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2020 Conference – “This is not what I had planned”
November 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm£35.00 – £65.00
This year’s conference is not what I had originally planned, I actually had a very different topic in mind; but then again, so much of my life hasn’t gone according to plan, so here we are! This year we invite you to join us in what will be a very different, but still highly interactive conference experience.
We have a wonderful line-up of speakers and workshop presenters, bringing with them a wealth of skills, expertise and life experiences impacted by events that weren’t part of their plan. Join us as they discuss the changes foisted upon them, reflect on where they stand with this in the present, and how these unplanned events have shaped who they are, and how they practice.
Zoe Gelis ~ Tabitha Draper ~ Rosemary Lodge ~ Rafał Miętkiewicz ~ Paul Silver-Myer ~ Maria Galani ~ Magdalen Cheng ~ John Hills ~ Glenn Nicholls ~ Diana Mitchell ~ Devang Vaidya ~ Damien Stewart ~ Chris Goto-Jones… and more
According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives, nor is it the strongest. The species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.
2020 has thrown many of us off track. For some, this year has been truly disastrous, while others have found a sense of purpose or redirection that may never have otherwise materialised.
Within my own practice, I have noted an increase in a lack of ‘at homeness’ in some of my clients; what John Koenig beautifully coins as Monachopsis: “the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your surroundings as a seal on a bench… unable to recognise the ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.” In others, I’ve seen an increase in decisiveness, fearlessness and determination, this has been especially true of my trauma and abuse clients.
However, a global pandemic isn’t typically the thing that throws a spanner in the works of life… Spanners come in all shapes and sizes, and in the day to day trenches of life we are impacted by myriad events; death, divorce, disaster, but also new life, love and opportunity. We move countries, we return to forgotten passions, we become unwell or infirm, we get promoted, we let get of the things that are causing us pain, and we continue to fight for change, real, meaningful, lasting, change. Things literally get blown-up or washed out to sea, we lose money, and status, and sometimes we lose our identity, ourselves… and sometimes, we find it all anew. We set out on one path, and now, somehow, find ourselves upon another.