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Ikigai / Long term happiness - a workshop and picnic at the beach

As I recently became an aunt again with my sister's second offspring I decided it was time for my yearly visit to Malta. Spending time here reminds me of how much I adore my beautiful quiet space in the German countryside and also how much I had missed the Mediterranean sea.

With the glorious summer weather on arrival I thought it would be nice to give a workshop at the beach. My chosen topic this time: Ikigai / Long term happiness. Perhaps an apt follow up to another workshop I also run occasionally - Guided Meditation & Creating Your Dreamboard.

Ikigai: a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." The word "ikigai" is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile.

Eating delicious fresh vegetables grown locally together with local dried and peppered goat cheese it is easy to sit in the sun and appreciate the fresh salty air. There is food to share a plenty and nice people to share it with.

We get started with an icebreaker talking about ourselves and what brings us here in the pursuit of happiness. Together we go through our background stories and motivations and gently ease into the topic at hand.

ikigai

We then explore and challenge our assumptions, our established roles and the meaning of the words presented to us. The process is designed to help develop a questioning of who we are and what we are doing, an introspective mirror and expression of ourselves. At each step we stop to share, others can ask gentle questions to elicit more detail, some challenges perhaps. The conversation between participants is inspiring, ranging from self-criticism to self-praise and new perspectives it is beautiful to observe as much as it is to participate.

What an inspiring afternoon. I truly enjoyed it and was happy that everyone else did to.

From the workshop I made €10 which went to cover some of my expenses on holiday. I also had an interesting query to hold a bigger workshop for around 20 people however this was not possible due to me having to leave the island on the 23rd March.

In the next days I will adapt and publish my notes on the workshop and perhaps organise one in Berlin.

Aimee Fenech

Aimee Fenech

Lifelong student, occasional nomad, eternal dreamer and writer, permaculture enthusiast, an escaped financial services professional aspiring to a long, healthy and happy life.

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