This workshop will explore through meditation, introspective reflection and in-depth discussion, the four Buddhist heart practices:
The Cultivation of Loving-Kindness,
Empathetic Joy – and
These ancient contemplative skills provide a practical and compassionate way to transform suffering.
In this workshop, Anita will share her journey from the abyss of trauma, along the path of healing, through to the cultivation of wellbeing and genuine happiness.
Participants will gain an understanding of post-traumatic stress and complex trauma and, of the path to recovery, resilience and flourishing.
The workshop will be interactive, flexible and gently nurturing.
It will shed light on ancient wisdom, the ground of courage and boundless love that has often been neglected in clinical treatments.
Participants will be invited to share their experiences, if they wish, and potentially gain guidance from the experiences of others and the workshop leader. The importance of such sharing cannot be overstated.
The overall aim of this workshop is to enrich the skills of professionals who work with trauma as well as benefit those who are on a personal journey of transformation and growth.
Participation reaches beyond mere intellectual knowledge and delves into the heart of experiential learning and knowing.
In order to heal the world, we need to heal ourselves first.
We wish that these workshops be available to all who might benefit from participation.
There is a wide range of choice in the level of donation to participate.
So please do not allow yourself to be excluded on the ground of cost if you are drawn to attend.
(If you require a Full Bursary – Please email : email@example.com )
Anita came to Australia as a refugee from the Balkans war in 2001. Since that time, she has completed an Honours degree and a PhD in Psychology at Victoria University.
Concurrent with the 3.5 years of her PhD study, she has held positions as a Family Therapist, Disability Worker, Community Worker, Youth Justice Worker as well as working as a Lecturer in Psychology.
She has employed scholarly teaching practices and introspection that motivate and inspire students to learn. She piloted and tested a new educational program for emotional literacy among students and lecturers.
Anita is passionate about research and she is particularly driven by a need to understand the interconnection of the psychological, social and political dimensions of trauma. She specialized in phenomenology and mixed method (first – second – and –third person) research approaches to study the nature of consciousness from a non-materialist perspective.
Anita has had the great privilege to work as a designated retreat counsellor under the guidance of Lama Alan Wallace, since 2017. This sacred service gave her opportunity to expand her knowledge, deepen her practice, devotion and compassion. Anita’s academic, personal and professional experiences have enabled her to draw a connection between psychology and other disciplines, and to communicate different concepts and methods clearly to fellow retreatants, researchers and scientists from various cultural, social and professional backgrounds.
Her enthusiasm and commitment to working in the area of compassion and reconciliation was recognized by the Victorian Refugee Recognition Record for outstanding efforts and commendable achievements to the community and the State of Victoria. Anita works as the Head of Social Sciences at Endeavour College in Melbourne. She is responsible for the design and development of an undergraduate curriculum grounded in theoretical and practical training, that integrates the wisdom of East and West.
Anita is the Australian and NZ Regional Advocate for the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany. Her heart desire is to contribute to SBI & CCR centers around the world. (www.sbinstitute.com)