Intensive Workshop November 2007
During the last week of November a group of therapists from Oslo, Malawi, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, East London and a few from the Western Cape gathered in Somerset West for the last intensive workshop of the year.
A few of the participants share some of their experiences:
Right from the beginning I felt accepted by you and the rest of the group. There was a warmth and sense of purpose coming from you that conveyed confidence to all the people in the room. Your way of teaching is, as somebody else said, so generous and committed. You don't hide behind a didactic mask but bring yourself fully into the room both in the way you convey information and the way you illustrate some of the teaching. Even though some of the concepts were not easy, there was not a moment when I didn't understand fully what you were saying. And the exercises were perfectly chosen to build up both confidence and experience. I've been on so many courses where I've rather dreaded the group work and come out of it feeling deskilled and depressed. I now realise that this is because they demanded too much too quickly. Last week it was OK to get a bit confused with trying new skills and getting tied up in the way you've always done things. And there was a sense of achievement in just experiencing new ways of asking questions.
Die narratiewe werk is fenomenaal. Ek het nie ‘n beter woord tans as dié geykte een om te beskryf wat ek wil sê nie. Meer nog is jou besondere gemaklike styl van opleiding. Ek het wat jy aangebied het, soos ‘n spons opgesuig. Jy is die enigste mens wat ek ken wat jou werk in opleiding demonstreer. Die week was werklik vir my ‘n transformerende belewenis!
Besides learning amazing skills and understanding more about NT, I have un-wound during the course, gained great insight into some difficult issues I am currently dealing with, and have also re-connected with my true nature. My judgmental distant attitude ped off my shoulders as I started to get to know the group. I was reminded of my preferred identity and that I want to live in alignment with this. Everyone on the course touched me in some way and I enjoyed the feeling of warmth and connection. I remember that this was why I wanted to be a Psychologist all those years ago, because I cared about people and enjoyed connecting to people. I left day 4 feeling more appreciative of everyone in my life and found myself composing letters to them to express these feelings. Thank you Elize for the powerful and transformative course. It has been a memorable experience. Thanks too to the group of amazing people who have reminded me that Warmth and Connection are so important to me and who offered me so many insightful experiences.