THE HERO’S JOURNEY – A Seven-Day Residential Workshop

Presented by The Fool’s Dance Gestalt Company – Paul Rebillot School in Ireland

The ‘Slí an Chroí’ Centre, Kiltegan, Co.  Wicklow, July 6th to July 12th, 2014. 

THE HERO’S JOURNEY: How do you react when life – or your own imagination – presents you with the possibility (or even the necessity) of living in a very different way?  Do you embrace change or do you freeze at the prospect? Paul Rebillot’s ‘Hero’s Journey’ workshop could help you to face such a dilemma.  The workshop – an exciting group structure combining Gestalt process with elements of myth, theatre, ritual, music, art and movement – is, at its core, all about our openness to change and to adventure.

How we respond to change can strongly influence the totality of our lives.  Significant change challenges us to move from one level of being to another and such a step into the unknown can call up strong, painful resistance.  If our instinctive response is to yield to the resistance – and this becomes habitual – we may end up resisting even those changes that don’t really threaten us at all.  As a result our lives can become narrow and restricted – and firmly closed to even the merest possibility of adventure.

Traditional societies used Rites of Passage – overseen by a ritual master or shaman – to ceremonialise, celebrate and guide members of the community on their journey through important life stages such as birth, puberty, adulthood, marriage, eldership and death.  Importantly, these rituals also taught the initiates that change was part of the normal order of things and showed them ways of dealing with it.

Responding to what he saw as modern society’s need for help in facing change Paul Rebillot drew on his professional skills as actor, director, musician and psychotherapist – and on his personal experience

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