What is a reunion of est without sharing?

Welcome to a reunion of ideas. Reminisce with others about a unique time in our culture and about the est Training that continues to impact our lives everyday. Studies of transformational programs that began with est show that 7 out of 10 people found the programs to be one of their life's most rewarding experiences. This blog is evidence of the enduring difference the program has made in people’s lives. This is a gathering place for you to share what the est training provided for you, your career, your family, friends, and communities, then and now.

What did you create out of the est Training?

I was delighted to see that Gonneke Spits got a mention in this article too! I always appreciated the work she did in the est organization.

I first met Werner and Gonneke back in the book sales days, then participated in the training and graduate activities.
I’m delighted that they are now free to be among those of us who cherish them.
I never worshipped Werner–I didn’t even always like him, for what that’s worth–and I can most certainly be described as one of those who did not “Get it,” via the training.
That’s why I showed up for volunteering: hoping to maybe finally GET IT, okay?
To make a long story short, decades later I live where and how I want to–and I carry them both in my heart.

Nancy Woodward

Just read a great article in the New York Times about the work Werner is doing now, more than 40 years after inventing the est Training.

Nella Reed Abbott
I graduated from the 2nd est training in San Francisco (I believe it was 1971.) It was at the Jack Tarr Hotel.
Langdon Carter was my trainer and Ron Bynum was in the back of the room at guarding the door. We were at the Jack Tarr Hotel.
I had to pee so bad toward the end of the first day that I got up and ran to the back, out the door, and was stopped by Ron.
When I told him that I was willing to forgo the $200 and I WAS GOING TO THE BATHROOM! … he finally relented, but made me promise that I would not do that again for the rest of the training. I did.
I went on with est to be in the first Trainer Training held. I did not continue because I was offered a dream job at the Joe Alioto’s Mayor’s Criminal Justice Council under Bill Mallen.
Today, in my office, I have a sign that states – “If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it.”
I don’t know if my life would have been as good had I not taken est…but I am glad I did.

barbara annis

I created an amazing life from nothing!
For over 27 years, I have been running a very successful global consulting firm that started a new breakthrough conversation about Gender Intelligence. I have written four very successful books on the topic and having an amazing personal life with husband, kids and grandchildren.
Thank you Werner!

Bob Paulsen

after the training in 1979 in new jersey I had the experience of self realization, it lasted about three days, and to this point, i have not had the experience since. I continue to study life, and would like to be in that place all of the time.

Cheryl Jones Latimer
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Nov, A “76 Stewart Espizeto LA
Forum graduate also
2 children did Young Persons Training 77
Participant of Bucky fuller Event/Karmapa Event/Making Relationship work Event & seminars years.
Creating Movement, The Power of Movement to Rise Above circumstance & into The Possibility of Miracles.. Literally Miracles, a Miraculous Movement in which to live one’s live out of with a positive way of Being in the Presence of Living Beyond what anyone thinks is possible and making Miracles including Healing a part of everyday Life to not only Believe from also to come from this place within & above, as a Light of Truth & Intelligence which reaches into a Movement of Being….that becomes Natural…that is the Miracle of Est….you get to become who you are…Stepping into possibility of dreams & Vision makes your reality shift to taking the Courage to be a stand for the deepest things you really believe in & climbing the Mountain while walking is an brook refreshed & alive.

Terry Etter
I took the training in a ballroom of a hotel in Anaheim in 1976. The training changed the rest of my life. So many stories from relationships that work to making a difference with the high school kids I work with. Thank you.

John Brandon

I took est once in Boston, and helped give it one other time, also in Boston. Summary: It changed my life and made me a better person. I’ve had a great career, my son/partner and I recently sold our business, and I am moving out of the country to our place in Antigua next year. est was and is a big part of who I am, and I thank Werner Erhard and the trainers for that.

Werner certainly does not need another accolade. His life’s work speaks for itself. In some small way, this is my tribute.

The year was 1973 and I was about to begin medical school in Philadelphia. EST was far from main stream and essentially unknown in Philly. Nick, a friend from NYC excitedly called me about this experience he’d had and I just ’had to do it’.

Nick and I had been to Europe that Summer and I knew him to be a really cool guy with his head on straight. Without much questioning, I enrolled and went to New York for ’the training’.

Now, 43 years later, reflecting back on my life, that Summer defined so much of what I was able to become and make a difference to the world around me.

What is an accomplishment? A successful 27 year marriage with two great, fearless kids who are also making a difference in their world? Caring for patients and watching their lives change course for the better? Helping bring new medical treatments to market? Lecturing to thousands of fellow physicians about the connection between emotions and health? Creating (directly or indirectly) over 2000 jobs, many of which gave employees new opportunities to better their lives?

I have often reflected on the ’cosmic joke’ and the power it gave me and others as I passed the message on about the freedom of choice. The experiential part of ’the training’ permeated my work and opened me up to a richer more fulfilling life of professional and personal adventure.

We live in a World that could not have been anticipated 43 years ago. Time, however, has not changed the human challenges and fundamental issues.
What we learned, what we experienced is as relevant today as then.

Thank you Werner for creating a unique experience that taught one psychiatrist to embrace and appreciate life in ways he’d never imagined. And, thank you from the countless numbers of people I was able to touch, and will never know that much of that power came from a two weekend experience a young man took before entering medical school.

Murray H Rosenthal DO FAPA

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