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13 entries.
Mareka Ohlson from Putney, Vt wrote on July 25, 2020:
I have just come across the monograph, 1984, as I am clearing out files after ending my practice last January. I have never forgotten when, during a week end training, Naomi was working with someone whose spouse was dying of cancer. The spouse was in its 50s but wanted no medical therapies - only to just die in peace. The work was supporting the spouse about to be left totally bereft. It was jaw dropping to witness how Naomi sensitively worked it. Exquisite really. I was privileged to be there. I am nearing 83 now but still have vivid memories of HFI.
I have just come across the monograph, 1984, as I am clearing out files after ending my practice last January. I have never forgotten when, during a week end training, Naomi was working with someone whose spouse was dying of cancer. The spouse was in its 50s but wanted no medical therapies - only to just die in peace. The work was supporting the spouse about to be left totally bereft. It was jaw dropping to witness how Naomi sensitively worked it. Exquisite really. I was privileged to be there. I am nearing 83 now but still have vivid memories of HFI.
Ellis from East Hartford wrote on June 30, 2020:
Although I am late in sending HFI wishes on your 50th anniversary from 2019, these wishes are sincere and heartfelt. I had the privilege of working with David from 1987 through 2016 (with a break somewhere in between those years). I wouldn't be where I am in my life now were it not for the work I did with him during that time. Life may not be easier now, but at least I have the tools to help me work through life's rough patches. Congratulations to David and everyone else at HFI for all of the help and support you have provided to this community for over 50 years!
Although I am late in sending HFI wishes on your 50th anniversary from 2019, these wishes are sincere and heartfelt. I had the privilege of working with David from 1987 through 2016 (with a break somewhere in between those years). I wouldn't be where I am in my life now were it not for the work I did with him during that time. Life may not be easier now, but at least I have the tools to help me work through life's rough patches. Congratulations to David and everyone else at HFI for all of the help and support you have provided to this community for over 50 years!
Karen from Suffield wrote on June 16, 2020:
I was a client at HFI in the early 80's. My therapist was Ellen Allen and she was amazing. I was so very lucky to have found HFI at a time that I was in need. Thank you for helping me and I'll never forget Ellen!
I was a client at HFI in the early 80's. My therapist was Ellen Allen and she was amazing. I was so very lucky to have found HFI at a time that I was in need. Thank you for helping me and I'll never forget Ellen!
Beverley Blass from West Hartford wrote on June 11, 2020:
It has taken me a while to say how I feel about HFI, especially Stuart and Naomi. Words don't express enough the depth of gratitude I have for their therapy and training for which I spent many years in both and graduated in 2016. It takes hard work and a deep commitment to doing the inner work necessary to work with blocks that hold us back, usually from childhood, from having more of ourselves and our own power to navigate in this world. Their acceptance for all feelings, non judgement and heart centered awareness allowed me to trust my own knowing and my own heart which led me through from feeling shattered to a deep place of integration, compassion and... Read more
It has taken me a while to say how I feel about HFI, especially Stuart and Naomi. Words don't express enough the depth of gratitude I have for their therapy and training for which I spent many years in both and graduated in 2016. It takes hard work and a deep commitment to doing the inner work necessary to work with blocks that hold us back, usually from childhood, from having more of ourselves and our own power to navigate in this world. Their acceptance for all feelings, non judgement and heart centered awareness allowed me to trust my own knowing and my own heart which led me through from feeling shattered to a deep place of integration, compassion and being able to understand more fully, Spirit ,Subtle Energies which I have experienced all my life and and that everything is energy. Thank you for helping me see this as a gift and that Im not crazy but lived in an evironment of craziness.This therapy and training has allowed me to have more energy, be grounded, centered, in my heart, balanced with my ability to communicate and to use my mind in harmony with all of me. This work continues daily in my life with more awareness and connection to others. I have been privileged to also work as an Assistant Trainer with Naomi and Stuart at HFI and have an office there also. They are an example of all of our humanness along with Donna and David Gilroy who also exemplify the work being done here. Thank you all from the deepest place in my heart.
Muhammad A. A-Rahman from Middletown wrote on March 18, 2020:
Congratulations on this major accomplishment and my appreciation to HFI for Its role in paving that path towards enlightenment. My time at HFI provided me with valuable moments of growth. And the notions that relationships are essential in the realm of professional practices was helpful in that journeying. Thanks to the stewardship of David, and Donna, Stuart and Naomi for their contributions, in that path of "Beginning Anew". And especially concerning the role that the "Gong" played in that invite, which heralds you to consider shaping your narrative. All the best.
Congratulations on this major accomplishment and my appreciation to HFI for Its role in paving that path towards enlightenment. My time at HFI provided me with valuable moments of growth. And the notions that relationships are essential in the realm of professional practices was helpful in that journeying. Thanks to the stewardship of David, and Donna, Stuart and Naomi for their contributions, in that path of "Beginning Anew". And especially concerning the role that the "Gong" played in that invite, which heralds you to consider shaping your narrative. All the best.
Marietta Skeen from Northampton, Massachusetts wrote on January 17, 2020:
Finding HFI has been a homecoming for me. The community made room for the depth and the potency I always sensed was waiting for me. I feel, at HFI, there is room and support for my brightest light and my darkest dark. Words cannot express my gratitude for all of the trainers and participants who have had the courage to take personal responsibility and be together in the harder feelings working toward personal integrity. I truly believe this work will change the world and I feel committed to helping make that happen. Big Love HFI. Happy Anniversary!
Finding HFI has been a homecoming for me. The community made room for the depth and the potency I always sensed was waiting for me. I feel, at HFI, there is room and support for my brightest light and my darkest dark. Words cannot express my gratitude for all of the trainers and participants who have had the courage to take personal responsibility and be together in the harder feelings working toward personal integrity. I truly believe this work will change the world and I feel committed to helping make that happen. Big Love HFI. Happy Anniversary!
John Connelly from West Simsbury wrote on January 9, 2020:
Happy Anniversary! I have learned so much from my time here at HFI. Thank you!
Happy Anniversary! I have learned so much from my time here at HFI. Thank you!
Beth DeGennaro from Wallingford, Ct wrote on January 8, 2020:
I found HFI in the Door Opener publication. Back in 2011 there was this tiny advertisement written about a program, a place, a group, PEOPLE actually discussing and dealing with childhood trauma - if you could imagine THAT! Well, I called HFI immediately and Stuart answered the phone. I asked a bunch of questions and he gave me a bunch of answers. I made an appointment to meet with some David guy. I hung up thinking, wow, a male receptionist, interesting LOL. Little did I know how this would deeply change my life. I met with David and remember feeling heard, seen and validated as I shared some "highlights" of my childhood. I was floored! There was actually someone who... Read more
I found HFI in the Door Opener publication. Back in 2011 there was this tiny advertisement written about a program, a place, a group, PEOPLE actually discussing and dealing with childhood trauma - if you could imagine THAT! Well, I called HFI immediately and Stuart answered the phone. I asked a bunch of questions and he gave me a bunch of answers. I made an appointment to meet with some David guy. I hung up thinking, wow, a male receptionist, interesting LOL. Little did I know how this would deeply change my life. I met with David and remember feeling heard, seen and validated as I shared some "highlights" of my childhood. I was floored! There was actually someone who wanted to talk about trauma, I was scared to death, intrigued and delighted all at the same time. My life has been completely transformed by the trainers, energy and physical space and friends made over the last 8 years. I honestly don't know where I'd be without the Wisdom and teachings offered by the beautiful souls who held me over and over when I needed it the most. I've grown, I've cried, I've raged, I've sunk, I've risen and all of it was accepted with love. As I continue to appreciate, then work with how I shade my own light today, I've come to know myself in new ways, retrieving more and more parts of my original self. My life is amazing today because of your guidance, I am forever grateful HFI. I will be back, time and time again. ๐Ÿ˜
james from Philadelphia wrote on December 29, 2019:
Congratulations on your 50th anniversary! Your site is great. I am so happy to see this.
Congratulations on your 50th anniversary! Your site is great. I am so happy to see this.
Henry Kessler from Dรผsseldorf/ Germany wrote on December 25, 2019:
I was always inspired by the way Stuart and Naomi ran our workshops in Germany. Although I couldnโ€™t keep the connection all the time, I learned a lot, and it stayed with me in deeper places. So it comes up in me and helps me in my daily work with patients and also with myself, in supporting my feelings and thoughts, looking foreword. I am thankful for my experiences with you both, Stuart and Naomi, and I hope you are well.
I was always inspired by the way Stuart and Naomi ran our workshops in Germany. Although I couldnโ€™t keep the connection all the time, I learned a lot, and it stayed with me in deeper places. So it comes up in me and helps me in my daily work with patients and also with myself, in supporting my feelings and thoughts, looking foreword. I am thankful for my experiences with you both, Stuart and Naomi, and I hope you are well.
Rick McNeil from Easthampton, MA wrote on December 13, 2019:
I have been a student at HFI Training Program since 2013 and so glad to have landed here. The words transformation, healing, growth, community and life layer (of course) all come to mind. This is a special place and wish to express my gratitude to all the trainers and staff for their guidance and support! HAPPY 50TH!
I have been a student at HFI Training Program since 2013 and so glad to have landed here. The words transformation, healing, growth, community and life layer (of course) all come to mind. This is a special place and wish to express my gratitude to all the trainers and staff for their guidance and support! HAPPY 50TH!
Beth Roberts from Meriden wrote on November 16, 2019:
I'm a big fan of HFI and all the founders and partners. I have seen and experienced your work. I thank you for your help in my healing and for the healing of those I love. Your affect ripples through those you touch directly.
I'm a big fan of HFI and all the founders and partners. I have seen and experienced your work. I thank you for your help in my healing and for the healing of those I love. Your affect ripples through those you touch directly.
Elizabeth Hunter-Blank from Kansas City wrote on November 15, 2019:
I am so glad that I became a part of your training program in Kansas City almost 40 years ago. My life is immensely brighter and fuller as a result. Somehow โ€œthank youโ€ doesnโ€™t begin to capture my deep gratitude to you Naomi and Stuart.
I am so glad that I became a part of your training program in Kansas City almost 40 years ago. My life is immensely brighter and fuller as a result. Somehow โ€œthank youโ€ doesnโ€™t begin to capture my deep gratitude to you Naomi and Stuart.