16 Guidelines

“I have been implementing the 16 Guidelines in our classroom over the past three years. During this time, I have noticed that the children’s emotional and social awareness has been greatly enhanced. They have become more aware of their daily interactions with their peers and can often be heard reminding one another of the Guidelines through out the day.” - Linda Manazzone, early school educator, McMaster Children’s Centre preschool program, Ontario, Canada

The 16 Guidelines programme provides a simple, robust and flexible framework for developing empathy, compassion and resilience in daily life, suitable for both educational curricula and for personal and professional development.

The programme offers a range of practical tools and resources designed to promote reflection on the way we think, speak, act, and find meaning in life, presented through a mixture of exercises, group work and discussion. Benefits include:

  • increased emotional resilience
  • better relationships, at work and at home
  • a greater capacity for insight and personal reflection
  • a greater sense of well-being, confidence and purpose

You can study the book 16 Guidelines: The Basics in one of five different languages; attend a Level One introductory workshop with online follow-up; follow the 16 Guidelines training pathway to become an accredited 16 Guidelines facilitator; and access a range of resources for different age groups and audiences.

Since their launch in Sydney in 2006, the 16 Guidelines have been adopted by thousands of people in 23 different countries, and catalysed a wide range of activities in education, youth work, health and social care, business leadership, family support, and community activism. They are inspired by an 7th century Tibetan text and were the first programme directly created by FDCW.

For more information see www.16guidelines.org.

Read more about the 16 Guidelines survey undertaken in 2013.