Residential Workshop, Thassos, Greece
for Personal and Professional Development
Michael Gavin & Tracie Peisey
with Judy Hall
Friday 13 - Friday 20 September 2019
Limited early booking places
What else is there to pay for?
Embodied Creative Self-Directed Learning on the island of Thassos
Sunny weather, friendly people, good food
Magnificent scenery and Gorgeous beaches
Unique ancient culture
Contemporary standards of service, amenities and accommodation
Through the body you can become Grounded, Centred, Contactful:
qualities that enable Presence.
The body is the seat of your passion, and your dynamism, your vulnerability
and your tenderness.
Too much in our lives has become disembodied.
SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING MEANS:
You choose your direction, your focus…
You grow in depth, vitality, wisdom, enjoyment.
You surprise yourself.
You determine the questions and themes,
You build a programme that suits you,
(in collaboration if that helps you.)
You decide the pace.
You decide what counts as success.
We (the Group and Group Leaders) support, challenge, encourage and bear witness.
Time to relax and enjoy
Time to explore
Time for the effects to sink in
Time to reflect on your life
Time in good company
To tap into the spirit of play.
To connect with the power of imagination
To give clarity and form to our vague dreams and unseen visions
To let the unconscious speak in its own language
Thassos has a little bit of everything.
The whole island can be circumnavigated in about two hours by car or bus around a coastal road with stunning views of aqua bays to the right, with little harbours and skala (by the sea) villages. Little roads darting up to traditional mountain villages to the left.
Thassos is famous for it’s pure marble, honey, beautiful monastery and laid back atmosphere.
The little ferry journey breaks one in nicely to the island’s delights, seagulls can be fed from the open decks and dolphins are sometimes seen surfing in their wake. I have never known a bumpy crossing.
Perhaps you have been doing some work on yourself
Perhaps you work with and for other people
This workshop setting could be likened to an old-fashioned Lido in a warm summer:
with plenty of space to just take it easy in the sunshine;
with a very shallow shallow-end wto dip your toe, if you want to;
with a gently sloping floor encouraging you towards the challenge of the deeper water, if you choose to follow it;
with as deep a deep-end, and as scary a water-splash as you could wish for, if you are ready want to take the plunge.
You will be able to use it in the way that suits you, with help and encouragement from the leaders, and support from your fellow participants.
Yes, if you have some commitment and enthusiasm towards your personal growth and/or your professional development.
Yes, if you are willing to ask yourself, “What would be the new thing for me here?” That could mean a lazy self-indulgent week for the striver, and a focussed and disciplined effort for the butterfly: in any case something that enables you to surprise yourself.
Yes, if you want to immerse yourself in creative work, or study, or play, or reflection, or nature.
Yes, if you are willing to be at curious, and even at times directionless.
No, if you are completely new to personal work, so uneasy in an unfamiliar group that you cannot function, or if you feel that any difficulties you are facing could readily and completely overwhelm you.
No, if you are seeking simply a therapy experience, rather than a time of personal and professional exploration. This experience may be therapeutic, but it is NOT therapy.
The emphasis in this workshop is on self-responsibility. Sometimes people need a place to just give up, collapse and let others take care of them for a while. Though I expect the group environment to be one of mutual care and support, this is probably not the right workshop for you if your need is to give up all responsibility for yourself and others.
You could also face some problems if you need to run the show, or tell us how to run the show. Putting the principles of collaboration and co-creation into actual practice can be a growth promoting challenge: for some that challenge is just too much. If that is you, think twice or more about this workshop.
If you have an appetite for self-exploration, for learning new ways to experience, explore, relate to, and express yourself, or for adding new perspectives and skills to your work with people, this will be just the place for you.
If you want some fun, some relaxation and some stimulating company, that will be just fine too.
evening, after you have arrived in Thassos and settled into your accommodation, we will meet as a group and map out a plan for the week, taking account of everybody's goals and wishes as far as is possible.
Each day there will be at least one substantial whole group meeting, to check in, get support, and celebrate. Other sessions, outings and activities will be developed through discussion, and will be optional.
There will also be the opportunity to join in a variety of daily practices - Qi Gong, creative work, and different approaches to meditation, mindfulness and self-awareness.
Tracie, herself an Artist with years of experience as an Art Therapist will oversee opportunities for Art Work indoors and out, and for using images and materials to follow and develop what emerges for you. Art materials will be available to you at all times, whenever the creative impulse arises.
Michael will offer group and individual opportunities to explore themes using methods drawn form Radix and other body-focused approaches, as well as Imagework, and other personal development models like Focusing, Core Energy Management, TA etc. .This could lead to anything from movement and dance in various forms, to more intensive individual or group sessions, and some skills teaching or even supervision for those who want that.
There will be outings and activities arising from the location. Tracie has a house in the village, and knows the place and people well.
And there will be lots of free time to enjoy and explore Greek island living.
We will have our closing session on Thursday evening, with Friday (20th) as departure day.
Within an elastic group framework, you build a programme that suits you, in collaboration with me and the rest of the group.
Mindfulness and meditation
"My questions … were held solidly and answered throughout the week..."
"I don't know how, but I have changed, and I had a great time.""I can control how I spend my moments, with whom and in what situation - I spent a week of moments very well indeed in Lesbos"
"Amazing being around artistic people and around those like myself that are self discovering art .."
I felt you both held me in mind in a way that was real and true to me and without projection which was a rare and moving experience for me."
"Tracie for me you provided
much-needed creative inspiration and a thoughtful, kind and attuned building of
spaces that enabled a new level of exploration and painful beautiful
messages, insight, fun and unforgettable wisdom from you Michael which were all
offered within a wild yet safe container.
I experienced a huge range of emotions - my own and of others which were all nourishing and liberating and insightful at the same time."
Once you decide to join us, choose which option you want to take for your approach to SDL ahead of the week in Thassos.
There will be a private FaceBook Group to share travel plans, encouragement, and information.
Just come for the week, and enjoy. A couple of weeks before the Thassos workshop I will send you a few questions to help you focus on what you want from the workshop.
Beginning in January we will be sending out a monthly email with some ideas and questions and exercises or practices, to help you make the best use of our time in Thassos (and at our March (15 - 17) New Forest weekend, if you join us there), and beyond. There will also be a link to a webpage with more resources you might find useful.
You join one of the coaching programmes* of monthly sessions, also beginning in January and continuing for a couple of months after the workshop, to enable you to prepare for the experience, clarify your dreams, goals, sticking places, and shady areas, so that you can arrive on the island with some clarity and perspective, make the most of the experience while you are there, and afterwards process, digest and integrate your learning, and move forward in your chosen direction. (These programmes can also include our March weekend in the New Forest.)
Monthly coaching continues until November.
Monthly emails continue until November.
Enjoy the changes and discoveries after you leave.
The workshop will take place in the village of Theologos, on the island of Thassos
Theologos is a village preserved by Greece for its traditional architecture.
It is a cherished traditional mountain top village with a nature trail and museum. Water cascades throughout and it is a lush fertile area of natural beauty.
It is a working village of carpenters, shoe makers and stonemason with few ( if any!) tourist shops, save for a little boutique and hairdressers. There is simply too much to see in one visit and the pace, ‘siga-siga’ (slowly-slowly) dictates that less is more.
Nothing much moves during siesta time between 2-5pm even in high season
*Look out for details of the Coaching and Mentoring opportunities in December
I have worked with groups for some decades and I have a deep confidence in the nurturing, creative, healing and healthily challenging power of a group of reasonably well-intentioned and responsible people to enable remarkable things to emerge for individuals and for the group as a whole.
After more than fifty years working with people, including thirty years as a psychotherapist, twenty years as a body psychotherapist, and about seventeen focusing on trauma, I closed my individual psychotherapy practice in 2012.
I have finally left London behind and settled by the sea in Dorset.
I have now reached a reflective stage in my life when I am more focused on reflection, writing and mentoring the development of adventurous souls
I love watching people develop personally and professionally.
I have a particular interest in how people - particularly helpers, and people in positions of leadership - can survive and thrive within organisations, how the Helping Professions can so easily take their toll on the human spirit, and what can be done to humanise this process..
I continue to be fascinated by ways of working with trauma, and with the complexities of trauma-conditioned transference and counter-transference. This is in no small part due to my long friendship and collaboration with Babette Rothschild (The Body Remembers, Help for the Helper, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery etc.). She has kindly said: Michael Gavin has been my closest UK colleague since 1992.… There is no one I have more confidence in as a therapist, teacher, consultant, and supervisor."
After more than twenty-five years of learning from and collaborating with Michael Randolph, our Radix Intensive Body Psychotherapy workshops remain a enduring source of surprise and delight to me. I have long felt a calling to bring the insights of our body focused ways of working to those whose training has been in the talking therapies.
Through yoga, Tai Ji, through dancing and riding my bike, as well as Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Trauma Therapy, I continually return to the fundamental importance of embodied living and body awareness. A relatively new project unfolding over the last couple of years has been the EveryBodyKnows workshop series devised and delivered in collaboration with Brian Stirner, a revelation and an affirmation of the proposition that "less is more", and that deep learning can come for simplicity and focussed attention.
I am a certified Radix Body Psychotherapist, involved with London Radix Workshops for 30+ years.
One of only two Certified Somatic Trauma Therapists in the UK, I am an Approved Supervisor on the Somatic Trauma Therapy Certification Program.
I was External Supervisor to the London Underground’s Counselling and Trauma team from 2007 to the end of 2015.
I was in private practice as a therapist in SW London from the 1980s until the end of 2012.
I have been a Regular member of the Institute of Transactional Analysis since 1982, and a frequent presenter at ITA Conferences over the years. My three years of TA training in the eighties, disrupted by a prolonged encounter with ME/CFS, has formed a valued frame of reference for my thinking, and I learned much from intensive training with Bob and Mary Goulding and Richard Erskine.
For twenty years, from 1997 to 2018, I was a regular member of a Professional Development Group, led by the Psychoanalyst, Shirley Spitz, exploring relational psychoanalysis, transference and counter-transference and other analytic and psychodynamic themes.
My own Jungian analysis lasted from 1986 to 1998, and for the past 29 years I have been associated with the annual Champernowne Trust summer conference focussing on Jungian psychology, creativity and the Arts based approaches to therapy. I am now myself a Trustee with particular responsibility for the Web and Social Media.
I trained additionally in Core Energy Management with William Bloom (The Endorphin Effect, Feeling Safe etc), and with Dina Glouberman in Imagework.
My awareness of Mindfulness practices began in 1966 when I joined an esoteric school based in the teachings of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and the philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta. The practices and the philosophy have continued to inform my life and my work.
THE LIFE OF THE PSYCHE
Introducing Active Imagination (Jung)
Working with Images (Glouberman)
SKILLS and RESOURCES
SPECIFIC TRAUMA TOPICS
Short-Term Work with Trauma
Long-Term Work with Complex Trauma
Trauma and Counter-transference
Structural Dissociation and Trauma
LEADERSHIP and EDUCATION
For People in Leadership Roles
For People in Education
‘I have learnt to trust the creative process and although a painter for thirty years I give myself permission to play with and make whatever comes to mind in any media. Sometimes I collect beach materials to recycle, one summer I spent each day mosaicking, I always have clay to sculpt and coil along with painting and drawing staples.’
Tracie Peisley in depth
I believe passionately in expanding upon one’s idea of what might be possible and facilitating others to follow a creative process, which given permissive environments, appropriate resources, practical direction and crucially supportive relationships, individuals can make work ready to exhibit which exceeds early expectations.
I qualified as a HCPC art therapist, with experience of working with children, families and adults creatively. The therapy I offered followed the participant process and supported a range of abilities. The premise is to work with the artist within seeking to express something. I am confident that everyone can achieve something through a creative process and some of course are very talented indeed.
I have worked with non-directive and directive models depending on the needs of the individuals and groups I have worked with. I can work closely with individuals sharing skills and ideas and equally I am willing to give space for ideas to unravel at their own pace.
In work with children I have experience of 5-11 year olds with complex needs, Physical and Emotional. I have put together sessions that include drama, movement and play to improve social interaction and build the confidence to take risks. These skills are taken into daily life but also the challenges of being a creative practitioner. Trying something for the first time, baring not knowing what might happen, remaining curious, moving forward, taking risks and relaxing are all states relevant to making art.
I am a qualified teacher and can confidently structure a session, hold it’s boundaries and make the preparations necessary for a smooth running course. I can evaluate the workshop and risk manage it. I can differentiate a task dependent on the participant’s level of understanding, agility and experience. I am not fazed by learning new skills and I would like to take this enthusiasm and confidence, belief that anything is possible into the workshops.
I have led community based art groups for many years, notably the Pandora’s other box project which supports women to move out of their comfort zone and to empower them to make art both individually and collaboratively around a theme with a view to staging a professional exhibition. Many women from these groups have gone on to lead their own groups. Most recently I supported a group of 8 women to make work for an exhibition called, ‘Still I Rise’ (based on the poetry of Maya Angelou,) at The Fish Slab Gallery in Whitstable
In terms of my own artistic practice, my training as an art therapist really set me free to work with any media. I am a painter of 30 years but I have also worked with metal, ceramic, wood and fabric to make sculpture, create environments, make objects and clothes. I believe that all my pieces are in a sense collages, amalgamations or assemblages of things put together to make something that is harmonious with some sense of emotional tension.
Reach for the good stuff
Be nice when you can
Love yourself unreservedly
Love others even more
Forgive the bastards
Think about the planet
Remember all the little things are sentient
Make touch a priority
That thing you want to do
That thing you want to say
Be creative it won’t kill anyone
from Tracie's blog
October 1 2018
A Limited Number of Places at £875 for Accommodation and Tuition until 31 December 2018.
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