In Germany Living-way / Lebenswege workshops and trainings started 1991 at Forum Kreuzberg, a socio-cultural community in the middle of Berlin. At the time, Karl-Heinz Finke coordinated the adult education department of Forum Kreuzberg and invited Coenraad van Houten, Helmuth ten Siethoff, Gudrun Burkhard and other lecturers and teachers connected to the NPI (Niederländisches Pädagogisches Institut and the Centre for Social Development (UK) to conduct workshops. Trainings in adult education, social development, Destiny Learning and Inner Schooling were let by Coenraad van Houten whilst Gudrun Burkhard started a Biography Training. Both strands contributed to future Living-way workshops and trainings, as they contributed to our special blend: Looking at individual, social and organisation development through the lens of the Phases Modell developed by Bernard Lievegoed, the founder of NPI. In 1997, Gudrun Burkhard announced her wish to retire and helped Karl-Heinz Finke to develop and launch his first Biography Training program at Forum Kreuzberg, Berlin. From 1998 to 2005, three German Biography Trainings were held at Forum Kreuzberg. Later Lebenswege decided to run the training at a more central German town and started the fourth Biography Training cycle 2004 in Kassel.
Currently we are in the tenth German Biograph Training cycle, held at the Anthropsohical Center in Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe. This venue is not only almost central for Germany but also in ten minutes walking distance from a speed train station (ICE) which makes travel very convenient for participants from all over Germany.
The structure of the Lebenswege training went through a number of changes, as participants could set aside less and less time to attend workshops. For the current tenth cycle we adopted a format developed in Australia, a blend of distance preparation and face-to-face workshop days. The training consists of four three-day modules per year over three years, starting with an extra Foundation Workshop and accompanied by three annual projects. Participants can join the training annually at an entry point in November after they did a Lebenswege Foundation Workshop.