Between Defeat and Destiny a workshop with Emma Philbin Bowman

 

Saturday March 4th 2017

Mindfulness Centre, Pembroke St, Dublin 2 10-5pm

‘be not the slave of your own past, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old. – Emerson

Whatever age we are, we want our futures to be beautiful. We hope to be happy in them: to be comfortable, to be touched, and to live with meaning and joy. Yet many of us also struggle to believe happiness is possible for us: we sense we are up against an undertow, where experiences of failure, self-sabotage or disappointment take their toll. When this is so, our futures rarely inspire us and can become a source of blankness or dread. This workshop aims to bring fresh light to these themes.

We will explore this territory through a rich blend of theory, poetry and experiential work. Drawing on the ideas of Christopher Bollas (on fate and destiny), Bromberg and Kristeva (on the allure of the past and how we can feel caught in looping cycles of repetition), and Thomas Hubl on how to hear ‘the fragrance of the future’.

Between Defeat and Destiny allows us to look with more compassion and insight at threads of fatalism or despair that may undermine our dynamism, and explore how we can alter and transcend these by learning to relate to life in more engaged, responsive and creative ways.
HOW THE WORKSHOPS ARE STRUCTURED:

We will work in a safe, supportive and confidential way, attempting to shed fresh light on how we envisage our futures. Through a blend of theoretical input, inquiry exercises, brief meditations, and group engagement, each person will be supported to make fresh contact with how these issues affect them, and re-orient their sense of meaning and dynamism. The emphasis will be on exploring this territory from an embodied, available presence.  We aim to deepen our understanding of habitual patterns that deplete energy and hope, and to clarify what is most vital in our lives and worthy of energy and commitment. Certificates of attendance are offered. Max participants 16.

(A complementary workshop – Calling – living in the glow of ripeness- on April 8 focuses on how we may deepen and revive our relationship to purpose, fleshing out the different ways Calling speaks to us now. The pacing of the two days allows participants to absorb the themes more richly.)

The cost of Between Defeat and Destiny is €80.

For those who commit in advance to both modules, the total fee is €145. 

registration and booking

www.emmapb.com

 

Calling – living ‘in the glow of ripeness’

April 8 2017, 10-5pm

Vocation is the place where

your deep gladness

and the world’s deep hunger meet

Buechner

Much of our satisfaction comes from finding a balance between being true to what brings us pleasure, and giving the best of ourselves in ways that matter.  Calling unites these possibilities, and developing our connection with calling is a precious ally in creating happy, fulfilling futures:

On this workshop, we devote a day to deepening our connection with Calling. For some of us that will be to refine our sense of a particular calling; for others to regain a sense of purpose; and for some to stumble upon or clarify a purpose we have missed or underappreciated. Whatever we bring to the day, each of us will be supported in clarifying our inner visions and uncovering our hunches and instincts about what matters most to us now.

We will draw on ideas from James Hillman – who wrote an exceptional book on calling in The Soul’s Code – John Dewey – who had a rounded understanding of the breadth and multiplicity of our Callings, psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas who had a rich understanding of our creativity and uniqueness as a ‘force of destiny’, and the Japanese concept of Ikigai.  We will also take inspiration from literature of passion by Rumi, Milosz, Gibran, Yeats and others, and consolation from Leonard Cohen.  These voices invite us to rediscover the territory of calling in a rich, open way, fleshing out the unique ways that Calling speaks to us.

We will work in a safe, supportive and confidential way, attempting to shed fresh light on each of these themes. Through a blend of theoretical input, inquiry exercises, brief meditations, and group engagement, each person will be supported to make fresh contact with how these issues affect them, and re-orient their sense of meaning and purpose. The emphasis will be on exploring this territory from an embodied, available presence.  We aim to deepen our understanding of what has spoken to us in our quietest moments, and to clarify what is most vital in our lives and worthy of energy and commitment. Certificates of attendance are available on request. Max participants 16.

The cost of Calling is €80 (earlybird – by March 20), €95 thereafter.

 

 

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