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Michael Meade, storyteller and scholar of mythology, psychology and anthropology describes imagination as - the deepest power of the soul. He says of soul, that it is - the connective tissue of life. To this my imagination offers the image of mycelium (the gossamer thread-like structures of fungi in soil weaving woodlands or meadows together). If I follow this image and let it ‘speak’ to me, show me something from it’s perspective, my heart stirs, my soul glimmers, I am enriched and expanded as I enter the imaginal realm. This realm or place was referred to by the Celts as the ‘Otherworld’ which exists alongside and is interwoven with ordinary reality, here now. This realm is a place of intuition, healing, myth, imagination, archetypes and soul, as well as a source of inspiration and insight.
As other more linear ways of being, relating and knowing have taken dominance in the West over the last few thousand years, we have lost contact with and devalued the somatic intelligences of the body, the intelligences of this animate Earth, intuition, myth and imagination. Some say the ‘climate crisis’ we are experiencing is a crisis of soul. Having turned our back on the Otherworld we have cut ourselves off from a deep well-spring of life.
During this experiential seminar we will take a creative, embodied exploration of the heart and the imaginal realms. Working this way for ourselves or with others can open portals to memory, experience and connections that may not otherwise be accessible.
Time: 25 March 2.00-4.00
Place: online by Zoom
Cost: £15 (carries 2hrs credit for students registered on Ten Directions training in ecotherapy)
Booking: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ally Stott has a great love of Hills, Water and Weaving. Many moons ago on Dartmoor she experienced herself being listened to by the Moor and realised everything she was in relationship with was alive with its own voice and soulful intelligence, aware of our presence and communicating. This moment has creatively shaped the direction of her work over the last 15 years as an Ecotherapist, Psychotherapist and Craniosacral Therapist. Ally has a background as an artists and worked for many years with people living with life threatening illness. She is part of Ecotherapy Oxford www.ecotherapyoxford.co.uk and runs retreats, Ecotherapy trainings and New Moon Earth Dreaming gatherings, www.allystott.co.uk.
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