Creative Reflective Retreats

The Eyrie Waterfall - November 2016 -

The Eyrie Waterfall - November 2016 -

 
 

Creative reflective retreats

In the world of peacebuilding, social change, and development there is generally a great emphasis on creating change but rarely much emphasis on the importance of taking care of the practitioners doing the day to day work of creating this change. For many of us, our work takes its toll on our spirit and we become jaded, exhausted, and burnt out. We believe that transformed people transform the world around them and therefore, we must invest in the wellbeing of practitioners, in the whole person: body, mind and spirit. We believe in the power of creativity to see beyond and beneath what lies on the surface, to shift us out of familiar ways of seeing and reacting. We believe in the transformative power of intentional spaces where we can encounter ourselves, our stories, our work, and those around us in new ways.

Our retreats are not training workshops. You will not sit and listen to the latest peacebuilding theories. The ‘classroom’ is the places where conversations unfold. It is the woods, mountains, and coasts walked together or alone. It is around the table as both food and experiences are shared. It is the quiet spaces of reflection as the journeys of others are shared and our own stories heard in unanticipated ways. It is in the wisdom of pressing pause on the constant chatter in our minds and observing what emerges from the silence. It is through new ways of exploring the paths we’ve been on and the paths that may lie ahead. We keep things simple, and leave feeling renewed and inspired.

 

Flinders Retreat, Mornington Peninsula, Australia April 2017

Flinders Retreat, Mornington Peninsula, Australia April 2017