1. POETRY AND INTUITIVE WRITING
Facilitator: Jane Byerley
With the theme of “the body keeps the score,” there is an abundance of poetry we can examine. Many poets reflect in their work the trauma of their earlier lives, and often in terms of the effect on the body—we may “sing the body electric.” In this group we will look at a group of pre-selected poems, but I also invite group members to bring copies of any poems they want to review. We will reflect, journal, and discuss as seems to suit the group.
Mode: Discussion, poetry reading, writing.
Jane Byerley has studied C.G. Jung in study groups for 25 years and is a member of the board of the Jung Society of Washington. She has worked as a psychotherapist and as a management consultant. She completed graduate work in both English literature and in social work. She is on the planning committee of FCRP and is clerk of the Washington Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology (WFCRP).
2. MIMESIS: USING MYTHOLOGY, STORYTELLING, AND PLAY FOR INSIGHT AND GROWTH
Facilitators: John DiMino and Liza O’Hanlon DiMino
Mimesis is a unique group process that allows for the exploration of myth in both the individual and in mythology. When we explore a story or a myth in Mimesis, we invite participants to enter it in stages: First by listening deeply; then through meditation; next through an enactment; and finally through discussion. Each step reveals universal or archetypal elements.
Participants also have their own personal relationship to the chosen stories because of each person’s unique history. This means that both the universal and personal dimensions of experience are available to be worked on.
The stories we have chosen to work with in this group over the weekend demonstrate and symbolize the transformation of both mind and body after trauma and the pathways to healing that can follow.
Mode: Myth participation, listening, meditation, discussion.
John DiMino, Ph. D. and Liza O’Hanlon DiMino have been doing Mimesis workshops for more than three decades. John, a licensed clinical psychologist, is director of Tuttleman Counseling Services at Temple University. Liza is a writer and editor. John and Liza are co-directors of the Mimesis Center in Philadelphia.
3. TAI CHI: LEARNING TO BE MORE FULLY PRESENT IN THE BODY
Facilitator: Beth Perry
The first instruction in tai chi is to relax. We learn how to do less, yet become more present and assured in our body’s movement. We learn to listen to our bodies, rather than instruct them, as we feel our feet on the ground, line things up, untie our joints, and use only the least amount of effort necessary.
Tai chi is an ancient martial art, yet its practice allows us to achieve calm balance, and a relaxed demeanor towards outward challenges in our daily lives. Movement becomes less of an effort and more of an easy process as we sink into our bodies and attend to what they have to say to us.
Come see what doing less, and attending more, can do.
Mode: Tai chi.
Beth Perry began study of Cheng Man Ching’s Yang form of tai chi in the early 1980s, beginning with his student Maggie Newman, then continued her student in Dr. Tao’s workshops as well as many other inspiring teachers. She is a student of the martial arts application of ‘push hands’. Beth teaches tai chi in retirement homes, adult education schools, senior centers, and at Friends Center in Philadelphia. She has worked in Uganda and southern Sudan, and done famine relief and anti-apartheid work with the American Friends Service Committee and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Beth is a member of Radnor PA Friends meeting.
4. USING MEDITATIVE WRITING TO ILLUMINATE AND BEGIN TO HEAL TRAUMA
Facilitator: Martha Witebesky
The immature brain is unable to recognize and fully process the strong emotions of early trauma. These experiences are lodged in the unconscious and continue to affect our behavior and perception in the present. The meditative writing method allows us to remove these distorting influences by treating them with openness and equanimity. It is a mindful process which allows us to begin to connect with and work through old material by pouring clarity into the experience of the moment. This meditative state does not necessarily require recalling specific memories and traumas; but the calm and balm of the flow through the writing in effect trickles down to the unconscious to the repressed pool of poison and pain. Meditative writing can allow us to dredge up and process the material and enable us to remove its distorting influence by treating it with openness and equanimity.
Mode: Writing to gentle Baroque music, sharing if one wishes to.
Martha Witebsky has facilitated many mindful writing groups at both FCRP and at our sister organization WFCRP. She is retired from her work as a translator of French and German at the US Patent and Trade Office.
5. PARSING THE PLENARIES
Facilitator: Walter Brown
This group provides a chance to discuss the plenary talks in depth. We will take a look at what Bessel van der Kolk has to say and our reactions. We will also consider the material in his book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. We will discuss as well the presentations on Transformative Touch by Noel Wight & Joe Weldon. We also can let Spirit lead us where It will.
Mode: Sharing, discussion.
Walter Brown Walter Brown is a lifelong Quaker and licensed clinical social worker who practiced psychotherapy for thirty-eight years before retiring in 2016. He has led interest groups and workshops on Quakerism and Jung, as well as related topics at FCRP, WFCRP and Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and professionally. Walter and his wife Carole have served on the planning committees for WFCRP & FCRP. They attend Langley Hill Friends Meeting in McLean, Virginia.
6. RADICAL WHOLENESS: FINDING A GROUNDED PRESENCE IN THE BRAIN IN THE BELLY
Facilitator: Susan Burger
It can be said that there are three brains in the body: the head, the heart, and the brain in the belly. Our culture is biased toward the brain centered in the head, which we put in charge of our lives and decisions. Such an orientation can result in our feeling separate–from our own bodies, from one another, and the world.
In this group we will explore how to experience the brain in the belly and how to ground our energy in the pelvic bowl. We will discover how presence is felt here and how that reveals a new harmony with everything.
We will explore four themes: breath, rest, receptivity, and integration. Through a series of simple practices, we come to experience what it means to unite the thinking in the head with the deep intelligence of the body, which attunes to wholeness. This “radical wholeness” allows us to integrate our experiences and perceptions, traumas and joys, to the deeply felt flow of life’s reality.
Mode: Exercises: breathing, movement, body-awareness, discussion of connectedness.
Susan Burger is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Emotional Technique—a body/mind stress release technique. She has studied the healing practices of: The Embodied Present Process and is a facilitator of the Radical Wholeness work of Philip Shepherd. Susan is a doctor of chiropractic medicine and holistic health.
7. THE INTEGRATIVE POWER OF DANCE WITH THE NIA TECHNIQUE
Facilitator: Susan Narva
When we move to music, we effortlessly integrate our senses of sight, sound, touch, physical sensations and social connection all at once in the natural and joyous human activity of dance! In this introduction to the Nia Technique, we invite our bodies, minds and emotions to experience harmony within ourselves and with others through easy, safe movements from martial arts, dance, and healing arts. By doing simple rhythmic movement (which requires no movement training) we create a joyful community experience. Through Nia, we can experience ourselves fully, as we move, think, and feel in synchronicity with others. Wellness, freedom, and personal growth are the result. Nia is suitable for all fitness levels and can be done in bare feet. All participants are invited to move with comfort and according to their unique body’s way.
Mode: Simple movement to rhythmic music.
Susan Narva has taught movement for 25 years. She is a certified Nia black belt instructor and a certified Hendricks Health and Wellness coach in Body-Centered Transformation. She completed graduate work in fine arts in educational theater and was Resident Healthcare Chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.
8. FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS
Facilitator: Randy Goldberg
Family constellations work helps you connect with and correct the past so you can move forward with inner peace. It helps to reveal the hidden dynamics which often are running your life. Entanglements with roots in the past often continue to influence and have an impact on the present generation. Family constellations work allows us to see how we are bound to others by deep bonds of loyalty; this work allows the hidden to come to light. The Family Constellation method not only permits disconnections to become visible, but it also provides for the reconnection of the family members to take place. Specific words or phrases and certain movements allow the energy to flow. When it does so, everyone in the room can experience the shifts that become apparent.
Mode: Experiential, sharing.
Randy Goldberg, is a graduate of the DC Hellinger Institute and did advanced studies with Heinz Stark of the Stark Institute for Systemic Integrative Therapy in Germany. He regularly facilitates Family Constellation therapy for individuals and groups. A former Yoga monk, Randy is also a Craniosacral therapist and an astrologer.
9.CONTEMPLATIVE QUESTIONS ANSWERED WITH PAINT
Facilitator: Leah Gooch
The real opposite of love is fear. In love one expands, in fear one shrinks. In fear one becomes closed, in love one opens. ―Osho
Using gentle movements and guided meditation we will cultivate a safe and inspiring space to create a four-step acrylic painting inspired by introspective exercises and creative writing. Participants are encouraged to have a vested interest in exploring the internal landscape and openness to witness unexpected answers to contemplative questions. All levels of experience in painting, yoga, meditation, and writing are welcome, including none!
Mode: painting, writing, discussion, meditation, and mindful movement.
Leah Gooch teaches meditation-infused yoga classes to adults and children, including Parkinson’s Disease patients and justice-involved men and women at the Ulster County Jail. She taught art to children in New York City for eight years and completed graduate and undergraduate work in art education. Her experience has shown her how practicing yoga and meditation increases one’s ability to connect with one’s breath and body, thus approaching a deeper awareness of one’s existence.
10. A TRAUMA-SENSITIVE TOOLBOX:
SIMPLE TECHNIQUES FOR GROUNDING IN THE BODY
Facilitator: Deborah Shayne Hughes
Bessel van der Kolk uses a number of “go to” techniques to take us out of the disembodied state of past trauma and back into our body in the present. Each of the three sessions of this interest group will introduce a different method of calming and self-soothing which we can use any time–not just in the presence of a facilitator. I will provide background on and we also will experience the methods of: tapping and sounding; trauma-sensitive awareness through movement (Feldenkrais); and the meditative and relaxation practice Yoga Nidra. Each of these methods is gentle and guaranteed to be effective over time. Each method also has depth-psychological and whole-person functioning as its goal. Hand-outs will allow you to take these simple techniques home with you, for use anywhere.
Mode: Awareness through movement, tapping and sounding, yoga Nidra, discussion.
Deborah Shayne Hughes , a former librarian and storyteller, is a graduate of both Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at the Justice Research Institute in Boston and the Feldenkrais Center in Baltimore. She teachers trauma-sensitive yoga and awareness through Movement. She is a long-time student of Jungian psychology, including study the embodied feminine work of Marion Woodman. She first attended FCRP in 1989.