GREECE TRIP May 24 – June 3, 2010
This year’s Greek idyll uses The Odyssey of Homer as a map to explore and provoke the mythopoetic journey that is life. Stages of the story of Odysseus will be considered, using the rich imagery they offer in the context of our lives and giving the imagination a voice via dreams, sandplay, movement, story and art. A mythic story like The Odyssey affords us the opportunity to consider our life on both a personal and transpersonal level. This idyll allows for growth via an experience of otherness and the chance to indulge in it. This is a unique chance to work with Greek myths in the setting where they arose.
We will spend 2 days in Athens and 6 on the island of Paros, wandering marble strewn beaches and making forays to small villages. Each day begins with dream groups followed by an encounter with a section of The Odyssey and a sand play or art experience on one of the nearby beaches; Afternoons are free for swimming or wandering and letting the story simmer. Each evening we will explore images from the story further, personalizing it via the expressive arts and using improvisational moments as they arise.
The idyll begins in Athens where we will be staying at The Divani Palace Hotel, a short walk from the Acropolis and the newly opened Acropolis Museum. We will meet each evening. Taking the ferry to the lovely island of Paros, we will stay at the Lefkes Village Hotel in a small traditional town in the mountains with views down to the Aegean Sea. One final night in Athens is included at the workshop’s end.
Trip fee is $2,450 and includes all hotel room w/ breakfast (d.o.), r/t ferry and shared car rental on Paros and workshop. Optional r/t airfare from NYC is available. Space is limited so please register early. Registration deadline is 11/15/09. Priscilla Rodgers, Alton Wasson, Sil Reynolds, and Dennis McCarthy
Dennis McCarthy- Dennis is a psychotherapist working with children and adults for 35 years, combining Bioenergetic and Jungian theory in his approach. He directs Metamorfos Institute, which offers training and supervision in play therapy as well as this Greek workshop series. He is particularly interested in the overlap of mythic story and personal process and has been traveling to Greece regularly for the past thirty years.
Sil Reynolds- Sil is a therapist and nurse practitioner in practice for 25 years. Her focus is on the integration of soma and psyche, using a Jungian approach, which includes the use of dream work and sandplay. She counsels individuals, couples and parents and also works with clients who have conflicts with body image and food. She is a graduate of Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms Leadership training and teaches workshops in dream work, myth, conscious femininity, mask making and movement.
Priscilla Rodgers – Priscilla is a Jungian Analyst with a private practice in both New York City and Millerton, NY. She is a founding member and teacher/supervisor with the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association and taught for many years at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and for the C.G. Jung Foundation. As an artist, art therapist and analyst, she brings combined interests in psychological process and the power of the imagination together with a passion for improvisational art making and creative form as distinctly human necessities of soul.
Alton Wasson – Alton teaches Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement and other forms of Jung’s Active Imagination. He has a counseling practice and consults with organizations on issues of holistic education and diversity. He has been a chaplain at Yale, a professor or religion and humanistic psychology at Prescott College, and on the faculty of the Center for Depth Psychology and Jungian Studies. He also leads trips honoring the spirit of place rafting through the Grand Canyon.