The Heroic Journey
Experiences in altered states of consciousness open the possibility to take a look at the inner depths of our soul and if properly integrated they can support our psycho-spiritual development. With the rise of psychedelic culture and the use of plant medicines in the West and in the absence of an appropriate cultural framework that can root such experiences, those of us working in the therapeutic professions have witnessed a rise in the necessity for tools to support the journey of integration.
In this inner activism workshop we will combine the work of Joseph Campbell (The Hero’s Journey) and Maureen Murdock (The Heroine’s Journey) and will create a living map for the journey of integration. This will be an experiential workshop and we will use embodied techniques from Family Constellations to physically mark the different steps of the journey and explore tools and rituals that can support change when we find ourselves stuck on a particular part of the path.
There will be space for those who wish to participate actively and for those who wish to just witness the moving of others in the space. We will close the workshop with sharing and reflecting on the journey, whilst revising the main tools to take home to support our integration process.
Maria Papaspyrou (Bio)
Maria, MSc, is a BACP accredited integrative psychotherapist. Her research interests have focused on the interface between entheogenic experiences and psychotherapy, as well as the intersections between the archetypal feminine and altered states of consciousness.
She has given talks and published articles in both festival and academic circles on the sacramental and healing properties of entheogens, supporting their re-introduction in psychotherapy. She is the co-founder of Club Imaginal, a lecture series in Brighton, and always in search of creative narratives that can engage our individual and collective potential and restore our connection to the energies of the world soul.