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This lock down period has given us the chance to stop and
re-examine what really matters to us and our families.

...being able to quiet the negative voices that keep you awake at night.
...knowing you will thrive despite the chaos and uncertainty.
...having confidence in your creativity and achieving your goals.
...getting along peacefully with those you love.
...having a clear sense of purpose. your best life, no matter what.

Let's Journey Together

Instead of being constantly worried about the future, wondering if we're good enough, and feeling stressed because we're overwhelmed by not knowing what to do next, we have the opportunity to learn how to quiet our negative thoughts, listen to our intuition, and stay centered.

And since we're forced to live under the same roof 24/7 with our entire family, we have a rare window of time to create new patterns in our relationships. Instead of driving each other crazy and tuning out in front of screens, we can learn to deeply listen and tune in to one another. 

I present to you the CIJourney Insight for Life for Kids and Teens and the CIJ Clarity Catalyst for adults, beginning May 12. Taught live online, both special programs are based on a Stanford University masters degree course developed in 1979 to elevate human potential through mindfulness and emotional intelligence. The mindset shifts learned over four weeks will be life-changing for your daughter and for you, just as they've been for thousands of others.

Now that we're no longer running around on the hamster wheel of life, we have the chance to go deeper within and discover new ways of living that are more fulfilling and meaningful. This unique moment offers us the space to reflect on aspects of ourselves that may have been holding us back, and that up until now we've brushed under the rug because we were too busy.  

The CIJourney Insight for Life is a 60-minute, bi-weekly course for teenage girls. Taught over four weeks, your daughter will learn tools to reduce stress and anxiety, stay centered, and trust herself. When she falls off the horse in life, she'll remember the tools she learned in these four weeks. Instead of feeling like a failure, wallowing in self-pity, and wanting to give up, she'll dust herself off, stand tall, and get back in the saddle again. Imagine your relief when your daughter asks you for advice, gets creative about finding solutions, and knows that she will find a way forward.

My intention in offering this course is to help you prepare your daughter to go out into the world with self-confidence, resilience, and a sense of purpose.

She’ll realize that it’s OK to ask for help. She’ll be offered a new way of seeing that life is actually happening for her, not against her. She’ll wake up to self-awareness and access to her own intuition so that she can successfully find a creative solution to any roadblock that life puts in her path. She'll learn how to get past fear and procrastination. She'll remember to take care of herself, listen to her heart, and do what gives her joy

Before taking this course, I was under the impression I had reached the limit of my creativity and skills in general. However, as the course progressed, Sydel helped me discover new methods to approach and resolve challenging situations. I've reawakened a creative side I didn't know existed and removed mental as well as physical clutter. I continue to use the tools I gained and am enjoying newfound clarity, focus and drive.

Paola Avila, OLP '93

I invite parents to also learn these life-changing skills during group sessions held just for you, in the evenings.

Even more profound transformations take place when parents and teens go on this Journey of self-discovery at the same time. The CIJ Clarity Catalyst 4-week adult class includes 90-minute bi-weekly evening classes, weekly peer-coaching sessions, and one 30-minute private coaching session with me.

By going on this journey together, you’ll create a common language in your home around mindfulness and emotional intelligence. When everyone around you is letting go of stress, anxiety, judgment, and overwhelm, learning instead to enjoy being in the moment, you’ll see positive changes in your relationships. You’ll remind each other to practice the tools, hold each other accountable, and most importantly, hold a respectful, sacred space for everyone to grow and blossom.

Now is the time to stop, reflect, and choose a new way of living peacefully, confidently, and with purpose. 

The first 4 classes are spent building a foundation in essential tools for creativity:
• Session 1: Faith in Your Own Creativity – Cultivating Creativity
• Session 2: Absence of Judgment – Cultivating Confidence
• Session 3: Mindfulness – Cultivating Focus &Attention
• Session 4: Powerful Questions – Cultivating Intuition

The next 4 classes are spent going more deeply into the tools as students apply them to four general school/life challenges:
• Session 5: Purpose and Vision – Cultivating Gifts & Talents
• Session 6: Time Management – Cultivating Organization
• Session 7: Relationships – Cultivating Compassion with Self and Others
• Session 8: Bringing Your Creativity & Vision into the World – Cultivating Courage

In addition to the specific weekly topics, the program is organized around 2 themes:
1. Discovering yourself, your creative resources, and your highest potential
2. Applying creativity and mindfulness lessons to make significant progress in academics, sports, career, and in life.

Finally, the program culminates with a powerful closing class where students tap into their greatest creative resources.

Especially during our current state of quarantine and isolation, coming together in (virtual) community and making the choice to use this unique moment as an opportunity to learn and grow will help our families, and our world, come out of this crisis stronger, closer, more peaceful, and with a renewed sense of purpose.

I am honored to be a part of your journey. Please join us.

CIJ Insight for Life: Feedback from Students 

I learned how to ask for help.

 In this class you see other people are going through the same things, so you know you're not alone. I learned to express my emotions, which I never did before, and how to be in the present moment. Instead of worrying, I now trust the process, go with the flow, and know that I have the tools to go through with everything. I also realized that it's good to ask for help. 

Arana R, OLP '20

I now trust myself.

Before taking CIJ I was insecure about a lot of things and was stressing out a lot. Now I know how to trust the process, not use any judgement, forgive myself and trust what's coming next. I also learned how to trust my own intuition. Now before bed I meditate and it really helps to clear my mind from stress. 

Lily B, OLP '20

I learned how to stay focused.

Going into depth with the tools was eye-opening and gave me new perspectives on life. I learned how to stay focused in class even when my mind kept wandering to different places. This class also helped me to be more sure of myself in making decisions, especially when my indecisiveness starts to take over.

Savina C, OLP '20

Hear from other teens...

Learn about the results of this life-changing course from past CIJ students.

Intro Workshop

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Learn more about this life-changing mindset course from Stanford University in this short presentation by me, your Catalyst Coach. I look forward to meeting you!

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