June 25, 2022 in Basel

Gabor Maté

Wisdom of Trauma

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June 25, 2022 in Basel

Gabor Maté

One-day seminar – Wisdom of Trauma

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When The Body Says No:

Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection

Stress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully. Western medicine, in theory and practice, tends to treat mind and body as separate entities. This separation, which has always gone against ancient human wisdom, has now been demonstrated by modern science to be not only artificial, but false.

Dr. Maté’s one-day seminar includes research findings, compelling and poignant anecdotes from his own extensive experience in family practice and palliative care, and illuminating biographies of famous people such as athlete Lance Armstrong, the late comedienne Gilda Radner, or famed baseball legend Lou Gehrig. The presentation is based on the best-selling book: When The Body Says No.

The Characteristics of the Stress-Prone Personality

  1. Difficulty saying no

  2. Automatic and compulsive regard for the needs of others without considering one’s own

  3. Rigid and compulsive identification with duty, role and responsibility rather than with the true self

  4. Habitual suppression or repression of healthy anger and assertion

Unity of body and mind

The brain and body systems that process emotions are intimately connected with the hormonal apparatus, the nervous system, and in particular the immune system. Emotional stress, especially of the hidden kind that people are not aware of, undermines immunity, disrupts the body’s physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for disease. There is strong evidence to suggest that in nearly all chronic conditions, from cancer, ALS, or multiple sclerosis to autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or Alzheimer’s, hidden stress is a major predisposing factor. In an important sense, disease in an individual can be seen as the “end point” of a multigenerational emotional process. If properly understood, these conditions can provide important openings for compassion and self-awareness, which in turn are major tools in recovery and healing.

“The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.”
Gabor Maté

Seminar content

  • The mind/body unity as explained by modern science (psychoneuroimmunology)
  • The nature of stress and its physiological consequences
  • The three major stressors: Loss of Control, Uncertainty; and Conflict
  • How the early environment “programs” us physiologically and psychologically into chronically stressful patterns of feeling and behavior
  • Why stress remains hidden in our culture
  • The stressful work environment: how to recognize it and transform it
  • How to recognize stress and prevent it
  • How the understanding of stress can inform and enhance clinical practice



June 25, 2022

11am – 12.30pm

Workshop + Q&A

2pm – 3:30pm

Workshop + Q&A


Attention, secure your ticket today! The number of tickets is limited.

The event will be held in English. We provide simultaneous German translation. If translation is required, it must be booked during the ticket purchase.

Stories of Transformation

“Gabor Maté’s connections – between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political – are bold, wise and deeply moral.”

Stories of Transformation

“Gabor Maté is a common-sense doctor and truth-teller. By looking at causes and their effects, he helps you find your way home.”


Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in over thirty languages, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.


What is the difference between the silver & gold tickets?

With the silver ticket you can attend the day seminar and have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Seating for this ticket category is in the middle to the back of the hall. Included in the gold ticket, besides the participation, is a free seat selection, a recording of the seminar and lunch.

In which language will the day seminar be held?

In English, but simultaneous German translation will be provided.

Where will the day seminar be held?

The event will take place at Hofmatt in Münchenstein.
Baselstrasse 88, 4142 Münchenstein

Will accommodations be provided?

Accommodation is not provided by the organizer. However, Hotel Hofmatt offers single and double rooms.

What food options are available around Hofmatt?

The Hofmatt Restaurant offers a buffet lunch for CHF 25 per person for all event guests. The price includes meat, vegetarian or vegan dishes, salad, dessert and mineral water.

What books by Gabor Maté will be available for purchase?

“When the Body Says No,” “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts,” “Scattered Minds,” and “Hold on to your Kids”.