Much of my work is informed by my experience of war and the lasting damage that all forms of violence inflict on the human psyche. I spent four years covering the Balkan War as a journalist and filmmaker working with Human Rights Watch and Terre des Hommes, a children's charity based in Switzerland. Most of my time was spent in front-line hospitals, orphanages, destroyed towns and refugee centers.
Everything about that experience was intense and life-changing. Not only did it completely alter my view of the world and our place in it, the experience of war and bearing witness to its atrocities helped me understand that only a radical transformation of human consciousness can save us from ourselves. I believe we are at a dangerous threshold as a species -- either we wake-up and actually see the damage we are doing to each other and to our planet, or we will destroy the only home we have -- the Earth.
The perpetual conflict we see in the world is the same conflict we have in ourselves, our families, and in the workplace. We haven't yet learned that we are more alike than different, and that we have the same essential needs -- food, housing, economic well-being, affordable healthcare, and loving relationships.
But how do we sustain healthy relationships when we're stuck in conflict, confusion or resentment? My workshops and retreats focus on what it means to be inwardly free of the mind-made stories that torment us.
The workshops are interactive programs that merge East and West spiritual perspectives to create a fuller understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. The retreats aim to quiet the mind and discover an inner dimension where there is no stress, no deadlines, and no worries. There is only the present moment and our relationship to it.
If we can learn to "see" that we are interconnected, then we can co-create a more harmonious and peaceful world together.
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