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Brought together at Warwick Camp for the often arduous task of confronting inner obstacles, a team of 19 young adults has emerged from the latest Mirrors residential programme.

Eleven women and eight men last week completed the six-day residential, where they gathered in the course room on day three under the tutelage of Chia Vasquez.

Ms Vasquez hails from the US programme Uncommon Results — the organisation from which the Mirrors Programme was developed.

For the young adults who sign up to Mirrors, the residential is just the start: nine months follow, during which time they work with committed partners to stick with their goals.

The Royal Gazette was invited in to get a taste of what the programme is like.

“For the last couple of days, they’ve shared what life is like for them, what their truths are for themselves, what it’s been like dealing with it — and what’s been getting in their way,” acting assistant coordinator Vernelda Perinchief-Tatem explained.

“They’ve been asked what’s the one thing that, if they had it, would make them happy, fulfilled, satisfied — be that a job, money, self confidence. That’s what their reality is right now. In this next process, they are going to have the opportunity to see that there’s a different truth available for them.”

What structures the programme and motivates participants to continue — and what also enables the personal transformation of Mirrors to take place — is the basic agreements that Mirrors participants make.

Confidentiality and trust is a key component of Mirrors, and individual specifics cannot be reported.

But for the participants gathered in a Bermuda Regiment canteen room, the issues bothering them prompted tears, smiles of encouragement and bursts of applause.

A California-based workshop coordinator, Ms Vasquez guided discussions on the nature of insight, sharing and what it means to open up — all the while goading participants to explore pockets of inner silence.

The course room’s edge was cordoned with volunteers of all sorts, ranging from supervisors to water-carriers, with two volunteers ferrying microphones to and fro as participants rose to speak.

It’s the first residential programme seen for some time, following the cancellation of last year’s planned Mirrors residential — hit by the double-blow of budget cuts and the closure of its former site in the West End, the Willowbank hotel.

The latest gathering, known as cohort eight, was a co-ed camp for 15- to 18-year-olds. They will graduate next year from the programme but volunteers remain badly needed for the different Mirrors courses currently on offer.

To find out more, contact Carla Zuill of Mirrors at 294-9295, or clzuill@gov.bm.

Young people working on a new way of thinking to achieve personal goals are seen on the square at Warwick Camp being coached through rigorous exercise at the Mirrors residential programme.
Coach Carla Zuill calls the number of correct jumps performed by a young participant doing exercises during the Mirrors residential programme at Warwick Camp.
<B>How you can help</B>

The New Beginnings $1 Million Campaign is a one-year fundraising drive launched by The Royal Gazette with the New Beginnings Education Trust.

Our goal: to help the Mirrors Programme revive its community programme for 19- to 24-year-old men — and to support further education for graduates of Mirrors and other personal transformation programmes.

Donations can be made to Butterfield account 20006060308881200

For enquiries, contact trust founder Kerry Judd at newbeginningstrust@northrock.bm.

Planning a fundraiser or willing to share a story? Write jbell@royalgazette.bm or jdeacon@royalgazette.bm to let us know

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Published November 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Updated November 15, 2012 at 3:51 am)

Young adults confront inner obstacles through Mirrors

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