Often we focus our best intentions on changing the world. Some people say it’s still connected to our ego talking, wanting to shift things around, so that “those people” start to live responsibly and well. It’s not to say that we shouldn’t act. Opposite. Perhaps just the starting point needs to shift. So that we start with changing our own world, with living the values we want to bring into the world. We can then be surprised by how it affects reality around us. Plutarch wrote that “what we achieve inwardly will change outer reality”. In the same way what we achieve individually will change collective reality.

Our mind, body, senses, feelings, wishes, thoughts, all the bits and pieces of ourselves combine to make possible our life experiences, awareness of who we are, and perception of the world around. Personal sustainability is an ability to sustain ourselves, to be well on all these “levels” of our experience. We influence our lives through our own awareness. So this is where it starts. This workshop aims to raise participants’ attention (from daily details of how we walk through our day to the way we communicate with others, walk our talk, or do what we “must” in life), and to develop personal sustainability as an attitude in life, as a decision to be well in any area of one’s experience. Whether it is about one’s physical and mental health, or relationships with people around. It is an invitation to wake up your vital forces, to grow up instead of growing old, to live with energy and clarity, to be healthy and ready for surprises, to give your best, and to go forward in times of inevitable setbacks. This way of being, tuned-in with life in and around you, is what I describe as personal sustainability. It is based on learning to pay attention, to be honest with what we perceive and express, what we want and don’t want.

Can be offered as a 10-sessions course, or as a short introduction workshop.

Images from workshops at: Bard College Berlin, I-Deja Maja Latvia, Baumhaus Berlin, Watermelon Birds, Greifswald University, Emergent Berlin