Day With Series
Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors
What they undertook to do
They brought to pass;
All things hang like a drop of dew
Upon a blade of grass.
— W.B. Yeats
(Re)discover agency and resonance in these pandemic times by exploring a rhythmic ride with the ancient Celtic calendar. Over the course of the year – a 12 month period – set aside weekends for the 4 seasonal punctuation marks and celebrations of the mythic Gaelic year – Samhain (new year), Imbolc (early spring), Beltane (early summer) and Lughnasa (hot.hot.hot.) Be part of a virtual community, co-led by two psychotherapists committed to the (heart)work at hand, replete with thoughtful readings, in anticipation of shared reflections - bolstered by earth and nature. We explore inner landscapes affixed to a scaffolding of past days and times.
So many of us have been asked to ‘shelter in place.’ What if we insisted – risked? - that for ourselves? In our sheltering, what if we allow ourselves to hunker down as the days grow shorter, demand that our psychological larders sustain us as the darkness deepens, recognize the strengths and deficits as the darkness deepens? The Celtic new year is Samhain; Halloween it isn’t.
Fair expectations for prospective students of this venture is support in the trying-on of a new calendar, fortified by stories of those who have lived them. There will be some readings, recitations, images as well as conversations. Once upon a time, antiquity meets Zoom. Experience, perhaps, a collective creep into a more sustainable something. If you can riff on the difference between a three and four leaf clover, you’ve passed any and all admissions requirements. Recognizing ‘shelter from the storm’ vs. ‘gimme shelter’ works, too. Have a willingness to linger in this or that cul-de-sac of story.
Jungian Analyst Kathryn Cook-Deegan, Washington, DC, and Psychotherapist/Supervisor/Trainer Elaine King, Galway, Ireland, will co-lead this.
We’ll start with the Celtic new year – Samhain – on Saturday, 31 October 2020 and Sunday, 1 November 2020.
The fields have been harvested. It’s a time for resting and community and music, ancestors and masks. We prepare for the darkness soon to come upon the land. (There’s a fire burning.) The story of Cesair and Fintan mac Bóchra will serve as a guide.
And then - Imbolc, Brigid’s Day, Saturday, 30 January 2021 + Sunday, 31 January 2021
Beltane, Saturday, 1 May 2021 + Sunday, 2 May 2021
Lughnasa, Saturday, 31 July 2021 + Sunday, 1 August 2021
A lunch break is included from 12-1pm
Drawn by story and ritual, Elaine and Kathryn met initially in Sintra, Portugal while attending a fairy tale workshop. Then it was to Clare Island – off Ireland’s west coast – and The Bard Mythologies for a number of summers. And now this virtual adventure.
Kathryn Cook-Deegan is a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst and licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in Washington, DC. She has advanced degrees in Classics and Public Administration and is a professional member of the Yoga Alliance. She’s the past co-chair of the Jungian International Training – Zurich foundation, and past president of the Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Inc. in Washington. www.cookdeegan.com Her favorite Irish sentence,’ Tá sé tirim buíochas le Dia.’, translates to It’s-dry-out-thanks-be-to-God.
Elaine King originally trained as a teacher of Catechetics and English. She taught at high school level before working for a number of years as a community arts facilitator. Having trained as a body psychotherapist in the mid '90's she works as a psychotherapist, supervisor, and psychotherapy trainer. She’s a member of the governing body of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). Enjoying a regular mindfulness practice, she also facilitates mindfulness courses. Living on the West Coast of Ireland she enjoys its music, language and rowing on the river Corrib in Galway City.
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