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Alchemy: Body & Soul in Transition
August 30, 2016
Alchemy is most often understood as a primitive scientific attempt to create elemental gold, yet alchemy also sought the ‘inner gold’ through engaging the elemental makeup of matter – the wisdom of Nature- in order to reveal her secrets and evoke spiritual experience. So too, modern psychotherapy has the capacity to transform prima materia, the unwanted, uncomfortable material of everyday life, into something meaningful, thus helping us find the ‘gold’ in the shadow.
In this brief didactic and experiential seminar, images will be shown from a painter’s journey in becoming her true self, the treasure we all seek. Though deeply personal, her story reflects universal themes, such as the death of the protective adaptive self, the reawakening of the soul spark buried deep within, and the birth of the authentic self. Her images take us from life’s earliest beginnings, depicted as an embryo that lodges itself in an ordinary stone, through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life reshaped by the transformative elements of fire, water, wind, and earth. Here we see the alchemical process at work.
Participants will have an opportunity to witness the process as a whole, and to engage the alchemical metaphor in relation to bodily experience through movement and discussion.
This program will be held at the IAAP International Congress is Kyoto, Japan. A passport is needed to travel to Japan (from outside countries).
Prerequisite: This international analytical congress (IAAP) is open to members of the Marion Woodman Foundation.
Dates: August 30, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
This workshop is included in the congress registration fee. Registration for the entire congress is $837 until July 31; $953 after July 31
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