Touching Dialogue Skills - Body Awareness Training

All workshops in Hamburg are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation
Touching Dialogue Skills is basic training in a fundamental human need: to give and receive physical contact - to touch and to be touched - and being able to do that with awareness, contact and clear boundaries.

All Touching Dialogue takes place dressed, the client/receiver keeps his/hers clothes on at all times.

Touching Dialogue Skills is both for your personal and professional life. Personally it leads the way to more clarity, honesty and deeper intimacy. Professionally it is an advantage in any job where physical contact happens - working with kids, sick or elderly, with massage or other kinds of body therapy, with any psychotherapy that includes body awareness.

Touching Dialogue Skills is structured as weekend workshops with a maximum of 8 participants.

Have a look at the upcoming workshop in the below - feel free to contact the teacher Stefan Green Meinel at info@touching-dialogue.dk.
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  • Touching Dialogue Skills

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    Touching Dialogue Skills is basic training in a fundamental human need: to give and receive physical contact - to touch and to be touched.

    One part is about your own body awareness - to connect with yourself and the inner sensation of being you. It is a sense of deep identification, the realization of “this is how I truly feel, this is the sensation of me”. It is a stream of useful information, unique and personal input to decision making and life navigation. It is a fundamental part of feeling alive, being well-balanced as a person.

    Another part is about touching another person - to have touch awareness and sensitivity regarding the other persons body reactions. This is about the ability to make contact. To “see” the other person and take into consideration how he or she is responding, to touch which is gentle, respectful and maintaining clear boundaries, building a dialogue based on “feeling safe and cared for”.
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    Touching Dialogue is also about a shift from “doing” into “being”, from “thinking” into “sensing”, from “mind” into “body”. It aims to integrate the whole person, both through verbal dialogue and silent moments of deep contemplation.
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    These are useful skills both for your personal and professional life. It leads the way to more clarity, honesty and deeper intimacy. Professionally it is an advantage in any job where physical contact happens.

    This could be while working with kids, sick or elderly people having the ability to put a hand on the shoulder that says “you are safe, I’m here to support you”.

    This could be while working with massage or other kinds of body therapy to have the an extra skill in reading the non-verbal reactions coming from the clients body.

    This could be while working as a psychotherapist to have an extra tool regarding body awareness, to let the client experience his/her body in a very direct way and bring it into the talking based therapy.

    Each Touching Dialogue Skills workshop will include basic training in body and touch awareness. The list below describes fundamental skills that are themes in all Touching Dialogue Training:

    • Awareness about you and your own body.
    • Awareness about the client/receiver and his/her body.
    • Ensuring clear boundaries.
    • Touch awareness and sensitivity.
    • Reading and responding to non-verbal body reactions.
    • Exploring silent moments of deep contemplation with the client/receiver.

    All Touching Dialogue is based on consent and includes the right to say stop at any time, if the client/receiver wishes to do so.

    All Touching Dialogue takes place dressed, the client/receiver keeps his/hers clothes on at all times.

    "Touching Dialogue Skills” is a training in itself and is a prerequisite to begin the Touching Dialogue Therapy training, which is a unique synthesis of body work and psychotherapy.

    Touching Dialogue Skills is presently structured as three weekend workshops:

    Touching Dialogue Skills 1 - Inner permission to change
    Touching Dialogue Skills 2 - What is my body trying to say to me
    Touching Dialogue Skills 3 - Eternity, Everyday Life and your Body
  • Touching Dialogue Skills 1 - Inner permission to change

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    The focus of this workshop is to do basic training in body and touch awareness, and to work with “Inner permission to change”.

    The founder of Touching Dialogue, David Kirk-Campbell, talks and writes about the “inner permission system”. It is a phrase that coins that deep inside every person there is a psychological dynamic that sometimes frustrate or inhibits desires, feelings, actions etc. to come out and take part in life.

    One way to work with this dynamic is to go into deep contemplation, dwelling at a positive visualization, and by doing so to get inner permission to change. Furthermore, the contemplation is supported by gentle and respectful touch while lying on a massage table, creating the ideal setting for this kind of personal process.
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    Any change or development in life requires both inner permission and outer action. It is a lot of work to fight for a change that is restricted by an inner inhibition. It is like setting yourself up to go boldly forward while an inner voice whispers “don’t do it”. “Inner permission to change” is about allowing an inner voice of hope and courage, an inner voice that supports outer actions to take place.

    We will work our way through the basic training building the framework for “inner permission to change”, which at the same time serves as an example of one way to use Touching Dialogue Skills.

    The teaching will consist of short presentations, demonstrations, group sharing and a lot of working in pairs at a massage table - all participants will keep their clothes on at all times.
  • Practical

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    The workshop is open to anybody with an interest in body and touch awareness, contact and contemplation, it will be a group of 8 participants.

    It is an advantage to have some experience with meditation, bodywork and personal development, but it is not a requirement, what really matters is your openness towards contemplation, touch and awareness.


    Teaching language: English

    When: The weekend of 24.-25. October 2020. Saturday from 10 to between 4 and 5. Sunday from 10 to between 3 and 4.

    Price: Intro price: 80 €

    When the workshop is over it will be nice if you leave a written feedback that may be used publicly quoted “participant” - not a requirement.
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    Where: Lobuschstraße 12.
    Five minutes from trainstation Altona - get directions here Google Maps
    Registration: Send an email to the teacher, Stefan Green Meinel at info@touching-dialogue.dk and you will receive a registration form to return.

    Any thoughts or questions? Please send an email, and Stefan will be happy to answer in writing or meet you on Skype (no charge).
  • The teacher

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    Stefan Green Meinel, b. 1968
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    Gestalt Therapist, 2000
    Touching Dialogue Therapist, 2002
    Touching Dialogue Teacher, 2010
    Teacher of psychotherapy, 2012
    Homepage: www.gestaltterapi.info
    Member of The European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), www.eagt.org

    Experienced teacher of Gestalt Therapy and Touching Dialogue, known to have high emphasis on a safe teaching atmosphere with space for both laughter and seriousness.

    Any thoughts or questions? Please send an email to info@touching-dialogue.dk and Stefan will be happy to answer in writing or meet you on Skype.
  • Upcomming workshops

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    All workshops in Hamburg are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation
  • Feedback from participants

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    Joining the Touching Dialogue Workshop with Stefan was an unexpected deep dive into a meeting with myself. The tools are immense simplicity and available for each and everyone at any time: Our bodies, our presence and another human being.
    I loved the space Stefan created and how the exercises invited me into my authenticity, to get a sense of what is real for me and how to communicate this.
    Most needed in these crazy times.
    Deep gratitude for having been a part of it!

    Andrea <3

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    I felt overwhelmed from the „touching dialogue“ experience and I was really surprised to see the deep impact it had on me. Two weeks later I strongly believe it is a wonderful „simply“ method Stefan taught us which really touched me. I believe feeling the inner body sensation is a „door opener“ which can bring me anywhere. 
    I never thought that two simple exercises can have such an impact. I felt a great peace, it was so silent in me. I felt I can reach out anywhere, - this is a place I do not need to find. The place is in me already, I only need to let it grow.

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    “On this workshop i experienced present, unconditionally accepting Touch. This simple, yet elegant Method invites one to develop a deep felt-sense of and connection with their own Body.  This made space for healing and transformation to occur with ease.”

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    "Touching Dialogue" – what a promising title for a workshop: No words getting in the way!

    Although: three words remained: "Yes - Maybe - No". Very simple, basic. Anemones communicate like that. We used these words at the beginning of each session of the "Dialogues“ to make clear, if we felt comfortable giving and receiving touch. Then we dived deep into silence listening to our body-talk, sometimes encompassed by visions of nature, light, dreamy pictures. Wonderful.

    Then back to verbal talk: Just as good and important were the feedbacks we gave each other, carefully addressing our experience, looking for a suitable language. Sometimes tears and laughter took over, when words were not enough. Stefan proved to be a master: Listening with a „Third Ear“ as Theodor Reik has put it, always coming to the emotional essence, finding words from a gut level that touch just as well as hands can do, casting benevolent spells.

    Just as important: Our supergroup of gentle giants. So sensitive, caring and supporting, honest and true. I would have loved to take you home. The finding: The body is our home. We can go there anytime – with a little help from our friends.

    Reinhard





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