Friday, March 13, 2015

Resources for Spring Renewal ...

Hi Everyone!

Spring is here early on the West Coast with flowers blooming, only a little rain and warmer-than-usual temperatures. With Spring comes a plethora of opportunities to learn and grow and this year is no exception. Here are a few wonderful opportunities to blow out the cobwebs and let a little sunshine in:

1.  The Enneagram and Somatic Awareness: Using Body Intelligence to Relax Type Structure 
This two day workshop, on April 18 and 19 in Seattle, is sponsored by Enneagram in Seattle and features two of my favourite Enneagram teachers, Terry Saracino and Marion Gilbert from Enneagram Worldwide.
As the workshop brochure says:
Those of us who have worked with the Enneagram for many years have discovered how truly difficult it is to influence our reactivity. When we are faced with challenging life circumstances, we find ourselves falling into our type structure's patterns of overreacting, even though we know better.
The workshop will introduce you to the Somatic Awareness Practice which will build your "felt sense" and enable you to free yourself from automatically following your highly ingrained cognitive-emotional impulses and re-enacting your type patterns. 
For more information click here. 

2.  Reclaiming Awe: A Workshop on Mystery and Intuition
This new Rachel Remen workshop for health and service professionals is designed for those who feel their work no longer inspires or has meaning for them, for those who miss a sense of wonder and aliveness day to day.
Rachel Remen, MD, the author of Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal and other popular books, has offered restorative workshops and conferences for healthcare professionals and service providers for many years. This new workshop will help you to find and tell your story of mystery, honour intuition as a legitimate way of knowing, recognize the unexplainable in your everyday work and to reclaim a sense of awe and wonder in your work and in your life.  
The 2 1/2 day workshop will be held at the Acqua Hotel in Mill Valley, California on May 21-23, 2015
 For more information click here.

3. 5th Annual Care4You Conference: Be a Change Agent
This two day Kingston, ON conference on Compassion Fatigue is designed to "care for those who care for others". This year it will focus on the theme of Creating Change Agents. You will learn how to make positive changes at home and at work. Managers will learn strategies to engage their teams and to enable sustainable organizational health.
Featured speakers at the June 9 and 10 conference include:
a. Stephane Grenier, Mental Health Advocate, Canadian Armed Forces (Ret)
b. Sherisa Dahlgren, Holistic Healing Expert & VP Clinical Programs, Joyful Heart Foundation
c.  Pat Fisher, Organizational Health Specialist & Co-Executive Director, TEND Ltd
d.  Francoise Mathieu, Compassion Fatigue Educator & Co-Executive Director, TEND  
For more information click here. 

4.  Stop, Breathe and Think 
And for those of us whose extra money will be going to Revenue Canada or house insurance this Spring, here is a learning opportunity that's simple, fun and FREE. (You pay only if you want the advanced level of meditations.) 
Stop, Breathe and Think is a wonderful website and app that customizes meditations for beginners. If you're trying to do more mindfulness meditation and need some help starting out, this is the place for you. You can go through an emotional check-in and then the site offers appropriate meditations for your current emotional state. 
Simple enough for kids to use, it's a great structured and supportive way to start a meditation practice.
For more information click here. 

So, happy almost-Spring and enjoy!


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