Is this training for you?
You are a change maker because you desire change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, make that change happen through activism, journalism and/or grant giving.
Working in challenging environments is the norm. You are accustomed to juggling many projects and issues at the same time. You regularly work overtime and thrive on meeting deadlines. Your sense of responsibility for the greater good is your major driving force in life. And how often do you stop to consider how you really are?
This training is for those who seek support to relate to the pressures they face in the workplace (and in their private lives) in a more skillful way. If you recognize yourself in all or some these statements, this training is for you.
The resiliency training is especially crafted for individuals who notice that their way of relating to stressors is having a detrimental effect on their effectiveness and ability to do their work, on their energy levels, or on other aspects of their overall health.
Investing in this resiliency training is not self-indulgence. It is a precondition for enhancing your ability to serve your cause and others effectively, while taking care of your physical, mental and emotional well-being at the same time.
What is the approach?
This training is aimed at helping you enhance your overall resilience. Resilience, in a nutshell, is the ability to continue and adapt when things get challenging.
Our approach draws on research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Resiliency Program and evidence-based tools emanating from the fields of cognitive therapy, emotional and somatic intelligence, mindfulness-based stress reduction, personal leadership and effectiveness, and neuroscience. The training is intended to strengthen four key abilities: self-awareness, mental agility, self-regulation and connection. These abilities are defined in the infographic shown below. Our approach is largely experiential so that what you learn can be more easily integrated into your everyday life.
We have chosen the Hummingbird as a symbol of resilience because it is light and playful, can shift and respond to its environment quickly and travels great distances tirelessly. Its lightness and adaptability can inspire us to consider challenges as opportunities for growth and transformation and to find our way through them.
We believe that resilience is an innate ability we all have. It is a muscle that we often neglect to train. To do so requires honesty and self-compassion, commitment and energy. Resilience abilities develop on a continuum. When applied, each new experience and challenge helps us reach new levels of insight and skill.
The effects of greater inner resilience are far broader than simply helping relate to challenges in a more supportive way. The abilities that facilitate resilience enable us to tap into our natural mental and physical resourcefulness, creativity and intelligence which are essential to overall personal effectiveness and contribute to our overall sense of fulfilment and health.
The training language is English or Dutch, depending on the participants.