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Annual Emergency Pegagogy Conference


From June 1 to 3, 2018, the seventh annual Emergency Pedagogical Conference will take place in the premises of the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe.
Wars, terrorist attacks, experiences of violence, flight and expulsion, disasters - they often trigger traumatic experiences that burden those affected for a lifetime - and which they often pass on to their descendants. Under the title "Vicious circle trauma - How emergency pedagogy helps overcome transgenerational traumas", we will focus at our next annual conference on emergency pedagogical approaches to hereditary suffering.
In addition to lectures, workshops are offered in which practical experience is gained.
can be. In addition, the conference offers the opportunity to participate in the exchange of ideas.
to go with other participants*inside. Interested parties can register now.

Please note: The conference will take place in German, unfortunately there will be no translation in Spanish or English this year.

Tenga en cuenta: La conferencia se celebrará en alemán y este año no habrá traducción al español ni al inglés.


255 € regular contribution (incl. full board without breakfast)
155 € reduced fee (pupils, students etc., participants in interventions, incl. full board without breakfast)
40 € for bed and breakfast, ONLY in connection with a participation fee (collective accommodation with sleeping bag, sleeping mat)

Directions to Parzival-Centrum

Directions in PDF form

Workshops 2018

Zoe Besand

born 1982, infant and integration teacher, married, mother of 2 children, primary school education studies, Waldorf kindergarten teacher in Berlin Kreuzberg, now in Karlsruhe, 5 assignments with the Friends of Waldorf Education (Northern Iraq, Slovenia/Balkanroute, Nepal).
Workshop 1: Playfully strengthening resilience factors
What do I remember for songs and games that shaped my childhood, how they are passed down from generation to generation. I would like to pack with you your personal suitcase which you can unpack on missions in the wide world to stimulate there healing game. We will work this out in practice.

Kerstin Brüggemann

was born in 1968. She completed her eurythmy training at Rudolf Steiner Högskolan in Järna, Sweden, and at the University College of Eurythmy in
Oslo, Norway. She works as an eurythmy teacher at the Steiner School in Stavanger/Norway, where she teaches grades 9 to 12 and supported the emergency education team in their work on Lesbos in 2015 and in Kurdistan in 2016.
Workshop 2: The importance of movement in the treatment of trauma
Research shows that movement of any kind can have a positive effect on the treatment of traumatic situations. Here, the experiences from the deployment in the refugee camps Kara Tepe and Mória on Lesbos and experiences from the refugee camps in Kurdistan are in the foreground, but also the work with traumatised pupils who were directly affected by the terrorist attack in Stockholm on 7 April 2017. How can movement be applied in a target-oriented way?

Minka Gorzel-Straube
worked as a Waldorf teacher for over 20 years. Now she is a trained trauma educator and has often worked with the "Friends of Waldorf Education" (Gaza, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Lebanon, the Philippines, Iraq, Bosnia and Greece). Trauma education is a central concern in these missions. She has since led several missions in Iraq and is also responsible for the cooperation programme with the University of Dohuk.
Workshop 3: experiential education
The aim of experiential education with traumatised children is, among other things, to free them from their rigidity and bring them back into inner and outer movement, to learn rhythms and to find joy in life again. It is not only the methods which have little effect on their own that are decisive. It is about understanding, appreciation, taking seriously and much more: about an inner attitude, without which the methods are only an empty shell. We want to explore this together in the workshop.

Irina Jankowski

is a Waldorf teacher and art therapist. Since 2014 she has accompanied several emergency educational missions with the Friends of Waldorf Education in Iraq and Nepal.  
Workshop 4: Plasticizing - Watercolor Painting - Shape Drawing
In these workshops the artistic possibilities are conveyed to traumatized
To stabilize children to activate their self-healing powers.
In addition, the workshops offer space for reports and experiences of past emergency pedagogical missions.

Kathrin Loewe
has been working in her own practice for Gestalt therapy, body-oriented trauma therapy since 2010 and as a seminar leader in group processes since 2007. After graduating from high school, she studied mathematics and worked as a lecturer in adult education. She has two grown children. Since 2004 she has completed several psychotherapeutic training courses and an additional qualification as a supervisor. Since 2006 she has been intensively engaged in meditation and mindfulness. She undertakes study trips and seminars in Israel, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.
Workshop 5: Traces from the past
The experiences of war, natural disasters and lack of attachment in families can lead to the emergence of trauma "layers". If not viewed and integrated, these are passed down from generation to generation. In the workshop, participants can create a conscious, safe space in which they can begin to explore and reflect on their experiences with their own ancestral line. Other aspects will be resources, resilience and a look at other cultures. Participation is on your own responsibility, it serves your own experience and is not a therapy. min. 6 /max. 12 participants*inside

Micaela Sauber
was born in Hamburg in 1945. Since 1986 the secretary, journalist and curative teacher has been working as a freelance narrator. Her focus is on healing (fairy tale) narration, especially in the context of emergency education. As co-founder of the Märchenforum Hamburg, she also initiated "Narrator without Borders" - narration for people in crisis areas and emergency situations. Micaela Sauber has already taken part in several missions abroad, most recently in autumn 2015 with a team of emergency pedagogy she was Rudolf Steiner's friend of the art of education in Iraq.
Workshop 6: Narrating is heavenly bread for each other - telling fairy tales in emergency pedagogy
Narrating and listening are basic gestures between us humans, which can have a healing effect where something is out of balance. Sometimes we need words, sometimes we tell with our facial expressions, the body or on paper. Sometimes we have to hear with our eyes and see with our ears to learn something important. Telling and listening create a real meeting from person to person. When we tell fairy tales, we have a key "in our mouths" with which we can open doors that lead to deeper layers of the soul. To find the right fairy tale, the right word, it is important to hear for yourself what the need is or a secret longing for salvation from the enchantment of trauma. We will practice listening and telling and get an overview of the practical work in emergency pedagogy.

Dr. med. Christian Schopper
After completing his medical studies in Tübingen, he completed specialist training in neurology, psychotherapy and psychiatry. From 1994 to the present day, he held various management positions in the fields of psychology and neuromedicine. He holds a teaching position in anthroposophic medicine at the University of Zurich in the Department of Naturopathy. In addition to his extensive publication and lecture activities at home and abroad, he accompanied an emergency educational commitment of the Friends of Waldorf Education in the Gaza Strip.
Workshop 7: "The Smashed Soul, Possibilities and Ways of Healing
The working group will show some practical case studies, both positive and negative, concerning the healing and treatment of severe trauma disorders or people with "shattered self". We also want to do our own exercises to experience the effectiveness and reality of therapeutic exercises and interventions.

Ad Dekkers & Henriette Dekkers-Appel (Workshop in English!)
Ad Dekkers is a psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice. International training in the field of anthroposophic psychotherapy. Coordinator of the Dutch training for anthroposophic psychotherapy. Worked in psychiatry since 1969. 1990-2003 employee at the Bernard Lievegoed Clinic, Holland. Special interest in psychotherapeutic-methodical questions. Treatment specialty: Sect victim. Currently International Coordinator of Anthroposophical Psychotherapy at the Medical Section.
Henriette Dekkers-Appel worked as a senior lawyer after her law studies and completed clinical psychology studies in the Netherlands. Focus: Personality and developmental disorders, psychoanalysis, Ecclestic psychotherapy and psychiatry. As a psychological psychotherapist, she works in various anthroposophical institutions and is involved in supervision, lecturing and teaching activities in Germany and abroad as well as further training activities within the framework of the International Coordination of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum.
Workshop 8: Traumatized Youths
We want to focus on the traumatized children in the age of the adolescent: Their 'ordinary' healthy developmental road, followed by the break down of adolescence due to trauma and adverse life conditions in a country under stress. We do want to pay attention to the actual situations in some daycare institutions, where the treatment in the sense of curative education is insufficient to cope with the problems.
What does the normal, healthy development of adolescents look like? How does the collapse of their childhood and youth occur due to trauma and negative living conditions in conflict countries? We will pay particular attention to the situation in some institutions where curative education is insufficient.

Charlotte Buzuk

is a state-approved Waldorf teacher and has been working as an educator in Parzival School Kindergarten since 2004. Since 2008 she has been working on the development of animal-supported intervention with children of the school kindergarten. The former Waldorf pupil worked for years in curative education and completed various further training courses (riding therapy; animal-supported therapy, pedagogy and support; cattle in animal-supported intervention, trauma pedagogy and trauma-centered work with and without horses). In 2017 the qualification to the riding instructor Hunkapi© was added.
Since 2016 she has been working in animal-based work, from kindergarten age to high school classes and VABO classes.
Workshop 9: Animal-supported stabilisation of traumatised persons
Involving animals, especially horses, in trauma therapy can increase the client's therapeutic motivation. Animals often have a very demanding character. This also makes it easier for patients to get in touch with the therapist and to stay in touch with the therapist during critical phases. This is an important basis for therapeutic action.
Horses can strengthen and facilitate their return to everyday life.
In the workshop we first want to establish contact with the horses, perceive what they mirror us, how they react. They can help us to perceive ourselves differently. Animals communicate with us in their body language, we want to get to know and experience them in order to be able to use them ourselves.

(Workshops are subject to change)

Report on Emergency Pedagogy Conference 2017 - read it here


  • +++ 13.03.2017 +++

    Aid in London

    The people in London are shocked and traumatised from the attacks of the past months and the high-rise fire, the building is now just a black memorial. In June two missions or seminars will take place on location in order to support affected persons. continue.

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