The people behind Relational Spaces come from very different backgrounds and have been drawn together by a shared interest in relational work. We share the desire to promote practices that enable human beings to relate more authentically to themselves, to others, to society and to nature. We are practitioners as much as we are teachers and facilitators and work on integrating and bringing relational practices into everyday life.
Healing and Empowerment
Welcome! My name is Aglaia. I am a Psychotherapist in training, Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra instructor. Since I can remember myself I have been drawn to people and their stories. Art became a passion as an extension of that – an indirect way to communicate that which touches our deepest core, and darkest shadows, especially in times of pain. There is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in, sang fellow Canadian, Leonard Cohen. I would say that this is also how the beauty of our light gets out and meets that of others. After studies in history of art and architecture, a career in teaching and as a business owner, the time came for my deeper calling – that of healing and empowerment.
I am a Gestalt Practitioner from the Gestalt Institute of Scandinavia, the only institution in Denmark accredited by the European Psychotherapists Association. I also hold an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) certification from Brown’s University. Finally, a true believer in the healing power of sleep, I am a Yoga Nidra Instructor. I employ a creative, person-centred approach, with compassion at its core, to help others on their path to living their best life.
I have a special interest in the connection between trauma and chronic pain as well as empowerment during transitions in life.
I have been on a journey from practicing yoga since I was a young teenager aspiring to be an engineer, to becoming a engineer in biochemistry that now works with facilitating Circling and mindfulness workshops and teaches in a progressive, innovation-based secondary school.
My curiosity has for many years lead me to study neurophysiology and psychology, and since 2015 I have explored and trained in different authentic relating practices. In 2020 I graduated Circling Europe’s 6 months Circling training.
Through my work as a teacher I have experience with mentoring special need-students and trauma-informed spaces, and it has been a dear exploration for me to understand how to create spaces where people feel open to explore and express them selves. Working with teenagers has given me a deeper understanding of power dynamics in groups and between teacher/student, and how this affects the possibilities to feel safe.
If you are interested in workshops about connection, mindfulness or personal development for adults or teenagers, please reach out to me.
A psychologist, yoga teacher and dance facilitator I’m passionate about exploring ways of connecting to ourselves and each other so we can embody more of who we are. First and foremost, I’m dedicated to creating a safe space in my workshops that allows participants to be open, honest and authentic. I welcome vulnerability and strength equally. My practices aim at connecting mind and body, and to that end I incorporate elements from dance, yoga, writing, meditation and Systemic Constellation.
Essence of Clown
Bodil loves to laugh – and to cry; and she is good at both. She even knows how to laugh while crying! Her main hobby is to figure out how to live freer and happier.
Human Connection Nerd
Brooks considers himself a nerd at heart. Over the years, having originally been trained as a physicist, a soldier, and a zen monk, he now devotes his full nerdiness to the learnings of human connection. In 2010 he discovered authentic relating and was immediately hooked on the vast potential of it, and has since made it an integral part of his personal and professional practice. He is engaged in community leadership with the Borderland, travels around the EU teaching authentic relating, lives in Copenhagen, and dislikes talking about himself in third person.
Rediscovering his body a few years into university, Einar has spent that last two decades exploring what is now called embodiment. He facilitates Circling, and offers ManuVision Body Therapy as well as ManuVision Movement.
Emma Luna Lindekilde
Emma has a background in philosophy. These days she is curious about embodiment and explores it through various performance techniques and Circling.
the Power of Vulnerability
I am an anthropologist, sharing circles facilitator and counselor. I have worked within the self-discovery context for over 15 years now. Discovering the power of vulnerability has brought me into alignment with who I am and understanding of how I want my life to be. I am constantly in the process of integration which I call coming back home. In my holistic approach toward healing, I work with the body, emotions, feelings, beliefs, and mindset.
I am interested in healing by tracing back unconscious patterns of mind through mindfulness, meditation and openness to holistic healing practices. I explore how close I can get to myself, and lower the distance to others. During 1:1 meetings, circles, workshops, coaching and healing sessions, I create space for self-discovery and personal transformation. It’s a space for exploration, curiosity, vulnerability, self-expression and courage, where all your emotions are welcome.
Connection to Earth
I work systemically with people both within an organization as a consultant and in individual or group sessions as a therapist or facilitator. I’ve been trained in the art of facilitation and have experience with applying various tools for facilitation. Besides that I have studied western astrology for over 10 years and use it as a inner map with the people i work with. It is a typology that can provide orientation within a therapeutic context.
I have been trained in using family constellations therapeutically as well, and have learned different meditation techniques from different traditions that I teach when appropriate, applicable and relevant. On occasion I organize transformational festivals, retreats and courses through my company Jordforbindelsen ApS.
Awakening the Body
A graduate from the Totum school of bodytherapy and certified Mindjuice Coach, HC guides you through awakening the body and challenging the mind.
Heinz has practiced meditation and mindfulness for the past 20+ years and discovered Circling in 2013. He is certified in the Embodied Circling Approach by Circling Europe, has brought Circling to Switzerland and has since given weekends in Germany and Austria. His curiosity around in-between spaces are coming from a longing to find a deeper meaning in relations of any kind.
Dedicated to Inner Exploration
Johannes Asmund Hansen
Johannes is a passionate explorer of consciousness, therapist and meditation/mindfulness teacher. He has practiced meditation for the last 15 years as well as teaching it since 2007 and is primarily inspired by the teachings from Vækstcenteret and Jes Bertelsen.
He has a bachelor in education and has since a young age been deeply dedicated to inner meditative exploration. Besides that he has over the years been involved in many creative projects between others being a co-initiator of the Authentic Relating Festival.
Kristian Ryberg Johansen
I facilitate free form dance inspired by 5rythms, meaning that it is a guided practice that builds up in a waveform, to end in stillness resembling the yogic savasana. My intention with this practice is connection to self and to others, it is healing, it is allowing emotions to flow and be expressed, it is understanding oneself better, but it is most importantly joyfulness.
I put a lot of care into what kind of inspiration or type of movement I want around each track of the workshop. It is a designed journey meant to inspire rather than force movement. I always spend time in the beginning creating a circle, so that we can breathe and connect a bit, emphasizing that it is a co-created space of vulnerability and free expression, and that whatever feeling comes up is allowed.
I am excited about exploring shifts in awareness, playfulness and community building tools. In 2021, I am taking a Circling & Surrendered leadership training and starting on my psychotherapy education. Since I tried circling a few years ago, I completely fell in love with circling and meeting people authentically. I am facilitating restorative justice circles in which people experiencing conflict can meet each other again and express what wants to be expressed.
In 2014 I finished my Master’s degree in Nanoscience at KU. My thesis project was in an experimental physics laboratory, during which time I learned a lot, only a minor portion of which was related to quantum physics. It was challenging, but ultimately the very linear lifestyle of academia did not suit me to continue the scientific career.
In parallel to this, in my early twenties I had discovered psychedelics, approaching them with healthy respect and the scientific approach I had learned in university. This approach served me well, and the experiences piqued my curiosity towards towards spiritual and existential matters, leading me also to sit several silent mindfulness retreats.
After graduating, I had somewhat satisfied my curiosity about the physical nature of the universe we inhabit, but was still at a loss regarding the emotional, relational and spiritual world of humans. The next years were spent exploring laterally, involving myself in cultural projects, travels, music – mostly singing, medicine work and viking reenactment.
In 2017 I joined the ManuVision school of somatic therapy, which gave me a foundation in both the technical skills of bodywork and inhabiting the role as a therapist, and I have been practicing bodywork since, and am a certified trainer. ManuVision also helped foster in me an awareness of the embodied and physical aspects of our well-being.
All the while, my initial psychedelic experiences continued into an ongoing relationship with entheogenic practices. From trying things out of curiosity, I continued to explore how “plant medicines” could integrate positively into one’s life via facilitating healing, spiritual breakthroughs and shifts in fundamental existential perspectives. Besides my own journeys, either private, with peer groups or in ceremonies, I have also volunteered as tripsitter in a harm reduction space at Boom festival, and facilitated or assisted in ceremonies, giving me a diverse range of experience in this colourful field across medicines, approaches, settings and situations.
I find that the transformative power of these and other practices is evident. I believe that it is the skilful application that allows positive development, and the haphazard use can cause the opposite. In 2019 I became chairman of Psykedelisk Samfund (The Psychedelic Society of Denmark), in service to the evolving community. In my personal practice I also offer counseling to those interested in exploring some of these paths, either recreationally, ceremonially or therapeutically,
Bodyworker and Facilitator
In my own journey, I am stumbling upon understanding better what is true for me in the present moment and who I am, by myself and in relation to others. Some years ago I realized a deep longing to work in a field that brings me closer to feeling authentic and somewhat real. Today, I try to answer this longing by working with another human and connecting on the level of touch, emotions, and energies.
By far practices and modalities that shaped me and resonated with me the most were body therapy, breathwork practices, Circling, Osho meditations, ecstatic dance, and kriya yoga practice.
Natasha have been on a path of Authentic Relating for over 20 years by integrating honesty practices, dance, tantra, shamanism, improvisation, and more. Their main passions are intimacy, communication, vulnerability, gender balancing, and love.
Nina Lund Westerdahl
An architect turned artist, Nina now creates playful art, games and experiences which explore culture, social behaviors and our environments.
Nullo is the artistic director of Cantabile 2, an international performing arts company creating Human Specific Experiences. In recent years, he has also been studying and guiding non-performative experiences in Authentic Relating,
Mother of Dancers
Nuno Catharina Pedersen
Nuno is a dance teacher. She works with people of all ages to connect in playful ways through dance, improvisation, music and touch.
Longing for Freedom
We exist in a world where everything is happening in and as relationship. From the simple truths of taiji and bodywork to the complexity of Actor Network Theory, most of the stuff I find interesting these days deals with relationships – focusing on what is going on between elements, rather than on the elements themselves.
The last 15 years of my life has been a journey of unlearning fixed patterns of mind and body, trusting experience rather than dogma. In 2006 I fell in love with taiji chuan and has been practicing on a daily basis ever since. I have trained with masters in the USA, Canada and Taiwan and while I am certainly no master myself I have a good understanding of the practice and can teach at a high level.
I have been leading circling and surrendered leadership since 2015 and consider myself to be one of the most experienced circling leaders in Europe. Circling has really opened the relational field for me and has brought me into much deeper resonance with my surroundings as I am willing to show more of myself and to sense more into others.
I am one of the core creators of the Danish Authentic Relating Festival and one of the creators of the circling.community. Authentic Relating practices (from partner dancing to circling) has given me some of my most profound learning experiences in the last 5 years of my life.
Since 2017 I have been practicing intuitive bodywork and in 2019 I started on the Manuvision Body Therapy education. Working intimately with bodies have opened a new realm of human existence for me and keeps presenting new mysteries.
Skillful living for me concerns harmonious relating. To my body-being. To others. To society. And to nature. The practices I teach and promote are all meant to improve your relationships and allow you to lead a more skillful and harmonious life.
Petri is a big fan of natural communication. He is curious to know what will happen when we put a side one by one all those things which are disturbing the unfolding of mutually and globally fulfilling communication. His background is in art, sport, therapy and spiritual practices.
Inspired by various art forms and self development systems, e.g. improvised comedy theatre, physical and classical training techniques, Wheel of Consent, Access Consciousness and others, I aim to motivate and stimulate the often suppressed natural skillsets with which human beings are born with:
Creativity and curiosity.
Support and respect for oneself and others.
Awareness, perception, and focus.
Courage and confidence.
Trust and openness .
Critical thinking and collaboration.
Emotional and clear expression.
I want to inspire people to develop, and help people reconnect with themselves and others through fun, open and motivating classes. My goal is to foster an environment in which people at any level can move and evolve, both physically and emotionally. Becoming more mindful of themselfs, their senses, and their surroundings. Hopefully this experience will bring an openness, spontaneity, and embrace that will develop them as human beings.
Ronja discovered circling in 2014, and it as been an active part of her life since. She has facilitated circling workshops for several years and have taken Circling Europes’ leadersip course as a participant and as a leader in training. She is also developing an extensive movement program, focusing on how to work with freedom, shame and flow states through movement with music.
When she is not working with relational practices, her focus is on public engagement in urban development projects, through the use of digital and anthropological methods.
Sarah Warny Berg
I facilitate circling and kakao ceremonies. For me those are practices that bring me into a more intimate connection with myself and others.
This is something that I have been longing for all of my life, and I have tried to make it happen with a lot of dedication, effort and good questions. It has worked out to some extend, but I have exhausted myself.
These are practices that for me are ways to go very deep without aiming to go anywhere. They are meditative, slow and explorative, and they invite to experience our emotions, longings and sensations in intimate connection with our selves and each other.
As facilitator I prepare my events by setting up exercises and atmosphere to create a warm and welcoming intention. And from there I aim to surrender to what ever the participants bring to our experience.
Sofie Krog is a sexological coach and social worker, who supports people in exploring their sexuality, gender and relationships, and guide them on how to relate to themselves and others with more self-confidence, integrity and autonomy.
At Relational Spaces, Sofie facilitates workshops about intimacy, consent and safety in relationships, and offers coaching to individuals, couples and polycules.
Sofie has a background in psychiatry, and is passionate about mental health and community development.
Thibault is a theatre maker, game and ritual designer, and has worked within the art context over 10 years in various cities over Europe. In 2020 they launched “Liminal”, an agency for ritual and ceremonies that creates rituals for communities and individuals.
The art of being with
Viola Ellehammer Dasseville
Viola is an artist and facilitator interested in integrity and the art of being with. She does Conflict Mediation, Systemic Constellation, and in 2021 she is training to facilitate Circling.