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Biel #MeToo Tragedy II: Steps to Healing

In my previous Blog post, I raised questions and concerns about individual and community reactions to the case of a prominent Biel Businessman and father charged and convicted of inappropriate sexual contact with an intern he was supervising. When we, as a community, allow ourselves to have conversations non-judging and non-blaming conversations about such difficult […]

Biel #Metoo Tragedy I: Questions and Concerns

Recently news about a well-known business man in Biel, accused and convicted of having had repeated inappropriate sexual contact with one of the interns under his supervision, shocked the Biel community. Unfortunately, it is not the first, nor the last such case, and raises several issues which I think are important to address for ourselves […]

Letting in the Positive vs Practicing for Tragedy and Disappointment

How often have you been in a situation that you “should’ve” been enjoying but found yourself tensing up or imagining how it could go wrong? Ironically it is not only fear of things not-working out that can paralyze us in life, we can also feel just as threatened by when things go well!

Changing Perspectives: How do you view your story?

How often have you felt like you’re stuck? Not moving forward? Or thought you’ve failed to obtain what you were aiming for in the time you predicted? Have you felt alone and longing for purpose and connection? We can get lost in certain moments of our life, in stories that define how we see ourselves […]

Non-Violent Communication (NVC): Upcoming Workshop

We all want some form of connection. Communication is one of the key ways we connect with others. Being able to give and receive form the core gifts of connection. When we are able to have our needs met in our connections it is so powerful and affirming. Yet these gifts often get lost… in […]

Women’s Group: Setting Commitments

I am going to…learn German, lose weight, write a book, learn how to play the guitar, start a business…! Often we have fantastic ideas and intentions of what we want to achieve. Yet struggle to reach them, and judge ourselves when we don’t. A common one I hear is: “I am going to learn to […]

Mindful Eating – Mind over Munching?

Many of us may find ourselves falling into unhealthy eating patterns. Society places a lot of pressure on us about how we should look, what we should eat and to incorporate all this within our busy day to day schedules. It is hard to juggle it all and know how to put it into practice.

Boundaries – Too Close or Too Far?

In the Women’s Group, we continue exploring boundaries. Everyone can benefit from looking at their boundaries… some of us could say “yes” more and let people closer, while others of us could benefit from saying “no” more and take more space for ourselves. Looking at our boundaries requires us to consider who we are and […]

Child Care Part 2: What are the options?

I will try to provide a brief description of the key services in Switzerland with at least one local example from the Biel area. Keep in mind differences do exist between urban and rural areas. Child care options vary in the level of structure, frequency, length and cost. Services fall into roughly 2 categories: 1. […]