|Join us for a day of exploring our inner worlds. We’ll find some of the characters who dominate, distract, deconstruct, and otherwise drive our lives. We can explore other worlds for lives we may have led in them, and characters we like to visit or bring back with us. |
We may play with puppets and theatre and masks and other devices for telling those stories. We’ll look for the silent characters and give them voices. We’ll see who’s ganging up on whom and alter some of these coalitions and alliances.
We’ll consider some of the difficult situations of our lives and look for some characters who can contribute to addressing those problems.
We’ll finish by drawing some maps of these beings who live within our minds so as to better remember them and be able to call upon them in the future.
Friday and Saturday, March 30 & 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday Easter Morning Ceremony, April 1st.
Narrative Hypnosis: The Art of Telling Really Good Stories
A Workshop with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy, and Peter Blum
Friday: We will consider the neuroscience behind hypnosis. We will explore what the word trance actually means and what are the physiological states which are associated with it. We will explore phenomenon of absorption, flow, immersion, inter-connectedness, and those aspects of consciousness which are compatible with accelerated learning. We will review some ways of categorizing techniques of hypnosis and will provide demonstrations. In the afternoon, we explore how stories can be told for therapeutic purposes and how the ideas behind hypnosis can be used to augment the telling. We will practice together with guidance. We will consider applications to psychotherapy, leadership, and business.
On Saturday, we will consider what makes a good story, a healing story, and a powerful story, asking how to tell these stories as part of our therapeutic work. We will look at storytelling as the original hypnosis from time immemorial and reflect upon how a story maintains audience attention and how stories elicit trance states. There can be deeply encoded messages for change in story that bypass the well-rehearsed behavioral patterns that are so hard to change. Stories consist of universally shared myths; fables, both ancient and modern; client specific stories, constructed with that particular client’s situation in mind; anecdotal stories, meant to convey an underlying message that can weaken by competing with the patient’s habitual stories. We will see how the elements of hypnosis technique are also the elements of good storytelling and will see how indigenous elders, healers, and storytellers have used these techniques long before there were hypnosis training courses, as these techniques naturally arise from the intuitive understanding of language and its effect on the body. We will practice telling stories as part of our hypnotic work, as stand-alone event, as part of a routine clinical encounter, and as part of a therapeutic hypnosis session.
Participants are welcome to come to one day or both days as they see fit. People may come for as much or as little as they wish. We look forward to seeing and meeting everyone.
Marbletown Multi-Arts Center (MaMA)
3588 Main St, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Fees: By donation, no one turned away, suggested donation is $125 per day for Friday and Saturday. To register via paypal use firstname.lastname@example.org.