The group is a place where you may explore your past, your present or your future. It is a place where you may discover and develop the meaning you give to your life. Successful groups at times move beyond problem solving into states of enhanced awareness, creativity and delight.
Articulates the active nature of unconscious forces and fantasies, desires in conflict, defence mechanisms and developmental phases. The endeavour, in the spirit of the Delphic injunction to "Know Thyself", is to understand both the relationships between different parts of the psyche or self and relations with others.
A body-oriented growth process that emphasises the energetic processes of breathing, movement, feeling, sexuality and self-expression, and addresses interruptions of these life functions, especially through patterns of chronic muscular tension. The exuberant but grounded bioenergetic body with a belly and a heart is the inspiration for the Bodyspace logo.
A playful action-based form of groupwork that promotes spontaneity and empathy, invites you to "show us" rather than "tell us", yet no acting skills are required. The groupwork space is viewed as a theatre in which peoples sensations, emotions, images and ideas through enactment become the key to recovery of significant memories, to deepening of insight and to rehearsal of new capacities for relating.
These talks will give you a chance to learn how this active physical approach to personal development and understanding personality works. Terms like ‘charge’, ‘contact’, ‘character’ and ‘grounding’ will be explained. There will be space for questions and discussion and a few optional exercises will be shown. (For full description of experiential follow-ups see Bioenergetic Day.) Advance booking required - see above.
I will be giving a picture of what happens during a psychodrama session by means of several short exercises. Between these I will focus on the special possibilities for personal development this medium offers. Besides any questions you may bring this introduction should answer some typically asked; such as what does it mean to play a role given that acting skills are unnecessary? For people considering joining the weekend group, this evening will set the scene. Advance booking required – see above.