Kupala’s workshop topics

The basis of Kupala’s training rests on learning the art of circle-based communication. Sitting in circle teaches the skills of deep listening and open sharing, confidentiality, honesty and mutual trust. All workshops will involve creating a safe space in which women can share their experiences in a meaningful way. We also include proven mindfulness meditation and movement techniques to relax, de-stress and build resilience.

Topics can include the following:

 

The workplace sisterhood – gain an understanding of why belonging to a supportive network of women is important. A study in Harvard Business Review showed women are more likely to achieve the highest possible levels of success in their careers if their inner circle is made up of other women.

 

Menopause awareness – studies show that up to a third of women hide menopause symptoms at work as they are too embarrassed to ask for support. Menopause symptoms and lack of support are a leading factor in women resigning from work in their 40s and 50s, with 63% of women saying their working life had been negatively affected.

Menstrual cycle awareness – explore how an awareness and understanding of the biology and unique physiology of women can help women work in tune with their natural hormonal cycles. Harnessing this knowledge enables women to increase creativity and productivity at work. In a European study, 96% of women experienced menstrual cycle issues, 58% said their cycle affected their work, and 43% wished that their work could be adapted to their cycle.

 

Mothers at work – explore the unique needs of women returning to work after childbirth or miscarriage, and how the workplace can better support and thus retain them. In a Human Rights Commission report, half (49%) of Australian mothers reported experiencing discrimination during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work.

 

Learning to speak out – explore crucial embodiment practices that enable women to access their inner creativity and knowledge, be more confident, seek promotion and build authentic leadership skills. A KPMG study showed that 56% of women are hesitant about taking a leadership role, and 59% find it hard to see themselves as a leader.

 

Creating a women-friendly workplace – what would this look like at your workplace? What changes would be needed to develop an environment that suits women’s needs and ways of working? A survey of women in the tech and engineering industry reveals that most women highly value networks, a supportive environment and feeling heard, valued and respected – with sexism, harassment, the ‘bro’ culture and unbalanced power dynamics being the main reasons for not recommending a workplace.

 

Building your own workplace circle – learn the techniques and skills to design and implement a circle-based network of your own to provide ongoing mentoring and support.

Open season – any topic of concern to the women in your workplace – nothing is taboo!