These workshops and retreats take as their central thread the age-old practice of direct awareness in the present moment. We explore how this simple but powerful practice can transform your relationship to a number of key questions around work, business and organisations.
The workshops offer a space to enquire from an altogether fresh perspective into important questions concerning your career, work and organisation that may have been with you for quite some time. These experiential and stimulating workshops, are gateways into deeper explorations – with many opportunities for follow up and further work for those who wish to.
Topics include: leadership and presence; the paradox of ambition; responsible decision-making; the roots of pressure, stress and burnout; and the possibility of offering our work as service to something altogether bigger than our incessantly planning and judging minds.
We make plans, we set targets and we strive for goals – we are strongly educated to believe that such approaches will lead to progress and satisfaction.
Why are companies like Google, organisations like the UN and world cup winners like Johnny Wilkinson all incorporating the practice and principles of meditation into their day to day activities?
What can we gain from sitting still when there is always so much to do?
The workshop offers an introduction to practices of mindfulness, awareness and meditation within the context of modern working life. We will enquire into how and why such practices can be beneficial and transformative for self, organisation and society.
There will be plenty of opportunity to try out new meditation skills and explore for yourself (and in dialogue with others) how a bit of sitting still might be just what you and your organisation really need. Gandhi famously said, ‘usually I meditate for an hour a day.
When I am really busy I meditate for two hours a day’. This workshop is particularly recommended for people who think it all sounds really interesting but are just far to busy to do it!
As individuals, and in organisational and cultural life we are deeply driven by the idea of working toward a brighter and better future. And yet a moment’s reflection suggests it is often the sense of striving and strain that dominates our lives, not the enjoyment or richness of arrival.
We make plans, we set targets and we strive for goals – we are strongly educated to believe that such approaches will lead to progress and satisfaction. Yet many of our most truly meaningful experiences, the moments of greatest innovation, enjoyment and success actually come when we allow ourselves finally to just relax.
Is there in fact something deeply dodgy about the narrative of ambition? And might that have something to do with the perilous state the world is in? This workshop invites you to explore how the paradox of ambition operates in your life and work, to enquire into your own relationship to striving and struggle and to embrace the possibility of activity based on just letting go.
This workshop will be of particular interest to people leading communities, enterprises, organisations and projects. It will be an opportunity to enquire with other leaders into how the practice of direct awareness changes your thinking around key aspects of leadership.
Many of our deepest assumptions – concerning such areas as vulnerability, power, control, responsibility and intention come to the surface when we are called into a leadership role.
Leadership raises questions about our core identity and offers continual feedback about how we are expressing ourselves and our purposes in the world. We will explore these and other topics using experiential awareness techniques and principles from the contemplative traditions that question the notion of a fixed and solid self who is in control.
We will ask what it means to exercise power without egocentricity? What it means to express intention in the world knowing that what actually happens is beyond our personal control? How we can increasingly offer our work in service to others even as we gain greater personal influence?
What if the very work we do, whatever it is, could become a path to greater awareness, deeper wisdom and wider benefit to the world?
In a time of global challenges, economic uncertainties and social change many of us are asking deep questions about the work we do and the way we do it. For some, the workplace can be a challenging even unfulfilling place that creates, stress, anxiety and tension.
But should it be?
Far from needing to run away to a monastery or a cave, some spiritual traditions emphasise the value and potential of turning fully towards the chaos, challenge and emotionality of our work as a basis for self discovery and for benefiting others and the world at large.
THIS INTERACTIVE & EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP INVITES YOU TO…
- A grounded and pragmatic introduction to key ideas and practice around meditation, mindfulness and presence for you to take away and work with
- Understand how these techniques can be applied in the midst of day to day activity, stress and challenge
- Radically rethink some of your basic assumptions around typical work related issues such as effort, achievement and vocation
- Reflect on questions of leadership, change and work with fresh insights and a unique perspective
- Acquire new insights, frameworks and practices that will support you in whatever work you do, connecting your moment to moment experience with the core organisational and cultural challenges of our time
Yet our most meaningful experiences, the moments of greatest innovation, enjoyment and success actually come when we allow ourselves finally to just relax in the present moment.
- Normally run as a 1.5 or a 2 day workshop
- Can be run as a 0.5 day basic intro / taster
Public or in-house?
- Public workshops in Bristol and London (and elsewhere by request)
- for groups or teams wishing to explore how assumptions around money limit effectiveness
- for financial sector organisations seeking insight into how money works for educational groups (e.g. MBA)
- for experiential understanding into finance, fees & markets