October 2013, by Greet

October 2013, by Greet

A few weeks ago, Ernst and me, we went there for the fourth time. Somehow, it is becoming so ‘normal’ to arrive in Kathmandu: the arrival at the airport, finding our way in the city, our favourite restaurants, negotiating with the cab drivers, etc. It’s getting more and more relaxed.
This time, we stayed in Patan, a suburb at the south of Kathmandu. We had a very simple, basic guesthouse for only € 6,- per night. Quite a new experience.
Also, this time, we could use the office of one of the group members, which is not a big room, but it is amazing how well you can work with 19 people in a room of just 4 x 5 meters. Of course, our students do not use chairs, because, sitting on the floor is very common in Nepal.
Our group is getting more and more stable and attached to each other. They are very motivated and happy to be able to gain a solid framework and new methods to add to the knowledge and skills they already have.
We worked around the topic ‘creative adjustment’, which is a basic concept in the gestalt therapy theory.
By the way, the Nepali traffic maybe is, the most illustrative example of creative adjustment you can think of. So many cars, motor cycles and bicycles and … people in such a narrow streets with of course the famous cows lying in the middle of the street and still, only very little accidents. Amazing!!
Part of the topic of ‘creative adjustment’ is the idea of ‘frustration as source for inspiration’, and especially in a country like Nepal, this topic is so realistic and so actual and in that sense, so completely different from the situation we are used to in the Western world.
Therefore, also this time, it was very touching again, to work with these young people on their inspiration and dreams and, to support them in gaining trust that they are able to work on them and make a difference.


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