Many peace workers struggle to 'make time' for self-care in their daily lives. Such is the urgency and importance of the work that needs to be done, that most individuals and teams find it hard to navigate the boundaries of self-care, care for others and care for the whole. This webinar offers a theoretical and practical guide for integrating systems and practices of self-care on an embodied, day-to-day level. The content of this webinar is rooted on the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (Dr. Marshall Rosenberg), Mindfulness (Dr. Mark Williams and Dr. Penny Penman) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as implemented by the British National Health Service (NHS), as well as on the personal and professional experience of the trainer, living in and working in the frontlines of armed conflict and humanitarian crisis.
Weekly online sessions on BBB, Tuesdays, 14:00 – 15:30 CET.
Week by week, the facilitator will upload activities for participants to deepen their understanding and integration of the content presented during the online sessions. Two types of activities will be offered:
“Solo practices” (reading and exercises), around 2 hours per week. These ensure that learning is integrated at an embodied, sustained, day-to-day level. Readings and exercises will take participants on a journey towards the acquisition of skills and deep understanding of the topic of each online session.
“Buddy practices” (guided exercises), around 1 hour per week. This allow participants to receive support at personal, meaningful and applicable level. These guided exercises offer safety and structure for participants to explore habits and identities, and to practice mindful ways to be in each other’s presence. Moreover, these practices aim to consolidate a strong 'Support System' for their practice of self-care after the webinar ends.
Overview of Topics
Understanding needs and boundaries in peace work
Goal: Establishing an atmosphere of safety, trust and respect that facilitates learning. To introduce participants to the key concepts (i.e.: self-care, self-awareness, wellbeing) and structure for the course.
Mindfulness of needs
Goal: Identifying and expressing own feelings and needs. Mind-mapping needs vision for wellbeing and self-care (where I want to be, where I am now)
Tools for self-care
Goal: Identifying what strategies are working / what are not. Differentiating between “nurturing” from “depleting” choices. Introducing participants to a variety of tools for self-care.
Turning towards difficulty
Goal: Addressing the gap between “what I want to do” vs “what I am able to do”. Embracing difficult emotions. Understanding the brain and our emotions. Differentiating “coping” from “thriving”.
Self-care within teams
Goal: Exploring the dilemma of “care for others” vs “self-care”, setting healthy boundaries, creating mindful balance. Exploring systems for self-care within teams.
Self-care within systems
Goal: Exploring my role within systems. Exploring structures and practices of self-care with a systemic approach of care for all.
Closing and support for the way forward
Goal: To integrate and appreciate learnings, to mourn challenges, to get clarity on participant's needs and intentions for the future, to make support requests for the way forward.
Participants may prepare for the course, by reading chapters 1-3 from both books below:
- Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Mark Williams and Danny Penman (2015)
- Speak Peace in a world of conflict: what you say next will change your world – Marshall Rosenberg (2005) https://epdf.pub/speak-peace-in-a-world-of-conflict-what-you-say-next-will-change-your-world.html
- Weekly online sessions, Tuesdays, 14:00 – 15:30 CET
- Solo and buddy practices
- Literature, pre-recorded input and other material for self-paced learning
- Total: 4-6 hours weekly workload