Workshop: Developing your Inner Power

With Dr. Scilla Elworthy

A workshop on how Inner Power is needed to master your outer action – tools for inner peace and exercises to master fear and master outer action as well as an exercise on the power of focused listening.

Double the effectiveness of your actions in the world

We know that many efforts to “Save the World” fail because of conflict and disharmony within the individual or the group.  It is therefore essential to build self-knowledge and self-awareness because otherwise our unresolved emotions, like anger and fear, can be projected out onto others.
In this workshop, we will investigate, through stories, exercises and discussion, what this means for us individually and how we develop Inner Peace.  This workshop will also teach you the vital skill of giving your full attention to another person through focused listening.

Back Ground Information

"I have witnessed close up how the degree of presence of peace builders in conflict areas can vastly increase the effectiveness of their work. This means inner work – daily reflection – to deepen our self-knowledge and awareness. I know this from 21 years’ work with Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics.  I then founded Peace Direct (2002) to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas and co-founded Rising Women Rising World (2013), and FemmeQ (2016). You can read about the skills needed in my latest book The Business Plan for Peace:  Building a World Without War (2017) or watch my TED talk on nonviolence viewed by over 1,400,000 people.



All levels
3-hour workshop

About Dr. Scilla Elworthy

"The change that has to take place, has to take place inside... It is my response, it's my attitude to suppression that I have got control over, that I can do something about. What I need to develop is Self-knowledge. I need to know how I tick, when I collapse, where my formidable points are, where my weaker points are.
When do I give in and what will I stand up for?" 

– Scilla Elworthy, during TEDxExeter

Scilla Elworthy is a world-renowned peace-builder & Nobel Peace Prize nominee (3 times!). She founded Peace Direct in 2003 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas and was the adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2014, FemmeQ in 2016 and advises the leadership of selected international corporations; her TED talk on non-violence has been viewed by over 1,300,000 people. Her latest book The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War (2017) and her book Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works (2014) received recognition from experts in the field.

Find the courage to live a life more true to yourself.

Scilla concentrates on what the world really gets drawn to, what the world sees, which is energy. She helps people with living the life they want, with good health, a sense of our own sensuality and how useful we can be. She believes, like we also do, that: Peace is possible!

During this years' conference on October 6th and 7th, Scilla shares with us how to combine inner power with outer action. Next to that, she will join a women's panel; four strong and inspirational women (including Lama Tsultrim Allione), will be sharing their vision of female leadership and how to embody the feminine qualities (FemmeQ).

"There is no greater wrong than living in fear. There is no greater misfortune than having an enemy. There is no greater illusion than trying to defend yourself. Whoever is free from all fear, will forever be safe. This is the time for you to deeply compute the impossibility that there is anything but grace. This is the time to know that everything you do is sacred."


Dr. Scilla Elworthy will be sharing her wisdom at Wisdom in Business too, find more information about this sister-event, which will be on Friday October 5th, here



The beautiful Vondelkerk, located next to the Vondelpark, has a rich history. With it’s painted ceiling, gothic architecture and deep grounding energy, this is a very sacred space. The church was designed by Cuypers, also the master behind iconic buildings like Amsterdam Central Station and the Rijksmuseum. Cuypers had many ideas about what the ideal society looked like, and the Vondelkerk is an expression of that. We believe that the practice of yoga and meditation leads to a new society, and practicing inner peace in the Vondelkerk is meant to be.

Why do we practice Inner Peace in a church?

Churches are designed to channel universal wisdom to the people. Their locations are always chosen with a clear mind, their energetic field functioning as the nadis of the city. These urban sanctuaries are charged with spiritual energy. By practicing inner peace in these sacred places, we tap into this energy. Here we can come in oneness with the universe and go beyond religion.


"We need individuals like Dr. Elworthy to start the work of preventing war. This has been my personal dream for many years."

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"Peace is not a Utopia. In her usual inspiring prose, Scilla Elworthy convinces us that each of us in our own way, everywhere, can contribute to making peace real. Most importantly, she tells us how."

– Dr Kalypso Nicolaidis, Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford

Join us for a life
of Inner Peace