In this exercise, for the first time I felt something very profound happen in my physical body, and other layers too. I felt for the first time, not just my consciousness, but my heart had a lightness to it.
The connection I had with my partner was just amazing. I didn't think I could connect with somebody that I've never met in such a short period of time. To connect without ever meeting these humans is an amazing thing.
The first five minutes of talking, you're guarded and nervous. The last few minutes, I feel like I've known you for years.
This event was a fantastic interruption to the regular way I do things and process emotions. The sense of community I felt was very supportive - I felt called to be even more vulnerable through hearing others share.
I'm quite moved by the experience of the activities, the quality of the sharing, and the actual stories that were told. There was just such a revealing of the humanity in the room and I feel very connected and loved. I love the people I just spent only a couple hours with really. Pretty amazing.
I think this event is different than other events I've attended because it is so much about the interactivity. It's about listening to other human stories, finding connections between them and your own, and not only getting to reflect on that, but then… share that with others. I think that is a step that is often not included and that is so powerful to actually making it have a meaningful impact on your life going forward.
Thank you for your selflessness. Thank you for leading by example. Thank you for shining a light during one of the darkest and most difficult times in my life.
I feel like it’s a start in creating more connection in every aspect of our lives. People are coming together, having breakthrough, transformative experiences and then that work bleeds out and is going to support the world.
[The experience] helped me understand the root of my perception. The self-reflection and introspection will continue even post this workshop.
I feel lighter, brighter. Honored. Forgiven. Ready to begin my forgiveness journey with some wisdom and tools I would not have had without your honest sharing and vulnerability.
[The experience] allowed me to think about not only my own judgements and perceptions, but also that others are confined by the same thing.
I was able to dive into something I was avoiding and see that it has been causing me pain. I can now begin to let it go and forgive myself.
This is such a powerful space to allow others to heal and let go of trauma.
I learned that... forgiveness is an inside job. My twenty-plus-year-old heartache is healing in ways I never imagined.
It meant so much to be able to connect with humans and have these experiences. In our day to day we kind of put up this wall, this façade; so being able to sit down in this space and being able to really connect and think about who we are as humans, and forgiveness, and our emotions, is really powerful, and it meant a lot to me.
I feel self-exposed, vulnerable and accepted. I am embracing the clarity I found in myself & others.
What a great time I had! Your stories inspired me and I am ready to proceed in love and forgiveness. Thank you so much for a wonderful presentation... filled with heartache, but ultimately LOVE. Thanks for sharing with me and opening my mind and heart! I am grateful.
I really loved the partner work. Someone I wouldn’t have expected to choose as a partner because we’re so different and he ends up sharing something that’s really relevant to what I have going on in my own life. It was a deep connection.
I shared so much with others I have never met and would have never met. I have an insight into my negative feelings that are patterns across many of my relationships. I need to validate myself and my feelings more.
[The experience] made me think deeper about myself, my emotions, and what causes my actions – as well as how to understand the people I interact with and to be more accepting.
Seeing you guys up there sharing your stories that had so many parallels, I realized it could have been any of us – therefore it could have been me. I ‘got’ belonging.
What Emmanuel shared about that feeling of bitterness and poison inside… on a silent and internal level, I’ve been feeling that and have not even been aware of it. In the first exercise, I became aware of it and in the second exercise, it felt like it had been released. I feel like I can actually just love this person now in a new way.
Elizabeth's share being so powerful and real and raw and authentic and... her “going first” really opened up for me the opportunity to look at my own stories and circumstances.
It's incredible that we were able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time. I've been in other courses where there were three days, multiple weekends, multiple sessions, and it took all those days to kind of uncover piece by piece. And in such a short period of time, I was able to get to the core of, in this context my ‘box,’ and see how that's been impacting me and my relationships and really get to what forgiveness looks like for me.
There are miracles unfolding after your workshop + letter writing process.
I am very happy I came to this workshop. I think it will impact my daily life, my community, and now I’ll be able to be a better leader.
They managed to navigate some really challenging topics in a really playful way without taking away from the weight of the topic.
I got partnered with somebody that I would not normally seek out and it showed me that everybody is just doing their best. We’re all human and we’re all trying our best. I really experienced Unlikely Collaboration.
When Elizabeth took us through the exercises, it really opened up a lot of things for me. It gave me permission to just sit in the discomfort and not try to make myself feel better but just sit in it and find what it had to teach me.
I cannot tell you how much hearing Elizabeth’s story and speaking with her meant to me. I’ve been journaling and reading and deeply feeling repressed feelings since we met. No one shares those kinds of personal details unless they’re coming from the purest place.
That was powerful. All of us need someone to talk to. Everyone has their story. The more you can tell other people about the feelings, and some of the things that hurt you, the more you can let them go. We need more of that.
It's a beautiful and powerful workshop, keep sharing this light and wisdom to help liberate others from their boxes.
It was a wonderful talk! [Elizabeth and Emmanuel] both gave me a lot to think about regarding my perspective – my box’ and the boxes I cast onto others – as well as forgiveness for myself and others.
I thought this was brilliant. We need to create more spaces to give permission for us to be vulnerable with each other.
Thank you for giving me love. Unconditionally.
I learned that if I allow myself to dig deeper and sit in the discomfort of my feelings, I can actually learn about myself.
Thank you, Elizabeth Koch/Emmanuel Jal, for your strength, courage, vulnerability, wisdom and love. Grateful for your guidance tonight.
I feel an opening to other experiences and ways to interpret life. I feel freshness & curiosity.
Thank you for coming, and especially for your help in healing the beautiful and amazing youth and adults in the South Sudanese refugee community here in San Diego. They are all on a powerful journey, which is why I had wanted for Jal and Elizabeth to be here so much. Because of all of you collectively, I think a great amount of forgiveness and healing was possible, and couldn't have happened without your amazing team.
I attended the Unlikely Collaborators workshop on trauma narratives hosted by Emmanuel Jal and Elizabeth Koch and it was incredible. They are on tour. If the stars align for you to see them – do it!
Thank you for using your talent and gifts to unleash humanity from the centuries of war on our consciousness. What a blessing.
That was incredible/you guys are on to something really big. The storytelling, content and the sharing and pass off of speakers was brilliant.
I am feeling grateful, connected, reflective and eager to share insights and essences of the experience with my community.
Thank you! This was a phenomenal event and a space that is deeply needed always but especially at this time in the world.
You guys have a way of taking really deep, difficult work and making it playful.
Would love to continue with these workshops. Very encouraging, gives me a sense of hope for the future.