9:30 – 10:30 predavanje s pogovorom Is there still hope in Pandora’s Box? (Suzana Krstić, Grupa »Hajde da …«, Beograd)
14:00 – 15:30 delavnice Empathize with (inner) dragon (Suzana Krstić, Grupa »Hajde da …«, Beograd)
Living in Belgrade. Psychologist, Gestalt therapist and freelance trainer, she is working in the field of non formal education since 1995. She has been trained in Gestalt therapy, she has gone through the education of Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology about symbols and dreams, she has gone through the Bert Hellinger process for Family constellation. At this moment, she is trying to combine all her knowledge and life experience, to share with people everything she learnt and felt during her life.
Is there still hope in Pandora’s Box?
In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. When Prometheus stole the fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Prometheus’ brother Epimetheus. Pandora was given a beautiful jar as a wedding gift, with the clear instruction not to open it under any circumstance. Guided by her curiosity (given by the Gods), Pandora opened it and all the Evil contained escaped and spread over the Earth. She hastened to close the container, but the whole content had escaped except for one thing that was still laying at the bottom – the Spirit of Hope.
In this pandemic period, sometimes, we feel like that box, which is opened and all challenges we need to deal with are flying around. Depression, anxieties, fears, loneliness, doubts and a lot of questions we have no answers on.
Are we grounded or we lost the ground? How we deal with our body? Could we trust the air we breathe or we prefer carbon dioxide under the mask? Are we depressed, anxious or have pandemic fatigue? Are we happy being at home or are we sick of online life? What we are missing the most? What we are afraid of? How our future will look like? What will happen with our jobs, education, relationships? How everybody around will survive the future? How we could help the others? How we could support ourselves?
While all these questions are flying around us, like some demons, we need to look at the bottom of the box and find a hope, as a piece of gold, in order to support ourselves and young people we are working with.
During this lecture, I will give my best to encourage you to deal with the demons and play with hope.
Empathize with (inner) dragon
In this time of online life, online relationships and online reality, we more than ever need to take care of each other.
The best way to do so, as a youth workers, is to take care of ourselves in order to be good enough for young people we are working with.
More than 20 years ago, during the 90s in Serbia, group of psychology students has been learning about empathy and communication skills from the great Marshall Rosenberg.
What I have learned than, I am still practicing in my work with young people. The most important one is that we have a choice. And that we need to nurture ourselves and especially parts of ourselves we don’t appreciate so much. Our dragons, full of fire and doubts if we are able to make things better.
In this workshop, we will practice empathy to ourselves and empathy to the others, trying to feel energy and emotions in online space. We will face our dragons, cuddle them and let them fly freely.
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