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Existentialism: dilemmas and delights with Graham Colbourne

  • Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, 51 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ (map)

Graham will facilitate an extended philosophical and practical exploration of the human condition and the implications of existentialism for therapeutic practice. He will include an overview of european existential thinking, and will draw on pertinent aspects of the mystical traditions within Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. He will make reference to the recent interest in mindfulness, which is one articulation of the movement in psychotherapy towards a wider sense of human existence. The workshop will have a particular focus on how existential polarities and dilemmas such as freedom-limitation, death-aliveness, isolation-connection and meaninglessness-meaning are intrinsic to our being-in-the-world. These themes will be addressed as lively and significant aspects of being together in the workshop, and will be explored at personal, interpersonal and group levels. This will involve attending to moment- by-moment experience and creative experimentation, including exercises drawn from spiritual practices which open up an existential perspective on human potential. Throughout, there will be a focus on embodiment, including movement, felt experience and relational body process. This experiential work will be integrated with clinical theory and reflections, and applied to therapeutic practice with individuals and groups. This workshop will benefit people who have experience of personal therapy, have undertaken training in any therapeutic modality, and who are willing to enter into creative uncertainty during the learning process.

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Earlier Event: March 6
Free taster evening