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The Eschwege Institute and its founders Holger and Gesa have always impressed me with their integrity, skill, depth of understanding, and heart. It has been an honour and personal pleasure to be associated with their important work, and their vision to support the reintroduce of earth-based wisdom into the mainstream of the future.
Meredith Little (co-founder of Rites of Passage Inc. in 1976 and The School of Lost Borders)
The Eschwege Institute is one of the much needed watering holes in these turbulent times. I, and I know many others, will do all we can to encourage and ensure their continued work and success. The teachings of nature, rites of passage and way of council are fortunately seeded in this small village and carried from there to so many in Europe by Holger and Gesa and the many people they train.
The integrity they embody is essential for building bridges, truth-speaking, heartful listening and the waking up that is so needed in our homes, schools, communities, businesses and governments. With their devotion and commitment to the work, I have both excitement and sense of hope in this kind of new leadership for our times.
Gigi Coyle (Council trainer, social bridge builder and co-author of “The Way of Council”)

Who We Are:

Holger HeitenHolger Heiten

*1966, father of two children, social worker and experienced psycho-therapist, has trained to guide Vision Quests with the School of Lost Borders in California with Steven Foster & Meredith Little and with Verena & Haiko Nitschke in Germany. He has trained to be a Council Trainer in the tradition of the Ojai Foundation, with Gigi Coyle and Marlow Hotchkiss and to do Couples Council with Amber McIntyre und David Jessup. He offers workshops and trainings on modern rites of passage, such as Vision Quests and seminars on related subjects, such as “the Four Shields of human nature” and the “Way of Council”, all over Europe. Together with Gesa Heiten he is the co-founder of the Eschwege Institut and its Training Academy Campus Peregrini in Germany and trains “Transition Process Mentors” and Vision Quest Guides, together with a faculty of international teachers, in open 2-year training programs and also exclusively within institutions.

 

Gesa HeitenGesa Heiten

*1966; mother of two children; Dipl. Psychologist, trained to guide Vision Quests with the School of Lost Borders in California with Steven Foster & Meredith Little and with Verena & Haiko Nitschke in Germany.
She has trained to be a Council Trainer in the tradition of the Ojai Foundation, with Gigi Coyle and Marlow Hotchkiss and to do Couples Council with Amber McIntyre und David Jessup
Gesa Heiten is a manager and international leadership trainer. Beside her work in the Eschwege Institute, she is a process moderator, counsellor and coach in personal and organisational development. Since 2001 she has worked together with Holger Heiten. Since 2003, together they have been offering two year trainings for Transition Mentors and Vision Quest Guides.

Both are members of all major Networks in this field. Together they founded Business Quest Network, an international network of leadership trainers and process moderators that work within the field of sustainable and resilient management and with rite of passage tools.

The Eschwege Institut and the Campus Peregrini

We founded the Eschwege Institute and its Training Academy Campus Peregrini, to be able to carry the “rites of passage-work”as well as the community building communication form "Council", deeper into the society. Our aim is to support the community of people who successfully want to make the "great change", as Joana Macy called it, happen. We found the tools we teach to be of importance for coping with the global challenges of change, as well as with the every day work to mentor individuals through their change processes.

We offer many different trainings in Germany and one English speaking Vision Quest per year in Scotland.

We cooperate with a faculty of international and interdisciplinary teachers in special fields of the rites of passage work as well as of the way of council. Some of the workshops these experts offer are English speaking.

Our target-group is mainly people who work with young people or people in transition phases of their life, such as social workers, teachers and experiential pedagogues etc. and people who want to find new ways of working with people in transition phases.

In cooperation with the Ojai Foundation (www.ojaifoundation.org) and the School of Lost Borders (www.schooloflostborders.com) in California, the Eschwege Institut is also hosting a Council training and a Council in schools training. See „calendar of events“ for council seminars.

We would be happy, to welcome you one day

Holger & Gesa