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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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