As I said, the group was excellent because no time was wasted ; I felt that everyone was encouraged and supported in shining more light into those hidden, and therefore vulnerable ,areas of themselves, but in such a way that we were all held and supported by you and JP,and by each other.The level of trust and authenticity in such a short space of time was amazing, and was only possible because of the clarity,integrity and loving strength with which you both held the group.
You work so well in harmony with each other - there is a great balance between your two approaches,both of which are highly skilled and intuiitve and deeply respectful of each person's process,yet each with their own individual character.
Its clear that the two of you have a deep mutual respect and trust of each other,and this greatly increases the impact of your individual presences in the group.
You used to use the title"Alchemy" for your work , and this is just how it seemed to me this weekend- a roomful of strangers grew into a close,bonded group through each individual's journeys into their inner sanctums-as each person took risks and showed some of their vulnerability, so their own, and the whole groups transformation began,from isolation towards intimacy.
Sterling stuff- I look forward to lots more of it! Well done to you both and huge thanks for coming to England and giving so hugely.
Thank you so much for inviting me on the course. I really got a lot out of it. Mostly I was interested in how you would skillfully create space for people to work out there own issues. It was a safe space where people could be vulnerable but also comfortable being challenged by you or anyone else.
This was really fascinating to witness and even join in with. It has also set me off thinking about why i got myself into the difficulties I had last year and i've had some good conversations with friends since about my motivations.
One conclusion is that I want 'to get out of my head' and start trusting my instincts more. This would give my brain a rest. Also i've begun to think about what really motivates me.
So thank you once again for giving me the opportunity as i think it has carried me onto a very interesting path.
I hope it went well for you and JP. Also well done for creating these spaces as they are clearly very valuable and important to all the people that come on them. Its very important work that you do.
"What an incredible experience that was; both as a holiday and as an opportunity to connect with everyone. I felt we were all very supportive of each other and a strong bond developed increasingly between all of us during those four days. It all culminated in the building of 'tranquilite', which rubber-stamped our unity, respect and love for each other. Namaste.
Once again, I can't thank both of you enough for your inspiration and kindness. Your direct, yet clear and gentle counsel made it easy for me to relax; and of course the playfulness in the processes was certainly infectious. There was so much sincerity and love in your respective approaches as facilitators; which can only promote a 'safe space' in which you do your work. I laughed, cried, danced and played in such a beautiful and safe environment, with others who were, without doubt, also inspired.
I thought that the semi-open structure of the workshop allowed lots of spontaneity and 'surprises'. The table-tennis process had it's 'revelations', as did the 'building' activity, and both in unexpected ways. The 'wave' event at the start of the day was incredible. I think we all got so much from that. Reminded me of 'Dynamic' before sunrise...and just as much energy generated. In fact, the last morning was easily the best 'dynamic meditation' I can remember.
The 'starry evening' excursion by some of us in Fiona's car was an added delight; a 'magical mystery tour' around the local villages. This was a very powerful experience, and again we all 'connected' in this beautiful event.
The table-tennis 'fever' and swimming pool sessions added to the memories, along with the early morning sunsets and dawn chorus, while Lily and Casper showed us all how to relax into the 'here-now'.
And what can I say about the holistic massage in the gite? A great way to finish off this 'adventure'.....by a lovely masseur!
Yes indeed, The Alive Centre, Couzedoux, Collonge-La-Rouge, is such a wonderful and magical place!"
"I feel that what you and Jean Pierre create together is truly a sacred space......sacred because each person is valued and respected and honoured with your honesty and insight in a way which allows a depth of work which I feel is at soul level;I think that the work we do in these circles is what we are here ,as human beings, to do ,and what we go on to develop after we are no longer here physically.
The intelligence,maturity and humility which you both have and the depth of work which you have done,and continue to do, on yourselves shines through all that you say and do and creates such a safe and loving environment in which all the shadow and all vulnerability are encouraged to come into the light.
There is total respect and love ,but also great humanity,lightness and humour which raises this work to a level rarely found in "therapy" groups.
There is nothing lofty or self satisfied about this work - it is about embracing what makes us all human and deepening and enriching the experience of being here.
You should be over subscribed and have waiting lists for your groups,and I am sure this will soon be the case."
"It took Gill 10 years to persuade me to do your workshops and I wish I'd done them sooner. Just 3 weekends has has a profound effect on me. I truely am living more consciously and I have a deeper insight into others too. This has helped me both professionally and personally. I'm calmer, a little wiser, more measured in my reactions, more joyful and less anxious. I have a better understanding of how others perceive me and how the way we are impacts on others differently according to their own fears, insecurities, joys and convictions. Your workshops are hugely enjoyable too - there is lots of laughter as well as tears which is wonderfully liberating."