Initiatic Process Mentoring
The Eschwege Institute teaches and practices modern process mentoring as the logical answer to a growing socio-political and ecological challenge. This consists in shaping the change and transition processes of individuals as well as teams, companies and organizations in an effective, powerful and sustainable way before they stagnate into permanent crises that are personally and economically harmful.
Transition processes like burn out, puberty, disengagement, midlife crisis as well as change processes in organizations, are developmental crises that take place at the fruitful threshold between the old no longer functioning state and the new state that is not yet ready to function.
The approach practiced, taught and well-known by the Eschwege Institute to deal with this, is the “Initiatische Prozessbegleitung®” which can be translated as “Initiatic Process Mentoring”. People who got trained in this approach call themselves “Change Process and Vision Quest Guides“.
Change Process Guides help by using innovative methods, rooted in eco- and perceptional- psychology, to gain awareness and to deepen the understanding of the issues involved in the transition. Methods like „contemplative threshold walks in nature“ do work with outer nature as a mirror, to find a deeper self-understanding of the unique inner nature of each of us.
Following the credo that the best answers are always already contained within the person, or the group that asks for them, these tools can help the treasures already in the person or situation to emerge.
Change Process Guides design and guide through individually tailored supporting programs, by tracing the natural arc of change processes. within this approach, this arc is illustrated and understood by nature based models like the „Four Shields of human nature“ from Foster & Little, a psychological model of human health and growth, based on the cyclic process patterns in the natural world, or the „Monomyth“ from Joseph Campbell.
In a next step, these tools are used to successfully integrate the gained new insights.
Modern forms of rites of passage, such as Walkaways or Vision Quest, or individually tailored adaptations to them, can help to confirm, what has been achieved and thereby to clearly mark the step into a new era.
The approach of Change Process Guides is cross-cultural and accessible, independent from social, religious or cultural backgrounds. This work stands in the lineage and tradition of the School of Lost Borders in California.
Way of Council
Council is the basic communication practice and part of the stance within the Initiatic Process Mentoring® approach.
Council is an expression of an attitude that invites presence and mindfulness in the relationship with oneself, with others and with the environment. It offers teams and groups of all kinds a highly effective means of making their processes sustainable.
Council is a non-hierarchical, non-violent and appreciative form of communication that focuses on listening. It is a powerful tool for building sustainable community cultures and relationships. Participants sit in a circle around a center and use a speaking item to indicate who is speaking.
Council is a gateway to deeper communication, intercultural understanding and the non-violent exploration of conflict.
The Eschwege Institut and its training academie Campus Peregrini, offer several trainings in Initiatic Process Mentoring and the way of Council in German language, see here. English speaking versions of theses trainings are in the pipeline.