New Year's Resolution Workshop

New Year's Resolution Workshop

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  • New Year's Resolution Workshop

We often start the New Year with the best intentions to break old habits, learn new skills, stay fit, be productive, get happy. But we are quickly reminded that change rarely happens in one fell swoop. Lasting changes are made up of lots of little choices; lots of little moments that when added up together become powerful. The key to being present for those moments where change can actually happen is mindfulness.

This one-day workshop will provide the inspiration and practical tools to make and follow through on your value-oriented goals for the new year. It will provide you with a framework for developing your own personal values and action plan, while introducing some key mindfulness strategies that can help you more effectively handle the stresses and challenges that often derail resolutions.

The workshop will draw on the Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) model that integrates mindfulness processes, with behavior modification techniques. ACT gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to taking action that enriches your life.

ACT does this with tools to help us:

  • Clarify what is truly important and meaningful to us - i.e. our values - and how to use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate positive life changes; and

  • Cultivate “psychological flexibility”, which allows us to be in the present moment with full awareness and openness to our experience, and to take action towards our values.

The ACT approach differs from our standard mindfulness workshops in that the formal mindfulness meditation are shorter (approx. 5 to 15 minutes). In addition, the course also uses visualisation, creative metaphors and a wide range of experiential exercises. The day will include periods of guided meditation, psychoeducational teaching, individual exercises, and reflective pair work.

NOTES:

  • No prior mindfulness experience is required.