The summer is a time for being outdoors and enjoying the sun. When we spend time out of doors we feel ourselves relaxing, getting away from the stresses of ordinary working lives and timetabled agendas. No wonder that increasing evidence is emerging of the therapeutic benefits of being in nature, and that embodied activity in the outdoors, whether sports, gardening or walking, makes a real difference to mental health. With this in mind, we feel lucky to have been able to combine so many events this summer with good doses of fresh air.
At the same time, agendas and timetables are looming, and the summer is the time when people are thinking about courses for the coming year. Despite having considerable flexibility in our intake procedures, at Tariki the autumn is the main starting point for students on both our psychotherapy and ecotherapy trainings. The last week has been a busy one for several of us on the staff team, responding to enquiries and chasing up references for prospective students.
This newsletter is an update on what we are up to, including news of some of our recent travels. It also includes links to information on course programmes, should you be thinking of putting in a late application. I hope you will find it useful as well as entertaining. Do contact us if you need more information on anything – or just to say ‘hello’. It is nice to hear from you and stay abreast of your interests and experiences. You can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very best wishes - Caroline
FRIENDS, TRAVELS AND GATHERINGS
This has been a summer of travel. Earlier in the year I was delighted to be contacted by an old friend in California, inviting me to go to Tassajara and give a series of talks to the training community there. In response to this, Debbie and I decided to take the opportunity to renew a number of old contacts and for me, to revisit some places where I have been in the past. It was, amazingly, five years since I was last in the US, so it was lovely to have a chance to pick up old friendships. We stayed in Buddhist centres – San Francisco Zen Centre, Tassajara, its mountain retreat, Jodo Shinshu Centre, Berkeley, and Berkeley Zen Centre, as well as being hosted by a number of friends. In some places I gave talks, in others we connected and caught up on personal, professional and global issues. Brexit happened whilst we were away and our US friends sympathised. The Gay Pride procession also took place in San Francisco, its size and energy fuelled by the Orlando shootings. We enjoyed the SF Asian Art Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, Rodin sculpture at Stanford University Museum, giant redwoods and wild coasts and watching wales, porpoise and pelicans from the cliffs by the Golden Gate Bridge.
On our return, we hardly had time to draw breath before attending the wedding of Liz Igoe and Perry Isadore. Liz teaches on our psychotherapy programme and Perry trained with us some years back (when Liz was also a student) and has recently returned for a second round of ecotherapy training. Congratulations to them both.
The wedding was shortly followed by Buddhafield, a festival held annually in Somerset, at which we generally host a stall and give talks. This year I ran a workshop on ecotherapy and gave a talk in the marquee on ‘Courage to Feel’ which explored fundamentals of Buddhist psychology.
Further events have included the Ten Directions Intensive in Wales at the end of July. This five day training course is the culmination of the first year of our ecotherapy programme. It centres round an overnight solo experience, camping with a hammock and tarp or similar deep in the wood. The solo can be challenging on many levels but is also an important experience for anyone wanting work more closely with nature. We prepare for it with night walks, practical sessions, and group sharing. This year, despite having a good weather forecast in advance, heavy rain started just after participants had set out to pitch camp for the night, and continued well into the next day. Despite this, everyone remained warm and dry and enjoyed the experience. The same week, Edge of the Wild, the annual ecopsychology gathering was held in Worcestershire. We managed to attend to last weekend of this and reconnect with old friends there.
TALKS ON LINE
Several talks from this summer’s programmes are available on line. You will find these, and earlier videos, listed on our web site.
San Francisco Zen Centre public talk: Stories We Live By
Talk I: Satipatthana as a Journey
Talk 2: Satipatthana as a Model of Self
Buddhafield: Courage to Feel
The forums are bi-monthly gatherings of anyone interested in Buddhism and therapy. They tend to be attended by therapists and by students or past students of our programmes, but they also attract people with a general interest in the topics. We are currently in process of firming up forums for the year, but are pleased to be able to invite you to the first one in which I will be talking about the approaches which we teach here at Tariki.
Buddhist ideas of the mind and mental functioning have influenced psychotherapy since its inception. Offering a deep understanding of the way that our mental states are conditioned by both past and present experience and by the consequent patterns of attachment, these teachings provide both practical methodologies and theoretical explanation which is highly relevant to the therapy room.
This forum will be a chance to learn more abut the approaches to Buddhist psychotherapy as taught on the Tariki training programmes. Led by Caroline Brazier, course leader of these programmes and author of seven books on the subject, it will outline some basic principles and provide space for discussion. A useful introduction for anyone who is interested in knowing more about what we teach here, the day will also provide a good overview for current and past students. In particular therapists who are Buddhists but not trained with Tariki may like to learn more about the way we integrate ideas from Western and Eastern therapies. The model, however is not proscriptive and it will also be good to hear from participants about the ways in which they create their own integrations of theory and practice.
Cost £25 including lunch (Tariki students £15). CPD letters available on demand. Students may count this forum as peer learning hours. Booking: contact email@example.com
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY COURSES
This is the time when many people are thinking about training with us. Since there is still time to get your application in, I will repeat here some of the information which was sent out last month:
We offer three levels of training in counselling and psychotherapy: The Foundation Certificate, The Diploma in Counselling and the Diploma in Psychotherapy. In addition we offer CPD options through the Post Qualifying Certificate or a general registration. If you have not done any prior training you will start with the Foundation Certificate. Otherwise you may be able to take advantage of APL and go straight in at a higher level. You can discuss this with us, but the best way forward is to fill out an application and include a note about your preferred starting point. We can discuss these matters at interview. All courses are delivered through the same course blocks in October, February and May.
To enrol for the 2016 intake we advise applying between now and the end of August. This allows plenty of time to take up references and interview you. We can also discuss whether you want or need to sign up for the on-line studies this year during your interview. This is a part of the Diploma programmes but some students decide to enrol for the distance learning programme a year early alongside the Foundation Certificate. This is particularly helpful if you plan to complete the full programme as quickly as possible. The on-line programme can be taken as a stand-alone. In your application you will need to give contact details for two referees. Ideally use people who know your capacity for empathy and people who can vouch for your ability to study. Referees should not be related to you or live with you.
Interviews are usually arranged in person with one or more staff member, but sometimes done by Skype for overseas students. Once you have been interviewed, all being well, you will receive an offer of place by post with a return sheet that you need to sign. This marks your formal acceptance onto the programme. Once this is in place, you will start attendance with the weekend of October 8-9, which will include an induction process for new students. You may choose to stay on for more of the October course block or not, depending on how you plan to spread your studies - though we do recommend doing at least four days of the first block to get started properly.
Ten Directions consists of five units and an intensive. The units each involve 21days of on-line work (this is very practical and involves doing an exercise out of doors each day and then writing a short paragraph about it on our on-line course group). Each unit finishes with a residential weekend in Narborough. The course concludes with a five day intensive in Wales. This can be followed by an optional second year. Unit One starts on August 29th so applications for this programme need to be with us as soon as possible.
WHO TO CONTACT
Application forms are available on our web site at www.buddhistsychology.info. If you cannot find the right form, then email us and we will send you a copy. Send your applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Buddhist House, 12 Coventry Rd, Narborough LE19 2GR. If sending your application by post, please email us to let us know that it is on its way.
Your applications will be processed by Elise Tate, who is our admissions tutor. Once you have submitted an application she will follow you through the process. In the meantime I am available to answer your general queries about courses. Debbie Swain can also deal with technical queries and will be your point of reference for bookings and fee payments. Jeff Harrison, one of our teaching staff, is based at The Buddhist House over the summer and able to answer queries about course content.
Glad to be able to let you know that Buddhist Psychology is back in print. The Wisdom of Not Knowing (Bob Chisholm and Jeff Harrison, 2016) is still available from us or through amazon. I have a new manuscript for a book on ecotherapy which is currently being considered by a major publisher.
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