Maggie, Rose and the “Supervet”

Exciting times ahead, spoiler alert! Our much loved ponies, Dame Maggie and Princess Rose, met Channel 4’s “The Supervet” (Noel Fitzpatrick) last week on a visit to The Heart of Kent Hospice. The ponies and their human keepers, including Equilibrium Director Alexandra Taskin, spent the day spreading cheer and smiles with the hospice’s staff and visitors.  More to follow, watch …

Pony magic

I’m always amazed at the effect our mini shetlands can conjure up on the people they work with. Noah has a range of neuro-diversity challenges including autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia and sensory issues. He visits Dame Maggie and Princess Rose every other week. We do a range of structured and non structured activities: from grooming, mucking out, making up feeds to …

Lets talk about the horse in the Board Room

It’s not only elephants. How often do we let the important questions go unasked? Or awkwardly or politely talk around the real-issues? How often do we feel unable to challenge behaviour, performance or opinions? It is difficult enough amongst peers, but what about in the leadership hierarchy or upwardly within the organisational structure of businesses? Leaders need feedback too. It …

Equilibrium and Blue Cross at War

As many of our friends will know our wonderful ponies Dame Maggie and Princess Rose came to us through the important work of Blue Cross.  Since they have been with us they have helped and brought joy to countless people. We are so proud of our own mini heroes. It is with great pride that there work is being celebrated …

Mental Health First Aid

Passe-Partout Consulting and Equilibrium for Life CIC are very pleased now to be able to offer Mental Health First Aider training. Training MHFA England programmes aligns very strongly with our commitment to the wellbeing and resilience of the individual in the workplace. It is widely recognised that 1 in 6 adults in the workplace will be experiencing some kind of …

What is “The art of BEING at work”?

Actors say that one should never work with small children and animals. Why so? Well there is congruence and honesty about them. There is no act or pretence. They are in the moment. And this establishes a presence, which we all intuitively recognise, and subconsciously we gravitate to that. As adults too often our presence is lost, as we are consumed …

Compassion and Courage at work

Compassion at work? With Mental Health Awareness Week upon us it felt a very appropriate time to be joining a conference on Compassion in Leadership. The conference was the brainchild of Professor Paul Gilbert, author of The Compassionate Mind (2009, Constable and Robinson) and founder of The Compassionate Mind Foundation. Mr Gilbert’s opening address set a clear steer for the …

Developing Mindfulness at Work

Mindfulness at work Equilibrium for Life have recently completed a four week foundation programme for a Kent based Local Authority. The sessions were delivered over consecutive weeks and were a mixture of experiential group practice and related topical content. There were just over 50 delegates who were encouraged to undertake daily practice between sessions and develop an awareness of their …