October 27-31. Friday through Tuesday.
The training retreat, “Helping Others to Transcend the Personal.” This was a wonderful experience. Great group of people, as usual. Some old friends, some new people. Very hands-on. After going around the circle with detailed introductions, with people speaking from the heart about their experience with the Three Principles, which created a beautiful feeling right from the start, we first helped people get on the same page about our two foci: 1) creation of illusion, and 2) essence and oneness. I briefly presented research corroborating these directions. To Gabriela and me this is what understanding the essence of the Three Principles is all about. Gabriela did a demonstration coaching session with Nicole. Gab and I go out of our way to create an environment of love and support, with the foundation of deeply listening. For some reason it enables an atmosphere to be built that is conducive to closeness, allowing people’s minds to calm down, which led to a lot of insights. We did a combination of demonstration counseling by both Gabriela and me, coaching in triads where everyone got a chance to experience being a coach, being a coachee and being an observer, and also a couple of representatives from the group demonstrated coaching in front of the full group and received feedback. We also took people behind the scenes of coaching and planning, which seemed to make them feel even more at ease. The combination of all these led to participants feeling much more comfortable about being a coach using the 3Ps and led to a very warm, loving feeling within the group. Somewhere in the middle of this retreat the training seemed to kick into a higher gear. The closing circle was touching and powerful, as people expressed their gratitude and the insights they had gained from the experience. We ended feeling very close, standing arm in arm in a circle singing “That’s What Friends are For.” This was fully a very beautiful training experience, interspersed in retreat format with afternoons on the beach by the sea, and meeting together again in the evening. The training ended at midday on the 31st, and those who remained all went out to dinner together at the Japanese restaurant where the food never stops coming, and I thought it was really good. Great time! It was sad to see people go, especially, for me, Nicole, who had to leave early, but about a third of the group is hanging around to go to the Viva conference.