“Pioneering, passionate, on the cutting edge. This is crucial work.”
~Andrew Harvey,Â author of Son of Man and The Direct Path.
â€śThis is the first time I have experienced a workshop that truly integrates both teaching and spiritual components.â€ť
~Ela Gandhi, Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi
“An extraordinary contribution to fostering gender reconciliation. . .”
~Angeles Arrien, PhD, author of The Four-Fold Way.
“I have been looking for a long time to find a way to bring healingÂ and reconciliation between women and men…This work is the answer.”
~Nozizwe Madlala Routledge,Â former Deputy Speaker of Parliament in South Africa.
“Awesome! This really works; it changes peoplesâ€™ lives. . .”
~Karambu Ringera, PhD, International Peace Initiatives, Nairobi, Kenya.
â€śThe only practical tool I have experienced that has a realistic potentialÂ to heal and transform gender relations.â€ť
~Rev. Keith Vermeulen Director,Â Parliamentary Office of South African Council of Churches.
“I was deeply moved and changed,Â and am profoundly grateful for the experience…So many clients in my psychiatric practice are depressed and traumatized byÂ gender violence, as is our entire culture. The [Power of Reconciliation] vision isÂ unique, and uniquely valuable to the world.”
~Peter Rutter, MD, Jungian psychiatrist,Â author of “Sex in the Forbidden Zone”.
“The only tool that addresses the root causes of HIV/AIDSÂ rather than just the symptoms. …Â The Power of Reconciliation programme has the potentialÂ to prevent communities from self-destructing because of gender violenceÂ and HIV/AIDS.”
~Phaphama Initiatives,Â Johannesburg, South Africa.
â€śIt was no longer necessary to wall off parts of myself out of a homophobic fear of being too feminine or fear that I would hurt someone if I expressed my masculine sense of power. Within myself, I now feel the inner marriage of the feminine and masculine. There is not a battle going on between my head and my heart. I can actually balance and integrate these two aspects of myself and feel whole.â€ť
~Julien Devereux, Ph.D. Senior GR Facilitator.
â€śI definitely appreciate the spiritual context for this work, in that I have long felt that feminism and spirituality are intimately connected… I think that this work is some of THE MOST PROFOUND AND IMPORTANT WORK THAT WE CAN BE DOING TO HEAL OURSELVES, and to prevent the annihilation of the species and the planet.â€ť
~Shirsten Lundblad, Musician and Senior GR Facilitator.
â€śI usually park behind the hostel where we had the workshop. And so, quite often when I arrive at work and see theÂ building and surrounding areas where we had coffee and tea, sat and talked, had lunch or just had a quiet break,Â I’m reminded in some or other wayÂ of the work we did there, on the wholeÂ positively though.Â I passed one of the guys who attended the workshop on my way to a meetingÂ last week. We veryÂ briefly greeted one another and as I turned to say something more, he had already walked on and wished me well. It was rather awkward seeing him again,Â awayÂ from the familiar context (safe space) where we had all gotten to know one another and had shared so much.Â Â Although we exchangedÂ only a few words, inÂ thatÂ moment, I sensed thatÂ we shared a deep “knowing” – a knowing and understanding of what it meant to be a man and a woman, having been violated as such, and of having foundÂ a new way of being and commitment, toÂ ourselves and others, as men and women. I suddenlyÂ became aware of the hugeÂ internal shift that had occurredÂ since the workshop…Uncertainty, pressureÂ and fear had turned into centeredness, empathy, graceÂ and peace. What a wonderful blessing! Thank you!”
~Anja Pienaar, participant in South Africa.