Many years ago I heard Scilla Elworthy speak at a Psychosynthesis Conference and was very moved by the way in which she combined a deep spiritual awareness while working in one of the most difficult arenas: military conflict resolution. Since then she has published a number of books, including Power and Sex: Developing Inner Strength to Deal with the World
If you have the chance, come to a workshop she’s giving in Lewes in June. We have our big summer gathering in Glastonbury, so unfortunately I can’t come, but today the gathering sold out…so if you were hoping to spend a weekend in Glastonbury and now can’t, spend a weekend in Lewes instead!
Here’s Scilla talking at a TEDex event so you can see and hear how she moves between working with inner states and difficult (and dangerous) situations in a way that is both practical and profound.
Many years ago I heard Ian Rees speak at a Merlin conference, and found his paper on the use of animal imagery in therapy really helpful. Here are details of his latest workshops, with a link to his website on his training programme.
May 12th/13th The Embodied Imagination and the Art of Psychotherapy
This workshop is concerned with the exploration of the Deep Imagination and its application in therapy.
A technique of dream incubation which links the imagination with the senses and the deep patterns of the body will be taught in relation to personal work and in therapeutic practice. Jung’s work on alchemy and the mandala of the Tree of life will be used as transformative frameworks for incubation practice
We will also draw on folklore, songs and poetry and look at how they can assist us to deepen our relationship to the imagination.
9th/10th June Imagination and Transformation
In this workshop we consider the capacity of the imagination to bring about transformation, deepening our experience of the kairos moment-the moment when everything changes. We will consider the relationship between being and self image using the border ballads of Tam Lin and Thomas Rhymer and the Tree of Life to focus our inquiry.
7th/8th July The Archetype of the Magician
We will consider the archetype of the magician and the mysterious figure of the Green Man/Prophet who teaches from within the Dream. We will relate to Jung’s notion of the Self, the Wise being who is at the centre of the mandala of the Tree of Life. The myths of Merlin and other witches and wizards will be considered as a expressions of the archetype. We will look at its manifestation in the practice of therapy and in our lives.
The workshops are led by Ian Rees: an UKCP Registered Psychotherapist working and living in Glastonbury. He has been working with people in relation to wounding and growth for approx 30 years. He has an abiding belief in the power of the embodied imagination and the curative nature of awareness and his ongoing inquiry is to trust the moment of unknowing and surrender fully to it. They are non residential and held in Room 5, The Old Clinic, 10 St John’s Square Glastonbury BA6 9LJ from 1000am to 500pm each day. Cost of individual workshops are £150 or if the series is booked £360 Deposit for individual workshops £50 and for 3 £120. Cheques should be made payable to Ian Rees and sent to Ian Rees, 10 Glastonbury Road, Meare, Glastonbury, Somerset. BA6 9SN. For further information call Ian Rees on 07720449630 email email@example.com or see:
Last week Stephanie and I spent the day with an old friend from New York and his wife Suzanne Braun Levine, the first editor of Ms. magazine and an accomplished author and speaker. We visited Winchester, with its Round Table and cathedral, and Avebury – which despite the drizzle never fails to astonish with its village in the centre of a vast stone circle.
Suzanne talked to us about her latest book How We Love Now, and about her work on life stages. Listen to her talk for TEDxWomen which is fabulous: