17th Annual Swiss Learning Festival:
The Self and the Other


Date: 17 – 20 August 2023
Time: Starting on the first day at 10.30 am, ending on the last day at 3.30 pm
Teacher: Prof. Dr. Joachim Bauer (DE)
Marianne Bentzen (DK)
Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)
Language: English translated into German
German presentations will be translated into English via headphones
Costs: CHF 1'090.00
Course location: Seminarhotel Rigi
Seestrasse 53 - 55
6353 Weggis

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Please note that for participants lodging somewhere else the Hotel Rigi is charging an obligatory cover fee of CHF 32.— for lunch and the general use of the facilities.

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

10.30 am
mit Dr. Urs Honauer (CH), 
Host and initiator of the Bildungsfestival

10.45 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 6.15 pm

The "Self", The "Other", and The "We":
Autonomy And Connectedness from A Neuroscientific Perspective

Prof. Dr. Joachim Bauer (DE)

Human newborns are precious beings provided with the full human dignity. They experience feelings, e. g. satisfaction or pain. However, they cannot (yet) call a "Self" their own. The brain region where the "Self Networks" will develop along the first months of life is biologically still immature at birth. So, how does the "Self" find its way into the infantile brain? The "Self" owes its emergence resonances happening between the infant and his or her attachment figures. Interpersonal resonances are not only of significance for the emergence of the "Self", but also for its preservation througout life.

8 pm - 9.30 pm

Music at the Lake
Songs for You, Songs for the Earth

Peter Wydler (CH) and Tian Long Li Duo (Süd-China)
Peter Wydler - guitar, vocals
Singer/Songwriter with Swiss/American roots
His compositions blend jazz, blues and world music into a grooving sound experience.
Tian Long Li
Harmonica virtuoso from South China
He is equally at home in jazz, blues and world music. He has written many compositions with a distinctive personal style.

Friday, August 18, 2023

8 am - 9 am
Enhancing the Contact to Yourself through Trauma-Sensitive Qi Gong
Paki E. Heisserer (CH)

10 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 6.15 pm
Me – You – We in life and in spiritual development
Marianne Bentzen (DK)

Life requires a delicate skill of us. At the beginning of our lives, everything that we do is in the body, with the body – and done with others. Somehow, out of that process we develop a sense of ‘me’. Also, everything that the others do becomes part of how we expect the world to be in the future. This back-and-forth dialogue of me and you allows us to develop a sense of being-together, a sense of shared flow or WE – US. This We/Us feeling determines how love affairs develop, how culture develops and also how deeper spiritual meetings develop.

On this day, we will learn and practice some of the early steps in this developmental process, take a quick look at the cultural aspect and try one of the spiritual practices that rest on it.

8 pm - 9.30 pm

Cobodying: Skills of Precise Mirroring within the Relational Field

Dr. Jim Feil (USA)

The process of Co-bodying begins in the first week of gestation with implantation. A true sharing of bodies in which the embryo´s form develops from the generosity of mother´s continual nourishment and connection. After birth, the co-bodying continues to support the forming of the infant, taking a variety of bonding shapes precisely attuned to the developmental stages of the growing person.

In the therapeutic process, the individual continues to thrive on being seen and heard and mirrored precisely, one of the greatest of gifts we can give to each other. This is the relational field which evolves along with each of us throughout our lifetime, and which we will explore briefly in this presentation.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

8 am - 9 am
Enhancing the Contact to Yourself through Trauma-Sensitive Qi Gong
Paki E. Heisserer (CH)

10 am - 1 pm und 3 pm -  6.15 pm
From Oneness to Togetherness

Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA)
As life progresses from conception, to gestation, to birth, infancy, toddlerhood, adolescence, and adulthood, we emerge, from the cocoon of oneness to the challenge of separateness, and then to individuation as adults. This stunning growth towards wholeness involves moving from the I – it relationship to the I – Thou one. In this experiential program, we will explore this transformation.

8 pm - 9.30 pm
An Appenzell Summerday - Open-Air-Conert
of the "chorwald"
at the pavillon near the boat landing in Weggis
Conductor: Jürg Surber, accompanied by the duo "rondom" with clarinet and accordion 

Sunday, August 20, 2023

8 am - 9 pm
Enhancing the Contact to Yourself through Trauma-Sensitive Qi Gong
Paki E. Heisserer (CH)

10 am - 1 pm  and 2 pm - 3.30 pm
Conclusion: Similarities and Differences of the Three Contributions

with Marianne Bentzen, Dr. Peter A. Levine and others
Facilitator: Dr. Urs Honauer

Prof. Dr. Joachim Bauer

Prof. Dr.Joachim Bauer is a physician, psychotherapist, neuroscientist and author of several widely acclaimed nonfiction books. He studied internal medicine and psychiatry and also habilitated in both disciplines. He received the Organon Research Award for outstanding neuroscientific findings from the Germany Society for Biological Psychiatry. Since 2018, he has been living and working in …

Marianne Bentzen

Marianne Bentzen is a somatic psychotherapist and author. She has also taught and supervised mental health professionals internationally since 1982. She has presented at more than forty international and national conferences and written numerous articles and books. Since the early 1990s, she has developed the theory of Neuroaffective Developmental Psychology (NADP), which bridges personality …

Dr. Peter A. Levine

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (USA) is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing® and the President of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his forty plus year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His best selling book, Waking the …

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