A workshop for survivor couples was held at Lewella Fatima retreat House from the 26th to the 29th May 2011. The place was very much conducive for the workshop. There were 20 couples participated in the workshop. The resource persons were a well experienced ME Couple in conducting workshops in the Family Movement in Colombo.
The theme of the workshop is “Towards a happy marriage in complementing with masculine and feminine differences of a male and a female. In keeping with the theme the participants became aware of their own individual differences as well as their own sexual differences and their need to be in complementing with the differences of their own partner. Marriage is a core relationship. Communication is a bridge builder that plays a very important role, the very factor as Asian men and women count as less important.
The input sessions were rich in insights and sharing experiences. The practical exercises became an eye opener for the most of the participants taking partners for granted. The group sharing was very open. Honest and rewarding paving its way for improvement in marital relations hip between the husband and wife.
“I am not the same person who came in as I leave this place today.”
“I feel the only worth in a life of a survivor is being close with his /her partner”
“I am so happy within myself and my dream is beginning to be fulfilled” Were some of the remarks of the participants.
The family counselors trained by the Human rights Office were the group leaders. They facilitated group activities, and conducted meditation sessions. It was a rich experience for them and also had the opportunity to listen to the stories of the survivors and be empathetic with them.
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