A Well-being Journey for Global Development Professionals

Research shows staggering high rates of anxiety, depression, and burn-out in the global development sector. Having seen and experienced this first-hand, global development professionals and somatic facilitators Stine Chen and Tess Pairon have developed a model and body-oriented approach to well-being and stress management: The Somatic Compass. It is based on the latest neuroscience regarding how our nervous systems function, offering a map for navigating stress and well-being from a body-oriented perspective. We are teaming up with Partos, the Dutch trade organisation for development cooperation, to offer this well-being journey specifically targeted at global development professionals.

Are you balancing the demands of your career and personal life, yet often find yourself overwhelmed, stressed, and disconnected? Do you crave more balance and ease, and are you interested in exploring the mind-body connection and its potential to enhance your well-being and resilience? The extent to which we take care of ourselves directly influences the impact we can make. Prioritise your well-being today so you can feel better and make an even greater impact tomorrow!

The Somatic Compass is a somatic resourcing model developed by Tess Pairon of House of Madu and Stine Chen of Body-Mind Awareness. It offers four somatic approaches to resource yourself and positively influence your well-being. This is foundational nervous system work that rewires your programming when practiced regularly. If we learn to understand and work with our nervous systems we can enhance our self-awareness and intentionally move towards resilience.


Learn how to work with your biological design, instead of against it


Discover how your nervous system works and how stress uniquely manifests itself in you


Expand your toolkit of techniques for regulating and resourcing yourself


Improve your stress management skills and learn how to build resilience over time

A Somatic Compass for navigating well-being and resilience

Module 1: Embodied Awareness

Being attuned to the messages and signals of our bodies is the foundation of our well-being. This is the core principle and practice of the Somatic Compass, guiding us as we explore different somatic approaches to resourcing.

Module 2: Inner Resourcing

There is a whole well of resources within you at all times. Learn how our most primal resource – breathing – can support your well-being, explore how you can connect to your inner islands of safety, and discover the power of imagination for stress management.

Module 3: Relational Resourcing

We are social creatures wired for connection. Our nervous systems are constantly interacting with and influenced by other people’s nervous system. Learn how to strengthen your connection with others while supporting your own well-being through co-regulation.

Module 4: Environmental Resourcing

Discover how to support your natural state of well-being through connecting with the environment and deepening your relationship with nature.

Practical Information

The Somatic Compass series spans four weeks and comprises four modules, each consisting of a 2-hour live Zoom session and supplementary learning materials and home practices to integrate the teachings into your daily life.

This edition of the course specifically targets global development professionals and is offered at the following timeslot:

The live Zoom sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons from 2 PM to 4 PM CET, on May 28th, June 4th, 11th, and 18th.

Recordings of each session will be shared afterward, ensuring accessibility for those unable to attend or for individuals wishing to review the session.

The regular price for this course is € 225,- Partos members and their partner organisations can use the discount code Partos50 at checkout to buy the course for only € 175,-!

Your Facilitators

Stine Chen

Global Development Professional, Somatic Coach and Facilitator, Yoga Teacher

Tess Pairon

Global Development Professional, Somatic Coach and Facilitator, Mental Health Practitioner

“The Somatic Compass course helped me discover and learn to cultivate my 'inner islands of safety', which I now go back to to find peace of mind during a stressful or busy day! The course is a good reminder that taking just a few minutes of time for yourself can change your mindset and help you overcome a challenge at work or in life.”

– Djinda Gueye, Independent Consultant in Global Development

Your Hosts

Body-Mind Awareness

Body-Mind Awareness helps individuals, teams and organisations to enhance well-being for greater social impact.

House of Madu

House of Madu supports purpose-driven professionals and organisations in prioritising well-being and personal leadership, so they can unlock their potential for positive change in the world.


Partos is the trade organisation for development cooperation and unites more than 100 Dutch development organisations.