Summerschool in Dalmatia 2006

Summerschool 2006

Shortly before the end of the 2 ½ -year training in Sarajevo the students and trainees have succeeded in organising a summer school. Such a seminar journey is a great financial burden for many of them, and the realization was questionable for a long time. Then the joy was much greater, when it finally began in a big group towards the sun.

Summer school means us living with continuous lessons together in a nice relaxed atmosphere for one week.

We had found an inexpensive nice hotel in Mali Drvenik directly next to the sea where we stayed with 33 people: 24 students of our basic group, 6 trainers and our translator Lucija as well as Rosemarie Kaiser and Elisabeth von Wedel of HOG.

The motto of the week was: “Animals”, accordingly a number of medicine images of animal origin, through the evolution once. The contents studied in the meantime should be deepened by the choice of the presented pharmaceuticals and added for graduating the training by a presentation of rare homoeopathic medicine images from respective animal family.

The trip was especially exciting for the half of our trainers in the training, because there was the first part of their exam.  (The graduation of our “ToT” (stands for Trainer of Trainers) consists of a presentation of one medicine image, a knowledge test and a successfully managed clinical training.)

In this way, there was an exam-presentation every day, embedded in lessons of HOG teachers. We used the evenings of treating the topics like projections of the homoeopathic practice or practice management.

During the planning of this week, we had attached great importance to varied teaching methods. So, team work was included again and again in which students had to dedicate themselves to several compositions with different problems.

The presentation about Naja naja as an example was enriched by small scenic performances of the students, who played four different Naja-pathologies in a funny and convincing way.

Case studies of practical experience complemented the medicine presentation. They were actively and therefore memorably shown. For example, the cases of hard-working businesswomen with unfulfilled desire for children received Apis for an at least more peaceful atmosphere in their life but some of them also for a happy maternity.

The medicine images of Formica rufa was worked out in small groups with the help of repertory and Materia Medica independently. Spider remedy Tarantula, Bird-eating spider, Aranea and Theridion were plastically developed by Elisabeth through healed cases.

After that the students had the task to present the essential facts of the learned medicines in an abbreviated version by preparation of flip chart within the entire group once again.

On the basis of selected paintings of horses which were projected on the wall, the teams were in the position to work out the essence of the remedy Lac equinum. With the help of case studies, the missing part was further supplemented.

Within the teams, the atmosphere was excellent! It was clearly felt how they succeeded to relax increasingly far away from their family and domestic cares and to immerse in the world of homoeopathy entirely. During the breaks in the afternoon, the lessons were discussed on the beach or on hikes once again to deepen what was heard. All presentations of the exam were really brilliant: methodology and didactics lessons of the last 2 ½ years were applied well, and nevertheless all had their individual teaching styles which they confidently showed.

The highlight of our evening events was a staged TV show with the topic “homoeopathy – Hobby or Job”? A group of experts of trainees and Rosemarie discussed the question in a satirical way: May I earn money for my treatment, will I be in the position to live from this job, and how can I work in Bosnia legally? We had a really, funny nice evening which was moderated by Elisabeth and on which all of them have learned a lot about helper syndrome, practice management and the legislative position in Bosnia. After that a lively discussion started about the necessity of professional policy engagement!

Our concluding panel on Friday evening also clearly reflected the satisfaction of all: “ I’ve met a fantastic group”, “We were in the position for the first time to talk openly about taboos”, “The time for talking helped to digest easier much information.” and “We want this next year again, in any case”? That signifies and shows: It was a successful week for all of us.

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The Winter Olympics 1984 took place in Sarajevo as well as in the mountains of its region.

Since 1992, Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its declaration of independence of Yugoslavia led to the war of Bosnia, in which Sarajevo was a hard-fought city.

The city of Sarajevo has a population of 304.000 and approx. 500.000 people live in the metropolitan area of Sarajevo. Therefore, Sarajevo is the city in this country with the most population.

During the war in Bosnia, Sarajevo was divided into one of the Bosnian and Herzegovina government controlled Bosnia-Croatian part and into one of the Republic of Serbian Krajina controlled Serbian part which shelled each other. The part controlled by the government troops (the city centre and the old town also belong to it) was beleaguered for exactly 1425 days.

The siege began on 5th April 1992 and is the longest siege in the history of the city. The core of Sarajevo was completely surrounded. Due to this siege and battles, 10,615 people from all ethnic groups including 1,601 children were killed according to the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Approx. 50,000 people were partly seriously injured by shells, mines or marksmen.

More background to the war in Bosnia, you will find in our book-documentation about the project in Mostar.