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NCGPS Open Studio Oct 21, 2017 – Pathways to Transformation: Bringing the Magic of Fairy Tales into Groups

Fairy tales patterns are vitally important for understanding group dynamics. The hero or heroine leaves home on a journey, or quest. Usually child abuse initiates the action. Protagonists enter disturbing realms, encounter fabulous forces, master challenges to ultimately win a victory. Typically, they return with a gift to society. The core action is leaving one group to become better nurtured by another. New creative and psychological development results from the systemic shifts. Through active imagination, enactments of stories and symbolic exploration, will examine and apply the dynamics and change processes from interchangeable fairy tales, nature and dreams for expanding personal and group journeys. By unveiling unconscious gifts, we will unleash creativity to enliven and revitalize our group and personal stories.

August 10th, 2017|

Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation — Bringing the Magic of Stories into Psychotherapy – March 10-11 2017

Fairy Tales: Pathways to Transformation Bringing the Magic of Stories into Psychotherapy The major contributors to the development of Psychotherapy-Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Otto Rank and others looked to fairy tales and myths to understand the psyche. Classic stories are still yielding new insights and clinical directions for contemporary therapists. Narratives are important. We gain a sense of ourselves by telling stories of our lives. Identities form through integrating personal histories with the cultural myths and legends of our culture. Per Carl Jung, the myths of human beings are essential to knowing oneself. He wrote: “He is like one uprooted, having no true link either to the past, or with the ancestral life which continues within him, or yet contemporary human society.” Sometimes individuals and families get stuck in repetitive and sad stories which then may become the subject matter of the therapy hour. When classic tales are incorporated into psychotherapy, the process is enriched and the path towards happier endings is revealed. In fairy tales, the hero or heroine leaves home on a journey, although sometimes on a quest. Protagonists enter disturbing realms, encounter fabulous forces, master challenges to ultimately win a victory. Typically, they return with a gift to society. As models and guides, they encourage us to do the same. We will examine and apply the dynamics and change processes for expanding personal and social development. During current times of rapid planetary, economic, and cultural upheaval, a study of heroic action has special meaning.

March 10th, 2017|

Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice

We stand on the cusp of a different world. Climate change is bringing new global scarcities and related stressful events that scientists predict will exponentially increase. Concurrently, proliferating terrorist acts and wars are perpetrated with technologically advanced weapons. The global community is now connected through social media. Therefore, understanding the influence of core societal narratives on individual and group action is crucial for managing current and emerging threats. The potential exists for larger reconciliation within the human family. A new story, through focus upon commonly held ethical heroes and shared positive spiritual values and peace messages held in common in the Bible and the Quran may provide a stepping-stone to a more peaceable planet. A social order based upon compassionate direction, rather than cruelty, can be encouraged through focus upon the shared family origins to evoke remembrances of connection, and the creation of a new platform on which to build peaceful and cooperative ways. In our technologically connected world, infinite means now exist to create a new chapter in the family history of Moslems, Christians and Jews.

October 13th, 2015|

The Demo Review – Reimagining Silicon Valley History-Back To The Future

This production aimed to interpret our contemporary technological culture by mythologizing a prototypical event of an emergent high tech culture - computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart's introduction of the tools of computer communication (including the mouse), in a 1968 professional conference event in San Francisco.

The Demo shows opening introduction and closing of the original filmed demo and then dematerializes the intermediate time and space into a mix of electronic, sounds, Gregorian-like chants, a wind instrumental accompanying choral line to the demo leader who morphs in and out of the scene. The original word…word…word… formula statement and following text on the screen is deconstructed into sound and images on the side screens and auditorium ceiling.

June 14th, 2015|

Smuin XXcentric Spring Dance Series

My friend and I met the at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Castro Street in Mountain View where The Smuin Ballet is presenting its Spring Fling XXcentric Spring Dance Series that runs throughout major theatre venues from May 2 to June 7, 2014. Two world premier works by famed choreographers, Val Caniparoli of The San Francisco Ballet and Amy Seiwert, Choreographer for the Smuin Ballet, were commissioned by Smuin’s artistic director, Celia Fushille to showcase their special new works.

May 26th, 2014|

Smuin Ballet XXTREEMS-Extremely Fanastic

The Smuin Ballet in celebration of its 20th anniversary, is offering a special gift for ballet goers in XXTREMES. The high level artistic expression of underlying light and dark themes shine throughout the performance in a magnificent way. Smuin Ballet reaches the new artistic heights in this superb creation in the portrayals of Dear Miss Cline, Return to a Strange Land and Carmina Burana.

March 15th, 2014|

San Francisco Ballet “Cinderella” Review – Thoroughly Enchanting

The thoroughly enchanting San Francisco Ballet, Cinderella, is an artistic collaboration for the ages now playing at War Memorial Opera House. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Costume and Set designer Julian Crouch, Lighting Director Natasha Katz, Music Director Craig Lucas and Puppeteer Basil Twist’s collaboration fuses their special talents and expertise into the most creative and imaginative production of Cinderella ever performed.

February 27th, 2014|

Joshua Bell Performance Review – The Poet of the Violin

My friend and I attended the Stanford Live performance at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, which featured a program of Joshua Bell, violin, and Sam Haywood, piano. The magnificent Bing Concert Hall housed this amazing concert. Stanford Live's Executive Director Wiley Hausam chatted with my friend and me in the lobby immediately following the performance. I was excited, aglow, from the profoundly powerful experience of hearing Joshua Bell passionately playing his famed Stradivarius violin. The instrument had once been stolen from renowned violinist Bronislaw Huberman. The violin has become the core of a significant cultural legend: Huberman helped Jewish musicians escape the holocaust to come to Palestine for his newly forming orchestra.

February 10th, 2014|

Fairy Tales – Hidden Patterns That Enable Children to Thrive

Fairy tales are important in our children’s lives. The classic stories heard frequently throughout childhood at bedtime,in Disney movies, in school and later into adulthood in ballets and operas contain special guides to behavior. According to psychoanalyst Carl Jung, we have a favorite fairy tale that goes with us throughout life that forms the pattern for our most significant development.

July 27th, 2013|

The Group Dynamics of International Relations

Presentation to The 17th Congress 
 of the 
International Association for Group Psychotherapy
 and Group Process. Rome Italy 24-29 August 2009

August 24th, 2009|