The Empowerment Model: From Pathology to Vision
Beyond Having the Answers
Empowerment Program Participants Describe Their Experience
Applying Track 2 to Empower Women in the Developing World
"The Empowerment Workshop profoundly affected my life. It gave me a foundation of self-trust that I needed to co-create my business. I have no idea how I would have believed I could do this without the reinforcement of the empowerment model."— Christiane Northrup, medical doctor and author
"By using the simple tools I learned in the Empowerment Workshop every day, my life is beginning to have a healthy balance. I am happy and more peaceful. I trust myself and my environment more; and I feel a completeness that I never felt before."— Ann Suriano, bank manager
"The processes you have developed and honed are effective and insightful. Your wise and caring approach and genuine feeling of personal involvement in your work permeate the three days, and frankly catalyzed a dramatic enhancement of my response. I was amazed at the way the experiences during the workshop touched me in some places that evidently can be reached via routes around my brain. I did want you to know that in my estimation you have created a powerful and effective message and process."— Paul Gertenbach, PhD, manager
"At last! A personal growth training that guides us beyond mere understanding of how our lives are not working. The Empowerment Workshop is innovative and courageous, on the cutting edge of personal growth. It is for people who are ready to manifest their visions in the everyday world. The empowerment methodology is so effective it's disturbing. I no longer have any real excuses to hold back my potential."— Joseph Jastrab, therapist
“Since doing the Empowerment Workshop, I find I am more attuned to the resonance of life—my life, the natural world, the people around me. The clarity triggered through forty-five hours of concentrated work has released a stream that is flowing—running more smoothly from the source, moving towards the vision of what lies ahead. Yahoo! Flowing waters have ever been a strong personal image. For some time it has felt like I was sitting in an eddy gathering courage, energy and momentum to jump out into the current and go with it. The experience of the workshop has offered me the internal sense of power to set off with visions of my destination. I have a clearer picture of both my abilities and vulnerabilities. I celebrate both, and am excited to learn from this river on which I travel.”— Lisa Brukilacchio
“The change I have experienced in my life since the Empowerment Workshop is unbelievable. I don’t know if other people notice it as well, but I feel so much stronger, so much more capable. I can recognize my fears now as they arise in me, and then question their validity. For the first time in my working life I raised my voice at an insubordinate employee, it felt great. I have just completed writing a long letter to my parents discussing subjects I never dared discuss. It’s a lot of change, and I am hungry for more!”— Sisi Boskositz
“I’m not easily impressed. I tend to be a skeptic. I’ve spent time during three summers at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. So I’ve seen ‘lots of workshops, ‘lots of people, many different things. There’s a lot of stuff out there that may seem wonderful at the time, and then you get home, and poof! it’s all gone. I’ve tried things like that, and ended up more frustrated than before. I’ve also been in therapy, it’s a wonderful thing, but hasn’t been able to help me move forward in certain areas as much as I’d like. So your workshop was a huge breath, a gust really, of fresh air. Wonderful! Some of the things I’ve been dealing with in both my choice of a profession—acting—and life in general started transforming for the better, maybe over the past year, but much of the work I did with you really clarified certain issues. I guess I started the process myself and the workshop carried it much further.” "I continue to do the affirmations, (belief work) daily and have really seen them start working! I’ve been made aware of HOW much I stop myself. Certainly there is much negativity and lack of opportunity inherent in my profession—but I was amazed to see how much is my own creation! So, I’ll continue, upwards and onwards. Thanks so much for everything." — Mindy Pfeffer
“My husband and I attended the Empowerment Workshop about ten years ago. It was a gift for my fortieth birthday . . . and a life giving gift it has been. As a result of your workshop the following has happened: We moved from Maine to Chapel Hill. Our income has tripled. My husband loves his work. I translated my work into a twenty-hour position at Duke University and won an award. I use empowerment in designing and conducting management development programs at Duke’s Medical Center. Despite struggles, we are reinventing our lives and our relationship in exciting ‘growing edge’ ways that make me feel incredibly lucky and blessed. Your workshop has been such a foundation of strength.”— Vicki Field
Christiane Northrup, MD, is a visionary pioneer and the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine that acknowledges the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup is the author of many books including the best-selling Women's Bodies and Women's Wisdom.
Gail: How has the Empowerment Workshop assisted you in your own life?
Chris: It gave me a foundation of self-trust that I needed to co-create my business Women to Women. I have no idea how I would have believed I could do this without the reinforcement of the empowerment model. I actually don't know how people go through their lives without knowing these principles of how the universe works. Otherwise you are a boat without a rudder.
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The purpose of the Empowerment Workshop is to support you in creating your life as you most want it. Over the past three decades David Gershon and Gail Straub—considered the world’s foremost experts in empowerment—have assisted tens of thousands of people in living their heart’s desire.
This workshop is based on the premise that our thoughts and beliefs create the conditions of our life; if we want to bring about changes in our life we need to change our beliefs. But for most of us, our beliefs are unconscious and the only way we learn about them is when they manifest in our life—often not to our liking. This training will help you gain deeper insight into your current beliefs and transform those that are not serving you, while at the same time helping you craft new beliefs based on how you wish your life to be. The result: a consciously created life that represents your deepest aspirations and fondest dreams.