London Conference

Sunday 29 October • 10 am - 6 pm
£60 including buffet lunch

Places limited
Highgate Library Civic & Cultural Centre, Croftdown Road, London N19 5DJ


Biodynamic psychotherapy is a branch of psychotherapy within body-psychotherapy. It offers multidimensional perspectives and techniques to a variety of professional people.  It invites deep exploration of human experiences and evolution. This conference brings to light the versatility and unique tools, methods and theories of biodynamics which could be integrated into different modalities like psychotherapy, psychology and teaching. 


The conference includes experiential aspects which will enable participants to have a felt sense of the biodynamic work. We suggest that you come with comfortable clothes and shoes.


Conference Speakers 
Anat Ben Israel
The Psycho-Spiritual Phases:  Heart, Third Eye Median Line and Kundalini
Carlien van Heel
Working with the Aura in Biodynamic Psychotherapy
Guy Smith
Vital Signs:  How Biodynamic Therapy Roots Language in the Body
Daniel Tanguay
Biodynamic Typology:  Stone – Warrior – Princess on the Pea – Sunshine and more
Dr Elya Steinberg MD & Rudiger Biedermann
Martial Arts in the Service of Psychotherapy:  The Emergence of the Motoric Ego
Hannah Brown
Exploring Equine Therapy Through the Eyes of Biodynamic Psychotherapy


Conference presentations:   

Anat Ben Israel
The Psycho-Spiritual Phases:  Heart, Third Eye Median Line and Kundalini

The focus of the talk is the four phases of Psycho-Sexual development as presented in Biodynamic Psychology, which encompass the spiritual dimension with its personal and transpersonal levels. The four phases are the Heart, Third Eye, Median Line and Kundalini; I saw fit to call them Psycho-Spiritual phases.
 
As the Life Force circulates it supports the activation of energy centers in the continual development of the psyche-soma relations.
The Psycho-Spiritual phases continue the circulation of the libido from the Genital phase via the Heart phase, broadening and expanding the individual experience to larger relational systems, new levels of cognition, feeling and higher levels of consciousness. Psychic abilities, empathy, interconnectedness, and a sense of wholeness in particular are experienced in these phases.
 
As Gerda Boyesen says:
If igoes well, then you keep youThirEye open, your Heart open and your Sex open and you become a whole personA whole person, that means that you are in touch with your Higher Self, you are in touch with your instinctual selfyoare in touch with the heaven and earth in you anwitthe two coming together in spiritual marriage with higher vibrations.”
 
Lecture; Opening of the Heart and the Genital Embrace,
Gerda Boyesen, January 1987


Carlien van Heel
Working with the Aura in Biodynamic Psychotherapy

I will explore Gerda Boyesen’s remarkable ability to work with subtle processes in the body.  I will introduce Gerda Boyesen’s work with the aura. I will first talk about the aura in general; how it is seen and understood by science and other healing professions. I will then try to paint a picture of how Gerda Boyesen used aura work in Biodynamic Vegeto Therapy and Biodynamic Massage. Finally, I will try to explain what made her able to use aura work so efficiently


Guy Smith
Vital Signs:  How Biodynamic Therapy Roots Language in the Body

As a body psychotherapy, there is a tendency to focus on the nonverbal dimensions of the Biodynamic approach, particularly by those outside of the field. It’s as though body psychotherapy may speak for the body and the body only – other matters, especially language, are for talk psychotherapists. Yet Biodynamic Psychotherapy is extremely rich linguistically. ‘Rooted talking’, and all it implies, ‘it-level language’, ‘stepping stones’, ‘silver platters’ and so on, comprise a singular trove of linguistic ideas-and-practices. ‘Rooted talking’, moreover, while little known beyond the Biodynamic community, may actually be placed at the centre of the therapy world: a bridge between verbal and nonverbal; a hinge that joins body and talk psychotherapies; the keystone to truly embodied speech, and to a fully articulate body. In this talk, I aim to show the value, the uniqueness and the potential of Biodynamic Psychotherapy’s linguistic side – for individuals and societies.


Daniel Tanguay
Biodynamic Typology:  Stone – Warrior – Princess on the Pea – Sunshine and more

Biodynamic typology is an original and important part, if sometimes forgotten, of the understanding of biodynamic psychotherapy. It is a typology not of character but a description of the degree of permeability of a person.
 
 Beyond the evocative and colourful names it also offers an indication of the evolutionary process of opening to ourselves, our core or primary personality, and to the world. In this presentation, we will revisit the types and their meaning within the biodynamic framework.


Dr Elya Steinberg MD & Rudiger Biedermann
Martial Arts in the Service of Psychotherapy:  The Emergence of the Motoric Ego

Developmental trauma undermines the body’s regulatory capacity and robs a person of a sense of ownership over their own body, as part of their embodied self as a competent being worthy of love and the successful pursuit of life ambitions. These disembodied individuals form a disembodied society. 

This experiential workshop immerses participants in martial arts activities designed to repair this malignant legacy by channeling and redirecting the trauma-loaded energies and knowledge of troubled disembodied people towards empowering and embodied forms of self-expression, narrative reconstruction and self-regulation, including key domains: the cognitive, affective, and physical. 
Beginning with movements from Tai-Qi, Dao-Qi-Gong and Shaolin Kung-Fu this workshop will transition into their connections with Body-Psychotherapy, trauma, embodiment and self-regulation and examine themes of violence, exploitation and attachment disruption. It will culminate in the co-creation of original scene work and corrective experiences. 

The aim is to move towards feeling secure in our bodies and find behaviors aligned with our emotions, cognition, sensorimotor experiences and social choices. The work can help to mend the split between the self and society and to support cooperation and collaboration with oneself and others, as well as taking responsibility for oneself and contributing to the creation of an embodied society.

 

Hannah Brown
Exploring Equine Therapy Through the Eyes of Biodynamic Psychotherapy

Horses have always had centre stage in my life, they have been a sanctuary away from what was at times a chaotic home life. I have learnt firsthand that the partnership between horse and human provides a rich environment for personal development on a physical, mental and emotional level. In this presentation, I will share a little of my story and how I came to work in this field.

During this presentation, I will explore some of the key themes within equine therapy and discuss how Equine therapy, a therapy based on a somatic-motoric-sensoric experience, can potentially fit within the context of the bottom up approach of biodynamic psychotherapy.

As in biodynamic psychotherapy, I take the midwife position in which the therapist follows the process of the client and is directive as and when it is necessary. There is no specific agenda for the sessions. I use a reparative, relational model which encompasses not only the therapist-client relationship but also the relationship between the client and the horse/s and the relationship between the therapist and the horse.

Horses respond to non-verbal communication giving people the offer of a relationship without words and without judgment.  To feel understood without having to tell our story is a powerful and profound experience. I will show some short clips to illustrate horse- human communication and throughout the presentation I will explore the following themes; attunement, connection, boundaries, space and representations. 

As with biodynamic psychotherapy the results of equine therapy are many and varied. Some outcomes that I have observed are increased awareness, increased assertiveness, softening of defense mechanisms and allowing the flow of emotions from the heart.
 


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