In October 2017 I co-led a weekend at Hazel Hill Wood called Dare to Imagine: Growing into the Future - exploring super-resilience with Nature’s help. When we gathered round a campfire on the Friday evening, I described this as a quest: a shared search for something valuable and elusive. It was certainly a fruitful adventure.
Last month, I was part of the delivery team for a major gathering on this theme, hosted by the Network of Wellbeing and Hawkwood College. This quasi-conference aimed to provide an overview of the wellbeing sector in the UK, and it’s a vibrant and encouraging picture.
The title may sound heavy-duty, but this excellent short book should be relevant for a lot of people. Miriam’s list of what can cause trauma is very inclusive, and her book is an easily accessible introduction to a range of wellbeing and resilience methods.
Many front-line teams have been in a squeeze for years between reducing funds, lower staffing levels, and rising service demands. People are already at the stage of burnout, reduced creativity, and there is a clear risk of service failures to clients.
I have taken part in workshops led by both Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, and regard them as two of the best teachers on personal resilience in a full sense of the phrase. Working in depth with this book could be a good start to exploring super-resilience.
This short novel is an inspiring account of a search for enlightenment, and how challenges can play a crucial role in this. We follow the story of Siddhartha from a proud young man to a wise and humble old one.