The workshops will take place on Friday, September 9th, and on Saturday, September 10th after the Power & Care afternoon session, at 15:30.

Participants can register for one workshop each afternoon as all workshops will be held at the same time. Registration for the workshops is to be done at the same time as ticket registration. There is a 1 euro booking fee for each workshop.

WORKSHOP 1: Working with the Power-Oriented and Care-Taking Parts of Ourselves
Prof. Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.
We all have an inner striving for power, an assertive tendency pushing us to think of ourselves first, have others do what we want, and accumulate money and things to feel safe and proud. We also have an inclination to care for others and to try to put their interests ahead of our own, urging us to be collaborative, helpful, and well liked. Both impulses are valuable assets when they are balanced. For various reasons, however, one or the other may become extreme and polarize with the other, creating inner battles over how to lead our lives.
In this workshop, participants will be invited to explore both tendencies within themselves and whether they are balanced or not. They will locate them in their bodies, and begin to learn their motives, protective role, and attempts to keep them safe. In this process of separating, and listening to, each tendency, participants will enter a mindful and compassionate state called the Self enabling them to negotiate a new inner relationship between the two parts. This process helps people create new inner relationships that lead to greater balance and harmony between the forces of power and care that can be extrapolated to communities and countries. 

WORKSHOP 2: Awareness-Based Social Technologies for Social Change: What Does it Take to Lead from the Future as it Emerges?
Martin Kalungu-Banda
There are times when the past does not have good enough equivalents for us to learn from so that we can deal with current and emerging challenges. In such moments, we need a different learning cycle. To sense and actualize the future that is seeking to emerge requires us to shift the inner place from which we operate. This inner shift is at the core of all deeper leadership work today.  It's a shift that requires us to expand our thinking from the head to the heart. It is a shift from an ego-system awareness that cares about the well-being of me to an eco-system awareness that cares about the well-being of all, including myself.  When operating with ego-system awareness we are driven by the concerns and intentions of our small ego self. When operating with eco-system awareness we are driven by the concerns and intentions of our emerging or essential self — that is, by a concern that is informed by the well-being of the whole. What practices and ways of being does it take to bring about such a transformation? This session shares a process and stories of how to sense and actualize this shift enabling our highest future possibility.

WORKSHOP 3: Practising the Language of Nonviolent Communication
Godfrey Spencer, MA (Cantab.)
In this workshop, we will explore how communication with oneself and with third parties, if based on our deep-seated motivations and needs, can strengthen and sustain quality relationships, within and without. Nonviolent Communicationsm (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, is based on the historical principles of non-violence by which we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Although many have heard of NVC, few are acquainted with the powerful symbols of NVC: the Giraffe and the Jackal. This workshop will provide the opportunity to examine these symbols and what it means to see ourselves, and the world around us, through the eyes of the Giraffe or the Jackal.  Once enemy images are transformed using NVC consciousness, we start to live in a different world: a world of compassion and caring. Through continuing reactions among participants, supported by the facilitator, we will appreciate how greatly a focus on universal needs, unattached to specific strategies or outcomes, can spawn trust and thereby channel human behaviour towards greater care and a form of power grounded in synergy. 

WORKSHOP 4: The Art of the Fugue and the Art of Meditation
Maria João Pires; Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D.
In this workshop, participants will alternately hear various pieces of music played by pianist Maria João Pires followed by guided meditation by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. Maria João Pires will play five preludes and fugues from the Well-tempered Clavier of J.-S. Bach. Before the first piece, in between the pieces, and at the end, Matthieu Ricard will take the audience through a series of short meditations on attentive presence, loving-kindness, compassion, celebration of goodness, equanimity, and pure awareness. With the music and meditation, each deepening the other, the wonder and contemplative openness from both will lead to an experience of the fullness of the present moment and a focus on altruism and compassion.

WORKSHOP 5: Experiencing Power and Care through Contemplative Practice Across Traditions
Brother Thierry-Marie Courau, o.p.; Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.
Two contemplatives from different traditions share principles and practices from their respective backgrounds in an exploration for the 21st century.
We experience power and care in us and around us every day. In an increasingly complex and interdependent world, ethics-based perspectives and contemplation need to go together, informing each another, in order to foster a healthy relationship with both power and care. Our strength in adjusting ourselves to the reality of suffering matures from the deep understanding of our human capacity for love and compassion. Spiritual traditions offer contemplative practices for preparing the mind, the heart and the hands to integrate a principled and compassionate attitude toward power and care. Through the encounter of the two traditions, Buddhist and Christian, each one in her singularity, participants will be invited to explore the values, narratives, and views that foster wisdom and enhance resilience as we address the reality of our world in crisis. In the course of this program, we will work with inquiry, story, and contemplative practices.

WORKSHOPS 6 and 7: Caring about your Body and Mind
Rafael Ebner; Ryan Spielman
Participants will be invited to explore a yoga tradition. There are two options:

Yin Yoga with Rafael Ebner:
In this workshop, participants will be invited to explore a gentle, quiet and at the same time subtle, deep and powerful approach to Yoga - Yin Yoga. The intention of this practice is to specifically address deeper layers of the body by sustained, low intensity stretches in uncomplicated Yoga asanas. We will be using comparatively long holding times (3 to 5 minutes) to allow the body to find its own individual way into the postures, thus providing beneficial stimulation for the connective tissues underneath our muscular costume. Yin Yoga postures work using gravity and leverage on the body, so the practitioner can relax into the pose rather than having to work to achieve it. The characteristic long stretches, combined with a gentle approach, an exploration of our Yin side, promote a sense of stillness and connection to the sensations inside, and the flow of energy/chi/prana through our system.
The gentle approach of Yin Yoga can be deceptive. This practice goes quite deep, and is not suitable if you have acute injuries or medical conditions. It is recommended that participants consult their trusted medical practitioner before joining the practice. Beginners will have an easier time if they bring a meditation cushion and a blanket for this workshop.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Ryan Spielman:
This workshop will provide the opportunity to explore an energising Yoga series for all levels. Participants will be taken through a flowing sequence of postures linked together via the breath to create a gentle and dynamic moving meditation experience. Through this introduction to the Ashtanga Yoga system participants will get a taste of the power and presence of mindful movement coupled with intelligent posture sequencing that will leave them feeling enlivened and at ease. 

WORKSHOP 8: Puppets: The Elusive Shift of Power and Care in Artistic Creation
Julian Crouch; Saskia Lane
The workshop will explore the use of live animation and puppetry techniques. Focussing on the use of ordinary paper and simple movement qualities, the workshop will demonstrate how to bring the inanimate to life through collaborative improvisation. The workshop will examine in detail the elusive and shifting balance of power and care as it relates to artistic creation, and how both are essential  - the power of decision and certainty, and the love and care of following what is happening in the moment. Part meditation, part performance, the workshop will be a safe collaborative environment where only the paper is required to perform.


Workshops subject to change