succeeding enough.

I can highly recommend the OB Post Course Coaching sessions. Paula is a phenomenal, witty and chilled woman with an incredible gift."

Kate, Classic Course Student

The biggest challenge people face is after OB, following through with changes and best intentions once reality hits. The coaching sessions are a really good way to bridge this return into reality and keep the experience alive longer, allowing a better chance of success in the changes and challenges they face.

Ruby Evenstar, Masters Course

It made me think more deeply and constructively about what lessons I wanted to take from OB, and how the insights could cross over into my life at home. Without the coaching sessions I would not have managed to set up concrete plans for how I was going to bring the lessons into my life.

Hayley Bennett, Masters Course

Pricing and package options

Pay as you go session (1 hour) - $90 

A Pay as you go session is a great way to check in, recap on your key OB course personal takeaways or top up with an extra session following a package. The session will be conducted either via phone or Zoom face to face meeting platform.

Package of three sessions (3 x 1 hour) - $250 

A package of three sessions secures you a process orientated approach to your coaching. You and your coach can discuss and set goals or concepts that will be revisited during the next session. There is no time limit to using your three sessions. The sessions will be conducted either via phone or Zoom face to face meeting platform.

Schedule an appointment with Anna to get started on your post course journey. Sessions are available now.