SHIFT HAPPENS 2016

André Kilian and Brian Draper

LABYRINTH

SHIFT HAPPENS EVENTS

Organisations

The world seems an ever more confusing and challenging place in which to live and work and make a difference. We’re stretched, often to breaking point, and it’s hard to make space for what matters most to us. We’re passing on a world of climate change, social and political unrest, religious fundamentalism, financial instability, and personal burnout.

And yet! … deep within, many of us sense that there’s still hope. That life is not all about short-term gain and selfish ambition. That we can become part of the solution, instead of the problem, if we are courageous enough to wake up to the possibilities of a new way of doing and being.

Brian Draper will lead us through a day in which we can make space to pause for breath, to regain perspective, and to ask how we might start to turn soulless organisational contexts into those which can become a force for good in the world.

We’ll explore together:

  • How we can develop more sustainable rhythms to our lives, so that we can work hard without burning out?
  • How can we practice simple, mindful disciplines to help us to maintain perspective in the heat of the action?
  • How can we access the creative riches of our deeper consciousness – without feeling as if we have to become Zen masters?
  • How can we become more than just better-adapted cogs in the otherwise toxic machinery of modern life?
  • Who, out there, is already making a difference?
  • And what could we do, individually and collectively, to pioneer a new ways of doing and being?

There are no cookie-cutter answers – but in a practical and exploratory day, we’ll hear from Brian about how he helps individuals, leaders and teams to make compelling connections between ‘life’ and ‘work’; we’ll engage with some practical models; we’ll make space for personal reflection as well as group discussion, sharing the wisdom of each other’s experience; we’ll try short times of mindful stillness. And we’ll seek to encourage each other to discover more of our hidden potential – for such a time as this.

Psychologists, coaches, psychiatrists,
pastors & counsellors

When Brian Draper wrote his book Spiritual Intelligence: A New Way of Being, he was struck by just how many people working in the therapeutic professions got in contact, to say how they yearned to introduce spirituality in a practical way into their one-to-one work.

How do we coach or counsel in a way that includes our spirituality, without frightening the horses, or over-stepping the boundaries? How can we find a vocabulary for a process that’s both sensitive and ‘numinous’? How can we open up distinctive space in a spiritual way that enriches the work we are already doing? And what difference will it make when we do?

Brian will provide thoughts from his own experience in creating space for others – be that through his radio presentations, one-to-one work, guided retreats, or even corporate workshops … and he will help to facilitate the space in such a way that we will have time for practical experience, personal reflection, and times of wisdomsharing with each other.

CEO’S, MD’S & Business owners

Brian Draper has been pioneering the use of labyrinths with individuals and organisations, to help leaders around the world to re-engage powerfully with the path they are taking through life and career. The labyrinth is an ancient form of ‘walking meditation’ which has been used to great effect in the contemporary context of leadership programmes. It’s a path along which you walk slowly, and cannot get lost. And it leads you into a profound but unthreatening and accessible space in which to reflect at a deeper level on key themes; in this sense, it’s an outward expression of the inner journey we all must make as people, and as leaders.

Labyrinth will slow you down and lead you powerfully back into the present moment, which is where the riches lie: moments of insight and clarity, creative breakthrough, wisdom from our deeper consciousness, transformation even … It will help you to become present, and to nurture your own presence. How will the way you walk your path through life help to challenge and inspire those around you, through who you are, as much as through what you do?

So in this very special day for a small number of leaders, you will hear some background as to why Brian has been walking labyrinths for 25 years, how he’s now using them to help leaders around the world (especially in the context of partnering with one of the world’s most influential consultancies), and why they can be so effective in helping us to reconnect with where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what matters most at the heart of it all.

He will introduce the labyrinth to you in an accessible and engaging way, and help you to make the most of your experience…

At the heart of this day will be an opportunity to spend extended time walking the path itself. So this is experiential. For those who haven’t walked a labyrinth before, it’s usually a profound and unforgettable time of personal space and reflection. We’ll also make time to de-brief afterwards, and to ask, “What will I do, as a result?”

Bussiness community & Academia

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) will host Brian Draper at their “Leader’s Angle” talk series.

The Leader’s Angle talk series is one of the ways in which the USB builds relationships between USB stakeholders and the business community. It is also used as a forum where knowledge is shared and debate is encouraged.

This is an open session.

Day retreat. Open for all.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

On this evocative day retreat, Brian Draper will gently but purposefully lead us into deeper space with God. Through a blend of guided reflection (indoors and out!), and personal space and stillness, he will help us to step back from ourselves and awaken to what Eugene Peterson calls “the unforced rhythms of grace”.

Brian loves to help people learn how to “Be still”, as the psalmist wrote. He helps people to make connections between their faith and everyday life, and equips us to learn restorative rhythms within an ever-busier culture.

 

Brian Draper

BRIAN DRAPER

AUTHOR, SPEAKER, FACILITATOR & RETREAT LEADER

Brian helps individuals and organisations to apply soulfulness to their life and work. He has pioneered the use of labyrinths, in particular, and used them powerfully within organisational settings, including for one of the world’s most successful consultancies.

Brian is an experienced retreat leader and often works outdoors to help people to find deeper connection with themselves and the natural world. He is the author or Spiritual Intelligence: A New Way of Being, Less is More: Spirituality for Busy Lives, What Matters Most? and most recently Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life. Brian is a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ on the flagship news show Today, and in his spare time, writes for the official U2 website, U2.com.

(Visit briandraper.org)