MEDIATION & CONFLICT COACHING
During a mediation I meet with two or more people in conflict to assist them in resolving their differences. Whether in your professional or private life, when a conflict has reached a debilitating level, mediation by a neutral party can bring back a sense of calm, hope, confidence and clarity to all involved. As a mediator, I’ll work hard to create a structured and empathic space in which conflicting parties feel safe, heard and understood and may re-engage in authentic, forward-pointing conversation.*
In consultation with clients, I offer to integrate elements of mindfulness practice such as stopping, slow-walking, breathing and body scan into the mediation. Used appropriately, these meditative practices can reduce reactivity and facilitate a transformative, heart-based connection between people in conflict.
The solution to your conflict will, of course, still be yours to find. Only you know what is best for you. However, as your mediator, my commitment to you is to support you wholeheartedly and steadfastly in gaining a clear mutual understanding of each other’s true needs and in coming up with a course of action based on that.
*To do justice to the complex and often subtle dynamics of the mediation process, I may choose to collaborate with a co-mediator.
If all parties to a conflict are not willing or able to participate in a mediation, I offer conflict coaching to those who wish to gain additional insight and specific tools for handling the conflict.
Please contact me if you would like to know more about my mediation and conflict coaching practice and to inquire about the costs.
I offer mindfulness circles at your place of work or other location to meditate and enjoy the present moment together. To the sound of the bell, we take time to sit and walk in silence and gather in circles to share about what is alive inside of us. We practice loving speech and compassionate listening with each other and plant the seeds for peaceful interactions in the future, while helping deescalate existing conflicts.
Mindfulness circles can be integrated in various group activities, strategic planning retreats and team-building events. They help deepen the connection and cohesion among colleagues, friends and family and support authentic, trusting and joyful relationships.
Please contact me if you would like to know more about my mindfulness circles and to inquire about the costs.
TENDING THE EARTH
Tending the Earth
Tending the Earth is the practice of mindfully working together in vegetable gardens or on small farms. It is a deeply healing practice and an opportunity to fall back in love with Mother Earth. For two years I practiced Tending the Earth in Plum Village, the meditation center founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. There I was allowed to witness the transformation it produced in me and others:
“As people of all walks of life come together and joyfully sink their hands into the soil — some of them for the first time in many years — they experience a nourishing, heartfelt connection with their brothers and sisters, deepen their understanding of the entire web of life and offer their true presence to the earth. Working the soil in this manner is a bit like caressing the earth and being caressed by her in return.
During our mindful work we are held tenderly by Mother Earth just as we are, with all our joys and pains. Without discrimination, Mother Earth welcomes us back, perhaps wondering what took us so long. And so we experience a renewed love for Mother Earth, a renewed connection. We can now experience that the earth is not something outside of us but that she is in us and that we are a part of her. This is not a transformation of the head, but of the heart. It takes root slowly, almost without notice, unfailingly.“
Tending the Earth is best practiced in groups in urban vegetable gardens or on small farms. Access to these sites varies from season to season and depends on the specific requirements of those managing them. If you would like to Tend the Earth with your group, please contact me with your needs and we’ll see how, when and where to best accommodate them.
For photos of Tending the Earth on Plum Village Happy Farm and elsewhere please see the gallery.
Please contact me if you would like to know more about my Tending the Earth practice and to inquire about locations, timing and costs.
Tending the Earth, Oct 17, 2020
Once again, I’ll be at the New St. Jacobi cemetery at Hermannstr. 99 in Berlin-Neukölln. As part of the Activities Day, I will be guiding a mindful farming session at 11:00 hrs. on the small vegetable field in the back of the garden. I invite you to join me for a deep touching of the earth. Participation is free.
Mindful Gardening Workshop, Sep 16, 2020
On Wednesday, Sep. 16, at 16 hrs I will be offering a workshop on mindful gardening at the Urania Berlin. The event is free, but registration is required to keep our group small enough to practice social-distancing. Go to https://www.urania.de/achtsam-durch-den-garten-0 for more information.
Tending the Earth, Aug 15, 2020
I will be at the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Berlin at the New St. Jacobi cemetery at Hermannstr. 99 in Berlin-Neukölln. As part of the Garden Activities Day, I will be working mindfully from about 11:00 to 15:00 hrs. on the the small vegetable field and I invite you to join me. Participation is free.