Dear Colleagues and Friends

 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Being quiet for sometime, I feel it is time to share a short report about what I have been up to, working mostly in Indonesia now.
I strongly believe that values should become alive and life giving, that is, using my body(s) to translate them into concrete action.
At this time it seems especially important to me to lovingly accept the past (pre-supposing I have looked at it) and move into loving action (LoveWill).

After closing the PsychoPolitical Peace Institute in Switzerland two years ago, where we trained therapist for 22 years, my heart led me to Indonesia. Here I work with two universities in Java, and have introduced Transpersonal Psychology into one curriculum, as a three year training, my book “Inner Actors” Subpersonalities in Psychosynthesis, being the textbook.
With Ubaya university I work in a team with my Javanese colleagues for 10 years in children’s prisons, having written and DVD’d and held trainings in four institutions for youths and employees. Now we run a shelter for released youths law offenders in Jombang,Java, based on empowerment and raising Self-esteem, offering various skills trainings as well as heart meditation. A great combination of catalyzing values combined with hands on skills.
Our focus for next year is on restorative justice and advocacy.

In Bali, the Lagu Damai Foundation is supporting various projects: http://www.pppi.net/international_action_projects.html . Jiwa Damai permaculture garden and retreat center begins to flower organically after the initial years. In May, we offer again a month long internship , a combination of learning permaculture principles, with hands on, Yoga, meditation as well as “unfolding the HeartSelf-Intelligence”, leading to the innermost, deepest “Self”.
A permaculture Design certification class is offered in February with Jeremiah Kidd and Rico Zook. http://jiwadamai.net/activities—seminars/ .
Of course this means eating organic great veggies and fruit, seeded, planted and harvested with much love and care. (Not to forget the way they are prepared and turned into nutritious meals)

How can I return the life-giving love I receive from our earth? I found that by doing hands on with the inner attitude and values of gratitude, respect and honoring, my intention and love is being received.

Peacelight greetings
Margret R.

 
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Autumn time in Germany

View from my window in Giessen the night after the first snowfall in October, when all leaves came down.

Evaluation at Jombang youth shelter

Thie is one of the regular evaluations we hold in Jombang Java at our shelter for youths released from prison. We usually invoke the youths and other organizations which provide services to us to join us for meditation and discussions about current issues.

Part of the evaluation process is also to monitor our youths, which receive special skills training at the shelter. Some of them are already employed.

Faculty of psychology of Ubaya – 30th anniversary

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the faculty of psychology of Ubaya university in Surabaya, I was invited to do a workshop at their conference about holistic healing.


Simultaneously it was a celebration of our working together for nearly 10 years now. As  project advisors and consultants we worked on many different projects. Lately in form of a team of four.
One picture shows the group of my colleagues, the other the groups of participants from as far away as Sumatra, and other islands.

Transpersonal psychology class at UGM Jogjakarta

I taught a first year of transpersonal psychology at the university at UGM in Jogjakarta, Java at the faculty of clinical psychology. Below you see our group of students working.

The person next to me is Bo Kwartarini, the head of the department of clinical psychology and indigenous psychology.

Jogjakarta was the old capital of Java, with the Sultan living there in his palace. Nowadays it is a student’s town with 40 universities. I teach a three day course every two months there.

Jombang youth shelter

Margret at our shelter in Jombang, Java for the youths released from prison. They can learn many skills here. The picture below is from a theater performance of our youths. The shelter project was developed and is run by my colleagues from Ubaya University and myself. Regular evaluations take place about the progress of the youths.

Margret with kids and the drama director

Theater performance

Seminar at Surabaya University

From 11 -14 July, Margret followed the invitation of the Indonesian association of transpersonal psychology to introduce her HeartSelf-Intelligence method, a transpersonal approach to a group of lecturers from 8 different universities at the Department of psychology ,Airlanga University, Surabaya, Java.