Post Conference Workshop Descriptions

Dates and Times

Monday, April 15, 2019
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

KABBALAH: LANGUAGE, MOVEMENT AND RITUAL with Les Lancaster and Jessica Bockler

The role of language in sacred practice defines the very heart of kabbalistic mysticism. Kabbalistic teaching invites us to join in the divine work of creation. In this workshop we will delve into the "shamanic" core of the Kabbalah, bringing contemporary transpersonal approaches to the age-old wisdom embodied in letters, words, prayer, and ritual.

Les Lancaster

Each Hebrew letter constellates a key to the inner paths of creation. We will meditate on the letters’ meaning and bring them to life through spontaneous movement and vocal work, as well as other forms of creative expression. Following the ancient teachings of the Book of Creation, we will enact foundational movement patterns, exploring a kata system inspired by the meaning of the letters. We will further contemplate our personal relationship to the archetypes depicted by the letters, focusing on those that hold particular meaning for our lives.

Jessica Bockler

And we will shape the foundational movement forms into embodied ritual, enacting the universal dynamic of creativity which propels all life in its unfolding and flourishing. In doing so, we invite you to access deeper layers of your inner landscape … and to let your body-mind engage with the sacred ground of being.

The workshop will give us the opportunity to reflect on language and its embodiment as a sacred practice. We will explore contemporary ways to participate in the creative dynamic that the mystics understood to bring about tikkun olam, the perfecting of all worlds. It is here that the unfolding of the divine intelligence meets with our sense of purpose and ongoing individual and collective evolution.

Our experiential approach is grounded in deep knowledge of kabbalistic texts and a psychological understanding of creative practice. This work grows also from our research in transpersonal psychology, consciousness studies and sacred ritual arts.

Les and Jessica are the principal Founding Directors of the Alef Trust, a non-profit global learning provider which offers graduate education programmes in consciousness studies, spirituality and transpersonal psychology, including Master’s and PhD programmes accredited by UK universities.

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A Core Evolution Intensive - integrative, body-oriented and mindfulness-centered workshop

Siegmar Gerken

Core Evolution moves beyond the common goals of therapy. It establishes a unified and holistic process that connects the body, emotions, cognitive capacity, mind, will and the spiritual self into a unity, which expresses the total reality of the person. As a spiritual and body-oriented psychology we reach all levels of existence by first working with the physical body through movement, touch and breathing, to reach and begin to transform patterns of protection that were established in our earlier developmental years and to open fixed belief systems. This creates space for your original path to unfold.

Activating and allowing the flow of life provides the safety to expand your experiences, to reach out, share, express and embrace life in its fullest. It is only through experience, that we really come to know ourselves. A new found freedom of choice leads to an awareness that you are the co-creator of your life. When your mind, body and heart communicate in harmony, then you allow the natural flow of Being. This is where transformation begins and from where you will live with passion and compassion for your own life, the life of others and the world.

Besides empathic listening, heartfelt sharing, individual and group processing, movement, dance and expression, dreamwork, meditation and practicing the principles of Mindfulness.

Siegmar Gerken, PHD, ECP, HP studied psychology, education and anthropology. With almost fifty years of teaching experience, Siegmar is a pioneer in the field of Body-Oriented and Mindfulness-Centered Therapy, Somatic, Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, with expanded studies in psychodynamics and behavioral approaches. Teaching at the cutting edge of research and the application in our field, he searches to touch the essence of a person with competence, love and joy, supporting the full potential to be realized.

He is on the faculty of the JFK University Somatic Psychology Department, the Esalen Institute, and the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute in Hamburg. He teaches at universities and private institutes worldwide, on the interconnectedness of psychosomatic processes as they manifest on the levels of body, emotions, mind, will and consciousness. His research in energy field documentation with Prof. F. Popp on psycho-emotional states opened new horizons to scientists and practitioners. He is co-founder of the Scientific Committee of the EABP. Dr. Gerken is a lecturer, therapist, trainer and supervisor.

Dr. Gerken also leads the specialized Core Evolution Trauma Trainings; Management Teaching in Authority and Leadership and the Energy & Consciousness Programs™ for Applied Psychology, Spirituality and Science.

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Shamans were the first counselors and psychotherapists in their communities. Over the tens of thousands of years that shamanism has been a spiritual practice in cultures around the world, many methodologies were developed for various levels of healing. These methodologies are still relevant and beneficial in our modern world. Carl Jung wrote, "The main interest of my work is not with the treatment of neurosis, but rather with the approach to the numinous... the approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experiences you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character." Shamanism is an effective means to approach the numinous. And Transpersonal Psychology connects shamanic wisdom and practice into a broad framework through epistemological maps and models, and new conceived integral methodologies.

This workshop will be facilitated by two transpersonal professionals with decades of blending ancient wisdom and practices of shamanism with modern knowledge of counseling and psychotherapy. In this workshop you will learn how to integrate the use of ancient wisdom, ritual, sacred drumming, shamanic journeying, and sacred movement with modern integral and transpersonal methodologies to facilitate the therapeutic process and to empower your clients. You will learn practices from a shamanic and integral approach that will benefit both your personal and professional lives. You need not be a licensed psychologist to participate.

Pier Luigi Lattuada, Co-Founder/Director of the Integral Transpersonal Institute, Milan, Italy. He has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Studies and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is a practicing Psychotherapist. Pier Luigi is the Founder of Biotransenergetics, a transpersonal psychotherapy that combines Clinical Psychotherapy, Bioenergetics, and Brazilian Shamanism. Pier Luigi is the Director of the Transpersonal Psychotherapy School in Milan, which has been fully recognized by the Ministry of Education University and Research since 2002. He is also director of the Training in Transpersonal Counseling accredited by AssoCounseling. He is Adjunct Faculty at Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA and Chair of the BA degree program of Integral Transpersonal Psychology at Ubiquity University.
Pier Luigi Lattuada

Steven Schmitz, has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology (from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), and has a private practice in transpersonal counseling, shamanic counseling, and shamanic healing. Dr. Schmitz is an International teacher, lecturer, and seminar leader on topics of shamanism, healing, and transpersonal psychology. He was initiated into shamanic practice in 1974, leads monthly Shamanic Journey Circles, and offers shamanic ceremonies. He is Co-President of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) and a former Board Member of the European Association of Transpersonal Psychology (EUROTAS).
Steven Schmitz

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ASSEMBLING A TOOLKIT with Frank Echenhofer and Jane Brunette

Whether you are doing medicine work with psychedelics or deep spiritual practice unaided by medicine, you need tools to navigate and integrate strong experience without being derailed by fear. During medicine journeys and extended spiritual retreat, the ego is deconstructed, which can be frightening. With the right toolkit in place, the process is more likely to unfold without resistance.

In this workshop, we will support you in learning to slow down a process that moves so fast that it leaves you fearful and fragmented, to sense into a calming rhythm in the body in the midst of intensity, to take charge of your attention and shift it when needed, and to develop a stance of curiosity toward strong experience. Some of the tools that help in this are universal and available to everyone, and you need only be made aware that you possess them. Others might require preparatory practices, or to be made into a form that works for your unique psyche.

In order to tailor the teaching to meet the needs of those participating, on day one of the workshop, the group will share stories of when they have successfully navigated strong experience as well as situations they found challenging. Participants will use these stories to assess and add to their current toolkit, seeing where it might be weak. Based on these assessments, on day two we will help you to customize your tools and introduce specific practices to fill in what might be lacking. We will also introduce creative practices for both preparation and integration that work well for both medicine journeys and spiritual retreats.

Frank Echenhofer, Ph.D. received a doctorate in psychology from Temple University, trained in neuroscience and then did research in India with the Dalai Lama’s most advanced meditators. A professor of clinical psychology in the PsyD program at the California Institute for Integral Studies, he has done both neuroscience and qualitative research in Brazil and Peru, examining the benefits of ayahuasca. Current research in Peru on the San Pedro cactus centers on investigating and developing an approach to healing that combines the best of psychology, spirituality and sacred medicine work. His website is

Frank Echenhofer

Jane Brunette, M.A., teaches and writes about meditation, spirituality and creating a soulful life in challenging times. Trained as a psychotherapist and authorized as a Buddhist teacher, she developed an approach to writing as spiritual practice which has sprouted groups around the world. She has spent many years cycling in and out of solitary retreat, and her approach to spiritual practice incorporates Vajrayana Buddhism, mystic Christianity and sacred medicine work. The author of two books of spiritual poetry, her website is

Jane Brunette

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  • The Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) is a membership supported international coordinating organization for scientific, social, and clinical transpersonal work that serves the world community. The Association's mission is to promote eco-spiritual transformation through transpersonal inquiry and action. Recognizing the reciprocity inherent between our actions and our world, the Association is dedicated to encouraging and enhancing practices and perspectives that will lead to a conscious, sustainable, co-evolution of culture, nature, and society. Read more >>

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