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2nd April 2011 / 2 Aprile 2011

14.30 – 19.30: Laboratorio sulla conoscenza di sé a cura dell’Istituto Hoffman


LA CONOSCENZA TRASFORMA/KNOWLEDGE TRANSFORMS
Oggi abbiamo giocato a scoprire noi stessi, guardandoci dentro e cercandoci negli altri.
Abbiamo seguito un percorso esperienziale, che ci ha aiutato ad aprire gli occhi su di noi e su come vogliamo essere.
Abbiamo scoperto che il carattere di una persona è composto da una funzione intellettuale, una funzione emozionale e una funzione fisica, legata all’azione. Queste tre componenti sono controllate dall’ IO autentico, che rappresenta il nucleo, il centro di noi stessi. L’Io autentico coincide con la direzione che vogliamo dare a noi stessa, nella nostra vita.
Confrontandoci e condividendo esperienze, ci siamo identificati con personalitá e manifestazioni del nostro carattere. Poco a poco, abbiamo fatto chiarezza su alcuni aspetti del nostro carattere e ci siamo avvicinati al nostro IO autentico.
Dal contatto con l’altro, si è sviluppato un contatto piú profondo con l’IO.
Quest’esperienza è durata un pomeriggio; è stato un assaggio di quello che è un percorso piú complesso di conoscenza e di approfondimento sulla persona che Daniela Uslenghi e Michael Wenger affrontano da anni  presso l’Istituto Hoffman in Italia.
Daniela e Michael ci hanno dato l’opportunitá di capire che, in fondo, l’unica certezza e verità che possiamo avere è che “noi siamo”. Essendo il soggetto del nostro essere, siamo dotati della capacità di pensare e immaginare un aspetto di noi che desideriamo cambiare. Se il nostro cervello si attiva immaginando una situazione ideale, costruiamo la nostra competenza per trasformare qualcosa d’ideale in reale.

Il metodo
Il metodo Hoffman è un programma di formazione esperienziale per adulti. La sua durata è di otto giorni intensivi in struttura residenziale. L’apprendimento attraversa tutte e quattro le dimensioni dell’Io –razionale, emozionale, il corpo e l’aspetto energetico – in un percorso abilmente strutturato per sostenere un’esperienza forte e profonda di cambiamento e integrazione. L’Hoffman Quadrinity Process, programma di educazione esperienziale, è stato ideato da Bob Hoffman alla fine degli anni sessanta. Sebbene la ricerca attuale ne dimostri i benefici terapeutici, il metodo Hoffman non è né una terapia né un trattamento medico. I partecipanti vengono soprattutto per trovare una crescita personale, un sapere trasformazionale e un cambiamento positivo nell’esperienza di vita quotidiana e professionale.
Istituto Hoffman
Nel 1990 Michael e la sorella Lisa Wenger portano per la prima volta in Italia l’Hoffman Quadrinity Process. Nel corso degli anni sono stati approfonditi i rapporti che il metodo Hoffman ha con importanti e innovative correnti come la Gestalt, la psicologia transazionale, la teoria sistemica. Dal 1997 Michael Wenger è direttore esecutivo dell’Hoffman Institute International inc. Nel corso degli anni il metodo si diffonde e aumenta il numero degli insegnanti italiani. Responsabile dei corsi e coordinatrice del team insegnanti è la dott.ssa Daniela Wenger Uslenghi, psicologa, psicoterapeuta, esperta di relazioni familiari e di coppia.


Today we played at “discovering ourselves”. We followed an itinerary that helped us in discovering “our inside” and thinking about “how we would like to be”. From the contact with the others, we could develop a deeper contact with our “authentic being”.
Daniela Uslenghi and Michael Wenger gave us the opportunity to understand that the only certainty that we have is that “We are”. As we are the subject of our being, we are able to imagine a situation that we want to change. Thanks to imagination, we can build our skill to transform something ideal into something real.




23rd May 2010 / 23 Maggio 2010

When can transformation be sustainable? When can transformation be considered metabolized?

“When can transformation be sustainable?¨ is the topic that is proposed this morning to discuss. Questions on “sustainability in processes of change”, which artway of thinking and Love Difference present today.

The first two interventions of the day come from the academic fields: Guido Ferilli (IULM University) and Denise Rocca (University of Arts, London) introduce the methodologies of their projects of research, concerning respectively cultural economics and cultural/artistic education.

Guido Ferilli’s investigation is about a new role of culture in post industrial economies, as common platform for individual and social capability for the production and the circulation of knowledge. The method he presents focuses, first of all, on the definition about what culture is in the territory in his double nature, as material culture (facilities) and immaterial culture (ideas, traditions). Through a process of mapping, by identifying concentrations of material and immaterial culture in the territory analysed the research identifies a culture cluster in qualitative terms. Once the cluster has been identified, the project aims at integrating its immaterial and material culture, by promoting the “vocation” of the territory, i.e. the cultural potentialities in the territory.

Denise Rocca, researcher of Engine Room (research project within the University of Arts, London) proposes “evaluation” as means to promote sustainability in educational creative projects, especially through two actions: engaging the professionals involved in reflective practices and producing reliable and effective documentation, i.e. providing proof of the effective outcomes of the project. Thanks to evaluation, the authors of the project can obtain a content sustainability (in terms of professional development) and an economic sustainability (presenting outcomes is necessary for fundraising).

Question time comes: the topic of the day, concerning sustainability in processes of transformation is reopened, looking for answers through the discussion in three groups and the exposition of the outcomes. For one group, sustainability works in long term and short term but, as the human being naturally thinks in terms of “me – here – now”, it is necessary to be flexible, in order to get the tools for putting the individuals in groups.

The second group relates sustainability to the ability to affect the system, in a small and at the same time global scale; efficiency at any level of resources is essential, and the attitude which is important to adopt is to embrace challenges, working towards well being.

The third group believes that transformation can be considered sustainable when it is generated and carried with compassion. Compassion is the key words for turning the inner side into the material level.

The second part of the day leads the participants to alternative medicine and the psychological world.

The chiropractor Max Rapkin presents exercises of “ body connectivity”: people are involved in test mucles activities, showing the way all the organs are connected one to the other and at the same time he demonstrates how our bodies can be connected together.

Thomas Legl (Euro Tc), psychologist and psychotherapist, explains how dependency (especially drugs dependency) can be treated by a therapy based on flexibility to the specific situation of the patients involved that finds a response in a specific therapy conceived for them. Other elements that have to be considered in order to provide an efficient therapy, as Thomas says, are the time factors (“a long term treatment is more efficient than a short one”); the consciousness about the real availability of the treatment; the focus on multiple needs, that he defines as co-morbidity social factors and the continuous assessment.

Michael Wenger (Hoffman Institute) introduces the Integral approach, born in the psychological field, which integrates the “exterior” (practical aspects of life, such as ecology, economics and social systems) with the “interior” aspects of humanity (like psychology, culture and spirituality). Michael believes that the integral approach is the successful way to get sustainability, as the analysis of the initiatives of human beings, considering the 4 quadrants/perspectives of life (psychology, behaviour, culture, system), let them identify most of the major forces which influence their successes or their failure. Thanks to the quadrants, we can organize knowledge, diagnose challenges and prescribe solution.

The speeches are followed by a meditation session, held by Michael, who is divided into a first part of individual concentration and meditation and a second one, where people get in contact by couples. The only action required is to fix your eyes in the other’s eyes: this helps to get even more in contact with the others.

It’s time for a new focus group session: the groups have to answer now to the second question of the day: “when can be a transformation considered metabolized?”


Grazia, Jacopo and Maurizio propose:
food of the traditional “Osteria”. Vegetable bean soup with pasta, meat balls and more recipes handed from one generation to the other with the possibility of innovation while keeping them authentic. Selection of wines offered by Contadi Castaldi and Love Difference ice cream.

Max Rapkin did a second exercise today where he showed the participants how to feel their diaphrams moves as they breathed in and out. They could feel their lungs and stomachs.

Additionally, he demonstrated the effect of gentlly strocking the bottom of the foot.

  1. take of your shoes and socks
  2. hold your right foot with your left hand from the area right after the toes end, hold it gently so that the inside of your hand faces the bottom of your foot
  3. slowly roll the ankle a few times in one direction then the other direction
  4. repeat for the second foot
  5. do not forget to keep breathing slowly, in and out
  6. the with the bottom of your hand stroke the full length of the bottom of your foot from the toes to the heel, three for times, softly and lightly
  7. repeat for the second foot
  8. then slowly get up and walk around
  9. how does it feel?

Arches as a physical structure are important and can carry great weights, your diafram and feet have arches. Have you ever thought of that?

17.15
Emilio Fantin and his “dreaming actors”.

The results of the three days experiential activities with the artist Emilio Fantin were shown through a form of performance. Each participant stood up from his/her chair and told, in an emotional and theatrical way, their dreams to the other participants. Big surprise in the meeting room! And loud clapping for the “actors” and their artistic director.

Michael Wenger of the Hoffman Institute presented the concepts of meditation, its stages, and how it connects us to each other, the world, therefore, in essence the universe.

He argues that there must be something beyond the body and the world we live in now; i.e. body and soul.

Michael Wenger worked with the group on an attention exercise. The group is spread around the room; some on chairs, others on the floor with eyes closed except for a few of us.

The group seems to be into this and focusing into it. That is a good thing.

Thomas Legl, psychologist and psychotherapist, is President Euro – TC and Executive Director Kur-und  Gesundheitszentrum Knappenhof.

In this session it has been spoken on dependency, which is one of the most important issues that we have to deal in ourselves. In the speech presented by Thomas the focus was on drug and alcohol dependency, but at the same time dependency has to be comprehended in a wide level.

Following the words of Thomas we know that treatments have to be multiples and flexible because there are different type of individual consumers. They have to adapt treatment to patients needs and the needs emerge during therapy.

One of the most important things is to be conscious that an unpleasant environment is one of the problems for the treatment, so the idea is to have a very nice environment to stimulate the process of change. Mountains environment, for example, gives the possibilities to feel a new life.

As in Bhutan say: We need to change the Gross National Product for the Gross National Happiness!

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