Walk & Talk

A special way to work through what’s on your mind.

Usana Mindset’s Walk & Talk offering is coaching and mentoring with a difference! If you enjoy the great outdoors, this option is for you!

Whether a 1-2-1 Walk & Talk session or joining a group outing for Walk & Talk in the Hills, you will find being outdoors gives a special experience, one where you are away from the noise of life (including all technology), where you can find peace, work through what’s on your mind, map out a way forward and quite literally, step forward towards what you desire.🌟

Interested in booking a 1-2-1 or private group Walk & Talk session? Email: hello@usanamindset.com

🔅See below for the upcoming group Walk & the Talk in the Hills outings that are currently available, with early 2024 walks now available (as of March) – and the year ahead schedule to appear soon!

❄️Winter walks are bookable as private outings only – please inquire directly.

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Walk & Talk testimonials

I attended Gillian’s ‘Walk & Talk in the Hills’ session. The weather meant a change of route was necessary, but this did not phase Gillian and she had a stunning back-up route ready to roll. The session enabled me to focus on some of the issues I am currently juggling – both personally and professionally – and introduced me to the concept of mind-mapping, which helped me to disaggregate the various areas I needed to think about. Too often everything that is affecting us ends up being brought together as one tangled ball of different threads. Gillian’s expert coaching helps to untangle these threads so that you can separate them out and focus on building a range of effective strategies for each one individually. I have no hesitation in saying you should sign up for one of Gillian’s future sessions if you’re a fan of great chat and achieving clarity amidst stunning scenery!
Mark McDonald, Square Peg Consulting
I booked onto Gillian’s Walk and Talk in the Hills, which took us round the beautiful Loch Muick, with a group of like-minded ladies. I saw the opportunity to have some time away from my business, the day to day stresses of everyday life, and put some time in for me.
I was so glad that I did! I would be the first to say that I wouldn’t normally be open to a mindfulness session, or even consider booking a coaching session as I am naturally a private and sceptical person. However this didn’t feel like either, it just felt like a conversation with friends. If you have been wondering whether the Walk and Talk sessions are for you, I would urge you to give it a try. Gillian is an expert at making you feel comfortable to talk openly, without prejudice, and makes the experience a thoroughly enjoyable one. Thanks, Gillian!
Kelly Forrest, Forrest Training
I attended one of Gillian’s Walk & Talk outings. I found Gillian to be a great host who knew her walking routes very well and also pointed out a few interesting facts along the way. The walk & talk was full of great conversation with Gillian’s usual challenging questions to help provoke some deep thinking, coupled with the great outdoors and a firm no phones policy made for a positive and motivational morning.
Iain Morrison, Scotland
What an amazing experience!  My first Hill Walk and I was doubting that I would be able to keep up but Gillian made sure that we were all going at our own pace with time for rest and reflection.  I came away from the walk with lots to think about and a potential solution to where I want to go with my next business venture.
Thanks Gillian! 🙂
Tracy Franz, SmartPA
If only a picture could tell the full story….
On Friday afternoon, we closed the office early at 4pm and headed out Loch Muick for our evening activity as part of the group of six taking part in the Walk & Talk session organised by your amazing Usana Mindset.
A guided walk with such an experienced guide such as yourself, Gillian, would be great by itself, but add to the mix your unique life coaching methodologies which for this activity were simple questioning as individuals, as well as while we all rested together, the walk & talk does exactly what it says and so much more.
During the walk, we often split as a group which allowed us individually to get space to think in our own way and with the occasional thought provoking questions from yourself in what was a most natural method of coaching I’ve ever experienced.
The countryside, the wild life all around us was just majestic.
Walking + Talking + Life Coaching = Usana Mindset.
Thank you so much Gillian
Ian MacIntosh, CFN Solutions
Gillian is an inspiration and the wellness walks with Usana Mindset are an absolute must!!

Having not climbed a Munro since the birth of my third child and trying to find more time for me and look after my wellbeing, I knew I was in safe hands when I signed up for this amazing adventure. Our walk up Lochnagar ticked every box I could imagine, the laughter, support, confidence building and most of all the smiles and sense of achievement made this a very memorable day and I look forward to many more.

Thank you Gillian & Usana Mindset.
Laura Mearns, Northwood Aberdeen
I was part of a group that joined Gillian at Clachnaben for the walk & talk session.
It was a great start to the weekend. It was the 3rd walk I’ve done with Gillian. They are both physically and mentally exhilarating, and has definitely ignited my love for my outdoors.
A lot of us can be so engrossed with work & can’t seem to take a quality break, walks with Gillian are just a few hours or day long, depending on the walk, but it leaves you mentally and physically refreshed.
Her 1-2-1 chats during the walks help you think deeply and outside the box. I’ll 100% recommend Gillian’s walk & talk sessions to anyone looking for a wee break from the busyness of life.
Oyin Adekola, O’Cayxk
I recently went on one of Gillian’s ‘walk & talk’ hill walks. 
What a brilliant way to step back from the day-to-day business (and busyness!) and gain some quiet reflective time as well as have a lot of fun and laughs!

At what was nearing the end of a very busy, challenging and progressive year in business, the walk was particularly timely, providing me with a much-needed opportunity to SLOW down.  As I walked and talked up a lovely snowy Kerloch hill, I was able to reflect, gain some clarity and celebrate some wins as well as enjoy the friendly company and beautiful scenery.

I love the outdoors, and walking with Gillian not only provides a safe and nurturing environment to talk and share what’s on my mind, but also the benefit of exploring hills and walks I’ve never been on (even when they’re on my own doorstep!) and wouldn’t be confident doing on my own, but would now have the knowledge and confidence to go out and enjoy again!
Thank you for the beautiful guided experience, Gillian.
Debbie Rennie, Instinct Marketing & PR
I wanted to thank you for our recent Walk & Talk over the Lairig Ghru.
It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years, but my big hairy monsters had stopped me. I was worried:
•  I wasn’t flt enough
•  I’d slow everyone down
•  I’d get crippling blisters and not be able to finish it
It wasn’t easy – 21 miles is a long way, there were times I wished we were already at the mini bus and the next day I was sore.
But I did it!
•  I didn’t get airlifted off
•  I didn’t slow anyone down
•  I didn’t get blisters (well, OK, I did, but only a little one)
You showed me that sometimes we have to trust in our own abilities and go for it – whether that’s personal goals, business development or life changes.

My biggest take away from the Lairig Ghru? Those big hairy monsters aren’t as scary as they seem.

Thank you again for your support.
Diana Muzzall, Video Confidence Marketing
I don’t often share my fears publicly; however, one of them is doing long walks with groups of people. I signed up for this walk up Carnferg, tried to pull out of it, and then told myself to get over myself and chatted with Gillian, who assured me I would be fine. Afterall ‘what is the worst that can happen?

Then the mind gets very busy with all the blah blahs
😨 will I hold everyone up
😨 I don’t like to be a bother
😨 what if I cannot make it
😨 what if the weather is horrible
😨 what if, what if, what if

But I committed, and I made it to the top and back down again. Granted, me and my mind had some long discussions on the way up. Not all good, and then it shifted as the cairn at the top became tangible, and I got there and overcame my first intentional hill walk. The way back down was a doddle and very enjoyable, with glorious sunshine, fun conversations and a sense of achievement.

I am still raving about it and looking to do more. It has given me a sense that I can do more, not just hill walking but sharing more of myself and our business Safety Collaborations here on LI.

Thank you, Gillian Fowler and Usana Mindset, for a fabulous day. Highly recommend Gillian and her Talk & Walks as a way to recharge and maybe overcome some fears. 👏
Karin Ovari, Safety Collaborations
I can’t say enough good things about Gillian from Usana Mindset! I recently joined one of her Walk & Talk sessions in the beautiful hills of Carnferg, and it was absolutely fantastic.
Gillian has this incredible way of bringing people together and making everyone feel comfortable. From the start, I felt at ease and welcomed into the group. The conversations flowed naturally, and it was refreshing to connect with new people and hear their stories.
The Walk & Talk itself was a perfect blend of mindfulness and adventure. We walked in the stunning surroundings with the occasional wildlife crossing, while having in meaningful conversations and lot’s of laughs. A complete break from work and other obligations which was very welcome!
Gillian’s genuine warmth and ability to foster connections made the experience even more special. She created an inclusive atmosphere where strangers quickly became friends.
If you’re looking for a unique and enjoyable experience, I highly recommend joining one of Gillian’s Walk & Talk sessions. You’ll be treated to a mindful and refreshing day, surrounded by great company and stunning scenery. Gillian’s ability to create such an uplifting and memorable experience is truly exceptional. Don’t miss out!
Nicole van der Draaij, Globemrk
I was part of the Usana Walk and Talk group that went up Bynack More with Gillian. As always, in the run up to the day, Gillian kept us informed of all we needed for a successful outing. From what to expect weather wise to stocking up on enough food to keep us fuelled- This is one day you can get away with eating a lot of chocolate!!!.

Meetups and car sharing was also arranged to get us to and from Aviemore. She made sure everything worked seamlessly.
The walk took about 6 and half hours finishing up with a warm cuppa at the Coylumbridge hotel.
The walk itself was invigorating and I felt great and surprisingly not tired after a full day of adventure. My family has given up thinking I’m nuts doing these lengthy hikes. Gillian has certainly helped fuel my love for the outdoors thanks to the walk and talks which I would greatly recommend to anyone looking for a refreshing and reflective time away from work.
I recently took the plunge to join Gillian on her famous walk n talk in the hills.

What a day I had! We were lucky with the weather and the small group meant we could mix and match sharing stories and conversation.

If you are looking to share some time with nature, the great outdoors and some special humans then I would not hesitate to recommend these outings. Gillian, you are a master of your craft and for sure I will continue telling all I know about the services you offer and the fantastic walk n talk in the hills.
Kerry Smith, T28 Transformation & Team Cycle Aberdeen
I have now been on several walks and adventures with Gillian. They are always extremely well organised and great fun, filled with laughter and camaraderie. Often with knowledgeable hill guides.

The outings offer good value for money.

Gillian’s enthusiasm is infections and I share her love of the outdoors and the hills in particular.

Gillian’s attitude to mental and physical well-being is second to none and the teaching during the day retreat last year was enlightening and uplifting. Allowing time for introspection, self learning and reflection. I cannot recommend Usana Mindset to anyone wanting to enrich their lives more (both physically and mentally) highly enough. 
Niall, Scotland
I had the absolute pleasure of attending Gillian’s Usana Day challenge last Friday. A small and mighty group of us walked up Ben Vrackie in Pitlochry in the glorious sunshine led by Gillian and supporting guide George.
From logistics, communications, encouragement and planning, the day was perfect.  It took me away from the day-to-day of business and allowed me to step back, reflect and be inspired. 
This wasn’t just a walk and talk in the hills but a complete challenge day as we went on for an afternoon of Zip Lining at Killiecrankie.  Having never done this before it was certainly a step beyond my comfort zone – after all that’s what it was supposed to do – and indeed it was a challenge starting with a significant wire-rung ladder up a tree just to get started.  Gillian and the entire team were supportive and encouraging, and we formed a camaraderie between us all that day.
It was a day built on challenge and growth and it certainly fulfilled this and more with lots of fun laughter and a tasty fish supper in the sunshine and bustle of Pitlochry to round up the day very nicely. 

I thoroughly recommend Gillian’s walk and talk in the hills and challenge days so keep your eyes and ears open for the next one, I know I’ll be joining for sure!
Debbie Rennie, Instinct Marketing & PR