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The Work in’t Nederlands

The Work in’t Nederlands’ (TW!N) is a community of Dutch-speaking Certified Facilitators for The Work of Byron Katie. Established in 2017, TW!N serves as an informal hub for information and support for individuals interested in The Work, whether new to it or with some experience.

TW!N’s activities are open to all Dutch and Flemish speakers worldwide, featuring free weekly online Open Work Circles and an annual four-day summer camp. More details about TW!N can be found at www.thework-nederland.nl. Subscribe to the TW!N newsletter here. For inquiries or additional information, reach out to [email protected].

This Able Veteran

Every day, about twenty US veterans commit suicide- almost one per hour.

Childhood trauma and neglect blocks and erodes one’s sense of safety, value, and belonging, leading to feelings of fear, shame, anger, and despair. Violence and isolation can result. Military trauma may add survivor guilt and dehumanization to the mix. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is too often the result.

Behesha Doan and Kelley Hails understand the power of The Work in healing trauma through their personal experiences of questioning their own stressful beliefs. Through inquiry, they had a different experience- a kinder, gentler, and more trusting experience- of reality.

Behesha founded This Able Veteran in 2011. This Able Veteran is a non-profit organization that empowers veterans suffering from PTSD to take back their lives and thrive. This Able Veteran helps them reintegrate into society with a unique skills-based Trauma Resiliency Program and the partnership of a service dog with specialty nightmare interruption and anxiety alerts at their side.

Kelley joined her in 2018, as the Trauma Resiliency program began to be more focused around The Work. This Able Veteran’s Trauma Resiliency program has expanded from three weeks to a year-long program of self-discovery in a supportive group environment. Through mindfulness practices, emotional awareness, and The Work, the veterans are supported in regaining trust, connection, and freedom in their own lives, discovering their self-value, and finding their way home to themselves with each other and their canine companions at their side.

If you would like to volunteer, support or get involved in our mentoring program or fundraising, we are happy to connect with you.

Learn more about This Able Veteran

The Chinese-speaking Association for The Work of Byron Katie

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We are happy to introduce the Chinese-speaking Association for The Work of Byron Katie, which brings The Work to the Chinese-speaking communities who may otherwise be unable to learn it directly from Byron Katie due to language or geographical constraints.  

Chinese-speaking Certified Facilitators co-founded The Chinese Association for The Work (CTW), a not-for-profit organization registered in California in 2019, open to all Chinese-speaking audiences worldwide.

Making courses and programs available in Chinese is the foremost task for CTW. Certified Facilitators work extensively to encourage an authentic, open, and vulnerable environment. In addition to training programs, we host monthly The Work events for all members and quarterly free events for the public.

Altogether, we have fostered around 18 Facilitators and Associate Facilitators who have at least 200-400 hours of practice in The Work. Through their dedication, they share The Work in their respective communities. You can meet them here. Our members are spread across several cities throughout China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the U.S., serving non-English speakers.  

The founder of The Work, Byron Katie, supported a live online event where we announced the birth of CTW to a Chinese audience in Shanghai, China. You can get a glimpse in this short video and watch Byron Katie facilitating a participant during this bilingual event in this video.

If you have Chinese-speaking friends who may be interested in The Work, please direct them to CTW here. We would be happy to welcome them.

October 2022: Beyond Stigma

After an intimate experience of self-stigma and an understanding of how powerful The Work is in addressing stigma, Nadine Ferris France co-founded Beyond Stigma, a not-for-profit organisation registered in Ireland.

Beyond Stigma brings The Work to groups that experience high levels of stigma and self-stigma – adults and young people living with HIV, sex workers, people affected by gender-based violence, people living with tuberculosis, people living with overweight and more.

Common self-stigma and shameful beliefs such as ‘I am not good enough’ ‘I am less than human’ ‘I am a bad person’ ‘they think I am dirty’ ‘they think I deserve it’ ‘I am a bad person’ leads to increased depression, reduced quality of life, decreased self-agency and affects access to health services and life-saving medicine. This is often exacerbated in contexts where multiple factors and vulnerabilities such as HIV, gender-based violence, poverty and social stigma and discrimination intersect.

We work with and through community organisations and with partners in Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Ireland and elsewhere. We design and implement programmes, train local Coaches in The Work and conduct research. See a short VIDEO of our recent work HERE.

If you would like to get involved and support in our mentoring programming, our training, our fundraising, programming or research, we are so happy to connect.  Learn more about Beyond Stigma

August 2022: The Thinking Project

Rachel Pickett had the thought, “I should have learned Inquiry in school.” This thought became her life’s work and resulted in the founding of The Thinking Project, a 501c3 non-profit!

It is a well-established fact that learning and creativity are almost impossible to access if students (and adults) are suffering under the weight of insecurity, stress, anxiety, or depression.  All of these states place our minds in survival mode – closed off and filled with stress hormones.  We support our youth to cultivate happiness, creativity, and curiosity.  These are natural states of mind when we have the tools to manage life’s challenges.

The Thinking Project supports schools, home-school groups, and after-school programs to train their educators to deliver our curriculum.  We have partnerships in the United States, Zimbabwe, and Ireland.  If you would like to connect us with a group or school, we would be happy to offer an introductory presentation. Learn more about The Thinking Project.

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Marlin Kontje

Alchemy + Aim