Project Cooperation: Selbst.Wert.Sinn (“Self.Value.Meaning”) Symposium – a pedagogical treasure hunt

The Selbst.Wert.Sinn (“Self.Value.Meaning”) symposium, which will take place on June 25, 2022 in the Pförtnerhaus Feldkirch, offers everyone who works with children and adolescents an opportunity to deal with the topics of appreciation and the development of potential from the perspective of existential pedagogy in depth. You can also find all the information on the homepage of the symposium.


existential pedagogy, psychosocial health promotion, potential realisation

Initial Situation

Over the last two years, the Covid crisis has taken a lot out of children and adolescents in particular. In kindergartens and schools everywhere, coping with the pandemic was at the forefront of daily activities, and this has left its mark. Numerous studies point to a clear deterioration in children’s and adolescents’ mental health of as a result of the pandemic. That’s why it’s all the more important to focus on the essentials: the interests, talents and potential values of children and adolescents in an increasingly complex world.

Solution Approach

In order to support educators on this path, Weitblick GmbH and the Institute for Existential Pedagogy, in cooperation with the Vorarlberg University of Education, are organising a one-day symposium on the topics of appreciating and developing potential. Numerous speakers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, including Eva Maria Waibel, Christoph Kolbe and Reinhard Haller, will spend a day with participants in lectures, discussions and workshops exploring the question of how the bountiful potential of children and adolescents can be developed.

The Project

Symposium Programme, June 25, 2022

08:00 – 08:45 am: Arrival, registration, coffee and summit meeting

08:45 – 09:00 am: Words of welcome LSth. Barbara Schöbi Fink, BGM. Wolfgang Matt, Christian Kathan

09:00 – 10:00 am: Eva Maria Waibel: Existential Pedagogy. A Treasure Chest

10:00 – 10:45 am: Reinhard Haller: The Miracle of Appreciation

10:45 – 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am – 12:00 noon: Christoph Kolbe: Why appreciation is important – and why we must not depend on it.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch break

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Interviews with Julie Melzer, Michael Winter, Andreas Hausheer

2:00 – 3:15 pm: Workshop group 1, lecture Michael Winter

3:30 – 4:45 pm: Workshop group 2, lecture Thomas Happ

5:00 – 5:15 pm: Conclusion


1. Andreas and Doris Hausheer, Sempach (CH): “WertSCHÄTZEN” – stories from the treasure chest of experience

2. Markus Juranek: Legal free spaces for the pedagogical treasure hunt in schools

3. Daniela Klingler, Innsbruck: The treasure chest of the four basic motivations. Strengthening and supporting children in kindergarten

4. Esther Kohl, Bremen: Life connects. Accompanying adolescents on a treasure hunt for the themes of human existence

5. Julie Melzer, Graz: Disciplining and punishment – is it necessary or isn’t it?

6. Daniel Scheyer/Matthias Mittelberger, Götzis/Vienna: Discovering what’s inside me… How can potential be developed in kindergarten and in school?

7. Jasmine Vallaster, St. Johann i. T., Edel Humer, Nenzing: Motivated children. Insights into existential teaching

Afternoon lecture 1, 2:00 – 3:15 pm: Michael Winter, Berlin: Existential pedagogy in the Elisabethstift schools – challenges in the area of intersection between freedom and responsibility

Afternoon lecture 2, 3:30 – 4:45 pm: Thomas Happ, Innsbruck: When the psyche generates dynamism! Improving one’s understanding of challenging parenting situations

Mag. Daniel Scheyer


Mag. Daniel Scheyer

Next Project

“Gemeinsam stark werden” (“Becoming Strong Together”) – The Life Skills Programme for Primary Schools