Amida Counselling & Coaching from a buddhist perspective is also avaible in English.
"THE QUIET THERAPIES in ACTION"

for private or work related issues
for addiction issues
for teambuilding
for relationships
for personal growth
to quiet your mind and open your heart
to be who your are
to find a constructive way of living


Gerald received his counselling education, with an Advanced Certificate in Buddhist Psychology (Zen Therapy & Other Centred Therapy), from Amida Trust in Engeland. His teacher are David & Caroline Brazier. At the Todo Institute (Vermont, U.S.A) he studied Naikan & Morita Therapy with his teacher Gregg Krech. Gerald holds a BA degree in applied physics from Hogeschool Zuyd and is currently writing his master's thesis in economics. He is also studying applied ecotherapy at the Institute for Global Education in Washington state, U.S.A. 

Gerald works with quiet therapies such as Zen & Mindfulness meditation, Naikan and Morita, Other Centred Therapy approaches combining with western based therapies. Furthermore in his work Gerald uses Ecotherapy as a way of facilitating your healing proces.                             

We have a special program for teambuilding. Most activities are nature related combining personal development with teambuilding.
  See also our OQ program wich will be translated soon in English



                           
NAIKAN RETREAT in:


ARDENNES, Belgium 
                                         September 13-20, 2013
(Facilitators: Sabine Kaspari, Gerald Beeck)

VALKENBURG a/d GEUL, NETHERLANDS             January 24-31, 2014
(Facilitator: Gerald Beeck)

VALKENBURG a/d/ GEUL, NETHERLANDS
           February 21-28, 2014
(Facilitators: Sabine Kaspari, Rina Murakami & Gerald Beeck)


VALKENBURG a/d GEUL, NETHERLANDS              September 26-October 3, 2014
(Facilitator: Gerald Beeck)

VALKENBURG a/d GEUL, NETHERLANDS            November 14-21, 2014
(Facilitator: Gerald Beeck)


VALKENBURG a/d GEUL, NETHERLANDS            January 23-30, 2015
(Facilitator: Gerald Beeck)


VALKENBURG a/d GEUL, NETHERLANDS            November 6-13, 2015
(Facilitator: Gerald Beeck)


Naikan

path to happiness and healing

A week of discovering the naikan path to happiness and healing

When thinking about happiness we often look to our surroundings. If we have the things we want, such as money, house, a partner, friends, good health, love, a job and so much more, just fill in the rest, as you please, we are happy. Or happiness is perceived as the absence of sickness, old age, war, hunger, a troubled mind, a past we want to forget or whatever we are not able to undue or change. Reality teaches us that this is often not the case. What then is it that we can find happiness in? Instead of looking for something we don’t have we can start to look at what we have, right in this moment. So many things in our life we perceive as normal to have. We switch the computer on and we are in contact with the world, we drink our coffee and barely taste it. Never thinking about all the work nature and people put into it.  Then we go to the bathroom to wash our hands and the tap suddenly doesn’t work. We get upset: “ what do I have to do now”. We never noticed the working of the tap properly but we do notice when it is not working. So is it with so many things in our life. We stopped to wonder, stopped to look at the beauty we receive, even when we are in distress.  Naikan teaches us what is really important in our life, freeing us from our egocentric view and thus being able to see the beauty of life.

 

Introspection or self-reflection is something we don’t or talk about anymore in our hectic life. We have to get on, no time to look at myself, have to get things going. We are so occupied with what is going on that we forget to stop once a while and have a look at our life, our relationship with others and the world. While we are so busy we start to see the things not as they are but as we want them to be. Thus we see the things we want to see.  Our view of the other and life is thus far from reality.  Our own actions, however, are based on this distorted view. The result of this, is that our thinking and behaviour is suboptimal and can cause harm to others and yourself. Healing and happiness is possible when we take the time to do self-reflection and to start to see our life from a different perspective. And it is this shift in perspective that brings us closer to happiness.

 

Naikan is a structured method of self-reflection, self-discovery and self-renewal through examining our relationships with important people in our lives.

It helps us to understand ourselves, our relationships and our human existence.

Naikan encourages us to examine in a detailed way how we are supported by the world. In regard to the fact that we often overlook the many contribution and gifts we receive, that we  say no “thank you” or didn’t feel gratitude to people or objects that took care of us. Often so many times in our life. Naikan enlarges our view of reality. It is as if we are standing on a mountaintop and looking to the other mountain range. First we see the highest top, but by shifting our attention we start to see the complete mountain range and eventually realize that there is much more than where our first attention was put on. Our first look, the first mountain top we saw remains visible but now as part of the whole mountain range, that was hidden before. That which was hidden makes the view special.

 

How can we shift our attention to start to see the unseen? The basis of Naikan are three questions:

 

                                 1. what did I've received from the other?

                                 2. what did I give to the other?

                                 3. which troubles/inconveniences did I cause to the other?

 

The question which is not asked during Naikan is: which problems or troubles others caused me? Most of us know exactly which wrongdoing others caused us. We are trapped in this cycle of looking to others to blame. We have become professionals in it. Additional exercises therefore is not useful for healing. Instead, we never ask the three basic questions of Naikan. They are new to us. To answer them we need to practice. In learning noticing what we receive from others, what we give and how we are sometimes a burden to them, Naikan teaches us new and valuable attention skills.

 

looking into the eyes

of the other

reflecting

I see myself
 

Some people entering the retreat have specific problems such as drug-alcohol addiction, criminal behavior or delinquency. After the naikan week experience a whole new perspective on themselves and others is formed. The participant has an urge to repay others for the many things received from them. These positive actions transform our real feelings of love and gratitude, changing for the better of ourself, significant others and the world.


Applications: please contact info@amidacounselling.nl for an application form.

Cost: €750 including accommodation, three meals a day, coffee & thee and cookies and individual sessions.


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Just contact me for more details or to plan a session.
Looking forward to meet you.


Gerald is member of the professional counsellors Association for Counsellors 
(Algemene Beroepsvereniging voor Counsellors:ABvC) and member of the Institute voor Buddhist Analyses and Pschotherapy (IBAP) in England.

In time this website will be translated to English.



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