28-30 July 2023
29 Sept – 1 Oct, 2023
The art of listening-a-friend into their own wisdom.
The art of listening
It can happen anywhere.
While walking along the beach; driving in a car; sitting on a park bench; sharing a coffee at your kitchen table… the person you are with begins to talk.
What happens for you now is vital and is what this weekend is all about!
Ever felt overwhelmed with a friend’s grief, and wondered what you could possibly say to ‘fix it’ or ‘help them’ to feel better? Is that the best possible outcome? This weekend we’ll search for more than putting a plaster on a wound.
Ever wondered, if all of us became natural therapists, what would that mean to our very troubled world?
Your workshop facilitators are Hilary Star and Bev Holt. Hilary and Bev will share their journeys into listening, and help you recognise and have confidence in your style.
“How do we learn to let go of our past beliefs around ‘helping’ one another and gather new beliefs to enable us to be natural therapists? And what kind of skills and awarenesses do we need to help others to recognise their own wisdom and potential”
Why? …because “Problems and issues are not always something to be fixed, but more a vital message to be listened too.”
The aim of these two weekend workshops is to become part of the current surge of women regaining confidence in the feminine perspective for the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of our family, society and even our planet!
A wonderful woman, Dr Rachel Naomi Remen, founded a new type of training for US doctors with a technique she calls ‘generous listening’. We recommend you watch Dr Remen in this 3 minute video. Her belief is that we do not need to be experts to support others in difficult times.
“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”
“Mystery seems to have the power to comfort, to offer hope, and to lend meaning in times of loss and pain. I used to try and offer people certainty. I now just offer my companionship and share my sense of mystery, of the possible, of wonder”
“The most important questions don’t seem to have ready answers. But the questions themselves have a healing power when they are shared”
Quotes from Dr Rachel Naomi Remen’s books ‘Kitchen Table Wisdom and ‘My Grandfather’s Blessings’.
Dr Rachel Naomi Remen
Outline of the weekend:
It will be a relaxing weekend with free time for beach or bush walks, swimming or booking a massage… but we will also be learning some significant truths around the task of ‘being there for others’ by listening with a healing heart.
Introductory Session after our 6.30 pm dinner on the Friday
Free Saturday morning
Session 2 just before our 1 pm lunch.
Free Saturday afternoon
Session 3 just before our 6pm dinner.
Sunday Session as agreed by the group on Saturday night!
We depart each others company after our 1pm lunch on Sunday afternoon
ACCOMMODATION PRICES per night AS PER USUAL + $30 KOHA per day of the workshop. All meals provided.
IMPORTANT: Please add the name of the weekend workshop you are booking for in the comments section of the booking form. Also please remember to let us know if you have any dietary requirements in the space provided on the form as catering preparations are done in advance for these events.