BodyDreaming and Mask Workshop in Greece (June 9-14): From Formless to Form

This workshop will bring you through an in-depth process that includes BodyDreaming, expressive arts, movement and mask work, where the way of discovery aims to bring that which is formless — perceived perhaps in hints and guesses (T.S. Eliot) into form, in the creation of a mask.

Mask Process — One of the greatest joys of this particular mask process is that it is shaped on your face (a part or whole mask), holding the unique blueprint of your personal origin-form — that is, aligned to your deep self and roots of origin. Once ‘out there’, transformation begins. In the workshop we will engage in a range of processes that free up spontaneity and bring into form what is becoming enlivened in you. Processes that are enriched by the collective dynamics of the group, in the delightful space of the olive garden overlooking the sea, where the group energy and co-created ‘imaginal’ field, heighten discovery.

Your mask then becomes a mirror, a voice, a resonance, a resource, for meaning-making and new discovery, at the workshop and after you take it home with you.

Movement and dance will be part of working together in bringing “Formless to Form”. As we retreat from our busy lives we will begin by allowing our bodies to slow down, so that we all feel safe and connected enough to remain interested and curious about new, emerging experiences. Drawing on the folk traditions of The Middle East and North Africa, we will explore our relationship to gravity and space, gradually increasing the flow of energy in compressed tissues, musculature and bones.

In line with the ideas of Winnicott, who believed that only when we are absorbed in playing are we closer to our ‘true selves’. In this workshop we provide opportunities for creativity and play; creating the conditions for images to arise, for spontaneous movements to happen, to track the sensations in the body, and work from the inside out to open to new form.

We will follow a rhythm of daily movement to inspire the mask work and explore your deeper inner self.

BodyDreaming is an integral part of the mask making process, offering tools to help create greater tolerance in our nervous system responses so that we can be more present in the ‘here and now’,  towards what is presenting as ‘new’. This openness to new experience is not guaranteed and old defenses may surface in the face of creativity. By paying attention to our dream images and the resonance we feel with them in our bodies, we uncover where old patterns and defenses lie and where the new impulse, or energy may be stirring in our bodies.

Through BodyDreaming we learn to build greater capacity to receive the new image, so that the creative process is not experienced as overwhelming. Learning inner and outer attunement, felt-sense and tracking, we co-regulate ourselves in the environment of the olive garden.

We come to meet the archetypal energy with greater ease, play and depth. Bringing “Formless to Form”, we come home to ourselves in mask.

NOTE: Given the starting and ending times of the workshop, you will need to arrive on June 8th and depart on June 15th. This is taken into account in the accommodations fee.

Discovering the Unlived Life with BodyDreaming™ and Mask Work

The workshop will be led by Sue Congram, Marian Dunlea and Pauline Sayhi

Working with BodyDreaming™, mask work, art, voice and movement, we will connect more deeply to our bodies and psyche allowing our imagination to flow freely. Surrounded by the beauty of Skites on the edge of the Aegean Sea, a source of calm and energy, we will give expression to the unlived life by making a mask. We will then explore how to live the new energy that arises.

If you have already made a mask in a previous workshop, you may wish to bring it and deepen your understanding and experience of your unfolding life. This deepening process opens up new dimensions in the mask. If you would like to learn more about the practicalities and deep processes of mask work, Sue and Marian will bring elements of this into the teachings of the week.

This popular workshop is in its 12th year. Numbers are limited. To avoid disappointment we encourage you to book early. The workshop will end late on June 16 (so it is suggested to stay until the morning of June 17).

Discovering the Unlived Life with BodyDreaming™ and Mask Work

The workshop will be led by Sue Congram, Marian Dunlea, with Pauline Sayhi

Working with BodyDreaming™, mask work, art, voice and movement, we will connect more deeply to our bodies and psyche allowing our imagination to flow freely. Surrounded by the beauty of Skites on the edge of the Aegean Sea, a source of calm and energy, we will give expression to the unlived life by making a mask. We will then explore how to live the new energy that arises.

If you have already made a mask in a previous workshop, you may wish to bring it and work more deeply with it instead of making a new one.

This popular workshop is in its 11th year. Numbers are limited. To avoid disappointment we encourage you to book early.

Discovering the Unlived Life Through Dreams and Mask Work

Sue Congram Greece
“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become
” Carl Gustav Jung

This workshop uses dream work and active imagination, body and voice work, mask and art to offer reflective space to explore the as yet ‘unlived life’, the potential to become who we are meant to be.

Skites is beautifully situated and ideally suited to this kind of exploration. We will work under a canopy of trees, overlooking the sea, supported by the beauty of nature. There we will awaken to our body’s wisdom, listen to our dreams and give expression to this new energy in the creation of a mask. We will draw on the teachings of Marion Woodman and the BodySoul work in conjunction with Jungian and Gestalt theory.

This workshop is for:
· Men and women who are engaged in their own personal work and want to inquire deeper
· People who have worked with masks and want to explore more fully the relationship between mask work and dreams
· People who are professionally engaged in working with the development of others and interested in learning about the process of ‘active imagination’ using dreams, art, body, voice and mask work
· Couples have benefitted enormously from attending this workshop together, however this is not an event for remedial work on relationships that are breaking down, but an opportunity for deepening your own self understanding in a shared space.

Sue Congram

Sue Congram, PhD, CPsychol., GPO-EAGT, is a founder-Director of EB Centre for Engendering Balance and Inclusivity in Leadership, based in the UK. Drawn to developing women in leadership, her PhD research and pioneering work with her two co-Directors, has led to a unique approach for enabling and inspiring feminine qualities and groundbreaking inclusivity practices in leadership, in national and global corporations.

As a highly experienced psychologist and Gestalt-trained consultant, Sue became inspired by the ideas of Marion Woodman, completing the first leadership training programme and becoming one of the core faculty on intensives. Sue’s love of art has led her to evolve and enrich the mask process, drawing on the unique qualities of expressive arts and the “imaginal” for in-depth exploration of self through mask. Sue loves to write about new ideas and practices, having widely published books, papers and articles in her field of work.

Discovering the Unlived Life Through Dreams and Mask Work

Sue Congram and Marian Dunlea
June 9-14, 2015

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become” Carl Gustav Jung

This workshop uses dream work and active imagination, body and voice work, mask and art to offer reflective space to explore the as yet ‘unlived life’, the potential to become who we are meant to be.

Skites is beautifully situated and ideally suited to this kind of exploration. We will work under a canopy of trees, overlooking the sea, supported by the beauty of nature. There we will awaken to our body’s wisdom, listen to our dreams and give expression to this new energy in the creation of a mask. We will draw on the teachings of Marion Woodman and the BodySoul work in conjunction with Jungian and Gestalt theory.

This workshop is for:
· Men and women who are engaged in their own personal work and want to inquire deeper
· People who have worked with masks and want to explore more fully the relationship between mask work and dreams
· People who are professionally engaged in working with the development of others and interested in learning about the process of ‘active imagination’ using dreams, art, body, voice and mask work
· Couples have benefitted enormously from attending this workshop together, however this is not an event for remedial work on relationships that are breaking down, but an opportunity for deepening your own self understanding in a shared space.

Dates:
June 9-14, 2015, Tuesday 6 pm-Sunday 2 pm.

How to Register:

Contact Sue Congram at http://www.suecongram.co.uk or Marian Dunlea at http://www.mariandunlea.com

Accommodations:

Skites is a delightful villa set in its own grounds on the coast of Northern Greece. With private access to the sea and small beach, this venue offers a wonderful space for personal reflection and relaxation.

All rooms are en-suite, air conditioned and many with balconies and sea views. Prices below are for two people sharing; some single rooms are available. The very reasonable cost of this venue includes breakfast. Lunch and dinner are extra, and we have negotiated a special group rate for these meals during the workshop – see below.

Room costs range from €80 – €100 per room per night for two people. Single rooms are €64 – €80 per night. Room rates include breakfast. View more information about the Skites Hotel at http://www.skites.gr

Light lunch and evening meal will be an extra €20 per person per day commencing with dinner on the 9th June and ending with lunch on the 14th June.

Fees:

650 euros, plus accommodations and some meals

CEU’s:

Certificates can be provided