All Topic Groups start at 15:00 and end at 16:30.

Garden and walls

The title and the thought behind it come from the Brasilian writer Paulo Coelho. He writes in his book ’Brida’ that people take two basic attitudes in their lives: they either BUILD WALLS or LOOK AFTER A GARDEN. BUILDERS build the walls of their building making a lot of effort for a long time, but when the construction is ready, they finish their activity and go on living closed within those walls that never grow further. GARDENERS, who plant and look after their gardens learn to cope with the adversities of weather, learn to care for and renew the things that regularly die and need renewal. The life of gardeners is a continuous challenge and adventure.

Since 2011 ’Garden and Walls’ has become a traditional workshop at CCC-s in Pécs.

Using a technique well-working on my English lessons, once or twice during the CCC-week, in pairs with various partners we spoke about this metaphor, and after speaking we made the visual representations of what we had said before in a green spiral-shape paper-garden and on the wall. I am looking forward to new encounters with everyone interested!

Ágnes Bánátiné Tóth:

I am an English teacher, a person-centred counsellor, an encounter group facilitator and a yoga instructor. I became an encounter-fan 12 years ago at CCC in Szeged, but my personal story in PCA started 30 years ago, when I started my English teacher training. During the last 12 years I have spent about 2800 hours in smaller and bigger groups, facilitated or without appointed facilitators, both as a participant and facilitator, in Hungary and abroad.

Addicts in online and quarantine space

Let’s start thinking about the following questions together:

  • What does it mean that someone is an addict?
  • What are the main differences when someone is dependent on alcohol, on drugs, on a partner (codependency), on the internet, or on work?
  • Can the person-centered approach, described by Rogers, help with addiction treatment?
  • How is it connected to encounter groups?

Ones without addiction, might not understand well what an addicted person goes through. Understanding is even more difficult, if the addicted person gets locked, and his or her usual drug consumption is disturbed. How does it feel to him/her? Why do addicted people behave the way they do? How do the family, the friends, the colleagues (if there are any) react to this behaviour?

Between 28 March 2020 and 30 May 2021 I organized almost 100 self-support meetings for interested people from various countries, on several online audio/video platforms. In my workshop I would also like to share the new experiences I gained during this period.

As an experiential expert and addiction specialist, I would like to share my feelings, and also exchange ideas on this topic.

I am Istvan Garai, an addiction experiential expert.

I heard the term ‘experiential expert’ from a psychiatrist addict fellow at an institute where we were discussing the issue of helping addicts with the representatives of the state system. When I asked the psychiatrist about this term, he replied: “I can’t tell them that I’m an addict myself, because they won’t take me seriously“. This is unfortunately true.

I have not had the desire to drink alcohol for over 14 years, to smoke cigarettes for over 11 years, and I have been working on my codependency for 10 years. I am grateful to be able to help my peers recognize these dependencies. I am grateful to participate in helping them to see the world livable again and to try to live a life filled with love. Both as an affected person and as a volunteer helper I participate in the activities of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the Alcoholics’ Family and Relatives Support (Al-Anon), the Narcotics Anonymous (NA), the Emotions Anonymous (EA), the Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA), the Overeaters Anonymous (OA), the Workaholics Anonymous (WA), and the Hungarian Catholic Acoholic Support Service (KASZ) organizations.

Identity and being

Curiosity and questioning goes to the core of my being and actualisation tendency. So naturally I question the notion of identity.

I invite you to explore the notion of identity and the relationship of identity with gender, culture, profession, love… To see the necessity of identity and the places we anchore it.

Paul Diaconescu:

I work as a psychotherapist in person-centred approach for some years now and I am intreseted in development, education, groups and nonverban work. I also have an interest in ethics and why people do whar they do and how thes justify it. I love to travel and meet people and be part of the world.

Painting workshop

When we are in the flow of creation we can have new levels of understanding about a topic we’re concerned about.

In the group we would like to paint, individually or together and share our experiences about our process connected to the picture we’ve made.

We would like to hold a space where we can connect to our own voice, style, way of portrayal on paper and in the conversation, and also to better understand other’s way.

And you can explore how the visual what your hand’s wisdom makes connected to how you perceive the world.

And we would like to experience the liberating feeling of painting together.

Come and let’s inspire each other!

I’m Bora Bredár, I’m a student in the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in the painting department. I discovered that in encounter groups it helps me when I draw in my sketchbooks to connect with myself and gain a different perspective on the group process. I’m a great lover of nature and my paintings are about the interconnectedness of human and nature. For me painting is about exploration and a way to connect with myself and the world.

I’m Peter Hamori, working as an IT engineer. I’m very interested in systems, relations, how everything correlates to everything. How does something ripen and where does it go? I’m interested in visuality, photography. There was a time when I painted a lot that helped me to relate to my emotions to understand and accept myself better. I’m on my way in these and I hope that we can relate to each other in the workshop.

Janus Faces of Childbirth – Spiritual and Family Experience versus High-Tech Medicine

I gave the title of Béla Buda’s paper of ten years as the name of the topic group, thinking with respect and gratitude for everything he represented in his writings and lectures in the perinatal field. His thoughts are valid to this day, they have not lost their relevance.

The quality of childbirth is at least as important as its immediate outcome. The experience of this life event for the mother, the baby, and the unborn family can have far-reaching implications. With the participants of the topic group, we gather the aspects, conditions, circumstances that can lead to a wonderful, positive birth / birth experience. Who, when, where and how can you contribute to make it all happen?

Julianna Novák:

In 1990, as a teacher, I participated in the establishment of the Rogers School in Budapest, where all four of my – already adult – children got to know and love the freedom of learning. I have been accompanying childbirth homes and hospitals since 1996. As a perinatal counselor and doula, I help pregnant and toddler parents with communication trainings and individual counseling. I am currently teaching a course on childbirth as a lecturer at the Department of Affective Psychology at the Eötvös Loránd University PPK. My main field of interest and research is the development of perinatal sciences and events around the world.

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