Owning the Shadow (Revised)

This 7-day fully residential workshop – presented by the Fool’s Dance Gestalt Company at the Slí an Chroí Centre, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow from July 5th to July 11th, 2015 – offers an opportunity to:

  • Reconnect with our shadow self, the carrier of those parts of ourself that we have banished and repressed.
  • Take back and integrate the negative aspects of ourselves that we have projected onto others.

What approach will be used? This is an experiential workshop. We will work with humour and respect using creative approaches such as drama, art, movement, meditation and play combined with Gestalt process to discover the connection between our antipathies towards others and our own inner material.

Who is this workshop for? This workshop is open to all. We hope that it will be especially useful to psychotherapists and other helping professionals in their work.

Understanding more about the ‘Shadow’:

“We have met the enemy, and they is us” (Walt Kelly, Pogo, 1971).

From time to time we all encounter people who seem to have a special talent for getting under our skin and most of us would have no difficulty in supplying at least a few endings for a sentence beginning “I just can’t stand the kind of person who ……”. Most of us, however, never stop to wonder just why these other people have the power to provoke so much of our irritation, anger and maybe even hatred. If we did so, we might be surprised to discover that much of the answer lies close to home in that part of ourselves that Carl Jung called our ‘Shadow’. In Jung’s vision our shadow self is constructed from all those aspects of ourselves that we find so negative or shameful that we just refuse to own or experience them. So strongly do we reject our shadow that eventually it …read more

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