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.
A Deepening Course
With Fiona Robertson
Sundays: September 15th, 22nd, 29th and October 6th
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 four one and half hour group meetings. Each participant will also have two individual sessions with Fiona, two with Colm 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.
Our Sacred Stories;
Honoring Wounds, Honoring Love
A Deepening Course
With Lisa Meuser
Sundays: August 18th, 25th and September 8th
Our stories may be different, and yet they are all sacred.
It has taken my whole life to fully understand that that wounds and their corresponding stories are to be honored. I now experience wounds, and the stories of wounds, as sacred, grace filled, and also as the way Home. In this deepening course we will explore our sacred stories, in ways that feel safe to us, in a way that we choose.
Shame kept my stories hidden, from myself and from others.
This hiding was often retraumatizing in that repression is oppressive, and oppression traumatizes. Telling my stories had the opposite effect. Telling my stories, first to myself, and then, when it felt safe, with another, had a liberating influence that left me feeling a sense of real empowerment – maybe for the first time in my life.
Naming and believing my stories was deep work and took courage in that it was often counter-intuitive based on all the strategies I’d learned to keep silent, and more so, to pretend. It was profoundly healing to be in my own truth, after giving it away for so long. For me, being in the compassionate company of others was an immensely important part of the healing process.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you. Rumi
It is crucial that as we heal from our wounds, we find safe spaces and safe people who listen to and believe in our stories – to our sacred, lived experiences. This produces a beautiful fertile ground “for the Light to come in.” Your stories are the hallowed ground of your being, and will be fully honored in our sacred and carefully created container.
Every day I witness immense freedom when people feel safe enough to honestly connect to their stories – to their actual lived experiences instead of the pretend life they held onto in their minds. There is often immense freedom that comes when stories and wounds are allowed, named, spoken, expressed, and felt. It is something far beyond what the linear mind understands, and births a sense of empowerment that is known from deep within the being. Neuropathways shift, one’s sense of safety in the world changes, and relationships with life are transformed. Possibilities we couldn’t even imagine reveal themselves.
To read more of my journey in how sharing my sacred stories changed my life, please read my blog post.
A safe container for us evolve together
Join me in this course as we explore together. Using tools and practices I have developed and learned through my training in holding sacred circles, I will compassionately and gently journey with you as you safely get to know your stories, your wounds, and the Love that holds it all. We will use simple yet profound writing and experiential practices to slowly and gently explore our unique lives. No previous writing experience needed. Sharing and participation will be optional.
This course and your private 1:1 sessions will utilize gentle embodied experiential practices designed to safely explore your various experiences – shame, depression, anxiety, compulsions, identities, body contractions, debilitating thoughts and/or memories and more. You will become familiar with the nervous system, vigilance centers, the fight-flight-freeze-feign responses, and attachment theory. You will learn profound ways to support and be kind and loving with yourself, just as you are, without needing to pretend or be different. I will be facilitating and guiding you in practices which will start to re-wire your nervous system and limbic system in ways that are sustainable and profound. Lastly, you will get to experience the different inquiries first hand, and be able to practice skills for learning how to self-inquire.
You will have recordings so that you can practice on your own between class dates, which will help replace old habitual behaviors with new useful behaviors. All of this will set the stage for deeper self-intimacy and knowing, with compassion and love.