The Introductory Workshops

The three introductory workshops, created by Barbara Somers and Ian Gordon-Brown, have been the foundation and hallmark of Transpersonal work in the UK since the 1970s. Today they are as valid and life enhancing as ever, with a remarkable power to widen our horizons and illuminate our journey. Transpersonal Perspectives is honoured to host these workshops and ensure their continuity.

Our nationwide network of experienced workshop leaders offers regular programmes of Introductory Workshops. The series of three workshops needs to be taken in order and offer participants opportunities to explore their own sense of Self through creative work with symbols, imaging, inner dialogue and gestalt exercises.

The content of these workshops is consistent with the models developed by Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers; however the process may vary depending on the group leader and the needs of the participants.

Currently, they are being run by Hazel Marshall at Rock Bank in Leicestershire: www.rockbank.co.uk, and by Robina Pye at Edinample, Perthshire & at Myers Castle, Fife: www.robinapye.co.uk.

Workshop I

Personality Integration and the Self
As a first step towards self-knowledge, we explore the nature of consciousness, look at our self-image, and through exercises and guided imagery encounter our sub-personalities with their often surprising characteristics, which unconsciously but powerfully dwell and act within us all.
A Gestalt exercise sheds light on how our body, mind and emotions relate to each other, and how their potential conflicts can be resolved.

Workshop II

The Masculine and Feminine Within Us
The Universe rests on the equilibrium of the opposed but complementary energies of Yin and Yang, the feminine and masculine principles. The same energies operate within us. Each sex contains a fragment of ‘the other’, and in this workshop we meet, recognize and befriend our Inner Man/Inner Woman, Jung’s Animus and Anima. Cooperating with them releases fresh energies and can improve our human relationships.

Workshop III

Stages and Cycles of Growth
In the Transpersonal worldview life is a journey that doesn’t begin at birth and doesn’t end with the death of the body. Its purpose is inner development and the fulfilling of our true potential. In this workshop we explore life’s cycles and phases – and their specific tasks – from birth to death, look at possible changes of direction, and discover the power and the risks of unconsciously projecting parts of ourselves onto others.