Work Groups

Sankelmark 2018

Work Groups

1) Kurt und Marie-Luise Bährle (Germany)

Reconstruction therapy according to Pesso (German)

Healing reconstructions of our biographies experienced in our own bodies are a widespread method in psychotherapy worldwide to foster emotional growth, as developed by Albert Pesso and Diane Boyden Pesso. This method enables you to free yourself of the lifelong consequences of debilitating life stories. Protection and survival strategies from the past turn into walls in our current relationships. By re-experiencing what we would have needed in order to grow, new life-affirming memories are constructed. These healing experiences and images are carefully drafted for each individual and installed as if they had been actual experiences in the past. Instead of old injuries, positive memories and images become relevant role models for a future in which relationships can be shaped in a satisfying and fulfilling way. In this way, walls can be turned into fences. for fences make for good partners, neighbours, and friends.

In this workshop, participants can work on their personal issues with therapeutic support.


2) Bent Falk (Denmark)

Gestalt Therapy and Supervision Group (English)

Walls are made for security. There is something good and something bad about that. The good is that they keep the bad people out. The bad is that they keep the good people in—safe but imprisoned. How do we deal with that dilemma? The solution is windows and gates. This is true for all the walled cities in the world from the beginning of civilization.

In therapy, it is also true that no defence is bad and too rigid a defence is also bad. In the group, we will look for some fertile ground between ‘all’ and ‘nothing’. ‘All’ would mean to set no limits in the encounter with others. ‘Nothing’ would mean never to open up to something or someone new out of an exaggerated fear of being overrun. ‘In between’ would be an aware contact at the gate: asking relevant questions about the intentions of the stranger and having a Plan B ready in case he/she turns out to be insincere.

Participants must be sufficient fluent in English to understand my directions and explanations in English. However, I understand German well so participants may speak German when they do their own work or parts of it.


3) Lotta Geisler (Sweden)

Bibliodrama (German/English)

Bibliodrama can be described as an exploration of a text with the chance or risk, to meet yourself, the other one in the here and now and furthermore a tradition to interpret an old bible text. In the work of Bibliodrama we try to use and listen to all our senses. There is no right or wrong and spontanity has an important role, worthwhile to invite! That also means that many languages will be available by using the body, images, sounds, perhaps taste and smell? You are very welcome to participate, you don´t´ need to know anything in particular in advance. You just need to bring yourself and being able to understand ‘bad’ english or ‘bad’ german. Depending on who will come, we will find a way to communicate also with words!

4) Mariann Hagbarth (Sweden, Norway)

Symboldrama Group (English)

The theme Walls/Mauer is well illustrated in the chosen text from Genesis 49:22.

In the method symboldrama (Katathymes Bilderleben) according to professor H. Leuner we use symbols in trying to understand ourselves and the world surrounding us. The deepest truths are difficult to express with only words. Symboldrama is a kind of daydream method in a meditative state of mind.

When Jakob talks to his twelve sons in a prophetic way he uses very expressive symbols. He resembles Joseph with a fruitful tree by a well, whose branches run over the wall. In this short line we find a lot of wisdom that can be used for us today.

As pastors, counsellors and psychotherapists we all know the importance of having a well at our roots. With the protection of a wall it´s also easier to grow safely enough to be able to look further on. When considering the life that Joseph got we understand that he needed these circumstances to give him strength to fulfil his destiny.

In the group we will explore how the different symbols/images in the text corresponds to our individual lives. We have our own wells, trees and walls.

We will do this both in group sessions and working in pairs. To further the process we also use paintings and drawings, but please do not hesitate to join the group because of this. Bring your own papers and colours and see how fun it can be.


5) Ruth Knaup (Germany)

Dance and Contact Improvisation as Creative and Therapeutic Process (English/German)

The living body doesn`t know “walls”. All our physical structures are more ore less flexible and permeable – even bones are alive and can heal. The human body is vulnerable. Walls can give us a feeling of safety. But in the same moment they block our greatest skill: The communicating body. Hiding away from time to time is a human need. But we also need a lot of closeness and exchange: physically, emotionally and mentally. In this group we will explore both: safe places to hide away as well as ways to open up the borders for enjoying fruitful and inspiring encounters.

My work is based on methods from Gestalt-oriented Dance- and Drama Therapy, Body-Mind-Centering, Bibliodrama, techniques of play in contemporary dance and performance art. This enables a great variety of lively and exciting encounters with oneself and with others. Bodywork and relaxation initially promote a feeling of being "at home" in one's own body. They foster mindfulness, alertness and self-perception.

No dancing skills are required. Men in particular are also most welcome. All languages are welcome since we will mostly work with movement. Group language is English.

Please bring comfortable clothing.