In the history of human evolution, migration happened in waves, with different groups clashing or mingling with each other. The ones that survived had appropriate social functioning within a community in which they felt fostered and nurtured, pacing the members and in tune with their messages.
Fast forward to the present times, navigating the social environment effectively remains a significant parameter for health. Are one’s choices cond…ucive to the greater good, with awareness of one’s resources and limitations, and the ensuing impact on self, the other and the world? Or, do one’s choices result in unproductive outcomes even when believing otherwise? As we explore such questions we look up to the community we engage with to provide us a fertile setting to guide us in our journey forward.
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The ITAA-SAATA Conference provides an opportunity to explore, learn and evolve, while we reconnect and experience support within the community.
The theme of the Conference, The Dance of Culture, seems especially relevant in this time in human history. A large number of people in India still engage in an unbroken tradition of practices that have resonated with the rhythm of the land, the seasons and the natural resources since an ancient past, learning alongside to balance the changes ushered in by a new era of global connectivity. Let’s mark the dates of the conference, to connect, learn, share and take back a piece of living history as we realize this dance is not only possible but also transformative.
The title of the Lavarone Seminar 2017 comes from a passage in Eric Berne’s “Sex in human loving”:
“Grace means graceful movements, and graceful moments of solitude or communion. This quality is well understood by dancers, rhetoricians, and students of Zen and other Oriental philosophies. It means speaking gracefully and making each hour a work of art. It requires an appearance and a demeanor that make each year better than the last. And finally, it means that a whole lifetime of friendship and enmities, intimacies and confrontations, comedies and tragedies, will have at least the possibility of ending up with some strain of wholeness and nobility running through it. For me class= grace=reticence, the avoidance of overstatement and disharmony, in speech as in ballet as in painting” (1970)
We want to propose a moment of reflection, to compare the balance required between solitude and sharing, presence and its limits, distance and ethical boundaries in our practice as counsellors, educators, teachers, psychotherapists and health care workers.
The Seminar will be held Friday, September 1, from 10 to 17 and Saturday 2, from 9.30 to 17.30.