Who guides Naikan?
Naikan guides give you support with all their
- deep respect.
What are the tasks of a Naikan guide?
First of all Naikan guides provide and maintain a quiet setting
that allows Naikan participants to do their introspection without
disturbance. They provide a room for Naikan, a daily structure, meals
Secondly they give you support during your process of introspection
Each human being is unique, that's why every person diserves individual
guidance. The Naikan guide will come to see you for a short interview
about eight or ten times a day. During a retreat Naikan guides are here
for you day and night.
Every 60 to 90 minutes a Naikan guide comes to
see you for a 5 to 10 minute interview
The Naikan guide asks, "What person and what period have you examined?"
The Naikan participants answers, "I examined my relationship with .....
when I was ..... years old. 1) I received ..... from her, 2) I have
done ..... for her, 3) I caused her difficulties by ....."
The Naikan guide says, "Thank you very much. Next, please reflect on
your relationship with ..... when your were ..... years old."
Naikan participants give a few examples of what they found asking the
three questions of Naikan. If required Naikan guides give support. Of
course everything will be kept confidential.
At the beginning the Naikan interview may appear unusual because Naikan
guides just listen. They do neither judge nor criticise nor say bravo
nor push. They just listen with all their attention, with full
awareness, with heart and soul.
Whatever comes up is accepted as it is.
About Johanna Schuh
Naikan guide since 2000,
foundation 2005 and since then director of Insightvoice Naikan Center Vienna
Practicing Naikan creates clearness, understanding and peace in my inner world.
Guiding Naikan makes me feel deep respect for each human being, gratitude and joy.
The Naikan method has touched me deeply when I attended my first Naikan retreat.
meant so much more to me than a one week training of self-reflection.
Since then Naikan became a solid ground to my way of life.
I'm able to guide Naikan in the following languages
: German, English, French, Spanish.
- 1993 attendance of first Naikan retreat
to 2000 training to become Naikan guide, teachers: Josef Hartl
(1961-2005) and Helga Hartl, Das Naikanhaus, Austria, and Prof. Akira
- 1995 and 2000 and 2013 trips to Japan, attendance of Naikan Congress and visit of various Naikan centers
- 1995 authorisation by Reiunken Shue Usami to guide Jujukinkai
- since 1997 giving Naikan lectures in Austria and Germany
graduation as social worker, subject of thesis: "Naikan as a method in
social work?" (German title: "Naikan als methodischer Weg in der
- 1998 co-author the German book "Die Naikan Methode", writing this book together with my Naikan teachers Josef Hartl (1961-2005) and Prof. Akira Ishii
- 1998 to 2004 guidance of one-day-Naikan at Naikido Center Vienna
- 1999 to 2000 guidance of one-day-Naikan with drug addict delinquents at Schweizer Haus Hadersdorf, Vienna
2000 independent Naikan guide, guiding Naikan retreats, also coach,
lecturer, giving Naikan in Austria, Germany, Switzerland
- 2005 foundation and since then director of Insightvoice Naikan Center Vienna, working in three fields: Naikan introspection, Zen meditation, Voice coaching
2010, 2011 publisher of the Naikan book calendars "Naikan
Jahresbegleiter 2010", "Naikan Jahresbegleiter 2011", "Naikan
Jahresbegleiter 2012", a co-production of Naikan network
- 2011 co-founder of „Verband für klassisches Naikan“, since then chairperson of this association
- 2012 publisher of the Naikan book "Naikan im Alltag", a co-production of Naikan network Austria-Germany-Switzerland
- 2012 relocation of Insightvoice Naikan Center Vienna and specialization in individual Naikan
I come to know more aspects of myself every day.
My perception of the world changes every second.
Development never stops.
In my opinion a profound knowledge and solid training are the basis for
the quality of work. Trust, understanding and a sense of responsibility
are required in the work with people. That's why a Naikan guide should
develop a mature personality.
To follow the path of self-improvement I use various sources:
- attendance of Naikan retreat
- attendance of Zen retreat
- integration of Naikan practice and meditation in everyday life
- professional advice if I need an additional point of view
- study of Naikan publication and literature
- to broaden my professional knowledge study of subjects such as self-reflection, meditation, ki energy, body-mind, etc.
- participation at Naikan conferences and other events in order to share knowledge about Naikan