Landscape for the Soul
A Transpersonal Perspectives Gathering
Charney Manor in Oxfordshire
Friday March 20th – 22nd 2015
Booking: please contact Philippa Vaizey, tel: 01736 449505
It is with delight and gratitude that we can announce the Speakers/Presenters for this weekend:
Anne Baring, Jeremy Brooks, Alain Allard and Jinny Blom
Anne is a Jungian analyst and author and co- author of seven books. Her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimensions of the Cosmos that is the source or the ground of all that we call ‘life’.
Her latest book The Dream of the Cosmos. A Quest for the Soul was twenty years in the making and will be the subject of her talk.
Jeremy was originally in investment banking and trained as a psychotherapist as part of his mid-life rearrangements (along with downsizing, buying a motorbike, mountain biking etc.). He is now in private practice mainly as a therapist and supervisor, teaches on a counselling diploma locally, runs workshops and supervises for Mind & Cruise Bereavement Care.
He is also Treasurer for our Perspectives group and the Secretary for the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology.
Developing our Relationship with the more than human.
Whilst the transpersonal shifts our focus beyond the personal – be that to the collective unconscious, spiritual experience, or altered states of consciousness – Ecopsychology asks us to extend this further to include the non-human and more than human. Ecopsychology extends the horizontal aspect of the transpersonal, being concerned with immanence, embodiment, the shamanic and the pagan. We are asked to reflect on our relationship to the world, and the cosmos. Issues we might consider may include global warming, sustainability, pollution, recycling, human population growth, energy production, food production, extinction: overall our place within Gaia. What are our intellectual, emotional, physical and psychological reactions to this situation? Can we do anything to help, or do we feel powerless? Are we part of the problem, or part of the solution – inevitably both…
In this session I hope that we will be able to connect to our environment in the broadest possible way. Maybe reconnect in a way that we did as children, and hopefully connect to the more than human forces that interpenetrate our environment.
Alain has been dancing the 5Rhythms® for over 20 years. Accredited by Gabrielle Roth, he teaches the Waves, Heartbeat and Mirrors level maps of her work and, for the last 15 years, has been regularly teaching them in different countries, continents and contexts. He is a registered UKCP therapist, trained by Ian Gordon Brown and Barbara Somers at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology. He is also a Faculty Trainer for the 5Rhythms® Teacher Training programme. His earlier career in the building trade underpins the practical, step by step, clarity of his teaching. Father of 5 ‘grown-up’ children, he lives in the Ashdown Forest with his wife, his cat, his dog and many trees and flowers.
As Above So Below
Our sense of ‘me’, the ‘I’ that is breathed from birth to death is dependent on embodiment. Not only do ‘we come from somewhere and go somewhere’ but that coming and going is as physical substance. If my human existence is just an idea my Soul is having then so is the Earth which carries me on this journey from baby to corpse. If I am, however, like the bird outside my window as I write this, more than concept: actual blood, muscle, skin, bone and guts then all of my reality, thoughts, beliefs and faith is made up of the same stuff as the living Earth. The same matter as the moving Great Mother, Mater Terra; minerals, cells, salts and fluids in constant flowing motion. Without this movement – the in and out of the breath that visits me regardless of my attention – ‘I’ cease to be. Cycles, waves, patterns are my nature just as they are the nature of the elemental landscapes of this planet which is home to body, mind, heart and spirit. The landscape of ‘me’ extends from feet to head yet for many of us the territory between these points is a million miles of wilderness. In this session I will guide us into remembering and exploring ourselves through physical movement and focussed attention. This brief introduction is suitable for all regardless of age or experience. Processing by practising, we will try out different movement qualities that can renew and recharge physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Loose comfortable clothing and either socks or bare feet (both options clean please!) are recommended for this short enquiry.
Jinny was running a residential charitable trust in South London for men with schizophrenia when she discovered and trained with Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers. The Trust believed that psychological health could be improved by embracing Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: shelter, safety, warmth, food…and found gardening as a means to this. Since becoming a landscape and garden designer in 1996, she has created and landscaped gardens all over the world including Althorp Park and Princess Diana’s Grave, and won awards for various projects including the master plan for Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and Kentish Town Health Centre. She has also designed and built five Chelsea flower show gardens including one for Prince Charles and one for Prince Harry in support of their charities. And as she puts it “I even got a gold medal for one!”
She is currently working in the Rift Valley in Kenya on a black rhino reserve and continues, throughout her work to be an advocate for gardens/ gardening as a therapeutic tool in depression, ptsd, and severe mental illness.
In her down time, she enjoys singing a-Capella with friends.
Terra Firma: how the land really earths us.
I have been focussed on the three dimensional world since childhood- it offered me an antidote to the complexities of my early life and I found great solace and inspiration in it. I believe my transpersonal perspective was formed at a very young age and later found expression in my interest in psychosis and working with people afflicted with schizophrenia. One thing I learned for certain when I worked in therapy was that no human being is beyond reach, and if you can then change their environment they will improve.
In our session we will explore the symbiotic influence of earth and diurnal motion on our health and the schism we are currently living through. It’s effect and the pull of the collective unconscious to reconnect to it and the challenges of doing so.
(Please be prepared for inclement weather.)
There will be the one morning offering each day such as Dream Sharing, Tai Chi, Meditation and Yoga to choose from before breakfast for the early risers. On Saturday evening there will be an opportunity for the group to come together on a more sociable note.
As before, a small exhibition of participants’ art or craft work will be displayed in the Solar Room; an invitation to submit work is on the booking form. Ian Thorp will be bringing Transpersonal Books; these will be found in the Library.
There will also be space and time to enjoy good conversations, quiet reflection, and the lovely Manor and surroundings, not to mention the delicious food.