The Life Skills/Personal Transformation Course comes to New York City in February
by Bhaktin Miriam
Posted January 27, 2003

Dear Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I once again have the immense pleasure and privilege to be organizing the Life Skills/Personal Transformation course to be held in New York City on February 14, 15, and 16 given by Dhira Govinda Prabhu. I would like to invite all devotees to please attend this very wonderful course designed to improve one's interpersonal relationships. This course has changed my life and the lives of many others in so many positive ways. I hope it does the same for you. If you are interested in attending, please let me know as soon as you can so that I can reserve a space for you.

Your servant,
Bhaktin Miriam

You are cordially invited to attend the

Life Skills /Personal Transformation Course

This highly interactive, experiential course will be held on President's Day Weekend, February 14-16, 2003

Course Description: A twenty-hour intensive course in the development of basic helping and life skills. Areas covered include reflective listening, attending and non-verbal behavior, questioning, concreteness, immediacy, suicide prevention, perspectives on finding solutions, accountability, assertiveness training, and conflict resolution.

Teacher: Dhira Govinda dasa (David B. Wolf, Ph.D.) holds a Ph.D. in social work and has taught counseling skills since the early 1980s. He has more than a dozen years of experience in various mental health and social service fields, and currently serves as the Director of the Association for the Protection of Children (APC).

This course has been taught in India, European countries, Russia, and Canada and throughout the United States.

Workshop Goals: You will obtain straightforward and powerful skills necessary for more meaningful and satisfying relationships by learning how to overcome roadblocks to effective communication, learn problem-solving strategies, empathetic listening, taking proper responsibility, and making and keeping commitments. You will gain knowledge on how to resolve conflicts and find alternative solutions to everyday problems. You will also gain insights into your own psyche and personal behavior that will dramatically change your life.

Cost: The $65.00 cost includes the course tuition, breakfast, lunch, and materials.

Location: 208 W 30th Street, New York, NY One block from Madison Square Garden. Registration is very limited: First paid, first served basis only.

For registration and inquiries contact: Miriam Galarza (718) 424-6735 or e-mail (on the subject section, please write "seminar").

This is what some of the previous participants had to say about the course:

Kartamasa dasa: "I greatly enjoyed the course. Before coming, I had every mental excuse available not to go, but I'm so glad I came. It exceeded my expectations in all ways. There was a good mix of lecture, brain-stimulating activities, and group interactions. Not only did you present knowledge on specific skills, but you also gave knowledge that improves and empowers our overall state of consciousness. I would definitely recommend this course to others and would be very interested in any follow-up courses. It was structured and presented better than any of my college courses."

Bhakti Marga Swami: "Dhira Govinda Prabhu's practical two-day seminar on Life Skills was both educational and enjoyable for Canadian ISKCON leaders as well as future leaders who attended. They all requested a sequel."

Smita Krsna Maharaja: "Thank you for this course. For me it was inspiring and interesting how you put it within a Krsna Conscious framework. I have a view that your course... should be an integrated part within the training and teaching of our leaders, preachers, managers, etc."

Yamuna Devi Dasi: "I wish to again THANK YOU for your Mayapur seminar entitled Vaisnava Minister Counseling Course. Attending it was a highlight of my Indian pilgrimage. Vishakha and I found ourselves repeatedly discussing its merits."

Ananda Rupa dasi: "Immediately I was able to correct the blocks I was putting in the way of my communicating with others. I feel confident, now that I practice, that my skills will be so much better. You are blessed by Lord Krsna and guru to impart this knowledge so effectively."

Anuttama dasa: "Very valuable. The emphasis on skills and experiential learning was very good. Your presentation was clear. Speed was appropriate. Just enough material. Your touch of dry humor broke up the sessions also"

Ashwhin Joshu M.D.: "I was very inspired by his sincere desired to help. He was very well organized, knowledgeable, ethical, and professional. Group participation depends on the group itself and its conductor. Dhira Govinda dasa was excellent in this regard. Group sessions were very interactive, beneficial, a good learning experience and enhanced one's counseling skills.. I have attended several counseling seminars over the years during my medical career. I found this course excellent because Dhira Govinda dasa taught the course with devotion, personal and interesting rather than college seminars."

Diane Consbruck, homemaker: "Thank you for offering this valuable course. Your thorough and personal approach in presenting it, and your expertise as a teacher added greatly to my learning experience. You constantly demonstrated the empathetic mood and the proper application of the skills, both in role-playing and dealing with us personally. Had your personal example not been so good, the course would not have the same impact on me... I really liked the clear, concise way you presented everyone's presence and feelings and treated everyone equally, with no special treatment, belittlement or neglect. You encouraged enthusiastic participation but showed sensitivity to those who felt unable to do something at the timeŽ The loving mood of our group and our growing experiences together made me wish it would never end. Keep teaching the course."

Sandra Elsey, English teacher: "I thought that this course was very valuable. I learned skills I will apply in my personal and professional life. It was very helpful the way the class was set up when we learned a skill we immediately applied it so as to use and not lose. I was amazed at how quickly we were able to penetrate and get to the real issues... On a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 10+"