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February 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

In February, with Valentine's Day, we take time to be good to ourselves, to celebrate with our loved one, and also to stand in solidarity with women facing violence around the world.  We treat ourselves with two "The Better Me!" worshops - Voice Activation and How to Accessorize. We celebrate with our loved one with an Ayurvedic Cooking Class for Couples, and we stand in solidarity with women suffering from violence by dancing and rising on Valentine's Day with One Billion Rising! at the Brandenburger Tor. We also will talk about violence against women in our Book Club and on our Issue Debate (see all info below).

I am happy to announce 3 new activities this month - Yoga, Walk & Talk in German and Philosophy Club. See their information below and join your fellow members in opening your body and mind to new impulses. We also have a new activity for our men to get together - "Boys Night Out" once a month. Thanks to Becky Duke, Corinne Wilhelm, Alexandra Pearl and Jennifer Cripe for their initiative in starting these new activities.

If you have some time, I would really appreciate help in coordinating activities. Looking for coordinators for the following:
- Excursions (quarterly)
- Walking Tours (every other month)
- Creative Pursuits Workshops (every other month)
- "The Better Me" Workshops (every other month)
Description of the activities here:

As Activity Coordinator, you don't have to think of activity ideas all on your own, or even be there on the day (there are lots of ideas and contacts, and someone could manage the group on the day if you can't be there). You would make sure that there is something planned based on the schedule and take RSVPs - for example, make sure that we have an excursion every quarter, or a walking tour every other month ... etc.  Please email me at - and we'll talk it through. I promise it's not time consuming.

Berlin hosts two big events in February - the Berlin Fashion Week and the Berlinale Film Festival - I hope you have the opportunity to experience some of the fun around town.

For some with children in school, I wish you a lovely Winter Break next week (we are having a family-friendly cultural outing on Monday - do join us with your children if you are in town).


My-Linh Kunst
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
skype: mylinhkunst
phone: 0176 7069 7106
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Welcome to our New Members

we're at 104 members!

Audrey Domas
Theresa Helou
Victoria Ishee
Cristina Nardini
Maria Rippe
Meli Solomon
Alexandra Vogonatsi

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below!

Featured Activities this Month

ONE BILLION RISING - Sunday, February 14th 5:30-6:30pm at the Brandenburger Tor. The AWC Berlin will join the global campaign One Billion Rising, we will dance and rise at the Brandenburger Tor to end violence to women. Bring your children, bring your men - come for an hour in solidarity! Email to join our group. Details:

This was how it all started in 2013: women (and men and children) around the world - all danced on February 14th to one song, one choreography:

This was in Berlin in 2015 - if you want to skip the speeches in German at the beginning, go to minute 4:59 to get a feel of the event:

To learn the dance: - but don't worry about being able to do it! As you can see on the Berlin video - people just move along and have fun!

This month's Issue Debate: RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT on Tuesday, February 16th 6-7pm on Skype - will focus on the aspects of media coverage and its effects on survivors, how and why to tell the stories surrounding these topics, and the societal shifts necessary for making a real impact on recovery.   We will have the honor of having writer, activist, and rape survivor Winnie Li joining our conversation from London. Participation is limited to 8 people. Video and article links, as well as focus discussion questions will be provided in advance to participants. Details: RSVP to

Activities - February 2016



Valentine's Cookies for Ronald McDonald House - Sunday February 7th 1-4pm. We will get-together at the Ronald McDonald House to bake and decorate Valentine’s cookies for the families and children there.  All materials will be donated by the Club and brought by Nicki and Angelika.  Just come for some fun on a Sunday afternoon. RSVP to Angelika at  Details:

Ayurvedic Cooking for Couples - Friday February 12th 5:30pm. Ayurveda is not confined to medicine only.  It covers the whole subject of life in all its ramifications.  The aim is salvation – to keep the body as well as possible and to give life such quality that one can progress beyond it”. In every Indian household, meal time is an event where the principles of Ayurveda are incorporated.  During the course we will learn a bit about this science of life and cook some delicious recipes enabling you to sample the diverse cooking which comes from this part of the world. RSVP early because max is 5 couples (40€ per person) to Nancy at! Details:

Culture Club visits Galerie Hoffmann (open to guests) - Saturday February 13th 4-5:30pm. Sammlung Hoffmann is a private collection of contemporary art in all media. Erika and Rolf Hoffmann began collecting contemporary art in 1968 for the inspiration and stimulation of living with it. Today, Erika Hoffmann opens her home to the public on Saturdays to share this experience with others.  If she is in Berlin, sometimes Mrs. Hoffmann will meet her guests for a drink in her living room, which is the last room of the tour.  The AWC Berlin will have a 90 minute tour for up to 20 people (10€ per person). RSVP to by February 2nd! Details:

Philosophy Group - NEW! A New Earth - Awakening to your Life's Purpose. Sunday February 21st, 5-7pm. Eckhart Tolle is  one of the leading spiritual teachers writing today. In A New Earth, Tolle shows how this transformation can occur not only in ourselves, but in the world around us. In our group we will read a chapter of the book every other week and discuss among us, what we think or feel about it. Oprah Winfrey did the same thing in a virtual class room a few years ago, with over 2 million readers. RSVP to Alexandra at Details:



Issue Debate: RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT - Tuesday February 16 6-7pm on Skype. see info above.  RSVP to Details:

Boys Night Out - for our men to get together.  Wednesday, February 17th 6.30pm at Haus der 100 Biere on Ku'Damm 100. RSVP to Jennifer at Details:

Book Club - Thursday, February 18th 7-9pm. February’s Book Club is In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler. Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. She is the Founder of the One Billion Rising campaign. RSVP to Linda at, Details:

"The Better Me!" Workshop: VOICE VORTEX - Voice Training with Kara Johnstad -  Thursday, February 25th 7-9pm. Kara Johnstad, our Scholars Salon speaker in January, will give a talk and training on VOICE VORTEX.  A 20 minute talk with great slides on how to open the voice and the role it plays in our world followed by ONE HOUR  of voice activation activities. RSVP to Details:



Culture Club visits Max Beckmann at the Berlinische Galerie - Monday, February 1, 1pm or 3pm. We will meet at 1pm to go through the permanent collection and stay for the 3pm free tour of the special exhibit on Max Beckmann and Berlin. Details: RSVP to Jessica at 

Yoga in English - NEW! - Tuesdays 2:00-3:15pm. Details:

Pilates in English - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm. Details:

German Conversations - Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-12noon at Wiener Cafe on Clayallee. Come practice your conversational German with fellow semi-beginners, lead by some of our native German members. Contact Linda Sheehan at for more info.

Walk & Talk in German -  NEW! - Thursdays 8:20-9:30am. Details:

"The Better Me!" Workshop: Accessories is the Key to your Personal Style - Thursday, February 11, 10.30am-12.30pm. AWC members Olga Johnston, stylist to the stars, will give us a presentation on the role of accessories. You will receive a few easy, practical pointers on why & how to use the accessories. We’ll talk about types of accessories; basic accessories to invest in; why it is important to create an accent / a focus in one’s outfit;  how to accessories successfully. Details: RSVP to Olga at

Open to potential members, Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". February 12th (every 2nd Friday of the month) at 10.30-12noon.  Stop by to connect, catch up with old friends or make new ones. No RSVP needed, just show up. There will always be someone there, with whom to chat.  Location: the centrally located Park Cafe, Fehrbelliner Pl. 8, 10707 Berlin (right at the U7 stop).

Walking Tour: The Famous Insider Walk - Hidden Berlin & Main Sites - Tuesday, February 23rd 10am-2pm. We will begin our walking tours with this 4-hour Berlin Discovery Tour.  A must-do for newcomers, it is also interesting for seasoned Berliners. Even if you think you know all the basic sites, this tour will provide you with additional knowledge. The company, Insider Tours, receives the #1 rating out of 285 tours on TripAdvisor and 5 stars average from over 7500 reviews. Details: RSVP to


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FAWCO Update

Planning your teen's summer - consider applying for the The FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program. The Program is designed to foster cultural awareness and volunteerism among FAWCO youths (that's our children). FAWCO kids aged 15 - 18 will be hosted by FAWCO families (Host Club members' families) for a week, and will experience a new culture while volunteering with local charities, working side-by-side with local teens.

The fourth FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program will take place in Dublin, Ireland from June 7-12, 2016. If your teen still has school then, FAWCO will provide a letter describing the program to get your school's permission to attend. Sometimes the school would even give community service credits. This program is open to FAWCO teens between the ages of 15-18. The application period will begin in February 2016. Stay tuned for further announcements.

The program will introduce the group to some of the sights and sounds of Dublin, and the teens will be introduced to Ireland’s structure of volunteering and the underlying needs.

To see information about past programs, please click here FAWCO YOUTH CULTURAL VOLUNTEERS.

AWC Berlin is a member of FAWCO (, an international network of American and International women's clubs like ours in 40 countries. FAWCO is active as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council.

By being a member of AWC Berlin, you are automatically a member of FAWCO. There are many benefits to our Club for being a member of FAWCO, but also to YOU, as an individual member.  You are eligible for education awards for members, your children are eligible for education awards and youth programs for teens, your charities are eligible for development grants, to name a few.  FAWCO advocates in Washington on behalf of Americans living overseas (tax & banking issues, citizenship rights, ease of voting... ), and is active at the UN on Gender Equality issues.

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