Cafe Gratitude workshops have given me new communication tools, not only for communicating with others but also for communicating with and understanding myself. I am seeing how I am not a victim of circumstances, but the creator of my experience.
I got that it is ok and important to express what ever I am experiencing, the good, the bad and the ugly. I have the tendency to run away from situations when what I am feeling is negative and I see now that if I stay and express the negative it can move me (or the situation) forward to the good. I feel more at ease in group situations and can let people have all of their feelings without as much judgment.
What I enjoyed the most was that there lots of young people. A lot of the workshops that I attend are mostly filled with over 50 females so it was very exciting to see so many young people (both male and female) on their path to awakening and they were amazing, gives me lots of hope for humanity. I was also moved by the amount of love and respect in the room.
Matthew and Terces work is an absolute “must have” for everyone who wants to expand their knowledge base in community building. It is experiential and practical at the same time. They know what they are talking about and it’s a pleasure to learn from them.
I travel across the country and sometimes the ocean to come to Cafe Gratitude workshops. Each time I wonder what will be revealed to me. I always find places in my life where I have ceased making LOVE the priority. Usually it is some triggered wound or deep-seated fear that has kept me playing small. There is discomfort and sometimes hurt being honest with myself at the workshops but the freedom to choose a more compassionate and loving life keeps me coming back. To me transformation is an eternal process and I’m committed to a big, beautiful life full of love and community. Matthew and Terces are loving teachers who have guided and empowered me. I am grateful.
Overall the workshop was engaging and time well spent. My expectation was that I would come away with concrete tools on building community. It seemed to be more focused on individual issues. The exercises were good, the most helpful one for me was revealing secrets. That was liberating and worth the whole weekend. That shifted how I see people and has created more detached compassion and camaraderie. I’m happy and grateful to have participated! Thank you for all you do...