May 12-13 WEEKEND ONE: Dreams and Personal Myth (Michael Whan & Caroline Brazier)
Working with dreams, people have often sought to discover a route to understanding unconscious process and to divine spiritual truth. Dreams are both highly personal but also often tap into universal symbolism and imagery. They can be a starting point for inquiry or a route to depth understanding. This weekend workshop will offer different models for working with dream material, both exploratory and creative. Participants are invited to record their dreams in advance of the weekend in order to have material to work with, but for those who do not have such material, other ways of using the methodologies will be possible.
May 14 - 17 FOUR DAY INTENSIVE: Journaling, Narrative and Inquiry (Caroline Brazier)
This four day intensive will explore the use of narrative, journaling and reflective methods such as naikan and morita in the therapeutic context. It will look at different formats, and the ways in which artwork, diagrams, notes, scrap book activity and other dimensions of journaling create different types of process. This section may include extra sessions outside normal course hours so as to allow for dream recording and evening reflection periods.
May 18 DAY SEMINAR: Buddhist Psychology and Global Ethics (Course Staff)
This course block explores the ways in which the therapist and therapeutic process relates to bigger issues affecting global society. People do not live in isolation but are the product of conditions which they inhabit, so, whils many therapies seek to treat the client as in some way separate from their context, this day seminar will explore ways in which the person cannot be taken out of the context of world events. Whether it is the fear of war, disease or climatic disaster which impacts of a person's psyche or the guilt arising from the divide between the well off and the impoverished; the problems of communication between cultures or the impact of new forms of art or ideology imported from parts of the world previously considered distant and different; the role of therapy itself is culturally embedded and may need to develop its reflexive powers, faced with new challenges to its identity.
May 19-20 WEEKEND TWO Green Therapy in the City (Caroline Brazier & Elise Tate)
This weekend will explore the way that the use of environmental resources can play a part in therapeutic methods of the ordinary therapist. It will look at the relevance of the deep ecology movement and ecopsychology to the therapist working in urban contexts. How do we bring clients into contact with the healing power of nature when we live and work in areas which are built up? Does the work which is often done in areas of wilderness and natural beauty transfer to suburban gardens or inner city waste ground, the car park or the pavement? How do we facilitate change through exposing people who live in cities to ideas of growing things or enjoying time out of doors in different weather conditions? this weeked will include an introduction to the Ten Directions model as well as offering practical applications of methodology.