Conference Schedule

FRIDAY March 2, 7:00-9:00pm
7:00-9:00pm Friday Night Talk with Lama Palden Drolma Liberating Pure Being: The Teacher-Student and Therapist-Client Relationship
SATURDAY March 3, 10:00am-6:00pm
10:00am Opening Remarks
10:15-11:45am Power and Paradox of Relationship: Two and Not-Two with Kaisa Puhakka
11:45-1:15pm Break
1:15-2:15pm Breakout Sessions
In the Flow: Psychotherapy as Relational Meditation with Riyaz Motan
From self to Self: The Transformative Power of Sacred Mirroring with Lucy Salter
2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:30pm Breakout Sessions
A Psychiatric Case in the Nondual and Relational Field with Tracy Peng
Exploring the Three Realms of Being: Me, We, and That with Matt Foley
3:30-3:45pm Break
3:45-4:00pm Movement Session with Christiane Prendergast
4:00-4:30pm Music and Poetry Session with Maja Apolonia Rode
4:30-6:00pm Bad Boundaries or Genuine Relationship? with Karen Kissel Wegela
SUNDAY March 4, 10:00am-6:00pm
10:00-10:15am Opening Remarks
10:15-11:45am Relating from the Heart of Awareness with Dorothy Hunt
11:45-1:15pm Break
1:15-2:45pm Relating: Twoness as One, Oneness As Two Panel Discussion with Marlies Cocheret, Kaisa Puhakka, and Riyaz Motan Moderated by Carey Cloyd
2:45-3:00pm Break
3:00-3:15pm Movement Session with Christiane Prendergast
3:15-3:45pm Music and Poetry Session with Judith Shiner and Shawkie Roth
3:45-4:00pm Break
4:00-5:30pm Bringing Non-duality into the Healing Relationship with Marlies Cocheret
5:30-6:00pm Closing Remarks

See full descriptions below.

Presentation Descriptions

Saturday, March 3rd

Power and Paradox of Relationship: Two and Not-Two with Kaisa Puhakka 
Saturday, March 3rd 10:15am-11:45am 
We feel deeply acknowledged when another sees us as the "subject" of our own experiences rather than as an "object" upon which the fears, hopes or other agendas are projected. In such "I-Thou" moments, as Martin Buber noted, there is an uncanny feeling of "otherness" or "twoness" in the midst of great intimacy. In the same moment, there can also be a realization: what is within me and what is within the other are "not-two." This session explores the paradox of two and not-two and its transformative power in our significant relationships. 

In the Flow: Psychotherapy as Relational Meditation with Riyaz Motan 
Saturday, March 3rd 1:15pm-2:15pm 
In this session, Riyaz Motan offers an approach to psychotherapy that taps into the healing potential of relationship within the transformative power of Presence. We approach the practice of sitting with our clients in much the same way that we may approach the practice of sitting in meditation:  allowing the contents of our experience, and of our clients, to be welcomed in awareness without reaction. As we do this, we learn to relate from flow, to sense when we are not in flow, and how to return to return to flow. This process involves the use of Relational Inquiry:  inner questions that we can ask ourselves in real time that serve to refresh our sense of presence.   

From self to Self:  The Transformative Power of Sacred Mirroring with Lucy Salter 
Saturday, March 3rd 1:15pm-2:15pm 
Sacred mirroring is the relational practice of attuning to and highlighting "that which is already awake." When we rest as presence, our awareness of wholeness arises naturally out of the moment-to-moment recognition of, and trust in, the innate wisdom, creativity, and unconditional wellbeing of our clients and ourselves. Drawing from insights, observations and client work, in this session explores how an active, intentional, and experiential approach to essential mirroring can take us from simply "noticing and naming" to more effectively inviting forward True Nature. This is the driving force for healing and transformation that is already at work in our clients, ourselves, and the relationship. 

Exploring the Three Realms of Being: Me, We, and That with Matt Foley
Saturday, Mach 3rd 2:30pm-3:30pm 
To be a fully alive human, we must awaken to vastly different parts of our lives. This process can involve three elements: the intrapersonal, the interpersonal, and the transpersonal. The order isn't important, but all three are necessary for true intimacy with all of life. In this session, Matt Foley shares his journey with his client through these realms. From his isolation, through childhood wounding and ancestral burdens, to his waking up as consciousness, to sharing this awareness together, and finally to him having a more fully satisfying life. This journey taught Matt the power of "we" consciousness in a therapeutic relationship to transform lifelong patterns of isolation, avoidance, and aloneness. 

Bad Boundaries or Genuine Relationship? with Karen Kissel Wegela
Saturday, March 3rd 4:30pm-6:00pm
Have you ever been told that what you think is a deep connection with a client is really just counter-transference? Or that you have bad boundaries? In Contemplative Psychotherapy, based on Buddhist psychology, we use the term exchange to refer to our direct experience of another. We might, for example, find ourselves feeling anger as we sit with an angry client, or sad with a sad one. Explore this phenomenon in this workshop and try to tease apart the potentially healing genuine connection of exchange from the more confused experience of counter-transference. This workshop includes both discussion and experiential exercises.

Sunday, March 4th

Relating from the Heart of Awareness with Dorothy Hunt 
Sunday, March 4th 10:15am-11:45am 
Nothing transforms our lives more than being healed of divisions-our separation from the truth of our Being, from one another, and from authentic experience. Healing occurs when we are seen to be whole rather than deficient, and loved and lovable for what we are rather than for what we should become. The source for such seeing and healing is the Heart of Awareness (our deepest Self)-the Presence that is naturally awake and compassionately open, alive, and undivided. Relating from our essential being rather than from identified mind, we discover an intimate flow that moves as both love and wisdom.  

Relating: Twoness as One, Oneness As Two 
Panel Discussion with Marlies Cocheret, Kaisa Puhakka, and Riyaz Motan Moderated by Carey Cloyd 
Sunday March 4th 1:15pm-2:45pm 
The panel is a synthesis of the conference weekend, a chance for all attendees to come together and integrate what we have learned in our exploration of the transformative power of healing relationships between therapists and clients, and between spiritual teachers and students. What happens when a therapist or a teacher relates from and as essential being rather than identified mind? Join the discussion and ask your questions about how this kind of relationship is fostered and maintained, and how it can help us be embodied as deeply and fully as possible.  

Bringing Non-duality into the Healing Relationship with Marlies Cocheret
Sunday, March 4th 4:00pm-5:30pm
Being a nondual therapist or teacher requires that we rest as Presence with our clients or students, trusting how the meeting wants to unfold. Our mind may wonder: How do I do that? How can I learn this? Resting in Presence, we receive everything, let go of expectations, and step into the Unknown. With these key ingredients, a natural healing emerges. Join this session to play with sitting as the therapist/teacher with the client/student while resting as Presence. 
Marlies Cocheret brings a potent invitation into the Silence of our being. She has been offering Satsang & retreat since 2000 when Adyashanti asked her to teach. Marlies works as a spiritual teacher, psychologist (trained in the Netherlands), Hakomi therapist, and Tantric educator internationally.

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