Time and Place
The workshop begins on Thursday night at 7 pm and runs until approximately 11:30 pm. On Friday and Saturday, it runs from 10 am until approximately 11 pm. On Sunday, it runs from 10 am until about 9 pm. In 2015, the workshops will be held at the Ardmore Methodist Church, outside Philadelphia. The timing is approximate due to the participatory nature of the workshop.
EE is not a class, or a seminar, or even a training, but a workshop. Participants engage in experiential exercises of many different kinds and reflect on the experiences they create. These creative exercises take many forms. Some are done alone, others with a partner, still others in small groups, and some in the group as a whole. The maximum number of participants is 32. Some exercises are verbal, some non-verbal, some are physical, some creative. All of them invite participants to experience themselves and others in ways that relate to the lives they are living.
The workshop is a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space in which participants can reflect on their experience and accept caring support and feedback. As a result, they can look clearly at their lives and choose, if they wish, to make change. The exercises and processes provide structure, but they also leave space for participants to take their own insights in their own directions. Being with others who are doing the same thing opens doors to support and insight that are usually closed. As the process moves, people come to see each other and to be seen in ways that invite and inspire new openings in the lives of each participant. With the support of others, graduates are ready to return to their lives with renewed energy, insight, intention and support.
Participation in the workshop translates to fuller participation in life. With an education in the art of living, graduates live with more vitality, more connectedness, more intention. And that’s just the beginning.
The workshop Conductor is Eric Hoffman. He has been conducting the workshop since 2007 and spent the previous 18 years serving as Assisting Conductor. JoAnne Fischer, Eric’s wife, serves as the Assisting Conductor. She too has served as Assisting Conductor since 1989, when the workshop first came to Philadelphia.
Eric and JoAnne are assisted in management of the workshop by Tina Silverman, Workshop Manager, Joan Hollenbach, Bookkeeper, and a Management Committee of about 8 other workshop graduates.
They are assisted in conducting the workshop by a large Team of volunteer graduates who support the process in innumerable ways. Creating the workshop generally requires the volunteer contribution of between 50 and 100 people, some of whom are present in the room with participants and others of whom support the process in other ways.
For more about the facilitators, click here.
After the Workshop
Graduates of the workshop over the past 25 years have created a community in which people can continue the work begun in the workshop. While each graduate creates support in his or her own way, a number of structures have been created.
- Free support groups are organized for each group following the workshop.
- Each workshop group meets for a reunion following the workshop.
- Graduates can participate on Team to help support future workshops.
- A newsletter and a listserve keeps the growing community informed.
- Social events are organized to gather and have fun.
There is no obligation to participate in community events, but all graduates can participate in support groups, social events, graduate workshops, community service projects and a variety of other activities created by graduates. Many enjoy the continuing connection and find that keeping in touch with other graduates helps to maintain and develop what they have begun in the workshop. The number of people involved in the workshop community for years following their workshop indicates the vitality of the ongoing support system and the continuing benefits of the Workshop, not just for a weekend, but for a lifetime.