Wellbeing for Educators
Journeying within to prevent burnout and stress …
“You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do and not upon who you are.”
– Rudolf Steiner
Many children in South Africa don’t have a caring adult in their lives, other than their teacher. Teachers are unofficially expected to play the roles of social worker, psychologist and counsellor … and often surrogate parent, too. In many communities the students are poverty-stricken, hungry, malnourished and depressed. Even when there is a parent, there is often little parental support or student supervision, partly because many families are run by poverty-stricken single parents who work incredibly long hours themselves. Circumstances at home leave much to be desired. Many students abuse substances. Many are exposed to violence in the media, at home and in their communities. Many students are deeply traumatised by what they have witnessed and by what has happened in their lives.
And then there are other problems to trip teachers up. Curriculum changes. Poor teacher training. High student-teacher ratios. Huge workloads and high administrative demands. Contradicting policies. Poor pay. High levels of stress and burnout. Lack of teamwork, empathy and support between teachers.
Wellbeing for Educators was developed by teachers who are also yogis, to:
- Equip fellow teachers with a powerful set of tools and practices that will help them respond to these challenges, while remaining personally stable and strong;
- Re-awaken the inner values, resources and resilience of teachers, enabling them to create a healthy and happy environment for themselves, the learners and the school as a whole;
- Facilitate an inward journey, allowing educators to get in touch with themselves and their innate desire to care, share and inspire.
Wellbeing for Educators empowers educators to experience peace and contentment, regardless of external situations and circumstances.
- Rekindled sense of purpose
- Inner calmness and clarity
- Increased resilience
- Increased sense of being understood, valued and respected
- Deepened self-awareness, self-mastery and self-respect
- Empowered soul-consciousness
- Improved communication and relationships
- Enhanced happiness and personal inspiration
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased relaxation and overall sense of wellbeing
Who is this for?
The programme, which contains ongoing workshops, retreats and monthly educator forums, was designed to support educators, but it is also available, in-house, to schools, educational institutions, governing bodies and teachers’ trade unions.
All Brahma Kumaris events are offered free of charge, in a welcoming, safe and non-judgemental environment. All are welcome! Donations are appreciated, but not required.
Please check our monthly calendar of EVENTS to see if and when this particular offering is available at a centre close to you. If not, and you would like to see it presented in your suburb, town or city or at your organisation, please send us a message via the form at the bottom of this page.