Is this for Me?

What brings people to the EE Workshop?

Perhaps you are someone who is always looking for a chance to grow and learn.  Or perhaps you want to connect and expand your community.  Or perhaps you are experiencing changes, like a new job or neighborhood, or retirement, or divorce, or the loss of a family member or a friend. Or perhaps, you don’t know which direction to take or how to find the joy and energy to really live your life.  Or perhaps you have a friend or family member who is a workshop graduate inviting you to explore an enhanced relationship.

These are just a few of the many reasons people decide to participate.  You don’t need a specific issue or goal.  Curiosity and willingness is enough.

We’ve found that the following questions sometimes help people understand the benefits of the EE Workshop:

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Seeking Growth and Meaning

All of us love to grow and learn, even if that sometimes seems a luxury.  Some people have made growing and learning, transformation and meaning,  belonging and authenticity part of what fulfills and energizes them.

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For you, the Workshop not only provides space and support, but company and challenge.  Wherever you have gone so far, the workshop provides opportunity for you to move past your edge into new territory.

Feeling Stuck

All of us feel stuck sometimes and in some ways.  We keep trying the same things that don’t work, and then we are tempted to give up. Whether the situation is personal or professional or both, we may feel at a loss. We don’t know what to do; we don’t have energy or confidence or vision.  Depression and anxiety may be our companions.

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The Workshop offers, first of all,  support. With support, you can get unstuck.  With support, you can explore new possibilities, identify obstacles, and use new tools to move past them.  Reconnect to hope, self-confidence, motivation, inspiration, resilience, peace, lightness and empowerment.

In a Period of Transition

We are all in transition, but sometimes the changes seem more challenging.  We might be experiencing

  • personal changes (like marriage or divorce; loss of family, spouse or friend; illness; sexual identity; empty nest; moving to a new place  …)
  • work changes (loss of job; a new job or boss or challenge; change in career, financial shifts; a need for meaningful work;, school to work, or back to school; retirement…)

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Navigating through challenging transitions can be confusing, scary and lonely.The workshop offers time to explore your situation, real contact with others who get it, and support to shape the path through the rapids.  The Workshop will help you establish goals and plans, including a supportive network to keep you accountable and confident of heading in the right direction.

Seeking Authentic Connection and Diversity

Participants have ranged in age from 21 to 75+ and have come from diverse religious traditions and from various ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Many LGBT people and individuals with disabilities have participated. In the workshop, we value diversity. Having participants from many walks of life gives participants the opportunity to really connect with people across barriers that often separate us.

More Examples

The workshop offers a safe place to explore your feelings and experiment with changes in attitude and behavior. No one tells you how to run your life. You identify and work on what is important to you, so the results are very individual.  Here are some examples of work participants may do in the workshop…

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  • set and achieve personal goals
  • relate to others in a honest, caring manner
  • give and receive feedback more effectively
  • handle fears and inhibitions
  • find constructive and rewarding ways to take risks
  • achieve deeper levels of intimacy
  • assert and stand up for themselves
  • ask for and accept support
  • understand and appreciate sexuality
  • create a community of support
  • make peace with their past
  • have fun with other people
  • make choices and live with decisions
  • participate and take leadership in groups
  • communicate clearly and effectively
  • care for and love themselves
These are common examples, but participants may work on any of the myriad elements that are part of an education in the art of living.