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By: Annemarie van Unnik
Translation: Emilia van Leent
African Tasha Abdou so much wanted to participate in the Attitudinal Healing facilitator training in the Netherlands, he tried desperately for two years to get a visa to be able to travel there: in vain. So Els Thissen offered to bring the training to his home country, Cameroon, helped by Emilia van Leent.
Since Els Thissen had made herself completely available to accommodate Tasha's wishes, this resulted in a three-day facilitator-training, facilitating several AH-groups and several workshops, one of them in a home for the handicapped. Also Tasha and Els were interviewed on a popular nationwide television program, sharing the work of Attitudinal Healing in Cameroon.
When I got off the plane in Cameroon it felt like an enormous heater blew on my legs. There was this incredible heat. Then I decided: "I refuse to give this any further thought!" I came because Tasha Abdou had wanted to participate in the AH-facilitator-training in the Netherlands and was refused a visa. Read more...
Throughout July and August Dr. Jerry Jampolsky and Dr. Diane Cirincione traveled throughout Western Europe conducting interactive workshops and seminars on Attitudinal Healing as part of the Attitudinal Healing Mentoring Program (AHMP). This program is successfully expanding the support for developing Attitudinal Healing Centers and Groups worldwide, and is funded primarily by donation.
Diverse, creative applications of Attitudinal Healing continue to emerge and Franklin Levinson and Ilona Staikou are breaking ground with their adaptation to the new world class Equestrian Center on the beautiful island of Corfu in Greece. They offer International Horsemanship Programs and Clinics for adults and children.
Franklin was originally trained in AH in Hawaii and has been a member of the AH International community for almost twenty years. The AH Corfu Group consists of staff and friends learning together how to apply The Principles of Attitudinal Healing to not only teaching equestrian skills, but working together better as they grow this amazing oasis where horses and humans interact in profound ways as students and teachers to each other. www.wayofthehorse.org
Dr. Rosanna Castiglione, a Pediatric Oncologist, started a Center for Attitudinal Healing two and half years ago, called Girotondo di Luce. Seen here with Dr. Jerry Jampolsky and Dr. Diane Cirincione, she has been inspired by using the Principles of Attitudinal Healing in her own life. In turn she has inspired other physicians, psychologists, social workers, and others to join the Center as well as to use them in their own practices. Girotondo di Luce offers a number of different AH Groups supporting parents, children, and families where the children have cancer or autism. www.girotondodiluce.com
About a year and a half ago a husband and wife team, Karin and Johannes Arko of Vienna, Austria, decided to explore Attitudinal Healing and were mentored by Melanie Gleishen, Founder of the CAH in Berlin.
Like many longtime Course in Miracles students, the Arkos felt that Attitudinal Healing and the AH Support Group model could help them and others experience practical spirituality more in their everyday lives. This past August they sponsored a two-day workshop in Dortmund for many ACIM students from both Austria and Germany where Drs. Jampolsky and Cirincione gave an introduction to, and demonstration of, an Attitudinal Healing Support Group.
After their return to Vienna, about 20 persons joined the Arkos in the ongoing exploration of being members of AH Groups. They offered a weekend course on an introduction to Attitudinal Healing, listening, and forgiveness. The training for facilitation will soon be offered in Vienna as they build their Groups towards the creation of a new Center. Attitudinal Healing Austria
Attitudinal Healing Germany was founded about two years ago in Berlin by Melanie Gleishen, a Business Consultant and Trainer. Mel, like all the other people who have started Centers, has a fire in her belly and applies Attitudinal Healing in every aspect of her personal and business life.
Drs. Jampolsky and Cirincione conducted a workshop with Melanie for AH Group Facilitators in August, supporting both the growth of the Center in Berlin as well as Groups evolving in other parts of the country. Mel's vision is to have Attitudinal Healing support available throughout Germany. www.ah-germany.de
The country with the largest number of highly experienced Attitudinal Healing Support Group Facilitators is The Netherlands. Founded almost two decades ago by Els Thissen, they now have about 60 AH Groups identified by three regions which section the country. Stichting Centrum voor Attitudinal Healing, (CAH The Netherlands) hosted an all day training for over a hundred of its facilitators given by Dr. Jerry Jampolsky and Dr. Diane Cirincione which was inspiring for all.
The 'Dutch Model' for a Center for Attitudinal Healing is becoming quite popular. It places the AH Groups within the community instead of at a central building location. So groups are located at hospitals, schools, churches, office buildings, and even homes. This brings the groups to the people instead of the people coming to the groups. Both models are effective and good for their own communities. This one, however, eliminates the need to financially support a building expenditure and makes operating financially feasible for an all volunteer organization. It has begun to be duplicated by even the very first Center's facilitators and groups in Northern California, the CAH North Bay. www.ahnl.org
The Miracles Network, founded seventeen years ago by Ian Patrick to support ACIM in England, hosted a stunning evening Miracle Café Gala Dinner and Talk at the Hilton Hotel in London. Guest speakers were Dr. Jerry Jampolsky and Dr. Diane Cirincione who also held an all day workshop the day following on "Letting Go of Worry, Stress, and Fear in a Changing World," a very popular subject.
During both events, simple, easy-to-use, down-to-earth, practical tools for dealing with challenging subjects were the main focus. Areas of discussion included concerns about the economy, fear of or actually losing your job, the cost of living, family and relationship worries, personal security and terrorism, finding peace of mind, etc. www.miracles.org.uk