Monday, July 9-13, 2012
Teachers: Gary Reiss, Mark O’Connell and Marina O’Connell
Process Oriented Psychology draws on the wisdom of Jungian psychology, Taoism, shamanism and quantum physics to help people live in healthier relationship with themselves, others and the earth. It is based on the belief that sustainable solutions may be found to various human and planetary problems through bringing awareness to different levels: the personal, the interpersonal, and the co-creative relationship in nature. By finding and utilising their “Process Mind”, people can access the deepest parts of themselves that come from connection to the earth and learn how to let this wisdom guide them. This course weaves together theory, stories, exercises and shared experience to enable participants to work with their Process Mind and Universal Self, and apply the insights gained to real-life situations, their relationship to the land and ecological and human conflicts.
The course builds daily on theory, stories and examples of how earth-based process-oriented methods can be applied; then works with these examples through individual and collective exercises and facilitated experience. There will be opportunities to explore conflict resolution around ecological issues and community development. Participants will work in the classroom and within the surrounding natural environment, exploring the ‘essence of place’ and ways of weaving and tangling inner experience with the spirit of the land. They will work with vectors and directions on the land, finding out how the earth moves and guides us, and how to connect to the Big U (similar to the Ecological Self). There will be also be discussions of the benefits of a playful attitude and how to work with children, schools and families towards a deeper sense of connection with and respect for nature.
Gary Reiss MSW, PhD, holds a Masters in Social work, a Doctorate in Psychology and Conflict Resolution, and is a Certified Process- Oriented Psychology Trainer. He frequently facilitates conflict work with large groups in hot spots in the Middle East where he has developed tools for working with trauma at the personal and community level. He has worked with organisations of all kinds, including businesses, schools, hospitals, NGO’s. Gary has recently been actively bringing Process Work to the Transition Movement. Gary also specialises in working with body symptoms and their connection to the world and has helped develop Process oriented family therapy. He teaches Process-oriented Psychology at the Process Work Centre of Portland Oregon, as well as worldwide. His published books are Changing Ourselves, Changing the World; Vital Loving; Angry Men, Angry Women, Angry World; Leap Into Living; Beyond War and Peace in the Arab Israeli Conflict, and Inside Coma. His new books The Dance of Sex; Dreaming Money; and Families That Dream Together will be released in 2011.
Visit – www.garyreiss.com
Marina O’Connell BSc Horticulture, Master of the Environment (MEnv), Diploma in Permaculture Design, and a Certificate in Process Oriented Psychology. She is a mother, an Organic farmer, a trainer, Permaculture designer, and Transition trainer, and works at combining the practice of process work with her environment work. Marina has worked in these fields for 20 year weaving together the skills to create gardens and to work creatively as a trainer. She is a Director of the Apricot Centre for Sustainable Living in Essex. The farm at the Apricot centre is a demonstration organic and permaculture site (LAND).
Mark O’Connell Dipl Process Oriented Psychology, Dipl Family Systems Therapy, Dipl Adoption and Attachment. Mark is a Senior Practitioner and Team Leader within the NHS running a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team in Southend. He applies process oriented methods in working with children and families and the communities they live in, with a special interest in enabling a deeper relationship with nature with resultant healing benefits. Mark is also a director of Apricot Centre for Sustainable Living and a co-founder of Lifeflows – relationships through life www.lifeflows.org. The Apricot Centre is moving towards funded community wellbeing projects and works with peoples’ inner and outer connections with nature.
£750 All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.
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