"The freedom to create one's self is the foundational freedom of all life. One current definition of "life" in biology is that something is alive if it is capable of producing itself.
The word is auto-poiesis, from the same root as poetry. Every living being is author of its own existence, and continues to create itself through its entire life span."
Margaret J. Wheatley
"I have been a registered nurse for 13 years, predominantly working in the critical care areas as an Emergency and Intensive Care nurse. I thrive on helping others in all aspects of my life and am lucky that nursing allows me to care for others professionally. As my career has progressed, however, I have noticed that I am taking longer to recover from the personal toll it can take and have begun to question how sustainable this role is for me, and where I belong.
Pippa’s leadership, guidance and compassion have provided me with great comfort and direction. Our work together has revealed that helping myself is in fact helping others. I have developed strategies, am learning self-compassion, and find myself building my resilience. I feel like Pippa is holding my hand every step of the way. She is caring, pragmatic and professional. Our sessions together leave me feeling supported in taking charge of my future."
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse, Royal Children's Hospital
"Having had the opportunity to collaborate with Pippa on governance projects in the non-profit sector, I knew her working style and approach to wellness would be a good fit for the wellbeing program we wanted to introduce at the Craig. Pippa’s natural empathy complements her expertise in this field and sets her apart from her peers. She is a joy to work with!"
Lil Barac Macey, former President and Chair, Craig Family Centre Committee of Management
"I needed to stop and think about what I was doing. My working life and habits were wearing me down. Initially, my questions related to what I wanted to achieve in my professional life. Working with Pippa, however, I moved towards higher level questions such as: “who do I want to be, above and beyond my achievements?” This is what Pippa helped me with and it paid off in spades – both for me and for the organisation! Ultimately it was a beautiful turnaround. I was gently led by Pippa to the understanding that in many ways I was already “there…”
Professor Tony Lamontagne, Professor of Work, Health and Wellbeing, Institute of Health Transformation, Deakin University; Honorary, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Melbourne University
As a long-term student of Tibetan Buddhism I have been abundantly privileged to prepare for, receive, and pass on each of “preliminary” teachings from the Six Great Books of Buddhism covering the same topics that comprise a monastic Geshe Degree in condensed form, studying: The Perfection of Wisdom (Prajna Paramita), Middle-Way Philosophy (Madhyamika), Higher Knowledge (Abhidharma), Buddhist Discipline (Vinaya), Logic and Perception (Pramana), and The Steps to Buddhahood (Lam Rim).
Due especially to the unrivalled kindness of Jampay Dorje, I have been able to receive instruction in those additional topics outlined by Lama Tsongkapa as the “the Actual Path” in the Book of Three Beliefs, including Master Naropa’s Eleven Yogas of creation stage and the Six Yogas of completion stage. It is my great honour to participate in the outstanding endeavour and projects of some of the extraordinary practitioners devoted to the benefit of others.
Painter and digital Thangka artist Jampay Dorje
Center For Contemplative Research
Once Upon a Time I kept my Organisational Development life and my meditation studies in separate life compartments, but they now dovetail regularly. Increasingly, I find that leadership clients and mentees request guidance and support in meditation as part of their mentoring, whilst my long-term meditation students have also begun to request leadership development practices!