Welcome to the Monkey House!
Grow Emotional Intelligence
'play away' Stress

Join us for our next workshop, find out how to escape Stress! (Scroll down to see events)

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About the Monkey House Project

What's up?

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According to E.O. Wilson, father of sociobiology

"Our problem is that we have

- Paleolithic Emotions

- Medieval Institutions and

- God-like Technology."

What a lethal trio! This is the age of rapid changes: 'escalation', 'data economy', merger of infotech and biotech, fast increasing role of algorithms, and so on. We are ill-prepared for what is coming at us. For effective Stress Management, for survival of highly agitating changes Emotional Intelligence is key - this is the focus of the Monkey House Project.

Yuval Noah Harari has much to say about the above, take a look at his website and read his excellent books 'Sapiens', 'Homo Deus' and '21 Lessons for the 21st Century'.

What's this 'Monkey Business'?

You may or may not know that the decisions you make are so quick, they happen before you 'think' them! The conscious, logical mind is slower than the 'deep brain', the 'monkey brain', your emotional command centre. The 'monkey' inside your head runs your life, and you don't even know it!

How can we face the world and its challenges when we don't know ourselves? Humans are very complex, also very diverse as a species - we are far from identical and this is true as much about our bodies as about our minds and emotions.

Stress plays a much greater role in our health and wellbeing than we think - suppressing the immune system, slowing cell regeneration and - it winds up our 'monkey brain', causing all the mischief! This is why a key to a happy life is the ability to manage stress, manage our emotions. Stress Management through improved Emotional Intelligence is the answer.

Here is the opportunity to explore and discover some profound stuff about yourself - 'meet your monkey' and learn to tame it...

How this 'monkey brain' runs your life is well explained by Prof. Steve Peters in his bestseller book 'The Chimp Paradox' - well worth reading...

What we do / Workshops / Events

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  • Interactive workshops, Presentations, Seminars on Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management, Non-Violent Communication, and more... (available now)
  • Individual training programmes, tuition and mentoring
  • Lifestyle / dietary adjustment support for weight loss (available now)
  • 'Therapeutic' work - Intelligent Movement, Breath Control, Meditation, yoga (available now)
  • Presentations by experts, specialists, larger symposia and conferences (coming later)

Events

04/08/2019

'Happy Monkey?' Emotional Intelligence Workshop (completed)

11.00am - 3.00pm

Holyhead Studios, 16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry CV1 3AU

Event Details

04/08/2019

'Happy Monkey?' Emotional Intelligence Workshop (completed)

  • Your emotional state will determine what happens to you in every situation. Your 'Monkey' acts at the speed of light (almost), and makes your decisions for you before you know it! Come along and work it out how to tame your monkey...
  • This workshop will focus on the 'Happy Monkey' state, exploring how to get to that space where negative emotions have the least room for interference with our decisions. Working with Emotional Intelligence principles we can train ourselves to manage emotions significantly better than we do now.
  • Is stress putting you into impossible situations, unable to control your emotions before it's too late? Training in breath control and meditation can go a long way to improve your wellbeing by reducing the impact of stress. We'll do a little practice of these at the workshop.
  • Vin will be your MoM (Minder of Monkeys) for the day. (Note that MoM is not a position of authority, but rather a coordinating one.)
  • Would you like to take part in building the Monkey House project? Stay back after the workshop, Vin will explain the development plan and the opportunities to participate.
  • You are welcome to contact Vin for further details - call (+44) 7850 045 799

Fee: £25 per person

Bring a friend: you get £5 discount  for every guest you bring

11.00am - 3.00pm

Holyhead Studios, 16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry CV1 3AU

20/08/2019

Welcome to the Monkey House! (Poznań, Poland)(completed)

18:00 - 21:00

Jogayam Studio, Kochanowskiego 4, 60-844 Poznań, Poland

Event Details

20/08/2019

Welcome to the Monkey House! (Poznań, Poland)(completed)

At this workshop we will explore our ‘internal dimensions’ – the conscious mind, the subconscious, the ’emotional self’ (our ‘feelings) and see how they contribute to and influence everything we do. This will be serious work, but conducted in a light-hearted, humorous, even entertaining way. I will first set the stage with an introductory talk followed by discussions. Once the ground is covered, we will try out some meditation techniques and some breath control (Pranayama) exercises to see how we can train ourselves to better manage our emotions and thoughts, to tame our wild ‘inner Monkey’.

The workshop fee will be Zł150, or Zł120 if you book before 31st of July. To book places, please  contact the host - Asia Burdzinska at he  studio.

I’m looking forward to doing some serious monkey business with you.

Vin (MoM)

Your host: Ervin Menyhárt (Vin for short), a professional trainer and yoga teacher with over three decades of experience.

18:00 - 21:00

Jogayam Studio, Kochanowskiego 4, 60-844 Poznań, Poland

15/09/2019

Meditation in Movement - The Dancing Monkey (completed)

11:00am - 3:00pm

Holyhead Studios,16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry CV1 3AU

Event Details

15/09/2019

Meditation in Movement - The Dancing Monkey (completed)

  • Discover how traveling through movement chains and static postures can create a meditative state. As you learn to lose yourself in this 'dance', the restless, deep part of your mind, the 'monkey', will become peaceful, calm, quiet.
  • Learn the techniques of 'attentive movement' using EFC (Energy Flow Control).
  • Employ additional 'focus tools' like breath control and gaze.
  • Create your own 'mini routine' of Monkey Dance so you can practice it at home.
  • Contact Vin for more details and to book places - 07850 045 799

Fee: £25 per person, £5 discount if you have attended the previous workshop, or if you bring a friend (only one discount per person applies).

11:00am - 3:00pm

Holyhead Studios,16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry CV1 3AU

09/11/2019

The 'Fearless Monkey' - Emotional Intelligence through physical training

10:30am - 3:30pm

Holyhead Studios, 16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry CV1 3AU

Event Details

09/11/2019

The 'Fearless Monkey' - Emotional Intelligence through physical training

Using posture and movement work from yoga, particularly back bending and inverted postures, we will 'test' how the deep 'monkey brain' interferes when we do challenging exercise.

  • This workshop in the Monkey House series focuses on overcoming negative emotions, in this case fear, using back bending and inversions. For these types of asana (postures) one needs a great deal of concentration, high quality awareness and attention to facilitate effective control.
  • By in-depth exploration of a wide range of back bending poses and their various techniques, we will make significant progress in opening the spine, the central axis of the body. This will have a positive impact on all other asana work as well as on our general health and wellbeing, physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • The inversions, such as hand stand, head stand, shoulder stand, etc, will improve our concentration as well as balance and overall control.

Please bring your yoga mat and a light lunch for the one hour lunch break. Herb teas, tea and coffee will be provided.

You are welcome to contact Vin for more details and to book places for the workshop. The fee will be £45 and you will get a discount of £5 if you bring an additional person with you. You can also get £5 off if you have attended the previous Monkey House workshop. (Only one discount per person applies.)

10:30am - 3:30pm

Holyhead Studios, 16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry CV1 3AU

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