Launching our new "Reset Weekends" — live on Zoom — starting August 7-8
This short, accessible weekend addresses your overwhelm, frustration and burnout when trying to be a compassionate human in “a world on fire.”
In just two days (6 hours each), this dynamic and interactive weekend program will introduce you to different ways to work with the overwhelm — and even demoralization — we often feel when we “just don’t know how to be helpful anymore…”
But It’s All Too Much!
Of course. We all feel that way.
Between environmental destruction, politics, social discord, cultural fractures, economic chaos… It can all feel so far beyond our abilities.
In this workshop, we won’t try to tell you it’s all going to work out just fine. You’re smarter than that. And you know that if we don’t intervene with all our skill and heart and dedication, things might not work out the way we long for them to. These fears are real and well-founded.
Half of this is Real. Half is a Mistake We’re Making.
It’s often the case that even ‘highly trained,’ educated and dedicated people approach trying to help from the wrong direction.
We set unrealistic expectations — first and foremost for ourselves. We also fail to understand how to manage our own passionate desire to help and the acute pain we feel when we run into obstacles.
And not knowing what to do when our agenda faces roadblocks makes our feelings of overwhelm and pain that much greater.
Then — right when we’re at our limit — we run into interpersonal issues with those we’re working with.
And then… Sometimes… We give up. Because we don’t know how to manage our own mind and heart.
This is Helper Burnout.
Turn Helper Burnout Around
This workshop uses the approach presented in The Five Keys to Mindful Communication. Retired Marriage and Family Therapist and senior Buddhist teacher Susan Gillis Chapman developed this unique material by combining traditional wisdom teachings from Tibet and India with a modern Western psychological orientation towards relationship, intimacy and community.
The deep-but-simple approach — which applies especially when we’re trying to be of help to others — can allow you to more quickly and easily manage your overwhelm with changing emotional dynamics. It will give you a better understanding of how your own mindfulness can be a foundation for more truthful, compassionate, and flexible relationships with those you’re trying to work with, and those you’re helping.
And that means you can be both:
- more effective
- and more helpful.