Personal Mythology Workshop - Nov 2 & 3 Utrecht, Netherlands
The location is Utrecht, the exact address is not known yet.The workshop starts at 10 and ends at 17 each day. There is an early-bird registration of 80 euro and after October 12 the fee will be 120 euro for the workshop.
1. The first session will include a Powerpoint presentation that gives the background of the personal mythology concept. Participants will “throw the bones” in a ritual adapted from the Zulus of southern Africa; the arrangement of the bones not only provides a framework for the entire workshop but serves to teach participants the nature of symbols and metaphors, and how they differ. Insights from Joseph Campbell, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Jean Houston will be presented and utilized.
2. The second session will start with a ritual in which family myths are identified. Those that still affect the participant will be written down on a “Myth Map,” which will serve as a companion throughout the workshop, and will be deconstructed during the fifth workshop session. Participants will make the decision whether to work with a partner or by themselves. The similarities between Albert Ellis’ “rational and irrational beliefs” and Feinstein and Krippner’s “functional and dysfunctional myths” will be discussed.
3. The third session will demonstrate how to identify personal myths through dream reports, using John Watkins’ “affect bridge” method. It will also provide participants with didactic material on old myths, counter-myths, and the new myth that might emerge as a result of dialectic between the old and counter-myths, dialectics that will be “acted out” using psychodrama.
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4. The fourth session will teach participants the difference between prescriptive and descriptive myths. It will elucidate the four basic sources of personal myths: biological, interpersonal, cultural, and transpersonal. It will use a “found object” (e.g., a stone, a leaf, a twig) to demonstrate how Nature can be an important source of information about personal myths.
5. The final session will involve deconstructing the “Myth Map,” as participants decide what personal myths are serving their life purpose and which ones have outlived their usefullness. The metaphors embedded in these statements will be identified. Participants will make informal drawings of symbols that represent both their functional and their dysfunctional myths. “Behavioral rehearsal” will provide participants ways in which to take what they have learned in the workshop into their daily lives.