Psychodrama Trainings for Personal and Professional Growth

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Group Explorations for Personal and Professional Development       

October 18 and 19, 2019     Friday night 6-9, Saturday 9:30 -5;30. Bringing Our Dreams to Life

November 9 and 10th, Sat. 9-6, Sunday 10-3. Nurturing Relationship Resilience  

Three day Residential Training, Psychodrama as Ritual,  Rites of Transformation

Dec 13, Friday 2-9, December 14,,Saturday 9-9, December 15, Sunday 10 -2.  

 

 

In 2020:

January 11, 2020  TBA

February 14 and 15,  Nurturing Relational Resilience & Empathy with Role Reversals and Role Play

March 13, 14 and 15   Spring Equinox, Rites of Incorporation  Peek A Boo!  

April 18, TBA

May 16, 

June 19, 20, 21 Summer Solstice, Residential  Rites of Continuity

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    • October 18 and 19, Friday Night 6-9, Saturday 9:30 to 5:30  Bringing Dreams to Life 

       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. 

          Dreaming happens while we are sleep, and in our waking life too. They keep us company in our imaginations, in synchronicities, working to connect us to the mystery that our lives are.   Join us for enticing and soulful journeys as the creative energies from our dream 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.

        • Thoughts to Warm you up for Dream Workshop

      • ch 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. 

        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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        Nurturing Relationship Resilience

        A Training for Personal and Professional Development in Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy, and Sociometry

        Saturday, November 9, 9 to 6 PM and  Sunday Nov. 10, 10 to 3

        Within this interactive group process there will be time for experiencing ourselves and others in the here and now, in respectful and safe enough ways. We will practice sharing the relational and sometimes edgy dance between attachment to others and maintaining our authenticity.

        We will practice bringing awareness, creativity and compassion to the challenges we encounter, as we practice and share new and old ways of being with ourselves and one another.

        These dynamic explorations foster courage, resilience, connection and love. During our time together we will visit some of our relationship difficulites, focusing on co-created explorations that will help us maintain connection both to self and others unlocking hidden obstacles and freeing all of us to reenvision our relational selves.

        Group Action Methods, role theory, spontaneity/creativity and group dynamics, the four cornerstones of psychodrama will inform our experiential learning.

        Those new to psychodrama as well as people with experience attend our Bow Trainings. We each bring many different life experiences that make these once in a life time group learnings a dynamic flow. Step forward and join us.

        Share Pot Luck Lunch, Stone Soup and Salads

        $190.00

        11 Training credits from the American Board of Examiners in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry may be earned.

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A Rehearsals for Living

3 Day Residential Training in

Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy and Sociometry for Personal and Professional Growth

Come Explore

Rituals of Healing, Rites of Transformation

Friday, Dec. 13, 2 – 9, Dec. 14, Sat 9-9 and Dec 15, Sunday 10 to 2

Winter Solstice, the transition from Fall into Winter, marks a threshold, a passage between the seasons, and the seasons of our lives. In this time of darkness, we prepare for the coming of the light. This retreat offers psychodrama as a therapeutic ritual of change, and co-creative experiential group methods of crossing the Transformational threshold from Fall into Winter near the time of the Winter Solstice, the passage way is dark and narrow, yet we can cross over.

In the cycles of our living we enter into unknown territory and encounter life’s ordeals. During this time of year we are called upon to find ways of changing the conditions that prevent attainment of a desired state of being. The work we do together brings about the death of an ego state one has been clinging to and allows for the rebirth of the self.

During this time of transformation our beliefs, and the stories we tell ourselves may very well need to change. They are not serving us, or our planet. Within this transformation our hearts can embrace new ways of being as we find new understandings of others, the world and ourselves. During our time together we are may grieve the death of the old, and embrace our reborn shivering selves.

Psychodrama is a complex and dynamic ritual for exploring and making manifest the necessary changes in our lives. How to find our own way, our passage, between the forces of change and our need for stability is the gift this work has to offer us.

We are seek more life in the death of winter. We are always seeking life, but here, at this time, the need for our exploration heightens. and forces gather within and without to help us move through this difficult passage.

The work we do together is co created one step at a time, it builds upon itself, and for this we need to create time and space. Our work and play grows organically from our inner and outer awareness, which we will practice, and from our sensitivity and care for one another and the ground that we share.

We and the work we do together will be held at Cedar Springs Lodge, East of Sedro Woolley. We will be warm, and nourished, close to the Earth, with comfortable beds, food, connection and co created safe enough rituals for change.

See Lodge at Cedar Springs

Give yourself this gift of change, as you change, the world changes. One shared revelation at a time.

$460 is the Cost for the Training, which includes the facility fee. We will be sharing the additional expense for communally prepared our meals. Deposit of $300 due by November 30, given to Marianne.

Nourishing Food will be pre planned, brought, prepared by the group and shared in the large kitchen and dining area. We need at least two weeks of planning and preparing the meals, so register by Nov. 30. We need a minimum of ten participants for this event.

Psychodramatist John Raven Mosher’s brilliant Healing Circle Model will support our exploration, with a focus on Rites of Transformation related to the difficult and necessary transition from Fall, a time of preparation and skill building, into Winter, a time of incubation and inner growth.

This experiential group training is co facilitated by Marianne and Bob Shapiro. Marianne is a Certified Trainer and Bob is a Certified Practitioner of this highly effective and engaging group method. See website: rehearsalsforliving.com for more information.
Our meals will be nourishing, pre planned in advance by the participants,
Call Marianne 360 421 5212
15 Training Credits in Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy and Sociometry from the American Board of Examiners may be earned.

   The Spiritual Journey, Exploring the Mystery that Your Life Is  

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.  This struggle is necessary for our 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.

we will be participating in the mystery that our lives are by Accessing the Autonomous Healing Center

  • J.L. 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. 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.     from  To Dream Again, by Zerka Moreno 

    JL Moreno writes in Diary of a GeniusThere 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.

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January 11, 2020 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.

One of our great losses is our disconnection from ourselves and others. 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 be with our communal and individual losses. It is a gift we can give to ourselves and to others. This heart opening is our birthright.

Suggested Reading : The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

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Feb. 15,  Nurturing Relational Resilience with Role Reversals and Role Play

 

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 space.  Here we will practice sharing the relational dance between attachment to others and maintaining our authenticity.  We will bring awareness and compassion to the challenges and the successes we encounter along the way, helping one another maintain focus. Psychodramatic techniques of scene setting, role reversals, mirroring, co creation, play and sharing will be learned through experience.  Becoming aware of our actions, so we can learn from them, is the goal. We are not our dramas, we are much more than this. These dynamic explorations in role play and role reversals foster courage, resilience, and love.

The solid and dynamic four cornerstones of psychodrama; sociometry, role theory, spontaneity/creativity and psychodramatic action methods will inform our experiential learning.

Celebrating and sharing our common human difficulties and joys is the practice of being human, making mistakes, helping one another, trying different approaches and having healing experiences.

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.

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.

Aliveness is the 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.

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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March 14,  Exploring Co Creative Play Space 

  • 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

  • How Polyvagal Theory informs our understanding of Play

  • 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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April 18, 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.

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.

  • 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

    Growing Emerging and Connective Leaders

    For the past 30 years in working with myself, groups and individuals I have found that as we grow our lives, we grow our leadership potential.

    In group work we inspire and motivate one another to become our own best leaders. Join us as we practice fostering creative and resilient leaders, and becoming the change we want to see in the world.

    In Rehearsals for Living we practice showing up, caring for ourselves and each other, being open to the change that is all around us, appreciating complexity, and sharing what is true for us in the present moment.

    Our participatory research will be based upon the theories and methods of psychodrama, group psychotherapy and sociometry. These Include:

    1. Role development, in this case leadership vision and skills

    2. Sociometry; honoring the complexity, connections and potentials within any group

    3. Spontaneity and Creativity- finding our Our Creative Sparks

    4. Use of action methods for participatory research.

    Leadership is needed at home, in our relationships, and at work right Now. Make a breathing space for yourself and consider joining this group exploration. We can do this together, one step at a time. If this date does not work for you, give us some dates that would.

    Five Training Credits in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry may be Earned

    Cost: $90. Need more information? Talk with Marianne or Bob

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     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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