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The Coach + Facilitator as a Spiritual Practitioner


November 4 2018 - November 5 2018


Dr. Ellen Schupbach, Pracha Hutanuwatr , Dr. Max Schupbach

with Pracha Hutanuwatr and Max Schupbach



We invite you to join us for this 2 day lab on Buddhism and Process Work experiences in our daily lives as coaches, facilitators and leaders. What connections and possible mutual enhancements do we experience as Buddhists and Non-Buddhists when practicing Processwork.

This workshop developed out of a lengthy conversation initiated by Pracha Hutanuwatr with Max and me, Ellen. Pracha  encouraged me to create this two day seminar based on my doctoral thesis (2004) on the spiritual experience of the facilitator/therapist, in which I used the Buddhist concepts of Knowledge, Compassion, and Wisdom to understand and frame spiritual experiences that facilitators and coaches might experience while working. Thank you Pracha and Max for generously agreeing to join me as colleagues and co-facilitators in this adventure.

In my thesis, I explore my assumption that an awareness based spiritual tradition such as Buddhism might assist coaches and facilitators from a diversity of cultures to understand - and therefore work better - with their spiritual experiences. It is a special privilege and opportunity for me to offer this seminar together with my friends, colleagues and teachers in Thailand, a center for Buddhism in todays world.  Since my first arrival, I have been touched and inspired by what I experience as a deep sense of religiosity in the people that I met. I am very excited to deepen my own learning of these aspects with you - my most essential interest since I can remember.

The Lab

After a preliminary introduction of my own research on this topic, I hope to work together with you on how Buddhism can deepen us as process-oriented facilitators and practitioners, and hear of your experiences of using process work as Buddhist practitioners.  Together, we will discover topics of mutual interest, for example:

 - identity and spiritual growth

 - attitudes to assist with opening up to new directions

 - methods to discover and potentially drop inhibiting personal history stories and limited perceptions. 

Pracha and I will then each introduce inner work methods to assist in identity shifts and present practical exercises in pairs.

Max and I will facilitate a group process to work with social and community aspects of these topic, possibly including colonialism and appropriation issue

Additionally, there will be a panel discussion from the viewpoints of different practitioners. 



















Seminar language

English with Translation into Thai

How much



Jessica Armour


November 4 2018 10:00 AM
November 5 2018 04:00 PM


Thai Health Fund Centre HQ, Bangkok Thailand
99/8 Soi NgamdupleeThungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand 10120


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