Book of life

Cooking Time: 2 hours
What chapter in life are you currently in? If your life was a book, what chapter would you currently be...

Releasing energy

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Creating a shield to protect you from negative energy. Many changemakers often feel overwhelmed by the pain and suffering they...

Meeting your shadow

Cooking Time: 2 hours
A creative activity to embrace your shadow. Think of a school bus full of children. Most of us have either been on one or have seen it pass by. On...

Zines

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A mini-pamphlet to harvest and capture meaning. Zines (pronunciation: “zeens,” short for “magazines”) are small, independent publications in the form of mini-pamphlet or magazines. They are easy and inexpensive to make and...

Empathic conversations

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Stepping towards empathy and compassion. After years dedicated to serving others, many changemakers suffer from the so-called ‘compassion fatigue’ or ‘empathy...

Council circle

Cooking Time: 1-2 hours
An ancient form of meeting to listen to everyone and attend to the wellbeing of the group. The Council Circle,...

Individual reflection

Cooking Time: 60 minutes
A reflection practice leading to action. Reflection is an essential component of learning, which can then ignite change in behaviour. The following activity has been taken from Hyper Island Toolbox,...

Sun salutation

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
A series of postures to start your day feeling centred and aligned. The Sun Salutation is one of the most ancient routines in the art of yoga and it is...

Done list

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
From “to-do” to “done”. To-do lists, especially bucket lists, can motivate and inspire us to take action, but they can...

Raisin meditation

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Mindfulness through the senses. Mindful eating is a form of mindfulness practice that has numerous benefits for your mind and...

8 steps to forgiveness

Cooking Time: depends on you
A healing practice to let go of pain and anger. Whether you like it or not, pain and disappointment are inevitable in life. But how you respond to such hurtful...

36 Qs for increasing closeness

Cooking Time: 45 minutes
A deeply connecting practice to increase closeness with others. Getting to know your co-workers and changemaker colleagues can be difficult nowadays. You might tend to focus on “getting things done” without...

Belief change process

Cooking Time: 35 minutes
A deep change process to move beyond limiting beliefs. Many changemakers, especially those leading changemaking organisations, often struggle with two...

Mindful check-in

Cooking Time: 5 minutes
A brief mindfulness check-in practice. Check-ins are common best-practices in many changemaking circles already, but mindful check-ins add a new...

EQ check-in

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
A quick check-in practice to foster emotional intelligence in a group. In the past few centuries, the dominant approach to education, and therefore to the workplace, has been on developing,...

Finding your inner refuge

Cooking Time: 80 minutes
An investigative writing practice to find refuge from fears and desires. Do you ever experience loneliness? It feels empty and alienating. Is it possible to turn it into something more...

Active listening

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Promoting understanding and improving communication through listening. Most of us consider themselves to be good listeners, but the reality is...

Strengthening your immune system

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
A simple but powerful self-healing meditation to boost your immune system. Becoming aware of your inner body presents numerous benefits in the physical realm. For instance, you strengthen your immune...

Dealing with others’ suffering

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
A tonglen practice to cultivate compassion. Contrary to what you might think, shielding yourself from discomfort and pain causes you to suffer. In fact, separation becomes like a prison that limits your...

Three good things

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Savouring in the goodness to rewire our brain for happiness. You wake up to the sound of roadwork outside your...

Mountain meditation

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
A meditation practice to find calmness in Nature. Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh reminds us that “peace is all around us—in the world and in nature—and within us—in our...

Walking meditation

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
A quick walking meditation to connect you to the Earth. Changemakers share a deep commitment to make the world a better place. But this commitment can sometimes transform into an...

4-7-8 breath technique

Cooking Time: 5 minutes
A breathing technique to relax and calm down. In a world constantly running, one of the wisest things we can...

BRAVING

A check-list to trust others and ourselves and brave the wilderness. Sometimes changemakers feel completely alone and isolated in their...

Five steps to purpose

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A five-step process to discover your purpose. Finding your passion is extremely important to ensure you devote focus attention to your work as a changemaker. When you are passionate about...

Year Compass

Cooking Time: 4.5 hours
A set of questions to help you reflect on your past year and plan for the hear ahead. The Year Compass is a booklet that helps you look back at...

Mindful Emailing

Emails in the workplace often come with questions, work to do, goals to reach, and obstacles to overcome. That makes...

Tea Meditation

Cooking Time: 25
The simple ritual of making and drinking tea has been celebrated as a source of energy, light and alignment since...

Sleeping Well

Getting enough good quality sleep is one of the most effective performance enhancing tools in your toolbox. But sleeping well  is...

Ice Bath

Many athletes use ice baths to help recovery after a competition.  The general theory behind this cold therapy is that...

Managing Stress

Stress can, if unmanaged, significantly influence the impact of your work. Therefore, understanding how to manage stress is important. One method that helps reduce the butterflies in your stomach is...

Workplace Wellbeing Assessment

Your existing workplace environment (e.g. infrastructure, policies, and procedures) will play a part in the kinds of activities chosen for inclusion in a wellbeing program. There will be areas within...

Learning how to learn

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A reflective exercise to turn your organisation into a learning organisation. We live in a world of global information and technology-driven organisations. A huge amount of information is transferred every second. The success...

Coping with the sense of urgency

Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Embracing “enough” in a paradigm of scarcity. There is a growing sense of urgency among changemakers, social entrepreneurs, and social change activists....

The wheel of burnout

Cooking Time: 2 hours
Exploring to the root causes of burnout. Very often we are aware of the symptoms of burnout, such as physical tiredness...

The river of life

Cooking Time: 2.5 hours
Exploring the flow that connects our changemaker journey. What are the features of a river? A river has a source and a mouth, and in between it may cross mountains,...

Mindful awareness through the body

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Using the body to cultivate mindful awareness and become responsive. One of the most important dimensions to empower social change is to develop a responsive consciousness that listens to the feedback...

Truth Mandala

Cooking Time: 2 hours
A ritual to honour our pain for the world so as to heal from it. The following activity has been taken...

Solo day

Cooking Time: 24 hours
In a world overloaded with unhelpful information and never-ending distractions, it is essential that changemakers find the time to retreat in...

A picture says a thousand words

Cooking Time: 1 week
A creative exercise to gain access to your meaning in life. The following activity has been taken from Vanessa King’s book 10 Keys to Happier Living: A Practical Handbook for Happiness....

Privilege walk

Cooking Time: 60 minutes
The privilege walk is an experiential activity to highlight how people benefit from or are marginalised by systems in our society. This is a powerful exercise to raise awareness of...

Body scan meditation

Cooking Time: 20 minutes
A simple meditation to re-align body and mind. The following activity has been taken from Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s...

Calm your nerves

Cooking Time: 5 minutes
A little mindfulness can go a long way. Many of us become anxious and stressed before an interview, an important phone call, or a presentation, so it is essential to...

Managing change

Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Symbolic death is an essential step towards self-renewal. The following activity has been taken from Dr Mick Collins’s book The Unselfish Spirit: Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis. The...

Heart-breathing meditation

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
A breathing technique to fill your heart with compassion. The following activity has been taken from Scilla Elworthy’s book Pioneering the...

Eye gazing meditation

Cooking Time: 1 hour
A soul-connecting meditation to feel whole. Eye gazing is a deeply connecting and transformative Buddhist meditative practice. In a world...

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
A calming breathing technique. The Nadi Shodhan Pranayama is also known as alternate nostril breathing technique, which helps you clear blocked energy channels, so that you can calm your mind...

Mental rehearsal

Cooking Time: 30'
Letting go of the past to reclaim the future. The following activity has been taken from James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet’s book Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Overcome...

Seven practices for peace

Cooking Time: 1 week
A seven-day programme to transform you into a peacemaker. The following activity has been taken from Deepak Chopra’s book Peace is...

Coaching feedback

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Transforming feedback in a positive force for change. Many people are resistant to feedback as they connect it with negative...

Simple breathing exercise

Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Tuning into the breath to control our minds. The breath offers an easily accessible way to connect to your body because the breath is always with us and always alive....

Gratitude journal

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
A quick activity to send you to sleep with a smile on your face. Our brain is hardwired to see the negative before the positive. Hence why you remember how...

The wheel of awareness

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
A time-in practice to integrate consciousness. The following activity has been taken from Dr Daniel Siegel’s book Brainstorm: The power and...

Colour breathing meditation

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Using colours to cultivate calmness and happiness. The colour breathing meditation is a powerful breathing exercise that helps reduce stress....

Transforming conflict

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Using the heart to transform conflict into an opportunity. The following activity has been taken from Scilla Elworthy’s book Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World that Works. The book...

Identifying your goals and resources

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A peer-coaching action planning process to identify practical steps to move forward into your purpose. The following activity has been taken from Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone’s book Active Hope: How...

Unexpressed gratitude letter

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A healing activity to foster forgiveness and acceptance. Writing gratitude letters can boost your happiness and sense of gratefulness in life....

A welcome thought

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
A quick activity to make everyone feel at home, that they belong to this world. The following activity, A Welcome Thought, has been gifted by Daianna Karaian, who started it in the streets of London in...

Hardwiring happiness

Cooking Time: Lifetime
A science-backed book to rewire your brain to be happy. Neuropsychologist Dr Rick Hanson shows how we can rewire our brain to be happy. Using the hidden power of everyday...

Unlimited empathy

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
An empathy circle to deeply connect to the other. Empathy lies at the core of the human ability to connect...

The art of happiness

Cooking Time: Lifetime
An insightful and practical book to help you develop the skill of happiness. Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard shows that happiness...

Mindful eating

Cooking Time: 5 minutes
An effective practice to be present whilst enjoying food. Mindful eating is a form of mindfulness practice that has numerous benefits for your mind and body, including (1) reducing overeating...

Crossing the line

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A deep activity to build diversity awareness within a group. Crossing the line helps you learn about yourself by reflecting upon your own cultural identity, and inviting you to appreciate...

Sugar cubes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
A quick way to cultivate gratitude   Using this very simple activity during a workshop or training is the best way to...

Yoga morning exercises

Cooking Time: 15 minutes
A practical way to start your day feeling grounded and connected. In addition to improving your physical wellbeing in many ways,...

Recipe for a good life

Cooking Time: Lifetime
Muhammad Ali was dedicated to a path of Tassawuf, to the inward path of Love. He believed that the secret of God is revealed through the knowledge of Love. Ali...

A way into your purpose

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A peer-coaching activity to help you gain clarity over your life purpose. (To be repeated every 6 months) Peer-coaching is a powerful tool to help you take ownership of your...

Heart-to-heart hug

Cooking Time: 30 Seconds
A deeply nourishing and connecting hug. What do you do when you see a dear friend of yours who is...

Gratitude walk

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
A trust-based exercise to appreciate the fullness of life. Walking itself solves problems, boosts wellbeing and reduces stress. Similarly, gratitude...

Dialogue in the Dark

Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Using the idea of Dialogue in the Dark, participants experience a blindfolded dialogue of the heart. When a person is blindfolded, it can foster a deeper sense of empathy, self...

Collaborative painting

Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
A creative activity to let your imagination wander and be fully in the moment. Collaborative painting builds on the healing power of art to invite you to be fully present in...

Action Learning Set

Cooking Time: 2 hours
An Action Learning Set is a group of peers who regularly come together to work through real wellbeing challenges, using...