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Nurturing the inner life

One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is a sense of our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing psychological and spiritual approaches to maintaining perspective and inner strength in challenging times, Dr Robert Wicks an expert on the prevention of secondary stress and author of Dragon Riding Lessons offers insights into how we can live in peace and, in turn, extend our warmth to others without losing our own inner fire in the process.

Dr Robert Wicks is a professor at Loyola College in Maryland. His two major areas of expertise: the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures encountered in reaching out to others) and the integration of psychology and spirituality from a world religion perspective.

In 1994 he helped debrief relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their bloody civil war. In 1993 and again in 2001 he worked in Cambodia with those helping the Khmer people rebuild their nation after years of terror and torture.

He will give a seminar in Wellington on Saturday 19 May to cover such topics as unlearning, maintaining a sense of perspective, ordinariness, chronic and acute secondary stress, developing a self-care protocol, knowing the voices we need in our circle of friends to have balance and courage in life, depth self-awareness, inner darkness, and improving mindfulness.

Practical, illustrative, lively, this rich presentation will provide essential information on professional resilience and personal wellbeing.

Saturday 19 May 9.00–10.30am at Connolly Hall, Guilford Terrace, Thorndon Cost: $15

For more information contact: The Wellington Catholic Education Centre Ph (04) 496 1716 or email: wcec@wn.catholic.org.nz.