HELP US CREATE OUR COMMUNITY VISION FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND.
What is this vision? The development, implementation and resourcing for three core projects for youth, prison inmates and women. Our mission – with your support – will help empower individuals to realize their true human potential through self-leadership programmes focussed on experiential creative processes, mindfulness, meditation and self-empowerment techniques, as well as talks and discussion groups. The outcome of these programmes is to cultivate personal discovery, self-knowledge and esteem-building. Through positive self-awareness individuals can meet the world with optimism, courage and the ability to co-create social change in their own communities.
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RESEARCH HAS BEGUN! Before Emily brings the workshops to the community she is facilitating discussion groups and creative workshops around what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century. She will be sharing a few personal biographical stories, along with stories from other women that she interviews and workshops with along the way. You can follow her on instagram for some updates and keep checking in here for the latest posts.
First up is the Women’s Poster Emily created to use in her discussion groups with women. Icons of women from different movements, epochs, cultures, religions and art. What speaks to us as women, and as individuals, and why?
THE ART OF SELF-DISCOVERY FOR PRISON INMATES – WALKING THE PATH OF MINDFUL CHANGE
Our prison programme is up and running and extends the therapy work Mark has already undertaken within the special treatment unit Te Whare Manaakitanga at Rimutaka Prison over the last four years by implementing group sessions on mindfulness and self-mastery for inmates. This is an 8 week/session programme with a follow-up component for inmates who request further guidance and extension of the core skills they have undertaken on the course. Through simple art processes that do not require artistic ability, participants are taken through self-observation exercises, mindfulness and meditation techniques, self-care skills, along with methods for managing stress, anxiety and fear. The point of difference with this mindfulness programme is the use of art experiences to awaken feelings and associated thoughts that can be guided towards cognitive understanding and change-facilitation. The aim is to help awaken the unique positive potential that lives within every individual and to support the very worthwhile work being done within the special treatment unit Te Whare Manaakitanga.
THE ART OF SELF-LEADERSHIP FOR YOUTH – FINDING THE INNER HERO
The youth programme – in development – will be for Year 12 & 13 secondary school students. The aim is to help youth develop self-affirming personal development skills to enable independence of thought, emotional stability and self-motivation for a safe transition into adulthood. This programme is being developed to meet many of the challenges within contemporary youth culture such as bullying, self-esteem issues, the influence of technology on personal health and wellbeing and the debilitating effects of drugs and alcohol. This programme will consist of discussion groups, experiential creative workshops, talks and self-mastery & mindfulness forums.