Pocket Project Initiators
Thomas Hübl is a modern mystic, spiritual teacher, author and systems-thinker. His work integrates the essence of the great wisdom traditions, scientific knowledge and his own personal experience. Thomas offers a unique approach to life as a ‘mystic in the marketplace’ and helps people to attain a deeper level of self-awareness and personal relationship, and to transcend a ‘culture of the personal’ and a self-centered worldview. Through his work, people from all walks of life learn how to become a living expression of spirit and how to participate in ‘we cultures’ through an embodied inner and outer connection.
His teachings combine transformation through integration of trauma, somatic sensitization, advanced meditative practice, and a deepening understanding of culture processes. Since 2004, Thomas’ leading-edge work has spread worldwide through workshops, multi-year training programs and online courses. The non-profit ‘Celebrate Life Festival’ brings together more than 1,200 people every year and has showcased a wide network of experts in various disciplines, through dialogue and exchange. In 2008 Thomas founded the ‘Academy of Inner Science’. This provided a framework for dialogue between the inner science of consciousness and the external scientific-academic exploration of life.
Over the years Thomas has also organized several major healing events, aimed at healing the Holocaust’s cultural shadows. Thousands of Germans and Israelis have been brought together through these processes. In 2016 Thomas founded the non-profit ‘Pocket Project’, with the aim of exploring collective trauma and shadow work and integrating this through large-scale group processes. A global organization has been launched, intended to research and explore specific aspects of local traumatization. This applies both to past traumas and also to current conflict zones.
Thomas was born in Austria in 1971 and now lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, with his wife, the Israeli artist Yehudit Sasportas and their daughter Eliya.
Yehudit Sasportas is one of the most prominent and prolific Israeli artists working in the local and international art arenas today. Her work is focused on site-specific installations, which include sculptures, drawings, video and sound works, and call for an intense and overwhelming sensory experience.
Her installations have gone through a process of adapting and responding to the architecture of various museum spaces while forming into artworks that present a new way of reading architecture itself, as well as the wider cultural context it was created in. Her sculptural arrangements deal with a fascinating correspondence taking place between subconscious materials, unspoken and unseen, and the way these layers of information activate conscious areas across the surface. Sasportas’ Active Consciousness films, which were made over a course of more than seven years, present relatively simple actions, yet such that provoke a deep and condense discussion about the manner in which we experience, understand and project our own personal stories on reality. This series as well as others have brought Sasportas’ works to receive meaningful recognition as an artist with clear political relevance.
Sasportas represented Israel in the 2007 Venice Biennial, and has presented more than ten international solo exhibitions during the last decade, in venues such as The Kunsthalle Basel, The Berkley Museum of Art, San Francisco, The Kunstverein Braunschweig, DA2 Domus Atrium, Salamanca, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Sasportas is a senior professor at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem. She works in Tel Aviv and Berlin and is also a lecturer in the International Academy of Consciousness (Germany and the US).
Pocket Project Co-Founders
Hilorie Baer is a personal coach and transformational facilitator with 25 years experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. She is a pioneer in developing a new approach to personal transformation through the practical application of mystical principles. This innovation has come from work as a key member of Thomas Hübl’s core team, dedicated to developing a contemporary approach to spiritual awakening.
Born in the US, Hilorie has a BA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She and her architect husband of 30 years live in Jerusalem, where they have raised three children and where she maintains her own private psychotherapy practice.
Yuval Carmi is a clinical psychologist, group facilitator, Yoga teacher and teacher of Holodynamics, working with family constellations with groups and individuals. He has a background in Physics– MSc and a private practice for more than 20 years, with much experience in trauma work from a variety of sources: army, terror, holocaust, sexual abuse, bereavement, physical, accidents.
Yuval teaches mind-body spirit in private and public settings. He has gathered extensive experience in working with different Israeli-Palestinian groups in the last 12 years, and has co- facilitated a week-long workshop among Germans, Israelis and Palestinians in Auschwitz. He has been studying with Thomas Hübl for four years.
Hadassa Degani was born in Tsfat in northern Israel. Her mother was seventh generation in the Sephardic Jewish lineage. Her grandfather was a well-known Kabbalist Rabbi.
After a successful career as a TV producer, Hadassa began the long-term study and practice of Chinese medicine, leading her to co-create a groundbreaking, herbal-based product for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Researched scientifically at Teleshomer hospital, the product is now on sale in every chemist in Israel, and is sold all over the world via her website. It has changed the lives of thousands of children and adults. She works increasingly with children and adults who have severe ADHD as a result of trauma. She has studied with Thomas Hübl for four years.
Nicholas Janni has gained an international reputation over the last twelve years for his leadership training and transformational coaching. He works on consciousness development with organisations and business schools worldwide. Previously he was a theatre director, taught acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and led his own theatre company.
He has studied/practiced Zen meditation, Hawaiian Kahuna bodywork, Psychosynthesis, Kabbalah and various martial arts, and has been studying the mystical principles intensively with Thomas Hübl for the last four years. He is part of Thomas’s core team, and hosts and mentors on the Mystical Principles and Healing online courses.