Gold in the Shadows – Alchemising Trauma in Turbulent times 


with Zelda Hall &
Arielle Warner

2nd & 3rd September 2024

New College, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN

Workshop Fee:

Early bird before 10th June: £160

After 10 June: £190 (low income) / £250 (regular)

BOOK HERE

Gold in the Shadows – Alchemising Trauma in Turbulent times 


with Zelda Hall &
Arielle Warner

2nd & 3rd September 2024

New College, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN

Workshop Fee:

Early bird before 10th June: £160

After 10 June: £190 (low income) / £250 (regular)

BOOK HERE

WORKSHOP

Arielle and Zelda invite you in this workshop for a journey with heart.

It seems like the state of the collective has become more intense, uncertain and fearful, therefore activating our sensitive bodies and nervous systems. We are called to fluidly navigate the dialectical relationship between our personal boundaries and transcendent sacred consciousness.

Together we will co-create an environment in which we bring our compassion, curiosity and humour to our personal and collective journey in these turbulent times.

Do you sometimes find it difficult to stay mindful to your internal personal physical, emotional and spiritual needs and also tap into the larger energies of life as a whole?
How do you hold space for the pursuit of your personal gratification as well as for interconnectedness?
What helps you stay compassionately present to all the different, opposing parts manifesting within yourself and in the outside world?

 

It is our perception that the common mechanism underlying the painful global crisis that we are facing, is the phenomenon of psycho-spiritual splitting/fragmenting /polarising between light and shadow.

Splitting/fragmenting/polarising is a survival coping mechanism used by the ego to support its existence. Intellectual and ego-driven boundaries can be needed in order to discern between right and wrong, and in order to stay attuned to one’s needs and values. However, when over used, this threatens the harmony and balance needed for the well-being and self-sustenance of humanity.

Especially in times of crisis, the psyche tends to formulate what seem to be self-sustaining narratives and perceptions including large scale ‘Othering’, in which the ‘other’ is seen as a separate, threatening entity that, in extreme cases, is experienced as something that needs to be eliminated.

Together, in this workshop we will explore what is needed to develop the capacity to tolerate uncertainty and to expand the heart, making more space for deep connectedness and joy. We will nurture states of trust, awe, connection, wonder and joy in the midst of turmoil.

We will connect to individual and collective resources through embodied psycho-spiritual practices with compassion, humour and curiosity in order to enhance our ability to self-regulate, hold inner and outer paradoxes and connect to life force energy and an expanded heartful state of being.

As we do this, we make it possible to increase the connection with and from the heart and therefore strengthen our tie to our common humanity, while cherishing diversity and opposites.

What to expect?
We will begin with an experiential introduction and mapping of the different kinds of splitting/polarizing mechanisms and the way they manifest and impact our personal lives as well as our external professional and social cultural environment.
We will familiarise ourselves with the signs of spiritual by-passing and splitting as they show up in our narratives, dreams, relationships and in our bodies.
We will become aware of the conditions that trigger these coping strategies and how to avoid getting entangled in them.
We will explore the ways to access the resources needed to take care of ourselves while tolerating ambiguity, holding space for apparent opposites, and staying connected to those who we perceive as ‘other’.

Uncovering the ‘Gold in the Shadow’ – with mindful compassionate embodied Presence and Self-regulation We will look at re-owning the suppressed, vulnerable parts of ourselves which are projected onto the other’.

We will be developing our moral compass while listening to the voice of our heart with compassionate presence to our joint personal and collective distress.

 

HOW

Both Arielle and Zelda have wide ranging training and experience with different approaches and methods. The programme in the workshop will draw upon these, creating a blend which aims to adapt to the process arising in the group and individual needs. Among techniques and approaches used will be: 

Dream work. Our dreams provide access to that which has not yet reached consciousness. Working with our dreams enables us to track our shadow which will often turn up as that which is most enigmatic, or even scary, in our dreams, so that we can integrate it into our lives and embrace ourselves more fully.

Body work.  Our body is the perfect guide to that which the mind cannot contain. The information in our body is of vital importance in our wholeness and being fully human. With gentle exercises we will invite increased somatic awareness and creative expression. 

Yoga and Mindfulness-Based breath work, Meditation and Guided imagery.

Psycho-Spiritual Integration of Trauma Informed practices inspired by Compassionate Inquiry, Somatic Experiencing, Psychosynthesis, Systems work and Family Constellations exercises.

 
Participants

We welcome all who are willing and curious about exploring our own polarising patterns and embracing our full personal and transpersonal humanity.

This workshop may be particularly helpful, but not limited to, those in helping professions.

As we want to ensure that there is enough time, space and attention for each participant, the number of places is limited to 24.

Please reserve your space asap with this booking link

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For any enquiries regarding this workshop please contact goldinshadows@gmail.com

 

BIO

Zelda Hall MA. MSc.

Zelda Hall MA. MSc. was born in N. Ireland. She graduated in Mental and Moral Science from Trinity College Dublin. She has a Masters in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. Zelda studied Process Oriented Psychology with Arnold Mindell and colleagues for ten years and was chair of Process Oriented Psychology NL. She has been faculty of Alef Trust, teaching the module Transpersonal Therapy and Counselling.  Zelda trained in Body Oriented Therapy in the Netherlands and with Bessel van der Kolk. She also has extensive training in other modalities such as breathwork, energy reading and healing.

For more than forty years she has had a therapy practice in Amsterdam and works online with people from all over the world. She has given workshops and lectures in Europe, New Zealand and the USA. Her work has featured in the documentary Chasing the Present.
She has published articles in Paradigm Explorer (of the Scientific and Medical Network) and chapters in Transpersonal Ecosophy Vol 1.

For more information see www.zeldahall.com.

Arielle Warner PhD, MSc

Arielle Warner PhD, MSc was born in France. She graduated with a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and an MA in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sofia University) Palo Alto, CA in 2006. She studied the impact of a yoga-based stress reduction intervention called the Art of Living on the quality of life and spiritual well-being of women with breast cancer.

She graduated from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel with a BSc in Biology and MSc in Medical Science- Psycho-Neuro-immuno-endocrinology where she studied the impact of stress on the immune system.

For the past 15 years she holds a private practice in Israel and online, group facilitator and lecturer specializing in trauma informed mind-body-spirit approaches in mental and physical health, grief and loss. Adjunct Faculty at Haifa University in the MA program in Integrative psychotherapy. She has published her research and clinical work in professional peer reviewed books and Journals and has presented her work in North America, Europe, Israel and India.

Arielle has trained in Humanistic- Existential group work, EMDR, Compassionate Inquiry (by Gabor Mate), System- Family Constellation, Psycho-spiritual- Integrative Therapy based on the integration of psychosynthesis and Integral yoga (Sri Aurobindo). She is a trained facilitator of the Breath and Meditation Workshop of Art of Living.