Workshop: The Myth of The Singing Tree, The Talking Bird and The Water of Life: An Enactment of Love, Memory and Imagination
Sunday 29 November 2020
15:30 to 16:30
Two Sesame elders will facilitate a workshop using their experience from life, personal therapy and work with clients spanning twenty seven years of practise. Participants will have the opportunity to enact a myth which explores presents, pasts and futures through symbols and rich archetypal figures.
The enactment begins by using the Sesame framework of a Laban physical warm up to awaken the body and ground us in the present moment. This is followed by the bridge where we will use imaginative exercises to awaken the personal unconscious and create links to the myth. Next the group will be invited to listen to and enact the story. With reference to Landy’s role identity, individuals will be able to choose a character or part which resonates with them and explores the conference themes of love, memory and imagination.
Different types of love will be explored as well as Jung’s shadow counterparts of jealousy, rage and hatred. The myth embodies the nurturing of the self and one’s imagination as new communities, characters and treasures are discovered. Finally, grounding exercises will bring participants back to the here and now, concluding with the therapists leading self-nurturing exercises and time for reflection.
As the elders of Sesame, we continue to offer storytelling, myth enactments, movement and dance to our clients to support their healing and growth.
Where words may be illusive or an intrusion, dramatherapy offers a powerful, alternative treatment, but it is important we continue to evidence this practise in today’s society ensuring its future.
Charlotte Wilmer-Barbrook and Kathy Miller qualified as Sesame Therapists in 1993. During their extensive careers they have worked individually and together with adults, young people and children experiencing complex trauma. Both work in private practise; Charlotte specialises in educational settings and Kathy specialises in family therapy within the NHS.