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Hekate Conscious You(th) is a proud community of Hekate Conscious Ageing. Ageing might sound scary and difficult to digest, especially when you’re only in your 20’s and are still very young, we know. You don’t even need to think about getting old one day, yet, although researches show massive benefit of consciously visualising ourselves in a more progressed age. 

Care migration: cause or symptom?

Towards a scarcity of care? Tensions and contradictions in transnational elderly care systems in central and eastern Europe

It is the title of the book issued by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Budapest
. Our co-founder Kinga has contributed to the volume.

Quote from the book:

“Hopefully this initiative is an effective step towards a large-scale change in the entire care sector. Legal working conditions, training, quality control and supporting structures must be built and developed so that they offer a safe and suitable environment to work in. This work can be done in cooperation among carers, researchers, policymakers, politicians, experts, NGOs, the media and many other relevant actors in society.

There are numerous capacities, potentials and powers in the hands of policymakers, politicians, activists, academics, intellectuals, carers themselves, and many other stakeholders to reach out for. After the first wave of the corona pandemic, it is expected that economies are going to work hard to reinvent themselves. ‘Unskilled workers’ are now ‘key workers’. At least for the time being, societies seem actually to mean it. We now have a major opportunity to help create the supporting structures and capacities needed to really make it happen.”

Source: “Challenges facing Hungarian carers wanting to act for themselves in the United Kingdom and in Hungary” by Kinga Milánkovics

Download the book from here.

HOW TO/HOGYAN: Start university in the Netherlands / Menjünk ki Hollandiába tanulni?

Do you consider continuing your studies in the Netherlands? Are you full of questions? Do you need some advice? Come join us this online session!

Petra Bardócz came from Hungary to start university here in 2019. Now she’s in her second year at Utrecht University’s Global Sustainability Science faculty. She is happy to share with you her experience and give you some useful hints & tips in the following topics:

Continue reading “HOW TO/HOGYAN: Start university in the Netherlands / Menjünk ki Hollandiába tanulni?”

How to prepare for the unpredictable?

Changing Plans. Ruined Schedules. Same me. – Let’s prepare to the unpredictable with this autumn programme!

Already over the first wave of the global pandemic we see that the old normal will never be back again. We had dreams, goals, action plans but the strict measurements due to the outbreak made us adjust them all. And it’s not the end. We already experience a second wave coming, and who knows how many there still will be and how measurements will stand obstacles in front of us.

What describes the best this time is: unpredictable.

We need to gain skills and be prepared, both mentally and emotionally, to be able to adapt quickly to the changing environment, requirements and possibilities. Formal education usually cannot create space for developing such competences therefore we find our role crucial, as non-formal educators and experts, in standing up for resilience-education. We designed four sessions to guide young students, working students and/or unemployed through building essential skills to gain mental and emotional resiliency. 

The sessions are built as per the following:

06.10.2020. , 18:00-20:00 – RESILIENCE: emotional self-awareness & -management
20.10.2020, 18:00-20:00 – SELF-CARE
03.11.2020, 18:00-20:00 – OTHER CARE: connecting through empathy
17.11.2020, 18:00-20:00 – CREATIVITY for resiliency
  • In order to understand how we experience and react to certain changes, we need to be aware of our behaviour, thoughts, patterns and emotions. During the first session we learn some practical tools on how to raise emotional self-awareness in order to be able to manage ourselves and build emotional resilience.
  • As changes, even when they are for the better, might be difficult to progress and enjoy we need to put emphasis not only on the part of hard-work but the recharging part, too. We believe that we need to care about ourselves and give ourselves what we need. During this session we will identify our personal care-needs, flow activities, de-stressing methods and pampering tools so that we can practice self-care in this demanding period. 
  • We need to understand that we do not take challenges equally. Each one of us has a different way of digesting and adjusting. For some it’s easier, for some it’s more challenging. We believe that it’s our responsibility to not to take care only of ourselves, but the people around us especially when they need support. During the third session therefore we are going to understand and practice a deep empathetic approach while connecting to people around us, let them be family, friends, peers, neighbours or just random people we run into in the shop. 
  • For the ability of adapting faster to changes, besides emotional and mental resilience, the key is creativity. It’s not easy to think out of that box. During this session we’ll not only discover what creativity is but to see the enormous benefit of it while practicing through diverse tools. 

The sessions are led and facilitated by Nori Taliga, Hekate Conscious You(th) Community and Impact leader and Emotional Intelligence expert.

The participants’ contribution to the programme is donation based. It can be a cup of coffee, a nice reference after the programme, some help with marketing or anything that shows appreciation of our work. Just let us know! 🙂

The event will take place online. Please register here to book your spot.

You can find the event here also on Facebook.

YOU(th) events – the autumn calendar

2020’s autumn brings great possibilities for us and for You(th)!


In September we’ll continue with our Conscious Walks. This time we’ll discover the topics of accountability and diversity.

Click here for more information.


In October we’ll provide a a four-sessions-long programme to discover and learn how to support ourselves in challenging times through emotional self-awareness and -management, self-care, empathy & connection and creativity.

Click here for more information.


In November we’ll be organising an online storytelling session which will help to-be-university students to prepare to come to the Netherlands to run their studies here.

More info to come soon.

Conscious Walks – Autumn 2020

Here we are with the second part of our walk-campaign!

Research shows that outdoor walking groups not only facilitate interaction with nature, social groups, and physical activity but create space for mental, emotional, and social well-being benefits. (Mary Ann Liebert, Ecopsychology, 2014) Can you imagine then how multiplied these benefits can be if during a walk with fellow humans we have real BIG talks? 🙂

We invite you to WALK WITH US to discover and learn more about your important topics through powerful reflections, meaningful discussions and real life human connections!

It’s definitely your place if you:

  • Would like take a nice walk in the nature
  • Meet and connect with diverse people having similar interests as you do
  • Want to dig around some important topics
  • Want to just switch off and do something different

In the second season of the Conscious Walks we will discover other two topics that we consider our core values: diversity & accountability. These events are informal gathering: guided walks with activities. The events are designed in a way that participants will have space to walk in pairs while sharing their thoughts with each other, walk and reflect alone, and discuss about outcomes in the big group once finished – probably still while walking. We expect them to be very light and refreshing.

Practical information:

  1. Walk for Accountability: 10. September 2020.
  2. Walk for Diversity: to be announced soon
  • Location: Scheveningse Bosjes in Den Haag

The Conscious walks are free of charge. We ask you though to register via email to confirm your participation. We are waiting for your email to nora@hekatefoundation.org.

The events are organised by Hekate Conscious You(th) and will be facilitated by Nori Taliga, our Community and Impact Leader.

Don’t hesitate: this is the time to take a conscious step to engage with people, walk together and do something for Yourself.

If you have any questions, just get in touch with us! 🙂

To stay up to date follow the events on our Facebook page.

 

This is how we walked for Consciousness and Care

As our first local project, we promised you some walks: so we WALKED together! We loved to discover and learn together about important topics through powerful reflections, meaningful discussions and real life human connections – while enjoying the refreshing company of each other in the forest.

In June and July 2020 we dedicated our walks to two core values of Hekate Conscious You(th): Consciousness and Care. It was great to brainstorm about each topic, already prior to the events, and it was even greater to discover more together with you!

We believe that CONSCIOUSNESS is crucial. Consciousness in our thoughts, in our feelings, in our choices, in our actions throughout our life. We believe that conscious choices are key for creating meaningful and sustainable lives and communities around us, conscious actions are key for taking responsibility for our learning, growing and healthy and active progression in life.

We asked our enthusiastic, determined participants of our first guided gathering to share with us the first thing coming to their mind when they hear the word consciousness.

Here are some of the things they shared:

  • meditation,
  • mindfulness,
  • experience,
  • observation,
  • flow,
  • time,
  • critical thinking,
  • awareness
  • and emotions.

Although our individual definitions were diverse, we all agreed that consciousness basically is to be aware AND act accordingly. The following are some consciousness areas that we identified together:

  • Consciousness of feelings & emotions
  • Consciousness of thoughts
  • Consciousness of responsibility (accountability)
  • Family consciousness
  • Social consciousness
  • Consciousness of work & home
  • Consciousness of possibilities and choices
  • Consciousness of actions
  • Time consciousness

At the end of our session, filled with self-reflections, group conversations and short assignments, we all went home not only with positive feelings and inspiration but with our tiny commitments we made to ourselves about ‘how we will become more conscious’.

We believe in CARE. Care for ourselves (self-care), care in our relationships (other-care), caring about people (people-care), communities & society (social care), towards our environment with all living species inside (Earth-care). Care, that makes us trustful, authentic and sustainable.

On our second walk we took some more tiny steps at the beginning of our journey for a stronger community.

A small group of young, international, enthusiastic, open to learn people joined for a walk in Den Haag to discover what care means. Here are some ideas of the participants we noted down which lead to really meaningful, supportive, care-full conversations:

  • Care is a feeling.
  • Care is granted.
  • Care is being patient with yourself.
  • Care is allowing yourself to fail.
  • Care is (self-) compassion and kindness.
  • Care is an attitude.
  • Care is about caring and being cared for.
  • Care is a learned ‘skill’.

We’re grateful for having such opportunities to get to know and start co-creation with our community and we’re looking forward for our upcoming walks.

Volunteers wanted

We are ready and would be happy to add more colours and values to our team, therefore we’re looking for new possibilities to work with volunteers.

So are you a conscious youngster, a student, a young professional, a young entrepreneur? Are you willing to make a tiny change not only in your but in the Hekate Conscious You(th) community’s life? Do you have a tiny time to dedicate to a meaningful project and to your own personal and professional development?

Read further if YES!

We are looking for volunteers to co-create with! We would love to think and work together with a person who:

  • can identify with our values and mission
  • is or wants to be (more) conscious
  • has loads of ideas in mind and is willing to act upon them
  • is open to learn and grow through experiences
  • can dedicate some hours a week (depending on what we agree together) and can commit to their promises
  • geographically connected to the Den Haag area

What would we like to do with you? We would like to:

  • think together with you about Hekate’s future
  • build our community together
  • give space for you to implement your ideas
  • support you with your professional improvement by giving you possibility to work on key tasks of the organisation
  • create and implement a dynamic, creative and need-based communication plan

What we commit ourselves to, while working with you, is to:

  • identify your learning needs
  • supporting your learning plan and goals
  • provide you with guidance and professional advices
  • free access to all our upcoming workshops while you’re with us
  • certification and reference letter of your activities with us

We are flexible with the time you would like to spend with us as our volunteer, but we also believe that a minimum 3 months are necessary both for your and our common improvement.

So is this something you would feel like doing? Would like to give it a try? If so, please tell us a bit about yourself, why this possibility seems attractive to you and how do you imagine yourself in our team! We’re looking forward to read your message – sent to nora@hekatefoundation.org.

Conscious Walks – Summer 2020

Research shows that outdoor walking groups not only facilitate interaction with nature, social groups, and physical activity but create space for mental, emotional, and social well-being benefits. (Mary Ann Liebert, Ecopsychology, 2014) Can you imagine then how multiplied these benefits can be if during a walk with fellow humans we have real BIG talks? 🙂

We invite you to WALK WITH US to discover and learn more about your important topics through powerful reflections, meaningful discussions and real life human connections!

It’s definitely your place if you:

  • Would like take a nice walk in the nature
  • Meet and connect with diverse people having similar interests as you do
  • Want to dig around some important topics
  • Want to just switch off and do something different

Our first Conscious Walks will discover the topics that we consider two of our core values: consciousness & care. These events are informal gathering: guided walks with activities. The events are designed in a way that participants will have space to walk in pairs while sharing their thoughts with each other, walk and reflect alone, and discuss about outcomes in the big group once finished – probably still while walking. We expect them to be very light and refreshing.

Practical information:

  1. Walk for Consciousness: 30th June 2020, 18:00-20:00
  2. Walk for Care: 21th July 2020, 18:00-20:00
  • Location: Scheveningse Bosjes in Den Haag

The Conscious walks are free of charge and registration is not needed for participation.

The events are organised by Hekate Conscious You(th) and will be facilitated by Nori Taliga, our Community and Impact Leader.

Don’t hesitate: this is the time to take a conscious step to engage with people, walk together and do something for Yourself.

If you have any questions, just get in touch with us! 🙂

To stay up to date follow the events on our Facebook page.

 

Wometamorphosis / Turning points in women’s life

Are you:

  • at a crossroads?
  • starting the next phase of life?
  • facing new challenges?
  • feeling stuck in your life?
  • lost in what your real desire is?

Through life we navigate different transition periods. Some of them feel nice and are nourishing, other changes bring uncertainty, losses and pain. Some are universal phases of a woman’s life (like puberty, starting a new relationship, becoming a mother or not, going through menopause, retirement). Some we might choose (like a career change or move) and some we might not (like losing a loved one). 

We take an active role or not, we may be disoriented and confused during these periods  with all its promises of new possibilities and also its anxiety, emptiness and fears.

In this 2-day workshop for women we’ll be exploring the transition phase which you are going through. We’ll take time to: 

  • close and integrate the past 
  • explore the challenges and opportunities of the metamorphosis
  • shape the next stage of your life 

You will gain new energies, a sense of power and hope and a feeling of being more grounded in your own life.

When and where?

23-24th March 2020, Den Haag *

6-7th April 2020, Amsterdam*

*The final venue will be communicated in February

Price:

Early bird price den Haag if you register before 25th of February: 250 Euros

Early bird price Amsterdam if you register before 9th of March : 250 Euros

300 Euros/ 2 days (included coffee and tea)

The workshop is led by Orsi and Milena.

More about us: https://consciousageing.life/whoweare/

Registration: Here

All other details about the program will be sent to participants after registration.