The 14th Celebrate Life Festival 2017 invites you to engage with the issue of Trauma in a more relational way, to get informed about modern ways of addressing trauma and to jointly develop competencies to act that are effective when dealing with trauma in everyday life.
This year, the Celebrate Life Festival is organized jointly with the Pocket Project. This international project was initiated in 2016 as a fundraising project of Sharing the Presence e.V. It serves to bring awareness to and integrate collective and transgenerational trauma worldwide and brings together timeless mystical wisdom with the latest findings from scientific and psychological research. Pocket groups are being established in as many countries as possible, and continuing trauma conferences are held with trauma experts from the most varied special fields.
For more information, go to: www.pocketproject.org.
All donations from the Celebrate Life Festivals 2017 will go towards establishing and advancing the Pocket Project!
Trauma is an issue that concerns us all. Why?
Trauma has many faces, and it is part of our everyday lives: emotional numbness, anxiety, confusion, exhaustion, hyperactivity, withdrawal, attributing blame, escalation, xenophobia, regression, war … trauma contributes to how our private and professional relationships are shaped, has strong effects on our culture and influences current world events.
Energy that is frozen in time and space stops us from fully perceiving ourselves and others, from answering to reality and from taking action rooted in our intelligence.
We are only sporadically conscious as we move around in fragmented worlds and as we mutually support each other in maintaining our collective shadow dynamics. At the same time, the pictures of atrocities that we are exposed to frequently can trigger our own unprocessed shadow areas. It is ever more vital for us to deal with the suppression mechanisms and regulation phenomena regarding traumas, so that healing can occur – in ourselves, our relationships and our culture.
How can we live fulfilled lives in the turmoil of today’s world, without blocking out parts of reality? How can we interrupt traumatic cycles and take a true step forward in our evolution as human beings and as a world community? How does mysticism contribute to overcoming trauma? How can our inner practice support us in dealing with trauma?
Within the relational community we establish at the Celebrate Life Festival 2017, we will create a multidisciplinary field of reflection and development for all these issues, and we will open up transformational spaces for overcoming and integrating traumatic experiences.
The issue of trauma will be dealt with in three modules, each with a different focal point:
Module 1, Friday 28th to Monday 31st July, 2017:
Trauma in one’s relationship with oneself and in interpersonal relationships
In this module, we actively explore how we can recognize trauma and the corresponding coping symptoms in ourselves and relate to them in a productive way. How do we react unconsciously to other people? How does trauma influence our close relationships? How can we sustainably restore interpersonal relationships that have been blocked? We work with meditations, presence and synchronization exercises, body mapping processes and other tools.
Module 2, Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd August, 2017:
Collective trauma – Trauma in our culture
In this module, we explore how we as a culture mutually support each other in maintaining our collective shadow dynamics. We examine repression and regulation phenomena regarding trauma as well as the options to overcome closed-loop collective trauma cycles.
Module 3, Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August, 2017:
Overcoming trauma in connection with the transpersonal dimension
What does mysticism say about trauma? How can a deep spiritual connection and inner practice support us in overcoming trauma? In this module we experience how the transpersonal dimension complements and expands modern psychotherapy and can be used as a powerful resource for healing.
In this module, we also focus on the traumatization that was caused by religious dogma and spiritual institutions throughout history.
Modules can be booked as a complete package or individually.
We would love to see you there!
Thomas Hübl, the Festival Team 2017 & the Pocket Project Team
“What we really need in these times are people who see, who are awake and who participate consciously in current events. Mature, responsible world citizens who can relate to others. A global, felt witness consciousness.”
DONATE NOW! We need financial support for the implementation of the open-source online platform from the pocket project. The pocket project develops tools and competencies that combine modern mysticism with current psychological and scientific research. Through the online platform, the latest research results, practices and insights of many pocket project groups will be made available to the global public.
Video & Interview
Interview with Thomas Hübl, initiator and host of the Celebrate Life Festival:
Thomas, what is the essence of trauma and how does mysticism relate to trauma?
Thomas Hübl: The issue of trauma is of particular relevance for the evolution of consciousness. Evolution is movement. Trauma acts as a braking force. When we are inspired, when we find out something new and have fresh insights, when we are creative, and when we enter into an interesting dialogue, movement is stimulated and we enter into the flow more intensely. However, if these impulses or demands encounter a traumatized area in us, the opposite occurs: We experience anxiety, confusion, hyperactivity, withdrawal, escalation, etc. This mechanism has substantial effects, both in the personal development of the individual, in relation to other people and how we interact collectively. The abilities to enter into and experience, to enter into relationship and to process the experience are all impeded.
In addition to unexpected events that can lead to traumatic shock reactions, for most people trauma is something that arises from an inadequate relationship and/or an overwhelming experience and cannot be released …DONATE NOW! We need financial support for the implementation of the open-source online platform from the pocket project. The pocket project develops tools and competencies that combine modern mysticism with current psychological and scientific research. Through the online platform, the latest research results, practices and insights of many pocket project groups will be made available to the global public.
Speakers & Artists
Thomas Hübl is a modern mystic, spiritual teacher, author and systems-thinker …
Dr. Peter A. Levine
Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology …
Dr. Rivka Tuval-Mashiach
Prof. Rivka Tuval-Mashiach is a clinical psychologist and associate professor …
William Ury, co-founder of Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation, is the co-author of ‘Getting to Yes …
Prof. Isabelle Mansuy
Isabelle Mansuy is professor in neuroepigenetics at the University Zürich …
According to Jack Crittenden Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism, …
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch (born on July 17, 1925 in Breslau) is a German-British …
Stephan Hausner, Medical Practitioner, training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, …
TransParents integrate the main focus of the Festival into interactions between …
Team Transparent Communication
Since many years Markus Hirzig is working with people as an Osteopath, trainer …
Susanne Ahlendorf, Heidi Wohlhüter, Anne Huhn
Since 1988 Susanne Maria Ahlendorf has been …
Nicholas Janni und Jürgen Wölfl
Nicholas Janni has gained an international reputation over the last twelve years for his …
Gregor Steinmaurer & Komala de Amorim
Gregor Steinmaurer is a systemic Therapist, Traumatherapist …
Mo Riddiford und Peter Hellwig
Mo Riddiford: Communication-Coach/Consultant. Specialist in effective international …
Barbara studied physical education and education. Since 1992 she has been on her journey of dancing …
For Gary Joplin, – professional choreographer, dancer and stage director, as well as instructor …
Dore is a Yoga and meditation teacher, body therapist, physician and founder of barefoot-Yoga …
Evelyn Saphira Pöhl
Evelyn Saphira Pöhl is a systemic early childhood educator and co-founder of …
Born in 1985 in the Holy City of Jerusalem, Liron Meyuhas is multi-Instrumental percussion …
Andreas Duda und Teresa Heidegger
Teresa Heidegger is in the Transparents team and co-founder of the Permalab Project in Portugal …
Belinda James trained as an actor in the UK and worked for many years in British theatre including four years as a leading …
The program continues to grow and is constantly updated. It’s worth checking out regularly!
The Celebrate Life Festival 2017 program is diverse and varied. You can get informed and try out different things, participate fully and experience yourself as a part of a living, creative community.
Whether you come alone, as a couple or a family – you will quickly be right in the middle of the action. You can learn from great and inspiring teachers and enter into lively exchanges with many different people.
The program gives you opportunities to develop entirely new perspectives and experience expanded horizons. You are invited to learn more about your individual shadow, to transform limiting patterns, and become an active part of a new “Culture of We.”
The multifaceted program includes various offerings of meditation, individual process work, lectures, workshops, theme-oriented tents and working groups, as well as interesting artistic performances and dance evenings.
Begin your day with invigorating Yoga, participate in the seminar events and We Labs, join in the around-the-clock meditation in the “cave,” or relax at the lake, where the Festival Café has fine organic coffee, non-alcoholic refreshments, tasty cakes and ice cream on offer.
You will find the daily schedule here.
WE Labs are groups with a maximum of eight festival participants who come together at the beginning of the Festival or a module. You are invited to share what has happened during the day, what moves you, what needs to be processed, what is your wish to get feedback about, or what needs to be said. The WE Lab is a place where you can move along at your own speed with whatever wants to be deepened or developed in you.
The WE Lab is a generator for a new We for the entire Festival. Apart from personal questions and individual development, the span of topics also involves developing a perception for the field that is alive between the individuals, and for the consciousness that is shared with one another. Insights, experiences, or even questions from this encounter can flow back into the festival field and serve as new impulses.
The designation “WE Lab” goes beyond a meeting with personal buddies, and instead regards itself as the energetic backbone for the entire festival field, as an elementary basis for the entire “festival organism.”
When you arrive, representatives from the We Lab will be waiting for you at the check-in. We have prepared tickets for you with the names of all WE Labs. A random selection process determines your WE Lab. The assignment of groups is done in the great hall at the beginning of each module.
We look forward to seeing you!
The assistance team has been an integral part of the festival for many years. If you require individual support in your deep personal processes, we are available to support and guide you. All assistants have been engaged with Thomas Hübl’s work for an extensive time. They are also clinically or scientifically trained in psychotherapy or body therapy, or have received intensive education and training in how to support process work at seminars and events. They can be recognized by their yellow name plates. An assistant trainee may be present during individual sessions.Assistants are also available for other issues that arise such as dealing with couple dynamics or one’s own spiritual practice.
For personal issues that are not directly associated with what is offered during the festival, the price for a session is € 30 (or gladly more!). The assistants will pass on this money as a donation to the festival. Booking a session is therefore a direct financial contribution to projects promoted by the festival.
Body Mind Awakening
Movement in the morning with Gary Joplin
The Body-Mind Awakening Training from Gary Joplin is an opportunity to deepen the body-mind connection, a daily invitation to ground and then open the body physically and energetically. Flowing, harmonious movement sequences supported by conscious breathing patterns are combined in a playful, organic way, allowing the body to simultaneously become more deeply grounded and to expand. This work is based primarily on the principles of Gyrokinesis®, but also utilizes wisdom from yoga, Feldenkrais, and various dance forms. It is a great preparation for the morning meditation, as it not only fine-tunes the physical body, but also brings a heightened awareness to the subtle energy body while focusing and quieting the mind. Participants will leave the class feeling more grounded and alive with a newfound lightness and sense of bodily expansion.
Yoga in the morning – Moving into Meditation
Awakening. Feeling your body. Stretching and Toning. Gentle breathing exercises, enlivening asanas and a short deep relaxation support you in arriving in your body and prepare you for meditation and a new, empowering day.
An integrative, heart-centered practice for those who already have experience with Yoga, as well as for those, who are curious and want to be more embodied in the morning. Please bring your own yoga mat. Alternatively, there will be limited availability of loaner mats on site.
Shared meditation is an essential part of the Celebrate Life Festival. As in previous years, you will have the opportunity to meditate around the clock in the glass pavilion at the Zen Pond. The Cave is a collective spiritual practice available 24 hours a day for all days. The place at the pond has been consciously designed to be harmonious and is open day and night. This sacred space is cared for by the Cave Team.
Our intention is for people to intuitively come together to meditate, so that at least one person is always holding the space – also during the night.
A continuous field of mindfulness gives rise to a powerful shared-space of peace, silence and inner reflection. As the active mind withdraws, transpersonal insights deepen allowing us to embrace more and more of reality within an alert inner space.
All participants and the entire Festival team are invited to hold this collective meditative space.
The first time we encounter Transparent Communication® according to Thomas Hübl, it is simply a method of communication. With time, however, it can become an inner attitude, a life path, and a way to awaken to higher and higher levels of consciousness.
In the workshop, we will identify and deepen the principles of Transparent Communication and develop their practical use regarding communicative and spiritual competence during crisis.
Due to its ever-deepening way of relating, Transparent Communication develops a great transformative power. We deepen our contact with ourselves by refining and expanding our awareness of our physical bodies, our inner emotional world, and our thinking. This gives rise to an ever more complex holistic contact – with ourselves and our vis-à-vis or in groups. Our competence in terms of listening and feeling can be significantly expanded. We become aware of unintegrated parts through this way of perceiving, which means that they can be contacted.
The topic of this year’s festival is “Trauma.” This is an important topic in today’s world of great change that may threaten our feeling of stability and security. The Transparent Communication workshops are a contribution in this regard.
Café at the Lake
“We’re back again”: Kila and the team of cooklets.de invite you to come by, enjoy and have a great time at the Café at the Lake. In the morning, we open briefly for a breakfast cappuccino and then – from noon on – we are open until late. As in past years, everything we offer is made exclusively of organic products.
Relax and spoil yourself by enjoying full-bodied organic coffee with all varieties of milk, tea, hot chocolate, cereal coffee, and chai. We also offer delicious organic cake, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, organic smoothies, refreshing drinks, exquisite ice cream and much more.
As in previous years, the TransParents team leads the overall coordination of the support for children and youths. TransParents integrate the main focus of the festival into interactions between parents and children as part of the “Platform for Transformational Parenting.” They are providing a framework within which the principles of healing and transformation can be experienced in contact with our children.
A variety of offerings are available for children and youths. As in previous years, a tent will be available for children’s play and provide a space for parenting the smallest children (0 to 3 years of age). JULE (the offering for youths) will continue to be provided in close cooperation with reliable team leaders. All these offerings will be accompanied by competent and experienced people, who focus on authentic contact and the well-being of the children and youths
The coordination team also offers individual sessions, especially for parents. This provides a wonderful opportunity to develop new perspectives for recurring conflicts, questions and uncertainties.
This support includes joint meetings with parents, where contact with the child will be reflected, explored and deepened. Corresponding workshops will be held during two afternoons. Concrete inspiration will be given regarding how parenthood can be embedded in a spiritual path. The team is excited about mysticism that is practiced in the “market place” of family life. Parents and children will build bridges for this to happen.
The team consists of Gaby Stalter, Kirsten Timmer and Teresa Heidegger.
For many years, Gaby and Kirsten have been a part of Thomas Hübl’s assistance team and have been closely involved with his work. Since two years, Teresa, who as a trainer for non-violent communication is anchored in the spiritual practice of parenthood, is enriching the team. The professional backgrounds of the team members, as psychotherapist, gynecologist and certified pedagogue, together with their spiritual exploratory drive, constitute the foundation for their work with parents and children (for further information, see www.Transparents.net).
Youth and Children’s tent JUKI
From the ages of 6/7/8 to 12/13
Daily from 10.15 am to 1.30 pm and from 3.15 pm to 5.45 pm – free of charge!
The JUKI (= youths’ and children’s tent) Team lovingly and respectfully takes care of the children between 6/7/8 and approx. 12/13 years of age. Children between the ages of 6 and 8 can (with the help of their parents) decide for themselves if they feel better in the children’s tent or in the JUKI.
The prepared surroundings provide a safe and secure space with many stimulating playthings and materials with which the children can actively busy themselves on their own initiative, and they can delve into games and activities that they choose for themselves.
The Team observes the children in their activities and in their being and accompanies them. There is a framework of simple rules and clear limits, so that everyone feels safe and secure.
Even if the children are a bit older, we ask the parents to stay with their children in the beginning until they have settled in. This makes it possible for the parents to get a feeling for the space in the JUKI and how their children are doing, and to build a relationship with the Team.
During the Festival we invite the parents to come and visit the JUKI tent for an hour, once, twice or three times and to practice keeping their undivided attention on their children and being present with them. This is a valuable time and spiritual practice that they experience together with their child.
The children who are registered for the JUKI tent can check out from the tent on their own and move around the Festival grounds. We therefore ask the parents to clearly specify where your children can find you and whether they should come to you at the end or if you will pick them up.
All youths who are older than 12/13 years are very welcome to join the “Young People” (JULE). However, you can at any time determine that you feel younger or older and then correspondingly decide what parts of the program you wish to participate in.
Important: Bring the Parents’ letter!!!
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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
As in recent years, the JuLe- (junge Leute – German for “young people”) Camp invites you to spend an intense and authentic time together.
In line with the main program, the Young People are all about the topic of “trauma” this year. Together, we will open up a space where we will meet honestly and authentically, and where we explore, which touchpoints we have with trauma.
Participants can look forward to authentic and honest exchanges simply by being together, exploring together and of course making music, movement, art and many other things.
Everyone is warmly invited to experience the Festival with us. We are already looking forward to the surprises, breakthroughs and experiences in store for us this year – and especially spending time with you!
The majority of youth participants speak English and German. If you or your friends are English-speaking and do not speak German, the youths themselves will provide translation this year, too. We look forward to seeing you.
Come on by, if you feel this is for you! It will be great!
You can find more information about our work at www.youngvision.info
Important: Bring a “Parents’ Letter”!!!
Childcare 3 up to 7 years
Daily from 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 6 pm to 7.15 pm – free of charge!
The Childcare Team cares for the Festival’s youngest guests in a loving and respectful way. The children’s area is an important part of the Festival. Here, the children can feel safe and welcome. The specially prepared environment provides many stimulating toys and materials where the children can play, follow their own initiative and immerse themselves in games and activities of their choice.
The team observes the children in their activities and accompanies them, whether laughter or crying, in joy or pleasure, boredom or frustration. A clear framework with simple rules and clear boundaries allows everyone to feel safe. This structure provides space for the children to make free choices and act independently.
We invite all parents to come to the children’s tent for one hour, two to three times during the Festival. This gives you a chance to offer undivided attention and full presence to your children. This time is precious, when I, as a father or mother, simply sit in the background and observe myself, my child and its entire environment.
It is important for our team and our work that you drop and pick up your children on time. The steps of dropping, arriving, landing and later picking up, taking leave and moving on are important moments of attachment for our children and for us. Therefore, we ask you to stay with the children as long until they have landed well and feel safe and familiar with the caregivers in the children’s tent.
Important: Bring a “Parents’ Letter”!!!
If your child(ren) wish to participate in the childcare program, the youth camp or the JULE Camp, we need a signed “Parents’ Letter” from you as their parents. This letter must be brought to the childcare area!!! The letter can be downloaded here.
More Informationen here: firstname.lastname@example.org
for parents/adults with their children between 0 and 3 years
The discovery space offers a continuous opportunity for mindful presence, mutual inspirations, new discoveries and encounters for parents and their children. The discovery space is available daily between the hours of 11 am to 7 pm.
Together, we will create a mindful space where children and adults are invited to discover, explore, play and deeply relax together. The children are invited to explore a carefully prepared environment, and to freely engage and experiment among themselves, with offered materials and their peers. Grown-ups will be joining in in quiet presence.
There is the possibility for an open and mindful communication between us as parents concerning all aspects of parenting. There will also be daily times of undivided attention and presence for our children. During these times, we as adults stay in the background and sense more deeply for ourselves, the children and the whole surrounding.
Guided Discovery Space daily between 4 pm and 5 pm. One hour undivided attention with the children with subsequent reflexion with the team of transparents. Introduction always 3.45 pm.
The space will be held and later reflected upon by an experienced systemic early childhood educator from Vienna jointly with the Transparents team.DONATE NOW! We need financial support for the implementation of the open-source online platform from the pocket project. The pocket project develops tools and competencies that combine modern mysticism with current psychological and scientific research. Through the online platform, the latest research results, practices and insights of many pocket project groups will be made available to the global public.