Courses + Workshops
NEXT COURSE TBA IN 2020
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For gifted adults who are ready to learn how to connect with themselves authentically + support their intensities skillfully through the practice of mindfulness.
Do you struggle with non-stop thinking, intense emotions, and heightened sensitivity? Supporting and channeling the intensity + complexity of the gifted or twice-/multi-exceptional mind in constructive ways can be challenging, especially when our unique wiring has been misunderstood and unsupported. Gifted-specific mindfulness offers us a rich opportunity to develop a new relationship with our unique minds - and by extension, ourselves and the world around us - as we learn how to meet + support our experience in meaningful, sustainable ways.
This 6-week immersive program has been carefully crafted over several years to weave together eastern wisdom, modern science, and gifted experience in ways that are relevant to the gifted journey. Each week, together with Kelly Pryde and a group of up to 10 of your gifted peers from around the world, we'll explore...
Understanding mindfulness within the context of the gifted brain
Learning core techniques for managing intensity + complexity
Working skillfully with difficult feelings common to gifted people using tools such as self-compassion + somatic experiencing
Healing from gifted trauma
(Re)discovering intimacy with and authenticity of the gifted self
Using mindfulness in everyday life as a gifted person - at home, work, and play
Live Weekly Sessions
We meet as a group for 2 - 2.5 hours each week (typically on Saturdays with specific dates + times to be determined with participants) where gifted-specific content is explored, tools + techniques are introduced and practiced, and discussion + connection with gifted peers is held. We meet on the Zoom.us video conferencing platform (you may use audio only if you prefer).
Between Session Support + Guidance
After each session, you will receive a link to download a guided audio version of the meditation practice from that week’s meeting so you can continue to cultivate your practice throughout the week. Between sessions, Kelly will also offer two live meditations each week (guided + unguided) to deepen your practice and test out concepts from the course. You can join these live or tune in to the recording at your convenience.
During the 6 weeks, you will have free access to a private online community moderated by Kelly to ask questions, share reflections, get support for your practice, and continue connection with your peers.
And beginning in Week 2 through to the end of Week 5, Kelly will hold “office hours” for anyone who would like one-on-one support with their practice.
In order to ensure a personalized, interactive experience, space is limited to 10 participants. This course is content-, practice- and insight-rich and has been transformative for many of our participants (see Course Feedback here).
Payment options and a limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please contact us to discuss options.
*Note: Previous mindfulness experience is not required to participate. This course is trauma-informed and complements (but does not replace) psychotherapy, counselling, or medical care for mental health issues or trauma recovery. Please discuss this course with your health care provider before registering.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us anytime. If you would like to understand how this course would be relevant for you personally, Kelly will be scheduling free 30-minute exploratory chats in September and early October.
FOUNDATIONS COURSE FEEDBACK
“I just completed this course and it was wonderful! I found it extremely helpful to be able to discuss in depth with gifted peers and to be heard by them. It helped me to realize how important it is for me to take the time to be with and understand myself as a gifted adult. It revived dormant aspects of myself that I now know need attention, and I feel better equipped to give that attention thanks to the tools I learned from Kelly. Thank you very much for offering this important work to gifted people. It is a huge relief to have self-development opportunities that are tailored for me!"
— E.V., UK
For gifted adults who want to learn mindfulness-based body integrative approaches to support their intensities as well as their personal growth + healing.
Email us with questions and/or to be notified when the next course opens for registration!
Toxic stress, trauma, unsupported intensities, and challenging upbringings can overwhelm our sensitive nervous systems as gifted people, leaving us feeling anxious, overly protective, and/or disconnected from our bodies. Supporting our intensities and being able to hold the fullness of our gifted selves requires (re)integrating and (re)sourcing both the gifted mind + body.
This course will provide you with gifted-specific insights and practical tools for reconnecting your mind-body, dealing with toxic stress + trauma, and feeling more grounded, regulated, and confident to channel your gifted intensities in authentic ways.
This is a 4-week online course (four 2 - 2.5 hour sessions) led by Kelly Pryde. We will meet on the Zoom.us platform in a safe, compassionate space where you are welcome to join via audio only if you prefer. Sessions include thematic discussions, experiential exercises, 15 mindfulness-based tools + practices for self-resourcing, and connection with gifted peers.
Resourcing strategies for supporting overexcitabilities and the healing of gifted shame + trauma
Understanding the neurobiology of the gifted mind-body connection
Harnessing your innate capacity for growth, healing and wholeness
Developing embodied boundaries; feeling more grounded and self aware to navigate relational challenges common to gifted people
Cultivating embodied joy and authenticity of gifted living
*Notes: Previous mindfulness experience is not required to participate although is recommended to get the most out of the tools + practices taught in this course. The Mindfulness for Gifted Adults: Foundations course provides the fundamental skills and knowledge to support this program.
This course is trauma-informed and complements (but does not replace) psychotherapy, counselling, or medical care for mental health issues or trauma recovery. Please discuss this course with your health care provider before registering.
If you have questions and/or would like to know more about this course, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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EMBODIED MINDFULNESS COURSE FEEDBACK
“I've been through years of talk therapy and I think I learned more about myself and made more progress in 6 hours with Kelly and the group than I have in all my previous self-work, no joke. Understanding the gifted experience through a trauma lens (that sounds overblown at first? but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was actually extremely apt and I'd been downplaying, you know, everything, forever) and understanding the brain-body connection better helped me unlock a bunch of issues that I'd been feeling stuck on. Kelly gives your thinking brain plenty to chew on, and then helps you start to learn to tell it to go sit down for a minute, please, so that your essential self can enjoy space and calm. I'd never been able to get there by myself, but I think I have some tools to start working on it. I might be able to make it through this disintegration now :)"
— R.S., USA
For gifted adults who want to learn basic meditation techniques and mindfulness theory in a gifted-relevant way to support their unique journeys.
Many gifted and twice-/multi-exceptional people are using meditation as a way of managing their overexciteabilities, getting to know their unique minds, and finding more wisdom, authenticity, and joy in the gifted experience. For beginners, however, the field of meditation and mindfulness can be quite confusing ― mindfulness has become a buzz-word used in a variety of ways; there’s a myriad of meditation apps, courses, and traditions to choose from; and many approaches do not provide the framework, mirroring, and depth/breadth of information that most gifted people need for their unique understanding and experience.
This is a 2.5 - 3 hour workshop led by Kelly Pryde for gifted adults who want to learn basic meditation techniques and mindfulness theory in a gifted-relevant way ― what mindfulness is, how to practice it (safely) and develop core skills using versatile techniques, as well as how it can support your unique inner experience as a gifted person. Within a group of gifted peers, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, share, and explore mindfulness meditation as it relates to the gifted experience.
Understanding mindfulness theory and skills as they relate to giftedness
Learning core meditation techniques and how they transform common gifted challenges ― personally, such as hyper-/hypo-focus, non-stop thinking, and overwhelming emotions, as well as relationally
Gaining insight into and acceptance of the unique workings of your gifted mind
Identifying common gifted challenges and opportunities in meditation, as well as ways to customize your personal practice
Who is this workshop for?
The workshop is designed for adults who identify as gifted or twice-/multi-exceptional (you don’t need proof of IQ to participate!) and are interested in beginning a meditation practice, developing a more comprehensive framework for mindfulness meditation, and/or understanding mindfulness as it relates to giftedness.
The Primer workshop is ideal for those who would like to participate in our Gifted Sesshin retreats or Embodied Mindfulness for Gifted Adults course, but don’t have basic training in meditation. It’s also a great way to “dip your toes in” to gifted mindfulness before committing to our 6-week immersive Foundations course.*
*The core techniques taught in the Primer workshop are the same as those taught in the first 2 weeks of the Foundations course (minus the content on neurobiology, the gifted brain, and deconstructing gifted intensity). Those who complete the Primer workshop and want to delve in further via the 6-week Foundations course, can apply $50 USD from the cost of the Primer workshop to the Foundations course fee).
Cost + Logistics
In order to ensure a personalized, interactive experience, space is limited to 10 participants. We will meet on the Zoom.us video conferencing platform (you may use audio only if you prefer) for 2.5 – 3 hours at a time agreed upon by workshop participants (typically late morning/early afternoon EST / late afternoon/early evening CEST).
The cost for this workshop is 185 USD.
Payment options are available. Please contact us to discuss options.
For those who are unable to participate in the workshop, Kelly also offers gifted mindfulness coaching and mentoring on an individual basis. If you're interested in exploring the possibilities with her, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or would like to know more about this workshop, please don't hesitate to contact us.