Fresh Impulses for a New “We”




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.


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.

From 2004 – 2009 Sheila Deutinger was the main organizer of the Festival, and with her spirit and her work, she has enabled this wonderful opportunity for encounters, for joy and celebration. In the summer of 2004 she 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.

With all donations, that are generated during the Celebrate Life Festival 2016,  we will support SyrienHilfe.V. and ReDI SCHOOL OF DIGITAL INTEGRATION. The goal is to achieve as high a donated amount as possible. It is possible to donate from now until August 31, 2016!

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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 care. 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 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 care. 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.

This year all donated funds will support, with equal amounts, two non-profit initiatives that are working to cope with the refugee crisis in Europe. These are SyrienHilfe e.V. and ReDI SCHOOL OF DIGITAL INTEGRATION. The goal is to achieve as high a donated amount as possible. It is possible to donate from now until August 31, 2016!

SyrienHilfe e.V. provides personal and immediate humanitarian aid in Syria. The association provides those in dire need, on location, not only with food, clothing, lodging and the necessary medical care, but also emotional and moral support, to give the people a part of their dignity back.

ReDI SCHOOL OF DIGITAL INTEGRATION is an international initiative that imparts programming skills to the refugees to increase their chances on the job market and integrate them economically. Companies, but also teachers, tech mentors, job counselors and handymen worldwide can all participate.

Representatives of the projects will be at the Festival in person on August 5 to present their work.

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:

Monica, Gerfried, Anja, Jelena, Tilo, Dore, Sven und Ute

The organizational costs for the 2015 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 2015:

Once all expenses had been paid, a total of 100.000 Euro was generated at the Celebrate Life Festival 2015 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 from 2015 are used to organize the Celebrate Life Festival 2016.

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.



The Celebrate Life Festival 2016 has been made possible through many small and large donations. Thank you to all who contributed. The following companies supported us generously:

Past Presenters till 2015

Dr. Deepak Chopra

DEEPAKThe medical doctor, university teacher and bestselling author Dr. Deepak Chopra is regarded as one of the most brilliant philosophers of our time. For a long time, the native Indian worked successfully as an internist and endocrinologist at a hospital. Seeking an animated form of western medicine, he has been dedicating his life to the boundary between science and spirituality since the 1980s.

As the founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-founder and chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, he combines the knowledge of the West with the wisdom of the East in a unique way. He is a pioneer of holistic alternative medicine and has published 80 books about healing, transformation and higher consciousness, which have been translated into 43 languages and sold over 20 million copies. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post and a regular contributor to, and the Huffington Post. Time Magazine counts Chopra among the 100 most outstanding minds of the 20th century.

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.

Jean Houston

Dr. Jean Houston is one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement and is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our times. In her inter-disciplinary approach, Dr. Houston combines a deep knowledge of history, culture, new scientific results, spirituality and human development. She is the author of 26 books and is also known as a dynamic and powerful speaker and leader of large seminars and conferences, who can inspire, inform and activate her audience in an entertaining way. Her passionate interest is always focused on supporting the inner visions, abilities and possibilities of each person or group and translating them into action.

Jean Houston earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and a PhD in Religion. She founded institutions such as The Foundation for Mind Research (1965); the Mystery School (1983) – now called Renaissance of Spirit; the Possible Society (1984); as well as the Jean Houston Foundation (2008), which offers “Social Artistry”, a training program for executives at the international level. She is a consultant to international organizations, to UNICEF in human and cultural development and to the United Nations, as well as to leading figures such as the Dalai Lama, President Clinton and his wife Hillary, and President Carter.

She has taught at various universities and colleges as a professor and guest professor.

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.

Gerald Hüther

gerald-huether_178px_cutProf. Dr. Gerald Hüther is one of the most famous brain researchers in Germany. He heads the Center for Neurobiological Prevention Research at the Psychiatric University Clinic of Göttingen, writes non-fiction books, organizes congresses, and works as a consultant for politicians and entrepreneurs. As co-publisher of scientific journals, co-founder of the Network for Education and Training and frequent guest in the media, he is committed to the distribution and implementation of the insights from modern brain research. He sees himself as a “bridge builder” between scientific insights and social or individual life practice, with the aim of creating favorable conditions for the development of potential, especially in the area of education and training, as well as at the level of political and economic leadership.

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.”

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.

Ervin László

ervin_laszlo_b178pxErvin László is a Hungarian philosopher of science, a systems and integral theorist – and originally a classical pianist. He has published approximately 75 books and more than 400 articles and is the publisher of the quarterly journal World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. He focuses on the development of a holistic perspective of the world and humanity, a view that he calls “Quantum Consciousness.” In addition to the publication of his many writings, László has also recorded several piano concerts.

Based on his experiences in the Club of Rome, he founded the Club of Budapest in 1933, in order to, in his own words, “direct attention to the evolution of human values and human consciousness as the crucial factors for a change of course – away from a race toward disintegration, polarization and disaster, and toward a rethinking of values and priorities, so as to steer the current transformation in the direction of humanism, ethics and global sustainability.”

Ed Mitchell

Ed_Mitchell_sw_b178pxTraveling back to Earth, having just walked on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell had an experience for which nothing in his life had prepared him. As he approached the planet we know as home, he was filled with an inner conviction as certain as any mathematical equation he’d ever solved.

He knew that the beautiful blue world to which he was returning is part of a living system, harmonious and whole—and that we all participate, as he expressed it later, “in a universe of consciousness.”

Trained as an engineer and scientist, Ed Mitchell was most comfortable in the world of rationality and physical precision. Yet the understanding that came to him as he journeyed back from space felt just as trustworthy—it represented another way of knowing. This experience radically altered his worldview: Despite science’s superb technological achievements, he realized that we had barely begun to probe the deepest mystery of the universe—the fact of consciousness itself. He became convinced that the uncharted territory of the human mind was the next frontier to explore, and that it contained possibilities we had hardly begun to imagine. Within two years of his expedition, Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973.

Today, Dr. Mitchell is member of the Board of Directors of the Institute. He continues to be active at events at the Institute, e.g.with lectures and conferences.

(* 17.09.1930 in Hereford, Texas; † 04.02.2016)

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.

Tami Simon

simon_tamiTami  Simon is Publisher, CEO, and Founder of Sounds True. In 1985, at the age of 22, Tami Simon founded Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Sounds True has published more than 800 audio, video, music, and book titles along with online courses and events. A two-time winner of the Inc 500 award as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America, Sounds True is widely recognized as a pioneer in providing life-changing, practical tools that accelerate spiritual awakening and personal transformation. In addition to being the publisher and CEO of Sounds True,  Tami  hosts a free weekly podcast series called Insights at the Edge, in which she interviews Sounds True authors about the growing edge of their life and work. Additionally,

Tami  is a senior meditation instructor under the guidance of Reggie Ray, who teaches in the practicing lineage of the great siddha and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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. &

Elaine Valdov

Elaine-Valdov_178pxDr. Valdov is a member of the Board of Directors of “The World Water Organization” as well as President and founder of the International Institute for a Culture of Peace and Development. She has been active in various positions in several non-governmental organizations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

As a peace and human rights activist, conflict resolution specialist and environmental activist, Valdov lectures internationally and is best known for her work in championing and building initiatives worldwide, in support of the UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and UNESCO’s “International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.” For the past six years she has been General Secretary of the UN Youth Assembly, bringing together young people from all over the world to work together on achieving the millennium development goals.

Dr. Valdov was the Director of mental health facilities and a trauma counselor in the United States as well as worldwide. Following September 11, she was a co-founder of the “Kids Corner” and helped people who were subjected to immediate terrorism. She thereby supported the establishment of programs in the United States and internationally, helping families deal with man-made crises and environmental crises. Dr. Valdov has received several humanitarian prizes, among them “Woman of the Year” and the “Martin Luther King Hall of Fame Award.”

Ken Wilber

KenBorn in 1949 in Oklahoma City, Ken Wilber lived in many places during his school years, due to his father being in the Air Force. With 22 books on spirituality and science, and translations in more than 25 countries, Wilber is now the most translated writer on consciousness studies in the United States. He is seen as an important representative of transpersonal psychology, which emerged in the sixties from humanistic psychology, and which concerns itself explicitly with spirituality. For the fundamental and pioneering nature of his insights, he has been called “the Einstein of consciousness research”. In 2000 he founded the Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying issues of science and society in an integral way.

Other Presenters:

Lawrence Bloom, Stephan Breidenbach, Pia Gyger & Niklaus Brantschen, Günter Faltin, Diane Hamilton, Thomas Harms, Johannes Heimrath, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Gary Joplin, Kosha Joubert, Kira Kay, Christina Kessler, David Less, Lindsay Levin, Auke van Nimwegen, Aftab Omer, Miles Kessler Sensei, Tom Steininger



Galleries/Photos on this Website: ©Selma Gravensen, ©Stig Albansson


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