the essence of Education – schools, early childhood, tertiary

essence Education supports educational leaders and staff to build self-regulation and coherence for personal and professional improvement. Through training it also provides the means by which staff can support students with self-regulation to benefit success and achievement. Biofeedback technology is additionally available for ongoing monitoring and sustainability of wellbeing, for both children and adults. This technology includes games-based biofeedback.

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With increasing awareness of the pressures associated with school leadership and teaching, including our concerns about bullying, stress and anxiety, solutions must be found and implemented. Given that educators perform one of the most vital roles in society by impacting the lives of children, it is vital that we meaningfully, pragmatically and individually address our concerns for wellbeing.

“I learned useful techniques which I am excited about utilising at work.”  Nick Lyon, Teacher, Tauranga

To facilitate improvement , the essence delivers programs from the California-based HeartMath® Institute. These include a scientifically-validated system of stress intervention techniques. The training helps build understanding of the effects of stress on our own physiology as well as on others, whether they be adults or children. It’s important that we first attend to care of ourselves and regulation of our own energy, for the benefit of ourselves, our relationships and our environment, both  at work and at home. Manaakitia tātou me o mātou taiao.

“Thanks for an informative series with practical strategies to enhance our resilience and wellbeing.”  Andrew Chesswas, Principal, Waikato.

Create improvement in:

  • Composure and clarity
  • Relational awareness
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Professional Standards
  • Job satisfaction and performance

If required, support and guidance can also be provided for the development and improvement of wellbeing policies and practices that link to a school’s curriculum, charter and strategic planning.

The training provided by HeartMath has direct relevance to the New Zealand Education Council’s Standards for the Teaching Profession.

the essence founder, Phillippa Bourke, is a past school Principal.

“Such great links to benefits for life!” Teacher, Hamilton.



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