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

Full Spectrum Bodywork is a course that integrates the essential elements of all common body practices. The weights induce physical stress and tension (gross part, muscle growth). The slow energetic exercises then release the tension and consciously integrate occurring emotions (subtle part). Silent sitting expands the body mindfulness and dissolves all energy into presence if possible (causal part). The sessions are expanded spontaneously and if needed completet with other exercises.

This course is for advanced students already familiar with Bioenergetics, Tai Chi or Chi Gong.

Special dumbbells and rubber bands are needed, which must be purchased beforehand (about CHF 90.- per person, once)
When: Every Monday from 18.30h to 20h

Cost: CHF 20.- per evening, Total 7 sessions in the next quarter CHF 140.-

Instructor: Andreas Renz

Registration: suzanne@integralschweiz.org


Wie ist es gerade jetzt Du zu sein?

Circling ist eine Praxis, die dich dabei unterstützt, mehr von dem was in diesem Moment geschieht wahrzunehmen und zuzulassen. Es ist gemeinsames Erforschen: Wie ist es, gerade jetzt Du zu sein? Wie fühlt sich die Verbindung zwischen uns an? In einer inter-subjektiven Meditation kann so zu zweit, zu dritt und auch in grossen Kreisen praktiziert werden. Dabei wird die Aufmerksamkeit zunächst gezielt auf das persönliche Innenleben gerichtet. Der eigene Körper im Hier und Jetzt dient als Ausgangs- und Bezugspunkt für eine Reise in die Tiefen und Untiefen menschlicher Begegnungen. Eigene Verhaltensmuster werden ebenso deutlich bewusst, wie unsere Projektionen auf Andere.


Circling+ ist ein Format von Integrales Leben. Durch unsere Erfahrung in der Integralen Schattenarbeit ist es uns möglich, bei Bedarf die Struktur des Circlings zu verlassen um so mehr Tiefe zu erreichen.

Für mehr Informationen darüber, was Circling ist und wie es funktioniert, gibt dir die Homepage von Circling Schweiz mehr Auskunft.


Daten: jeden 2. Freitag von 20:00-21:30

Facilitators: Nicole & Gradlon

Ort: Integrales Zentrum Schaueburg, Schauenburgerstrasse 17, Basel

Preis: CHF 20.-

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

In the hectic pace of everyday life, take time for rest, silence and contemplation.

No matter which meditation practice you come from, the Integral Frame offers space for all directions.
Whether with or without sitting experience, I look forward to meditating with you every Thursday over lunch."
After the meditation we have the opportunity to stay, have a picnic and exchange our experiences.

If you have no experience in meditation or are unsure, please contact me. Then we will meet a little earlier and I will give you an introduction.

12:15 - 12:45 Meditation
12:45 - 13:15 Open space for picnic & exchange

Facilitator: Nicole
Venue: Integrales Zentrum Schaueburg, Schauenburgerstrasse 17, Basel
Price: Individual contribution between 10.- and 20.-.
Registration: required but not necessary to nicole@integrales-leben.org

Shadow work - why?
Shadow work brings your unconscious parts back to the surface and allows you to reintegrate them into the stream of conscious thoughts. This will free your mind step-by-step from torturing thoughts, anxieties, arbitrary musings, and old patterns.

At the end, you will live a freer, lighter life... 

Shadow work - How does it work?

In the beginning, you will be projecting majority of your unconscious parts onto others or suppress them completely. Our job at this point is to bring those thoughts back to the surface of your own consciousness.

To achieve this, we work in groups of 5 to 9 persons. In this setting you will be able to become witness and culprit of your own as well as other peoples shadows.

Shadow work - whats the purpose?

While the group progresses you will get to know your usual patterns. You will understand the reasons why you and others created them. You will see the resulting games beeing played and, as a result, stop these games completely.

Recognizing and solving shadows individually and at any time is the goal of this basic block.

Facilitators: Kai & Nicole

When: Wednesday 20:00 - 22:00

Location: Integrales Zentrum Schauenburg, Schauenburgerstrasse 17, 4052 Basel

Price: 30.- (Eine Anmeldung gilt für das ganze Quartal)

Registration & Information: nicole@integrales-leben.org

Tryout: Afraid of the unknown or not sure if it is right for you? The first two times (14 & 21 August) you can try it without obligation.

"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


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

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