THE EUROPEAN COORDINATORS MEETING 2016
Focusing Service, Tübingen/Germany 20-23 May 2016
Sociocultural Center Sudhaus Tübingen, Theatre Hall
A group of european coordinators of The International Focusing Institute New York came together in Tübingen to carry further the attemps of last years‘ meeting to initiate a European Focusing Association.
The special topic of the 2016 meeting was „Community Wellness Focusing & Refugee Aid“.
The outcome of this meeting was the European Focusing Associating EFA founding.
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INTERNATIONAL FOCUSING CONFERENCE Cambridge/UK 2016
We presented an alternative approach to eurocentrism/poster session
Loving the gentle kind: Ubuntu based CWF Empowerment
Ubuntu is a concept that can bolster the empowerment of communities and Community Wellness Focusers in action. The essence of the panafrican philosophy of Ubuntu speaks of interconnectedness: „My humanity is bound up in yours. I am because we are.“ People with Ubuntu are warm, generous, open and available to others, affirming others and willing to be vulnerable. This attitude of humaness comes from the knowing of belonging to a greater whole. Focusers can ask: How does Ubuntu correspond to and differ from the CWF approach?
Learning from African refugees by volonteering in asyl procedures made us step into the Philosophy and Practise of Ubuntu. We got insights into relating that differ totally from our European style. The challenge to cross the indigenious concept of Ubuntu with focusing is a work-in-process project.