The Relational Turn

The Relational Turn LogoThe first week of June 2013, join us at Esalen for The Relational Turn, a conference on the practice of sustainability organized by The Relational Center. We lead two workshops:

Sustainable Parenting – What would a world that supports parents and respects children look like? How do we shift from a paradigm of control and isolation to one of trust and support? And how do we maintain that shift in the face of a dominant culture that gives harsh messages of how children and parents “should” behave? Join us to share your challenges, explore sustainable approaches to connected parenting, and collectively create visions for the future.

Theatre of the Oppressed – Developed by Brazilian writer and director Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) is a set of ethics and techniques that use theatre to address both individual and community transformation as interrelated and interdependent processes. Using T.O., participants will get the opportunity to explore, confront, and embody change in their communities. As Boal writes, “Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.” No experience necessary!

Embodied Empathy at Changing the Paradigm

Empathy Demo

We led our Embodied Empathy workshop at Echo Parenting & Education‘s Changing the Paradigm Conference in March 2013.

Workshop Description: Join us to witness and practice empathy so that you can return to your daily life confident in using the healing power of unconditional listening. A key element of trauma-informed and nonviolent practices, empathy is sometimes challenging to apply, as it is often approached from an intellectual standpoint. This participatory workshop offers you an embodied experience of connecting with an unguarded heart.

Holding Space Exercise

Participants practice literally holding space for one another.

Certified through Echo Parenting and Education, Andrei Andreev and Julianne Gale have been learning, practicing, and teaching connected communication techniques and embodied emotional processing since 2006.