Picturing Self


Sat Feb 04 2023 at 10:00 am to Sun Feb 05 2023 at 05:00 pm


Psychosynthesis Trust | London, EN

Discover your ‘inner-self’ through meaningful portraits at this two day in-person workshop.
Workshop purpose:
The journey in this workshop is to arrive at a portrait (or several) that are meaningful as a portrait of “inner-self”. Traditionally when we talk of a “self-portrait”, the primary concern is linked to external likeness. The question arising in this workshop is “what an ‘internal-self’ portrait would look like and can I produce a portrait or my ‘internal/transpersonal-self’.
Who is it for?
This workshop is for anyone interested in exploring the internal aspects of themselves and producing images that are in some way symbolic of this ‘inner self’. Participants will be called upon to practice self-reflection and the willingness to share these reflections with others will be key. They will also have the opportunity to explore non-traditional art techniques in the service of Self-exploration.
What to expect and learning outcomes:
The idea of ‘self cultivation’ is intrinsic to Taoist and Confucian practice. As a phrase it is more organic than its Western equivalent ‘self development’; the difference between a garden and a building site. This weekend will be one of self cultivation.
- Considering, as a group, what this mysterious thing called “self” is, sharing their discoveries, ideas and feelings.
- Experiencing and considering their emotional responses to colour, participants will look briefly at colour theory and the colour wheel to explore what emotions particular colours may activate in them, and how they may work with these colours in the context of portraying “self”.
- The group will also look at the tradition of monochrome painting, paying particular attention to the expressive capability of the oriental Brush.
- There will be ample time for participants to use a range of materials as they work individually on their “Picture of Self”.
- The calligraphic mark as the expression of “selfhood” will be explored.
- Participants will complete the weekend having experienced self cultivation using art materials, self listening and self dialogue.
- If time allows, after sharing the images produced individually, participants will also collectively work on a large portrait of the group by using the learning from the weekend.
Materials are provided including canvas, paper, paint, ink, brushes …You bring yourself to a weekend of self opening, self exploration and self expression. The outcome, hopefully, will be that you leave the weekend with images that say more about you than any traditional representational painting could.
Our approach:
‘Who am I?’ is one of the oldest philosophical questions, one that we are constantly asking across our life time, as inevitably our roles and our world view continues to evolve. In psychosynthesis we are concerned with the essential elements, or essence of who I am. This inner knowing supports integration from a soul perspective, allowing a rich infusion of our spiritual drives into a lived expression in our everyday life’.
The practice of the arts has been a major gateway to ‘self knowing’, one that is acknowledged and encouraged within psychosynthesis. Embedding self cultivation in day-to-day living brings enrichment and a closer, more in tune, self / Self connection that is the fundamental direction of psychosynthesis practice and transpersonal aspiration, nourishing every aspect of our lives both personal and professional.
Ticket Price:
At the Trust we appreciate that each person has their own unique situation, so we invite you to select the price point that feels like it represents a fair contribution for attending this event.
There are three options to choose from when purchasing tickets: £140; £195; £230
If you are a current Psychosynthesis Trust student and finances are a barrier to attending this workshop, please contact Kajal at [email protected]
About the Trainer: Philip Groom
Philip’s connection between self-portraiture and therapy began in the 90’s when he worked as a support worker, and painted portraits of the people he worked with. It was during this time that Philip was encouraged to become a therapist.
Having studied art at Liverpool Art College and Cecil Collins in the 70’s with the painter Cecil Collins, Philip later embarked on his psychosynthesis studies, qualifying with a Diploma in Supervision and an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy.
Read more about Philip here: www.gatewaytherapyandsupervision.com

Where is it happening?

Psychosynthesis Trust, 92 – 94 Tooley Street London Bridge,London, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom

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GBP 140.00 to GBP 230.00

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