Strengthening the Core

Strengthening the Core

Are you a fundraiser in the arts & cultural sector? Are you done with feeling overwhelmed?


Strengthening the Core is for arts fundraisers who would like to build their collective and personal resilience. The programme uses a unique blend of discussion and movement to build on existing self-care, communication and resilience skills, and give people greater resources to respond to difficult situations and conflict. 


We are delighted to be running this programme in partnership with facilitator Milla Gregor, founder of Movement for Change. Milla has been working in the UK voluntary sector for the past 18 years and has volunteered and been involved in activism since childhood. As well as running Movement for Change, she currently provides evaluation and research support to charities. You can find out more about her story and how Movement for Change came about on her website.


Over eight weeks, the programme enables enquiry into the sources of exhaustion and overwhelm, and ways to address the individual and organisational contributors to feelings of burnout. You will gain practical experience of the resilience-building tools of yoga and self-care. This is a space to reflect and work alongside people in a similar role and with shared experiences, from a range of different organisations.


This programme is for:

The programme is designed for fundraisers in their first (or early) management role who experience the unique set of pressures that the arts sector presents. These can include unrealistic expectations from colleagues, competition with other organisations, working in isolation, or balancing the conflicting needs of trustees, leadership and funders. A lack of resources might limit capacity, while a lack of information can hinder high-quality reporting. 


Some might experience anxiety at a constant high level of scrutiny, or sense of helplessness in the face of the needs of colleagues, participants and artists. All of these factors can make it difficult to prioritise rest and self-care, and drive cycles of stress, overwork and burnout. This programme supports reflection and the ability to interrupt or challenge organisational and individual challenges.


What will I gain?

  • More experience of embodied movement and yoga
  • More self-care tools, including a plan for a sustainable personal practice
  • More embodied tools for working with challenging emotions and situations
  • Shared ideas for building a more resilience-enabling culture (self-care + other-care)
  • More resources for taking your learning further


Many participants also report that they find on-going support through the programme community, whether informally or by continuing shared practice with Movement for Change. 


‘I am more mindful of my response before I respond to something. I am more aware of what is happening when I respond so I don’t respond immediately, which is very helpful.’


What happens?

The programme will be delivered over eight consecutive weeks, with each session lasting for 2.25 hours. Sessions will run from 5.15pm – 7.30pm and be delivered over Zoom. The course is fully accessible for different bodies and body-types and requires no prior experience of yoga.  


Each 2.25 hour session is divided between embodied yoga and group discussion. There’s a short break in the middle as well as options throughout to switch activities and to have screenbreaks. The workshop section will include small group discussions as well as opportunities to journal, draw and reflect individually. 


Each week covers a different theme, with themes weaving together over the course of the programme. Materials are drawn from teachings on yoga, meditation, non-violence and self-care, as well as the lived experience of the group, the facilitator and others involved in social change, or service. The themes include: 


  • Community-building and deep listening
  • Values reflection, sources of flourishing and exhaustion in your workplaces 
  • Working constructively with anger
  • Communication and conflict
  • Delivering a high-quality no
  • Power and privilege reflection
  • You and your devices, building shared resilience at work 
  • Collective problem-solving and next steps 


Participants are encouraged to try things out in between sessions, and to design personal and collective practices that can support them in the long term. There are also opportunities throughout the workshop for participant feedback, with flexibility built in so that the material is continuously adapted to the group’s priorities.


What will it cost?

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will subsidise two thirds of the individual cost of attending this programme. The cost to arts fundraisers is £80+VAT which covers all sessions, a detailed welcome call, inter-session care, and an optional 1:1 embodied coaching session for each participant. There are 15 places available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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Course Staff

Milla Gregor

Milla has worked in the UK voluntary sector for the past 18 years, and has been a volunteer and involved in activism since childhood. She has experienced both the joys of this work, and its burnout-inducing challenges. As well as running Movement for Change, she provides evaluation and research support to charities.