BUDDHIST THERAPISTS FORUM: A pregnant pause: exploring childlessness

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BUDDHIST THERAPISTS FORUM: A pregnant pause: exploring childlessness

Time: January 21, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
Location: The Buddhist House
Event Type: forum, gathering
Organized By: caroline brazier
Latest Activity: Aug 17, 2016

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An increasing number of women of child-bearing age are not having children. As therapists how do we support our clients in their decision-making process and circumstances around child-bearings, whilst bearing in mind our own circumstances, choices, prejudices and preferences?

It's becoming increasingly well documented that more women than ever before are not having children in so-called 'Western' countries. Fascinated by this phenomenon, Kamalamani wrote the book Other than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind to support others mulling this private decision with global consequences. This book explores the many themes that constellate around the decision to have children (or not), themes we’ll have the chance to explore: identity, gender conditioning, meaning-making, embodiment, spirituality, ecology, ecopsychology, financial security, to name but a few.

This forum will also be a chance to learn more about the phenomenon of increasing childlessness - due to choice, circumstance, and happenstance - to share our own stories of being with or without child, and to bear in mind how we work with this theme in the therapy room. Please come along - whatever your gender and whether or not you are a parent! Kamalamani longs for the day when we embrace different reproductive choices and the childfree aren't judged and stereotyped as being somehow socially deviant and the childless are supported in their grieving. So come and create new dialogues and a more accepting, diverse culture for our communities whether we're related by blood or friendship.

Kamalamani works as a Body psychotherapist, counsellor, facilitator, supervisor and author in Bristol. Her practise of meditation and the Dharma influences her work and life. ‘Meditating with Character’, Kamalamani’s first book, was published by Mantra Books in 2012. ‘Other than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind’ was published by Earth Books in April. For more information, please visit: www.kamalamani.co.uk and www.facebook.com/otherthanmother

Cost £25 including lunch (Tariki students £15). This event can be counted as peer learning by Tariki students. CPD letters are available on demand

Booking: contact courses@tarikitrust.org


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