Impact Diner – Update MyQuest – verslag missie Nepal

In deze nieuwsbrief drie onderwerpen:

  • 29 september ‘Flow Impact diner’ voor Nepal met topsprekers   
  • MyQuest maakt professionaliseringsslag: Quest Dag 19 september en Kick-of MyQuest 15 oktober uitgesteld   
  • Zeer geslaagde trauma verwerkingsmissie in Nepal

29 september Flow impact diner met topsprekers maakt Quest Trek voor jonge Nepalese vrouwen mogelijk

Op 29 september organiseert Flow Foundation het ’Flow Impact Diner’. Met twee topsprekers en een heerlijk diner wordt geld ingezameld om jonge vrouwen in Nepal een opstap naar een zelfstandige toekomst te bieden. In samenwerking met Mountain Child Care en de Namaste Foundation is een educatief coaching programma samengesteld. Als onderdeel van dit programma maken jonge Nederlandse leiders uit het bedrijfsleven en jonge Nepalese vrouwen samen een Quest Trek door de Himalaya. Meer hierover tijdens het Flow Impact Diner. Jij kunt er bij zijn!

Koop gauw je kaarten voor deze onvergetelijke avond en lees er meer over op de website van Flow Foundation.

Sprekers van de avond zijn:
Matthieu Ricard – Schrijver, Monnik, Sociaal Activist. Bekend van bestsellers ‘De Monnik en de Filosoof’ en zijn nieuwste boek ’Altruïsme’.

Jacobine das Gupta - Corporate Sustainability Manager DSM

Praktisch
29 september 16.00 -21.00 uur
ISVW Leusden

MyQuest maakt professionaliseringsslag: Quest Dag 19 september en Kick-of MyQuest 15 oktober uitgesteld

De oprichters van Mountain Child Care zijn met hun sociale onderneming MyQuest in een vergevorderde dialoog met een investeerder. Doel is om met MyQuest een professionaliseringsslag te maken, zodat we in maart 2016 klaar zijn om de ambitie die we hebben waar te maken. Die ambitie is om het Nederlandse onderwijs te verrijken door persoonlijk leiderschap een plek te geven in het Nederlands onderwijs. Doel is dat een trektocht waarbij jezelf en wat je wilt beter leert kennen, een Quest Trek®, in 2023 net een aantrekkelijk alternatief is voor een schoolreis naar Rome. MyQuest wil in 2023 voor 150 scholen Quest Treks® verzorgen.

Tot en met februari zal MyQuest zich richten op het professionaliseren van de organisatie. De geplande Quest Dag van 19 september en de Kick-off van MyQuest gaan daarom niet door. Alle deelnemers krijgen hierover persoonlijk bericht.

Zeer geslaagde trauma verwerkingsmissie in Nepal 
Mountain Child Care organiseerde van 10 t/m 20 juli een trauma verwerkingsmissie in Nepal. Voordat we hieronder vertellen over onze ervaringen willen we eerst iedereen bedanken die een bijdrage heeft geleverd aan deze missie, financieel of op een andere manier! Mountain Child Care heeft daardoor totaal 90 jongerenwerkers kunnen trainen tijdens drie driedaagse trainingen. Door de actualiteitswaarde en hoge kwaliteit van de trainingen, bleken ze in een sterke behoefte te voorzien.
Oprichter Marianne van Wetter en trauma deskundige Nadja Muller-den Blijker hielden in Kathmandu een Engelstalige blog bij.
Marianne van Wetter blikt terug op de eerste driedaagse en tilt en tipje van de sluier op over het geheim van trauma verwerking: druk nare ervaringen niet weg, maar ‘ga er als het ware doorheen’. Nadja Muller—den Blijker volgt met haar post over de tweede dag: het fascinerende omslagpunt waarbij taal- en cultuur barrières wegvallen en deelnemers en trainers in een ‘flow’ komen en sluit af met een blog over de laatste derde dag.

Dance, sweat and the power of vulnerability, 
by Marianne van Wetter

Today we (Nadja Muller and I) have a day off after three intense days of training. Yesterday we finished the first training for 30 social workers in Trauma Relief and Self Care. Precious days that brought connection, relief, space and released stuck emotions. The training ended dancing and sweating. Nepali are good at dancing. We celebrated the connection and intimate bonds that we created as a group. It is a powerful and enriching experience that Mountain Child Care brings here. Trauma relief is valuable and needed. We experienced how people benefit from the tools we presented and witnessed a major energy shift happening as Nadja describes in her blog below. This started on the second day, when the participants addressed feelings they do not want to be with. Emotions, feelings or thoughts they tried to neglect or avoid at all costs. It was an exercise in being with what is hard to be with. The third day, the day of release and future planning big shifts were happening. Stuck energy released and started flowing again. Emotions of guilt, shame, anger, powerlessness, aggression, transformed into positive and empowering emotions that enabled people to move forward again. 
If these emotions like shame and guilt take root in the body they are like poison. These emotions root the best when not spoken about them, when you keep them just for yourself. They will penetrate more and more in your system and you will feel more and more disconnected to the world and the people around you. What makes these emotions shrivel is when you start to talk about them, share them and don’t try to push them away. These negative emotions will lose grip on you and they will become weaker and weaker. What is needed to do this is to show courage and vulnerability. To show vulnerability a safe space is needed, and that is what we were able to create these days; a safe space were a lot of learning and integration took place.
 Nadja and I are thankful and proud that we could offer this. Tomorrow the second 3 days training start and after that Nadja will fly home. The last training I am proud to give with Dilip Shrestha, our senior youth coach at Mountain Child Care.

Day 2 – Awakening 
by Nadja Muller-den-Blijker

What a day! Everyone started showing up as themselves and was less afraid to be who they truly are. We had authenticity and vulnerability in the room. Communication was getting easier. The flow of the first day and the effort of getting participants used to connecting to their feelings and expressing them came to fruition. We breached the initial language barriers and started to truly reach people. And as on the first days, despite the fact that several things didn’t go according to plan – for example for the compassionate body scan we had a beautiful recording that we couldn’t play because a truck outside the room was so loud (and smelly!) that no-one could hear it – everything was flowing. Nothing felt forced or artificial. 
This training day is the most intense day of the curriculum. This “process” day is also the day on which the chance of re-traumatizing the participants is the highest. Hence for the exercise at the end of the day we had developed a very rigorous protocol using a combination of EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitization Reprocessing) techniques, which are used to treat symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder), and Co-Active methods to bring the earthquake witnesses and victims closer to the emotions and thoughts that they have difficulties with. And it worked beautifully! 
We lead them slowly and gently to the experiences that they have difficulties with, starting already on the first day by letting them share their own experiences and deepening it by letting them draw different trees – normal, comforting, wounded and healing tree – on the morning of the second day. 
At the end of the day people felt connected and safe with each other. And they were brave! Even though it was challenging for them to be with their vulnerability they nevertheless tried to stay with it.

Day 3 – relief and forward focus by Nadja Muller – den Blijker

This is our moment of celebration! It’s the evening of our last training day and boy, did the training have an effect on the participants! People that came in with bottled up anger, shame and fear had at the end of our 3 day training a genuine smile on their face, joked around, reached out to each other, laughed with each other and felt light and alive again. 
They all walked away with a renewed sense of purpose, hope and determination not to let the trauma of the earthquake rule their life or the life of their family members, friends and the children they work with. Their focus is forward, towards a future in which people feel safe and free again. 
We knew that the time had come for psychological care in Nepal (3 months after the first major earth quake) but there is a big difference between knowing it intellectually and actually experiencing it! The feeling is indescribable happy and highly addictive. I am looking forward to our next training and bringing smiles and relief to the next group of trainees.

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