Event: Online Zoom Forum: Well-Being.

Date: Wednesday 26 May 2021.
Time: Forum: 6.30pm-8.30pm (UK time).
Event Description: Spirit@Work – Three Interconnected Explorations:

Re-Purposing ~ Place-Making ~ Well-Being

Wellbeing – Spirit@Work?

Wellbeing represents increasingly common ground for our re-purposing these days, and a high aspiration for our placemaking endeavours. The invitation is to explore the territory beyond ordinary wellbeing, beyond happiness considerations, potentially en route to an imagining of our well-becoming – individually and collectively. The forum will be open to a range of perspectives and contexts based on the lived experience of participants, feeling into the territory between the personal and the universal; spiritual, emotional, psychological, social, political, physical and medical. Placemaking and wellbeing are both, in essence, about whole-making. What wholeness beckons, calling us to be well-beings, well-becoming? Is this the true ground of re-purposing?

Format: Each forum will consist of an inquiry into different forms of Spirit@Work. The two hours will be programmed in three roughly equal segments – divergence, emergence and convergence.

The first will focus on surfacing a diversity of possible perspectives, based on several brief invited provocations (mini-keynote presentations), supplemented by volunteered participant offerings.

These in turn will form the basis for small-group break-out discussions focused on emergence of new perspectives or emphases, to be reported in the final plenary.

Aided by a few designated ‘key listener’ offerings, the closing segment will aim for some convergence (common-meaning-making) around themes and questions worth pursuing further, perhaps in a longer future ‘day conference’ format.


Mini-Keynote Presenters (Conversation Starters)


David Adams is a founding Trustee of H3Uni and charity chair. He was formerly a management consultant, organisation strategist, executive coach and open space facilitator. He is trained in indigenous wisdom teachings of North America, and convenes groups for dialogue.


Heather Monteith is co-founder of Trust Your Breath which is a community-based educational charity dedicated to the teaching of Correct Breathing for the reduction of stress and maintenance of health and well-being on all levels. Over the past four decades many thousands of people throughout Scotland have been helped by the charity’s work, re-learning how to breathe correctly - as a healthy baby breathes, the perfect instructor in breathing. Heather has co- authored the inspirational book ‘Trust Your Breath’.


David Reilly sees a common cause to the three crises of our era – health, climate and environment – a gap, the LivingGap, that opens when we put our wants before Life’s needs. My work as a doctor has centered on helping the Life within people release its innate strengths for recovery and flourishing. I use a direct study of human healing responses to inform care and self-care and create teaching and courses (such as TheWEL). My long-standing concerns about the pandemics of long-term conditions have come to the fore as the soil in which the seed of COVID has grown.


Ed Jesudason is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, NHS Lothian, and Medical Ethics Tutor, University of Edinburgh.


Key-note Listeners (Conversation Extenders)


Martina Balaam is currently the Lead for Professionalism and Wellbeing at Edinburgh Medical School and a Senior Teaching fellow in Nursing Studies. She is a healthcare educationalist and social scientist with an interest in the integration of compassion into educational curricula. Marti is also an Associate of the Global Compassion Initiative, a Fellow of the Higher Education Institute, and of the Royal Society of Arts, and a council member of the UK teachers in Professionalism. Marti also runs a literary speakeasy, the compassion salon, which hosts authors from all over the world who work in wellbeing and compassion. She lives in the Scottish Borders with her three children, three chickens and a cat.


Clare Cable is Chief Executive and Nurse Director, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS). A children’s nurse by background, Clare has a wealth of experience as a nursing leader in health care improvement and policy. Her vision is to unleash the creativity of nurses to be catalysts for positive change in the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.


Chris Bruce: Four days a week, Chris Bruce is fully consumed encouraging the NHS Lothian Covid-19 Vaccination Programme to go beyond those who can receive, open, read and respond to a blue envelope invitation to a mass vaccination center. Three days are good for chopping sticks and other metronomic forms of outdoor exercise; family, and lifting the gaze.


Kevin Neary is a Co-Founder and Core Group Member, Aid and Abet; Vow Project Peer Mentor.


Sue Cooper has over four decades of Registered Nurse experience in clinical care, management, research and health education, is a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher and an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Educator, trained with Dr Deepak Chopra. She works in service to evolutionary consciousness through the integration of community empowerment and holistic health and well-being.



NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.

Cost: £10/£8 (Concessions)/£3 (Students), or by donation as required. For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0131 331 4469.

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