Maria Olsthoorn & Susan Miles
The programme consists of six modules spread out over the year, with a two-week start in October 2014 and a completion week in June of the following year.
The purpose of this programme is to transform the relationship with the self/Self. In so doing we deepen into authentic presence and a solid personal container for life. This strengthens the ability to be with whatever arises in the moment. This work on the self is essential as an aspiration towards a deeper sense of presence with the Self and another.
Dates for 2014/2015:
Modules 1 & 2: 4–17 October 2014
Module 3: 29 November - 5 December 2014
Module 4: 7–13 February 2015
Module 5: 18–24 April 2015
Module 6: 13–19 June 2015
The programme provides a learning room for participants to deepen into authentic presence and expand on their ability to be and/or work with others. It is intended for anyone interested in committed self-enquiry and is also suitable for you if you are in the caring professions such as: counsellors, psychotherapists, all types of body-workers, healers, life coaches, doctors, nurses, complementary therapists and social workers.
The programme is set within an energetic context. We view our human existence from a multi-dimensional perspective; Physicality, the Aura / personality, Intentionality and Divine Essence. Within this energetic context you'll explore and experience the five Character Styles originated by Wilhelm Reich (expanded upon by Alexander Lowen, John Pierrakos and Barbara Brennan). The programme also offers aspects from Core Energetics, Body Mind Psychotherapy and Pathwork, draws from the world of energy medicine, such as the consciousness of the chakras, energy therapy, and synergises this with the spiritual and educational wisdom of the Findhorn Foundation Community.
This transformational journey will strengthen your container for life and your ability to be a grounding, empathic authentic compassionate presence for yourself and your family, your friends and the people you work with.
Modules 1 & 2: 4–17 October 2014 (two weeks)
Foundations for the transformational journey and grounding into the Self
This module introduces the importance of contact with all dimensions of life and how they flow together. This will serve as our springboard into a holistic understanding of the nature of being. Through personal and group work, reflection, meditation and experiential exercises, we'll explore what it means to be grounded in our physical body, and what keeps us from being present in the 'here and now'. The focus in this module is the Schizoid Character Style and the way in which our life and life choices are influenced by it.
Module 3: 22–28 November 2014
The Self in Relationship
Module 2 deepens the Relationship with the Self and takes us on a journey of discovering who we are in relationship to others; partner, spouse, friends, family as well as other dimensions of life. This module focuses on the Oral Character Style.
Module 4: 7–13 February 2015
Self in relationship to the Divine
The central question in this week is: "Who am I?" and enquires into life from the perspective of being a divine being in a human body. We explore Self-will versus Divine-will, authority and related issues and what it means to surrender to a higher order. We also explore the Masochistic Character Style.
Module 5: 11–17 April 2015
The Self, the Wound and the Life Task.
This module focuses on the connection between the challenges we meet on our path, the task before us and the experience we gain from the journey. We explore our unique personal gifts with which we serve the bigger plan. We focus on the Psychopathic Character Style.
Module 6: 6–12 June 2015
The week offers a celebration of our journey of self-discovery and transformation as we arrive at the completion of the programme. Each participant presents an art project they have been working on throughout the year. Completing our journey is facilitated through group work and personal reflection on the path towards becoming an authentic human being. In this module we also explore the Rigid Character Style.
Each week is a rich tapestry mix of individual and relationship-based learning. We will explore and discover our human energy field and learn how to perceive and work with subtle energy consciousness. Each participant will be facilitated into deep self-enquiry whilst learning to articulate what is happening for them. There will be space and support to release unconscious defensive behaviours that keep us stuck in patterns of failure and separation, and space will be given to empower the Core Self into the driver's seat of your life. In between weeks there will be learning and reading tasks and the course leaders will support you during a weekly online hour for the duration of the programme.
The programme will include the following content:
- Anatomy and physiology of our energy field
- Anatomy of the emotional wound
- What creates well-being and what causes struggle
- Character structures, defenses and healing responses
- Tools for Inner Work such as meditation, managing intense emotion, working with core beliefs and others
- Understanding the dynamics of the self
- Developing your core qualities
- Authentic presence with yourself and in relationships
The content of the programme will be enriched and supported by experiential learning and the following activities:
- Healing Circle and personal process work
- Inner alignment (intention, purpose, service, divine essence)
- Movement and creativity
- Body-mind/ somatic experience
- Other healing tools
The programme also involves:
- Reading in between weeks
- Learning in between weeks
- Recording your inner transformational journey
- Ongoing weekly online support
- An art project
- Personal therapy sessions
Each module provides a rich and balanced combination of presentations, activities and experiential learning and is based on a holistic approach integrating the mind, body, spirit and the human heart.
Income related price: £4300 / £3700 / £3200
Income Related Pricing
We want to ensure that our courses are accessible to people with diverse financial means. When you book, please choose the high, medium or lower price listed for your programme, based on your personal income and keeping in mind that paying the lowest price covers only basic costs, while paying the medium and higher prices will allow this centre to develop and grow. Limited bursary funds are available if you cannot pay the lowest price, please see how to apply. You can also contribute to our bursary fund when you make your booking.
Prior to making your booking we ask that you complete an application form which you can download and read here. This will be followed by an interview - either via skype or by telephone - with Maria Olsthoorn. Please email if you require any further details.
- Please note:
Additional costs will be incurred for books and therapy sessions in-between the residential programme weeks (participants will be asked to do a minimum of eight therapy sessions over the period of the programme to support the transformational journey).
What participants say about the programme:
I am very,very glad, and grateful that I took the step of coming on this programme. The benefits have been great, and the power of the programme as an intense learning experience is more than I expected. I think you could certainly call it life changing. I think it must be rare to have such a very strong, safe, supportive arena for healing and change as this group is. I think this is primarily due to the experience, strength, focus and wisdom of the facilitators, which I am awed by.
At first it seemed like the homework (like all homework) would be a slog, but I now see it as a welcome invitation to again 'check in' with myself, to identify with the 'benign inner witness' which the programme encourages us to develop. Both tutors are so professional and compassionate. The course is a wonderful mix of spiritual philosophy, energy consciousness and psychological development. Basically, I recommend this course wholeheartedly and 100%!