Collective Process: Myth and Ritual & Creativity
Whilst our relationship to the environment depends upon many elements which are personal and particular, drawn from our own life experiences, it is also conditioned by factors which are collective, shared by others who have grown up in similar cultures, and by humanity at large. The collective process is more powerful than most of us realise, conditioning our experience at many levels. In this fourth weekend of the Ten Directions programme we will investigate the way that shared mythology, metaphor and symbolic action influence and enrich our relationship to the environment. We will explore the use of story, ritual and drama in therapeutic process in the outdoors, both in the details of people’s experience and in the creation of group activities. Drawing on this cultural heritage, and on the immediacy of the experience in nature, we will look at the way that creative processes emerge and can be fostered in the group situation and in work with individuals. This practical weekend will offer exercises and experiences to draw out and deepen the students’ capacity to work in this way both for their own development and for the benefit of those who they may support.
More details on Ten Directions Training (including costs, venue and how to apply): http://buddhistpsychology.typepad.com/buddhist_psychology/ten-directions-training-programme.html
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