STOP, LOOK, LISTEN
Written by Tamara Milovanović from Serbia
It was just another working day for me when I accidentally saw the call for the “Inner Peace and Peace with Nature” training course by SCI Switzerland. It seemed it was the right thing I needed at that moment, after being, maybe even too much into work and too detached from myself.
It was a time for self-reflection and WHAT a self-reflection time I got!
It is difficult to recall the last time when I, and probably many other participants, had so much time to stop and look into ourselves. The right words to describe the week in Winterthur, Switzerland! We stopped, left our mobile phones aside for a moment, and started looking into each other, communicating, and talking about our feelings and emotions without being judged by anyone. We were ready like never before to explore nature, sounds, silence, the food taste, forest, our inner selves, and the best part for me – to really think about everything that we already have in our lives.
After two days at the training course, I already had a feeling of a family atmosphere. Spontaneous hugs in the corridor, house chores that we did together, sharing meals, yoga, meditating, dancing and laughing, and most of all, the feeling of being understood and sharing similar values with other participants. We were equal in everything and I felt that we accepted everyone just the way they are.
As highlights of this training course I would mention the Gong meditation that we experienced with the facilitators Cris Gonzalez-Lahmann and Martina Lahmann, which showed us the powerful effect of gong sounds on our bodies and mind, then the beautiful Forest Bathing experience with Loretta Scherler and Sandra Spiess, where we walked in silence, listened to the sounds of the forest, created our artworks from natural forest materials…
Last but probably, for me, the most important ones, are the sessions with our lovely and warm trainers Gośka Tur and Natalie Jivkova. We had sessions on gratitude, inner peace techniques, happiness, stress… They enabled us to truly reflect on our lives and realize how many good things we already have. What I personally got from this training is an appreciation of my life and the realization that the key to happiness is not wanting to have more than what I really need.
Thank you all for this beautiful and heartwarming experience!
It is time to spread the peace and love messages through our follow-up activities!
The training course “Inner Peace and Peace with Nature” took place from 13th to 19th October 2022 in Winterthur and was organized by SCI Switzerland under the “Peace for Change, Change for Peace” project.
The project was financially supported by Movetia. Movetia promotes exchange, mobility and cooperation within the fields of education, training and youth work – in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide.
Land art session and one of the artworks at the “Inner Peace and Peace with Nature” training course, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2022. Tamara Milovanović
Session on happiness at the “Inner Peace and Peace with Nature” training course, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2022. Photo made by Sara Çela.
Participants of the training course “Inner Peace and Peace with Nature”, Winterthur, Switzerland, 2022. Photo made by Adnan Freihat.
Hug corner 🙂 Winterthur, Switzerland, 2022.
Photo made by Raja Oukich.