Garrison gathering – Generative Social Fields | 2018

Oktober 2018


Breakout sessions fra Foreningen Børns Livskundskab;

Katinka Gøtzsche & Helle Jensen

Hanneli Ågotsdatter & Michael Stubberup

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Embodied Heart Presence in relation to the Polyvagal Theory

Hanneli Ågotsdatter & Michael Stubberup

This break-out session will take shape of a practice-oriented workshop.

It is an invitation to immerse our self in familiarity with the space in between beginnings and endings and the arbitrariness of that in the sense of one continuous flow.

Being embodied and feeling familiar within our individual identities and subtleties is a pre-requisite for deeper social interactions without underlying tension and conflict. This is a skill that can be cultivated.

In this session we will focus on the relationship of self and other through three levels; 1) heart-body awareness and the process of introspection, 2) social fields and space affordances 3) physical space and the collective atmosphere. An invitation in to the silent language and dialog between the survival system (the autonomous nervous system) and perception.

Through gentle contemplative practices, mindful movement and dialogue, we will explore how we can find the courage to uncover and acknowledge the treasure in the in between, to foster an instinctive reflex of presence and compassion.

During this session you will be invited to share your experience with the practices and any thoughts that emerges from our process together.



Developing relational competence: Fostering awareness, empathy, compassion and solidarity in schools

Katinka Gøtzsche & Helle Jensen

The relationships between those present in the classroom – the teachers and students – are the key to creating the best possible climate for learning and well-being in school. Improving relational competence – the ability to create, maintain and when necessary restore healthy and mutually beneficial relationships – necessarily involves developing self-awareness, empathy and compassion, by pupils as well as by the adults working with them. It also requires that the adults are able to take primary responsibility for the quality of the relationship and to serve as positive role models by meeting the children with acknowledgement, empathy and compassion.

Drawing on four decades of practical engagement in this field, including ongoing collaborations with schools and teacher training programs in Denmark and elsewhere in Europe, we will present the underlying ideas as well as concrete experiences and insights from our work with teachers, student teachers and children. Through training and engagement over longer periods of time, we seek to help them develop their innate capacity for self-awareness, empathy and compassion in order to enhance their sense of solidarity and local as well as global responsibility. In our work we use simple exercises for teachers and students that address and involve the heart, the body, the breath, consciousness and the continuous creativity of life. We also teach a specific form of dialogue as a tool for acknowledging differences and solving conflicts.