From September 21 to 24 an exciting live-in workshop, under the title Life Still Matters, was held at the YHA Beach House property in the Strand, Port Elliot. The workshop was open to participants aged 35 and over.
Including the facilitators, there were 27 people from a number of cultures over a large range of ages, some in their 80s.
The workshop was one of the programs offered by Initiatives of Change International, a worldwide movement of people working for a better world.
The Initiatives of Change movement consists of people of many cultures and backgrounds whose wish is to realise transformation of society “through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own”, a commitment expressed in the sentence, “The change I want to see begins with me”.
An implication of that for the Life Still Matters workshop is that people can make a difference, no matter what age they are.
Early in the workshop a focus was established in the question, ‘What story do I want my life to tell?’ The question is as relevant in the senior years as it is in youth, and the contribution an individual life can make continues until the last breath.
The workshop introduced participants to the exploration of change, personal identity, resilience, mindfulness, building relationships, exploring purpose and path for living and commitment to personal change, through a keynote speech, sessions introduced by facilitators and times of reflection.
Initiatives of Change holds many courses and workshops for all ages in many parts of the world and in many parts of Australia. One of the initiatives is Creators of Peace, a women’s movement which operates internationally.
The September course in Port Elliot was the first one ever held in South Australia. It is the current intention to hold another workshop in 2019, hopefully in the same location.
The organising group of six included four from the south coast, Mike and Jean Brown of Port Elliot and Tony and Ruth Gates of Encounter Bay. The other two in the group were also South Australians, John and Helen Mills, of Felixtow.
The group thanked YHA, Mr India and the Royal Family Hotel, who provided us wonderful service.