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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Artemis and Hermes speak to us in New York

New York Open Center hosts two half-day workshops with Thomas Moore on Saturday 6 April 2013.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
13WP35M: Becoming an Individual: The Myth of Artemis
Members: $60 Non-members: $75
"... The Greek mythic figure of Artemis inspires love and respect for your own values, vision and style. She embodies aggressive protection of your hopes and potentialities. This workshop considers the many details of her story in support of being a strong, self-possessed person comfortable with your own tastes and thinking. It teaches how to cultivate your 'virgin soul,' your own pristine inner nature and your dignity and value as a person."
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
13WP39M: Living on the Boundaries: The Myth of Hermes
Members: $60 Non-members: $75
"American life is still influenced by the Puritan founders. Many feel the need to be excessively virtuous and rule-bound. The Greek myth of Hermes offers valuable alternatives, showing ways of being creative and expressive that are more playful than orderly. He turns many accepted values upside down. Both C. G. Jung and James Hillman said that Hermes is absolutely necessary for healing the soul. D. W. Winnicott was another therapist that embodied the values of Hermes. This workshop explores the stories of Hermes as they model a free, imaginative and unusually deep approach to life and work."

Combined price when you register for both workshops at the same time:
Members $110 Non-members: $140
Course code: 13WP43S

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Attend Thomas Moore's symposium, July 2013

Thomas Moore presents Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Soul, from July 8 to July 13, 2013 with the New England Educational Institute at Four Points by Sheraton, Eastham Massachusetts on Cape Cod. According to NEEI:
"In this symposium, Dr. Moore will offer a way to practice soul-based psychotherapy, an approach that has ancient roots and has been developed by C. G. Jung, James Hillman and Thomas Moore. It is primarily for psychotherapists of all kinds, but since psycho-therapy here means caring for the soul in distress, which can include physical and social symptoms, the course is also designed for anyone looking for meaning and a release from suffering.

In this symposium, Dr. Moore will discuss ancient myths related to therapy: Artemis, Daphne, Chiron, Acteon, Hermes, Aphrodite, Asklepios. A presentation on Jung will focus on his own methods of self-therapy, including play, active imagination, personification and artistic expression. Participants will learn James Hillman’s work on images, his ideas on therapy, anima mundi (soul in the world), the polytheistic psyche, and the role of beauty. Participants will also learn how to use dreams and the arts in therapy and how to employ deep intuition and other traditional, mysterious ways of knowing.
This is a spiritual, intuitive, artistic and truly depth approach to therapy that requires personal work on the part of the therapist. Therefore, the accent will be on becoming a person of soul and spirit while helping others deal with their own mysteries, challenges and initiations." 
Jung’s confrontation with his soul, his Red Book, the Bollingen Stone
Mythic figures as exemplars for deep psychotherapy
Filmed interviews with Jung
Jung, the magus and alchemist

James Hillman’s polytheistic psychology
The role of images and myth
An archetypal psychotherapy
The place of soul and spirit
Soul in the world
Senex and puer
The Thought of the Heart

Myths for the psychotherapist: Aphrodite, Artemis, Daphne, Asklepios, Chiron
Using mythology to see the archetypal in a person’s problems
Joseph Campbell’s insights into myth
The example of the Frog Prince
Using art as art in therapy

Hermes as the archetypal image of the therapist
Achieving liminality or a transitional and border position in therapy
Insights from Winnicott and Milton Erickson
Healing ways of the Healing Buddha, Quan Yin, Jesus, Lao Tzu and Sufi poets

The role of deep intuition and mystery ways of knowing
Divination and prophecy
The daily life of a therapist - the persona, erotic issues, home, family and marriage
Artistic expression and spiritual practices
Caring for body, soul and spirit

Individual registration by 12 March 2013: $539 U.S.
Individual registration after 12 March 2013: $589 U.S.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wisdom House shares Moore's November visit

Last month Thomas Moore conducted a weekend workshop at Wisdom House Retreat Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. The Center posts a slideshow of event pictures on its blog, At Wisdom’s Table as "Thomas Moore on Care of the Soul and Spirit".

According to the blog, "Moore explored with participants the sources of soul and spirit that urge us to dig deep to find where we are at home with our soul and where our spirit urges us to reach out and create a future full of hope."

Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, Art and Spirituality Coordinator of Wisdom House, hosts a brief interview with Moore called Thomas Moore at Wisdom House that runs 11:47 minutes. During this chat, Moore says that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Paul Tillich influenced his own approaches to religion.

Barque coverage
19 Oct 2012 "Learn about soul and spirit at Wisdom House"
12 Apr 2012 "Weekend workshop about care of soul and spirit"
25 Nov 2011 "Wisdom House hosts 2012 program with Moore"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Read webinar transcript about dark nights of soul

Whale with Jonah
The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) offers a 16-page transcript of its 30 August 2012 webinar Dark Nights of the Soul: Finding Spiritual Opportunity in Trying Times with Thomas Moore.

Moderator Ruth Buczynski is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and president of the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

The professionally formatted transcript shows Moore addressing:
* The calling to be a practitioner
* How to care for soul during illness
* Why the dark night of the soul may be an initiation
* How to share time with a patient

Barque coverage
30 August 2012 "Video suggests conversation as a way to open up"