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.

 

Embracing and cultivating Midlife Change and the opportunities it brings /workshop in Malta, 27-29 April, 2018/

Keywords: active, energetic, proactive, co-inspiration, connection, awareness, Midlife Change, connecting with Nature, inner power, consciousness, female life-cycles, Beauty of Cycles, humour

We all know the term: “midlife crisis”. Is it a must? Does it really have to happen? Or is it just a wrong approach? We, at Conscious Ageing, believe in Midlife Change. Going through demanding mental, emotional, existential, hormonal and bodily changes is an inevitable part of life. How we go through this? That is the art of it…

“Tackling Midlife Change” is a series of workshops in which we create space for participants to address their own midlife issues. Our aim is to support inner-change in an inspiring and peaceful environment. Participating in the workshops one can expect to raise her self-awareness, consciousness, and proactivity when reflecting on those very individual and personal challenges.

  • Are you just about realising that these topics resonate with you these days?
  • Have you been thinking about similar issues for a while?
  • Have you already got questions to work on and would like to elaborate on them further?
  • Are you looking for a like-minded community and space to support your inner work?

If the answer is yes to any of them, you might want to consider joining in.

This workshop aims to raise awareness about our own Midlife Changes. It addresses emotional, mental and bodily challenges in an empowering way.

Working and connecting with Nature is a powerful tool to reach and maintain our inner peace and balance, even if we are going through challenging periods in our lives. During the workshop, we will work on our connection with our inner selves as well as with Nature. We are also going to work with permaculture principles and how they can be used to support our Midlife Change.

When: 27th – 29th April 2018

This is a non-residential workshop. (If you need accommodation, please get in touch.)
Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Where: Buggiba, Malta
The programme includes a garden visit to Marsaxlokk on Saturday morning.

Price: 135 Eur

Maximum number of participants: 10
Minimum number of participants: 6

How to apply?

  1. Please, fill out this application form.
  2. We will then send you information about availability. If there are free spaces left, you will be provided with the information on how to pay the participation fee via PayPal.
  3. Available places will be filled up according to the payments received.
  4. Once your payment is received we will confirm your place.

Deadline for applications: 20th April

Major program/methodological elements

  • Small group work
  • Individual work
  • Body awareness exercise
  • Creative self-expression
  • Cognitive inspiration

Trainers: Milena and Kinga

If you have any questions, please contact us here or via our FB Page.

Midlife Change is tuff?
Let’s explore, laugh and grow together!

 

 

 

Purple economy and care crisis

“[Brussels, 25 January 2018] This paper argues for a Purple economy focusing on care at the heart of sustainable development. Written on behalf of EWL, by Anna Sofia Fernandes from the EWL Portuguese coordination, the paper sets forth a vision for an economic model that places care as its backbone. Investing in care is part of a forward looking, long term sustainable development model.”
Source and read the whole article:
https://www.womenlobby.org/Purple-Economy-The-case-for-placing-the-economics-of-care-at-the-heart-of?lang=en

 

Silver economy

“Around the world, people are ageing. The phenomenon is more marked in the developed world. In Europe and focusing on The Netherlands specifically, the average age of the population has gone from 71 in 1960, to around 81 in 2014. This trend has been seen in many countries around the world and has led to an increasing number of policy decisions on how to better support and utilise this increasingly significant population. For example, ‘The silver economy’ as a concept is more positive than traditional concepts of ageing, that tend to focus on the simple provision of care and support to the elderly community. The silver economy as a concept, focuses on how economically significant the +65 age group can be. Could the significance of ‘silvers’ in the future lead to a change in how we treat and support people as they age? Could policies and attitudes to ageing become more nuanced and lead to increasingly diverse ways in which this group can contribute and support local and national economies?”

Read more about it here:

http://www.simplexityanalysis.com/blog/2017/2/24/could-the-silver-economy-promote-healthier-more-sustainable-ageing-a-case-study-using-data-from-the-netherlands