UnfOlding – How to equip for conscious ageing and conscious living in a digital society

A unique program for those who want to take ownership of their ageing and turn it into a conscious journey

Ageing means to be alive. Every day in life is an opportunity. The choices we are making today shape our future. For the first time in human history today’s generations in Europe living up to 90 years or more are no longer an exception and that brings a new paradigm. 

Are we prepared to live as long? Do we know how to make all these years meaningful and fulfilling? Are we aware of the potential losses and difficulties? Are we ready to change perspective and start celebrating life in all its aspects and turn ageing into a conscious and active journey? Do we know how to do that? 

This program is for you if:

  • You recognise the impact of ageing in your current life
  • You want to take ownership of your ageing and becoming an Elder
  • You want to reflect and to be prepared for the social, professional, financial, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of ageing
  • You want to explore your biases, share your thoughts, ideas (and probably your doubts and fears) about ageing and becoming an Elder
  • You want to build a personal roadmap which will support you in the process of becoming older, as besides it being an adventure, it is also a process of grieving and celebration in one.
  • You want to take part in an international conscious ageing community 

The programme

In this program we want to explore together the journey of ageing and becoming an Elder. 

What practical aspects are there? 

European citizens are ageing, the number of Elderly people is rapidly growing and that creates pressure on the care-, health-, pension- and social systems.

How can we take ownership and prepare for our ageing and our elderly age socially, professionally, financially, mentally, physically, and spiritually? 

What are the biases around ageing and how might these limit us in all aspects of our life? And how can we change these for ourselves and maybe others?

During this 10 month learning program with 10 workshops, we cover all angles of ageing and becoming an Elder. We look at the cultural, demographic and sociological framework, the practical aspects and everything in between. We will provide you with inspiration, reflections and practical tools and materials.

During these 10 workshops, you will create your individual roadmap into your elderly age starting today.

For whom?

For people over 40 who wants to take ownership of their ageing and want to shape their elderly age consciously and with informed thinking. 

Practical

Timing: We will have monthly zoom meetings on Fridays, from 15:00 – 17:00 CET, each session takes 2 hours.

The group consists of up to 15 people. We will record the sessions in case any group member cannot attend and make them available for a limited time to group members only. In between sessions you will have to spend some time on reading, watching materials and working on your own personal roadmap. We will have an online (closed) community where we can share reflections, questions and information. 

Language: The sessions will be in English. 

Costs: This programme is part of the Erasmus+ UnfOlding Project Funded by the European Union

If you want to join please contact us: Milena@hekatefoundation.org

10 workshops

  • Introduction (22 April 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Social life, social network, social support (20 May 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Professional life (work, learning) (17 June 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Housing and living (8 July 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Spiritual life (26 August 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Physical health (16 September 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Mental health (7 October 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Financial sustainability (28 October 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Approaching end of life (25 November 2022, 15:00-17:00 CET)
  • Personal Roadmap (20 January 2023, 15:00-17:00 CET) 

The trainers

Milena Milankovics

Gestalt therapist, Co-founder of Hekate Conscious Ageing Foundation

Miléna has been working on conscious, active and healthy ageing for many years, participating in several research, organising numerous trainings, conferences and events. In her private practice her focus is on the “sandwich” generation, adults going through midlife changes or other significant transitions in life. She is a member of the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) and the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT).

Mirjam van Ruth

Owner of Laventurier, Soul Based Coach and Consultant.

Mirjam spent many years leading teams and projects. She now works as a coach, facilitator and as a consultant. She has been exploring life and who we all are ever since she left the corporate world and she wants to inspire others to do the same. In all her activities, which are many, Mirjam’s focus is on creating greater awareness into who we are, in order to live life fully and freely.

Registration: Here

If you have any question, please contact us milena@hekatefoundation.org  

SLOWING INTO CHRISTMAS

Christmas is (already) all around and we’re just thinking about how to make it perfect for our loved ones. 🎄 While this can be a beautiful and generous process, we might need a reminder to also treat ourselves in this big rush! 💝Hekate Conscious You(th) would love to support you to get the best out of your Advent Season! Here’s how:

The traditional image of Christmas is wonderful, heartwarming and, let’s be honest, “incredibly optimistic”: happy family, friends, love, peace, joy, cheerfulness, laughter, coziness, intimacy, good food, good gatherings and just simply amazing experiences together. ✨
But wait, what about an actual Christmas? What about all those high expectations around this festive period? What about not feeling well to celebrate? What about having lost someone close recently? What about not having enough money and/or time to get those gifts? What about having to work extra hours due to the high demand of the season? What about family matters?
Well, as life happens…, even if we’re lucky enough to have our family and friends to celebrate with, the way there can be pretty stressful – depending where we put our focus! This advent, we invite you to slow down a bit and put your focus to Yourself! 🎁

Join us in our “Slow down, Focus on You” Campaign to celebrate and treat yourself for 24 days! 💝
All you need to do is to sign up via this registration (https://forms.gle/LMu25W8tfURJsZRz7) form so that we know where to send you our daily treat and wait for your Advent Calendar’s first surprise on 1st December! 🎁

Let’s make this a wonderful time of the year indeed!

With Love,
Hekate

LIFE ON SCREEN: How to create balance in the digital era?

We live in the digital era where most of our life is online. With the global pandemic we are facing, this is truer than ever before. Let’s think about our work, studies, social interactions, maybe and hobbies. While using technology gives us brilliant advantages and benefits, it can have serious harms on our mental, psychological and physical health. Distraction, focusing problems, constant noise, transforming relationships and unsatisfying communication can give us a headache on a daily basis. Here is the good news: life on screen can be a true blessing, we just need to create our optimal and unique tech-life balance  in the digital era! 

Join us on 27. November to an online experimental workshop to reflect on this topic together.

During this experiential workshop:

* we will discover our relationship with technology

* understand what digital wellness means to us

* gain some new tools that will help us reach our optimal tech-life balance 

The event is designed and lead by Nóra Taliga, Digital Wellness Educator and Experiential Learning Facilitator.

Practical information:

 > Time: 27. November, 14:00-16:00 CEST

 > Place: Zoom

 > There is no participation fee, but registration is required. Please register till: 22. November, here.

This is event is part of our project “UnfOlding -To equip for conscious ageing and conscious living in a digital society” and is co-funded by the European Union. 

 

#YOU(th)Story

Begin with sharing your story so that we can help you write it!

The research applies the method of 1-on-1 interviews with the idea of free speech. This means that our interviewees receive the questions before the interview to have time to reflect on them if they wish so, then they’ll be raised with the same questions during the meeting and will be given space to reply as long as they feel like without interruption. Flexibility is crucial, therefore if the interviewee expresses the need of more guidance with further navigating questions, they will be supported in this way.

 

 

The questions we’re looking for answers to are circulated around the following topics:

  • Fulfilling life
  • Changes brought into our lives by Covid19
  • Personal future aspects
  • Social, economical, environmental changes
  • Personal needs, motivation, obstacles, worries
  • Role of and relationship with technology

 

The research aims to interview 100 young people.  

 

Do you feel like sharing your thoughts? We would love to hear them! Send us an e-mail if you’re interested in having a nice little chat with us. 🙂 

 

 

With love,

Hekate Conscious You(th)

14th May: Walk & Talk

Hello there,

 

We’re happy to see your interest about the Digital Wellness Day!

 

Come and join this insightful, relaxing and energising workshop to:

  • tune into your presence with a nice, guided reflection-walk
  • reflect on your own usage of technology, your digital challenges and habits
  • visualise a healthy relationship with technology
  • connect with fellow humans to listen and share
  • identify what you can do to obtain healthier usage of technology

 

What you can expect:

  • a thematic walk in your neighbourhood (favorite place, nearby forest/park, farm – as you wish)
  • an experiential workshop with space for reflection and initiative/action
  • a nice talk to people on the phone
  • optional (but recommended) tuning-in activities sent to you before the workshop
  • handout and templates shared with you after the workshop

 

Practical information:

  • Time: 14th May, 07:30-08:30 CEST
  • Place: Zoom – only voice call please, phones in pocket, no screen, no videos to share
  • Registration till: 7th May, here
  • Contribution: participation is free, donation is welcome on Ko-fi

 

Have you got any question? Don’t be shy and get in touch with us! Nori is waiting for your message.

 

With love,

Hekate Conscious You(th)

15th May: Digital Wellness Design

Hello there,

We’re happy to see your interest about the Digital Wellness Day

 

Come and join this creative, (inter)active and dynamic workshop to:

  • understand what Digital Wellness is
  • reflect on your own usage of technology
  • identify what technical pieces (digital nutritions) you need in order to have supporting, healthy digital habits
  • make your plan of protection against harms of technology
  • think out of the tech-box

 

What you can expect:

  • an experiential workshop with space for reflection and initiative/action
  • optional (but recommended) tuning-in activities sent to you before the workshop
  • handout and templates shared with you after the workshop

Practical information:

  • Time: 15th May, 10:00-11:30 CEST
  • Place: Zoom
  • Registration till: 7th May, here
  • Contribution: participation is free, donation is welcome  on Ko-fi

Have you got any question? Don’t be shy and get in touch with us! Nori is waiting for your message.

 

With love,

Hekate Conscious You(th)

Digital Wellness Day 2021

Hello there,

Let’s us tell you a bit about Digital Wellness!

We live in the digital era where most of our life is online. Now with the global pandemic, this is truer than ever before. Let’s think about our studies, social interactions, maybe our work and hobbies. While using technology gives us brilliant advantages and benefits, it can have serious damages on our mental, psychological and physical health. The information overload we have in our digital environment can lead us to experience continuous distraction, difficulties to focus, unconscious & unintentional content consumption, low sleep quality, stress, emotional overwhelm and many more.

With Hekate Conscious You(th) we wanted to figure out how not to let our tech control our life and how to take control over our tech usage, so we enrolled in the Digital Wellness Institute’s (a key partner of the Netflix documentary the Social Dilemma) certificate program to bring new knowledge, experience and tools for you!

 

The Digital Wellness Institute has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals to optimize their mental health, work habits, and productivity – all while embracing a positive, digital work culture. Their proprietary Digital Flourishing® model equips learners with research-based tools and best practices to take advantage of the benefits of technology while avoiding associated harms. 

 

But what is Digital Wellness? 

 

“Digital wellness is defined as the optimum state of health, personal fulfillment and social satisfaction that each individual using technology is capable of achieving. It focuses on Digital Flourishing® that refers to a mindful approach to digital technology usage that supports our thriving in different areas of life. This approach empowers us to take advantage of the benefits of technology while avoiding associated harms. In order to digitally flourish we can enhance our skills in at least eight areas that our digital behaviors relate to, including; productivity, environment, communication, relationships, mental health, physical health, quantified self, and digital citizenship.” (https://summit.digitalwellnessday.com/)

 

Our Nora, freshly graduated Digital Wellness educator, has designed two events for you to celebrate the Digital Wellness Day:

 

  • 14. May – Walk & Talk: a relaxing workshop to disconnect from your screen, connect with humans and reflect on your tech habits
  • 15. May – Digital Wellness Design: a creative workshop to make some salad and build a fence

 

Let us invite you to join think about, talk about and change our relationship with technology!

With love,

Hekate Conscious You(th)

 

Conscious You(th) News

For Counscious You(th) news click here.

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.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Ingredients

  • 120ml (1/2 cup) butter
  • 2 tsp. dried basil, crushed
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 220g (8 oz.) fettuccine or angel hair pasta (cooked and drained)
  • 360ml (1 1/2 cups) broccoli floweretts (cooked tender-crisp)
  • 3 Tbsp. walnuts (chopped )
  • fresh, grated Parmesan cheese

Procedure

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet.
  2. Add the basil, lemon juice, garlic powder and seasoned salt, blending well.
  3. Add the fettuccine, broccoli, walnuts.
  4. Blend well and toss to coat the fettuccine.
  5. After tossing, add fresh grated Parmesan cheese to top off the dish.

This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Cookbook:Garlic Parmesan Pasta“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.