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A Step Into Wholeness- part 2 Healing our Protectors from Our Wholeness (Kentucky) – SOLD OUT
September 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - September 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Cost: $ 600
Guide: Brian Stafford, MD, MPH & Doug van Houten
Limit: 20 participants
Includes: Paleo-Vegan Organic Meals
Venue: Private Estate Farm near Lousiville, Kentucky
A Step Into Wilderness, part 2: Healing our Fragments From Our Wholeness
Pre-requisite: A Step Into Wilderness, part 1 – If you are interested in taking both part 1 and 2, the total cost is $1,200, a $100 discount.
In this 2-day experiential program we will explore the four sets of fragmented or wounded sub-personalities that form during childhood. These are the sub-personalities- these fragments of the psyche, the protectors from childhood – that interfere with our ability to be the healers we desire to be and are commonly found in our everyday interactions.
Specifically, we will also get to know how to identify the personalities that supported us in childhood and adolescence but ultimately became barriers to our full and authentic humanity.
- the many faces of the Loyal Soldiers that act to keep us small or one-dimensional. (Burn-out, Inner-Critic, Self-Saboteur)
- the various faces of our Wounded Children who use emotion-filled strategies to embody the Victim (disruptive complainer), the harmless Conformist, the coercive or aggressive Rebel, and the arrogance of the condescending Prince/Princess.
- the Escapist and Addict part of our selves that sidestep distressing challenges and responsibilities by addictions, compulsions, or delinquency.
- the Shadow Selves that keep us safe by hiding and repressing aspects of ourselves that are unacceptable to our culture – boundary violations, ethical lapses, and unacceptable to our egos – as well as the “golden” traits, the Medicine, that we are meant to bring the world.
Rather than attempt to eliminate our sub-personalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, we’ll cultivate the four facets of the Self and uncover the gifts of our sub-personalities. Our goal is to fully embody our multifaceted “wilderness” minds, commit ourselves to the largest, deep story and career that we’re capable of living, and serve not just our patients and our hospitals or clinics or institutions, but the greater Earth community.
We will participate in practices and guidelines for cultivating relationships between the Self and your sub-personalities, enabling you to heal your sub-personalities, discover their gifts, and foster Self-actualization.
We will discover how each facet of the Self provides essential resources for the journey to the Wilderness of one’s deepest psyche, where our unique Medicine, is waiting to be discovered and embodied and live into our medical culture.
We’ll explore the landscape of the psyche through a variety of practices, including creative expression, self-designed ceremony, solo exercises while wandering on the land, group work, movement, voice dialogue, journaling, and deep imagery work.
MOVE FROM FRAGMENTATION: STRIDE TOWARD WHOLENESS:
Fragmented North -Overworked, Uninspired, Burnt-out Whole Faceted North – Nurturing, Generative Physician
Fragmented East – Addicted to Work, Substances, Materialism Whole Faceted East – Present Centered Innocent Wisdom
Fragmented South – Disruptive and Acting Out Whole Faceted South – The Emotionally and Bodily Connected Healer
Fragmented West – Boundary Violations and Transgressions Whole Faceted West – The Deeply Imaginative and Inspired Healer
Brian Stafford, MD, MPH: Brian Stafford is a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul. He was called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the depths and to serve as an agent of cultural awakening and transformation. He guides with humor, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should and was meant to be. He graduated from the University of Kentucky Triple Board program (Peds/Psych/Child Psych), went on to be training director at Tulane School of Medicine, and eventually the Anschutz Family Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
He guides individuals and groups in wild locales around the globe to the place they most long and fear to go – the numinous depths of their soul, the place of deepest medicine for themselves, their profession, and the Earth. Brian makes his home in Ojai, California.
Doug van Houten: Doug has an eye for the heartbreakingly beautiful and a wild heart that sings in the dark night of his own soul. He is beekeeper, artist, brave explorer of the “darker than darkness”, student/facilitator of the Great Work. In his own backyard of the rolling Kentucky hills, Doug organizes retreats/conferences/workshops/drumming circles, and festivals in celebration of Earth spirit. Lit by the luminescence of his own dreams, wanderings, and visions.