Come join us for a 4 day retreat coupling over 1500 years of the Shaolin teaching treasures of MIND, HEART, BODY with modern Positive Psychology “The Science of Happiness and Wellbeing”.

4 day retreat from 28 June – 01 July 2020, a retreat with Drs. Randall Birnberg, Master Shi Heng Zong – the abbot of the Shaolin Temple Europe and Shi Miao Hai.

In our 4-day retreat we will deal with 4 important and formative areas of our life:

Day 1: Happy past?

The first day is about how we deal with our past, what we can learn from it and how we then use it … today!

Very often we have accepted ideas, words and thoughts that have been ingrained in us since childhood. We believe that we can or cannot do things and if we fail it’s difficult to forgive ourselves … or others for the things that went wrong in our lives.

We get caught up in our feelings and emotions of anger, sadness, loss, fear of failure and discouragement.

In our seminar, you’ll discover how to turn these negative experiences into positive learnings – to develop resilience and the joy of life and gain a positive self-perception are the goals of this day.

In this seminar, ancient, but up-to-date Buddhist knowledge is combined with modern science, as well as meditation and Qi Gong – these powerful tools will provide you with the know-how for positive transformation in your life.

Day 2: Happy now? Happy you?

On day 2, we want to focus on the here and now. How do we deal with setbacks? What do we learn from failing? How do we go on after an experience that hurts us?

With empathy,  the participants will be prepared to turn blows of fate and failure into an asset – how to recognize the positive … and not just the negative. How we can motivate and build ourselves and how we can enrich our lives with the goal of leading a happy life.

Self-love and self-compassion are the key! We now know that those who love themselves, can give real love to others – those who can give themselves compassion and forgiveness, can give others compassion and forgiveness.

The insights of positive psychology as well as the advice of Buddhism help in this process – the mind and body are also “fed” again on this day and can begin to quiet down at the same time.

Day 3: Happy future?

How do we want to shape our future? How can we be prepared for all the adversities that may come?

How do we find our strengths and how do we achieve an active way of acting for the benefit of ourselves and others?

On this day, we want to show you ways to approach the future with a lasting positive attitude by shaping the here and now.

With interactive exercises, the participants will develop the tools needed to “ride” the waves of life with generosity and compassion.

Additionally, practical instructions as well as the wisdom of Buddhism coupled with science, will pave the way for a future you deserve.

Day 4: Happy Family? Happy Team?

We know from Buddhism and psychology that our personal happiness is very much dependent on the happiness of our environment and that our well-being also influences our happiness.

We cannot become happy alone, in fact, we become happy together.

On this seminar day, we will show ways how we can positively influence our immediate environment, namely, family, colleagues, neighbours and friends … eventually encouraging them to develop as well.

During this time, become an “Ambassador of Happiness” and set an example of lived Buddhism, minus the religious beliefs, and see how positive psychology can enrich you and your surrounding environment.

To benefit the most from our retreats, we suggest taking all 4 days. However, it is also theoretically possible to book only day 1 and 2, or day 3 and 4. The first two days in some way fall under the motto: “working on myself” and the second two days fall under the motto:”interaction with my environment”.

The retreat includes all meals during the 4 days, guided daily meditations, Shaolin Arts including theory and daily Qi Gong practice.

28. Juni – 1. Juli 2020 (4-Day)

For more details, please contact the Shaolin Temple here

“EKELHAFT GUT GELAUNT” (AWFUL-LY HAPPY) Seminar, September 07, 2016

In this one of a kind presentation, Randall will share his personal experiences and quest to find his own happiness. He will also enlighten his audience with the science that supports positive relationships and individual wellbeing. His humorous delivery coupled with his unique Ocher platt Southside Chicago accent will entertain you and at the same time bring you closer to finding your own individual life satisfaction.

He will close up the presentation with some simple “Takeaways” designed to immediately get you started on your own personal quest.

He will remind you that everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Everyone deserves to be happy and satisfied!

It’s your choice!

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Self-Awareness and Mindfulness Seminar, June 07, 2016

Are you a mindful person? Are you aware of you your own wants and needs?

People have been asking themselves these questions for thousands of years.

‘Mindfulness’ is a hot topic in Western psychology at the moment: increasingly recognized as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings.

Although mindfulness has only recently been embraced by Western psychology, it is an ancient practice found in a wide range of Eastern philosophies, including Buddhism, Taoism and Yoga. Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness.

In this seminar, you will learn the exact meaning of mindfulness. Additionally, we will practice mindfulness techniques that can be performed almost anywhere and by anyone. Come join us!

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Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and Creativity Seminar, June 14, 2016

What are you inner voices telling you? Do they support your decisions? Do they build you up…..or tear you down?

Our self-esteem is largely effected by those inner voices. Self-esteem is affected by physical ill-health, negative life events such as losing your job or getting divorced, deficient or frustrating relationships, and a general sense of lack of control. Hence, in order to be successful both personally and socially, our self-esteem and self-confidence has to be strong and solid enough to believe in ourselves. People with a high self-esteem are more creative, more solution-oriented and generally more healthy, both physically and emotionally.

In this seminar, you will learn the exact meaning of self-esteem and self-confidence. Additionally, we will practice scientifically proven techniques to increase your self-esteem and help you lead a more happy and relaxed life. Come join us!

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Positive Relationship Workshop, November 24, 2015

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Positive Relationship Talk, November 19, 2015

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Positive Relationship Workshop, October 21, 2015

Do you have a partner? If so, would you call your relationship positive? What is a positive relationship anyway?

According to the experts, a positive relationship is one where both parties feel free to be themselves and at the same time can ask for what they need in a positive,concrete and specific way. This sometimes isn’t easy as judgement, criticism, expectations and our deep routed past baggage often get in the way.

In this Engish/German language workshop, you will learn how to find and be your authentic self in your partnership. Using time-tested role plays, you will also practice the techniques on how to ask for what you need without arguing or feeling unappreciated, items that often find their way into relationships. Participants will learn the process on how to support their partners and give them with they need and at the same time not losing yourself in the process.

Randall Birnberg, a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and Social Psychology PhD Researcher on “Life Satisfaction” will guide you through the science of Positive Relationships and give you hands-on techniques showing how to create that perfect partnership. You will walk away with tools designed to, in the end, make you a happier person in your relationships. Because isn’t that what we all deserve to be….happy.

We strongly recommend that you also bring your partner to this extremely valuable and useful workshop.

See you soon!

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Das Geheimnis von Positiver Psychologie am Arbeitsplatz, November 02-04, 2015

Bei diesem Seminar werden die Untersuchungen und Erkenntnisse aus dem Bereich “positive Psychologie am Arbeitsplatz” vorgestellt, die ergeben haben, dass zufriedene Menschen gesünder sind, länger leben, eine höhere Sozialkompetenz haben und somit letztendlich erfolgreicher sind. Diese Menschen sind glücklicher, da sie ihre Stärken zu nutzen wissen.

Die Teilnehmer lernen die Grundlagen, wie der Arbeitsplatz auf Basis der eigenen Stärken angenehmer und produktiver gestaltet werden kann. Es geht darum zu erkennen, wie man das Beste, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes, von Kollegen und Mitarbeitern bekommt. In Rollenspielen werden typische Arbeitssituationen simuliert, die die Mitarbeiterzufriedenheit, sowohl positiv als auch negativ entscheidend beeinflussen können.

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Positive Kommunikation macht glücklich – auch im Beruf, September 26, 2015

  • Wie Sie mit mehr Dankbarkeit Ihre individuelle Glücksstrategie entwickeln
  • Wie Sie Ihre persönlichen Stärken erkennen, entwickeln und für Ihre Ziele einsetzen
  • Wie Sie mit mehr Achtsamkeit soziale Bindungen aufbauen und Beziehungen stärken
  • Wie Sie Ihren Mitarbeitern durch Vertrauen mehr Raum für Kreativität und Wachstum geben
  • Wie Sie die positive Kommunikation in Ihrem Team und zwischen den Abteilungen langfristig verbessern
  • Wie Sie mit mehr Wertschätzung eine positive Atmosphäre schaffen und Ihre Ziele erreichen
  • Wie Sie mit mehr Empathie eine positive Basis für eine offene Kommunikation schaffen
  • Wie Sie mit der richtigen Einstellung und den passenden Worten die ideale Wirkung erzielen
  • Wie Sie ehrlich und respektvoll miteinander umgehen und auf Augenhöhe kommunizieren

In seinem Workshop führt Sie Randall Birnberg, ein Certified Positive Psychology Coach aus Chicago, sowohl beruflich als auch privat auf die Glücksspur.

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Positive Engagement Workshop … From what is wrong to what is strong, September 09, 2015

“Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive”. It’s no wonder that strengths play an important part in are happiness and in the last 15 years or so, research evidence supports the value of identifying and playing to your strengths. Benefits for the individual include elevated vitality and motivation, a greater sense of direction and higher probability of goal attainment, not to mention increased self-confidence and productivity Actually, identifying and building our character strengths are the backbone of Positive Psychology. Using our 5 highest strengths also leads to: More positive emotions, more engagement, better relationships, more meaning in our life and more accomplishments.

In this workshop, the participants will first learn self-awareness and how to discover ones strengths. You will learn to understand and develop your own individual strengths in order to improve your performance and life satisfaction. Once we have discovered your 5 top strengths though thought provoking role-plays and introspection, we will discuss how they can be applied to your current job or find that perfect other job. The goal here is to find what you love and to go toward that goal. The presentation will end with some ‘take aways’ intended to have the participants use their newly found strengths straight away. Please join us for this special event and I can almost guarantee you’ll walk away with some profoundly new ways to identify and use your strengths. This will make you and everyone around you more happy. After all, isn’t that what we’re all looking for, happiness.

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