WFCRP Interest Groups 2020

  • W1 — Evil — Walter Brown — Carl Jung thought that God had a dark side. Do you?  This group will provide a chance to discuss your thoughts on God, good and evil, and what you understand Jung meant by the dark side of God.  Jung’s “Answer to Job” is a good short book to read on the subject.  [This is in a way Part II of workshops Walter led a couple of years ago.]  We will also discuss the works of Jordan Peterson, who is a “right-wing Jungian”.  If you do not know him, you can google him and get a feel for what he is about.

    Walter Brown — Walter, a lifelong Quaker and 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 serves on the planning committees for WFCRP and FCRP.

  • W2 — Reflective Writing — Martha Witebsky— With the calming effect of Baroque music in the background, this writing practice provides us with a powerful tool for discovery, learning, and change. 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 process is based on a mindfulness practice 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, Lebanon Valley College and her residence: Leisure World, Maryland .  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.

  • W3 — 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 his senior student, Maggie Newman and the late Dr. Tao. 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 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.

  • W4 — Un-Becoming” ‘Little Women’:  From Bertha Mason thru Jane Eyre to Charlotte Bronte to Meghan Markle — Deborah Shayne Hughes — What does it require for the daughter of a negative father (rejecting?  bigger-than-life? eccentric or extremist? absent or invasive? Shaming or controlling?) to claim and embody a truly conscious and maturing feminine?  How does she overcome the split of a madwoman in the attic and the contained and moral governess below stairs?  How does she soothe and transform her own cellular rebellion against or accommodation to subjugation or threat of exile and exclusion?  Can she find her way — not home — but to an entirely new landscape? No longer caught in girl or daughter or princess “reality” but alive in a new country where she can find sisters who mirror her desires, partners to empower movement toward them and economies not of possession but possibility?  In this group we’ll use  the practices of trauma sensitive yoga, IRest Yoga Nidra, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement and perhaps Marion Woodman’s “Dance of Three”  to explore the way toward transformation at the body’s cellular level.  So that the new can emerge and  live–not just in our dreams, our journals, or in the movies–but through our bodies.

    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 teaches trauma-sensitive yoga and awareness through Movement. She is a long-time student of Jungian psychology, including study of the embodied feminine work of Marion Woodman. She first attended FCRP in 1989.

  • W5 — Mysteries of Death and Dying — Gary Soulsman — Through the use of video, discussion and exercises, we will circle the subject of aging and death, exploring the ideas of Carl Jung and George Fox, as well as what it means to grieve, have a good death and find meaning at the end of life. We will also look at modern accounts that point to “the remarkable” occurring at death–from the near-death experience to medical research with hospice patients to bedside farewells to after-death communication.  Mode: Video, sharing, discussion. Confidentiality required.

    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 FCRP.

  •  W6 — 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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