Work Groups

Sankelmark 2020

Work Groups

1) Helena Ehrenbusch (Estonia)

Authentic Movement (English & Bodylanguage)

„What I am looking for, is not out there. It is in me“ Helen Keller

Authentic Movement enables a connection to our unconscious through the embodied word, symbols, sensations and movement. Participants will learn to engage with a direct experience of self, beyond words and concepts through their own and others authentic bodily movement, through kinetic and verbal relations and reflections.

We are working in a safe, self-directed, non -judgemental and empathic framework. We shall be moving, exploring body awareness, body-mind-spirit connections and kinetic meditation. There is space for discussions upon movement specific language, ethics, bodily themes, personal resources and traps, questions arising from your explorations and professional practice. The underlying philosophy is derived from Rudolf Laban, Karl Gustav Jung, Mary Whitehouse, and contemporary findings from Body Oriented Psychotherapy, Creative Therapy, Neuroscience, Supervision, and personal experiences.

Equipment: comfortable clothes for moving, notebook, pencil.
Directions and explanations are in English, but I understand German and participants may speak their motherlanguage in reflections of their own work.

2) Bent Falk (Denmark)

Love is a gift. If it were fair, it would be a fair – a marketplace
Gestalt Therapy and Supervision Group (English)

“If you really love me, you will give me what I think is fair, and if you don’t it is proof that you do not love me.” This kind of thinking is self-inflicted pain, adding neurotic suffering to the existential (unavoidable) suffering (grief) when you lose what you want to keep or do not get what you want to have. “Neurotic” means the attempt to control what, as a matter of principle, cannot be controlled, and no one can control love. Not by being “good-enough”, by bribing, threatening, making the other one in the relationship feel sorry or guilty, or by any other kind of manipulation. Focusing on that fact may help us to reduce the neurotic suffering of “hurt”, “insulted”, “humiliated”, “depressed” “furious”, and “vengeful” to pure grief which is the inevitable price of lost love.

In the group, we will focus on this issue in the contexts of faith, psychotherapy, counselling, personal therapy, and supervision. 

Participants must be sufficient fluent in English to understand my directions and explanations in English. However, I understand German well so participants may speak German when they do their own work or parts of it.

3) Lotta Geisler (Sweden)

Bibliodrama (German and English)

”In the Bibliodramagroup we will encounter the theme of the conference (”It is not fair”) with help of Bibletexts that has inspired the theme. Bibliodrama is a way to come closer to what a text, even single words means to us by exploring them slowly and sharing our experiences in the group. By the bibliodramaway of exploring words, the black printed letters, sentences and contexts, - will bring up your own images, memories, earlier interpretations, bodysensations and this kind of bibliodramawork can open this field, make you stay with whatever your own responses are?!!! There is no right understanding in bibliodrama, it is an open process without a given result! By giving time to explore and express your experiences with all your senses and your body, in colours, sounds, gestures, and so on, also with words;-), it might be helpful for personal issues of different kinds. And as long the group is willing to accept the common grouprules, the individual contributions might expand and enrich your own process. To lead bibliodrama is to facilitate this process and I hope to find both ideas and creative material to make this possible. What is fair play - I wonder?! ”

4) Mariann Hagbarth (Sweden, Norway) and Gerhard Marcel Martin (Germany)

Dimensions of a symbol – inner and outer scene (English)

In all fields of personal, social and religious life it is a decisive question, how justice and love are interconnected. How to realize ethical standards and bring them together with the values of mercy and grace? How to find a balance of justice and grace? In contradiction to certain theological doctrinal concepts this is also one of the main topics in the Hebrew Bible as well as  in the New Testament.

In one of his parables Jesus tells the story of a landowner who pays laborers, who worked throughout the day, according to the contract, the same wages as to those, who started much later. When the first ones complain, he argues, that it is "not unfair". "Why be jealous because I am kind?" (Matthew 20) 

How to deal with the "scandal" of mercy in the case that economic standards remain and nevertheless are transcended? According to Jewish tradition God has two thrones in heaven, sitting on the throne of justice just one hour and on the throne of mercy in the rest of the day.

In this workshop we explore the theme and the text with two complementary approaches. One way is inner meditation like in a daydream and with drawings. The other is acting on an outer scene. Both methods are good for pastoral care and psychotherapy. They will be used in an intertwined way during the days. (Bring your own coloring material if you want; simple material will be provided)

5) Christian Højlund and Kirstine Hansen (Denmark)

PBSP Therapy (Pesso-Therapy) (English)

PBSP-Therapy is a body-oriented interactiv therapy founded by Albert Pesso and his wife Diane Boyden Pesso (read more at the homepage ). The healing terapeutic work is based on the confidence, that there behind every pain and suffering is a strong genetic determined longing for and knowlegde about, what is needed to fulfill life, and to bring it further on to the next generations.

With Albert Pessos own words: ”We are made genetically to be able to be happy in an imperfect world, that is endlessly unfolding. And we human beeings are the local agents of that cosmological unfolding.” That's why you can be the true and only instructor of a new symbolic memory, where age and care fit perfect to each other. If autentic on the emotional level, the brain take this new memory for real, it heals the early wounds, and you can unfold with a much more fruitful and life-affirming view at yourself, at other people and at the world. So this healing process is not only a question about survival of the self. But our innate sense of love also ensures the survival of the other and our innate sense for justice ensures rightness, order and meaning in the world.

In this workshop, participants can work on their personal issues with therapeutic support.

6) Peter J. Kruse, Andreas Riebl (Denmark)

„This is not fair“ - handling with the contradictions of life. Self experience and supervision.

It is a basic need of mankind to be treated in a fair way, even if our reactions in situations may be different. „This is not fair!“  cries not seldom our inner child. If we seem to be treated unfair, our balance becomes confused.  We feel perhaps hurt or attacked and damaged in our integrity. On the other hand - if we treat others unfair, we often feel guilty. Being accused we must defend ourselves or have to concede that we were wrong just to rebuilt the balance of the relationship. „This is not fair“ can also concern the review of our life. Than we accuse god.

In this workshop we may look at our personal themes as well as our professional situations. Our expectations what we call „fair“, our good experiences with fairness and our less good experiences with „unfairness“ we want to look at  with various methods, we shall share them with the group and work on them. We use e.g.  exercises of awareness, self reflection,  role play, painting, body awareness and movement, handling with our voice. We are following attentively the process of the group and work with the principle of the personal responsibility of every member.

The group works basically in German language, English is welcome.