Life today is increasingly complex and sometimes uncertain or confusing. We have more opportunities and options than ever before, often exciting and rewarding, but at times our life can feel like walking through a maze, unsure of which way to turn, which path to follow.
This is the second of a series of personal development workshops hosted by the husband and wife team of George Perry and Lizzie Baker. These workshops are designed to help us navigate our way through the labyrinth of life as we seek to find purpose and meaning in our lives and make our contribution to social life.
Whether you want to look back on your whole life, engage with the questions of mid-life, improve your relationships or create meaningful conversations, these workshops can offer spaces for inspiring each other and making sense of our own unique journey.
Each workshop is based on a lively and enjoyable blend of talks, artistic activities, exercises and discussion.
Masculinity and femininity in ourselves and in our relationships
In this workshop, we will look at the masculine and feminine aspects of our soul life.
The challenge in life as we mature is to bring our masculine and feminine sides into our own balance
How do we experience these in ourselves and how do they play out in our relationships at home, work and personal life?
We will explore contemporary gender issues and draw on fairy tales and myths.
We will approach these themes from body, soul and spirit perspectives using lectures, small group work and artistic activity including Mask work.
What does it mean to be a man and a woman in these times?
How does it manifest in our individual biography?
What does it mean that we have ‘chosen’ an incarnation as a man or woman and what does a one-sidedness give us?
How can we use these energies to enrich our lives?
Each morning theme is introduced through a short talk, followed by an individual and group exercise. In the afternoon, we will deepen the work through artistic activities. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace. Short team games will provide meaningful fun!
Gender in our Biography and Relationships
Inner Marriage and Outer Creativity
|9 am: Singing & verse|
|Introducing ourselves through the prism of gender||Echo|
|Talk on today’s theme:
Gender and the fourfold Individual
|Talk on today’s theme:
The Search for the Beloved Other
How do I experience my gender in relationships?
The Creative Polarity – balancing Yin and Yang
Clay – male/female, masculine/feminine
|Working with the mask of gender||Men and Women and sacred questions|
George Perry is known as a listening, client-centred educator, therapist and coach. Working with organisations, schools and communities as a consultant, he helps leaders and teams to focus on the keys to their positive development. As a therapist, he works with individuals and couples as a biographical counsellor. George has over 30 years’ experience in leading biography workshops and personal development training.
Currently, George is coordinating an Anthroposphical Foundation Studies programme in China on behalf of Emerson College. George is also one of our school’s advisors.
In his spare time, George likes dancing and collecting gem crystals.
Lizzie Baker divides her time between being a psychotherapist, singing in choirs and developing her artistic creativity. She likes to work in her large garden when the weather is warm.
For most of her working life Lizzie was a manager in Anthroposophical institutions including a project for unemployed adolescents, a Waldorf College and a Medical Centre. In midlife she changed direction: initially studying and teaching art history to art therapy students and later training for five years to become a psychotherapist. She has a BA Honours degree in Art History from Bristol University and a postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy from Re.Vision in London. In her private practice she works with people on a wide range of problems including depression, relationships, midlife crisis, sexuality and gender. She is particularly interested in the connections between artistic creativity and psychological wellbeing. Her website is: http://www.elizabethbakercounselling.co.uk
George and Lizzie are living in the West of England.