The Healing Field - A Training in Transpersonal Psychotherapy
350 years of combined experience in Transpersonal Psychology & Consciousness Exploration
Learn from twelve pioneer transpersonal psychotherapists from around the world for this life-changing opportunity.
The International Institute for Consciousness Exploration and Psychotherapy Freiburg (I.I.B.P.) offers an exciting 4-and-a-half year, deeply experiential and certified educational training program focusing on everything you ever wanted to know about Transpersonal Psychotherapy. You will be instructed in the theory and practice of transpersonal psychotherapy and spiritual development as they are taught by the main transpersonal schools of Germany, France, Russia, Spain, and in the USA.
Modules also can be booked separately.
Date: May 12 to 22, 2021
Teacher: Dr. med. Stefan Dressler
Venue: Hof Integra (Dinkelscherben/Bavaria)
Module contents: Psychopathology and Emotions
Why and how exactly do we close our heart in relation to ourselves, in our work or in all-day-life? And what exactly do we need to reopen it?
Basic understanding of emotions: Basic and superficial emotions, levels of emotional activation – 4 (5) patterns of human perception. Emotional intelligence. The heart as the gate way for deeper experiences: Overcoming inner splits (e.g. self-interruptive splits, the inner critic). The magic formula of the heart.
Based on a scientific and experiential conceptual perspective I shall assist you in essentially understanding the role of emotions and of your heart. You will recognise the four basic patterns of human perception and experience (Attending/awareness, identification, felt being, letting go from the heart). This will help you to get in touch with what I call your “Central Drama”. In this “drama” we unconsciously try to move towards something (the longing pole) and also away from something (our deepest wound). But unfortunately, the contrary happens: we never find what we are longing for and end much more often with what we desperately attempt to avoid. The “central drama” is the key to reach profounder levels of understanding in your personality and reach out to the innermost core of your soul.
In this whole framework we will also deal with different pathological topics, such as depressive and maniac disorders, anxiety and psychosis. The hero's journey can be used as an inner map in mental crisis. The very significant principle of failure and sacrificing will be in the focus. Humor as part of the spiritual journey will play a vital part.
In all of this you will find answers and certainly new questions about how a transpersonal psychotherapist can work from a truly connected, heartful and emotional level. We will use breathing techniques, two-chairs-work, impro-theatre-work, dancing, and meditation.
Rainer Pervöltz (Freiburg, Germany)
Dr Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz (Freiburg, Germany)
Bernadette Blin (Paris, France)
Dr Gennady Brevde (St Petersburg, Russia)
Dr Stefan Dressler (Freiburg, Germany)
Dr Regina U. Hess (Cologne, Germany)
Dr Vladimir Maykov (Moscow, Russia)
Jaume Mestres (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr Judith Miller (Philadelphia, USA)
Olga Mokhina (Wolgograd, Russia)
Magda Solé (Barcelona, Spain)
Dr Sergey Strekalov (St Petersburg, Russia)
This is quite a unique team of trainers. Not only are most of us leaders of transpersonal training centres or influential transpersonal psychotherapists in our respective countries, but also did we spend countless emotional meetings - debating, confronting, and forging together a view of transpersonal psychotherapy which allows diverging standpoints and yet, a common base for offering this far-reaching training program. These meetings resulted in two important outcomes. One is the book Coming Home – The Intimacy of Consciousness Exploration and Transpersonal Psychotherapy (Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2017) which we wrote together, and which bears testimony to the many days and nights of common investigation. The other is a deep heart-felt friendship which grew gradually out of our encounters and has become more and more powerful over the last years. We believe that this will be a good fundament for running such a large-scale training together. You might be interested in this training out of different reasons. Whether you are a healer who has been engaging in psycho-spiritual practices with clients for many years, or whether you are a mainstream psychotherapist who wants to extend his world-view and his healing capacities, or whether you are a spiritual seeker who is searching for greater meaning in your life, this training “The Healing Field” may be just the perfect fit for what you have been looking for. It begins in spring 2019, and consists of two ten-day sessions, held in the spring and autumn for each of the four and a half years. We meet in beautiful and serene locations in Southern Germany, the Paris countryside, in Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and in the desert of Morocco. If you join this training you acquire for yourself - next to profound individual and collective experiences - a multitude of transpersonal tools and methods from 12 teachers, who all have long years of working and teaching experience. They will assist and guide you to find your style, your own well-grounded therapeutic attitude, and the methodical set of transpersonal tools which will suit you best and the people which you work or will work with.
Nothing is more consequential for our lives than the nature and quality of our relationships. Good relationships are crucial for all healing processes of the soul. Furthermore, quite a few people recognize that in many professional areas “good contact“ does not only create a better atmosphere of cooperation, but also a more satisfying professional effectivity. All trainers of “The Healing Field” regard “healing relationships” as the base of their therapeutic work. Quite a few of them are leaders of influential transpersonal training centers in their respective countries. In each of our relationships - with lovers, colleagues, and friends, with animals, plants, with the Earth, last not least also with ourselves - we feel from time to time challenged and pushed to the “repertoire-borders” of our personalities. Here, people often get helpless and lost, since they can’t satisfactorily solve the situation anymore through means habitually available to them (or that had been available in the framework of traditional therapy or counseling). In our training “The Healing Field “, we offer transpersonal perspectives for a new and more fulfilling way to form relationships; “ transpersonal “in the sense that they go far beyond the learned and customary possibilities of personal behavior. They will allow you to experience contact with yourself and with people and projects in your surroundings in a new and different manner. At the same time, they will continually invite you to question your consensual worldview, which might seem to have become natural. This training is not for everyone, just as transpersonal psychotherapy is not what everyone needs or should have in their life. If you take the courageous leap into this training, we promise that we will commit ourselves to support you, teaching you, and enthusiastically encouraging you on your own personal Hero’s journey. This initiatory passage will enable you to create a transformative healing process not only for yourself but for others who come into your field, as well.
The major theme running through this training program on Transpersonal Psychotherapy will be the nature of “relationships”. In fact, Relating is all we do. With partners, with ourselves, with the planet. We have all agreed that relationships are a primary and necessary factor if healing is to take place.
In every kind of relationship, we are occasionally challenged by our partners or counterparts – challenged up to a point where we feel pushed towards the borders of our personalities. The more intimate the relationship, the more fiercely we might get confused and troubled. It is here that we reach the limits of our familiar structures - and get into states of mind which can be painful and extremely disturbing. Since we don't find any customary tools to cope with the situation, we feel helpless and disempowered. The habitual consequences are that we start a war or withdraw completely or break up the relationship.
This is, at the same time, one of the reasons why relationships occupy such an important place in the transpersonal frame of mind. Here, if we are ready to remain open, have we the chance to enter a space of emptiness, venture into unknown territory. Here are we invited to leave our familiar story, and expand ourselves into realms of essence, learn to rely on forces which dwell beyond our limits of comprehension. Of course, this is not the only way to get there, but unfortunately, it is often through suffering that we become willing to take steps into the unknown - we cling so much to our habitual forms of living. Relationships are door-openers, and of course not only when they are difficult.
So, this transit between the comparatively narrow boundaries of your personality and the boundless potential of your essential consciousness will be a major focus in the training. Through the wisdom of ancient spiritual traditions and modern transpersonal study, our teachers will gently guide you through inner exploration, group work, and shared discussions, and assist you to more and more live your full presence in your daily life. But what kinds of relationships are we referring to, and what exactly is the relevance of relationships to transpersonal development and healing?Each of the teachers will dive deeply into this theme of relationships but from different perspectives, practices, and spiritual traditions.
♦ We will explore the relationship that you have with yourself; how do you self-care, how do you feel compassion for yourself, in what ways do you work with your own shadow, how do you transform your own trauma, how do you open your heart towards yourself, and even perceive your own death and feelings of madness?
♦ The relationship with family members and lovers across the lifespan will be examined. Have your experiences in childhood shaped your patterns with significant people in your later life? Which life passages have most influenced your interpersonal dynamics; are there unconscious factors involved; how exactly do you work with these hidden parts of yourself? Does spiritual development and transpersonal consciousness necessitate that you transform conflicts and divisions to forgiveness and connection?
♦ Your relationship to work will also be clarified. Do you feel a mission or higher purpose in your life? Is your work a mirror of your best self, or do you make compromises and put up a façade with colleagues?
♦ What is the relationship you have with clients, students? Do you see yourself as mentoring others? Is your relationship with clients a spiritual connection, and part of your own spiritual development? Or do you pay more attention to professional aspects? What about transference and counter-transference? Do you desire to heal others? What do you believe about boundaries, energy exchanges?
♦ How do you develop a relationship with your consciousness, your dreams, your shamanic energies, your spirituality: What is the Divine, the sacred to you – is it far away and transcendent, or do you have a close and intimate relationship with it? Where is your faith placed? Can you trust in a higher power or are you unsure?
♦ Who are you as a citizen of the world? Are you affected by collective energies? What is your relationship to your ancestors, your country’s history – both its darkness and light? How much are you in contact with archetypes? How do they live in your soul? Are you open and aware of them, or not? “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.” - C.G. Jung