Course Guidelines

Becoming Bulletproof: Emotional Resilience - July 2021

To cultivate the best environment for our own and other’s personal growth, we have created some guidelines which we should be mindful of as we embark on this journey together. 

We aim to create an environment of constructive engagement and compassion where we can learn from each other. To accomplish this goal we would like to encourage everyone to build trust, to have a tolerant attitude of difference, and to treat each other with warmth and affection.

With an environment of trust and confidentiality, we have the extraordinary opportunity to share our emotional experiences with each other and we can all learn together. You will be invited to “try on” new ideas, or ways of doing things that might not be what you prefer or are familiar with. To foster this sense of trust in each other, we ask you to agree to the following communication guidelines:

  • Avoid interrupting the sections of the talks which do not require group participation, holding any questions until the Q&A section.
  • One person speaks at a time, no cross-talk.
  • Maintain confidentiality about personal lives revealed in discussion.
  • To foster a sense of openness and transparency, be careful not to problem-solve or judge another’s emotional experience.
  • Practice speaking about your own experiences and refraining from speaking for a whole group or expressing assumptions about the experience of others.
  • Refrain from blaming or shaming yourself or others. Practice giving skillful feed-back.

However, if something very challenging comes up please feel free to not include everyone in the conversation and speak to the group leader after class about finding the necessary resources to skillfully work with your experience.

Exploring the realm of emotions can be in itself an emotional experience. We will strive to create a safe, supportive environment for participants to embark on this exploration. However, the course may be less suitable for individuals who are currently diagnosed with and/or under treatment for a psychological condition, including panic/anxiety or depression. Recent loss of a loved one can also be a difficult emotional time for many people and if you have experienced such a loss, it may make the practices of this course too demanding at this time. Please speak to the group leader personally between classes if you have any doubts whether this course is right for you at this time.

In addition to creating an environment of trust and mutual respect please observe the following:

  • Make a commitment to attend live! Don’t miss any sessions except for emergencies. Each session builds off of one another. Recordings will be made available, but only after the course has finished (exceptions can be made for emergencies). 
  • Out of respect for the other participants, please be on time for each session. You may join up to 15 minutes before. 
  • Finally, to get the full benefit out of the course, commit to doing the home explorations assigned between sessions.