Thursday, October 22, 2015


Temenos Retreat Centre Macgregor, Western Cape
Tuesday 1st December – Wednesday 2nd December
Facilitators Peter Fox and Graham Williams.  

The demands of modern work, social and family life too often leaves us overwhelmed and even defeated.  A USA military acronym has become popular: VUCA, meaning a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world. Building personal agility and resilience to change and adversity in this world is essential.
Resilient people tend to better manage their mind-set, mood, and responses. They know (realistically) where they are going and how they’ll get there, feel good about and care for themselves, empathise with and communicate well with others, are positive and proactive, make well-considered adjustments and adaptations.

They find contentment more readily, and success (in that order of course!).  The big questions is:  How do we build resilience?   The answer to that question is the purpose of this workshop.
Under the guidance of two gentle, experienced facilitators we consider various ways of coping and achieving well-being in challenging times. Each participant is given an interpretation of a short questionnaire that covers their ability to cope with the challenge of change, how comfortable they are during transitions, and how much in control of themselves they feel during change.

We find practical ways of ‘bouncing forward’ and engaging with a positive future.  Bring about inner and outer changes that are self – enabled, natural and unforced. Participants answer for themselves:

§  How do I find and apply the coping mechanisms and skills that I need?

§  How do I reinvent and re – story, write a new chapter in my life?

The end result is profoundly hopeful and life affirming.  Participants learn not simply how to endure shocks, adversity and change, but how to dialogue with them and benefit from them.