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									FCRP 2014 Interest Groups

Codes used for the groups on the Registration Form:
 1. Parsing
 2. Red Book
 3. Opt Out
 4. Soul
 5. Tai Chi
 6. Mimesis
 7. Collage
 8. Dream
 9. Buddha
10. Jung
11. Writing
12. Family


INTEREST GROUPS

1. PARSING THE PLENARY: WHERE DO MINDFULNESS, NEUROSCIENCE AND
QUAKER WORSHIP INTERSECT?- Facilitator: Linda Wilk
 - We will consider our own experiences with alternative approaches to mindfulness in the context of
the material we are gleaning from the Plenary Sessions. We will try to integrate the plenary sessions
and express the way they are impacting us personally.
  -We will also call on our experiences with silent worship, and discuss the worship process and
include those who are not Quakers but may want to know more about the Quaker form of "meditation"
we call worship. The group will include brief periods of silence or worship.
  -Journal writing, sharing, and drawing/art will help us express our personal feelings about these
private experiences. The hope is that we can parse out common ground as well as discover what makes
worship and/or meditation unique for us individually.

2. CREATING A CHAPTER FOR YOUR OWN RED BOOK: The Wound and the Bow *–
Facilitator: Lorraine Kreahling
  -In The Red Book, C.G. Jung’s documents his heroic exploration of the Land of the Unconscious,
including his riveting personal encounters with archetypal symbols and Spirit Guides. In this small
group, we will use the scaffolding of a fairy tale-like story to lead us through our memories, images,
and reflections on our own mini-heroic journey.
  -The fairy tale will draw on the archetype of the wounded healer and hero. Vulnerability in fairy tale
heroes is often their source of strength. Early injury in healers, as well as in creative people, Stephen
Larsen says, frequently becomes a foundation for their work and giving them a higher capacity for
empathy. Creative people also find the energy for their inventive work often comes out of early injury.
Like Jung, we will record our experience from our journey to the inner world in words and/or
drawings.
  -The group will endeavor to create a safe container in which this chapter for our own Red Book can
unfold. We will share as much or as little from the process as is comfortable. Emphasis within the
group will be on witnessing the journeys of other participants rather than analyzing or judging the
emerging material.
   -Please bring a special journal or notebook in which you can draw and write as well as a special pen,
and some form of color: magic markers, box paints, colored pencils, or crayons. A copy of The Red
Book will be available for perusal and inspiration.
*The Wound and the Bow is a classic work of literary studies by Edmund Wilson that examines the
early wounding of several great writers and how it became a spur to their creative work (i.e., the
archer’s bow).

3. CREATIVELY DOING NOTHING (Opt Out)—Facilitator: no facilitator at this time
 -This group is for those who would like unscheduled time to collect thoughts, share, meditate, and just
relax. Loosely scheduled, we will provide a safe space for those who just want to be or do their own
thing. 
Mode: Discussion, sharing, free time, your choice.

4. BEFRIENDING YOUR SOUL: A NEUROSCIENCE INFORMED JOURNEY - Facilitator:
Victor McGregor
  -We will discuss the integration of neuroscience, psyche and body. This holistic approach includes
the role of nutrients, neurotransmitters, hormones, immune and endocrine systems. We will compare
phenomena in the tradition of the mystics with neuroscience and its live visualizations. Modes will
include meditation and worship; didactic lecture and discussion.

5. LETTING GO AND PAYING ATTENTION: THE WISDOM OF TAI CHI - Facilitator: Beth
Perry
   -The first major teaching of Tai Chi is to relax. You can learn to get out of your own way by not
using unneeded effort. You can trade maximum exertion for attention—first, to your own body, and
later, to the forces acting upon you from outside. You can learn to do "sole" work by paying attention
to your weight pouring into your footprints, and discover, among other things, a secret for maintaining
your balance. By listening to your body, you may discover unexplored capacities within yourself—
capacities that come from a listening receptivity. Our work will include practical applications for daily
life—from opening doors and raking leaves to getting in and out of a chair with the least amount of
effort necessary.
   -You will not need any special gear, just comfortable clothes and flat shoes. All physical capabilities
are welcome, and a broad range of people can benefit from this group.
 Mode: Movement

6. MIMESIS : PLAYING IN THE FIELD OF MYTH – Facilitators: John DiMino & Lisa
O'Hanlon DiMino
  -The Hero’s Journey, The Wounded Healer, Fundamentalism and Dreams; topics chosen by this
year’s plenary speakers, are themes that workshop leaders John and Liza DiMino have explored for
over 25 years using the Mimesis process. One of the definitions of Mimesis is ‘To enter the text in
order to know more deeply.’ In this approach workshop participants gain an experiential awareness of
the deep wisdom of world mythology through a combination of storytelling, meditation, role play and
discussion. Archetypal and personal meanings become apparent through this process and the leaders
strive to foster a very supportive play space for the circle of participants. The Greek myth of
Aesculapius, the wounded healer, and other myths will supply the structure for our exploration

7. CREATIVE STEPS ALONG THE PATH TO INDIVIDUATION - Facilitator: Jane Porter
Using tissue Paper Collage to elicit our unique imagery, along with simple mindfulness techniques, we
will integrate image, intuition, feeling and sensation as we go forward on our life’s journey. No art
experience or skill is necessary. Mode: tissue paper collage, journaling, mindfulness, sharing
Please bring a $5 materials fee and a smock or apron.

8. DREAMS, ECO-SPIRITUALITY AND THE HERO'S JOURNEY- Facilitator: Stephen Potoff
  -In his ongoing work with the dreams of college tropical ecology students on their first trip to the
Costa Rican rain forests, he has come to realize that many of the students and also Stephen experience
an archetypal hero's journey as we start to find our way into a deeper and more authentic relationship
with a new and exotic natural universe. In this year's small group, I invite group 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.
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.

9. DEVELOPING A BUDDHIST BRAIN ONE SIMPLE PRACTICE AT A TIME- Facilitators:
Joseph Izzo and Damien Germino
  -The spiritual masters of the human race learned to harness the powers of the triune brain to create
enlightened minds for themselves and to serve as ‘universal templates’ for the enlightenment of all
humanity. Whether seeking their higher self (Buddha) or the God within (Jesus) they lived and taught a
spiritual discipline that is available to all people.
  -Using research from contemporary neuroscience, coupled with numerous mindfulness practices, this
workshop is designed to allow the participants to 1) better understand the organic and evolutionary
aspects of the human brain and 2) to experience how the brain creates and molds the mind and the
reciprocal relationship between the two.
  -By learning simple mindfulness practices to become more aware of our genetic / organic
(unconscious impulses) we are better able to consciously and deliberately change our thinking, feelings
and behaviors. As Quakers or non-Quakers, we are then able to more fully live out the testimonies of
simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality. 25% Didactic, 25% Reading, 50% Experiential
practice (guided meditation, mindful breathing, etc.) Suggested pre-conference reading: Hansen, R.
and Mendius, R. (2009). Buddha’s brain:The practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom.
Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications OR
OR Hansen, Rick. (2013). Hardwiring Happiness: The new brain science of contentment, calm and
confidence. New York: Fandom House/Harmony Books.

10. GOD AND JUNG – STEPS ALONG THE PATH TO INDIVIDUATION - Facilitator Walter
Brown
  -Quaker or Non-Quaker, Theist or Non-Theist, All Welcome. Come talk about your understanding of
God and how Carl Jung and others may have influenced your view of God. We have a number of
wonderful resources. Jung’s 1952 book, Answer to Job, is interesting and easy to read. We will use
Jung’s 1932 book, Psychology and Religion. Edward Edinger, a renowned Jungian therapist and
author, has written extensively on Jung’s concept of God. He has put out a book called Transformation
of the God-Image – An Elucidation of Jung’s Answer to Job. Edinger also has given us The New God-
Image – a Study of Jung’s Key Letters Concerning the Evolution of Western God-Image. The latter
includes a letter to Elined Kotchnig (one of FCRP’s founders) on the “problem of an unconscious,
ignorant creator-god.” From the Quaker side, we will use the writings of the Jungian Friend and
Mystic, John Yungblut and many more.

11. WRITING - Facilitator: Martha Witebsky
  -Proprioceptive Writing is a meditative form of writing that allows us to know ourselves better. The
technique is based on the method described in the book “Writing the Mind Alive – The Proprioceptive
Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice” by Linda Trichter-Metcalf and Tobin Simon
  -The practice allows us to look within and “listen” to our thoughts. It also encourages exploration of
the body-mind relationship by listening for sensations and physical cues to our emotions. We write
down what we “hear” and explore the possible origin of these cues.
  -In a tension-free environment, prompted by Baroque music, we can reflect upon our emotional
history and discover deeper meaning. We share our “writes” with the group if we wish.
  -Recommended reading: the above-referenced book.


12. FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS - Facilitator: Randy Goldberg
   -Imagine a constellation in the sky – a grouping of stars that depicts each of your ancestors arranged
around you. Each ancestor has an invisible string of energy connecting one to another and to you. In a
similar fashion, you are tethered to these people in your family tree. You’ve inherited some of their
characteristics. You may have inherited their joys and sorrows, and you may be carrying pain, loss,
anger, guilt, illness or other burdens from past generations that negatively impact your life today –
even if you do not know exactly how or why.
  -Family Constellation therapy is a new and profound way to help you connect and correct the past so
that you can move forward with a sense of freedom, inner peace and love. Whether you merely observe
or actively participate in this safe and confidential setting, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and how you
are a part of those who came before you.



FACILITATORS
Walter Brown is a life long Friend and has been a psychotherapist for 35 years. He has done
workshops at FCRP, WFCRP, and Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

John DiMino, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and director of the student counseling center at Temple
University, a writer, and an artist.

Liza O’Hanlon DiMino is a writer, editor and artist.

Damien A. Germino M.S., studied Cognitive Science in undergrad and Cognitive Psychology in
graduate school, researching semantic and episodic memory. He currently works at The College of
New Rochelle in student services and teaches during the summers for Johns Hopkins University's
Center for Talented Youth. He's a yoga instructor trainee and origami enthusiast.

Randy Goldberg, LMT, is a graduate of the DC Hellinger Institute, and did advanced studies with
Heinz Stark from Germany. He is a former Yoga monk, a Craniosacral therapist, a world renowned
astrologer interviewed by the Washington Post, NPR and by CNN. He facilitates Family Constellation
therapy for individuals and groups.

Joseph (Joe) A. Izzo is a 32 year member of the Friends Meeting of Washington and a Licensed
Clinical Social Worker / Psychotherapist at the Whitman-Walker Health Center in Washington, DC. In
a previous ‘incarnation’, Joe was a member of a Roman Catholic Brotherhood for seventeen years and
has a deep interest in contemplative / mystical spirituality which has morphed into a fascination with
contemporary neuroscience, mindfulness practices and Buddhism. He is overjoyed to be co-facilitating
this workshop with his beloved nephew, Damien.

Lorraine Kreahling has been a regular contributor to the New York Times, and was a producer on a
recent PBS series on aging. She wrote her graduate thesis on fairy tales and Jungian individuation, and
has recently completed a memoir The Green Hotel (Losing House, Finding Home) , the tale of
rebuilding an historic house with a green heating system following its destruction from a propane
explosion. She has been a member of FCRP and served on its Planning Committee for several decades.

Victor McGregor is a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry and a Jungian-oriented therapist in a small
private practice for 25 years. While still in S. Africa, he studied theology from 1977 to 1980. then got a
diploma in Nursing and became a Quaker. He was the first legalized universal pacifist who was also a
selective conscientious objector to apartheid (which could carry a six year prison sentence). In 1985 he
immigrated to the U.S. and began work as an RN. He has continued his education in Depth Psychology
while practicing integrative holistic mental health as a prescriber for indigent and difficult-to-treat
patients in the Hudson Valley.alley.


Beth Perry has spent several decades studying the Cheng Man Ching form of Tai Chi, first from his
senior student Maggie Newman and now with Andrew Heckert. She teaches in retirement centers, adult
education schools, and senior centers in the Philadelphia area. Beth is a graduate of Harvard University.
She spent several years working in Uganda and southern Sudan, and used that experience in working
for AFSC and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on anti-apartheid work and Ethiopian disaster relief. Beth
is a member of Radnor, PA Meeting.

Jane Porter has been a member of FCRP since 1981. She lives in Western Massachusetts and is a
member of the Mt. Toby Friends Meeting. She works as a psychotherapist, and has an interest in the
many ways in which our imagination can be used to promote healing and growth.

Stephen Potthoff is a 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).

Linda Wilk is a convinced Friend of over 30 years who brings her experiences as a Quaker, meditator
and a seeker of many spiritual traditions to this workshop. She has an MA in Pastoral Counseling from
Moravian Theological Seminary and is a Writer, Coach and Spiritual Advisor.

Martha Witebsky has practiced this writing technique for many years and has facilitated interest groups
at Friends Conferences at Wellspring and Lebanon College, and has participated in workshops led by
Linda Trichter-Metcalf. Professionally, she was a technical translator at the US Patent and Trademark
Office.

								
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