FCRP INTEREST GROUPS 2022
FCRP IN-PERSON INTEREST GROUPS
I-P 1. Tai Chi: Listening to the Body
Tai chi is a counterintuitive way of moving that surrenders tension. As we learn this age-old Chinese art in which we relax the body and move with the least amount of effort, we begin to recover the knowledge that was naturally ours when we were four years old. The practice of tai chi is one that rewards calm attention and is one we can continue throughout our lives.
Beth Perry has been practicing tai chi since the 1980's when she began study with Maggie Newman, a senior student of Cheng Man Ching. She has taught at adult education centers, in retirement settings, and at the Friends Center in Philadelphia. Beth has offered tai chi to FCRP and WFCRP participants for many years. She is a member of Radnor Meeting.
Mode: Instruction in Tai Chi’s sequence of movements and practice
I-P 2. An Introduction to Trance Postures
Mary Hoyt Kearns
Trance postures allow us to experience non-ordinary reality and communion with our deeper selves by naturally entering into a waking dream state. In our highly interactive sessions together, we will learn about the origins of the contemporary practice of ecstatic trance postures developed by anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, Ph.D., who based this work on her research into ancient figures and petroglyphs. A key part of this small group experience will be to learn about and experience some very basic trance postures. Part of the practice is to record your experience—so please bring a notebook. We will share with one another what we’ve learned in the trance postures, as we feel comfortable.
Mode: Explanation and experience of ecstatic trance postures and discussion
Mary Hoyt Kearns is a wellness consultant, energy healer, author, and retreat leader with a passion for working with people of all ages to develop mind, body, and spirit wellness. Mary holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, and is currently training to be a community host with the Cuyamunge Institute. Mary is a member of Wilton Friends Meeting, Wilton, CT and attends Langley Hill Meeting, McLean, VA.
I-P 3. Awareness through Movement
The process of recovering from trauma is a lifelong undertaking. The experience of trauma is recorded in the body, and it is to the body we return in this group to address trauma at its deepest core and to open channels for recovery.
Mirroring the work of our plenary speakers, we will learn how “relaxation” and a sense of safety are key to trauma recovery. We will sample different systems that engender body consciousness through movement: from Kundalini yoga, to yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) to Feldenkrais (gentle movement). By understanding and feeling at home in our body, we can begin to honor, accept, and understand our trauma. This opens our pathway away from victimhood and mere “surviving” to empowered participation in the flow of life.
Mode: Relaxation and gentle movement through a variety of methods, discussion.
Deborah Hughes 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 is a long-time student of Jungian psychology and is currently in training with Marian Dunlea’s BodyDreaming therapeutic techniques.
I-P 4. The Oral Interpretation of Recovery: Dramas of Illumination
Debra Schroeder Thompson
The experience of using our voice to read or recite words to a group can be very powerful. It can give us a sense of our most authentic self, the self so instrumental to the recovery process. In this group we will use our voice to read aloud words that shine a light on the turmoil and the potential of our own inner experience. Participants will select a piece of literature--prose, poetry, drama, personal writing, or anything that speaks to the process of trauma and healing—to read to and discuss with our group.
Mary Oliver writes, “You do not have to be good. You just have to let the wild animal of your body love what it loves.” Our group will encourage members to love what they love as they give an oral interpretation of a special piece of writing. Performance experience is not a prerequisite. This is a chance to take the stage for a moment for even the most reticent. This is a group that offers the hope we gain by moving through darkness toward the Light. This group will honor the confidentiality of all readings and discussions.
Mode: Oral dramatic readings of characters in trauma and addiction recovery or personal writings. Group discussion.
Debra Thompson is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, who has completed her doctorate in family therapy. She is also a member of Actor's Equity Association of America and has done graduate work in drama and taught method acting. In her therapy practice in suburban Philadelphia, Debra specializes in the treatment of adult children of alcoholics, focusing on issues of addiction and recovery.
I-P 5. Parsing the Plenary
Victor Mcgregor and Ramona Ndlovu
In this group we will work on GROUNDING polyvagal theory. We will focus on slowing the breath and breathing deeply so that we can center down to the core of our power to self-regulate. We will listen to and become aware of our body’s response to both this process—and to the theoretical thinking our offered by the plenary speakers.
Part of the intention of this group is allow ourselves to entertain, hold, broaden, and contain the associations each of us experiences arising from the way our nervous systems respond to the plenary speakers' presentations. Working at this level may give us access to our own inner stories and early stories that have left imprints on body and soul.
This practice may bring up shadow material and trauma/attachments. The sense of safety we hope to create in the group will help us to be with this material non-judgmentally. We will draw intuitively on the collective wisdom of the group as we discuss both our response to “centering down” with the breath—and how to bring any new awareness we experience in the body into our daily lives—and plan our “next steps.”
Mode: Deep breathing, relaxing into the core, group discussion
Victor Mcgregor’s work as a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner spans three decades. He is widely read and schooled in philosophy, theology, depth psychology, and Quakerism and has been a part of FCRP for thirty years. Victor came from South Africa to the U.S. in 1985 as a conscientious objector. He is part of a co-housing group in Upstate NY where he lives with his family and chickens.
Ramona Ndlovu is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed massage therapist, certified somatic therapist, spiritual director, Reiki Master/Teacher, and artist. She uses her formal and informal education primarily to help women reconnect to their spirit’s inner knowing and body’s wisdom, which in turn supports their ability to live life with greater ease. Ramona says she is a person deepening into what it means to be human in this world. She loves reading, being in nature, and working with her hands. She has been a member of FCRP since 2018.
I-P 6. Tea with Jung & Fox at the Quaker Death Café
When we confront our culture’s taboo on talking about death, we find a hidden world of meaning, hope, and ecstasy. We will share our hopes and fears around death to deepen our connection to each other. We will also examine research on dying, discovering the inner world of the Self experienced by Carl Jung, as well as the inner world of the Light experienced by George Fox. As both men knew, after the hard work of living with a body there is transcendence.
Mode: Discussion, reflection
Gary Soulsman is a writer, educator, and former journalist from Wilmington, DE, and a lifelong dream group facilitator. He offers classes on re-examining our understanding of what it means to die at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Gary served as co-clerk of FCRP with Mara Fallon.
Minimum 5 and Maximum 10 Participants
I-P 7. Rest for the Revolution: In Solidarity with The Nap Ministry
This is a “down time” group that will take place outside if weather permits.
You are invited to be in nature, to hug the marvelous old trees on the Pendle Hill campus, to rest, and recalibrate your nervous system. We will intermittently regather for group co-regulation while allowing plenty of time for independent relaxation and eco-therapy.
Mode: Contemplative walking, reflection in nature, and general relaxation
Minimum 3 and Maximum 10 participants
Sam Milford is a certified counselor, visual artist, and a professor of communications at California University of Pennsylvania. She has a doctorate in communications and a masters degree in counseling with an emphasis on grief and loss. Sam came to the U.S. at the age of eighteen and now makes her home in Pittsburgh, PA where she is a member of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. She has conducted workshops on creative expression for both FCRP and Friends General Conference.
FCRP ON-LINE INTEREST GROUPS 2022
O-L 1. Parsing the Plenaries
This group provides a chance to discuss the plenary talks in depth. We will take a look at what Stephen Porges and Sue Carter have to say and our reactions. We will also discuss Marian Dunlea’s BodyDreaming therapeutic approach that incorporates the polyvagal theory of Stephen Porges. We can also let Spirit lead us where it will.
Mode: Online sharing and 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 members of Langley Hill Meeting in McClean, VA.
O-L 2: Mimesis: Using Mythology, Storytelling, and Play for Insight & Growth
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. This year we will focus on Biblical Parables.
Mode: On-line myth participation, listening, meditation, discussion.
Minimum 4 Maximum 12 participants
John DiMino, Ph. D. and Liza O’Hanlon DiMino have been offering 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 the United States.
O-L 4. Authentic Relating, Especially When It’s Hard
Heidi Ferguson and Fereshta Ramsey
How do you handle your feelings when you are misunderstood by someone you love? Do you address it in the moment, come back to it later, or dismiss it altogether? In this group we will learn some practical methods that allow us to feel equipped to name our needs, set healthy boundaries, and navigate challenging conversations. Participants will be provided with journaling prompts and verbal prompts to deepen their understanding of these tools and the principles of these practices.
Minimum 5 Maximum 15 participants
Heidi Ferguson is an experienced practitioner of Non-Violent Communication, a worldwide training that helps people create deeper connection and teaches skills applicable in conflict resolution. She is also a graduate of the Essential Experience, a workshop in the art of living, and she has led numerous EE support groups. The workshop offers a safe place to explore one's feelings and experiment with changes in attitude and behavior. Additionally, through Facebook she has posted interviews with guests on topics such as mindfulness, compassionate leadership and trusting our intuition.
Fereshta Ramsey fled Afghanistan with her family during the Soviet Invasion. She and her family spent fourteen months in Pakistan while waiting for sponsorship and political asylum in the US. Fereshta trained at the Debbie Ford Institute under its founder, Debbie Ford. Using the techniques of her training and drawing on neuroscience, attachment theory, and trauma healing, Fereshta has spent two decades helping individuals use the institute’s techniques of integrating shadow work. She has also trained in interpersonal psychology and neuroscience at The Relationship School under the guidance of Jayson Gaddis, where the focus is on techniques for transforming relationships.
O-L 5. An Introduction to Energy Medicine Practices
In this group we will consider some of the options that energy medicine practices offer that allow us to both empower and relax our bodies, minds, and spirits. We will share the experience of “tapping” as a means to successfully bypass trauma, anxiety, fear, and short circuits in our neurobiology. We also will consider how certain energy centers in the body can support and strengthen our immune systems. This is a group that invites you to join one another to recharge.
Minimum 6 participants
Elsie Kerns is a wellness educator, energy intuitive, Reiki Master, author, and a Certified Spot-ItTM Coach. As an Advanced Eden Energy Medicine practitioner with over 30 years of training in the field of alternative and complementary medicine, Elsie’s passion is for teaching and empowering clients with easy, effective, practical self-care and stress solutions.
O-L 6. Vitality Generator for Women
The group will provide an opportunity to learn health-enhancing strategies in movement, breath, homeopathy, and nutrition. We will consider effective and easy ways to deepen our vitality and optimal health physically, emotionally, spiritually and energetically.
In this group we will use our time together to learn practices that will help us optimize our health and more fully experience pleasure, preparation, and presence.
Minimum 5 Maximum 15 participants
Janice Solomon is a nationally certified homeopath who has studied anatomy, physiology, pathology and disease, as well as clinical nutrition. Janice is also a yoga instructor, doula and childbirth educator, and holistic health mentor who provides practical and business support for other homeopaths.