Date: Tuesday 20 June, 2017
4th and 5th June,2018. 9:30am – 4.30 pm each day.
Ukaria Cultural Centre, Mt Barker
21st and 22nd June, 2018. 9.30am – 4.30pm each day.
One Roof Melbourne Event Space, 81 City Road, Southbank, Melbourne.
Registration: $920 +GST
A small group of people (only 35 participants) committed to Compassionate Leadership coming together to learn. Plenty of time to experience new ideas, no ringing phones, no meetings and no interruptions.
The 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 and where the possibilities for error are many.
One Roof Women Event Space //melbourne.oneroofwomen.com/events-gallery/
One Roof offers a unique event space, a blank canvas bursting with potential, and ideal for Compassion Labs. We like it because it’s a stylish, light and beautiful space particularly conducive to creativity and innovation. We always enjoy our time there, you will too.
Ukaria Cultural Centre //www.ukaria.com/vision
We chose UKARIA Cultural Centre because it crosses all boundaries to be a place of inspiration, connection and healing to those who experience it .
It is a place where excellence is nurtured and new work is born, where those who tend to the building and gardens act with integrity and follow sustainable, biodiverse and biodynamic practices.
Your facilitator is Mary Freer. You can read about her here. Mary is passionately 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 designing Compassion Labs. So far this year more than 150 people have participated in Compassion Labs in Australia..
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 from their purpose.
You will enjoy delicious healthy food. We can cater for any dietary needs.
What is Compassionate Leadership? ( and by leader we mean anyone who steps up)
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 people who bring creativity, wisdom and joy to the places where they work.
The Academy of Management Review dedicated an entire issue to the topic of Compassionate Leadership 37 (4 ) 2012.
There is a saying ” the way you do anything is the way you do everything”. This Lab is designed for leaders who want to develop a deeper understanding of the way their inner experience impacts on everything they do. This is a Lab 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 used to really love my job”; if you’ve ever taken your body to a meeting or a conversation and found your mind wandering elsewhere; if you’re wondering how to sustain your joy and purpose, this is a Lab designed just for you.
The Working with Compassion Labs are only open to 35 participants. Please book your place (see below) so you don’t miss out.
Meet Team Compassion
We’ve brought together an exquisite team of highly committed, compassionate leaders who will work closely with Mary Freer to build your retreat experience. We’ve thought very carefully about creativity, mindfulness, practice, theory, energy and delight.
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.
Abby Ward Takarabe is a Senior Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. She understands that we all have a different accumulation of experiences in our body and our lives than anyone else and that our bodies and our brains are not separate but work in a bi-directional way informing and supporting each other. Abby will introduce us to the power of the breath to calm and energise us.
Geoff Coombe comes to Freerthinking with over 20 years experience, working with individuals, teams and organisations that are ready to show up and work to their full potential in a world of possibilities.
Geoff leads our Breathing Space project with wisdom, empathy, compassion and a light heartedness that brings everything into perspective.
Geoff has a Master of Social Work, Grad Dip in Rehabilitation and a Bachelor of Arts (psychology).