Date: Tuesday 20 June, 2017
24 and 25 August 2017, 9:30am – 4pm each day.
One Roof Melbourne, 77 City Road, Southbank, Melbourne.
Registration: $960 +GST
A small group of people (only 40 participants) whose work or lived experience brings them into direct contact with the mental health system, coming together to learn about compassion. Plenty of time to experience new ideas, no ringing phones, no meetings, no interruptions.
These two days are grounded in evidence-based understandings of how we can deliver our best in environments that are characterised by high stress levels, complexity and workload. Alongside the evidence we have developed a creative program that brings warmth to these ideas.
One Roof Melbourne
A beautiful light filled venue just a short walk from Southbank in Melbourne. We have chosen this creative space because we know it is a place that will assist us to have big spacious conversations.
Your Retreat facilitators are Mary Freer and Kim Koop. Mary is acutely aware of the need for more Compassionate Leaders. She spent 2 months traveling in Europe and the United States as a Westpac Bicentennial Social Change Fellow in 2016 learning how to create this event. Kim has worked in all aspects of Mental Health service delivery including service development and advocacy at VICSERV and as part of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).
What can I expect?
You can anticipate that over the two days you will spend some time in mindful contemplation, you will turn your attention to your inner experience, you will learn more about neuroscience, enjoy a little space for creativity and connection and discover how your body and your brain work to influence each other. You will practice new skills that you can take into your work environment. You will also meet amazing leaders, who like you, are working for their purpose. You can expect laughter that will bring lightness to the conversation.
What is a Compassionate Leader?
Compassion is a motivation towards a warm bravery. Compassion is a path for us to speak truth to power. Put simply a Compassionate Leader is anyone who seeing there is a need, steps forward and acts skillfully to alleviate the chaos, the anger and the confusion through a deeply empathic response. The world needs more of them right now and we need them stepping up everywhere. These are the people who will raise their hands to transform our health and social care systems, our public governance and our education systems and our communities. These are the leaders who bring creativity, wisdom and joy to the places where they work.
The Academy of Management Review dedicated an entire issue to the topic Compassionate Leadership 37 (4) 2012.
There is a saying “the way you do anything is the way you do everything”. This Compassion Lab is designed for leaders in mental health who want to develop a deeper understanding of the way their inner experience impacts on everything they do. This is a workshop for leaders who recognise that heroic leadership is no longer an option and command and control leadership only creates chaos and isolation.
If you’ve ever come home at the end of the day and thought “I could be a better leader”; if you’ve ever grappled with decisions that require courage and compassion; if you’re wondering how to sustain your laughter, joy and purpose, this is a workshop designed just for you.
This two day Compassion Lab has been created especially for those who work in mental health and we know it will fill quickly. We only have 40 places available.
Please reserve your place so you don’t miss out.
Meet Team Compassion
Kim is an experience CEO and strategic thinker with over 30 years of management and leadership practice. She has worked in all the aspects of Mental Health service delivery including service development and advocacy at VICSERV and as part of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). She is qualified as an occupational therapist, organisational coach and a meditation teacher. In 2017 Kim was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her contribution to mental health. Kim continues this work as Chair of the Women’s Mental Health Network in Victoria.
Mary is the creator of Compassion Lab and her focus is on building Compassionate Leadership that will nurture a more mindful, resilient and kind workforce. Over many years Mary has contributed to Australia’s national health and social care reform agenda through her work with state and commonwealth agencies. She has held leadership positions with national government and not for profit health care and social welfare services. Mary is a Westpac Bicentennial Social Change Fellow, a TEDx Speaker and an energetic facilitator. Mary will be your Facilitator over the two days.
Amy is Freerange Future’s lead creative brain. She cares about art and its symbolic meaning; and abstract conversations that the unconscious mind throws up. Amy is passionate about the expression of beauty and simplicity in all areas of our lives. Amy is infusing the workshop with creativity.
Paul Majewski provides practical, straightforward and nonreligious skills training in meditation and mindfulness. With more than 20 years’ experience teaching meditation in a wide variety of settings, Paul now specialises in workplace meditation. Paul will bring the stillness and the energy of meditation and mindfulness to the two days.
Prior to taking up the quiet life, Paul played guitar in three punk bands.