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Realizing Growth Through Burnout: Ignatian Spirituality In A Culture Of Stress

Started Oct 7, 2021

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 - Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 | 6:30-8:00pm (ET)-- Fully Online Workshop Series

Workshop Series Description:

The sources of burnout are many and varied such as: lack of control, unfairness, work overload, breakdown of community, loss of meaning, etc. Being well equipped in order to successfully handle these storms in our personal and/or professional life is key.

In this multi-day workshop series, we will explore and work on the 4 cornerstones of our well-being: focus, positive self-talk, connection, and meaning. Our approach to this topic also includes an infusion of Ignatian spirituality.

Participants are encouraged to attend all 4 workshops, however, there is no requirement to do so.

OVERCOMING DISTRACTIBILITY - October 12th, 6:30-8:00pm (ET)

Staying focused in the era of digital distractions is a big challenge in our society. Moreover, it is not just the distraction itself but also a post-distraction period, which obliterate chunks of our life. Both distraction and post-distraction prevent us from being present to ourselves, to others and from having a satisfied life.

The workshop will introduce us to a deeper understanding about the losses due to distractions and teach us strategies for overcoming them. 

CULTIVATING POSITIVE SELF-TALK - October 19th, 6:30-8:00pm (ET)

We are not born to think negatively; we learn to think this way. Over time, negative self-talk can become a habit. We begin to doubt our abilities, our intelligence and our stress level rises. Consistent negative self-talk can lead to unnecessary tension and anxiety in addition to shame and depression.

We don’t have to fall victim to it. We can learn how to change our way of thinking, reframe the situations and create ‘new positive programs’ in our brains. With awareness and some proven working strategies, that we will learn in the workshop, we will become better equipped to change our thinking patterns and increase our level of liveliness!


Loneliness has a nick name: ‘the silent killer’. It slowly destroys people because it is a serious risk factor for assorted health problems, early death, as well as anxiety, depression and addiction. There is also a stigma attached to loneliness; this is why people have a hard time to admit it.

In our workshop, we will view loneliness as a survival mechanism that drives us toward the benefits of human companionship. We will look at the different faces of loneliness and focus on creative paths to connecting.

DEEPENING LIFE MEANING AND PURPOSE - November 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm (ET)

It is easy to live life as it comes (and goes); it is an art to appreciate and savor the precious gift of everyday. When we have purpose and meaning in life we become much more serene, effective and fulfilled. Our life has direction and hope.

The workshop will help us to explore and deepen our purpose and meaning, which will open us to a new personal and spiritual integration that can energize both the process and the outcome.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021.  This workshop is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm (EST). 

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes at 5pm on the day of each workshop. Refunds will be granted only up until registration closes at 5pm the day of the workshop. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

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Dr. Erika Prijatelj is a professor and coach who focuses her work on integration of psychology and theology, the combination of which she studied, taught and practiced in the USA, Canada and in various European countries. She wrote numerous scientific and professional articles as well as three books on topics such as self-identities (body, sexual, executive, social, individual, spiritual), scapegoating, actualization of human vital strengths and the impact of high stress on relationships. She believes in a holistic approach where every person’s body, mind and spirit are addressed. Dr. Prijatelj most recent courses include Mental Health across the Lifespan, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Marriage and the Family and she currently teaches a course on Trauma. 

As a Professor of Philosophy and Religious studies at Hellenic College and currently an Adjunct Professor at Boston College, as a Psychosynthesis coach and Yoga instructor, Dr. Tone Svetelj looks for positive aspects in our world, both in his teaching and coaching. His professional research focuses on the rediscovery of intellectual and spiritual treasures of the past and non-Western traditions, evaluating them from the latest discoveries in the human sciences. He hopes to implement the ancient-new “Know yourself” principle in a way that it will lead us to a meaningful, flourishing, fulfilling and authentic life. He studied Philosophy and Theology in Italy, Germany and the USA. He is trained in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit pedagogy, and is excited to assist others in discovering and reaching their full potential on a deeper level.