Walking In Your Shoes®
Wolfgang Ettenreich, M.S.
In the 1990’s I earned a Masters Degree in Computer Science & Theoretical Medicine from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
A couple decades later I was granted an AMI (Assoc. Montessori Int’l) Diploma to work with children according to the pedagogy and philosophy of Maria Montessori.
2014 I was certified by WIYS co-founder Joseph Culp to facilitate the Walking-In-Your-Shoes method.
Some Information About Me
Below I am sharing some info about my interests and skills with you. Why would you care to read? Well, you might be among the people who like to know just a little more about the facilitator in order to decide if it is ‘worth’ to give something new a try.
Walking In Your Shoes ®
This profound work has become much of a passion of mine. After many 1-on-1 training sessions with Joseph Culp, the co-founder of Walking-In-Your-Shoes, and several group work meetings – here in the Bay Area and in LA – I was finally ready for the certification. Mid 2014 I became one of the first 2 certified WIYS facilitators here in the SF Bay Area. My goal is to make this method known to a wider audience so that more people may benefit from it.
Systemic Constellation Work
I came to know about WIYS via Systemic Constellation Work (SCW, aka family constellations) which I am involved with since 2001. I had several of my own constellations done and was a representative in numerous constellations (still counting). The fascination for this work led me to take 2 levels of facilitator training and afterwards to co-facilitate workshops. The most apparent similarities between SCW and WIYS: in both modalities we work phenomenological and use “representative perception”.
I am a student of the Diamond Approach and a member of the Ridhwan School for Spiritual Development in Berkeley, CA. In this spiritual work we practice and refine the continuous exploration of the Truth & Dynamism of Reality. Why are we not all True Nature, what takes us away from our very home of what and who we truly are? One of the main ‘tools’ is Inquiry, the skillful exploration of one’s own experience into its very depths, any time, anywhere. I find some striking parallels in the process of Inquiry and WIYS.
Didgeridoo / Didjeridu
A few years ago I stumbled over a seemingly odd musical instrument, made out of wood and hollowed out by termites: the didjeridu. I learned that it is the oldest wind instrument known on the planet and that it has been played by the Australian Aborigines since the beginning of time. With the help of world reknown didjeridu virtuoso and master player Stephen Kent, I now can truly appreciate its magnificence. The didjeridu has also become part of my spiritual journey with its primal sound, simplicity, potent vibrations and powerful healing abilities.
Dance & Aikido
Gladly I encountered the wonderful Banafsheh Sayyad, located in Los Angeles, who teaches self-empowerment and spiritual development through dance. She is the creator of Dance of Oneness ®, which draws from Persian Classical and Tribal Dance, Flamenco, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Sufi Ritual, the poetry of Rumi and Hafez, Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and Nutrition.
Even though I am not practicing actively on the mat anymore, Aikido is still present in me as an art of living and a philosophy of being in this world. I made it to first degree black belt and enjoyed having yet another world class teacher: Sensei Pat Hendricks (7th Dan) of Aikido of San Leandro, CA. The years on the mat there, the times as an uchi-deshi (in-house student) and Sensei’s teachings remain alive in me.
Certified WIYS Facilitator
I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area. To get in touch with me you can simply use the contact form on this site.
I am a member of the WIYS Institute of North America (www.wiys-institute.com, see facilitator listing there). You can also find me on LinkedIn (in) or get some rare tweets (🐦).