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Workshops on Maslow's Hierarchy of needs for Small Groups and Individuals
Meeting Our Needs
Human beings are motivated by the requirement to meet their needs.
The well known psychologist, Abraham Maslow, (1970) developed a simple and wise model to explain a ‘hierarchy of needs’ (see below). He explained that we need to satisfy these needs in the order from one at the bottom of the triangle to five at the top.
While agreeing with what Maslow teaches in terms of the differentiation of needs and the sequence to satisfy them, at Thistledown Country Retreat, we emphasise that the planning process needs to follow the opposite sequence – ‘keeping the end in mind’, as Dr Steven Covey teaches in his seven habits of highly effective people.
People often only focus on Levels one and two and so lose direction and wonder ‘what is it all for?’ Self Actualisation’ and ‘Self Esteem’ are the keys for a sense of destiny and ‘getting there’. They set a context for the other levels. At ‘Thistledown Country Retreat’, the focus is here.
Meeting Our Needs
Thistledown Country Retreat is tucked away in the ‘highlands’ of the Border Ranges in South East Queensland near Mt Barney and the New South Wales Border. Here, nestled on acreage, is a Queenslander homestead and a cozy cottage designed to ensure a ‘get away from it all’ experience where people can re-focus with some expert facilitation and relaxing ‘old world’ Federation (1901) Australian space.
Time at Thistledown Country Retreat on a Hierarchy of Needs Workshop is about action learning in examining what it is that people really want out of being on this planet and setting targets and goals to achieve this. Most of us get so busy that we forget what living really is. We define success (often only at Level 1 and 2 material levels), rush at it with amazing vigour, self-sacrifice and investment to arrive and find that we are not necessarily happy.
A Hierarchy of Needs Workshop is an opportunity to revisit the understanding of a meaningful life while savouring the ambience of mountains and federation dignity and style as a basis to look forward to shape a happy future.
Hierarchy of Needs Workshops
1. Focus Workshop. Two days and nights of examining Self Actualisation needs, working through:
2. Break Through Workshop. Two days and nights in a follow on from Focus usually conducted within three months to explore:
3. Waltzing Matilda Workshop. The phrase ‘waltzing matilda’ comes from the Australian nineteenth century slang for carrying one’s pack and walking. The Waltzing Matilda Workshop is about capturing the Australian essence in oneness with the bush. This workshop is not a mandatory step but it is oriented to those who want to have the skills to manage time alone in the bush. As well as covering personal development, this involves:
4. Bear Cave Workshop. A ‘Bear Cave Workshop’ captures the imagery of the bear going into a cave to hibernate and then coming out in Spring refreshed and revitalised. The Bear Cave Workshop is a follow on from the above and is designed to give the skills for maximum autonomy for a safe and truly meaningful but challenging experience. It involves varying lengths of time alone (eight days is best) in silence with daily mentoring to gain a positive, proactive, and energised approach to life. A choice of fully catered venues includes: