GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS
A variety of short term focus groups and weekend workshops are offered from time to time:
Exploration of Essence Workshops are designed to bring you into closer contact with your Essential Nature, your Creativity and the Wisdom of your Body. Deeply inspired by the work of A.H. Almaas and Faisal Muqaddam, as taught by Turiya Hanover, these workshops assist in reconnecting you to your innate nature and bring awareness to the defense layers built up over time in order to survive. As humans, we have a strong instinct for fulfillment, often a deep sense of something that is lost or lacking, and a longing to return ‘home’. Essence Work gives us a map and tools to gently, step by step, reconnect with our true Self, through awareness, compassion, and inquiry. Essence Work was developed by two pioneers in psycho-spiritual work, who discovered an ancient Sufi map of consciousness which they married with modern psychology approaches. The work describes a pathway to assist the retrieval of our connection to various Essential states, including our true capacity for Will, Strength, Love, Value, Compassion, Peace and Joy. Exploration of Essence Workshops focus on an experiential introduction to aspects of the Work, and connecting deeply to the experience of Essence through movement, art and meditation. Gently unfolding, you will awaken your inherent Essential nature, and so take a step further in your journey to waking up to your full potential and expansion.
The Space to Play is a practice in Presence, where you will learn tools for everyday life. The sessions take the form of improvisation classes, usually over a period of 8 weeks, where participants practice spontaneity, being in the moment and being awake. The sessions support your capacity to say YES to life and to let go of personal blocks. They give you an opportunity to see your defences and strategies for coping when anxiety and stress hit, magnified. Working through personal blocks in a playful and non-judgmental space invigorates our innate creative potential and enables healing. The work is an active meditation, with real-time, embodied learning, which enables a better integration of the tools into life. No previous experience of drama or improvisation is necessary!
Drama Therapy Groups for children, adolescents and adults, along a focused theme:
– Grief groups offer a shared encounter with others also facing the loss of a loved one. An 8 week guided creative process is gently held in which we work with memory, honouring the life that has passed, connecting to feelings, and support the transition into new ways of being.
– Groups for tweens and adolescents to explore healthy peer relating
– Antenatal classes for expectant Moms, to prepare psychologically for the journey ahead, connect to their changing bodies
MamaBaba Movement Meditation for moms and their 8 week – 18 month old babies to have some quality, intimate time together in a playful and nurturing environment, to connect with other MamaBaba couples, to have fun and bring vitality to the body in the rediscovery of oneself as a mother. No dance experience needed
Please email your interest in any of these workshops or groups.
“A beautiful blend of psychological work and movement therapy bringing us closer to what Almaas calls true nature or being. The workshop with Lesley was a profound experience of digging up the dysfunctional patterns of personality and contacting the realm of spirituality.”
Antoni Hoft, Personal Trainer
“A large part of who I am was recovered; things I’d forgotten I had at my disposal were dusted off and made beautiful and accessible for me to use. Coming out of this workshop held by Lesley Palmer, I feel grounded and have quiet confidence as to who Shaun Gabriel Smith really is.”
Shaun Gabriel Smith, Performer