Conference: Mature Discipleship

Encounter in the fiery heart

When we call a human being “mature” – what do we exactly mean?

How can we develop a mature state of being?

And why is this an essential requirement for a spiritual path and the encounter with the true teacher?  

Our conference addresses this issue and illuminates the essential significance of a mature attitude within us and how it serves us on the inner path. Moving towards a mature state of being nurtures the willingness to take responsibility for our lives and allows us to mature into an inner human that loves the truth being thus ready to receive the spiritual teaching with all one’s heart.

What kind of obstacles do we face on the inner path? What support do we need and what nourishes us?

The three teachers approach these questions from their different perspectives with different methods which are also applied at the conference. During these days you are invited to take an interest in yourself, to gain fundamental knowledge and essential impulses, and to have time for experiences, exchange and contemplation. The modern monastery Gut Saunstorf is a silent place worthy for this conference and invites all people interested in an inner path.


In his lecture, Wilfried Nelles will outline the history and stages of human consciousness that in his view form the basis of all psychology and therapy. Against this background he then presents his new constellation work, the "Life Integration Process". This method is not about one’ place in the family or other systems, but on the contrary about seeing one's very individual self and about the full consent to one's own life story and to oneself just the way we are.

Mary Angelon Young talks about her own discipleship and the intensive being with a Guru and gives practical insights into the path of the Bauls (wandering monks whose philosophy says that the divine is not to be found in the hereafter but in the human being itself). She introduces the participants to a mature perspective of discipleship on the inner path, shaped by the fire of spiritual practice in daily life. Her own experience on the spiritual path has taught her that we must give up childlike dependencies in order to follow the truth that truly frees us.

In his lecture, the spiritual teacher OM C. Parkin explains the concept of conscious discipleship as an adult state of maturity of the inner disciple, as it were a prerequisite for a fruitful relationship between disciple and teacher on the path of cognition. He divides this relationship into three phases or stages of development: "The first two phases are determined by the childlike disciple/student, who reacts to his own projected images of father or mother. Only in the third phase does the spiritual teacher come into play. Through him the guru-principle works, an impersonal, spiritual principle, which is still largely unknown in our culture. It has neither been recognized by the church as guardian of our spiritual culture nor by the Enlightenment, let alone appreciated".


Willfried Nelles Portrait

Wilfried Nelles, Dr. phil., M.A., born. 1948,

played a decisive role in the development of the family constellation over many years, before further developing the constellation work into a life integration process. The life integration process is part of a new psychological paradigm which he calls "phenomenological psychology". He has published sixteen books, translated into ten languages, and practices and teaches in many European and East Asian countries. Together with his son Malte he runs the Nelles Institute in Nettersheim, Eifel, Germany.


Mary Angelon Young

Mary Angelon Young

Mary Angelon Young has been practicing and studying the Western Baul Path since 1987 as a direct disciple of her Guru Lee Lozowick. In the last three decades she has travelled extensively throughout India, Europe and North America and has published more than ten books on spiritual memories, one of which is a biography of Yogi Ramsuratkumar (2002). Her workshops in the USA and Europe offer a direct experience of writing and singing as a doorway to self-knowledge.  As a mother and grandmother, Mary lives with her husband Thomas Raffaele Young at Triveni Ashram in the high desert mountains of Arizona.



OM C. Parkin Portrait

OM C. Parkin

Wisdom teacher, mystic, inner scientist

OM is a human being who traveled the way, a wise man who knows the paths and dead ends, a spiritual master. He teaches us to discover and listen to the inner teacher, and accompanies our steps on the way to ourselves. He imparts his knowledge of the absolute in conversations about Being (darshan), through Inner Work and as an author of lectures.



Friday, 15. Mai

19:30                  Welcome and introduction

20:00 – 22:00   „Levels of human consciousness“                Wilfried Nelles
                          Lecture and Dialog

Saturday, 16. Mai

10:30 – 13:00    Practice of the life integration process          Wilfried Nelles

15:30 – 17:00    „Insights into discipleship“                             Mary Angelon Young

20:00 – 22:00     Spiritual practice: A direct experience         Mary Angelon Young
                           of the Bhakti Path


Sunday, 17. Mai

10:00 – 12:30  „Conscious Discipleship“                                  OM C. Parkin
                         Lecture and Dialog

15:00 - 17:00   Darshan                                                           OM C. Parkin


These event is bilingual (German/Englisch) respective with Englisch translation on request.

To register, please use the registration form in the left information bar under Downloads. For further information please contact the office of the monastery or use the contact form at the bottom of the page.
Sincerely, the team from the Gut Saunstorf Monastery

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