Fresh Impulses for a New “We”

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For more than ten years now, Thomas Hübl and his team have been organizing a summer festival in northern Germany, which is unrivalled in its inspirational power. More than 1000 visitors, speakers and artists from all over the world meet for ten days at the Celebrate Life Festival in the tranquil village of Oberlethe, close to Oldenburg in Lower Saxony.

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Together with the participants, spiritual teachers, prominent artists and pioneers in the areas of business and education, as well as initiators of impressive aid projects, create an energetic field of development, full of inspiring impulses and touching moments.

Joint meditations and individual process work, lectures, workshops and working groups are as much a part of this non-profit event as are interesting performances and dance evenings that sparkle with vitality.

It is always a question of opening up new dimensions of thinking, feeling and acting and establishing an expanded culture of togetherness that can contain the most varied perspectives.

The initiator and host of the Celebrate Life Festival, Thomas Hübl, is a modern spiritual teacher, who participates in the social discourse. He makes the principles of timeless mysticism accessible in the here and now. His work gives rise to worldwide future-oriented projects.

2004 – 2009 Sheila Deutinger was the main organizer of the Festival and with her esprit and her work she has enabled this wonderful opportunity for encounters, for joy and celebration. In summer 2004 she has organized the first Celebrate Life Festival as an co-initiator together with Thomas Hübl. After 6 successful and constantly growing Festivals (from 100 participants in 2004 up to 1,000 in 2009) Sheila has handed the organization over to the new team in order to dedicate her time to new projects.

 

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The Celebrate Life Festival arose as an impulse from spiritual practice, and it is made possible through the commitment of many volunteers. It is nourished by the deep need to “give back” and by an authentic assumption of responsibility that goes beyond our personal issues and expands into a global understanding. Participating in the realization of the Festival is an important matter of the heart on the spiritual journey of all those involved.

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The Celebrate Life Festival arose as an impulse from spiritual practice, and it is made possible through the commitment of many volunteers. It is nourished by the deep need to “give back” and by an authentic assumption of responsibility that goes beyond our personal issues and expands into a global understanding. Participating in the realization of the Festival is an important matter of the heart on the spiritual journey of all those involved.

The Celebrate Life Festival wishes to support as many people and projects as possible that promote the development of consciousness and personal responsibility and that contribute to the solution of the social and ecological issues of our time. It is organized and financed by the non-profit association Sharing the Presence e.V. Since it is a benefit event, it is not profit-oriented and therefore dependent on the festival contribution of each participant as well as donations. The donations support social and non-profit projects worldwide.

None of the artists and speakers – including the host Thomas Hübl – receive a fee. The entire festival team of 70 people work voluntarily for 10 days.

The festival contributions that are received are used to cover the entire costs for organizing the Festival. Should there be a surplus after all the costs are deducted, this will on one hand be put aside to pre-finance next year’s Celebrate Life Festival, just as this year’s Festival was pre-financed with the surplus from last year. Any further surplus will be made available to non-profit projects.

The Team:

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Anne Vollborn, Ute Kostanjevec, Florian Müller, Bettina Rollow

The organizational costs for the 2014 Festival consisted of:

  • Technical and hall equipment (light/sound/etc.): 30.000 €
  • Costs for travel and accommodation for all speakers/artists: 5.000 €
  • Promotion (flyer, advertising): 20.000 €
  • Proportionate costs for board and lodging of the team: 10.000 €
  • Reimbursement of expenses for the core team (1 year of preparation): 15.000 €
  • Hall and tent equipment, decoration: 3.000 €
  • Gema fees (registration of the dance events): 2.000 €
  • Livestream: 10.000 €
  • Website: 5.000 €

List of donations – Celebrate Life Festival 2014:

Once all expenses had been paid, a total of 85.000 Euro was generated at the Celebrate Life Festival 2014 through donations, organizational contributions, assistants’ sessions, etc. This sum is distributed on the individual associations as follows:

The donations for the Sharing the Presence Association are used to organize the Celebrate Life Festival 2015.

Sharing the Presence e.V.: Excerpts from the statutes of the association:

  • Promoting spiritual growth and the development of consciousness through seminars, symposia, festivals and congresses. We understand spiritual growth to mean, among other things, the development of a collective consciousness for the global crises of our time. New approaches to solutions to overcome the crises (e.g. climate crisis, consciousness crisis, financial crisis, etc.) can be developed through meditation and connected communication.
  • Organization of interdisciplinary symposia and congresses regarding issues of a regionally and worldwide ecological, social and sustainable economy.
  • Conducting events, domestically and abroad, that promote international understanding between nations.
  • Initiating and supporting non-profit projects in the Third World.
  • Disbursing the association’s funds to non-profit corporations that worldwide are working for non-profit purposes or who pursue purposes that are similar to those of the association.
  • Building networks and communities for the dissemination of the aims of the association.
  • Cooperation with organizations, associations and facilities that pursue similar goals to those of the association Sharing the Presence, e.V.

Sponsors:

The Celebrate Life Festival 2015 has been made possible through many small and large donations. Thank you to all who contributed. The following companies supported us generously:

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Additional donations for Nepal:
Hands with Hands: 5.000,00 €
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz: 5.000,00 €

Past Presenters till 2014

Scilla Elworthy


scilla-elworthyFounder of the
 Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct

Dr. Scilla Elworthy holds a PhD in political science and is the former Director of the Oxford Research Group (ORG), which she founded in 1982 to analyze how and by whom nuclear weapons decisions are made worldwide. It is for this work that she was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003 and nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She then founded Peace Direct, which grew out of ORG’s conflict prevention work. She has been a consultant to UNESCO as well as research director for Minority Rights Group, before she managed a self-help organization in Africa. She is the author of many books and reports on defense and security issues and a gifted public lecturer in Europe, the United States, Russia, China and Japan.

www.worldfuturecouncil.org/scilla_elworthy.html
www.preparingforpeace.org/elworthy_biog.htm

Diane Hamilton


diane-hamilton_178pxDiane Musho Hamilton Sensei is a gifted mediator, facilitator, and teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality. She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 25 years. Diane began her studies at Naropa University in 1983 with Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, and became a Zen student of Genpo Roshi’s in 1997. In 2003, she received ordination as a Zen monk with her husband Michael Zimmerman, and received dharma transmission from Roshi in 2006. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Genpo Roshi to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. She has worked with the Integral Institute since 2004.

For her, Zen practice is a fundamental commitment to experiencing reality as it is – beautiful, ungraspable and seamless, nothing other than your own life.

It is also a practice in fearlessness, in compassion, and in seeing the wisdom in all situations and greeting them with a joyous mind. Sometimes Zen practice is satisfying; sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes you are able to make a kind of sense of it; most of the time you can’t. But Zen teaching and sitting practice penetrate into your being in a way almost nothing else does, until you realize you are nothing except everything.

www.dianemushohamilton.com

Thomas Hübl

Thomas_178pxThomas Hübl is a contemporary spiritual teacher of uncompromising clarity, which brings the enlightened potential of a new “Culture of WE” into the light. His workshops and trainings invite people to experience a deeper dimension of self-awareness and individual responsibility. Radical transcendence of ego opens the door to deeply authentic expression, service to the world and stable relationship with the absolute. Experiencing a driving inspiration to evolve, people give their gifts to the world in concrete ways.

He founded the Celebrate Life Festival and has organized and led several large healing events which have brought together thousands of Germans with many Israelis to acknowledge, face, and heal the cultural shadow left by the Holocaust. He founded the Academy of Inner Science whose programs teach not only on personal transcendence, but also active responses to the postmodern challenges of the human condition.

www.thomashuebl.com

Byron Katie

Byron-KatieFounder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. When Katie appears, lives change. As she guides people through her simple and powerful process of inquiry, called The Work, they find again and again that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves—radically and positively shift.

Katie, who recently did The Work with Oprah, has worked with millions of people all over the world who report profound experiences and lasting transformations.  

Time Magazine names Katie “a spiritual innovator for the new millennium,” and  Eckhart Tolle calls The Work “a blessing for our planet.” 

www.thework.com

Barbara Marx Hubbard

Barbara MarxBarbara-Marx-Hubbard Hubbard has been a leading voice for innovative change in the world for the past 40 years. As a visionary, author, speaker, social architct and cofounder and president of the Foundation for Counscious Evolution, seh postis that humanity now, as never before, is on the threshold of a quantum leap.

If we are able to integrate new emergent scientific, social, and spiritural capacities, we could transform ourselves to move beyond our current global crises to a magnificent future equal to our vast new potential.

www.BarbaraMarxHubbard.com

Christina Kessler

Christina-Kessler“A Wanderer Between the Worlds”

Christina Kessler´s research has always been interdisciplinary, practice-oriented, and closely bound up with her personal spiritual path. Her travels take her around the world, with the goal of identifying the common core of the wisdom traditions and the essence of the traditional paths of self-realization and making them accessible in a contemporary form.
In addition to her research activities, she guides people of all ages, professions and walks of life on the path of self-discovery, consciousness-development and the unfolding of inner potential.
Since the appearance of her book “amo ergo sum – Ich liebe also bin ich” (“amo ergo sum – I love therefore I am”) she has been working and teaching within the framework of her own approach to self-and world-realization that she presents in lectures, seminars, workshops and through her training program in Consultancy for Integrative Development.
In 2008 she was awarded the International Otto-Mainzer-Prize (New York) for her works.

Christina Kessler works in Germany/Europe, India, and the Americas. She has one daughter.

www.christinakessler.com

Michael Laitman

Michael-LaitmanMichael Laitman is a Professor of Ontology and the Theory of Knowledge, Doctor of Philosophy and Kabbalah, and has a Master of Science of Biocybernetics. He gives lessons for 30 years and founded the public education and research center Bnei Baruch, which has more than 2.5 million students and holds the world’s most comprehensive educational materials about the Kabbalah. He has written more than 30 books, translated into 27 languages. His lessons to his students can attend free of charge every day live on the Internet.

As a scientist and global thinker, Laitman is a sought-after lecturer on the topic of authentic Kabbalah. He is frequently invited to participate in prestigious international meetings such as the World Wisdom Council and the Club of Budapest, and in the last two years he has been in numerous meetings in the United States, Canada, Europe , Russia, and Latin America. Most recently, as the founder and president of the Ashlag Research Institute (ARI), he has established ties with UNESCO on the subject of global education.

www.laitman.de & www.kabbalah.info

Aftab Omer

aftab_omer_b178pxAftab Omer, Ph.D. ist Soziologe, Psychologe, Zukunftsforscher und der Präsident der Meridian-Universität. Aufgewachsen in Pakistan, Indien, Hawaii, und in der Türkei hat er die Universitäten M.I.T, Harvard und Brandeis besucht. Seine Publikationen behandeln die Themen: Transformatives Lernen, kulturelle Leadership, generatives Unternehmertum und die Macht der Phantasie. Er ist Mitglied des International Futures Forum und der World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

www.MeridianUniversity.edu

Terry Patten

Terry-Patten

Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of Integral spirituality and evolutionary leadership. He worked with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute to develop Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent contemporary transformational lifestyle. A certified Integral Coach®, consultant, teacher, and author of four books, he has worked for thirty years to integrate ancient and modern practices for higher consciousness — and to apply that higher consciousness in the work of evolutionary leadership.

Terry is the author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.

www.integralheart.com

Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart-TolleSpiritual teacher and author, born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher in London. Since 1995 he lives in Vancouver, Canada.

www.eckharttolle.com & www.eckharttolle.de

Weitere Referenten:

Lawrence Bloom, Andrew Cohen, Stephan Breidenbach, Pia Gyger & Niklaus Brantschen, Günter Faltin, Thomas Harms, Johannes Heimrath, Dr. Jean Houston, Gerald Hüther, Gary Joplin, Kosha Joubert, Kira Kay, Ervin László, David Less, Lindsay Levin, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Dr. Mitchell, Auke van Nimwegen, Terry Patten, Miles Kessler Sensei, Tom Steininger

 

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scilla-elworthy“Coming to Celebrate Life Festival is like being given a helicopter view of your life. You are enabled to rise above the daily preoccupations and see everything with a much broader perspective. The effect of this is reassuring, and strangely gentle.

It also provides a glimpse into the future. This is because 70 people are giving their skills and their care as volunteers, and their spirit of service is contagious – it spreads to all of us and we find ourselves doing things for others and taking care of the environment. Imagine that 1,000 people can camp together for more than a week, and I never saw one piece of litter. By contrast, others were constantly helping me. This is a body-felt experience of how we could live co-operatively, and how connected life could be – and can be – if we intend it so.” Scilla

Stig Albansson“What pulls me to come is it’s unique combination. It’s not just a spiritual retreat. It’s just not a festival. There is a joyful sense of completeness, that this is how life is supposed to be lived.

The connections with others as important as the meditations and lectures. Being and being together. Great fun if you ask me …!” Stig Albansson

clf2013-feedback-joachim_chr_wehnelt_b178px-1“I love to dive into my heart looking around what’s going on there, sinking deeper and deeper through the darkness into the light – not forgetting to breathe, please! This is the place where I want to encounter others. That’s why I go to the festival, because this summer it is about the mystical principles that want to express themselves through me also. I want to find these pearls laying beyond my experiences together with other explorers, discovering them mutually shouting: Look, this is the essence! This is us!” Joachim Christoph Wehnelt

clf2013-feedback-astrid_bromstads_b178px-1“I had learned to know Thomas’ teachings on the internet, and I wanted more, I wanted to hear him live. My first time at the Celebrate Life Festival was last summer. My expectations were exceeded. The lectures on relationships given by Thomas and the other speakers made me get to know myself better.

The exercises amazed me, especially the triads, beautiful things happened in the space between the three of us. And the deep meditations, the tonings that made us melt into the group as a whole, the group of friends I found at the festival where I experienced instant healing – all of this pulls me back to this years’ festival.” Astrid Bromstads