Psychodrama Trainings for Personal and Professional Growth

 

April 13 and 14, Saturday  from 9:30 – 5:30  &   Sunday 10-4                         Psychodrama Training, 10 training credits, $210 

Saturday May 18, 9:30 to 5:00,  6 training credits , $125.00

 

Bringing Dreams to Life

October 19 and 20        Saturday from 9:30 – 5:30  &  Sunday from  10-4    

$210.00

 Bring a friend new to Psychodrama and your friend pays Half Price!

      • April 13-14, 2019  Weekend  Psychodrama Training 

      • Saturday 9:30 to 5, Sunday 10 to 4

         

        One of our great losses is our disconnection from own sense of self.  This psychodrama training will focusing on the 4 cornerstones of psychodrama — sociometry, role theory, spontaneity/creativity and psychodrama intervention constructs and how they can be used to re connect us to ourselves and others.

        We are intentionally lengthening the time of this workshop to allow more of these moments of real change to be present.

        Underneath our reactivity and disconnects are felt sense memories from similar, earlier upsets. Upsets we did not know how to process then, but we can now. We will attend to liberating these difficult experiences through compassionate presence for ourselves and each other, back there and then,  and in the present moment.

    • ♥ Cultivating presence, being with what is in the present moment

      • ♥ Attending to our reactivity with compassionate attention to our underlying feelings , allowing them conscious. caring attention

      • ♥  Connecting with Our Bodily felt experiences

      • ♥  Creating and maintaining a safe enough communal space

        ♥  Sharing Creative explorations derived from psycho (soul) drama (in action)

        • Bring to Share Healthy Pot Luck Snacks and Lunchs

      • Co-Facilitated by Psychodramatists Marianne And Bob Shapiro. Marianne’s a Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry (the study and application of group dynamics) and Bob is a Certified Practitioner of this action oriented, carefully crafted group method. In addition, Marianne. MA, LMHC, has practiced psychotherapy in Skagit Valley for 30 years. Bob M.Ed has been teaching T’ai Chi and Qi Gong many years. both of them appreciate life’s deep flow and people’s ability to stay grounded and responsible for themselves and their connections with others. They have been co facilitating psychodrama groups and workshops for 20 years. They honor the integrity of the individual, the group and the power of human beings to co create the lives they are longing for.

    Connecting To Others, Without Losing Yourself

    and the Art of Doubling 

    January 13

     In this workshop for personal and professional growth we will replay and rework the uncomfortable situations that happen in our relationships, learning through creative experiences how to maintain connections to both self and others for dynamic stability.

    Within this interactive group process there will be time for witnessing ourselves and others in a creative, respectful and safe enough space.  Here we will practice sharing the relational dance between attachment to others and maintaining our authenticity. Sometimes we can do both, sometimes not. In this workshop we will bring awareness and compassion to the challenges and the successes we encounter along the way, helping one another maintain focus as we explore ways of being with ourselves and one another. 

    Psychodramatic techniques of scene setting, role reversals, mirroring, co creation, play and sharing will be learned through experience. Insights are gained through action first, then reflection.  Becoming aware of our actions, so we can learn from them, is the goal. We are not our dramas, we are more than this.

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    May 18, 2019

    Role Reversals and Role Play : Expanding Sense of Self and Other

      We are all actors on life’s stage. We play different roles, some we like and choose, some are chosen for us, some we are aware of, some we are not aware of. We can learn new roles when we have meaningful enough experiences, encounters that touch us enough to change us. Creative role reversals are explorations meant to embody change. Both self and other are partly unknown and mysterious, requiring a stance of openness to uncertain exploration. In this workshop we will explore the space between two people, real and imagined, using role reversals. Through role playing and role reversing we become co investigators into our own relationships. The unknowns in us are called forth during these fresh encounters between self and Other. New possibilities and more aliveness are revealed and embodied.

    Aliveness is the animal and bodily capacity to be responsive to surrounding change. We need time and care and practice in being responsive. Role reversals are a practice of love, they help us connect with ourselves and one another in fruitful and enhancing ways.

    Come experience the practical magic of role reversals in multiple ways, enlarging your knowledge of self and other. This most excellent method helps identify and expand our habituated roles and untangle stuck positions.

    Within this interactive group process there will be time for witnessing ourselves and others in a confidential, respectful and safe space. The psychodramatic group techniques of role reversal, mirroring, scene setting and sharing will be taught and practiced. Insights will gained through group action and reflection.

    Rehearsals for Living utilizes interactive group processes in a creative, confidential and safe enough environment, where we can practice sharing our truths, regaining and maintaining focus, and practicing new ways of being with ourselves and others.  

    To tend to the broken places, to allow the light to enter, group work depends upon our innate capacities for awareness, compassion and authentic presence. We grow these skills by using them.  

    • In this workshop we will:

    • Maintain connection to both self and others for creative and dynamic stability

    • Grow more resilient, connective selves

    • Practice Patience, Presence, and Humor

    • Get into the flow and out of your habitual patterns with role play

    • Deepen personal integration through embodied listening, spontaneity and creativity

    • Join with others in caring explorations

    • Monitor and modify affect regulation

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    • Bringing Our Dreams to Life

      Saturday, October 19, 9:30 to 5:00

      and Sunday October 20, 10 to 4

       Dreaming happens while we are sleep, and in our waking life too. They keep us company in our imaginations, in synchronicities, and in the night time.  Join us for enticing and soulful journeys as the creative energies from our other life are explored psychodramatically in this work and play shop.

      Dreams are here to keep us company and catch our attention. In this workshop we will reverse roles and interact with the images, places, objects and living beings from our dream life, with curiosity, respect, and playfulness.

      By entering dream worlds and the creative images and movements they contain we may wake up hidden aspects of ourselves, allowing more of ourselves to step forward. Following the way of the dream can “startle us back to the truth of who we are”.

        Begin preparation by being aware of the not quite known, although felt, experiences that you are already having. These may be the odd coincidences, chance meetings, imaginings and also the dream fragments that visit you in the night. Everything is here to wake you up!

       Join us as we connect intimately with the crazy wisdom of dream life. Those new to group action methods as well as people with experience are welcome to attend, dream time welcomes all. You may find yourself in someone’s dream, and they in yours.

      The methods of psychodrama– scene setting, role play, role reversals, surplus reality, group warm ups and sharings will be used to further our explorations and co creations.

      Within the holding space of the group we will explore 

      • Staying in your body and increasing awareness of your bodily felt sense.

      • Increasing your sense of safety and trust in personal interactions and in your own intuition. 

      • allowing dreams to unfold and unfurl in their own space and time.

      • Contacting dimensions of ourselves that inspire awe and change

      • Psychodrama as a wondrous process for opening up new portals of possibilities. 

       

      Thoughts to Warm you up for Dream Workshop

      “In each of us, there is another, whom we do not know. He [or she] speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude.”   –C.G. Jung, 1933                                                               

       All dreams speak a universal language of symbol and metaphor and come in the service of health and wholeness. There is no such thing as a “bad dream”–only dreams that sometimes take dramatically negative form in order to grab and hold our attention.

      Only the original dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings of implications his or her dream may have. This certainty usually comes in the form of a wordless “aha! ” of recognition. This sudden insight, which is a function of the dreamer’s previously unconscious memory, is the only consistently reliable touchstone of dreamwork. 

      There is no such thing as a dream with only one meaning. All dreams and dream images have multiple simultaneous meanings and layers of significance.

      No dream ever comes just to tell the dreamer what she/he consciously knows already. All dreams break new ground and invite the dreamer to new understandings and insights. 

    • Thoughts to Warm you up for Dream Workshop

      “In each of us, there is another, whom we do not know. He [or she] speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude.”   –C.G. Jung, 1933                                                               

       All dreams speak a universal language of symbol and metaphor and come in the service of health and wholeness. There is no such thing as a “bad dream”–only dreams that sometimes take dramatically negative form in order to grab and hold our attention.

      Only the original dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings of implications his or her dream may have. This certainty usually comes in the form of a wordless “aha! ” of recognition. This sudden insight, which is a function of the dreamer’s previously unconscious memory, is the only consistently reliable touchstone of dreamwork. 

      There is no such thing as a dream with only one meaning. All dreams and dream images have multiple simultaneous meanings and layers of significance.

      No dream ever comes just to tell the dreamer what she/he consciously knows already. All dreams break new ground and invite the dreamer to new understandings and insights.

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    • Accessing Our Resources, Bringing Transpersonal Strengths to Our Common Concerns

      Zerka Moreno writes in her autobiography To Dream AgainJL Moreno attributed healing to what is going on silently, mostly invisibly, in the body and deep inside the self. He termed it the “autonomous healing center” within. Awakening the autonomous healing center, the power to heal one’s self, is how I see the value of psychodrama and all forms of therapy. My task is to find and touch that autonomous healing center within and assist and direct the protagonist to do the same.

    • Zerka believed that awakening the”autonomous healing center” is the goal of all psychodramatic enactments. Yet in role reversing with a transpersonal strength, our capacity to tap into this healing is enhanced, as the role itself is connecting us to a knowing part of us that beyond our ego identity. The psyche exists in the spaces between us.

      JL Moreno writes in Diary of a Genius (unpublished), There is a sort of primordial nature which is immortal, and returns afresh with every new generation, a first universe which contains all beings and in which all events are sacred. This primordial nature, referring to that which has existed from the beginning of time, is evoked when we bring a transpersonal strength to the stage. Moreno was a mystic. His original stage has three levels and a balcony. The balcony was designed for people to play God. Moreno strongly believed that each of us needs a place where we could take the role of God, a role he believed we all had access to.

      In this workshop we will embody the resources we are seeking as helpers in being with our common concerns.

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Navigating Our Losses 

                

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”  –Kahlil Gibran

Life is asking us to meet it on its terms, not ours. We can’t avoid the losses, wounds and failures that come into our lives. In this culture we display a compulsive avoidance of difficult matters and an obsession with distraction.  But inside each of us is a need to be with our grief in a holding, honoring way. Grief is not a passive state we are “getting through.” Grief is a visitation, something that comes to us. Together we can make room for grief to enter, as an honored guest. We can have companionship in our sorrows and bear witness, being there for one another. When you grieve, the community thanks you for helping to empty the communal cup of sorrow.

The work we do together accesses the wisdom stored in the body, bringing the felt sense of our longings and losses forward, both emptying and filling our cup.  We use the effective and powerful techniques of role-play, role reversal, mirroring and sharing to learn more about who we are and the burdens that may be preventing us from having healthier relationships with ourselves and others.  

This group experience provides us with a safe environment that helps us regain and maintain focus, dive deep, and move ahead with authenticity, creativity and grace.

Suggested Reading : The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

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Welcoming the Spirit of Play 

March 16, 2019 from 9:30 to 5   

if enough participants sign up for the second day, on Sunday, March 17,  from 10 to 3 we will add this day for added play research and increased creativity 

  • Matisse relationship image

    A Psychodrama Training Focusing on Co-creativity

    We welcome the divine and indomitable Spirit of Play,  whose infinite exuberance dances within every being

    We all have a playful spirit inside us that wants to connect with others, and sadly,  few of us have enough interactive playtime. This workshop provides a safe and welcoming environment, helping you reclaim your spontaneity and imagination to better navigate life’s journey—relationships, work and our stuck patterns of thinking and behaving. Play fosters connection with others and repairs attachment losses, with laughter and acceptance as part of the process.

    An old Sanskrit word, lila, means “play.” Richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation, destruction and re-creation. Lila, free and deep, is the enjoyment of this moment: spontaneous, childlike and disarming. However, as we grow and experience life’s complexities, it may be the most hard-won achievement imaginable, and its coming to fruition is a homecoming to our true selves.

    Play helps us to regulate our emotional self. It can provide us with a sense of a continuous self. Within this experiential group format we will engage with one another in play space and time. We will learn how play can regulate our emotional self through intuitive and caring engagement and disengagement. We will focus on how healthy play space is developed. Play is our Natural birthright, and this training will focus on how to increase relationship play space.  There will be experiential explorations and co creations. some didactic investigations will be included.

    We will experience:

    ●Play as our birthright, something relational within us that we can nurture.

    ●Relational Play, as it shapes our emotional well being

    ●Ways of creating and maintaining Play space.

    ●the Value of adult play for maintaining our social engagement system

  •  $125 for Saturday and an additional $80 for Sunday 

    Bibliography:

    The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), First Edition by Theresa A. Kestly (Author)

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  • Removing the Arrow, Healing the Heart

    Everyone has an arrow in their heart, everyone has pain. Taking the arrow out, the arrow that is hurting you, is an act of compassion for yourself and the world. Our work is to find a way back to an open heart. We do this by encountering pain, the burden that we are carrying. Often in real life, we are not able to repair the ruptures, the arrows that pierce the heart, the losses, the betrayals, the violence, the tragedies.

    When we are not able to tend to our sufffering, our hearts grow heavy. Psychodramatic group work can help by reversing roles with significant others, and getting to know all sides of suffering. Slowly but surely in this connective and effective process the arrows in our hearts begin to move, and be taken out, and slowly our wounds begin to heal.

    This is one of many ways that we grow from our suffering. When we do not grow from it the arrow can fester and poison the heart. The gift of attending to our suffering is that it changes us. As our hearts open, we open to living engaging and connective lives.

    We evolved to feel pain, and to allow suffering to dwell between us. In this workshop we will gather to Help one another release our wounds. It is a gift we can give to ourselves and to others. This heart opening is our birthright.

    Group Explorations for Difficult Times

     Let’s see what we can co-create as a community as we explore in action our responses to the times we are living in.  We will work and play together, using group action techniques as we attempt to build a container trusting and resilient enough to hold our wide ranging beliefs and feelings. We do this in the hope that a sense of connection can arise from the ashes of our divergent selves, both in the workshop and in our personal and professional lives. Taking time, taking risks and practicing resilience using sensitive and attuned group explorations will help to enhance our sense of belonging, curiosity and mutual concern. Practical experience in the theory and application of group warm ups, sculpts, role reversals, sociodrama and group dynamics will be included for personal and professional growth.

    No prior experience, Beginner’s Mind

    suggested fee is $75 for the day, or by donation

    Bringing Our Dreams to Life

    Saturday, October 19

    9:30 to 5:00

    and Sunday October 20, 10 to 4

     Dreaming happens while we are sleep, and in our waking life too. They keep us company in our imaginations, in synchronicities, and in the night time.  Join us for enticing and soulful journeys as the creative energies from our other life are explored psychodramatically in this work and play shop.

    Dreams are here to keep us company and catch our attention. In this workshop we will reverse roles and interact with the images, places, objects and living beings from our dream life, with curiosity, respect, and playfulness.

    By entering dream worlds and the creative images and movements they contain we may wake up hidden aspects of ourselves, allowing more of ourselves to step forward. Following the way of the dream can “startle us back to the truth of who we are”.

      Begin preparation by being aware of the not quite known, although felt, experiences that you are already having. These may be the odd coincidences, chance meetings, imaginings and also the dream fragments that visit you in the night. Everything is here to wake you up!

     Join us as we connect intimately with the crazy wisdom of dream life. Those new to group action methods as well as people with experience are welcome to attend, dream time welcomes all. You may find yourself in someone’s dream, and they in yours.

    The methods of psychodrama– scene setting, role play, role reversals, surplus reality, group warm ups and sharings will be used to further our explorations and co creations.

    Within the holding space of the group we will explore 

    • Staying in your body and increasing awareness of your bodily felt sense.

    • Increasing your sense of safety and trust in personal interactions and in your own intuition. 

    • allowing dreams to unfold and unfurl in their own space and time.

    • Contacting dimensions of ourselves that inspire awe and change

    • Psychodrama as a wondrous process for opening up new portals of possibilities. 

     

    Thoughts to Warm you up for Dream Workshop

    “In each of us, there is another, whom we do not know. He [or she] speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude.”   –C.G. Jung, 1933                                                               

     All dreams speak a universal language of symbol and metaphor and come in the service of health and wholeness. There is no such thing as a “bad dream”–only dreams that sometimes take dramatically negative form in order to grab and hold our attention.

    Only the original dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings of implications his or her dream may have. This certainty usually comes in the form of a wordless “aha! ” of recognition. This sudden insight, which is a function of the dreamer’s previously unconscious memory, is the only consistently reliable touchstone of dreamwork. 

    There is no such thing as a dream with only one meaning. All dreams and dream images have multiple simultaneous meanings and layers of significance.

    No dream ever comes just to tell the dreamer what she/he consciously knows already. All dreams break new ground and invite the dreamer to new understandings and insights. 

  • Thoughts to Warm you up for Dream Workshop

    “In each of us, there is another, whom we do not know. He [or she] speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude.”   –C.G. Jung, 1933                                                               

     All dreams speak a universal language of symbol and metaphor and come in the service of health and wholeness. There is no such thing as a “bad dream”–only dreams that sometimes take dramatically negative form in order to grab and hold our attention.

    Only the original dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings of implications his or her dream may have. This certainty usually comes in the form of a wordless “aha! ” of recognition. This sudden insight, which is a function of the dreamer’s previously unconscious memory, is the only consistently reliable touchstone of dreamwork. 

    There is no such thing as a dream with only one meaning. All dreams and dream images have multiple simultaneous meanings and layers of significance.

    No dream ever comes just to tell the dreamer what she/he consciously knows already. All dreams break new ground and invite the dreamer to new understandings and insights.

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  • Accessing Our Resources, Bringing Transpersonal Strengths to Our Common Concerns

    Zerka Moreno writes in her autobiography To Dream AgainJL Moreno attributed healing to what is going on silently, mostly invisibly, in the body and deep inside the self. He termed it the “autonomous healing center” within. Awakening the autonomous healing center, the power to heal one’s self, is how I see the value of psychodrama and all forms of therapy. My task is to find and touch that autonomous healing center within and assist and direct the protagonist to do the same.

  • Zerka believed that awakening the”autonomous healing center” is the goal of all psychodramatic enactments. Yet in role reversing with a transpersonal strength, our capacity to tap into this healing is enhanced, as the role itself is connecting us to a knowing part of us that beyond our ego identity. The psyche exists in the spaces between us.

    JL Moreno writes in Diary of a Genius (unpublished), There is a sort of primordial nature which is immortal, and returns afresh with every new generation, a first universe which contains all beings and in which all events are sacred. This primordial nature, referring to that which has existed from the beginning of time, is evoked when we bring a transpersonal strength to the stage. Moreno was a mystic. His original stage has three levels and a balcony. The balcony was designed for people to play God. Moreno strongly believed that each of us needs a place where we could take the role of God, a role he believed we all had access to.

    In this workshop we will embody the resources we are seeking as helpers in being with our common concerns.

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    Connecting To Others, Without Losing Yourself

    and the Art of Doubling 

     In this workshop for personal and professional growth we will replay and rework the uncomfortable situations that happen in our relationships, learning through creative experiences how to maintain connections to both self and others for dynamic stability.

    Within this interactive group process there will be time for witnessing ourselves and others in a creative, respectful and safe enough space.  Here we will practice sharing the relational dance between attachment to others and maintaining our authenticity. Sometimes we can do both, sometimes not. In this workshop we will bring awareness and compassion to the challenges and the successes we encounter along the way, helping one another maintain focus as we explore ways of being with ourselves and one another. 

    Psychodramatic techniques of scene setting, role reversals, mirroring, co creation, play and sharing will be learned through experience. Insights are gained through action first, then reflection.  Becoming aware of our actions, so we can learn from them, is the goal. We are not our dramas, we are more than this.

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    Join us in Exploring New Roles for New Times

     In times of change, challenge, and chaos new roles of necessity have the opportunity to emerge. Here we will help each other explore the roles and energies that are needing to step back and those that are trying to step forward in ourselves and our community. Old roles are hard to let go of, new roles take practice. In this safe and creative group space let’s explore with compassion and patience the roles that are playing us and the ones we would like to be playing.

    We will use role play, role reversals and “safe enough surprises”.

    Role play allows us to warm up to new roles and possibilities.

    Role reversals allows us to put our roles into action.

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A Spiritual Journey  

It is natural that we struggle on our journey to become whole with ourselves and the world.  Integrating our past selves into our  forward moving hopes, dreams and possibilities is a challenge.  Just as the caterpillar forms a cocoon and therein begins the long process of integrating her past self as an essential part of the process of transforming into a butterfly. Once formed, the butterfly cannot break free from the chrysalis without a struggle. This struggle is necessary for her as well as for our own growth and transformation.    In this workshop we make space for the struggle inherent in transformation. We will use experiential and connective experiences what will allow time and space to feel into our relationships with self, others and spirit.  

Psychodrama is by design and philosophy a vehicle for mind, body and spirit growth. In this workshop we will utilize creative activities to arrive at a highly individualized spiritual journey.

Trying On New Roles

Whenever discomfort arises, it is an opportunity for growth.  Discomfort asks that we  expand beyond our limited perspectives and identities. Too often we are stuck in a role that is too restrictive, demanding or demeaning, and we need to grow into a bigger identity.  Discomfort means that we are no longer comfortable in our own skin. Using role play we can get outside of ourselves and explore new ways of being in the world.  We can try on new solutions to old dilemmas, practicing and experiencing a new ways of feeling and being.

You may be longing for a part of yourself, a new role, to be more present in your daily life.  In this workshop we will play, in safe enough and creative ways, with allowing old energies to step aside, so that new roles can emerge and be explored.

We will use role training, role reversals and “safe surprises”.  Role reversing with the other can show us a way of stepping out of our fixed positions and oppositions. From this different state of knowing we may be able to gain a larger perspective on our work roles and our relationships, allowing ourselves more breathing space and less restriction.

Two different states can’t understand each other logically, but illogically, paradoxically, imaginatively, creatively, they can meet.  We will be  allowing ourselves to go gently into unknown territory, exploring the space between subjective realities.

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