Weekly courses

We feel both pleasure and hurt, well-being and pain by means of our body - it grounds us in the world. In this course you will learn to get in touch with the natural intuition of your body in order to resolve muscle blockades interfering with the flow of energy. By this you will become more alive and gain a healthy feeling for your body.

The role our body plays in everyday life is usually negligible. We perceive it mostly as a cause of stress: it doesn't look as good as we'd like, it hurts, stinks and so on. Our main way to navigate the world is by means of our mind or emotions, often without realising their relationship to the body. On the other hand, you've surely already experienced that physical exercise generally has a profound effect on your state i.e. your mind. In fact, body and mind cannot be separated - they are like two sides of the same coin! Integral Bodywork is based on exactly that insight.

Accordingly, our body expresses our personal history and how we are currently grounded in the world in a straightforward way - physically as well as mentally. Posture, muscle tensions, mobility, power, endurance and vitality all correspond to the flow of energy throughout our body and are the result of behavioural patterns that we have been repeating for years: How we move, deal with resistance, aim for our goals, get into contact with people or touch them, how we feel and so on. By learning to listen to the wisdom of our body-intuition we get access to the most powerful compass that is available for our needs in the here and now. Our body knows exactly what it needs and wants in this very moment.

However, in our culture we tend to have lost or even suppress contact to this kind of intuition through our upbringing. The goal of this course is therefore to get in touch with your body-intuition to gain more vitality, clarity and energy. We will lay out the groundwork for your own personal practice in order for you to learn sensing which exercise or activity you need at this moment. For that, a broad spectrum of techniques and exercises taken from all the major schools of gross to subtle body practices - from Bioenergetics to Hatha Yoga and Qigong.  


Facilitator: Reto

Venue: Integrales Zentrum Schauenburg, Schauenburgerstrasse 17, Basel

Costs: Drop in 20.- per evening / for the Quarter 150.-

Registration: reto@integrales-leben.org

"What is my deepest truth? What is my true purpose in life? What do I really want from my woman? As long as we men avoid these essential questions, our lives are marked by compromises and dissatisfaction - we withhold our full potential from the world and the woman. In this course we want to face each other sincerely as men in order to uncover and eliminate the excuses and self-deceptions that prevent us from unfolding our deepest insight.

The question of what constitutes a man is still a divisive one. Qualities such as strength, clarity and determination are often called masculine qualities, but are also notorious for their dark sides. Men and women today find it more difficult than ever to pinpoint what the role of men should be in the modern world. This can be traced back to a profound emancipation during the last decades, as it also took place with women. Men came into contact with their feminine side - feelings and deep relationships are no longer taboo for a man nowadays, but are valued and lived by many men. On the women's side, these qualities may even be expected as given in order to get involved in a romantic relationship with a man.

As part of this development, the previously clear identification with the masculine essence has been lost. This is not only a disadvantage, because the typical male qualities could not be lived freely - the traditional man had no other choice. Today, however, the opposite problem exists: men no longer know what to orient themselves by, since both their masculine and feminine sides are available. They can change diapers, listen to their women and show tears without having to fear that they will no longer be perceived as men. And yet some men feel unhappy, unfulfilled or simply feel that something essential is missing in their lives.

This is the next big step in the development of men. The integration of both sides enables them to bring clarity, strength and heart into harmony in view of their masculine core. This man knows what he wants and at the same time knows his limits. He lives according to his highest truth, without having to hide his vulnerability.

This course is for men who feel that this is the step to take. If you have the feeling that there is more in you than you currently embody, then you are in the right place. With the help of insights from psychotherapy, body-centered techniques and spiritual traditions, we remove inner resistance, eliminate ambiguities and free the full potential of every masculine man.

When: Tuesday 20:00 - ca. 22:00

Venue: Integral Center, Schauenburgerstrasse 17, 4052 Basel, Switzerland

Costs: CHF 300.- per quarter / CHF 400.- together with Bodywork

Facilitator: Reto

Further information and registration: reto@integrales-leben.org

Picture: The self made man - Bobby Carlyle

"...You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts." (Khalil Gibran from "On Children")

As parents many questions can plague us: "How can I meet my children openly and with all my love?", "How can I keep the space open for my child with his very own being?", "How can I stay with myself despite everything?", "What kind of mother or father do I want to be?", "How do I react to my child?", "What is right? What is wrong?

Our children constantly keep our personal limits in front of our eyes. If we perceive these limits and take them seriously, we can grow with our children. We want to support you in this process by offering a place where an exchange can take place about your experience as a parent. In authentic contact we want to look with you where and why you encounter difficulties and what you can (or cannot) do.

Facilitators: Nicole & Reto

Day & Time: jeden 2. Donnerstag 9:30 - 11:30

Place: Baselstrasse 18, 4144 Arlesheim

Costs for the Quartet: 100.- for singles / 175.- for couples


In this course the facilitators of Integrales-Leben meet if required for an exchange.
In addition to strategic meetings, we also look at personal or current topics from the respective courses.

You are cordially invited to attend one of these sessions to experience how we work.


Registration: anmeldung@integrales-leben.org

This course is part of our internal training and quality assurance.

This course focuses on our cognitive development. We look at our understanding of the world and how it is constructed and interpreted. We then examine concrete questions and topics using Integral Theory (AQAL Framework) and thus gain more comprehensive perspectives.

Time: Monday 20:00 - ca. 22:00

Facilitator: Andreas

Information and Registration: reto@integrales-leben.org

Picture: Robert Fludd - The praeternaturali utriusque mundi historia

The kind of contact is a direct image of ourselves. Our self in turn has the ability to grow.

Our highest concern is to accompany people on their way of growth. Growth happens through working on our consciousness: on perception, thoughts, feelings and the individual shadow - the unconscious part of us.

On the 4th Sunday of each month we take one day to get in touch with each other from the here and now in order to give space to the process of personal growth.

The four modules of the Integral Life Practice: Body, Mind, Shadow and Spirit, which we will all practice on this day, will point the way.

If you pay real attention to all these areas in your life, you will find it easier to stay in balance. In summary, it is about unifying all aspects of our being in a life-changing practice to find a fulfilled and meaningful life.


Structure of the day (rough)

9:30 Bodywork

10:00 Coffee

10:30 Shadow work (we use techniques from Circling, Gestalttherapy, Constellation...)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Mind (each with a different focus)

15:30 Bodywork

16:00 Meditation

17:00 Closing time


Venue: Integrales Zentrum, Schauenburgerstrasse 17, 4052 Basel

Costs: at least 50.- (incl. Lunch and Drinks); If at the end of the day you realize it's worth more to you, you're welcome to give so much more.

Facilitators: Nicole, Gradlon, Reto

Registration and Information: nicole@integrales-leben.org

What's it like being you right now?

Circling is a practice that helps you to perceive and allow more of what is happening in that moment. It's exploring together: What is it like to be you right now? How does the connection between us feel? In an inter-subjective meditation you can practice in twos, threes and in large circles. The attention is first focused on the personal inner life. Your own body in the here and now serves as a starting point and reference point for a journey into the depths and shallows of human encounters. Our own patterns of behaviour become as clearly conscious as our projections on others.

Circling+ is a format of Integral Life. Through our experience in Integral Shadowwork we are able to leave the structure of Circling if necessary to achieve more depth.

For more information about what Circling is and how it works, visit the Circling Schweiz website.


Facilitators: Nicole & Gradlon

Time: every second Friday 19:00-21:00

Venue: Integrales Zentrum Schauenburg, Schauenburgerstrasse 17, Basel

Costs: CHF 20.-

Registration: nicole@integrales-leben.org (bis spätestens 12:00 Uhr)

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