From having to being – paths and aberrations of self-awareness

October 29 to 31, 2021 in Mainz (postponed conference 2020)

Erich Fromm worked for decades with methods of self-awareness. In this conference, we want to take up and update his posthumously published text “From Having to Being” and make critical distinctions from different perspectives: Which methods of self-awareness are helpful, which are rather useless, dangerous or even harmful? What leads out of the ego tunnel and what doesn’t?

It is about self-analysis, yoga and meditation, psychoanalysis, but also about Buddhism. A conference not only with competent speakers, but also with discussion groups and practical exercises.

Friday, 29.10.2021

18:00 Start with dinner
19:00 Welcome and introduction

Prof. Dr. Peter Reifenberg, Mainz
Akademie Erbacher Hof

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hardeck, Mainz
Int. Erich-Fromm-Society e.V.

19:15 Risk and renunciation – from having to being. On the practice of ethical mysticism
Prof. Dr. Michael von Brück, Munich
20:15 Meditation practice
with Prof. Dr. Michael von Brück, Munich
21:00 End of the day program

Saturday, 30.10.2021

9:00 Getting in the mood for the day
9:15 From having to being. A new reading of Erich Fromm
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hardeck, Mainz
10.15 Coffee break
10:45 MEDITATION: Becoming conscious, being conscious. The individually designed process of experiencing holistic transformation and its sustainably effective resonance
Helga Simon-Wagenbach, Moos
11:45 Discussion groups
12:30 Lunch

Possibilities and limits of self-analysis
Dipl.-Psych. Jörg Müller, Freiburg

15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Meditation as a path to a liberated being (lecture with practical exercises)

Dr. Ulrich Ott, Giessen

16:30 Discussion groups
18:00 Dinner
19:30 General Meeting of the Int. Erich-Fromm-Society

Sunday, 31.10.2021

9:00 Getting in the mood for the day

Self-optimization as an aberration of self-awareness or: From self-having to self-being . Erich Fromm’s impulses for a critique of late modern individuality
Prof. Dr. Dr. Holger Zaborowski, Erfurt

10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Discussion groups
11:45 Closing plenary session and end of the conference
12:30 Lunch

Prices and registration

The conference costs are per person for

  • Single room with full board: 208,00 €
  • Double room with full board per person: € 164.00
  • Participation without accommodation/with meals: € 80.00

Members of the International Erich Fromm Society can submit an informal application to the IEFG office for a grant of up to €50.

Please register by October 1, 2021 at the latest directly at the Erbacher Hof conference centerat the latest!

Conference flyer


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