Near the end of each of
our weekend-long communication skills workshops we hand out a Completion
Form. 95% of the participants have
communicated favorably of their experience and indicated that they would
like to be invited to another workshop.
Here's what a few participants say:
- "Thank you, thank you, thank you."
- "I believe that the value of this
workshop is to see real, authentic communication happening in real
- "My feelings towards my fiancé are
stronger and I love him more and am closer to him. I especially want to
thank Kerry for being so right on with Shannon (my fiancé) and handling
him exactly how he needed to be handled."
- "This was the most magnificent
workshop of the 3 that I have attended. I came this time to experience
more about cause and intent and responsibility and boy I got whole lot
- From a young man dragged to the
workshop by his girl friend and other relatives: "My original
feelings about this workshop was not wanting to be at it. I thought this
would be another "Sigfried and Roy" style of workshop, where you jump
through a few hoops, some experiences, and boom you're out the door. I
was wrong, VERY WRONG!. The love of my lady (Linda), Auntie Donna, Alan
and everyone else involved, made me realize that I'm not the dark,
lightness person I thought I was."
- "The strongest feeling I had about
this workshop is that I ... had been holding on to some anger for months
and was able to let it go."
- From a school principal:
"There is obviously a great need in our community for this."
- "The workshop was transformational
for me. By making the commitment to stay, I created an unnatural
experience, that is, an experience outside my normal safety zone. I then
experienced extreme discomfort, aggravation, & displeasure at having to
witness other people acting out my own personal dramas ... acting out
with a kind of "knee jerk" automatic response... my own defenses. As I
witnessed each defense system being acknowledged, as in the case of
several on the first morning, then those who most courageously followed
later, I felt my own personal defenses starting to melt away. I was then
able to see my own deceptions. By allowing myself to be open to this new
model of responsibility I found for the first time, perhaps in my whole
life, an ability to move from victim...."
- Of the two female facilitators:
"I love and support women who are strong and doing what they (you) do."
- "A tremendously valuable
- A therapist's second workshop:
"The "BeWith" (a communication process) was very valuable for me
this time. I know this will greatly improve my communications with my
patients, co-workers and family/friends. The "Acknowledge time" (a
paired sharing communication exercise) was so wonderful ... this has
changed my life ... It was so sweet and peaceful afterwards."
- "This was the best workshop I've
attended. I can clearly see how much progress I've made since the last
Advanced Workshop ... from the feedback I've received from everyone here
and on the outside."
- From an RN nurse who had
attended three of our other workshops: "I experienced a feeling, from the entire group (70 participants), of
love and acceptance ... so much love .... that it overwhelmed me."
- "This was my second workshop, like
the first, I found the experience invaluable. I consider the last
workshop as a definite landmark in my development, and feel this one
already having profound effects."
- A Hawaii State Department of
Public Health RN nurse: "I was extremely touched by (father's) and
(son's) process, (they stood and shared), it helped to give me clarity
in my feelings towards my father. Thank you very much! Excellent
- A Licensed Massage Therapist:
"Some very excellent work is being done here."
- A drug rehabilitation counselor:
"Expansive, provoking, moving, allowing, honest, direct, honor, respect,
remembrance, community, precise, fear at times going home to the source,
love, powerful, blessing, ... clarity in communication, balanced."
- A Licensed Massage Therapist's,
second workshop: "I finally got what the (facilitator) has tried to
say to me about my controlling and being right. I feel a new aliveness."
- Regards a comment about possibly
shortening the workshop: ".... it would be a shame to cut us short on an opportunity to be in
such a loving supportive environment."
- "Wonderful! Full of personal
insights. This is the most alive and connecting experience. I have a
hunger for this type of relating and appreciate it deeply."
- "The "Tone" process (a paired
sharing communication exercise in the Advanced Communication Workshop)
was extremely difficult for me and I was unable to get a "Pass" on the
emotion Grief. Then later, during the Movement Process (expressing
different emotions through music), I got totally in touch with some
grief I had left for my second wife."
- "The way the (facilitator) has of
seeing both side (of an issue) is beautiful to experience."
- A woman attending with her
husband and son: "I feel the value my family receives is
without a doubt the single most important event to come into my life
after marriage and childbirth."
- "...I experienced the most intense
feelings I have ever realized. I was able to admit to, talk about, and
totally acknowledge a blockage that has been with me All of my
adult life. A new chance to live a productive, loving, spiritual life."
- "I am totally overwhelmed by the
effectiveness of each process."
- In reference to an evening
conversation with a loved one at home between Sat and Sun of an all
weekend workshop: " ....it has had a major impact on my
relationships outside of this actual experience Wow! I feel very much
empowered & totally effected in all positive ways. Thank you."
- From a compulsive nosepicker,
highly regarded in the community, after his 37th workshop: "I think
this one did it for me. When I saw the guy who facilitated the workshop
picking his nose during the lunch break, I finally could see that he
just mirrored me. I am transformed!" This one was submitted by one of
our board members :=).