A great number of people in a managerial capacity suffer under the stress of their career ambitions and the tension in their personal development. The pivotal question that frequently arises is: How do I find the balance between that business stress and the need for peace and personal depth in my own life? It has been scientifically proven that Zen has a stimulating effect on the quest for this balance. Many of those in management – particularly those over forty – do not think solely about their business preoccupations, but increasingly about the direction of and relationship with their immediate environment. At times Zen may appear difficult to fathom, but in reality it turns out to be a simple and stimulating source for enhancing the quality of work and invigorating the personal environment. And this instrument is within reach of all of us. Effects of Zen training include: more energy, improved power of concentration, increasing clarity of thought, more patience and – equally important – a better resistance to stress.

Program 2020
20ZL02 Sunday, 25.10.2020, 18:00 until Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 13:00 Booking
20ZL03 Sunday, 9.8.2020, 18:00 until Friday, 14.8.2020, 13:00 Booking

Note: Course 20ZL03 “Summer-Sesshin zen@work” in July offers a longer and more intensive seminar – not alone for leaders. It focuses more on the experience of silence and on mindful walking.

Location: Benediktushof, Holzkirchen bei Wuerzburg
Costs: ZL01, ZL 02, ZL03 EUR 650,- ZL04 EUR 560,- exkl. VAT, Accomodation/Catering has to be booked separately via Benediktushof.
Trainers: Brigitte van Baren, Paul J. Kohtes
Assistance: Rudolf Faber



Brigitte van Baren

Brigitte obtained her law degree in Amsterdam and is an entrepreneur. In 1992 she founded the consulting company “Inner Sense” for management development and executive coaching. She is a Zen teacher in the lineages of Willigis Jäger and the Sanbo-Kyodan-School.
Publication: “De smaak van zen in leven en werk”, ISBN 9789056701659



Paul J. Kohtes

At the age of 28 Paul founded the public relations agency Kohtes Klewes in Düsseldorf. He gives lectures on Zen meditation, executive coachings and he writes books on “management and spirituality” (e.g. “Vrij zijn in je werk. Zen en de kunst van het management”, ISBN 9025957129). He is a Zen teacher in the lineages of Prof. Michael von Brück and Willigis Jäger. In 1998 he founded the Identity Foundation, a nonprofit organization that undertakes scientific research on philosophical topics.




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