Nourish 2017 Parent Workshop

Lead by Adam Clark

Yokohama International School

Introduction Topics

Guiding Questions



Topic 1 - Introduction to Living Wisely - NYT Article

Fundamentals of Neuroplasticity

What is wisdom? How do you define it? How have others defined it? Where does it come from? How do we become wise? Where can we turn for wisdom?

Dictionary Def - “the fact of being based on sensible or wise thinking”

Icebreaker - Zen Sand

What is the relationship between Wellness and Wisdom?

Wisdom Scorecard

Circle your top 10 from this list then rank them in order of 1 -10 with the 1 be the most important.

Neuroplasticity (short) -

Dr Boyd - (FYI only - please view later) - chemical, structural, functional

New York Times - How to live wisely

Wisdom Scorecard Questions -

Optional Sessions

Guiding Questions




What activities are important to you?

Describe one aspect of how you are spending a significant amount of your time?

Which activities (work or otherwise) involve the things that are important to you?

What about a project you are currently working on excites you?

What is something you are involved in that seems stuck or stagnant?

From the ideas shared in this discussion is there something you would like to change? If so, what?

Read - In 2017 Pursue Meaning Instead of Happiness

Discuss article as needed

What do you know?

What puzzles you?

What can you explore?

Play Large Die Discussion Activity

  • In turn have a member of the group roll the large die with the questions on it.
  • Share an answer to the question with your group members.
  • The person to the left of the roller/answerer must ask a follow-up question that either clarifies or expands the answer provided before the next person rolls.

If time watch the Surprising Science of Happiness

Article -

Surprising Science of Happiness

Play and Wisdom

How are play and wisdom connected?

What are some of your memories of a playful experience of childhood? Share those memories.

Watch the Play as Therapy, Play as Tradition (to about 6 min)

Discuss as needed

What do you know?

What puzzles you?

What can you explore?

Play “Heads Up” - Need ACs iPad

Debrief Questions -

What were some highlights for you?

Play as Therapy and Tradition

The Value of Play - Video

The Promise of Play - Corporate Adult Innovation to 13:15

Wisdom in Relationships

What does it mean to be wise in relationships?  

1) Formative Discussion in Table Groups - What is Wisdom in Relationships?

2) Individual Research - Go to Rookie Magazine’s Ask a Grown Section and see what pearls of wisdom you can pick up from 2 or 3 interviews.

Take the advice you heard and distill it down to the critical phrase. Write it on the board under the stage in a relationship where you think it has the most value - Beginning, Building, Maintaining, Ending.

3) Next select a stage of a relationship where you would like to know more and find an insightful quote about that part of a relationship?

What is Wisdom In Relationships Sheet?

Rookie Magazine - Ask a Grown

How can we move a relationship with a letter?

Choose one of the pieces of advice that you heard from one the people on Rookie that you would like to work further with.

Next think of a relationship that you would like to move forward somehow (It could be to end one, too). Describe that briefly - you don't need to use names. Use the planning sheet linked to the right. 


Write a letter to that person (At least 4 paragraphs - 4 sentences minimum per paragraph) that would move the relationship forward in a way that models a quality of "wisdom in relationships" from your sheet is fine.


Say how you expect your letter would advance the relationship and which relationship wisdom quality you see in it.

Moving a Relationship with a Letter Project Planning Document

Positive Awareness - Positive Psych Intro

How can we direct our attention to maintain awareness on regular aspects of life that uplift and maintain us?

How can we direct attention to the little things that give us a boost?

Habits of Happiness include noticing the great stuff.

Go the website and find 2 or 3 noticed things that resonate with you for some (any) reason. Share those with the people around you.


Read this piece by Thich Nhat Hahn on breath oriented mindfulness

Amazing Photo Walk - 

  • Take a walk outside (remember we have that beautiful park across the street) and capture 3 images that share something worth noticing.

By “worth noticing” we mean they give you boost for whatever reason.

On Mindfulness -

Shared Slide Presentation -