Emotion awareness training.

Emotions are the driving forces in our life. They are our sources of energy, motivation, vitality, connection and empathy. They can be developed into a sophisticated instrument, a felt sense, when used in a conscious way. But the emphasis on rationality and doing in our culture often prevents us from full contact with emotions. Strong emotions can easily be rejected and are difficult to deal with. People often either suppress or blindly follow their emotions. However, the emotional quality of any issue or problem indicates its personal meaning. The ability to be with one’s emotions is a primary requirement to receive their message and to promote one’s inner freedom. The way we relate to our emotions makes us who we are and determines how we relate to other people.

Introductory workshop:

Compositionwork: contemplative way of work with emotion-awareness.

Time: 3 hours

During this introductory workshop participants can experience the way emotion awareness is developed. It aims at promoting mindful awareness, which is a prerequisite for deepening emotion awareness. By exploring the meaning of experienced emotions emotional sensitivity is increased and a growth promoting relation with emotions can be developed.

            1. Contemplative approach of work with emotions via a Compositionwork intro.
            2. Practicing (guided) present moment Compositonwork focused on feelings and emotions.
            3. Introducing the contemplative relation with emotions: Being Mode and Observing SelfExploring a pattern of an emotion: Meaning, Message, Need, Motivation, etc.

The introductory workshop can be continued with a 3 days training in which the diverse skills are further developed.

3-days training

Emotion-awareness training.


The training is a combination of experiential learning and theoretical knowledge about emotional processes. It offers a contemplative perspective on work with emotions that supports and deepens the practice.


            1. The role of emotions
            2. Emotions and motivation
            3. Emotions as inner compass and message.
            4. Empowerment from within.
            5. Emotion-awareness and growth.
            6. Fundament: Knowing body. Cultivating bodily awareness.
            7. How to deepen the connection with one’s emotions?
            8. Contemplative way of work with emotions in Compositionwork.
            9. Gateways to feelings and presence.
            10. The ‘Not Knowing Mind’ as a door to the ‘Knowing Body’
            11. Felt sense’: accessing deep implicit emotions.
            12. The depth of the receptive mind.
            13. Mindfulness of feelings.
            14. Cultivating growth and freedom promoting relation with ones feelings.
            15. Being mode, acceptance and paradoxical change.
            16. Liberating power of observing self.
            17. Aesthetics of feelings
            18. Increasing emotional freedom (Stage model of work with emotions).
            19. Power and influence of presence. Developing holding space.
            20. What is the message of an emotion? Discovering a need, motivation and a message.
            21. Sophisticating the inner compass.

Between sessions participants receive materials and access to exercises for individual practice.

Compositionwork as a contemplative way of work with emotions. This way of work  is based on Dialogical Self Theory, recent emotion theories and the contemplative aesthetic tradition of Zen.


Agnieszka Konopka & Wim van Beers, (2016). Compositionwork: A Method for Self Exploration and Development. In (Hubert Hermans, ed) Assessing and Stimulating a Dialogical Self in Groups, Teams, Cultures, and Organizations (pp. 55-73). Springer International Publishing.

Agnieszka Konopka (2012). The depositioning of the I: emotional coaching in the context of transcendental awareness, pp:423-438. In Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory, Hermans, H. & Gieser, T., Cambridge University Press, 2012


Agnieszka Konopka holds a PhD in yhe psychology of emotions, Cambridge University Press author. She is co-author of Stage Model of Emotional Coaching published by Cambridge University press and founder of Compositionwork method. This method is inspired by contemplative tradition of Zen and informed by western psychological theory (Dialogical Self and theories of emotions). Agnieszka is a coach, trainer and therapist trained also in Emotion Focused Therapy. She works with individual clients and groups in a contemplative, present moment, emotion focused way. She teaches Compositionwork method internationally.

Dr. Wim van Beers studied psychology in Nijmegen and got his PhD on Stress Management in 1982. From 1982 to 1987 he worked as an internal consultant for Philips in the Netherlands. From 1989 to 2010 he worked for Schouten & Nelissen, first as  a unit manager, then as a member of the board of directors and member of the supervisory board. In 2010 he became a private entrepreneur specialized in management consultancy, coaching and mediation. He wrote several books on Result Oriented Management and Performance Management. Since 2013 he works together with dr. Agnieszka Konopka in their company Compositionwork. Together they wrote several publications on Compositionwork.