Topic Groups are 1,5 hours long, seminar-like events, always happening at the same time. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.) Multiple Topic Groups run parallel with each other and you have to register for them by the reception desk on the whiteboard. Many of the Topic Groups are repeated on another day again. In some Topic Groups, the facilitator of the group introduces a topic and the group discusses it. Others might be hands-on (for example exercises used in expressive art therapy) or bodywork, meditation, yoga, etc.
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Description and Timetable of Topic Groups
All Topic Groups start at 15:00 and end at 16:30.
We’re inviting you to paint with us. Join us in this workshop where we will spontaneously express (visually) what we feel at that moment with the material of paint or we will choose a topic together to work with. Later we can reflect on our process verbally in pairs and in the group together. Or reflect on what the visual each one of us created says to us at that moment or just share with others what comes up… The goal if there is to get closer to something inside and use other senses besides what we use in the encounter groups a lot during the week.
Bora Bredár and Peter Hamori
I’m Bora, a 23-year-old painter student, I have some experience in making pictures.
I like to dive deep into the world of symbols and archetypes.
I’m attending encounter groups for the last 4 years and it was always truly inspiring.
I had many important experiences and insights during encounter groups when I was drawing. So we wanted to create a space with Péter where you can join us in making pictures.
I’m Péter Hámori (37). I am very much interested in processes, pictures, and in general the flow of life. My experience with creating visual artworks is that I can feel more or a bigger spectrum of myself and other parts of the world. This encounter with the dept helps me to change. I’m interested in every type of encounter. With Bora, we would like to share something about this and paint together.
This workshop attempts to help in identifying emotional resonance and distinguishing it from feelings and psychological phenomena. This should be helpful to practitioners in being in contact, clear and present.
I work as a person-centered psychotherapist with individuals, couples, and groups for more than ten years now, in my private practice in Bucharest, Romania.
The Past, Present, and Futur of CCC
I have many elderly hippie friends. Many of them – once they have asked and one way or the other have answered the big question: Who am I? – in later years have developed an interest in building communities. Nowadays, when I visit them, I see happy kids climbing trees, interesting patchwork families, and the beauty and hardships of growing together.
My relationship with CCC is somewhat similar: in its earlier years, I only saw a vehicle for meeting others and learning about myself in a unique way. Today I see it as an organism in its own right, changing and developing.
For many of us, the question – Who am I? – is important. Perhaps the most important one. For 1,5 hours instead of this, let’s focus a bit on the “Who are we?”
I organize CCC since 2009. I am addicted. In my free time, I struggle with myself quite a bit. This event provides an excellent opportunity for this: I encounter amazing people and do hard work on myself. We cry together and we laugh together.
Experiential learning with games
I first experienced the importance of and possibilities in experiential learning with games 50 years ago, while I worked as a researcher in Zoltán Dienes’s Institute for Psychomathematics in Canada. I would like to give a Dienes-game to play for 3-4 members groups, and than open a discussion on the role of games in learning.
Forty years ago I attended a three-year training In PCA and it had a great effect on my life. I left my job at the Technical University of Budapest and concentrated my efforts to humanize teacher training in Szeged at the teacher training college. During the six years spent in Szeged in 1984 and in 1986, I invited Carl Rogers and his coworkers to hold Cross-Cultural Communication workshops. We try to revive the spirit of these meetings each summer since 2009. I believe that congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathy – if they are realized as a “way of being” – improve the quality of life in families, schools, and the workplace.
Introduction to the basics of contact improvisation
First things first: Wear comfortable pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
Being mainly an art, and not a commercial trend, this kind of modern dance art attracts people all over the world by its deepness, simplicity, and sincerity. Being not limited by cultural and national features, it arouses interest and brings together open-minded and open-hearted people who tend to be free and happy in their life activities, social development, and dance.
The universal and versatile character of Contact Improvisation, its simplicity, and its positive health impact attract not only artists but everyone who likes dance, movement, and communication with other people. Dance for pleasure, dance for health, dance full of art, improvisation, happiness, and spontaneous play with space… These are just some of the words which define the essential of CI, its necessity, and its usefulness in any civilized and open society.
“Contact Improvisation is an honoring of every moment. There is a sweet surrendering that happens when our bodies stay faithful to what is happening now, and now… and NOW! One learns to recognize and differentiate subtle impulses in our movement choices and our partner’s choices. We begin to decipher the cues that we give and receive which tell us when to lead or follow when to go up when to go down, where to touch, how to lift, when to slow down, and when to be still. In this form one learns to stay in integrity with each choice, never forcing, never rushing. When Body, Mind, and Spirit are united in their instinctive wisdom one finds ones-self at home in every moment expressing one’s true nature.” – Moti Zemelman
I took part in a ten-session course in 2019, where I got to know and fell in love with this group form of self-awareness exercise. I’ve always loved free dance, but this is so much more than that. About myself: I have been a participant of the CCC for the sixth year, since 2015 I have been trying group self-awareness activities again and again.
Emotion focus drama workshop
- Warm-up exercises, some voice exercises.
- Choosing the partner randomly.
- Improvisational exercises focusing on emotions in pairs.
- The participants choose an emotion ( joy, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, envy etc) talk about it then choose the space the time the conflict, and give a title for the scene.
- Each of the scenes is followed by feedback concentrating on the emotions. No judgment.
Katalin Maria Laban person-centered counselor, mental health expert, actor, director.
Self-hypnosis for Health and Wellbeing Experiential Workshop
We offer the experience of hypnotic induction with affirmations that you choose for your own health and well-being.
Hypnosis is a natural state – we all experience periods of self-hypnosis – for instance when we are absorbed in a book, film, or music; when we listen to a charismatic orator, when we dance or exercise, even when we are doing everyday tasks that don’t require all our concentration.
Nobody can hypnotize you without your cooperation. A hypnotist can only facilitate you in your journey into hypnosis – and you can do this for yourself. You choose to take yourself into hypnosis and can use hypnosis for your health and benefit.
The power of the mind is immense, and we can so often use it in a negative and damaging way, telling ourselves off, making ourselves ill, undermining our self-esteem, and repeating introjected messages from others that limit our freedom to be.
We – you – can use hypnosis to heal yourself, boost your confidence, to aid your organismic growth. Join us and learn how!
I have practiced as a Person-Centred counselor since the late 1980s, and subsequently as a Hypnotherapist. I am a founder member of BAPCA (the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach – now tPCA, The Person-Centred Association.
I worked for over 50 years in the NHS in the UK and came to understand the power of the Person-Centred way of being in my professional and private lives. Through my association with Bernard I have understood why I resisted hypnosis at first, and have come to realize how useful it can be for my health – and helping me sleep much better.
We have organized small Person-Centred Encounter groups (PCAN) for the last 17 years in England, and now including a spring holiday encounter in Cyprus.
Systematic Family Constellation
Shortly: Family Constellation is a therapeutic method, which allows us to operate with transgenetic unconscious patterns.
The purpose of my group is to introduce and bring you closer to this great method. This event takes two occasions: At first, I will speak about, what is Family Constellation; How it works; when I recommend it and when not; and I’m taking your questions with great pleasure about the subject. At the end of the first session, I will also choose a lucky one among those, who have a problem to work on. In the second session, I will do a constellation to the lucky one! Please keep in mind, if you decide to join, I need you to come on both occasions! But the second session is open, so anyone can join. This is because of the minimum limit, of what I need to do the therapy. You’re all invited!
Attendance limitation: none
I’m Renato, a Systematic Family Constellation therapist. 13 years now since I start my self-recognition. During this time, I found Family Constellation as a method. After, I learned spatial perception, which has a great effect on the development of my style. For the last few years, I couldn’t organize therapies as much as I want, because of my jobs. But now this is my main activity
Alternative Love Relationships – encounter-like discussion group focusing on the subject
What does cheating mean to you or to me? What challenges and delights will encounter those, who live in love triangles (hexagons, etc), open relationships, polyamorous relationships, and other peculiar ones? What do you think – how do you feel – about these questions? We – hosts of this topic group – are not experts, but these issues are important to us and affect our lives. If you are also interested in the subject, come, let’s talk about it!
I came across CCC first during my university years and I started out as a volunteer organizer. Later the community and the experience captured my heart: I love the intensity of CCC. During the day we invest long hours into exploring ourselves, and during the evenings the same process continues in a more informal setting. Over the years I started to learn more about the Person-Centred Approach in a more formal setting, attend the two-year training program and work much on integrating what I have experienced during these week-long workshops into my work and everyday life.
I organize CCC since 2009. I am addicted. In my free time, I struggle with myself quite a bit. This event provides an excellent opportunity for this: I encounter amazing people and do hard work on myself. We cry together and we laugh together and the opportunity to facilitate this experience for others as an organizer is a pleasure and privilege.
My Body, My Borders, My Words
Do you spend enough time on your own body’s signals every day? Do you allow yourself space to experience your own limits? Have you ever experienced what it’s like to receive a touch that you define? Through bodywork tasks, you can give yourself some time to pay attention to what your body is currently telling you.
If foreign participants attend the workshop, at least one volunteer translator is required! (I do not speak English.)
I am Sipi, currently working as a masseur. For me, touch is essential in everyday life. I love when I can touch with my hands, because I can make the moment I experience more complete with another dimension of connection.
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.