“This moment humanity is going through can be seen as a portal and as a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you. If they repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, they will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal.”
—White Eagle, Hopi nation
An Empathy Space for Community, Connection, Learning, and Making Real
What’s emerging in your life? How have the last six months (marked by a pandemic, lockdowns, economic downturn, and a new awareness of social and economic inequity) impacted your thinking, your way of life, your goals, your values, your priorities?
And how are you moving into what’s emerging?
To move into what’s new involves recognizing, mourning and integrating what’s already happened and is happening. It involves being with is: observing what’s true in yourself (feelings and needs); what’s true in your body—and exploring how you can best live into it and manifest it.
In this weekend workshop, Manifesting What’s Emerging, we’ll take these steps together, in a caring and empathic community. We also will be making use of sound/music, poetry, and creative expression in exploring these questions.
We will make use of deep empathy, coaching and NVC skills (plus meditation, yoga, and creative expression) to notice and explore:
- What’s happened—for yourself and in the world—in the last six months? (Integration)
- How are you experiencing/feeling about what’s happened and is happening? What are these circumstances helping you to see more clearly and value? (Mourning)
- Where are you heading? What do you notice emerging in your life—in your body, your imagination/vision, your energy/attention? (Observing)
- Bending into Change: What will help you take the next concrete steps to live into what’s new?
In Restorative Practices, there are key steps for healing and reconciliation, including expressing what’s happened, being heard fully for the impact, and having confidence that things will be different moving forward. Inspired by these healing and empathy practices, and practices around integrating and navigating change, we will explore together our experiences and what is closest to our hearts (fully bringing us into authenticity) with ourselves and the world.
This program will interest anyone who:
- Desires to integrate in a meaningful way all the profound changes that have taken place and are taking place in the world
- Seeks to be present to themselves and their own experience in a generative way
- Longs for greater authenticity, integrity and aliveness
- Wants to explore the powerful impact of empathy
Dates & Times:
- 13 November 2020 (Friday): 14.00 – 18.00
- 14 November 2020 (Saturday): 9.30 – 18.00
- 15 November 2020 (Sunday): 9.30 – 16.00
Location: Hamburg, Germany – Yogazentrum Hoheluft, Breitenfelder Str. 8 (Garteneingang), 20251
Fees: Sliding fee scale: 250€ – 450€ (see below for details)
Language: Presented in English and translated into German
Registration: Coming soon!
Questions: Email the host, Simran Kaur Wester or call +49 40 4604756
What have you learned from these “portal” times that’s important to you? And how will you manifest it?
Come join us to see how!
About the sliding fee scale:
We are offering a sliding scale to make this program as accessible to you as possible. We also long for ease of sustainability for Work Collaboratively in producing this program. The bottom of the scale is a built-in scholarship; if you give at the midpoint or above this supports us in continuing to offer programming with the care and attention we like in a sustainable way, and supports us in making scholarships available to those who request them.
For context: Costs include sustaining all those involved at Work Collaboratively in producing this program –Dian, Jeff, and Simran, plus “overhead” such as room rental, online registration fees, website maintenance fees, etc.). We thank you in advance for stretching into what is comfortable for you supporting this program and our work!
About the Trainers:
Dian Killian, Ph.D. (United States)
Dian is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Certified Life coach (graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program) and author of two well-loved books about Nonviolent Communication.
Dian has worked with small nonprofits to large NGOs and Fortune 100 companies, including the UN Development Program and Merck, Inc., Johnson and Johnson, and others for 15 years. Read a research report about her NVC work at Merck, see her client list, and download free business materials at her website.
The only Certified Trainer currently based in New York City, she also is a professional musician and is known for her lively, engaging, and connecting trainings that integrate storytelling, interactive exercises, humor, and fun.
Simran K. Wester (Germany)
Simran was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1954 and came to Germany at the age of 11. In Hamburg she studied German language and literature and geography (completed 2nd state examination).
In the 1970s, she began looking for natural, conscious, and community-oriented ways of life and eventually found them in Hamburg after extensive trips in the “Ashram for Kundalini Yoga.”
From then on she followed a very clear, spiritual path: she took the name Simran Kaur (pronounced “Koah”) and consciously decided to become a Sikh. She trained as a yoga teacher and has been recognized for many years as an Instructor for Kundalini Yoga.
Simran is married and has two adult children. In 1998 she met Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication. She attended numerous workshops with Marshall and was certified as an NVC trainer in 2004.
She considers it a special gift to have been able to work for Dr. Rosenberg as an interpreter during his trainings in Germany and later as an assistant coach. She perceives the management of International Intensive Trainings (IIT), which Dr. Rosenberg and the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) entrusted to her–like some other trainers–as a great honor and responsibility.
Further training courses have expanded and rounded off their spectrum over the years:
- Grief and death care
- Family and system structure according to Hellinger
- Intense meditation retreats
- Psychodynamic imaginative trauma therapy
Health and Safety in the COVID age:
We are hoping and anticipating that it will be sufficiently safe to travel and meet in person for this event, with some awareness and precautions for COVID-19.
If we are not able to meet in person (given travel and/or group meeting restrictions) we will move the program online; we anticipate making a decision 8 weeks in advance to support those traveling from outside the Hamburg area in making travel arrangements. While we prefer to meet in person (for ease and joy of connection), this program works equally well online given the content.
Inspiration for this Workshop:
Some inspiration and “stirring of the pot” for this program.
A. Message from White Eagle, Hopi indigenous on 3/16/2020
This moment humanity is going through can be seen as a portal and as a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you. If they repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, they will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal. Take care of your home, take care of your body. Connect with the middle body of your spiritual house, all this is synonymous, that is to say the same. When you are taking care of one, you are taking care of everything else.
Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis, have the aspect of the eagle, which from above, sees the whole, sees more widely. There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand. The two go hand in hand. Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning.
You were prepared to go through this crisis. Take your toolbox and use all the tools at your disposal. Learn about resistance with indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and continue to be exterminated.
But we still haven’t stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having fun. Don’t feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time. You don’t help at all by being sad and without energy. It helps if good things emanate from the Universe now. It is through joy that one resists.
Also, when the storm passes, you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world. You need to be well and strong. And, for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy and bright vibration. This has nothing to do with alienation. This is a resistance strategy. In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision. You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. When you go through this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties…
This is what is asked of you. What world do you want to build for yourself? For now, this is what you can do: serenity in the storm. Calm down and pray. Everyday. Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day. Good things emanate, what you emanate now is the most important thing. And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith and love.”
“I’ve struggled to make sense of what is going on. My suspicious mind wandered around restlessly, examining all theories and possible explanations, yet I must admit: I don’t know what is happening. I do know this is a crucial moment of choice for humanity. […] Coming from a spiritually-informed holistic worldview, I entertain the possibility that we as humanity – or some deeper part of ourselves, whether conscious or not – have dreamed this moment into existence as a catalyst for our collective evolution. If that were true, how might we engage and respond? Covid-19 could actually present an unlikely possibility for collective awakening and far-reaching system change.
“Please don’t think that choosing love over fear can be accomplished solely through an act of will, and that fear too can be conquered like a virus. The virus we face here is fear, whether it is fear of Covid-19, or fear of the totalitarian response to it, and this virus too has its terrain. Fear, along with addiction, depression, and a host of physical ills, flourishes in a terrain of separation and trauma: inherited trauma, childhood trauma, violence, war, abuse, neglect, shame, punishment, poverty, and the muted, normalized trauma that affects nearly everyone who lives in a monetized economy, undergoes modern schooling, or lives without community or connection to place. This terrain can be changed, by trauma healing on a personal level, by systemic change toward a more compassionate society, and by transforming the basic narrative of separation: the separate self in a world of other, me separate from you, humanity separate from nature.