Strategy #1 - The Art of Letting Go Strategies
“…making space for ‘child time’ does not demand any special credentials. Any interested adult can provide practical help: a ride to a local park, a guidebook to birds, cheerful encouragement to go out and play.” – Christian McEwen
In order to have a more flexible, creative, and resilient mind, letting go as a mindful practice provides a path towards mental and physical well-being. Strategies offered are based on concepts that include spontaneous or improvised games to engage the imagination, improve brain function and increase creativity, plus provide simple daily practices that reduce stress while increasing productivity. The Art of Letting Go is a combination of movement and writing practices and can be designed as either a ½ or full-day facilitation. It can also be incorporated into any of the group packages.
Strategy #2 - Arts-based Strategies
“There is no expression without excitement, without turmoil…what is sometimes called an act of self-expression might be better termed one … of self-realization.” – John Dewey
Creativity is defined as the use of one’s imagination or original ideas. In the workplace, the goal is to produce or achieve something specific. Therefore, the idea of the creative workforce is one that is rich to new ideas that lead to a successful product. Arts-based work is not about being able to draw. As a matter of fact, artistic knowledge is not required. Not-knowing (or being open to the unknown) and overcoming obstacles are key components of this strategy. Through a series of mindful practices, participants build a relationship with art and themselves. Art provides non-verbal ways of addressing challenging situations or can simply be used as a way to quiet the mind, offering a sense of clarity. We work with paint, pencils, markers, clay, found objects, collage, cell phone cameras, and puzzles. This strategy can be designed as either a ½ or full-day facilitation. It can also be incorporated into any of the group packages.
Strategy #3 - Embodied Movement Strategies
“The impact of experience [focuses] our attention, [therefore] the beauty of embodied movement is to pay attention to the distractions of the mind, as it [provides] the potential for potent sources of insight.” – Louise Steinman
There is a deep relationship between the body and physical/emotional knowledge. Through the integration of the physical body and oral traditions, participants investigate and interrogate a variety of issues, lived experiences, and insights into the human experience. This strategy can be designed as either a ½ or full-day facilitation. It can also be incorporated into any of the group packages.
Strategy #4 - Creating Contemplative Communities Strategies
“What matters in the workplace is what matters in our lives – using every moment to learn from experiences so that we grow into insight, wisdom, and compassion.” – Mirabai Bush
This strategy focuses on creating communities of individuals interested in investigating ways to develop just, inclusive, empathetic, and compassionate communities in their organizations/businesses. This program design is only offered through Group Packages B or C.
Strategy #5 - Self-Care in Chaos Strategies – Medical, Nursing, Corporate, Education
“Self-care is a way of going against business as usual. It’s a radical route. Learning to love ourselves is hard to do. It’s a fierce kind of self-love that we need to work through.” – Radical Dharma
Self-care requires the ability to, even in difficult or critical moments, be open to what is happening and, having the potential to be both empathetic and compassionate. Self-care practice at work engages in “wonder” and openness to new thought while enabling one’s ability to see the surrounding challenges or concerns, and being open to making new meaning of new or different points of view. This strategy can be incorporated into any of the Group Packages.
Strategy #6 - Mindful Tap Dance Strategies –
“If you can walk, you can tap.” – Charles “Honi” Coles
This program incorporates mindfulness practice, movement, storytelling, and tap dance. This community-group practice is not a dance class. The goal is to discover a connection between the participants through the creation of sound as the means of communication. No dance experience is necessary. All that is required are leather or vegan-soled shoes. This strategy is easily combined with The Art of Letting Go, Embodied Movement, and Creating Contemplative Community strategies. Mindful Tap Dance can also be incorporated into any of the group packages. This is not offered as a stand-alone workshop.