Underlying focus: personal transformation
As is always the case, our primary focus is the personal development of each participant. Everything that we have planned for the training has this goal in mind.
Participants will have ample opportunity to work on their own transformational process. Sessions with staff are an important part of the program. As a preparation for the program you are asked to reflect on transformations in your life and at the conference you will have the opportunity to deeply explore this.
Training in transformational psychology
It is the transformational process that makes the work with Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of Selves so fascinating and inspiring. When transformation takes place it gives us a sense of magic and communion. It is deeply satisfying. Transformation means for us a deep and lasting energetic change. This transformation can take place in individuals, couples, and in groups.
So what are the transformational aspects of Voice Dialogue? For us this remains a topical question, essential and important to keep the work alive. The body of knowledge of transformational psychology as developed over the years will be presented and training will be offered. The theme of Transformation will be explored from different angles and using different techniques.
This covers the Aware Ego process, Bonding Patterns and Partnering Relationships, the Architecture of Dreams, Deepening of Voice Dialogue Skills and Energetics, Archetypes and Transpersonal work. Also there will be training in Voice Drama, Vision Work, Body Mind Dialogue, Artwork.
Archetypes – deepening the experience
Working with archetypal energy patterns goes beyond the work on the personal level. A deeper layer in our psyche will get activated and the movement of energy will increase. We will work with Voice Dialogue, but also with creative techniques such as dance, movement, mask making, rituals.
What will be particularly emphasised in the Voice Dialogue training, is the so-called ‘stretching’ of the energy patterns. We call this technique also the Yin-Yang principle. In this way one can go from the experience of the subpersonality to that of the underlying archetype, which results in a stronger and more vital flow of energy. This is essential in the facilitation process and a prerequisite for real transformation.
Meditation room – accessing ‘the field’ through an Aware Ego
Is transformation of consciousness possible? In many of the developments to access the spiritual dimension that are taking place in the world Voice Dialogue techniques are being used to constellate particular energy states, like Compassion or the Higher Mind. This is a legitimate way to use the knowledge of the psychology of selves. It is simply not the ‘real’ Voice Dialogue unless the Aware Ego process is the focal point of the work. To answer the question what Voice Dialogue has to do with spiritual development we need a clear and precise focus on this issue. A deeper understanding and clarification is possible. In the program we will pay attention to this and also look at Big Mind work and transpersonal dialogue. In addition we will present a newly developed approach by our research group in Holland that seems to be compatible with our principles: a way to connect with ‘the field’ through an Aware Ego.
Dreams – awakening the dream weaver
Nowhere is the power of the unconscious seen with such authority and profusion as in the dream process that generates at a conference like this one.
In addition to our generic work with dreams during the conference, we will also be looking at the architecture of the dream process. For example, when we are separating from a primary self and embracing a disowned self, what is the structure of the dream process that supports and reflects this change? Along with this we will look at what constitutes an Aware Ego dream so we can be alerted to this kind of dream and why it is coming at a particular time.
Relationships – transforming your relationships
We will be reviewing the essential ingredients that constitute Partnering relationships. Partnering does not simply apply to a primary relationship. It is a consciousness that applies to all of our relationships. As a part of this examination of Partnering we will, of course, be re-visiting our old friends, the bonding patterns.
If you are interested to work with this, please bring to this conference one or more of problematic relationships and set an intent to work through the bonding patterns that have held you prisoner and that you like to transform.
Facilitation training – deepening of Voice Dialogue skills
The work in this area will go on in three different ways. First, there will be sessions set aside for participants facilitating each other. There will be staff available to help supervise these facilitations if you wish to have supervision.
Secondly, there will be a number of facilitations by senior people and you will have the opportunity of watching different facilitators doing the work. It is our hope that these “master classes” will provide new ideas and new inspiration for you in deepening your own work.
Thirdly, there will be training in Energetics. We feel that the ability to work with Energetics is crucial to the development of an Aware Ego process.
Artwork gives us the opportunity to express ourselves creatively. It enables us to work on a symbolic and meditative level and helps us to further explore and deepen the themes we are dealing with. The atelier will be available throughout the program.
Energetics – a chance for networking
One of the real advantages of a larger conference is the tremendous field of energy that is activated. This energy field acts synergistically to enhance the consciousness process of each participant. One of the additional advantages is the chance to network with people of like mind and focus.
Presentations – latest developments
The Voice Dialogue work and the Psychology of Selves have already moved out into the world and are being used in many ways and a variety of settings. This year’s training is, in part, a celebration of the impact of the work we have all been doing. . We feel that this is an important opportunity to share information and to network.
We are arranging time for people to present their work and to give those participants who are interested a chance to hear these presentations and to network. We expect these to include the fields of coaching, training, therapy, psychiatry, creativity, art, science and business.
We would like to encourage you to contact us before April 1st 2017 if you are interested in presenting your work to the group.
I have invited an international staff of senior teachers and facilitators who can work free of form yet with depth. They have integrated the Voice Dialogue work and can use it freely, they think out-of-the-box and have developed new forms – often in combination with other approaches – and new applications. Some of them have created their own centres. They will be facilitating and teaching their specialties. We are happy to welcome them here. Their number will be related to the number of participants.
The following books are recommended to read before the start of the program:
Embracing Our Selves by Hal and Sidra Stone Ph.D.
Partnering by Hal and Sidra Stone Ph.D.
The Energetics of Voice Dialogue by Robert Stamboliev MA.
The program consists of 7 days (15 day units, 45 hours), exclusive of literature study.
NIP: 32 PE points
EMCC/NOBCO: 11 PE points