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.

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.

„ Come, come, whoever you are …
Ours is not a caravan of despair.”


OpEn – Open Encounters
open encounter groups on the CCC

OpEn is an open encounter group. It is an attempt to bridge the gap between the casual conversations in the evening and the classical small groups. Though it is held during every thematic group time, where participants commit themselves to a single occasion only and every occasion is the first one. OpEn has no upper or lower limit on the number of participants.

The evenings spent in the yard of the dormitory are unforgettable parts of the CCC. The yard – in its beauty – is open and welcoming. Stumbling into each other – playing, singing, wallowing in the grass, sipping wine, smoking the water pipe, laughing a lot, or having a serious conversation about ourselves or about the way things are in the world – countless friendships were born.

Small groups have always been at the heart of the CCC. This is where we get the most time, probably this is where we get to know each other the best. This is where we share our joys and sorrows, our trials, and our well-guarded secrets. We are forged together. The small group – in its beauty – is closed and strict. It requires commitment – be there from start to end – because this external rule helps to feel safer and freer inside.

OpEn is not so casual as to drink alcohol but is not so strict as to require a commitment for the whole CCC. We don’t stumble into each other but knowingly choose to be present from the start of the given occasion to its end, but – if we want to – we can be present somewhere else the other day. OpEn always starts anew. We can never get to the second time, but in return, every occasion can be the first one.

A new space for encounters.

Balázs Klein

I have a degree in psychology, law, and economics. I have participated in and facilitated countless CCC groups since I was 16. I live with my wife and three sons. Techno, literature, and encounters are my passions.