BASEL
WORLD
HAPPINESS
AGORA

20 – 22 MARCH 2019

 

BASEL AGENDA

BASEL SCHEDULE

20 March 2019

Mind + Body +
Senses

Happiness originates within ourselves, and this is where we begin our exploration. Conscious living involves increasing our awareness and bringing our whole selves to the present moment. This requires authenticity, vulnerability, trust and curiosity, which can be cultivated and expanded in a variety of ways.

21 March 2019

Work + Vision +
Community

We spend a considerable amount of time at work and in our local communities. The people and spaces we surround ourselves with have a huge influence on our well-being and happiness, and vice-versa. Conscious involvement and belonging have the power to cultivate a strong sense of belonging.

22 March 2019

Happiness for
Global Connection

Solving the grand global challenges demands for us to elevate our consciousness and awareness, both at the individual and collective levels. How do we bring ourselves fully as individuals, communities, cities and nations to co-create a spirit of happiness around the globe? Come explore with us to connect the dots.

Road to the Agora | Pre-Agora Events

9 April @ 18:00 | Post-Agora: Jumping Fitness @ Werkraum Wartek | Jelena Joksic

Jelena Joksic

Location: Werkraum Wartek

What is Jumping® Fitness?
Jumping Fitness Sign-Up
(Try it for free!)

Jumping Fitness is a dynamic fitness training on specially designed trampolines. For the training you use traditional aerobic steps, which are more gentle on the joints due to the resilient surface than when you perform them on firm ground.
The sense of balance and body-coordination are significantly improved by Jumping Fitness. When playing with gravity more than 400 muscles are flexed and relaxed, more than in other endurance sports.
Through regular Jumping Fitness the positive results can be seen and felt in a short time. You burn three times as many calories as when jogging, but despite the energetic training, the joints are spared.

Let’s JUMP FOR JOY!


About Jelena: 

Jelena Joksic is characterized by her zest for life and her great enthusiasm for fitness, dance and music. She was born in Serbia in 1983 and has lived in Switzerland and Spain. In her Jumping Fitness & Pound Fit lessons, Jelena has the opportunity to fully express her passion. This includes dance, the art of expressing oneself with the body, and infecting and motivating people with their vital energy. Her love for travel and different cultures is also reflected in her jumping and pound classes, where music from around the world is played.

Training: Certified fitness trainer, cert. Jumping Fitness Instructor & Pound Fit Pro
Languages: English, Deutsch, Español, Srpski & Français

Learn More:
www.jelenajoksic.fitness

30 March @ 11:00 | Post-Agora: Pound Fit @ HWS Schule | Jelena Joksic

Jelena Joksic

Location: HWS Schule, Eulerstrasse 55, Basel

What is POUND® FIT?
Pound Fit Sign-Up
(Try it for free!)

Pound is a “full body cardio jam session.” It combines endurance training (cardio) with constant drumming simulation (jam session), giving light resistance and whole-body training. The following training elements are also included in the format:
– Pilates (whole body workout to strengthen the muscles)
– Plyometrie (strength training)
– Isometric training (form of strength training)

Promised are 15,000 drum beats per lesson, which is designed for 45 minutes. A group fitness class suitable for all fitness levels. We will burn up to 900 calories and awaken the inner rock star!


About Jelena: 

Jelena Joksic is characterized by her zest for life and her great enthusiasm for fitness, dance and music. She was born in Serbia in 1983 and has lived in Switzerland and Spain. In her Jumping Fitness & Pound Fit lessons, Jelena has the opportunity to fully express her passion. This includes dance, the art of expressing oneself with the body, and infecting and motivating people with their vital energy. Her love for travel and different cultures is also reflected in her jumping and pound classes, where music from around the world is played.

Training: Certified fitness trainer, cert. Jumping Fitness Instructor & Pound Fit Pro
Languages: English, Deutsch, Español, Srpski & Français

Learn More:
www.jelenajoksic.fitness

19 March @ 19:30 | Mental Health + Waking Up @ Hyve | Evelyne Vuilleumier

Evelyne Vuilleumier

Location: Hyve

In order to offer a new awakening Psychotherapy, a therapist must go through her/his own transformation first. Unless she/he is wide awake and working from that place, the real shift from Person to Presence in the client cannot happen. The core of this work is to recognize that beyond the suffering lays the pure Being, the source or inner core which is always whole.

In this talk and question-and-answer evening Evelyne will speak about her Spiritual Psychotherapy approach and how she applies it. There is also space for people to ask questions about treatments, inputs about certain symptoms, spiritual advice, etc.

The whole evening will be held in a space of pure awareness so everyone can drop into pure Being beyond words and understanding. In that way it will be a talk but also a meditation.


About Evelyne: 

Evelyne Vuilleumier is a licenced Psychologist, certified Psychotherapist (Gestalt therapy), Sophrologist as well as a Yoga (RYT 500) and Meditation teacher. Since many years she follows a deep spiritual path and shares from what has been realized on that path. In her Spiritual Psychotherapy she brings these realizations together with psychotherapeutical work.
She also co-facilitates the Deepr events in Basel, which are consciousness building trans-disciplinary events with art, dance, communication and meditation.

Learn More: www.evelyne.vuilleumier.net
deepr.ch

 

Wednesday | 20 March 2019

16:00 | Intro Basel Happiness Agora | Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts

This is our space to welcome you and introduce the Basel Happiness Agora! Come learn about the vision, mingle, meet some of your facilitators for the coming days and join the growing community here in Basel.

 

What is the inspiration behind creating the Basel Happiness Agora? 

I first learned about the Global Virtual Happiness Agora through its founder Luis Gallardo. Luis has created a number of amazing happiness events over the past years. When I learned of the virtual agora, I knew I wanted to be involved in bringing this to Basel.  I had the pleasure to travel together with Luis through Bhutan and dive deeper into the vision for the agora, and here we are today!

Learn More: www.RebeccaRoberts.com

16:45 | Sense-Exploration Natural Color Exhibit | Nina Gautier

Nina Gautier
Nina Gautier
Nina Gautier

What happened in our history that we lost the value of the vegetation surrounding us? When did we get so disconnected from the knowledge of our herbs and their various applications? The polarisation of medicinal practice into old witchcraft and the pharmaceutical industry has left us without any basic knowledge of how to remedy ourselves.

Our industries of food, medicine and botany are highly specialized but are totally separated from one another. Our understanding of where things originate and how they are produced is vanishing. Nina has a vision to bring awareness of the holistic approach that we could have towards plants as the origins of colour.

How can this modern alchemistic process take place? how could it become ritual, sensual and common in our lives? Explore together how we can revive the vanishing natural colours in our society.

About Nina: 

Nina is a swiss product designer and herbal colorist based in Basel, Switzerland. She runs her own studio after graduating Cum Laude from Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and works internationally as a freelancer.
Her fascination for color, plants and natural materials became the key role in her projects, ranging from material research and products, culinary experiences with plant concept dinners to color based art installations. Profound research and material exploration are the base of her projects. Working with a holistic design approach she explores subjects and researches substances in order to create values for the human well being.

Learn More: www.ninagautier.com

17:30 | Bulls**t Free Living Workshop | Mathias Fritzen

Mathias Fritzen

Applied Spirituality for Bulls**t Free Living is about breaking down spiritual concepts from airy-fairy into everyday-life application. It’s a toolbox – straightforward and without detours. Seven fresh perspectives support us to become more of who we essentially are:

– Reconnecting with intuition as our internal compass.
– Radical honesty with oneself and others.
– Communicating non-violently and without compromise.
– Exploring the Monkey-Mind and its ways.
– Learning from others and mirroring back our own conditioning.
– Being in the present moment.
– Shifting our viewpoint from head to heart.

This workshop creates a space to explore through direct experience and reconnect to natural freedom and happiness within.

 

About Mathias:

Mathias is a coach, a creative and sometimes a troublemaker. He’s also an advocate for Bullshit-Free Living and feels drawn to understanding complexities and transforming them to clarity.

Ever since he first watched Star Trek, he wanted to find the truth »out there«. He didn’t realise then that the truth was actually inside. The toughest and also most rewarding paradox he’s encountered is spiritual awakening.

In his coaching work, his specialty is cutting through the bullshit and digging up the root of the problem. He’s all in for truth. Everything else is history.

Learn More: www.MathiasFritzen.com

19:00 | Inner Architecture Interactive Discussion | Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts

Inner Architecture work involves flipping the switch and reclaiming the creator role in your life. So many of us look to the outside world for happiness, trying to curate our lives and relationships in order to bring  the joy and fulfilment we want. In truth, this is asking something from the world that only we can give ourselves.

Join this interactive talk to take a practical look at stepping into the role of Inner Architect of your own life – creating space to play and live from the inside out. Learn key tools for decluttering your inner world and step into a place of active clarity.

 

About Rebecca: 

Rebecca’s work focuses on fully-integrated and self-aligned living through a fearless and playful approach. She works with teams and individuals to see fear not as something to be avoided, but as a guidepost for where to begin exploring for freedom and expansion.

She brings an approach of lightness coupled with clarity into her coaching, workshops and events to create dynamic space for people all around the world to step into freedom.

Rebecca’s background as an interior architect and workplace design strategist adds extra dimension and depth to her coaching work through her role as a spacemaker. Through working with top design firms and large-scale corporate clients, she understands the value of consciously creating space to reveal surprising new perspectives and initiate deep transformation. This same principle applies to working with teams and individuals – creating space for life allows us room to connect the dots, bring things into focus and still leave room to dance in the moment.

Learn More: www.RebeccaRoberts.com

20:30 | Inner Dance | Clemens Wepfer

Clemens Wepfer

Inner Dance is a shamanic heart-based, music-guided meditation in savasana. The body falls asleep and we experience the depth and heights of our being because the consciousness remains awake. What will happen is hard to explain, reality is more than the logical mind can filter.

Examples of what can be experienced range from deep relaxation, wakeful dreaming, feeling one’s being beneath the physical or mental layers, energy waves, entering other realms, facing fears, visions, psychedelic trips, insights or movements that come from the body itself. Maybe nothing happens or the thinking mind keeps stopping any process. Every session is a total new journey, unique for everyone.

 

About Clemens: 

Clemens is the Heart behind ElemenTraining. His mission is to connect people back to themselves with the aid of more and less comfortable methods like Physical Exercises, Relaxation and Inner Dance. Exit the matrix.

Learn More: www.ElemenTraining.ch

Ongoing | Faces of Happiness | Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts

Faces of Happiness is a project that will be ongoing throughout the Basel Happiness Agora. The vision is to explore and capture various expressions of happiness through interaction and inspiration.

 

About Andrew: 

For Andrew, Photography is the art of removing distractions until there is a very simple message being shared. That message can be related to beauty, struggle, conflict, peace, etc., and it can come in many forms, be it in landscapes, buildings, people, flowers or other shapes. He is passionate about the process of distilling subjects into their essence and sharing that with others. Doing this well means understanding what he feels when looking at a subject, so in a way it’s also a fun creative exercise. His hope is that his photography in some small way pushes you to think about why you feel a certain way when you view his photos, and that you leave with a slightly better understanding of yourself in the process.

He’s not your guy for the annual family Christmas photo. But if you are looking to show your product or service in a unique way, have an interesting concept or story for which you’d like to collaborate or are looking for a portrait that captures who you really are, he’s game.

Learn More: www.Atelier181.org

Thursday | 21 March 2019

16:00 | Future of Work Vision + Apero | Joe Imholz + Carla Frauenfelder

Joe Imholz Hyve

Carla Frauenfelder

About Hyve: 

Hyve is a constantly evolving ecosystem and a hotbed for innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s a temporary home for digital nomads, developers, those who are already world changers as well as anybody seeking to become one. The vision of thinking in a networked way and promoting a better coexistence characterises the community.

Learn More: www.HYVE.ch

 

About Joe: 

Joe is the fonder of Hyve and his passion is bringing together mindfulness and business in new ways. His wide-ranging cross-industry knowledge combined with humanity, entrepreneurial courage and creativity serves as the inspiration behind his work at Hyve.

 

About Carla:

Carla is the founder of the start-up localholic. Localholic takes an interest in the city around and helps to showcase a new side of Basel through local products and people. This creates a different and rewarding new perspective of the city. She loves the city’s diversity and wants to share this passion with as many people as possible, locals and tourists alike. She finds this is best accomplished by cycling through town together, going for a swim and having a chat over a traditional Basel beer.

Learn More: www.LocalHolic.ch

16:30 | Zeldin-Style Deep Table Talks *Taster | Community Interaction

“Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, and engage in new trains of thought.

Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.”

Jutta Reinke

A table, two chairs, a nice drink and a good conversation. The premise is simple…you sit with a person with whom you do’t know to talk about life. To give support for the conversation,  a ‘conversation menu’ is provided to spark curiosity and deeper discussions. For example:

– What are the limits of your compassion?
– What have you been rebelling against in your past? And today?

Rarely do we have the opportunity to simply talk together with a stranger, so we organise these table-talks. The menu provides 25 questions to serve as ‘food for thought’ based around topics that explore how we think in our society about love, work, relationships, learning or traveling.

(This is a taster session for Friday: 30 minutes for deep-dive discussion)

The idea:
Ask questions that you would not otherwise ask. The conversations naturally reach a depth quite quickly without exceeding limits. You have the chance to meet individuals with which you would perhaps not normally speak. These planned-spontaneous encounters take place to explore our community and ourselves. How do we think and work and relate to one another and our surroundings, and what happens when we see those same ideas through the eyes of another?

The origin:
The idea originated with British historian and philosopher Theodore Zeldin from Oxford. His book on Happiness, his Intimate History of Humanity and his BBC lectures on Conversation marked the expansion of his research to the art of living. One of his aims is to rethink the ways in which we communicate with and understand one another.

About your Facilitators:

Jutta Reinke is a hypnotherapist and co-founder of Love Your Potential. The Hamburg-based company is committed to the full development of the potential of each individual employee.
Everything begins with a higher awareness for oneself and others.

The basis for change is a compassionate cooperation, which can only develop when we discover and accept ourselves, our subconscious and others.

Through her own transformation process and her work with her clients, Jutta experiences daily that a higher consciousness opens doors and promotes inner stability and serenity within us.

Learn More: Love Your Potential

17:00 | Getting Things Done (GTD) Intro Workshop | Steven Käser

Steven Kaeser

Digital technology has given us access to knowledge, processing power and connectivity in ways never imaginable before. It has also brought forward an entire industry specialized on monetizing your attention and a volume and complexity of information that is surmounting our intuitive processing methods.

Where do you set your focus in a world of boundless possibilities? How do you get the things done that matter to you the most?

Getting Things Done® is a personal productivity method that redefines the way you approach life and work.

Fundamentally it is a set of 5 habits: Capture, Clarify, Organise, Reflect and Engage that help you clear your mind and organise your thoughts in a way to allow for stress-free productivity and access to your creative potential.

In this 90 minute interactive workshop you will learn the basics of how to make effective use of your mind and have a chance to learn and apply some of the GTD principles in your own life.

About Steven: 

Throughout his professional career Steven’s focus has been on helping people facing their fears and limitations, supporting them to overcome these blocks and open up to an inclusive mindset with a deeper sense of self-worth and purpose.

His diverse background of experience includes roles as a Parkour trainer, meditation and yoga teacher, sales and presentation trainer, mediator, negotiation coach and Getting Things Done (GTD) trainer. Through this work and his own personal explorations he has dedicated his life to understanding the workings of consciousness, psychology, and the body.

In his current work Steven designs transformative journeys for individuals, groups and corporate teams. He works with a wide range of participants – from sailors, kids, executives and managers to creatives/designers and corporate sales teams. With fluency in English, German, French and Spanish, he is able to develop and implement his transformative self-development courses globally.

Learn More: www.Steven-Kaeser.com

18:30 | The Art of Workplace Fulfilment | Caroline Seidel

Caroline Siedel

We are in a time of complexity and contrast regarding labour and workplace.
On one hand, companies are looking for the “best and most qualified” people, and claim that they are struggling to find them.  On  the other hand, so many employees feel unsatisfied with their jobs and are quitting to find a different or better solution.

Join us and explore the possible causes for this phenomenon and how you can find more joy and fulfilment in your workplace.

 

About Caroline: 

Caroline has an academic background in psychology, politics and sociology and is the founder and President of the Non-Profit-Organisation “Hand des Menschen – Kindern eine Zukunft geben e.V” which is supporting children and young adults in India and Kenya in education and healthcare since over 6 years.

Her last international project was the coordination and supervision of an orphanage construction in a rural area in Kenya and the implementation and establishment of infrastructure around the orphanage with the local community.

With her broad skill set in coaching, working with people, managing conflicts and leading intercultural groups, she was an ideal fit for LIVEsciences AG, a consulting company in Basel (Switzerland). Due to her fresh and unconventional ideas, she hosts creative team development workshops while focusing on the individual. She also trains Change Management to accompany teams on their way to self-management.

Learn More: www.LiveSciences.com

19:30 | Radical Honesty Circle | Mathias Fritzen + Rebecca Roberts

Mathias Fritzen

Rebecca Roberts

 

In a society where it’s very common to play roles and carefully shape our separate realities at work and with friends and family… we come together here to create a space of radical honesty.

Explore how it feels to communicate with others outside of stressful false identities and the constant need to »be agreeable«. This is about being real. This is where you can truly be yourself without being judged.

Be willing to be uncomfortable!

 

About Mathias:

Mathias is a coach, a creative and sometimes a troublemaker. He’s also an advocate for Bullshit-Free Living and feels drawn to understanding complexities and transforming them to clarity.

Ever since he first watched Star Trek, he wanted to find the truth »out there«. He didn’t realise then that the truth was actually inside. The toughest and also most rewarding paradox he’s encountered is spiritual awakening.

In his coaching work, his specialty is cutting through the bullshit and digging up the root of the problem. He’s all in for truth. Everything else is history.

Learn More: www.MathiasFritzen.com

 

About Rebecca: 

Rebecca’s work focuses on fully-integrated and self-aligned living through a fearless and playful approach. She works with teams and individuals to see fear not as something to be avoided, but as a guidepost for where to begin exploring for freedom and expansion.

She brings an approach of lightness coupled with clarity into her coaching, workshops and events to create dynamic space for people all around the world to step into freedom.

Rebecca’s background as an interior architect and workplace design strategist adds extra dimension and depth to her coaching work through her role as a spacemaker. Through working with top design firms and large-scale corporate clients, she understands the value of consciously creating space to reveal surprising new perspectives and initiate deep transformation. This same principle applies to working with teams and individuals – creating space for life allows us room to connect the dots, bring things into focus and still leave room to dance in the moment.

Learn More: www.RebeccaRoberts.com

20:30 | Hamana Community Drumming Evening | Lukas Zimmerli + YOU!

Lukas Zimmerli Taxi Brousse

Hamana Drumming Culture
Join Lukas and his students from Taxi Brousse to experience the traditional rhythms from the rich drumming culture of the Malinke People in Hamana (Guinea – West Africa). Sing, dance, clap and experience the village community while the drummers sound out their rhythms.

The players will be playing on the Dunduns (The three bass drums – Sangban, Dundunba & Kensedeni) and the Djembé. This music is made for playing together and to be experienced as part of a community.

Feel the rhythms, patterns, communication between musicians, and dance and move to the groovy beats. Experience how vivid and diverse this music can be and how much communication is hiding within it.


About Lukas:

Percussion music has accompanied Lukas since childhood. As a kid he played drums and later discovered the Djembé, and he was immediately fascinated by the exotic nature of this instrument. Its diversity and its unique sound.

In 2002 he traveled six months through Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal and Guinea… with the aim of getting to know different styles of African drumming.
Finally, with Famoudou Konaté in Conakry (the capital of Guinea) he discovered what it sounds like when each of the three bass drums are played by a single musician. This dynamic and melodic style with his interaction possibilities was exactly what he was looking for.

Lukas set up Taxi Brousse in Basel in 2007, and he brings his love for the music of Hamana, an old fashion village with rich music festivals, dance and a culture that captured his heart. Now he has the privilege to share this knowledge with you.

Learn More: www.taxi-brousse.ch

Friday | 22 March 2019

16:00 | Zeldin-Style Deep Table Talks | Community Interaction

“Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, and engage in new trains of thought.

Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.”

Jutta Reinke

A table, two chairs, a nice drink and time for a good conversation. The premise is simple…you sit with a person with whom you do’t know to talk about life. To give support for the conversation,  a ‘conversation menu’ is provided to spark curiosity and deeper discussions. For example:

– What are the limits of your compassion?
– What have you been rebelling against in your past? And today?

Rarely do we have the opportunity to simply talk together with a stranger, so we organise these table-talks. The menu provides 25 questions to serve as ‘food for thought’ based around topics that explore how we think in our society about love, work, relationships, learning or traveling.

The idea:
Ask questions that you would not otherwise ask. The conversations naturally reach a depth quite quickly without exceeding limits. You have the chance to meet individuals with which you would perhaps not normally speak. These planned-spontaneous encounters take place to explore our community and ourselves. How do we think and work and relate to one another and our surroundings, and what happens when we see those same ideas through the eyes of another?

The origin:
The idea originated with British historian and philosopher Theodore Zeldin from Oxford. His book on Happiness, his Intimate History of Humanity and his BBC lectures on Conversation marked the expansion of his research to the art of living. One of his aims is to rethink the ways in which we communicate with and understand one another.

 

About your Facilitators:

Jutta Reinke is a hypnotherapist and co-founder of Love Your Potential. The Hamburg-based company is committed to the full development of the potential of each individual employee.
Everything begins with a higher awareness for oneself and others.

The basis for change is a compassionate cooperation, which can only develop when we discover and accept ourselves, our subconscious and others.

Through her own transformation process and her work with her clients, Jutta experiences daily that a higher consciousness opens doors and promotes inner stability and serenity within us.

Learn More: Love Your Potential

18:00 | Community Connection Space

Basel Happiness Agora

Community

Connection

Food

Continued Play

Open Space to Be

19:00 | Inclusive Consciousness | Steven Käser

Steven Kaeser

Inclusive Consciousness: Looking at business performance from a yogic perspective.

 

About Steven: 

Throughout his professional career Steven’s focus has been on helping people facing their fears and limitations, supporting them to overcome these blocks and open up to an inclusive mindset with a deeper sense of self-worth and purpose.

His diverse background of experience includes roles as a Parkour trainer, meditation and yoga teacher, sales and presentation trainer, mediator, negotiation coach and Getting Things Done (GTD) trainer. Through this work and his own personal explorations he has dedicated his life to understanding the workings of consciousness, psychology, and the body.

In his current work Steven designs transformative journeys for individuals, groups and corporate teams. He works with a wide range of participants – from sailors, kids, executives and managers to creatives/designers and corporate sales teams. With fluency in English, German, French and Spanish, he is able to develop and implement his transformative self-development courses globally.

Learn More: www.Steven-Kaeser.com

20:00 | Basel Happiness Agora Close | Rebecca Roberts

Basel Happiness agora Rebecca Roberts

Join us for the closing apero + mingler for all agora participants and facilitators. We are so grateful for your participation and would love the opportunity to speak further together.

21:00 | Vitamin Space - Experiential Dance Party | Steven Käser + Clemens Wepfer

Vitamin Space

Come get your heaping dose of Vitamin Space

Join us as we merge together powerful sound, conscious technologies, meditation, movement and a spirit of experimentation to co-create a magical experience for all involved.

Come with an open mind and let yourself be surprised by a new way to celebrate and immerse yourself in this miracle we call life as we close out the Basel Happiness Agora with a BANG!

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