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Courageous Conversations
Parents and teenagers together

This workshop will explore the dynamic between parents and teenagers through playful activities, and leave you feeling the love of connection.  This is a rare opportunity where teenagers and parents can come together to be part of a group of co-explorers on the journey of life.  It encourages the use of mindfulness in family life, it is informed by the latest research in neuroscience and developmental psychology.

 

 

Explore

Roles
Boundaries
The way we communicate
Supporting critical thinking
Applied mindfulness
Social and emotional intelligence

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Encouraging curiosity and creativity
Embodied and experiential learning
Innovation and fun

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Love

Developing a sense of appreciation and awe
for ourselves and others

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We had so much fun.
We shared great experiences, good food
and fantastic parents with their teenagers.
Thank you again.

  Pat Malaysia 2016

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IMG_4940Who is Amaranatho?

Amaranatho brings his accumulated skills to working with young people, having been a Buddhist Monk for 15 years. He has  been in leadership roles for most of his life, as a young adult in the computer industry, as well as a world explorer. He has developed and ran residential retreats for large groups of families, young people and adults, as well as facilitating corporate workshops. He creates a safe space for authentic communication and is a natural trouble shooter. He is interested in the interpersonal aspect of mindfulness and how we can use our daily interaction with people to develop emotional resilience, kindness and peace. His approach is based on cutting edge science, ancient wisdom and the creative use of multimedia. You can find out more about me here

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Who is Karin?

3mpt_karin and teensKarin Visser is a mother of two adult sons and studied education and drama. She was a freelance drama teacher for over 20 years, working with young and older people in schools, institutes and theater projects and performances. As an actress and trainer she facilitated countless business trainings for social and communication skills.

She is the chief editor of the Dutch non-dual magazine InZicht, poet, author and workshop leader. In her mid-twenties she started to enquire into the big question in life. After a search through books, meditation and therapy she met Jeru Kabbal, founder of the Clarity Process. She became his long-term student and wrote The Quest for Clarity (published in English and in Dutch) at his request. Jeru trained her to lead Clarity retreats, which she did for many years across Europe. She also works with people with disabilities and social problems. You can read more about her here.

Our approach

Amaranatho has supported educational establishments in mindfulness based learning with social and emotional intelligence influenced by a developmental and neurosciences perspective of young people. We use the Explore - Play - Love framework to embody wisdom, creativity and self-reliance to leave people inspired to be life long learners and live a life of meaning and purpose both individually and in society.

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What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an ability to see more clearly what is happening in the present moment, and, with an attitude of accepting the way it is, to respond both skilfully and appropriately.

With this quality of attention,
we can better understand our own concerns
and anxieties and feel more alive to the many situations which life presents.

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TImetable

10.30 -11.45  Why are we here?malaysia_together
11.45-12 -  Break
12-1pm  The art of play
1pm-2pm Lunch break
2-3.30  Please listen to me!
3.30-3.45  Break
3.45 -4.30pm Closing

What you need to bring

  • Vegetarian food for lunch
  • A camping mat or blanket to lie on.

Please note: This workshop will be held in English although Karin is a native Dutch speaker and it is possible to run in Dutch

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Booking information

If you would like to book or arrange this workshop for your school or group of friends  either online or in person please contact Amaranatho here

This is for only for young people above 13 years old, it is not suitable for young peope with serious mental health issues (you will loose you fee if we find out at the workshop and ask you to leave - please contact the Amaranatho if you are concerned)

Cancellation Policy
No refunds one week before workshop, two weeks before 35 Euro admin Fee

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MIndfulness for young people and families

 

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Amaranatho has been running young people mindfulness retreats for over 10 years in England and Malaysia, as well as family camps.

This is what students said about one of the retreats Amaranatho co-facilitated:

 

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Mindfulness in Education

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‘Amaranatho helped to shape and evolve Eton College’s project to bring together year 10 students from our partner schools to explore aspects of their identity, beliefs and creative potential.  He is endlessly patient, and understands how to create safe spaces for students to begin to listen to each other and themselves.  He brought many rich ideas to the project, but also helped to guide other teachers in how to hold significant moments to help the students to articulate their instincts and to overcome their hesitations and doubts.’ 

Vaughan Clark,
Chair of Independent State School Partnership,
Eton College.

You can find out more about this work here

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