CHE-salon: 'Look yonder comes the steamer….'

Salon December 4
See yonder comes the steamer….
by: Roma Long and Leida Schuringa

In this salon we explore our relationship with the Zwarte Piet discussion and examine what it yields if we look at it from an integral perspective.
Why this salon? The CHE wants to contribute to the transition from postmodern (Green, first tier) to integral (Geel, second tier). What does that mean for current social issues and conflicting perspectives such as the polarization in the Zwarte Piet discussion? Is it possible to talk about Zwarte Piet and thus bring people closer together? Be surprised in your Purple roots and sharpen your Second Tier thinking in this salon!!

This salon is part of a series. In the 17-18 season we want to organize – also depending on the interest – a number of salons that deal with diversity from an Integral perspective. How do we deal with the black-and-white discussion, with the (apparent) contradictions between different religions, but also with our collective dark sides (slavery past, colonialization, Indonesia, the flood, and the like). We see working with these kinds of (historical) crises – just like personal problems and traumas – as necessary to be able to take the next evolutionary step and make the transition to the next value system. This is not going to happen from the comfort zone. Time to get out of the bubble!!! At the beginning of July 2018 we therefore also plan to organize a Keti Koti table in collaboration with others (see
We base our program in the four parts that Wilber has made: Growing up, Waking up, Cleaning up and Showing up.

Roma Long has studied educational science and has worked with vulnerable and “at-risk boys” in Rotterdam for the last eight years with an integral coaching program in which the families were also supported. For the past four years he has studied with Thomas Hübl in Germany where much shadow work has been done on the collective trauma of the Holocaust. During this work, he has come to see the importance of deeper research into his own African-American and Dutch roots.

Leida Schuringa As a sociologist and community worker, she has been involved in the multicultural society all her life and has also written a book about it: Dealing with diversity. A challenge. 2005, 3rd edition. The pain and sorrow of groups such as refugees, migrants, Roma and the hardening in society touch her deeply. But what is an adequate response to polarization? According to Leida, a deeper and broader insight is needed. Only if we look from a transcending, integral perspective, it is possible to move beyond the apparent contradictions.

You are cordially invited to participate in this salon. You can sign up by clicking the following link (Invitation on Eventbrite) clicking the green 'Attend Event' button, you will receive confirmation of your registration.
Signing up is important, even if you don't join us for dinner. Depending on the number of registrations, we will look for a suitable space. On the day of the salon you will receive an email to know in which room the salon will take place.
If you are unexpectedly unable to come, please send a text message to Peter Luijten: 06-23184287.

Eating together

Venwoude offers the visitors of the salon the opportunity to join the meal. The vegetarian meals are prepared with full-fledged products and fresh vegetables from the region and the season. Venwoude charges € 13,50 pp (in cash and to be paid to the CHE Salonhost there) and it is appreciated if we help clean up.
For a good planning of the kitchen and the purchases, we pass on the number of diners on Friday morning. You can sign up for the meal by sending an email – no later than Friday, December 1, before 17.00 p.m. – to Peter Luijten

Salons January 2018

• Monday 8 January 2018 – New Year's Salon
• Monday, January 20, 2018 – Marjon van Opijnen


We offer these salons based on the "purpose and principles" of the CHE. To make this permanently possible in the future, we ask you to make a financial contribution from € 7,50 per salon. Also possible, become donator! Organized by volunteers for volunteers. And the CHE has costs. From the Chamber of Commerce and the website to compensating time for making connections between parties that enter into collaborations that they could not have dreamed of. To continue to make all this possible, we invite you to become a donor of the CHE. With an automatic transfer of a fixed amount per month you make our work possible. You can also make a one-time gift. The Center for Human Emergence NL is recognized as a charity, so your donations are tax deductible.

We hope you come!

Warm regards,
Roma Long, Leida Schuringa and Peter Luijten