the essence of Education

the essence supports and empowers staff in schools, and other places of learning, to consider ways of creating wellbeing for themselves and their learning environments. There are many external parameters that guide the way in which schools operate and it’s easy for us to follow a path of resignation that can involve disempowerment. However, we all have the capacity to contribute to the creation of wellbeing and it’s important that we intentionally and pragmatically work to achieve that, for the benefit of our classrooms, workplaces and homes.

Specific benefits include:

  • Improved focus and clarity
  • Increased vitality, resilience and creativity
  • Enhanced learning progress, irrespective of age
  • Enhanced capacity for job satisfaction and performance
  • Improved relational awareness in all professional interactions

This professional development helps build understanding of the effects of stress on our own physiology as well as on others, whether they be adults or children. It examines our heart-brain connections and what they have to do with wellbeing. It enables us to uncover our individual capacity for health and wellbeing, capacity that’s accessible to us at any time, irrespective of workload or unexpected challenging events.

Student wellbeing programmes are also available. These include online or in-person workshops for high school students and online programmes for primary school students. For more information CONTACT us directly.

For those who value biofeedback, technology is also available for ongoing monitoring and sustainability of wellbeing, for adults and/or students.

This staff training has direct relevance to the New Zealand Education Council’s Standards for the Teaching Profession.

Manaakitia tātou me o mātou taiao.


“An inspiring and valuable day of learning, practical and theory.”
Stacey Lawrence, Deputy Principal.

“Teaching is an extremely busy, demanding and at times draining career. The message of self-care and self-wellness is an excellent reminder that in order to be the best versions of ourselves we have to truly look after ourselves and know strategies to use when challenged by stress and workplace situations.”
Helen Foster, Team Leader/Teacher.

“[I learned] how to build up my resilience to workplace stress [and] I learned useful techniques which I’m excited about utilising at work.”
Nick Lyons, Teacher.

“[I value] understanding the effects of our heart and our ability to self-regulate, make clear decisions and actions.
I am going to share these techniques with my husband who is in a high stress job and does not have access to this type
of PD.”
Megan Dunn, Principal.