FCRP INTEREST GROUPS 2021
1. REFLECTIVE WRITING
Facilitator: Martha Witebsky
This writing method is an invitation to explore our psyche and our own spiritual experiences and reflect upon them. We will write what we “hear” entering our thoughts.
In a distraction-free environment and prompted by the gentle sound of Baroque music in the background, we can expect to connect with the innermost parts of ourselves.
Mode: Writing, listening to our inner voice, and sharing when participants feel the desire to do so.
Martha Witebsky has practiced this writing method for many years and facilitated interest groups at many FCRP Conferences. The method is based on the book, Writing the Mind Alive by Linda Trichter-Metcalf and Tobin Simon. Martha is a retired US Patent Office technical translator.
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 derived from depth psychology and myth studies that allows for a multi-faceted exploration of myth in a supportive environment. When we explore a story or a myth with Mimesis, we enter the myth in stages. This graduated approach helps participants appreciate the myth’s depth and multiple possible meanings. First, we listen deeply to the story; then we meditate on the tale, reflecting at a deeper level. Next participants take up roles and an enact the myth; and finally, we discuss our experience.
Each step reveals personal resonances as well as universal or archetypal elements. Past experience has shown that participants get a lot out of this process with the storytelling, meditation, and discussion elements only. This year, due to our virtual format we will not enact the story in scenes. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own personal relationship to the chosen stories as well as the archetypal elements.
Mode: storytelling, meditation/reflection, and 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 the former director of counseling services at Temple University. Liza is a writer and editor. John and Liza are co-directors of the Mimesis Center in Philadelphia.
3. BODYSOUL RHYTHMS: IMAGINATION AS BRIDGE BETWEEN BODY AND SOUL
Facilitator: Patricia Llosa
This group will be structured in the tradition of BodySoul Rhythms, the name Marion Woodman gave to her work as it evolved from private analytic sessions to workshops. Continuing the exploration of the somatic unconscious—and as our minds and spirit are nourished by the plenary talks—we will bring our attention back to matter, our body, tapping into its resources, resonating with the cellular and non-verbal through imagination and play.
As Woodman said in Coming Home to Myself : “Imagination is the bridge between body and soul. To have healing power, an image needs to be taken into our body on our breath. Only then can the image connect with the life force. Only then can things change.”
We will explore her words with an exercise from the canon of BodySoul Rhythms called, "Symbol in the Body." Participants can work either with a different dream symbol each time or revisit the same one, choosing whichever deepens the process and supports movement in the inner world and the psyche.
It is recommended that you have on hand a journal and any drawing materials you enjoy: colored pens, crayons, watercolor, oil pastels and paper. Please wear loose clothing that allows you to move freely and make sure that you have adequate (private) space where you can feel comfortable and safe.
Mode: Working with dream symbols, movement, drawing, journal writing, and discussion
Patricia Llosa, MFA, LP, is a Peruvian-American Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. She earned her undergraduate degree in archaeology and art history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and did graduate work at the School of Visual Arts. For more than 20 years she worked as an administrator and educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She is a graduate of Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program, a Woodman Foundation Faculty Member and Board Member, and has taught workshops in Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Peru and Spain. She is also on the boards of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis Gradiva Awards and the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, and is on the faculty of the Assisi Institute and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association.
4. VISIONING WITH IMAGES: CREATING YOUR “VISION BOARD”
Facilitator: Sam Milford
Creating vision boards is an alchemical process where participants tap into their creative Inner Light to bring to life their vision for their futures. We will spend time listening to our reactions to the plenary sessions and the ideas that the talks stir, as we create a vision board. Creating a tangible sacred space through our personal "vision board" can empower us as we seek to break old habits and engender authentic change.
Mode: Creative imagining with “vision boards”
Sam Milford, Ph.D., came to the United States from Australia when she was eighteen and now makes her home in Pittsburgh, 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 and she conducts workshops that explore creative expression for Quakers at Friends General Conference. Sam has a doctorate in communications. Her work for her master’s degree in counseling focused on grief and loss.
5. PARSING THE PLENARIES
Facilitator: Walter Brown
This group provides a chance to discuss the plenary talks in depth. We will consider the content of each of the four plenary lectures offered by Marian Dunlea and Monika Wikman, as well as our reactions to the talks. We also will look at some material from Jung’s writing on alchemy as well as Monika Wikman’s text Pregnant Darkness and Marion Dunlea’s Body Dreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma
Mode: Sharing, discussion.
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. Walter and his wife Carole have served on the planning committees for WFCRP and FCRP. They are now living at Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Maryland.
6. BODY-CENTERED SOUL WORK
Facilitator: Deborah Hughes
This is a three-session body-centered group in which we begin to prepare the body to be the vessel, bowl or cauldron of alchemical transformation. The first session will be relatively gentle “awareness through movement.” Session two will be active as the group is lead through some basics of kundalini yoga. The final session will be iRest Yoga Nidra, which offers complete relaxation through guided mediation and stillness.
Mode: Body work though movement and relaxation, discussion
Deborah Hughes attended her first FCRP in 1987 where she encountered Robert Bly, whose Plenary talks on the fairy tale "Iron John" and conscious masculinity transformed her life. At the time, she was employed as a night reference librarian at the US Naval Academy, and Robert’s clarifying message on male initiation illumined her career path and helped “rescue” her from an unsatisfying profession. Since then, she’s been rebuilding soul on a daily basis through the telling of stories, the study of Jungian Psychology and dream work—and participation in the “body and soul” conscious femininity work of Marion Woodman. More recently she has done teacher training and taught yoga; iRest yoga Nidra, and mindfulness meditation. She is currently at the end of the four-year training program in Feldenkrais 'Awareness Through Movement'.
7. MEDITATION AND VISUALIZATION PRACTICE: JOURNEY TO THE IMAGINAL REALM
Facilitator: Mary Kearns
In this group, we will explore the Collective Unconscious, its relationship to the Imaginal Realm, and how we can work within it to help create our collective best future.
As humans, we exist in corporeal form with all of its limitations. At the same time, we are infinite beings who are made of the same energy that runs throughout all of creation. Because we are both of body and of spirit, our thoughts, intentions, and physical actions interact with the non-physical realms to bring ideas into being on this planet and in the universe. This translates into our holding a unique and important role in the ongoing evolution of the universe--its cosmogenesis.
In this workshop, we will engage in some beautiful meditation and visualization practices to access these archetypal spaces, and learn how to co-create a better world.
Mode: Guided meditation, guided journeying, journaling, and discussion
Mary Kearns, Ph.D., is a healer, intuitive coach, author, and modern-day mystic who has been offering workshops and talks on various mind-body-spirit topics since 2003. She holds a doctorate in Applied Lifespan Developmental Psychology from Fordham University, and is the founder of Your Stellar Self, a mind-body-spirit wellness practice offering coaching, workshops, yoga classes, and energy healing.
8. SILENCE YOUR BRAIN: LESSONS FROM NEUROSCIENCE THAT MAY ENHANCE OUR WELL-BEING
Facilitator: James Hill
Do you ever wonder why we spend so much time engaged in daydreaming and talking to ourselves? This group will explore recent findings from neuroscience about why this happens and the positive effects we can gain from quieting the self-talk that fills so much of our time. The sessions will include brief presentations, exercises to quiet self-talk, and group discussions to address three questions:
What purpose does daydreaming and self-talk serve, and how does quieting our brain affect our well-being?
What techniques can quiet our brain?
How does this relate to the contemplative prayer or a meditation practice?
Previous knowledge of neuroscience is not necessary to participate in the group.
Mode: Introductory material to the neuroscience of mental calm vs. habit and repetition; techniques for calming; discussion.
James Hill, Ph.D. is on the faculty of the department of psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and serves as the associate dean for student affairs. He has served as the director of neuropsychology at Rutgers and lectured on neuropsychological topics for the past thirty years. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist.