Worldwork 2020 - Vancouver, Canada, May 23-28, 2020

Worldwork 2020 - Vancouver, BC. Canada: May 23-28, 2020. Please find more here .

Pre-conference Seminar: Drs. Amy and Arny Mindell, May 20-21

Post-conference Seminar: Drs. Ellen and Max Schupbach, May 29

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10 Day Intensive 2018 in Cairo, Egypt

We are all looking very much forward to our upcoming Annual 10 Day Intensive, this year in Cairo from October 5-14, 2018. Check out our daily program . We are partnering for this event with Life Coaching Egypt one of Cairo's premier coaching and consulting group. Keep up with additional information as the event comes closer on our facebook page.

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2 Year International Certification Training starting in 2018

We are excited about our new Learning Spaces, which we will introduce soon! You can design your own personal learning journey through the spaces, each of which has a key focus. If you wish, your journey can be configured with the aim of a certificate in Process Work (2 Years) which can be expanded into a Diploma (4-5 years). We are starting this process in Europe (Amsterdam) Ukraine (Kyiv) Kenya (Nairobi), Russia (Moscow), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Thailand (Bangkok) in a few weeks, with the first seminar introducing the learning space focused on the body, health, embodied leadership, organizational health, body symptoms, rank, privilege and oppression, and health equity. The core of our training is the multi-faceted development of the learner, designing her or his own path and making her or his own personal and professional development the inspiration that drives engagement with the world at large. In addition to the upcoming seminars, we have online events planned, in which our learners will connect to members in other programs in the countries mentioned above. 

In Europe, some of our trainings will also be held in the UK, France, Spain and Germany. Other upcoming training locations are Kazakhstan, Egypt, Cambodia and Myanmar. You can enter a certification path in any of the seminars.


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DDI Intensive 2017: Come Together - as Friends and Foes Convergence and Divergence in Today's World

Kyiv, Ukraine, September 22nd-October 1st

Join 100+ participants from all continents for our annual 10 day Deep Democracy Facilitation and Coaching Intensive Course. 

Deep Democracy, developed by Arnold Mindell, is a global, whole system approach to work with change for individuals, families, teams, organizations, and governments. Come learn/teach with us how to work with conflicts, polarizations, and community tensions to create self-realization and self discovery. Today, many tendencies converge towards creating more connectedness and a global village. At the same time, regions, nations, communities, and families experience diverging processes with strong local identities. Discover with us how to facilitate, coach, and lead - but more importantly, live (!) in this seemingly contradictory reality. 

Course Brochure

Fee: 1550 Euro

Scholarships are available. For more information, write to:

Our Faculty

Dr. Ellen Schupbach, USA, Dr. Max Schupbach, USA, Dr. Ruth Weyermann, Switzerland, Dr. Josef Helbling, Switzerland, Anna Gabryjelska-Basiuk, Poland, Dr. Xenia Kuleshova, Switzerland + Russia

....and YOU !.... by applying our collaborative learning/teaching approach.

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Thursday, 23. February 2017 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

2015 Memories - A Kind of a DDI Newsletter - Part 7

Participant reflections on Round Table public event

Spain - central and marginal identities

DDI Intensive October 2015:  Power, love, war and miracles in Barcelona Spain 

150+ people attended the evening Round Table in the center of Barcelona, a free public event hosted by the global Deep Democracy Institute and local DDI team in Spain. The purpose: To come together, to learn about and engage with the complex issues here in Spain/Catalonia/Basque involving multiple stakeholders and perspectives.

First, panelists shared informative and moving perspectives representing various positions and tensions - the independence of Catalonia, the unity of Spain and the view from the EU as a platform for unification of Europe. We witnessed deep feelings of pride, of pain and sorrow from the wounds of history. 

After the presentations, in the questions and discussion space, the generosity of local people enabled us to learn, witness and feel into centuries of conflict the belief in another way, hope for a better, more related and diversity-friendly world. At one point, a woman shared personally the weight of unacknowledged pain from civil war that the world turned a blind eye to. Then a woman from a European country stepped forward and addressed her directly, acknowledging the personal and collective sorrow and pain caused, and owning it as a European. 

Over morning tea the next day, Xenia, facilitator and filmmaker, Roman leadership coach and facilitator, and Alexei, a psychologist discussed the impact of the Round table on them as Russians: 

Xenia:  People were discussing different points of view and being very generous to each other, listening to each other, offering each other space to speak. I am shocked in a good way. For me as a Russian I am not used to discussions like that. 

Alexei: We three felt a hesitation to speak up, and we felt this has something to do with our Russian identity. We tend to blame the government for manipulating how we think. Sometimes we feel we are in a hopeless mess. And even in the forum, part of me was thinking: ‘It is a mess, it is impossible to make changes’. We interiorize this style by censoring our own thinking and speaking without even realizing it, in our conversations and relationships even here!

Xenia: In our tradition we have ‘kitchen talks’. In a kitchen talk you speak and gossip in the kitchen to make meaning, rather than openly in the society. 

Roman: I felt good in this group of people talking openly with each other. I wanted to speak in that atmosphere, but feeling my Russian-ness in that moment, it was difficult for me to express my thoughts and feelings publicly. In Russia these days we have many discussions about whether Russia is part of Europe or not. The Round Table opened my eyes to another way of communicating within a society, and I am inspired to bring this back to my country. 

Arita from Latvia described a moment at the Round Table that had a powerful impact on her: 

One of the panel members said, ‘I am an earth citizen. I am happy as I am’. That exploded in my head. I suddenly saw and understood and felt how every human being needs to have a place for our identity to be expressed, to be seen and known. For some it is country, for some language, for others something else. I realized that by respecting the other person’s right to a self-defined identity, you empower the person to fly, to become more of a human being.

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Friday, 18. December 2015 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

2015 Memories - A Kind of a DDI Newsletter - Part 6

Post 6: Participant reflections on national identities

Spain, Catalonia, Basque… 

DDI Intensive October 2015: Power, love, war and miracles in Barcelona Spain 

On one occasion, the large group held the pot for Spanish-Catalonian-Basque friends to interact with each other about the current situation here in Spain, with the support of the day’s student facilitation team from Ukraine, Spain and USA. The recent elections for independence of Catalonia, the contradictions and tensions, and wounds of history weeping in the background came out. 

‘Does an overall national identity exist among us?’ 

‘Yes! You are part of us!’

‘No we are not!’

Feelings of pride for being recognized through the political process was followed by a voice of caution: 

‘I am afraid to feel national pride. I remember too well our history, the human cost of nationalism escalating out of control’. 

We heard stories of families torn apart - brother against brother, sister against sister. Some spoke of the tension having not one but multiple national and cultural identities. Painful memories of violence and killing surfaced. Voices of the dead appeared, encouraging a different way for a better world, appreciating difference, within Spain, and connected with the wider world. One of our teachers did the impossible and stepped into the figure of the one who caused the violence – the dictator, helpers and nations who stood by - the one that wants to rule:

 ‘Yes, I did it, we did it. I now face you. I feel it’. 

A small beginning of finding new ways to make amends.

We were touched beyond words, and grateful to our local hosts and friends for allowing us to witness and feel in an unforgettable way the dignity, the hopes, the ghosts of history, and the urge for a better world with more understanding for diversity, freedom and community. Many present from around the world felt this work was theirs also: 

Arita from Latvia reflects on the role of language in identity:

Despite years of inner work, I was shocked how the topic of language, brought me right back to my personal history in Latvia. During Soviet occupation in Latvia, at school, I had to learn Russian as my second language. In 1991 we got independence. ‘That’s it!’ I thought, ‘I don’t have to speak it anymore!’ Russian language, however beautiful, had become for me a symbol of oppression. Witnessing the Catalonians and Spanish people express the impact they had on each other, I realized I had been free now for a while, in touch with my Latvian identity, which also means that speaking any language becomes a choice. I remembered that I still understand Russian perfectly, even though I am shy to speak it. By not speaking Russian I am losing contact with the human beings who do and also deprive myself from enjoying, for example, a Russian literature and films. I felt my heart opening up. The next day I went to a peer from Moscow and asked: ‘Would you like to work with me during the next exercise? I came home, better understanding our Russian minority and the pain of history, right here in Latvia.

Boris is from Odessa, in Ukraine. He is a leader and coach in social and business communications in corporations, NGOs, government, municipal and state organisations:

Yesterday I witnessed a miracle in the group process about Spain and diverse identities. You could never achieve what happened there with a piece of paper and a group of very smart people trying to join it together. We heard and felt the difficulties of all the different people and nationalities and groups living together, the complex history that still is not resolved. Some are still living in history, some use history to justify actions today. Some want to go forward, and some want to move on and live in peace and harmony. 


 ‘I want my independence’, or ‘this is my opinion’, ‘I want the country to be united’. People were not just stating a point of view, they were actually building connections, without intending. The magic of it! Here, people who were fixed in one immoveable position and, found themselves moving a couple of steps forward. There were tears, there was honesty. People were asking forgiveness for their ancestors, and accepting the apology. 

I want to learn this mystery, this way of facilitating that creates atmosphere and space to make this possible. I wept, feeling our tough situation in Ukraine. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and I felt it is possible to find a solution. 

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Thursday, 17. December 2015 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

2015 Memories - A Kind of a DDI Newsletter - Part 5

Post 5: Participant reflections on how to lead in conflicted field

DDI Intensive October 2015:  Power, love, war and miracles in Barcelona Spain 

Ahmed, from Egypt is an organisational coach and facilitator. He works across the Middle East, Europe and also periodically in the USA:

"My training with DDI really helps me even on the family personal level in being able to unfold and see the dream behind the complaint. Beyond the anger, the emotions to the essence of what the others are trying to say. This for me is simply magic. Even in conflicts that have lasted for years and years ¬I am able to make good ground. It’s amazing how when people are seen at the essence level, the energy completely shifts. It is beyond culture, beyond nationality, it is a human thing. Amazing!"

Ahmed shares his new learning here on leadership, victims and oppressors with an example of a leadership tension in a corporation he works with:

Employees were continuously evaluating their bosses. The leaders were caught in the role of the oppressor. They were so busy evaluating how they could have done things differently. They were experienced as oppressors, and yet they felt they were the victims! I love what we learned today that whatever the corporation is doing to you, you are partially doing also, even if on a lesser scale.  You just don’t see it. 

Ahmed is describing the power in our time, of ‘we, the people’. When used without awareness, unbridled strength of the ones against the leader can unleash a force that also dehumanizes and hurts.  

Through a group process on this topic, we learned about the double bind of the leader/facilitator under attack. If you fight back, force your point and win, you can make enemies for life. Showing vulnerability in the moment of attack as a human being with a beating heart and feelings, can also be problematic. We saw in action the distinction between the powerful energy of a role, and the positional power of the leader. The energy can be occupied by anyone. Now may not be the moment to vacate the positional role and become a hurting person that the opponent needs to take of. Someone else will occupy the leadership energy and not necessarily with awareness for the good of the whole. 

In the large group processes, we witnessed and practiced different strategies for de-escalation, depending on context and the moment:

The leader/facilitator/participant facilitator can go over the other side and live into the opposite position congruently. 

The leader can challenge back and intensify the interaction - escalate to essence and allow the roles to switch that way. This is edgy, and necessary to learn to be able to sit in the fire of extreme conflict towards a deeper result. What makes this possible? Maybe it is fate, an initiation path of love, discipline, and knowing your team has your back through good times and bad.

Learning to challenge back as the leader/facilitator/participant facilitator - on either side - and to stay related - takes a special attitude. For some, this comes naturally. For others, it is a lifetime practice in getting more relaxed about making a mess, cleaning it up over and over again and finding beauty in the painful and horrible mess.

Leadership challenges can be terrifying. At the same time, being attacked and challenged as a leader can help the organisation learn, grow and change itself. Unexpectedly, when power, war and love see each other, a window to a new world opens up, like magic.

Nancy, an organisational coach and facilitator in the USA, reflects on her new relationship to conflict:

"Conflict is not to be avoided, rather, engaged in and embraced. It is messy, dangerous, scary work. Finding the deeper meanings behind conflict through genuine dialogue among all involved parties is the only way to true understanding, accord, progress and peace. How can I bring this possibility to my work with community leaders? How can I bring this to my personal life? How can I bring this to my world?"

Benjamin, from Germany reflects on the change in his approach to conflict, as an organisational trainer and facilitator:

"Rather than ignoring elephants in the room, I've developed a real curiosity for them! I also notice that I am much less willing to accept going around in cycles in a conflict, even in my close relationships. Of course I still find it hard to jump in at the deep end, and sometimes I even wonder if I have improved my awareness at all. In optimistic moments I appreciate my doubt as a sign that I am learning. "

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