Whether you are new to the Inquiries or you have been using them for some time, Deepening Courses are a great way to explore in more depth. Led by the Senior Facilitators, these courses enable participants to learn about and experience for themselves just how transformative this work can be.
Every Deepening Course consists of between three to five group calls (a total of six hours in either three, four or five meetings). Meeting together as a group gives us the opportunity to learn, share and resonate with one another. A safe, supportive space is created in which we can begin to investigate and inquire.
Deepening Courses are often themed, as this gives us the chance to explore an aspect of our experience in a much deeper way. We offer courses on a wide range of topics, including anxiety, trauma, money, embodiment, food and eating issues, sex addiction, childhood, and being present. We also offer women-only courses.
As well as the group meetings, each participant receives a total of six individual sessions, four with the course leader(s) and two with the certified facilitators who are supporting the course.
Each course also has a private Facebook room in which participants can discuss and share.
If you have an idea on a course you would like us to offer, please get in touch. We can also design individual Deepening Courses.
The full cost of Deepening Courses, including the group calls and six individual sessions, is $425-$495.
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Childhood Deepening Course with Fiona
With Fiona Robertson
Saturdays: February 3rd, February 17th, March 3rd.
Let’s go back to where and when it all began. It often seems that our childhood defined who and how we are as adults. Whether we remember it as an idyllic time that we long to go back to, or a nightmarish, painful time that we’ve long tried to escape from, our childhood is pivotal to our idea of ourselves.
In Living Inquiry sessions, we inevitably come back to our childhood in some way; seeing images or memories, feeling long-buried or deeply familiar feelings, and uncovering the beliefs that we’ve lived by since our youngest days. In this Deepening Course, we’ll explore this thing that we call childhood in even more detail. Was it really how we’ve believed it to be? Are we destined to be defined by it forever? Who and how did it define us, exactly? Can we come to terms with it, or even feel peace around it?
Working in a small, intimate group, we’ll share and inquire in three two-hour group meetings. Each participant will also have four individual sessions with me, and two other sessions with certified facilitators (making a total of six sessions). We’ll also have a private Facebook group in which you can share, ask questions, and get support.
Everyone is welcome. No experience of the inquiries is required. Please email me at [email protected] to book your place. The fee is $425 / £315.
Which Way To Happy?
A Deepening Course with Lisa
With Lisa Meuser
Saturdays: February 24th, March 10th, March 31st.
We all engage in activities which provide much needed relief from our busy lives and busy minds. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting relief. Giving ourselves relief can come from kindness and compassion and can invite more well-being into our lives.
However, when these activities or actions bring about negative or harmful consequences, we can find ourselves lost in a compulsion or addiction that is doing more harm than good. They started as a way to bring relief, but now bring suffering.
Sometimes these compulsions or addictions are overt/active – substance abuse, exercise, work, food, shopping, gambling, social media, porn/sex, to name a few. But often compulsions and addictions are much more subtle, and what I call passive: believing our stories/thoughts, an unhealthy relationship with love, attempting to control or manage life, spiritual seeking, pedalstalling teachers/ gurus, wanting or claiming to be a “special” teacher (pedastalling self).
Anything which acts as an escape from experiencing healthy intimacy with self, other and life, and brings with it negative consequences, might be considered an addiction or compulsion if we are not able to stop doing the activity/action even though it adds to our suffering.
Why do most of us engage in these activities even though they bring us suffering? In an innocent attempt to experience relief, peace and ease. Why do so few of us experience a state of peace and ease? We were never taught healthy ways to connect with ourselves and others.
Much of this starts in the earliest of our days, when our parents were too busy or unable to attend to our emotional well being. This had a traumatic impact (the greek meaning of the word trauma is wound). We didn’t have the resources to attend to our own emotional well-being, and so most of us turned to the resource we had access to: our minds. For most of us, perhaps our first addiction was believing in the thoughts we were having – taking them to be reality. Those thoughts often included defiance stories about ourselves such as “i’m not good enough,” “I’m unworthy”, and “I’m unlovable.”
Believing such thoughts, it’s no wonder that beneath almost all unhealthy compulsions or addictions is a desire to feel love, to love, or be loved. Love addiction is so pervasive across our culture- it’s the air we breath. How could it not be when our culture itself has toxic relationships with love – and that we associate with it. From our earliest days we innocently learn and engage in unhealthy behaviors in attempts to feel love, escape from love, or “have,” love. Acknowledging these toxic dynamics can be powerfully freeing once spotted and journeyed through.
There is nothing wrong, bad or inherently shameful about having an unhealthy relationship with love (as well as food, sex, substances, and so on). These unhealthy relationships were innocently created, as we are born needing love and connection, while simultaneously often lacking the support and role modeling needed to identify what is and what isn’t lov(ing).
Getting relief was an innocent part of our survival. Discovering the true essence of love is an innocent and profound aspect of this human journey.
This deepening course will explore the innocent web of addiction and trauma, and how to loosen this web. We will explore healthy ways to experience relief. We will learn how to safely connect to ourselves, life, and other.
We will also explore brain science and how dissolving patterning isn’t a matter of will power. Your brain would actually rather do the more familiar, habitual, easy behavior- even if it’s harmful. It takes up less energy to do that, than to learn new behaviors. Which is why it takes effort, a willingness and readiness to journey through unhealthy behaviors and belief systems.
From a client of mine: “It’s really become quite clear that I can’t stop (harmful) behavior through behavior modification- it’s a symptom of something much deeper. “Trying not to” just doesn’t work. Going to the source is what really loosens the grip.”
This course is open to anyone on this authentic journey of discovering peace amidst the challenges of being fully human.