This two-day mentorship training encompasses the five strategies of the Virtues Project (listed below), providing a theoretical base and practical application, with plenty of fun and inspiration thrown into the mix!
Speak the Language of Virtues is the first, and overarching, strategy (also available as a stand-alone half-day workshop). This strategy teaches participants to change how we communicate by identifying and naming the virtues that exist within each of us in a specific way that is simple yet surprisingly powerful.
Regularly recognising, affirming and calling upon the virtues in this way, in ourselves and each other, can quickly change our perceptions and deepen our communication, building confidence, self-esteem and emotional intelligence, improving relationships and providing simple but effective tools for problem solving and conflict resolution.
Set Clear Boundaries - the second strategy outlines how we can use the virtues to create clarity and guidelines for living. "Boundaries keep us safe. Virtues-based boundaries focus on respect, restorative justice, and reparation to create a climate of peace and safety, in our relationships, at home, in school, and in the community. Personal boundaries help us to build healthy relationships, and protect our time, our energy and our health." www.virtuesproject.com
Recognise Teachable Moments - The third strategy. Recognising the gifts and lessons in our challenges and seeking opportunities to introduce and reinforce the ethos of the virtues at every turn builds curiosity, self-awareness and resilience. When we learn that every situation contains teachable moments, we can more easily face life's challenges with openness, trusting that something positive is to be gained through reflection and acceptance of what is.
Honour the Spirit - The fourth strategy refers to the spirit in each of us; that which animates us and connects us to our own authenticity and to something greater than ourselves, be it nature, creativity, religion, love of humanity or something else. Too often neglected and forgotten, the fourth strategy can provide a joyful reconnection for participants with these vital elements of themselves.
The Art of Spiritual Companioning - The fifth and final strategy offers a structure that virtues practitioners can use to guide and accompany clients, students and others through challenging situations by creating a space for them to recognise and connect with the virtues that may be missing or subsumed in order to find a way beyond their challenges to a new, more positive perspective.