One-day HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY Conference Expanding a Humanistic Vision for a 21st Century Psychogy

Expanding a Humanistic Vision for a 21st Century Psychology
Saturday 7th October 2017
Resources for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA, 9am-5pm
Cost: £60 - includes lunch, refreshments and live music from
Jennifer Maidman and Annie Whitehead (ex Penguin Cafe Orchestra)

This one-day conference brings together some of the most inspiring and challenging thinkers in the field of Psychology in general, and in Humanistic Psychology in particular. A CPD-certified event put on by the Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP) in conjunction with the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (AHPP), five speakers (see details overleaf) will give us their own particular slant on the event’s umbrella title: “Expanding a Humanistic Vision for a 21st Century Psychology” Themes covered will include Humanistic Psychology and activism, future self as
living entity, expanding the humanistic paradigm for the 21st-century context, humanistic Psychology ‘outside the box’, and visioning our humanistic future – a rich mixture of the “self” and “society” dialectic that are at the core of Humanistic Psychology as a genuinely progressive psychology for the current era. With the inspirational Professor Maureen O’Hara from Saybrook (California) as keynote speaker, and a group of leading humanistic practitioners on the plenary panel, this is an unmissable participative event, and exceptional value for money. The event also doubles as a book launch for Routledge’s exciting new book (2018), Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends and Future Prospects, edited by Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman. Professors Stanley Krippner and Colin Feltham said: “The principles of Humanistic Psychology have never been more critically needed than they are today…. This book is work that will make a crucial difference in the lives of its readers” (SK); and “I very much admire the dedication of the editors, writers and practitioners involved in this work…
I commend the effort to take Humanistic Psychology forward in newly formulated, sharply articulated
ways that… may make their mark in an increasingly complex and troubled world” (CF).
All participants can request a certificate of attendance to support their continuing professional development (CPD). Students, trainees and unwaged delegates can claim a free book on the day with proof of status. Please note that pre-booking and pre-paying for your place (via Eventbrite) are essential. For full details and booking link see:

Maureen O’Hara, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, National University (La Jolla,
California), and CEO of International Futures Forum–US. Maureen worked closely with
Carl Rogers, facilitating large group events and training counsellors in many
countries. She brings humanistic practice into the public policy, community and
organizational spheres, exploring the impact of global cultural shifts on emotional
development and well-being. Maureen was President of the AHP and of Division 32,
American Psychological Association, recently receiving their Distinguished Lifetime
Achievement Award. Recent books include the co-edited Handbook of Person-Centred
Psychotherapy and Counselling (2013) and Dancing at the Edge (with G. Leicester, 2012)
Dina Glouberman, PhD, is visionary co-founder and director of Skyros Holidays,
world leader in holistic holidays and trainings. Author of the classic books Life Choices,
Life Changes, Joy of Burnout and You Are What You Imagine, and former Senior Lecturer in
Psychology, Dina leads Imagework training courses internationally, is Hon. President,
International Imagework Association, and a psychotherapist, guiding people through
turning-points and new beginnings. Upcoming book: Into the Woods and Out
Again (Karnac).
Jill Hall was born in South Africa, and was always disturbed and fascinated by what it
means to be human. Working as an actress until becoming a mother and philosophy
student, she then discovered self-development in Humanistic Psychology’s early days. Jill
became an Institute of Biodynamic Psychology tutor; and now runs weekend residential
groups in Norwich. A guest lecturer for various professional bodies and universities, Jill is
author of The Reluctant Adult(Prism Press, Bridport, 1993).
John Rowan has been involved with Humanistic Psychology since 1970, and has
made many contributions in that field, notably the book Ordinary Ecstasy, which is now in
its third edition. He has also made many contributions in the field of Transpersonal
Psychology, and his book The Transpersonal, is now in its second edition. At present John
is working on a book entitled Hegel and Therapy, which should appear next year.
Robin Shohet has been a therapist and supervisor for forty years. In
1979 he co-founded the Centre for Supervision and Team Development
( with his wife, Joan Wilmot, through which they
teach individual, group and team supervision worldwide. At the age of 70
he is learning the accordion, the tango and still plays football. He is a
student of, and inspired by, a Course in Miracles
David Wasdell, a partially dyslexic polymath, with degrees in mathematics,
physics and theology and a life-time spent in consultancy research in
behavioural and physical sciences, is the Founding Director of URCHIN (the Unit
for Research into Changing Institutions). Since 1987 he has been the
International Coordinator of the Meridian Programme, and for the last ten years
has directed the Apollo-Gaia Project, working on feedback dynamics of the
global climate system and the psychology of human response.

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Friends, family and loved ones: greetings, and thank you for joining us for this celebration of the life of Perry Isadore Igoe.

Though we gather here today, bound by sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We were all privileged to live a life that has been touched by Perry. He possessed a number of extraordinary gifts, which he shared with us freely. None of these gifts, however, are more remarkable than his capacity for love in its purest, most sincere, and honest form. Love for his adored wife, his beloved daughters, his precious friends, and for nature that surrounds us all, especially the life breathed into us by the trees.

Perry was born August 1st 1963 and was very premature so spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator where he captured the hearts of the nurses and midwives with his cuteness. The trademark infectious Perry smile is well known by all his friends and family so without a doubt, even as a baby he could melt hearts.

Growing up, he went to school in Braintree in Essex, where he lived with his mum Carol, his younger sister Tracey, and older brother Wayne.

Perry was severely dyslexic, so, as a young man, in a very lean job market, he looked for a practical career. He joined the RAF at 16 and served with them for 17 years in Biggin Hill, Brize Norton, Germany, and the Falkland islands. Perry was a peace loving soul and had no desire to ever take up arms, harm, or kill anyone. Since however there had been no wars for a long time, it felt like a fairly safe career for a fit young man. It suited Perry who loved to be part of a team.

When he was 23, Perry managed to search for and finally find his father, Isadore Griffin, who was Black American, which led to several visits to his father in the USA.  Sadly his father also died at an early age a few years later. But Perry has continued to keep regularly in touch with the American side of his family – he was always telling Liz that one day soon they would go to visit, what he jokingly called, - ‘the dark side’!

Perry then worked in logistics and stores for the RAF and was promoted to corporal but, as the Cold War ended, promotions in the RAF were increasingly hard to come by. So after 17 years Perry took voluntary redundancy, left the RAF and went to work for Motorola in Swindon. He bought a house with his then wife, Carrie, and lived in it with his two daughters Sian & Kylie and rather a lot of strange pets. 

Perry was a great believer in investing in property and at one point when he found his work hours cut down, he took on two other jobs and bought a house in Avebury, which he rented out for a while. He later moved to Avebury with his wife Antoinette and ran a B&B there. 

Avebury was a spiritual home for Perry – he loved the standing stones and he enjoyed the succession of eccentric, visiting tourists interested in the stone circles as well as the many crop circles that pop up in Wiltshire fields in the spring and summer months. Whilst Perry was there he was a member of a Wiccan coven and later a shamanistic group.

In 2007 Perry decided to train as a counsellor with the Buddhist Organisation, the Amida Trust – now re-named - the Tariki Trust. This was where he met Liz and they became good friends.  In 2009 they both qualified as counsellors. In his usual ‘speedy’ fashion Perry had completed the course in record time – under 2 years. He went on to work for an organisation which helped educate young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perry worked as a counsellor for several years before he finally fulfilled a life-long dream of buying a property ‘somewhere warm’.

In 2013 Perry moved again, lock stock and barrel, to the Serra De Estrella Mountains in Portugal where he quickly made a lot of friends among the ex-pats from the UK and Europe, all busy restoring old buildings and farming the land.

Perry and Liz met again accidentally in 2014 at the Buddhist House. They fell in love during a marathon 17.5 hour dinner and talked through the night and most of the following day. Since then Perry and Liz have been busy restoring their house in Portugal, affectionately named ‘The Ranch’ and have gone from having baths by candlelight in the goat shed, to a beautiful home with 3 bathrooms. Perry was never happier than when he was walking around the land working out watering systems and making sure the 150 trees he’d planted were growing well. Indicative of his altruistic personality and philosophy of sustainability, all the trees he planted at ‘The Ranch’ have been selected to provide for the next generations. A fan of tree nursing myself, I would often ask him about his trees and we would share videos and ideas for them. On a specific topic of his latest project, the Pecan trees, he mentioned how the earliest the small, 1-inch saplings would grow to bear fruit in 10 years, and it might be a good 20 before they reach maturity. “Perry,” I said, “that's ...a really long time.” To which he replied: “They aren't for me.”

And this is the type of person Perry was - always thinking of others first. Planning for the long term, working for a sustainable world, a world that works with nature, not against it. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “a wise man plants trees in whose shade he knows he will never sit.”

Perry had a great love of nature and the natural world, which he attributed to his Native American ancestors. His great love was trees, which he believed really spoke to him. So Perry returned to the Buddhist house to train in eco-therapy and shortly thereafter Perry and Liz started running eco-therapy and tree planting holidays in Portugal. Alongside his projects in Portugal, Perry joined several local eco-projects in Bristol.

On the 10th of July 2016, Perry and Liz married at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire in a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony with over a 100 family and friends. Neither of them stopped smiling and laughing all day long, and Perry tore up the dance floor in what seemed like a union of John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. Since then they have spent six months of every year at the Ranch in Portugal and have welcomed many family and friends as visitors there.

Perry loved life – he just loved being here on this earth. Many people on this Earth believe in a higher power or greater purpose. Perry was content being himself, in this world, right now, enjoying the greatest and the smallest life has to offer. A true “Zen master”, as I like to describe him to my friends.

Perry was the most gentle and kindest of men – a true gentleman. Perry never had a bad word to say about anyone – not a criticism or judgement ever passed his lips. He didn’t swear, he didn’t argue, and he also didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, or even take tea or coffee. That is one reason why his death has been such a shock for all of us. Perry’s life was about love, acceptance, and working with others as part of a team, and he lived that out with every breath he took.

We have been lucky to know Perry in this life, we regret his passing on so soon, and so young, but his spirit and his legacy will remain among us – youthful, lively, fun, and full of love, and that oh-so-special smile.  We honour him.   

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