Keval Khalsa: “Technologies for Transformation: Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© and Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed”
The practice of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan© develops awareness, consciousness, and the courage to act from the heart as a “spiritual warrior”. Kundalini Yoga balances and strengthens all the systems of the body, disciplines the mind, and connects the practitioner with spirit. A regular practice of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation can move us beyond perceived barriers, experiencing the Oneness that pervades all.
The paradigm of Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed asserts that “we are all theater” and that theater can serve as a “rehearsal for life.” TO work begins with the body – attuning all the senses to be present to “what is” while simultaneously allowing “what could be.” The purpose of TO is personal and collective empowerment – in Boal’s words, “Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.”
Keval Khalsa will describe how she has shared these technologies through service-learning courses at Duke University, where she has served on the faculty for 30 years, and in educational and community settings as a Regional Director of the non-profit Y.O.G.A. for Youth. Participants will experience practices from both traditions.
Tracy Tawhiao: “Kotahitanga”
This is a collaborative installation workshop. It is the bringing together of people as one in a creative expression of individual yet collective union. “Kotahitanga”
We each have a special unique thumb print, heart beat and genetic make up. We flow uniquely into our own lives Art provides a natural bringing of inside out. The magic of intuitive drawing into a shared mural creates connection.
Our line is guided by a relationship between what exists and what we think feel know can exist.
There is a point on the page then from that point we make a line and this line creates an image, that image is from within us It makes writing and realistic drawings, life drawing, geometric, uncoordinated drawing. There is any kind of drawing you can think of. All of it started with a point and a line.
When we work on a single mural together with our own intuitive line a magic happens between the lines we each make.
Our line starts one way but ends up another over time. We begin to be inspired by each other’s Work. In the line world, age, gender or culture is irrelevant In the line nothing can be untruthful for long. If we give ourselves ease and we relax the line flows easily. If we overthink or judge it becomes more difficult to flow All feelings are revealed.
We must let our line come out. Let our point be made. Follow the line to wherever it takes us. Draw out the flow. The line to the key of thought reality. Your thought to your hand to the physical world is your line. An unbroken line of design.
Artistic lines of healing and connecting.
In previous workshops I have had the great pleasure of witnessing participants go from fear to total love and self acceptance. From timidity to happy engagement. From reticence to confidence. And the resulting mural astounds. People go from shy and quiet to engaged and talkative.
There is a magic that unfolds every time.
Angela von Rotz & Darius Matthies: “Witnessing as a Ceremony”
Embarking on a creative journey to discover archetypal stages of the GSW process.
The Intention of this Workshop is to view and experience GSW as a conscious ceremonial practice with certain stepping stones and thresholds:
– Opening, Cleaning the inner space
– Letting come, impression
– Letting in, deep listening
– Letting go, expression
– Closing, Cleaning the inner space
Through precisely zooming into these steps and the transitions we intend to offer a practice that refines the ability of the nervous system to deal with information in our daily lives more consciously and build resources to remain a present witness in each step of the cycle.
From our own artistic practices of speech, performance, storytelling, gesture and movement we will offer exercises that foster qualities such as: the ability to shift perspective, the power of the non linear mind, precise awareness of the body sensations and creativity in our expression from moment to moment.
Qais Assali: “Intercorporeal Art as Political Witnessing”
This dialog, screening and collective artmaking workshop will highlight “art as a political witnessing”. In his art, Palestinian artist, designer and educator Qais Assali will start the discussion from witnessing our pasts as a means to changing our futures whilst also not forget. Starting with archives and archival images provided to participants we will explore how we remember and hold on to our histories. Through this collaborative artist talk and combined creation we will turn archival research into collective history. More specifically, through active dialogue we will show how the case of Palestine is more broadly connected to the problems of the Arab world and the whole world, to see a historic interrelationship to colonization and imperialism. We will focus on the Palestinian traumatic year of 1948 when Israel was born. Palestinians call it “the Nakba” or the catastrophe but how might we project that time, year and events onto the German and global landscape?
Using the tool of art as a form of political witnessing we will develop our own concepts of intercorporeality where it is not about one empathizing with “the other” but learning how our struggle is already about, related to and affecting the rest of the world local to global. By exploring the legacy of images of Palestinian exile, iconic images of 1948 such as ‘the key’, a symbols of resistance, as well as its trace in consumer culture throughout Palestine today, this model exhibited in the various projects by Qais Assali will help us workshop our own art methods and political ideas interacting with historical and contemporary German newspapers and archival material provided. Participants are also welcome to bring their own public/personal archives (images/video/objects/ads… etc) from the year 1948. This workshop will deal with the subversion and exhaustion of truama’s image. Instead, we might ask how to use the tool of art as a form of political witnessing in order to develop a practice of intercorporeality and art as global witnessing to empathize with the other within our own global contexts.
Beate Simon & Ronald Poelman: “Five minutes a day”
“Five Minutes a day” (according to Thomas Hübl) is a simple procedure that can be implemented by anyone. This workshop offers an opportunity to the participants to deepen their experience of the method. We will be doing the exercise several times with different issues connected with the actual world news and then compare our experiences. One walkthrough consists of the following sections:
– Five minutes of silent contemplation of a press picture with a headline, and observation of the inner process on the physical, emotional and mental level.
– Five minutes of expressing the experience made through painting, texting, through the body or through music
– Five minutes of sharing the experiences made in a small group
After we walked through this process three times we reflect upon the results in a bigger group. We will take a look at the meta level of the process and exchange our ideas on the possibilities of integration in the context of our own lives:
– For whom and for what purpose is the exercise suitable
– How can it be applied
– What can be conveyed through it
According to us the way we relate with our environment and the people around us can deepen through regular praxis of the method.
Ronald Poelman and Beate Simon engage in several artistic cooperation’s since 2015 and realised a number of projects together. www.tonspuren.net www.be-art.net www.tastissimo.de
Tabea Gregory & Lukas Herrmann: “My body in the social body: PAST – PRESENT – FUTURE”
A Social Presencing Theater Workshop
We are all have individual bodies. And at the same time they are part of a big mass of matter: the earth. It is the big body that all of the small bodies are created from. So the individual and earth body are connected.
And because we as humans all stand on this big body together, we are also interrelated with each other: We form a structure, almost like a fabric that is woven in a certain way. This is what we call the social body.
How can we relate to these three bodies, increase our awareness and responsibility for all of them? In this workshop we will cultivate responding and paying attention to these three fields (individual body, social body, earth body) at the same time. We will work both with individual and collective topics, looking at situations we are stuck in and how to move them. Later we will explore our collective potential future. We will listen to what our bodies can imagine, what we might not be able to imagine with our minds, yet. Collectively holding space for the future takes courage! Let’s dare together.
Susanne Ahlendorf: “Compassion – A deeply human essential ability to connect”
Compassion is the bridge to the presence and awareness that we need in the process of global social witnessing. Our capacity for compassion brings into the world the care that e.g. every mother naturally gives to her child. The art of relating is available to our field and creates good conditions for dealing with the traumatized and withdrawn parts of us. This creates new possibilities to face the often shocking events in our world and to act appropriate.
In this workshop we will engage as a group in the process of empathic co-existence and the power of compassion. We can first perceive the effect in our own field in the group and as individuals. How this then affects events in the outside world, we cannot know at first. This not-knowing or emptiness is also an important aspect in our process, which we use as a tool in our communication.
“If one cultivates warm feelings of closeness to others, one’s own mind automatically comes to rest. In this way we can overcome all fears and uncertainties and become strong enough to overcome all obstacles. This is the true key to success in life.” (Quote of the Dalai Lama on compassion and human values)
Stefan Häfliger: “Witnessing global business models: Amazon and the Amazon”
Witnessing the daunting changes in global business combined with the carbon footprint we leave as consumers, workers, and managers requires a deeper understanding of the strategy and business model of global firms. Only with an understanding of how consumption and production interlink can we visualise and contemplate the effects of global corporations on our daily lives and the planet’s current burning. A business model combines value creation and value capture and underlies every sustainable economic activity, from non-profit association to global enterprise.
We will start with a close look at the history of Amazon and the dynamics and linkages between the business models currently in operation, including Prime. This short input talk by Stefan will lead to a small group exploration of the business model of any other enterprise worth witnessing, from automotive to pharmaceutical, travel, commodities all the way to organic farming.
The exploration happens in several steps: 1) mapping resource and knowledge flows between all stakeholders, 2) tracing external effects, both positive and negative externalities and network effects, and 3) modifications to the business models. The last step, in particular, includes a debate about the purpose of the enterprise and our ability to witness and envision change, in us and through us as the stakeholders to the enterprise.
Each step includes an introspection to sense how the business model works and its effects on workers, consumers, and the bigger context wherein the company operates including the planet as a whole. Sensing the impact and the emotions it triggers in us can help navigate strategic decision making, connecting management science with mindfulness and intuition.
Roman Huber: “New power spaces of democracy”
How are political actions and social witnessing related in practical terms? Why are some actions special and put a smile on people’s faces?
Also and especially in politics the principles of space, energy and structure have to be balanced. Inside and outside. Me and us.
In the workshop we will practice this together using very concrete examples. Everyone who already is or wants to become politically active in a new and conscious way is cordially invited. On a large or very small scale. Everything counts.
“If thy aim be great and thy means small, still act; for by action alone these can increase to thee.” (Sri Aurobindo)
Nicolás Amaya: “Human Online – Technology to overcome separation. An experimental live connection with Nigeria”
In this workshop you will have a live experience of connecting through the Human Online platform to participants in Nigeria. We will explore the difference between consuming cognitive information about a place, people or situation, and using technology to experience a direct connection to each other on levels other than the cognitive. Technology has allowed unbelievable connection between human beings on many levels, yet it is often supporting us to be absent to one another. We are often overwhelmed with stimulus and unable to maintain an embodied experience, desensitising to world news we often consume in our social media timelines. We maintain online personas with curated versions of ourselves while our inner selves starve for real connection.
Human Online is a startup experimenting the use of technology for a deep, embodied connection between people from all over the planet. We want to use the fact that online there are no distances between us, as a door through which we truly connect to each other.