WFCRP 2018 Interest Groups

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WFCRP 2018
Interest Group Descriptions

    • W1-Proprioceptive Writing (c),  Martha Witebsky— With the calming effect of Baroque music in the background, this practice provides us with an opportunity to express our thoughts in writing. We can review our life and reflect on the innermost part of ourselves and past experiences that have stirred us and shaped our identities. We will write what we “hear” and share our “writes” with the group, if we choose. The practice is based on the book Writing the Mind Alive. The Proprioceptive Method for Finding your Authentic Voice, by Linda Trichter-Metcalf and Tobin Simon.
    • Martha Witebsky— Martha has practiced the proprioceptive writing technique for many years and has facilitated Interest Groups at a Friends Conferences at Wellspring, Bishop Claggett Center, and FCRP at Lebanon Valley College.  She has participated in workshops led by Linda Trichter-Metcalf and Tobin Simon.  She is retired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she worked as a technical translator.
    • W2-Tai Chi: The Wisdom of Letting Go, Beth Perry — A broad range of people can benefit from tai chi. Tai chi teaches you to relax and avoid using unnecessary effort in movement. It allows you to channel the energy you save into paying attention—first to your body, and later to the forces that acton you from the outside. “Sole” work—directing your attention to the weight pouring into your footprints—helps you discover one of the basic secrets for maintaining balance. The practice of listening to your body can open the door to unexplored abilities. Our work will include practical applications for daily life—from lifting a child or shoveling snow to getting in and out of a chair with the least amount of effort. Come in comfortable clothes and flat, comfortable shoes. All levels of physical capability are welcome.
    • Beth Perry — Beth began study of Cheng Man Ching’s Yang form of tai chi in the early
      1980s and has studied with many of his senior students, including Maggie Newman and the late Dr. Tao. She is an advanced student of the martial art application of “push hands.” Beth teaches tai chi in retirement homes, adult education schools, senior centers, and Friends Center in Philadelphia. She spent several years working in Uganda and southern Sudan, returning to use that experience in anti-apartheid work with American Friends Service Committee and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Beth is a member of Radnor, PA, Friends Meeting.
    • W3- Parsing the Plenary – Walter Brown– This group provides a chance to discuss the plenary talks in depth. We will take a look at what James Hollis has to say and how we each react to it. In particular, we will review the book on which the plenary is based: Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives. We also can just let Spirit lead us where it will.[Note: Two other very worthwhile books of Hollis’s are Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places and Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up.]
    • Walter Brown – Walter, a lifelong Quaker, attends Langley Hill Friends Meeting in McLean, Virginia, with his wife Carole Brown. An LCSW, he practiced psychotherapy in the Washington area for 38 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 also
      professionally. He has served on the planning committees for WFCRP and FCRP.
    • W4- The Art of Making Books  – Dana Gayner-Creating a book is much more than paper and glue when you allow your soul to guide you. Learn how to make a "Magic Wallet" book that can tell a story near and dear to your heart. All tools and supplies will be provided. You just bring your Spirit!
    • Dana Gayner– Dana studied art at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She was a teacher for over 25 years and learned to appreciate the many forms art can take. She has shown her watercolors, acrylics, ceramic masks, and fiber creations in many galleries and exhibitions. In addition, she has led many workshops featuring art in both two and three dimensional forms. Her Quaker background has led her to explore the spiritual nature of creativity.
    • W5 – Poetry – Jane Byerley – The group will explore the plenary talks through poetry. We will review some poems related to
      haunting, examining the poems both structurally and through their themes—with facilitated discussion and perhaps some journaling.
    • Jane Byerley – Jane has a wide range of experience. She completed graduate work in English literature at the University of Warwick, UK, and a Masters of Social Work in the States. She has studied C.G. Jung in study groups for 25 years and is a member of the Jung Society of Washington. She has worked as a psychotherapist and as a management consultant. She is Clerk of the WFCRP.
    • W6 – If It Were My Dream – Gary Soulsman – This easy-to- grasp way of exploring dreams creates a safe space by inviting each of us to
      imagine how we might think and feel if the dream of another were our own. The nonjudgmental
      process—pioneered by Jeremy Taylor and Montague Ullman—evokes serious, touching,
      lighthearted emotion. Bring your empathy and your dreams.
    • Gary Soulsman – Gary Soulsman is a writer who worked as a Delaware journalist for close to 40 years. He has been involved in dream work for three decades and is a teacher of “The Mysteries of Death & Dying” in the University of Delaware’s Osher Institute. He is also co-clerk of the Friends
      Conference on Religion and Psychology.
    • W7 – The On Your Own Group – no leader. We encourage Interest Group participation It is an important part of the Conference. However we understand that there are times when people need to opt out. This is the opt out group. You might meet together just to talk or you can go off on your own during the Interest Group time periods.


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