FCRP INTEREST GROUPS
1. MIMESIS: USING MYTHOLOGY, STORYTELLING, AND PLAY FOR INSIGHT AND GROWTH
Facilitators: John DiMino, Ph.D. and Liza O’Hanlon DiMino
Mimesis is a unique group process derived from depth psychology and myth studies that allows for the exploration of myth in a supportive environment. When we explore a story or a myth with Mimesis, we invite participants to enter it in stages in order to appreciate its depth and multiple possible meanings: First by listening deeply; then through meditation; next, through an enactment; and finally through discussion. Each step reveals personal resonances as well as universal or archetypal elements.
Participants will be encouraged to explore their own personal relationship to the chosen stories as well as the archetypal elements.
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.
2. FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS
Facilitator: Randy Goldberg
This work is a neo-shamanic ancestral healing method employing deep listening to the energetic field to clear blocks and patterns that are unconsciously passed down to us. We observe what organically emerges from the ‘knowing field’. This soulful work was developed by Bert Hellinger in Germany. It helps to uncover deep hidden obstacles that are stopping the flow of love and life force in your system. It is a way of 3-D mapping your internal issues. Become empowered to get the health, wealth, love, and happiness you want in your life.
Please note: This workshop provides an opportunity to do a deep dive into your own family material and personal work. It is therefore not appropriate to attend this workshop with a “real” family member.
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.
3. DOLL MAKING IN TRAUMA RECOVERY
Facilitator: Sam Milford
Recent literature pertaining to the treatment of complex trauma suggests that talking treatments have their limits. In this interest group, we will make dolls from cloth and found objects and decorate them using sculptural techniques. By engaging our creative energies to construct dolls we allow our inner self to find expression through sensory, physical, and somatic modalities. We can thereby explore those elements of ourselves that give us strength and form the basis of how we understand our environment and ourselves.
What comes out depends on each individual. It is based on each person’s unique set of experiences and views of the universe. We will find what comes out varies from day to day as issues, ideas, and experiences emerge or recede in our consciousness. Making a doll through this process, helps us integrate and acknowledge these feelings and this material.
This interest group includes a copy of Sonia Stace’s journal article, “Therapeutic Doll Making in Art Psychotherapy for Complex Trauma!
Mode: painting, writing, discussion, meditation, and mindful movement.
Sam Milford is originally from Australia. She came to the United States at eighteen and now makes her home in Pittsburgh, PA where she is a certified counselor, visual artist, and a professor of communication at California University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. At Friends General Conference she has conducted workshops focused on creativity and creative expression. She has a doctorate in communications and a masters degree in counseling with a particular emphasis in grief and loss.
4. BODY, BREATH, AND BEING: RESTORING BALANCE THROUGH MINDFUL MOVEMENT
Facilitator: Amy Ward Brimmer
This workshop will explore pathways into mindful awareness through body-based meditation, everyday movement, and qigong practice. This simple, gentle, pleasurable series of movements cultivates and harmonizes our innate life energy, while producing better balance, increased flexibility and vitality, and mental and emotional clarity. Mindful movement awakens and restores our neuromuscular system, making it more engaged and responsive, and generating joy, calm, equanimity, and confidence.
This workshop is open to anyone who can sit, stand, walk, and/or lie down. Using the principles of the Alexander Technique, we’ll investigate our habitual ways of relating to our body, and consider fresh responses that bypass our unconscious reactivity. We will be gentle and compassionate with ourselves and one another while also challenging ourselves to try new types of conscious motion.
Mindful movement gives us the take-away gift of teaching us how to pause mindfully in the rush of daily activity and to take time to reconnect to our body-mind. From these rejuvenating pauses, we find we are able to move forward with a new embodied ease.
Mode: Mindful movement, qigong, mindful-based stress reduction
Amy Ward Brimmer has practiced mindful movement for more than three decades. She is the director of Way Opens Wellness, LLC, which teaches methods of body-mind movement and awareness through private and group classes. She has studied with Franz Moeckl, a master teacher of qigong and mindfulness, and is an ATI-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, as well as a qualified teacher of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. She has taught at Brooklyn College, the Hartt Conservatory, Villanova University, Yale University, and along the banks of the Delaware Canal.
5. MYSTERIES OF DEATH AND DYING
Facilitator: Gary Soulsman
In discussion and exercises, we will circle the subject of aging and death, exploring the ideas of Carl Jung and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, what it means to grieve, the near death experience, hospice stories, finding meaning at life’s end and emotional states ranging from tragedy to grace.
Mode: Sharing, discussion.
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 teacher of “The Mysteries of Death & Dying” at the University of Delaware’s Osher Institute. He is co-clerk of FCRP
6. 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. 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.
7. 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.
8. JOY OF MOVEMENT THROUGH THE NIA TECHNIQUE
Facilitator: Rebecca Narva
The Joy of Movement is available to all of us. When we move in ways that feel good, rhythmic, flowing, and strong, we are moving from our true self. Our hearts and emotions are quickly engaged as we feel our body bend, stretch, and move with a beat. Almost immediately, we can connect with that sense of play and freedom at the core of our being. This is the Nia Technique. It was developed to do open the doors to the experience of ourselves as lighthearted, engaged, and joyful through the use of simple movement, fun music, and friendly community.
Rebecca 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.
9. BACK TO EDEN:DREAMS, ECO-SPIRITUALITY, AND THE HEALING JOURNEY
Facilitator: Stephen Potthoff
Native peoples around the world have long recognized the natural world as a primary setting in which human beings can find individual and communal healing from trauma, illness, and injury. In the interconnected realms of the external natural world, ritual, and the inner landscape of dream and vision, people have embarked on the healing journey through reconnection with Mother Earth and the spiritual, life-giving energies they encounter in her embrace. In this year's small group, I invite participants to join me in exploring and deepening our connection with the natural world through a hands-on telling of the Universe Story, and a variety of guided imagery, dream re-entry, and expressive techniques. A central goal of this workshop is to support participants in the creation of an inner visionary paradise which can serve as an island/garden of refuge and stability in the midst of the storms and earthquakes unleashed by individual, communal and planetary trauma. Participants are encouraged to bring their own dreams to work with, as well as a treasured gift from the natural world to share with the group.
Mode: Imaginal work with dreams and the natural world.
Stephen Potthoff is professor of Religion at Wilmington College, in Wilmington, Ohio. He has both a personal and scholarly interest in dream and visionary experience and has offered dream workshops at Wilmington College, Pendle Hill and the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology. Stephen is a member of New Garden Friends Meeting (NC) and attends Wilmington College Campus Meeting (OH).