Work Groups

Sankelmark 2019

Work Groups

1) Christian Højlund and Kirstine Hansen (Denmark)

PBSP Therapy - Pesso-Therapy (English)

PBSP-Therapy is a body-oriented interactive therapy founded by Albert Pesso and his wife Diane Boyden Pesso (read more at the homepage). The healing therapeutic work is based on the confidence, that there behind every pain and suffering is a strong genetic determined longing for and knowledge about, what is needed to fulfil life, to face adulthood, and to bring it further on to the next generations. With Albert Pessos own words: ”We are made genetically to be able to be happy in an imperfect world, that is endlessly unfolding. And we human beings are the local agents of that cosmological unfolding.”

That's why you can be the true and only instructor of a new symbolic memory, where age and care fit perfect to each other. If authentic on the emotional level, the brain takes this new memory for real, and it heals the early wounds. A new memory-card is available in the neuro-database. You don't need to stretch out to the wrong person any longer to have these early needs met in a proper way. You don't need to repeat old destructive patterns or outdated and outlived strategies. You can indeed grow into adulthood with body, feelings, mind and thoughts. You can blossom and unfold with a much more fruitful and life-affirming view at yourself and at other people – and at the world.

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

2) Bent Falk (Denmark)

Gestalt Therapy and Supervision Group (English)

When I was a child, I spoke, thought, reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways, says St. Paul (1 Cor 13:11).

What are the differences? Some are rather negative as when trust turns into disillusion and innocence into premeditation. Some are positive as when a person grows in responsibility and empathy.

C.G. Jung, the analytical psychologist, defines maturity as the capacity to contain and endure ambivalences. Splitting up reality in an all-or-nothing way is an oversimplification designed to relieve us from the burden of sensing, evaluating, and having to deal with the consequences of a wrong decision. Children are good at perception, sometimes better than adults, but they tend to polarize: The parents or siblings are seen as either totally awful or totally wonderful, not both at the same time in the same person. When grown-up people act like that, they are not child-like, which is fine in a child but childish in a negative sense in an adult. Polarization is the basis of fundamentalism, religious as well as political.

A key word in the vocabulary and thinking of a mature person is “and” as opposed to “or” or “but”. “Simul justus et peccator” as Luther put it. It means: You have sinned and you are set free from debtor’s prison because you are loved. “And” allows you to meet another person face to face, not just as a mirror of your own projections.

In the group, one may choose to look at some of the ambivalences in his/her human relations as well as in his/her images of God. Some mobility is possible, for example in the polarity between Santa Claus and the close-fisted judge of Doomsday, and between The Almighty and the irrelevant.

The group offers personal therapy as well as supervision.

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 and English)

Welcome to participate in a Bibliodrama upon the theme “Facing Adulthood”, according to the lines from 1 Kor 13:12 a!

Bibliodrama is about ”stepping in to” a Bible text by using our senses, who lives in our bodies, giving these experiences an expression with the help of the arts. This kind of work, with it´s own frames and conducted by a leader, might be a support to understand both Ourselves, the Text and the Theme better. What is Adulthood for you? What do you see in the mirror today? To stay or become more mature - and sharing whatever ”being mature” means? What will happen ”then”? How is history in several aspects connected to your contemporary life? If we try to see ”face to face”, only for now, what does that mean?

Welcome to a bibliodrama workshop that will invite you to explore it, in a playful and creative way!

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 spontaneity 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) and Gerhard Marcel Martin (Germany)

Dimensions of a symbol – inner and outer scene (English)

In this workshop we explore the theme and the text with two complementary approaches.

One way is inner meditations like in a daydream and with drawings. The other is acting on an outer scene. Both methods are good for pastoral care and psychotherapy. They will be used in an intertwined way during the days.

The theme “Facing adulthood“ is interesting in connection with the text 1 Cor. 13:12. Who do we really meet (if anyone?) when looking in a mirror. On the other hand, when being seen and when meeting another (God or man/woman) face to face we can grow in a continuing process of maturity.

Welcome to find out more of this!

5) Ruth Knaup (Germany)

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

Becoming mature adults is a process that will last up to the very end of our lives. In this process we learn to develop an ever better sense of what is good for us and of what isn't. We find new balances between contact and withdrawal, love and autonomy. And at the same time we have to learn in all humility that there are decisions that we are incapable of making ourselves. In this way, the life that we grow into always remains in a tension between self-responsibility and devotion, between creating and letting go.

My work is based on methods from Gestalt-oriented Dance- and Drama Therapy, Body-Mind-Centering, Bibledrama, 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.