Compassion moves us beyond the feeling of empathy for one another’s suffering, urging us to act to alleviate their pain. By cultivating kindness and compassion you find yourself, as the Charter for Compassion claims, “dethroning yourself from the center of your world and putting another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single […]Click for more information on 'The Charter for Compassion'
Frequently mindfulness is thought of as a specific type of concentration training. Indeed, there is some evidence that mindfulness affects attention and memory. Marieke van Vugt will give a short experiential practice to show how mindfulness and compassion are interconnected and how training in mindfulness seems to result even in increased compassion for others. Mindfulness […]Click for more information on 'From mindfulness to compassion – A neuroscientific perspective'
Most students and workers in the caring professions set out with a strong motivation to help others. Still, they appear to be prone to ‘compassion fatigue’ and burn-out as they proceed in their careers. Can healthcare workers really care for their patients if they fail to care for themselves? Can they encourage patients to be […]Click for more information on 'A personal reflection on the ‘care’ in healthcare'
I’d like to explore the insights I gained through my personal struggles in search of happiness. I will focus in particular on what practices I’ve experienced as personally transformative. And beyond this I’d like to share what gives me hope for our collective future.Click for more information on 'How the Science of Happiness changed my life'
In December 2014 a group of students and professors came together in Amsterdam with a simple, yet challenging goal: to investigate where their dissatisfaction with the education offered in universities came from, to build a full-time program of one semester that offers an alternative, and to stimulate universities to improve themselves. In September, De Bildung […]Click for more information on 'How to make empathy a central element in education'
What do I want the world to hear loud and clear from me? Where does my true authentic voice come from? What is compassionate listening? How does it feel? Can I be compassionate with others if I am not with myself? Join me in exploring these questions. This workshop is designed to be a safe […]Click for more information on 'Deeper knowing- listen from within'
This workshop is an invitation to explore, investigate and reflect on compassionate leadership in our current society. We are living in complex communities and societies. Businesses, policy, markets and our own decisions are embedded in a global landscape of connections, networks and communication. We can no longer ignore our part in the bigger picture, we […]Click for more information on 'Compassionate leadership in society: an exploration'
How do you feel when you are stressed? Do you simply wish that whatever is bothering you would go away so you can feel good again? That is certainly how most of us feel – yet if we work with it skilfully, stress can become a way to deal with our most difficult habits. If […]Click for more information on 'Workshop: How to make the best of your stress'
Do you recognise that when we make even a minor a mistake we are often harsh on ourselves and listen to an inner critic (perfectionist, busybody, bully, or demon), who makes us feel bad? Feeling bad yields more failures and more criticism, and easily we get caught in a negative spiral. It seems this is […]Click for more information on 'Workshop: Befriending your inner critic'
This experimental workshop is using different creative and sensory exercises to explore the emotional landscapes. Participants can explore their own sense-of-self by interpersonal guided experiments and get familiar with compassion and empathy in the wider context via their own experience. Participants will go on a journey of self-exploration by using creativity and body sensations to […]Click for more information on 'Workshop: Compassion and Interpersonal Creativity'
‘The positive economy’ currently makes up only 7% of the global economy, however it is the fastest growing sector as the evidence is pouring in that being driven by values and purpose actually increases profit. This workshop is an opportunity for everyone interested to explore and understand how we can build a better world through business.Click for more information on 'Purpose-driven entrepreneurship: connect with your potential'
Miranda van Schadewijk: We are now in an era when it is increasingly accepted that the fate of all life and our planet is in the hands of mankind. Faced with climate change, pollution, resource degradation, species extinction, financial uncertainty ,widening socio-economic inequity, cultural and spiritual crises, GNH seeks to explore the relationship between inner […]Click for more information on 'Compassion in Action'