An annual convention for students on the psychotherapy training course, this self-programming weekend is a good opportunity for students to bank up Peer Learning Hours (required by the course) and spend time in each other’s company.
Always a stimulating environment in which to develop your skill in methods taught on the course, to discuss basic principles, and to explore the processes at work in our lives. An opportunity for one to one and group based practice and for giving and receiving feedback, as well as to clarify points of theory.
A Weekend Introducing the Work of the Amida Trust & Community
This is a good general introductory weekend for all who would like to be involved with the Amida Trust as students, volunteers, community members or Buddhist practitioners. The course covers the formal and informal organisation, philosophy, principles and practicalities of the Trust, the Amida Order, Amida-shu, its project work, educational programmes, artistic and cultural activity. You will find out what goes on, who is who and how it all works. This course is one of the best ways to start or deepen involvement with the work of the Trust and Amida-shu. Attenders in previous years have gone on to a variety of projects and roles within the Amida network.
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain."
Spirituality and art share much in both being explorations of inspiration. The Other Power of spirituality and the Artist's Muse are forces that establish traditions of expression through human activity that is "for its own sake" yet speaks of the deepest meanings of which people are capable. Thus much of the greatest art is religious art, the world's spiritual literature includes some of its greatest poetry and prose, even secular art speaks of an influence that goes beyond the mundane, and art itself in all its diversity is a language of the Spirit. One does not have to be highly talented to participate in this. One of the aims of Amida Trust is to make it possible for ordinary people to participate, not merely be a passive audience. To this end the Trust sponsors pandramatics, poetry days, and a range of workshops. Easter is the time of rebirth after winter darkness. Let us meet together and have a collective flowering. Different participants may be drawn to different modalities of work, but all can stimulate and inspire one another.
During these four days we shall have opportunities to practice arts including:
Plastic Arts: Painting, collage, craftwork, construction of art works, flower arranging, etc.
Performance Arts: using the pandramatics approach to improvisation
Verbal Arts: Poetry, writing, scripting, etc.
Each day will include periods for creative work, seminars on method and meaning, and gatherings for sharing. The aim is to establish a creative community for the four days. Participants are, of course, also welcome to arrive early or stay longer if they wish to extend the time they devote to this work. The art room is always available.
This workshop counts half credit for psychotherapy students, ie full attendance gives you two days of staff contact
hours plus one day peer learning and costs you two days attendance fees.
This two day workshop will explore the different types of relationships involved in chaplaincy and other face to face spiritual work. Chaplaincy and other spiritual support work provides opportunities to meet people in many different circumstances. The context is often one in which the person is facing particular changes or life traumas, and may be open to reviewing life and seeking the spiritual dimension in new ways. Meetings may have been requested and planned, or may be casual and informal. They may be in depth or brief, and it is not always clear at the outset what is required. We will look at styles of interaction which are appropriate in different circumstances, at the opportunities to support personal spiritual transformation which emerge in this kind of work. We will discuss the sort of boundary issues which need to be taken into account in the mixed relationships which can exist in the spiritual context and how to avoid some of the pitfalls. This course also carries credit for enrolled psychotherapy students.