Dare to invest in the future.
We will start to connect young people with themselves and others and challenge them in the 2019 Youth Capital of Europe Novi Sad in Serbia.
It’s difficult for them to discover who they are and where they want to be in life because they believe everything needs to be bigger, faster and fancier these days. The lack of inspirational role models and appropriate support from adults or family is something that is missing as well. Being 24-7 connected to the entire world before they know how to connect with themselves or their inner circle.
We want to find a way to make it possible for the youth to understand the fundamentals of being human to feel, accept, love, connect and act from their own heart and strength.
It’s time to Shift and to invests in the future because the youth are the pillars of social, economic and political development.
Vesna is the first one in Serbia and the rest of the Balkan who taught mindfulness for youth and children. She founded in 2016 her NGO Mindful centre-association for children, youth and families and worked with around 1000 people in the last 4 years. When it comes to her educational background, she is a pedagogist (educator) and master manager in education and currently in studies to become a psychotherapist, but her experience is mostly connected with working within NGO sector as a coordinator, mentor, teacher…
In Novi Sad, Serbia, Vesna is well known for her work as a Mindfulness teacher for kids & teens (based on the method of Eline Snel Mindfulness Matters) and adults (based on Mindful-Based Stress Reduction MBSR). She started her Mindfulness journey in 2014 and since the end of 2015 she has been teaching Mindfulness, providing workshops, training, one on one coaching to many people in Balkan region as well as abroad where she worked in Thailand at New life foundation (a mindful-based recovery centre) as a counsellor and Mindfulness workshop facilitator.
Spreading the idea, values and practice of Mindfulness in Serbia and the Balkan is a tough journey, because as an ex-communist country people are still quite close to the ideas of meditation and mindfulness, but that doesn’t hold me back to spread our mission. I’m surprised that we already managed to spark the interest of so many people… – Vesna
Last year Vesna started a new initiative with her partner André from the Netherlands called Shift Mindful in which they want to provide a sustainable 7-weeks free online and offline mindfulness-based program for young people from Serbia and also to train new trainers to do the same.
After 7 years of running his successful Web Development company Techtwo in the Netherlands, André lost himself in depression and addiction that led to burnout. This created an opportunity for him to fulfil his dream of exploring himself, the world and beyond. A wonderful journey that brought him new insights and transformed his belief system of what life is about.
My mission is to encourage and inspire the new generations on their journey of self-discovery and purpose, by using my old corporate and digital skills together with my personal experience. – André
Founder at Play Center Novi Sad
Life harmonization expert
Founder of Effinity Consultation
Leslie de Jong
Quality of Life Coach at Communicatie-Academie
Body and Movement expert
Emotional regulation expert
Co-founder From love we grow
National leader Familylab Serbia
Business psychology expert
Culture guru & Founder at Nolost Capital
Founder at Handpicked agencies
Phd psychology researcher
Psychologist at Play Center Novi Sad
We mixing the best of both worlds online and offline learning together to keep a personal touch and make it possible to scale and make a real impact in the world.
Stay motivated and on track.
Check-in daily and receive inspiration -in the form of video, audio or written word- together with exercises related to the weekly theme. Our online learning environment is specially designed to give you the most supportive learning experience by keeping you on track and showing your progress.
Organize your own time.
Our online learning environment is specially designed to give you the most supportive learning experience by keeping you on track and showing your progress.
Discover & Practice together.
Join the weekly experiential workshops together with your fellow students to learn more about the weekly topics. Our experienced team created al the richly -learning, exercises, movement and group discussions- designed workshops, especially for The Shift.
The workshops will be presented offline to a selected group, but all the other participants can join it on our lifestream.
Interviews and Q&A with professionals.
We will welcome every week a respected expert from the field connected to the topic of the week. The guest speakers will be psychotherapists, trainers, coaches, psychologists, entrepreneurs etc. Enrich your life and be inspired by like-minded people looking for the same meaning.
You're not on your own.
You discuss along with other students the weekly themes during and after your intense process of change. Join interesting circles -man & women circle, reflection circle- and connect with fellow students or mentors who are sharing your interests.
Find and Share together inspiration.
Share with other students inspiration -books, videos, movies, speeches- and add them to your read and watchlist. Follow other students with the same interest to widen your horizon.