Contemplative Based Resilience Programme for Humanitarian Aid Workers (Switzerland)

from Garrison Institute
Registration deadline: 10 Nov 2019 Training date: 01 Dec 2019 to 06 Dec 2019 More Information

The widespread presence of chronic stress and burnout among humanitarians reflects the profound mental and physical impact of the work, whilst also affecting the quality of support provided to populations in need.

Although exposure to suffering and stressors may be unavoidable, what can be controlled is how you react to these stressors, and the toll they take on your wellbeing. Knowing the causes and symptoms of stress is helpful but seldom sufficient. True resilience requires specific skills, and these skills can be learned.

Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Training is an experiential skills-building programme, grounded in cutting-edge research on human resilience. Through its integrated approach incorporating Psychosocial education, Mindful Movement and Meditation, the training supports humanitarians to develop the practices and habits to enhance personal resilience and thrive within their work.

This is a 12 month programme beginning with a 4 day training retreat in Bern, Switzerland. Following the retreat, participants will benefit from 12 months of ongoing remote support via the CBR Mobile App and Monthly Support Circle Calls with other aid workers and experienced CBR faculty.

Though the CBR programme, humanitarians will gain:

  • An increased understanding of the psychology and physiology of stress.
  • Techniques to understand your own sources of stress and its impact in daily life.
  • Increased awareness of thoughts, emotions and body reactions, improving emotional regulation and stress management.
  • Tools and knowledge to create your own actionable stress management plans.Practical contemplative-based resilience skills including meditation and mindful movement
  • Connection and peer support with other humanitarian aid workers

The retreat will be held at Landguet Ried, a beautiful retreat centre in Bern which is easily accessible from Geneva. The venue is surrounded by forests and open fields, providing ample space for relaxation. Basic accommodation is provided, along with hearty and fresh vegetarian food.

Fee information:
€1,200 / $1,350 per participant. The cost covers course fees, five nights’ full board accommodation and 12 months of ongoing support. A discount can be offered to organisations booking a number of places for its staff member
How to register:

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