How it all started: 40 human beings, from many countries and continents have come together, sitting opposite of each other in pairs, in this retreat centre deep in the woods, on top of a hill in Slovenia.
Many are tired, anxious, nervous: What have I gotten myself into here, they seem to ask themselves at 07:00 in the morning. Me, Jürgen Engel, am one of them. The Roberts, two teachers I fully trust have realized their life dream: A week where anything can happen. Where there is space for everything that arises and the life in us may blossom in its full beauty and intensity.
I have experienced hundreds of workshop days and dozens of retreats, so what could be new? What could excite or suprise me?
And yet: What I am about to experience during this week goes beyond my wildest expectations, and I realize: THIS is what I also want to bring to the world!
Robert Maoz Kržišnik, Co-Founder of the “Awakening to Life” about current developments: “Dear friends, it has been over two years since Robert Gonzales and myself led our last Awakening to Life Intensive, and, sadly, we will not be doing them together ever again. As Awakenings to Life Intensives have gained a solid popularity, contributing immensely to participants, I want them to continue living on: so I am expanding the team with people that both Robert and myself had incredible trust in, namely Iris Bawidamann, Jurgen Engel, Sarah Dekker and Nic Burnand, to carry the flame on, with all the support that I am able to provide, while I take time to settle into this new reality and wait for the spark to invite me to start co-facilitating them again. If you want to learn a bit more about this evolvement, please have a look at this 4-minute video, in which I give a bit more of context. With love and hope to meet you again sometime. Robert”
Wondering what is the difference between the “Awakening to Life Intensive Retreat” and “Landing Fully into Life Retreat”? Find out here.
6 1/2 Day Intensive Experiential Retreat with Jürgen Engel & Iris Bawidamann
You are familiar with the Dyad-meditation process and want to take the next step to fully dive into presence, connection with your true self and meeting life in its full beauty and intensity?
The Awakening to Life provides the container to dive deeper and fly higher than you may have experienced in other formats and contexts
We both Iris and Jürgen feel very excited and honored to continue this work of “Awakening to Life” and step into the footsteps of our beloved friends and teachers. Robert Gonzales, who has passed away in November 2021, and Robert Krzisnik, who for the time being supports and guides us in continuing this exciting journey.
It is deeply important and meaningful for us to mention and honor both Roberts in their deep exploration of life and spirituality and their creation of the „Awakening to Life Intensive“ retreats. Thank you both for creating this, your friendship, sharing these gifts with us and for inviting us to journey together with you!
We are inviting you on a journey of
An „Awakening to Life Intensive“ is a unique, once in a lifetime experience and does not fit for everyone. So, we invite you to thoroughly read the following description and check if this might be for you:
What to expect from the Awakening to Life Intensive:
Fully experiential retreat
The main focus of the retreat will be on direct experiencing primarily through dyad work but also through individual and group processes, including body movement and integration time in nature. Facilitators will be there not to teach, but to offer guidance and support.
Intensity and dedication
This retreat will be held as a sacred time for our deepest Self. By “intensive retreat” we mean that:
Embracing what is
This is not a self-improvement workshop, in which certain aspects of ourselves would be perceived as needing change, fixing, or healing. The participants will be continuously encouraged to experience and embrace the whole, rather than move from an “imperfect” state to a “better” one.
Courage and openness
This week can be challening in many ways. You may be tired and frustrated at times, in total bliss and presence or any other state you can imagine. Challenging, painful and sad parts of you may surface and want to be seen, held and integrated. Powerful, exciting and wild parts may emerge as well, all of life will be welcome. It’s not about “feeling good” all the time, it’s about embracing everything that arises. You will need to bring courage and a clear decicion to fully engage.
Listen HERE to what former participants of Awakening to Life retreats share about their experience
Full immersion 6,5 day residential retreat
August 25th – September 1st 2024
The retreat starts with dinner at 06:00 p.m. and ends with lunch at 02:00 p.m.
Landhaus Sonnenberg – 64711 Erbach im Odenwald – Germany – Europe
Sonnenberg country house – english translation
Basic Nonviolent Communication skills of honest self-expression, empathic listening and self-empathy are required.
At least four (4) full days of training in Nonviolent Communication with a CNVC certified trainer as well as experience with multi day Dyad-Retreats.
You don’t have all the requirements and still want to join? Please get in contact with us.
Choose your contribution on a scale between € 1480,- and 480,- €. You wanna know more about our sliding scale? Please contact us.
Official registration is not yet possible.
Further information and costs for the event location will be announced in the next few weeks.
Die Reise eines Jahres ist zu Ende, ein neues Jahr, eine neue Reise beginnt. Wo soll sie hingehen? Zeit zum inne halten, zentrieren, stabilisieren und neu ausrichten, feiern und bedauern. Wo stehe ich? Wohin möchte ich gehen? Was ist mir WIRKLICH wichtig auf meinem Weg?