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Wisdom Symposium – How do we want to live together?

29th August 2021 - 31st August 2021

Symposium 2021

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 Wisdom Together Symposium, August 29th – 31st 2021


Wisdom Together Symposium 2021

We understand the current situation as an invitation to actively and joyfully turn towards life. Especially in times of private as well as collective lockdown the need of people to come together, to experience togetherness and to exchange experiences is getting stronger and stronger. We do this by working together on this project.

How do we want to live together?

is the theme of our next Wisdom Together Symposium, which will take place August 29-31, 2021, at the SeinZ Hotel in Bad Kohlgrub.

How do we want to live together? is a multidimensional question that is currently occupying very many of us. So, we would like to invite people for whom the inner development is related to the experienced world.

People who share their experiences and ideas of communal life and are open to learn in common exchange.

We would like to explore the question; which ideas can be a stimulus for future living together also on a social level.

So, we are looking forward to 

  • People, who in love with life go or would like to go new ways
  • Scientists who focus on the development of the free human being.
  • Artists who see themselves and their work in harmony with life.
  • People who already live-in alternative communities and networks


During our time together we would like to

  • discover what inspiring initiatives already exist
  • explore where life is calling us
  • share what knowledge and wisdom we carry within us
  • trust in what can emerge
  • connect with other people and ideas
  • live in joy and openness together in nature in every moment.

Each of these points will be supported by the various offerings during the symposium including:

Impulse lectures, workshops on identity issues, ego understanding and development, dialogue forums, meditation-breath-attention techniques, vision work, silent moments, movement offerings, experience with one’s own voice and much more.

For this we may experience the different rooms of the SeinZ and the nature of the foothills of the Alps.

We are looking forward to exploring and shaping our future together with you from 29.08. to 31.08.2021 in a lively, free and loving way.


The Wisdom Together Team

What are our questions?

How do we want to live in joy?

explores the aspect of how we can recognize, deepen and develop our abilities of perception, experience and creation.

How do we want to live together?

is the question of different forms of social communities, which can also act as impulse generators on a social level.

Basic ideas

Life itself is a self-creating process and we are part of it. Or as the quantum physicist Hans-Peter Dürr once put it: “We have assumed that the earth was created by a big bang many thousands of years ago. But in fact, it is banging every second!” Our consciousness is connected to all living forms of life and has great creative power.

We all are coming together to be open, curious and willing to see life from the eyes of the other and others. Connecting to what wants to emerge.

Explore and experience different ways of how to live together. Come to Bad Kohlgrub.

Come to Wisdom Together in Bod Kohlgrub on August 29th – 31st 2021 and meet our inspiring speakers and participants.

Our Wisdom Together Symposium needs many helping hands who put in their time and energy to make this gathering a deep and inspiring event for everybody. We would appreciate if you could honor this efforts with a donation. And do not forget to book your hotel room at SeinZ Wisdom resort.


Impulse lectures, workshops on identity issues, ego understanding and development, dialogue forums, meditation-breath-attention techniques, vision work, silent moments, movement offerings, experience with one’s own voice and much more.

Sunday 29 August

17.00 arrival and getting to know each other
19.00 joint dinner
21.00 “DUNDU is coming”

Monday 30 August

morning meditation / yoga
8.00 breakfast
9.30 opening
10.00 impulse talks:
Christian Kramer: Seinz,   Helmy Abouleish: Sekem
11.30 WISDOM Together workshop with all:
Alfred & Yuko Tolle
13.00 lunch
14.30 dialogue walk
15.30 impulse talks:
Cornelius Pietzner: My Story,  Thomas Latka: Shumei,
Geseko v. Lübke: Societies as Initiators
17.00 creative workshops
19.00 joint dinner
21.00 singing bowl concert

Tuesday 31 August

morning meditation / yoga
8.00 breakfast
9.30 joint start into the day
10.00 impulse talks:
Matthias Fersterer & Andrea Vetter: Making Kin – Klein Jasedow,
Markus Spitzer: Auenweide,
Esther Hirsch: Global Ecovillage Network
12.00 creative workshops
13.00 lunch
14.30 dialogue walk
15.30 impulse talk
Stefan Leitner-Sidl: Markhof Wien,
Gari Pavkovic & Ralf Kaudel, City Community Stuttgart,
Alfred Strigl: Co-Housing Pomali
17.00 creative workshops
19.00 end of symposium – joint dinner
21.00 “DUNDU is leaving”


Yuko and Alfred

Alfred & Yuko Tolle


Alfred Tolle is founder and chairman of Wisdom Together e.V. Alfred has been active as an executive for different companies in Asia, America and Europe. “This experience has shown me how important local connection, living together and reflection on one’s own inner wisdom is for life.” Today, his involvement with Wisdom Together and the exchange with people enrich his work as a consultant and leadership coach.

Yuko Tolle, co-founder of Wisdom Together e.V., has Japanese and German roots. She first studied cultural studies and economics and worked for over twenty years in the mediation of art and culture between Asia and Europe. Today, her cross-cultural understanding of the human psyche and her in-depth study of Asian and European alternative medicine methods bring her together in her work as a healing practitioner and energetic coach.


DUNDU -Ensemble

Stefan Charisius

Stefan Charisius

DUNDU is a large puppet that is moved by five puppeteers who are attuned to each other and thus moves through the space as if by itself.

The word means “you and you” – embodied by the illuminated large figures with which the players set a sign for peace and community, communication and collaboration. This is purpose and the basis of acting together, connecting and enchanting.

In DUNDU, image and sound harmonize. Tobias Husemann, as puppet designer, has invented the largest free-playing puppets in the world and Stefan Charisius has composed the soundscape to go with them, which he plays on the Kora, an African harp. The result is an ingenious magical projection screen that has been traveling the globe since 2006, enchanting every audience. DUNDU’s global journey is unstoppable because he can communicate without words.


Stefan Charisius is co-founder and organizer of DUNDU, a large-scale puppet ensemble with 15 permanent employees who lead free-playing, luminous figures up to five meters high. DUNDU celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

Stefan composes music and songs on the kora, the 21-stringed bridge harp of West Africa. He is one of the few Europeans who can make this instrument sound rhythmically complex yet fluent, both as a soloist and in various formations.

Dundu plays in front of several thousand spectators, at theaters and music festivals, on German television (Helene Fischer Show, Cologne Lights…) and appears as a cultural bearer of peace (Tahrir Square, Nuclear Weapons Free and others).

The training as a certified speech teacher benefits the “stage man” Charisius: he moderates, narrates, gives readings, sings and recites to his Kora – music. In-depth melodies, coherent arrangements and constantly newly improvised compositions grew in musical family, a classical piano and vocal training and in concerts with musicians of many cultures: Mori Dioubate, Flo Dauner, Büdi Siebert, S. Camara, Jaffer Khan, Ali Keita, S.Touré, And.YPSILON, Matthias Frey, Thomas D, Shanti, Einstürzende Neubauten, AMMA, Klaus Burger and The Grass Harp Projekt.

Mathias fersterer ist in der Lebensgemeinschaft für das Brotbacken zuständig.

Matthias Fersterer

Andrea Vetter

Andrea Vetter

Making kin: creating embedding for a good life for all

Starting from the two centers of our world – the Klein Jasedow community in Lassaner Winkel (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) and the House of Change in Heinersdorf in Odervorland (Brandenburg) – we ponder on what it means to “love ahead” a good life for everyone in the here and now .

By creating embedding and relating: with one another, with a place, with human and non-human beings and between different places, we are redefining networking and regional development.

The current challenges demand attitudes and ways of life that question paradigms of plannability, technical progress and reformability of existing forms of society on a deep level.

Mechanistic utopias of great power, which are also echoed in images of a brave new eco-world, have proven to be mirages. Instead of continuing to nourish fantasies of comprehensive global change, we practice cyclical, common and emancipatory life – right here, right now.


Andrea Vetter, born 1981, lives in Brandenburg and Berlin and accompanies social change in the sense of a socio-ecological transformation as a transformation researcher, speaker and author.

Since October 2021, substitute professor in the course of studies “Transformation Design” at the Braunschweig University of Art. 2018 PhD to Dr. phil. at the Philosophical Faculty of the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Author, among others, of “Degrowth / Post growth for introduction” (Junius, 2019), “Konvivial Technique. Empirical technology ethics for a post-growth society ”(Transcript, 2021) and“ The Future is Degrowth: A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism ”(Verso, 2022). Since 2009 organization and program management of numerous socio-political and scientific conferences, conventions, festivals and summer schools on post-growth, degrowth and feminism. Desk officer for postgrowth and press officer at Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie (Leipzig).

Since 2017 editor of the magazine “Oya – enkeltauglichleben”. Since 2018 founder and co-creator of the art and learning location Haus des Wandels e.V. in East Brandenburg. Member of, among other things, the network for economic management and AEIDL (Association Européenne pour l’Information sur le Development Local).



I was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1980. After extensive years of study and travel through Ireland, England, Scotland and Brittany, I have been living in the Klein Jasedow community in the gently rolling hills and coastal landscape of Lassaner Winkel in Eastern Pomerania since 2009.

Here I co-founded the magazine “Oya – living sustainable for grandchildren” and the “Kleine Dorfschule Lassaner Winkel”. I am father of two children, enjoy telling stories, baking sourdough bread for our community of thirty, and pressing cider.

Among other things, I am concerned with questions of generational succession: How can founding impulses be passed on and, at the same time, can space be created for new impulses?

As translator and publisher of Drachen Verlag, I make available to a German-speaking readership selected texts by authors who promote inner and outer change, including David Abram, Wendell Berry, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

I am currently translating Le Guin’s great Yin utopia “Always Coming Home” – a real project of the heart! Although I feel an essential need to thoroughly investigate complex thought processes and always ask deeper questions, I am guided not only by reason, but just as much by intuition and feeling.

Esther Hirsch 79270POR

Esther Hirsch

Communities and ecovillages as real-world laboratories
A different life is possible

For more than 50 years, communities and ecovillages from all over the world have been demonstrating that social change through sustainable and socially more just ways of living is not just an experiment, but produces tangible changes.

Ecovillages are model research and training sites designed through self-determined, value-based, participatory processes to ensure long-term sustainability at the economic, ecological, social and cultural level. These four fundamental dimensions of sustainability reinforce and complement each other to form a holistic way of life and world view.

The alternatives and experiments put to life have an effect both internally as well as externally and are increasingly becoming the central impetus for sustainable regional development.

Ecovillages and communities attract both older people, who want to give meaning to their lives and live communally, as well as young people and families, who want to live sustainably and are looking for new ways of living and a more social way of living together across generatons, far from a capitalist logic of exploitation.

In my talk I will speak about these aspects of the ecovillage movement and show how communities and ecovillages can act as an impulse generator for the region and as a think tank for sustainable development.



Christian and Doris Kramer

SeinZ Wisdom Resort: a place for healing and living

SEINZ Wisdom Resort is a place of healing in the form of a holistic seminar and healing center.

Not only the guests like to stay and temporarily reside at this place, but also those who run and carry the center.

This automatically creates a kind of community. What is it, that offers this community support and strength?

Our thesis: our shared values and a common mission are the ingredients which form the cohesion.

The SEINZ is a business enterprise – and around it as a center, a loose community forms with the task of running the center.

We believe that communities that have an economic enterprise as the focus of their daily activities are more successful in the long run. In my talk I will give inside and share our experiences on this journey.


SEINZ Wisdom Resort was launched 5 years ago in the former Kurhaus in Bad Kohlgrub. On 12 hectares of land and 5500sqm of usable space, wonderfully building biologically renovated rooms and spaces have been created. 7 seminar rooms from 45-290sqm and 16 treatment rooms offer plenty of space for seminars and cures. Outside there are many paths, allen, meadows, permaculture field, fireplace, swimming pond and many animals.

Dr. Thomas Latka

Thomas Latka

The Japanese philosophy of Shumei: integration of natural agriculture, spirituality and cultural exchange.

Japanese farmers in Germany? Yes! Shumei is an international organization, which is concerned to think and live natural agriculture, spirituality and cultural exchange together. There are Shumei centers and farms in many countries of the world, which are dedicated to this integrative work. I would like to introduce you to one of them, the Shumei farm in Steinfurth near Frankfurt, and tell you about my experiences at Shumei.


Studied philosophy in Frankfurt, Munich and Kyoto/Japan and doctorate on the Japanese philosophy of space, place and atmosphere. Active in the software industry for over 20 years in various roles from developer to board member, always with an enthusiasm for the possibilities but also a sensitivity for the limits of what is possible.

Since 10 years own alternative practitioner and coaching practice in Munich, further education in hypnosystemics, systemic constellations and energetic methods. Lecturer for philosophy at Munich University and lecturer for therapeutic training institutes.

Since 5 years active member of Shumei e.V., a Japanese association for the integration of natural agriculture, spirituality and cultural exchange.

Stefan Leitner - Sidl

Stefan Leitner-Sidl

Impulse Lecture:
Community versus communality

The attempt of demarcation or alternatively, if you like it better: Community-Building:

Of lost illusions and gained perspectives using the example of the Markhof (Village in the City of Vienna).


Stefan Leitner-Sidl grew up as the sixth child of a farming family in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria before moving to Vienna to study business administration. Additional training in group dynamics and organizational consulting followed.

By chance, he became one of the pioneers in setting up and running coworking spaces in 2002, at a time when this term was to be first born in the USA.

The community-oriented approach in the management of his coworking spaces (Schraubenfabrik, Hutfabrik, Rochuspark) became a trademark within this scene.

With the latest project “Markhof – The Village in the City” Stefan Leitner-Sidl tried to give space to the themes of “conviviality” and “communities of practice” with the idea of gathering different generations and functions of society. Thus, in addition to an office-coworking space, the Markhof also has various studios, studios and workshops for artists and craftspeople, a lively seminar center, a foodcoop, a cooking studio and a cafe.

An alternative school used to be part of the concept, but is no longer on site and will be replaced by a youth program in fall 2021.

Stefan Leitner-Sidl grew up as the sixth child of a farming family in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria before moving to Vienna to study business administration. Additional training in group dynamics and organizational consulting followed.

By chance, he became one of the pioneers in setting up and running coworking spaces in 2002, at a time when this term was to be first born in the USA.

The community-oriented approach in the management of his coworking spaces (Schraubenfabrik, Hutfabrik, Rochuspark) became a trademark within this scene.

With the latest project “Markhof – The Village in the City” Stefan Leitner-Sidl tried to give space to the themes of “conviviality” and “communities of practice” with the idea of gathering different generations and functions of society. Thus, in addition to an office-coworking space, the Markhof also has various studios, studios and workshops for artists and craftspeople, a lively seminar center, a foodcoop, a cooking studio and a cafe.

An alternative school used to be part of the concept, but is no longer on site and will be replaced by a youth program in fall 2021.

Geseko von Lüpke

Geseko von Lüpke

Communities as initiators for socio-political issues / projects

For around a quarter of a century, a steadily growing number of people of all social classes and ages have been opting for a fundamental change in their biography.

They are leaving the middle-class nuclear family and opting for community life in an ecovillage. The number of such communities is growing steadily, as is the need to overcome traditional ways of life and develop alternatives in times of crisis.

There are now more than 10,000 such projects around the world.

The International Ecovillage Network is recognized by the United Nations, which sees many of the forms of life developed there as models of sustainability and regeneration. In contrast to the beginning of the community movement in the 80s, when ecovillages apparently only housed dropouts and hippies, social research is now also recognizing that intentional communities have developed a whole range of sustainable technologies, have gained much experience in sustainable lifestyles, and can provide models for post-fossil cultures and post-growth economies. Different communities see themselves as research workshops for new social structures:

Decentralization, self-sufficiency, regenerative agriculture, other forms of communication, conflict mediation, new forms of learning. In addition, they now have four decades of experience with a change in values ​​towards an ecological, socially balanced and multicultural way of life, the search for interreligious spiritual values ​​and can therefore serve as models for a reconstruction of village and cooperative life.

In this respect, ecovillages may indeed serve as models of what the future could look like and be understood as ‘islands of the future’ for a time that is possible after a ‘Great Transformation’ of our present culture.


Dr. Geseko von Lüpke (born 1958) studied political science, ethnology and journalism in Münster and Munich. He earned his doctorate with Dieter Senghaas (Bremen) on Chinese foreign and reunification policy. This was followed by compact training as an editor at the German School of Journalism (Munich).

For more than 30 years he has worked as a journalist and author on global cultural and world image change in print media, public broadcasting and as the author of seven books.

Since then he has worked as a freelance journalist for all public broadcasters, various newspapers (“Süddeutsche”, “taz” and others), magazines (“Publik Forum”, “natur & kosmos”, “pm”, “Oya”, “natur & heilen”, “Politische Ökologie” and many others).

In the nineties he specialized in ecological issues and since 2000 in the activities of international civil society, as well as the processes and models of cultural change. This was followed by further training in deep ecology, ecopsychology & ecopedagogy and the accompaniment of life transitions in wild nature (vision quests) – in these areas he has been active as a seminar leader since 2000 and as an instructor since 2005. His many years of research with Alternative Nobel Prize laureates led to his work as a civil society networker and organizer of conferences and meetings. Geseko is the father of three children and lives in the ecological community of Sulzbrunn, where he curates the ‘Sulzbrunn Symposia’ on cultural change.

Cornelia Strobel

Cornelia Strobel

Workshop: Deciding Future sustainably!?

What is it about?

Living the future together has a specific impact on joint decision-making, responsiblity and action. In this workshop, we will look at the questions: How should today’s ‘decision-making’ change? What would it mean to not only think completely differently regarding decision-making, taking responsibility and action? What would it mean to not only think it, but also to do it? Are we ready to make sustainable decisions? Are we ready to give up our cherished habits – and not only as individuals? How far is it also necessary to look at the system(s) in which we move / wish to move.

Can we scale the many good examples so that they can be transferred to larger communities / whole economies and to what consequences in doing / not doing?

How do we do it?

In a 60-90 minute format, we want to engage in dialogue. Exploration is the order of the day! We will look at our sources and go on a joint search for further questions and perspectives. The process and metaphor model of the Decisio Map will support us and provide a framework.


I am a scientist and a spiritual person with heart and soul. Doctor of Chemistry with many years of professional experience in industry and an experienced hypnosystemic organizational consultant, coach and team developer. Since 2011, I have been combining both paths of experience as a shareholder and managing director of NEXT IMPACT GmbH and head our office in Munich.

Deciding, taking responsibility and acting – that’s my passion. I dedicate myself to these topics as a consultant, trainer, supervisor, speaker and author of professional articles. It is my contribution to a changed view of the world; a world in which thinking, diversity of perspectives and sustainability are once again regarded as a gain for us humans.

Markus Spitzer

Markus Spitzer

Community, peace and personal freedom

Auenweide is an ecologically built housing development northwest of Vienna that seeks answers to two social problems. Loneliness and wealth inequality.

Especially now, in the time of the pandemic, our societies are recognizing more and more the pain that loneliness causes. The community of the Auenweide should give the individual security and support AND at the same time more freedom than living in isolation. And the second premise is: There is no ready and valid solution for life in community. What counts is listening to and responding to what is alive in and around us.

From our point of view, wealth inequality is a central issue on the way to the question of how we want to live. With the wealth pool we create sustainable landing places for wealth and at the same time change the way we deal with money.empowering for individuals and pacifying for the community of people with and without money.


In summer 2017, Markus Spitzer founded “die Auenweide” (, a community housing project financed by an asset pool in St. Andrä-Wördern near Vienna.

In 2010, he built his first community housing project in Vienna ( and since 2013 he has been an organizational consultant working primarily with housing projects, universities, start-ups and alternative schools in the areas of community building and organizational development.


Alfred Strigl

Heartful thinking – loving heart

Living together – growing together – becoming human

The human-global dimension of a housing project “Cohousing Pomali”

What moves people to live together of their own free will?

Where is this common trying, failing and succeeding leading to?

And what wants to be achieved, what can only be achieved together?

I was born into a community – was a Tyrolean farmer boy. Then I moved out and went wandering.

I was caught in countries, people, their projections and projects.

And in the process – through lies and deception, truth and honor – I came closer to myself.

I am still on pilgrimage, the great journey into the essential.

I realize that I can only reach my goal being all-one with everyone and with everything.

So I take everyone with me, and grow slowly, imperceptibly slowly. Out through my life’s work – into the thinking heart, into the loving heart.


was born in Innsbruck in 1966 and studied Technical Chemistry (Biochemistry & Biotechnology) at the TH Graz until 1996.

He is founder and managing director of Plenum GmbH (since 2008). After years at the Graz University of Technology as a university assistant (1992-1997) he was office manager at ÖIN (1998-2008).

Various postgraduate studies in business administration, law and economics led him to CSR at the Austrian Business Academy for Sustainable Development, to Future Leadership Training (Wolfgang Stabentheiner and Peter Jesacher) and to the Peter König Masterclass on “Money and Source Work”.

Alfred Strigl teaches at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (1998 to present): Precautionary Environmental Management; Sustainable Development; at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan (2009-2012): Sustainable System Change Management.

Today he is Managing Director of Plenum GmbH and Director at the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development (ÖIN).

In addition to numerous professional articles and book contributions on sustainable development topics, he published “The Turning of the Titanic” in 2005.

Alfred Strigl is involved as a board member (chairman): in the Volunteer Fair Austria, the Initiative Civil Society (until 2018) and board member at the Ecosocial Forum Vienna.

In 2010 he was awarded as “Sustainable Designer of the Year” by Lebensart Verlag.

He is co-founder and consultant of Pioneers of Change.


Clara Hanae Tolle

Theater and creativity in everyday life

In this workshop, together we will bring theater off the stage and into our everyday experience. There are countless forms of theater, many of them centuries or millennia old. Whatever the form of expression, they all deal with life itself. Theater offers a space of perception, reflection, encounter, celebration of community, and undiscovered possibilities. Using basic techniques of theater, we playfully explore our togetherness, our perceptions as individuals and groups, and the roles we hold.
How can we awaken our creativity for our everyday lives as well? How can we thereby understand ourselves better, question what is supposedly taken for granted and try out new ways? How can we explore and expand spaces of imagination and possibility? Together we will explore our playful and creative powers in this workshop.


works at the intersections of social, intercultural and artistic work. She studied Pedagogy/Education and Ethnology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, as well as World Theatres at Goldsmiths University of London and received further training as a trauma pedagogue at the Munich Institute for Traumatology, as well as Advanced Practitioner of Social Presencing Theater with Arawana Hayashi. As an educator, she has worked primarily with children and youth as well as refugees. In various theater contexts she is active in directing, dramaturgy and production.
Her work deals a lot with the themes of migration, trauma, identity and perception and the question of what it means to be human. For her, theater offers a space to encounter and explore different ways of living and being.


Gari Pavkovic

Gari Pavkovic

Ralf Kaudel

Ralf Kaudel

Initiatives from Civil Society, City Administration and Politics in Stuttgart

We experience three major layers which have an impact on living together in the city: individual influences due to the personalities of the individuals,
living together in communities of various kinds, and spaces which the city administration and local politics provide. Since the second topic is already represented by various speakers of this symposium, we will focus the two other poles in ambivalences and options of mutual participation.
Firstly, individual personal development paths as prerequisite and driver for social transformation, as well as cooperation as an engine for internal and community development. Secondly, creating municipal spaces with institutional support as places of encounter, learning and urban social development – as seen in the participation process for the House of Cultures in Stuttgart.


Gari Pavkovic was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1959 und moved to Germany at the age of 10. He holds a degree in Psychology and worked in the field of social psychology with institutions like Caritasverband and Jugendamt from 1986 until 2001. From 1990 until 2001, Gari was director of the Education Counselling Service Stuttgart-Wangen, pursueing a multicultual work approach. In 2001, Gari became Integraton Officer of the city of Stuttgart and is responsible for and continously developing the city-wide concept ‘Stuttgart Alliance of Integration’. Gari’s main areas of work are integration through education, intercultural approach of the city administration, and involving the civil society. Currently, he is contracted to establish a “House of Cultures” in Stutgart from a location and in particular a conceptual point of view. The question “How do we want to live in a city society?” is at the heart of the concept and activities.


Ralf Kaudel was born in Bad Cannstatt in 1965.

Bad Cannstatt is now a district of Stuttgart, but has much older roots going back to Celtic times and still bears the title “Civitas Romanorum”, visible at the entrance coming across the Neckar. After a classical bank apprenticeship and business studies, he left the financial world in two steps and found his destiny in the slogan “Finally do what you really want to do.”

This was helped by training and further education as a systemic coach, humanistic therapist and chakra diagnostician. So today he helps people in their individual-own development and in small and medium-sized companies to strengthen their teams and to live and realize the meaning of the company.

Inspirations, Celts, spirits of all kinds and wandering & becoming are his sources of power.

Cornelius Pietzner

Cornelius Pietzner

Some principles of living and creating of communities

I will speak about some principles of living in community, and creating community that I have found to be useful, as well as some experiences of both failures and successes.


Cornelius Pietzner has over 20 years of personal experience living and working in intentional communities. He grew up in a Camphill community in Northern Ireland and the United States, and later established a life-sharing community where he lived for 14 years with disabled young adults in Pennsylvania based on the ideas of Dr. Karl König and Rudolf Steiner. There are presently over 150 Camphill communities worldwide.

He was President of the Camphill Association of North America for many years, which included over 10 Camphill communities in Canada and the USA ranging from 300 people on 1000 acres of land to smaller urban settings. In 2002 he moved to Switzerland to serve until 2011 as Chief Financial Officer on the Executive Board at the Goetheanum (, General Anthroposophical Society, Switzerland with affiliates in 90 countries and activities in bio-dynamic agriculture,medicine and therapy, (Waldorf) education, ethical banking and business, and the arts.

He was Managing Director of Mind &Life Europe ( until 2021. Prior to that he served as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Mind & Life was founded by the Dalai Lama and neuro-scientist Francisco Varela and is active throughout Europe in multiple sectors. Pietzner is CEO of Alterra Impact Finance GmbH, an impact investment, management and advisory firm in Switzerland.

Alterra supports start-up companies with mission-aligned capital and business development which have a positive social and envrionmental impact. He has been active in supporting a transition related to a human-centered economy. He serves as Trustee/Advisory Board on a number of companies and charitable organizations and foundations in the USA and Europe.

Pietzner lives in Dornach, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria.


Monika Ananda Wiese

Body knowledge and perception as a basis for change

What if change wuold not only happen by thinking, but above all needs a connection to our feeling and perception in order to get in touch with a level of deep aliveness?

In this workshop yuo´ll find the space to physically trace the impulses of the symposium and to move them – literally.

We´ll create a research space to follow the inner echoes, questions and ideas, and to trace their effect on a physical level. Which signposts do my somatic senses and creativity offer to me?

In the play of perception, space, encounter and movement, our body language is a rich source of experience, heart wisdom, creativity, agency and vision. It clearly indicates where we are, and what can be a path to coherence/coherence – hand in hand with the mind.

In this workshop we draw attention to body awareness and perception so that we can take it with us into our encounters afterwards. In this way, we practice setting in motion profound change through the body: in relationship to ourselves, to our fellow human beings, communally.

Any physical condition is welcome.


Monika Ananda  (born 1978) studied social pedagogy in Cologne and shortly after completed her training as a music therapist in Siegen. For the first 10 years she worked in residential groups for people with so-called mental disabilities. In the course of her singing activity in ensembles and choirs, further training for choral conducting, and as a breath, voice and speech teacher.

2011 brought a key experience, which was based on the training (later also teaching) for the bodywork Lomi Lomi Nui. This was followed by further education and training in bodywork and consciousness work and the founding of the practice Wesentlich Werden.

2012 -2016 she was active in public relations in the network Singing Hospitals e.V. for the networking of science, experiential knowledge and healing/health. She initiated 3 posts for healing singing groups in hospitals (Bonn), as well as a benefit concert series “Sing!”, designed by amateurs and professional singers of different genres.

In 2012 she entered the world of Conscious Dance – cultivating conscious movement, dance and body wisdom as a path to personal and collective development, also in communities. Until 2020 she was a freelancer for events of the movement “OneDanceTribe”, and the first Conscious Dance Conference 2019. Since 2017 she teaches the mindful movement practice Soul Motion®.

Self-employed in her own practice since 2013, offering one-on-one guidance, classes, and seminars. In 2015 she planned an intuition congress together with Kamphausen Verlag – and finds contact to Alfred Tolle and Wisdom Together.

In the past 7 years she deepened her knowledge of the connections between body knowledge, interconnectivity and change processes, inspired by “sensing the change”, among other things. This was followed by journeys, nature experiences (vision quest), further trainings for trauma sensitivity, embodiment, geomancy.

This year she initiated the creative project “”, supported by funding from the Ministry of Culture NRW, in which she invites to a creative dialogue between man and nature. An encouragement to change the perspective of the encounter.

Monika Ananda lives in Bonn in a 6-person house community and occasionally in Freiburg.


SeinZ Hotel – Wisdom Resort

Wisdom Together is excited to facilitate the next Wisdom Together Symposium together with the SeinZ Hotel in Bad Kohlgrub.

We are looking forward to exploring and shaping our future together with you from 29.08. (we start at 5pm) to 31.08.2021 (end at 7pm with a dinner)  in a lively, free and loving way.

On an idyllically situated estate in the Ammergau Alps. A place for conscious living and finding one’s own wisdom. Where silence, life and change can be felt. And each person with their own story is the focus.

Symposium Location

SeinZ Hotel
Kurhausstrasse 1
82433 Bad Kohlgrub

Date & Time

August 29th, 2021 – Program start at 5pm
August 31st, 2021 – Program ends at 7pm


29th August 2021
31st August 2021
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SeinZ Wisdom Resort
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