EUROTAS NEWSLETTER No. 59
27 March 2010
Board of Administrators: President Ingo Jahrsetz, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Pier Luigi Lattuada, Gennady Brevde, Magda Solé
Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier
There are many rich initiatives in this Newsletter – please let us know if you have similar conferences and we can include them if appropriate from wherever!
As ever, love
John Drew, Newsletter Editor
- Welcome from our new President
- After the Milan Eurotas Conference - Pier Luigi Lattuada
- 17th International Transpersonal Conference, Moscow 23-27 June
- News from Latvia
- Jorge Ferrer – A new book
- Peer supervision group in London; Claudia Nielsen
- The Sesame Institute – Mary Smail
- News from the Transpersonal Centre, Rock Bank
- The 2010 Psychospiritual programme
- News from Serge Beddington- Behrens
- The Burning Bush: Contemplative Fire Silent Retreat, 22-28 May 2010
- News from Findhorn
- 16th International Congress on Counselling
- Last Words
After a rather harsh winter now spring shows its first flowers – and together with it a stream of energy within the work of EUROTAS
This year two important conferences will be happening: The annual EUROTAS conference in Switzerland organized by Fausto Sommer and his team. There is a creative and promising theme: “Knowledge, Pleasure and Belief” and a magic place on at Lake Thun where the Conference will take place from 29th September - 3rd October
From 23/27 June Vladimir Maykov and the Russian transpersonal association invite you to a conference in Moscow: “Transpersonal Discoveries That Are Changing the World.” See below for details
This conference is a powerful renewal of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) with a long and famous tradition which was founded about 30 years ago by Stanislav Grof
Beside the attractive program there will be the first meeting of the new International Board of the ITA. It is an assembly of internationally known researchers. This assembly has an important meaning also for EUROTAS. It is the first time that a large international team of transpersonal oriented scientists and psychotherapists have agreed to come together and carry out common research. It was the initiative of Les Lancaster who carefully put together this assembly – a thousand thanks to him
Another important focus of activities in EUROTAS is ECCA (The European Committee for Certification and Accreditation). As you might have seen at our website, it is a team of five experienced therapists coming together twice the year to certify carefully transpersonal psychotherapists who apply for the EUROTAS certificate. The team kindly asks for more applications to strengthen our transpersonal community and give more weight to transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy in the public eye
This year ECCA will also start an accreditation process for transpersonal training institutes. If you are member of such an institute please contact the EUROTAS office, and we will give you more information. The next ECCA meeting will be in Paris in the middle of May
Our EUROTAS office is reachable regularly Monday –Thursday from 9.30-12.30
May you all feel connected to us and the EUROTAS family
Ingo B. Jahrsetz
Dear friends, I still have your eyes in my eyes and already we are looking forward to the ITA Conference in Moscow, ready for new smiles from the heart. The success of Milan, the wealth of content and especially the sense of community that we experienced together has enabled us to develop a new challenge - a magazine of transpersonal science
In view of the large quantity of material collected from the 11th EUROTAS Conference we thought we would produce a journal to promote the debate “Towards a Transpersonal Gnosis.” We may not have the expertise of our friends of the Bay Area and to them we bow with respect and ask and offer collaboration. We believe it is time that the old Europe makes its voice heard and take the courage, if you remember to “dare to open the doors”
We want to open the doors of an integral transpersonal vision, a heart-oriented science and knowledge to face this brain oriented world. And we will start from here in Milan, Italy. As the proverb says: “Milan with the heart in hand”
More news later
3. The 17th International Transpersonal Conference, Moscow 23- 27 June
“The Consciousness Revolution: Transpersonal Discoveries
that are changing the World”
Moscow, June 23 – 27, 2010.
The mission of the Conference is to present, both experientially and didactically, breakthrough discoveries revealing the fundamental role of consciousness in all human affairs and the value for humanity of our growing insights into the nature of consciousness and of the world. We want to review the role the transpersonal perspective has played in human history from the time of the first shamans 50.000 years ago to the discoveries of modern consciousness research, transpersonal psychology, and other scientific disciplines
The Conference will present not only a comprehensive overview of the forty years of the transpersonal paradigm through the voices of its founders and pioneers, but also outline its future perspectives. The lasting legacy of this conference will be several volumes documenting its proceedings in hundreds of papers by authors from many countries of the world, exploring the relevance of transpersonal research and ideas for science, politics, economy, ecology, religion, art, and other fields. We hope to bring over 1000 participants from more than 50 countries, as well as numerous keynote speakers, artists, and spiritual teachers
International Transpersonal Association (ITA); European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS); Association of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Russia; Association of Body-Oriented Psychotherapists (Russia); Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology; John Fetzer Institute; All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League; Institute of Group and Family Psychology and Psychotherapy; Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); John F. Kennedy University; Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Esalen Institute; Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP)
Stanley Krippner; Duane Elgin; Max and Ellen Schupbach; Bronislav Vinogrodsky; Brother David Steindl-Rast; Dean Radin; Olga Luchakova; Rajesh Dalal; Rick Tarnas; Silvia Nakkach; Wes Nisker; Alex Key; Brant Cortright; Ingo Jahrsetz; Harry Hunt; John Drew; Alex Grey; Kylea Taylor; Michael Murphy; Peter Russell; Pilot Baba; Tav Sparks; Stan and Christina Grof; Amit Goswami; Jean Achterberg; Jenny Wade; Jim Garrison; Joseph Subbiondo; Karan Singh; Robert Frager; Stuart Sovatsky; Tanna Jakubowicz-Mount; Jim Fadiman; Tom Potterfield; Ralph Metzner; John Drew; Jorge Ferrer; Harris Friedmann, Andrew Cohen and others
The Latvian Professional Transpersonal Psychology Association (LTPPA) was established in 2001. In early 2009 it was re-registered, and two streams of interests emerged
- S. Groff practices and Holotropic breathing
- Transpersonal arts therapies
This resulted in the first Transpersonal Summer Academy - “Labyrinth-T” which took place in Latvia from 6 – 9th August last year. It was fantastic!
It was in the countryside on the property of Turs Selga, a transpersonal biologist and labyrinth illuminator, where a an amazing tree-lined labyrinth was established over 15 years ago
International professionals within different fields of expertise came from Australia, Denmark and Estonia. These included transpersonal psychologist Prof. Juri Biechinski; artists Leva and Ole Lindquist and transpersonal music therapist V. Lagzdina
The full moon was on the rise throughout this period. All participants camped in tents in the fields. There was no electricity and we ate around a campfire for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals were made communally and delicious tastes highlighted every meal
Participants came from different parts of Latvia but all had an interest and/or qualifications in art, art therapy, psychology, drama and teaching. There were 35 participants
The program was intense and each day began with a specifically instructed walk through the labyrinth, the site of which held power in itself, and over the days some profound experiences were discovered by the participants. Seminars and workshops were spread across the three days and included: the theory and practice of transpersonal psychology as frame-worked by Juri Bienchonski; transpersonal art therapy and practice, and shamanic journeys were presented by Ingrida Indane; creativity and self-therapy, the human body as sculpture were two sunny sessions given by artists Ole and Ieva Lindquist; building a tepee lodge in American Indian tradition together with the practices of this culture took place over the 3 days with Vineta Lagzdina; two very full sessions of Holotropic breathing, followed by de-briefing were under the guidance of Vladislav Kenga; then a most inspiring introduction to Sufism with a “Zikra” meditation in leadership of Aigars Burgelis; as well as discussion sessions “experimental structure in transpersonal psychology, “medicinal plants for balsamic purposes” with Dr. Turs Selga. Various meditations, chantings, rituals also took place over the days
The program was completed with a traditional and ultra cleansing sauna “pirts” built on the property, with beatings of birch using branches of birch from the surrounding forest.“Labyrinths-T” covered an immense range of principles and practices within transpersonal psychology in just three days, and feedback was very positive.
It gave rise to planning a more extended and deeper program for 2010. We look forward to further development and cooperation with all the inspiring and wonderful people from EUROTAS. Latvia is a truly beautiful country – do come!
Light, love, learning and discovery,
Ingrida Indane and Vineta Lagzdina
Claudia who is responsible for the London Branch of the Scientific and Medical Network writes: “ I would like to form a small peer supervision group in London and am looking for like-minded, practicing psychotherapy clinicians to meet once a month. Our first meeting would probably be face to face, but then we could consider the use of Skype. I would suggest that orientation is secondary to a spiritual inclination, by which I mean a consideration that we humans have a spiritual as well as a physical and mental dimension. If you are interested, please contact me, Claudia Nielsen at Claudia@cnielsen.eu. ”
Dear friends of EUROTAS,
Greetings. I am very pleased to let you know that my new book, “The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies” (co-edited with Jacob H. Sherman) was released last year
The anthology represents my most significant scholarly endeavour since Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: a Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality, and develops the participatory understanding of spirituality in considerable ways. . I hope you find our collective efforts of interest for your work, your research, and/or your spiritual life
The Hardcover edition is available from amazon.com but is expensive. There is a downloadable version for $20 available from SUNY Press http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61696, where you can also access the Table of Contents and some sample pages.
The paperback edition of the new book came out a while ago and in available both at amazon adn suny press websites.
With my warmest regards and hope to see you in Moscow
This November Edizione Crisalide published the Italian translation of Jorge’s book, with the title of Una Re-Visione della Psicologia Transpersonale: Una visione partecipativa della spiritualità umana. For more information, go to: http://www.ilgiardinodeilibri.it/libri/__una-re-visione-della-psicologia-transpersonale.php.
“The use of drama and movement in therapy - the Sesame Approach”
October 2010 to April 2012
A part-time course for registered health professionals
The Sesame Institute, an educational charity, has been training therapists to use drama and movement in therapy since 1964. Psyche and Soma is a CPD training for registered counsellors, psychotherapists and qualified health professionals who want to draw on imagination and embodiment in their existing practice, when words are not enough. It also provides refresher experience for Arts Therapists.
The course places high value on experiential work having its own potency in therapy, and explores the Psyche/Soul, with its symbol based language, as the prime energy in any healing work.
The modules on this two year course take place over one 3-day intensive, 8 quarterly weekends, and 7 supervision groups. The inclusive fee is £2200. Successful graduates will be awarded a Sesame Institute Certificate in the use of drama and movement in therapy.
The Developmental Perspective, To Move or Two Chairs?, Sounding like my Self, Movement with Touch and Sound, Emerging Play and Story, Symbol and Myth Enactment, Soul Imperative, Soul Research.
If you would like further details to be sent to you please contact Christine Hanfrey at the Sesame Institute
27 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY
Tel: 020 7633 9690
Very best wishes
Sesame Institute for Drama and Movement Therapy
Hazel Marshall gives details of the Rock Bank Transpersonal Centre Programme:
Transpersonal Psychology Weekend Workshops (based on the work of Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers). Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
I ‘Approaching the Self’, October 1 – 3
II ‘The Masculine and Feminine Within Us’, April 9 – 11
III ‘Cycles and Stages’ May 21 – 23
IV ‘Initiation’, November 5 - 7
£ 110 per weekend (some reduced fee places).
Single Days: 9.30 for 10.00 am. Till around 5.30
Pam Allsop, ‘Spontaneous Drawing and Dreams’ Saturday April 24
Emma Ramsden, ‘What is your Story?’ Saturday May 15
Ruth White, ‘Working with your Soul’ Sunday November 21
£ 75 per single day (some reduced fee places).
Is now online at www.psychospiritual.co.uk The programme consists of Scottish based trainings, intensives, explorations and workshops in the transpersonal tradition, and also offers a range of Jungian workshops offered by internationally known analysts. Most events take place in Edinburgh
With best wishes,
Michael Wilson, Brooklyn Cottage, Church Street, Earlston, Berwickshire, TD4 6HS, Scotland. Tel: +44 (0)1896 849811 www.psychospiritual.co.uk
You have not had a newsletter from me for some months as I have been finishing off my long book on how, with 'Heart', we can 'make a difference'. It will be published by O Publishing next year
I also want to let you know of an important little book about to be published by my oldest friend, John Reed. It is called 'Elegant Simplicity; Reflections on an Alternate way of Being.' It will be out soon and I highly recommend it. It is short. It comments on many of the 'wrongs' of our society and suggests new approaches. I will let you know when it sees the light of day
Many of my latest articles are available on line. See my website www.sergebb.com
My Majorca retreats continue as usual this summer, which are again all about our learning to bring more play and joy and a greater 'celebratory spirit' into our daily lives - details below. Some scholarships may be offered to people who want to come but who are struggling financially. To contact me, either ring on 07968 113075 or email me at email@example.com
GROWING THE GARDEN OF THE HEART
at Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucester 23-25 April
with Serge Beddington-Behrens
The heart's garden is an eminently lush one. So many wonderful and bright human qualities grow there, which sadly we sometimes don't have access to. Over this weekend, we will explore what some of these qualities are; how we can best fertilise and develop them, and what we need to do to keep our heart garden healthy and free of weeds. The intention is to 'enhearten' our world, so that our own personal garden may spread its delights and become increasingly incorporated into - and act as a transformational force upon - the structures of our world
Residential single £199 shared £179
Fee includes all meals and refreshments (except B & B for non-residential)
Course begins with registration 4-6pm on Friday 23 April and ends with afternoon tea at 4pm on Sunday 25 April
With much love to you
Serge Beddington-Behrens 07968 113075
Every year Contemplative Fire runs a substantial silent retreat with input and awareness/aerobic walks. This is primarily for Companions on the Way and those exploring a contemplative-active focus. With stillness, extraordinary natural beauty, the Celtic Christian tradition as our backdrop and our core resource, the time together will seek to build community, deepen belonging and enhance a personal rhythm of life
There is one space left on this year's retreat from 22-28 May. This will be on a first come first served basis so please do get in touch asap if you would like to take up this place
'The Burning Bush' retreat will include some perambulation around the Celtic pilgrimage sites, pre-Cambrian cliffs and beaches of the St David's peninsula. It will be led by Charlotte Wright (artist and one of the leadership team for the Hemel Hempstead CF Gathering and small groups) and me. We are returning to the delightful St Non's retreat house, which is perched on the cliffs about a mile from St David's. The website for St Non's is: www.stnonsretreat.org.uk Please reserve a place by sending a non-refundable deposit of £80. Full cost will be in the region of £325
A blessed early Spring be yours.
Contemplative Fire - 01494 758878
Registered Charity No 1106392
A warm hello from chilly northern Scotland! In this cold winter weather, we are warm and cosy in our offices in the Park Building and have a nice view of the roof of the Universal Hall dusted in snow. As the ice melts and the days get noticeably longer we are expanding into a 2010 full of exciting programmes and talks
SATISH KUMAR AND STEPHAN HARDING AT FINDHORN
FIELD STUDY VISITS TO FINDHORN FOR STUDENTS
Are you a lecturer or student in a university or college? Or have friends who are? Please tell them about our Findhorn Field Study Visit programme. Students learn about all dimensions of sustainability in a real life situation. This experience often leads them to experience a much deeper perspective on the challenge of
sustainable development and can influence their subsequent studies and work.
Schumacher College speakers at Findhorn
We are delighted that both Stephan Harding and Satish Kumar will be presenting short courses at Findhorn later this year.
29 May - 4 June. Stephan Harding invites us on a journey to explore how Gaian science and a systems view of Life can help us to develop a sense of interconnectedness with the more-than-human world.
A Journey through Inner and Outer Landscapes with Satish Kumar and Daniel Wahl
28 June - 2nd July. In dialogues with Satish, in times of quiet reflection and through participation in community life this programme will offer an opportunity to slow down, deepen and revitalise what has heart and meaning.
All the best from
The Findhorn College Team
Final remarks and goals:
“Humanity, Profession, Spirituality of the counselor”
Tolentino (MC) – Castello della Rancia12-13-14 February 2010
We have successfully completed the International Conference on Counseling organized by PREPOS, NBCC ITALY and the Saint Valentine’s Knights Association under the patronage of FAIP (Italian Federation of Psychotherapy Association), NBCC International and EBCC (European Board for Certified Counselors)
In the Rancia’s Castle scenario, full of history around the Italian Independence, despite the cold and the snow we have constructed an unforgettable step in counseling development in Italy
200 participants coming from all Italy: 70% of the participants were already graduates counselors and the 30% were counselor educators
The workshop and the talks were really interesting and full of exploring themes around the three areas of the title and were much appreciated
Since the institutional attendance in the Friday afternoon about the certification system and the recognition of the profession (Pier Angelo Sardi, CEPLIS President - Bruxelles e Giorgio Berloffa, Assoprofessioni, UNIPROF, FAC, Accredia) until the Sunday topics of Spirituality passing by the Saturdays workshop and laboratories among the topics:
- Certification for counselors NCC;
- Free University of Counseling;
- Recognition of the Counseling profession;
We went back from Tolentino sharing a sense of a useful profession and a mission to the people, and the certainty of our independence and freedom
The essential results of the Congress:
- Founding of the Consorzio per la Libera Università del Counseling (Consortium for the Free University of Counseling): meets some of the most important Italian School of Counseling, pooling to share teachers and methods for the common goal of the construction of a strong theory/model for Advanced Relationship Counseling
- Definition of the social position within the Consortium for the Free University of Counseling
- Launch of the National Certification for Counselors (NCC) and the related system of Quality certification of Counseling made by NBCC Italy, under the authorization of NBCC USA and International, and opening the preliminary evaluation for eligibility of the first candidates to the NCC
- The sharing of a Relational way for Counseling as an essential topic of the counseling methods and for the social recognition of this helping-profession. The relational counseling have now a precise identity and a scientific corpus focus on all the human sciences (education, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, medicine, law etc.) to improve development, growing-up, well-being and to resolve conflicts and people’s problem;
Not least the Saint Valentine’s Knights dinner on Saturday night: as every year we lived a friendship moment of sharing values and vision. Immersed in the fantastic Rancia’s Castle to celebrate each-others the value of love, as when we meditates at the Marmore’s Falls feeling the vertigo… When Gabriella sang for us or when Giovanni named new knights and we laugh about our dreams- much to overcome the cold!
Do put the Moscow Conference in your diary and come if you can. Vladimir Maykov and his team are working to make this a special event with the help of many around the world
Please contribute your feelings via your thoughts to the EUROTAS website www.eurotas.org – have you visited it yet? At this time of global opportunity our small voices are important. “Europe se fait par petits pas.” Little steps will enable EUROTAS to make its contribution to our global civilization