The Essence Foundation is a non-profit personal development organization, established in London in 2003 by Dr Menis Yousry.
It is now presented in 16 locations in Europe and the Middle East. The Essence Foundation offers four different courses which all differ in structure and content and are both highly practical and experiential.
The Foundation Course
introduces the full range of Dr Yousry's work enabling participants to experience living in a different way and take these principles directly into their lives.
The Advance Course
takes this work to a far greater depth, making it ideal for those who wish to work further on the practical application of these principles.
The Leadership Course
is a challenge for the courageous and the determined. It embraces a variety of techniques and experiences intended to provide the practical and emotional inspiration, support and encouragement to creatively achieve very specific life goals in real time over a three month duration.
The Relationships Course
offers a very powerful experience in really understanding exactly how implicit memories from our past can affect relationships in the present. Participants can attend either on their own or with a significant person in their lives such as their partner, spouse, friend, parent or family member. The course explores the deep influences of our parents, families of origin and previous generations. The main focus is on how to make your loving relationship succeed.
The Essence Foundation is a non-profit organisation run almost entirely by volunteers who have benefited personally from the course. course fees cover the hiring of the venue, transport, equipment and other operational costs.
Essence Foundation courses are not 'therapy' in the conventional sense but an experiential educational process. However, the facilitator draws on a number of different approaches
including Gestalt, Social Psychology, Family Constellation work, Systemic Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuropsychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming in his work with the
People from all different backgrounds do the seminar – Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and, of course, many people who have no religious beliefs at all. The Essence Foundation
could be described as "spiritual" with a small "s" in that it deals with the human spirit.
At the root of the Essence approach is the belief that each person starts life with unlimited possibilities . Yet as life goes on, we can have experiences that cause us to close down the
natural loving part of us, our spontaneity and creativity.
These experiences usually take place in childhood, where the patterns are laid down for later adult patterns of behaviour. Even those from the happiest of families have experiences in life that can lead us to develop fears and anxieties about ourselves and others.
Common ones are that we are just not good enough, we can't have what we want in life, we may be rejected, humiliated or hurt, there is something "different" about us. Often these fears
are not conscious, but they determine how we behave in life.
Through Essence courses, people begin to see who they really are underneath - sometimes for the first time in many years. There are a wide variety of different experiential activities over the period of the course. These include interactive processes involving the whole group, exercises done with a partner or a smaller group, discussion and sharing of feelings, guided meditation and games. All aspects of the course take place in a very gentle, safe atmosphere of trust.
Most people find they come out of Essence courses with increased self-esteem and a sense of their own unique qualities and strengths. However, other benefits are as varied and manifold
as the people who do the seminar. They include greater peace of mind, stronger sense of purpose and more energy and vitality.
Essence Courses are a worthwhile learning experience for everybody, especially if your life is going well; you will be extremely well positioned to capitalise on all the
benefits. Participating in an Essence course will show you that there is always more to learn and that there are many opportunities to enrich your life further and to