A Puzzle Piece for Wholeness
Has it ever felt like life keeps doling out the same lessons, over and over?
Have you noticed certain people or situations are consistently challenging, set you off, or trigger you?
A Puzzle Piece for Wholeness
Next Academy: January 11, 18, 25
Carl Jung referred to the part of ourselves that we unconsciously act from, often creating repeating loops and reoccurring struggle, as the shadow self. This shadow self is that which we deny, distort or repress within ourselves, yet is alive and active in our everyday lives.
Though we may effort to keep these parts of ourselves separate from our identity–they nevertheless are–leaving us unable to welcome and integrate ourselves into wholeness. The existence of Shadow can be acknowledged as simply human. Our Shadow, our unconscious and patterned reactions were likely developed in order to serve and protect us, often in direct response to pain, hardship or trauma.
But what if some of our strategies no longer best serve us?
What does it look like to make more conscious decisions–responding instead of reacting to life?
Shadow Academy is designed to help answer these questions, and to make the daunting task of shadow work more approachable, effective, and immediately rewarding. This 3-part journey encompasses theory, embodied exercises, and revealing assignments to explore our hidden nature and impulses, and empower us with practical tools to welcome and integrate our findings.
Through our live sessions and the cohort chat, we access the wisdom, care and camaraderie possible through this intimate group process. In shedding light on the dark together, we support one another on the journey toward greater self acceptance, and expansion into what it means to be more whole and human.
I really feel more alive—parts of me that were hidden and stagnant are now rising and integrating. I became a fuller expression of me, because I have had the loving witnessing of others while gently exploring my shadow-sides.
They walked us through clearly demonstrating explorations of shadow with compassion and gentleness, yet with a firm willingness to welcome all: the good, the bad, and the ugly–without judgement.
Through Shadow Academy, I am radically changing the way I show up in life, and also how much I am absolutely in love with life.
As a graduate of the Shadow Academy course, you will:
- Learn what the shadow self is and how to recognize it in action
- Individually acknowledge, connect to, and integrate the shadow self
- Build a greater capacity to identify in real time why some people or situations generate emotional ‘charge’ in the form of intense emotions, stress, avoidance or anxiety
- Slow Down in patterns and develop strategies to better manage charged reactions
- Welcome the shadow self also as an ally, so that we may integrate these aspects or ourselves rather than eradicate or repress them
- Practice releasing debilitating ideas of ‘types’ of people or situations that stress or upset us
- Acquire insights into the extraordinary power of “being with”, so that we may develop deeper, more whole relationships with ourselves and others
Through revealing exercises in session and at home, the wisdom and care shared in this intimate group, and pillars of Authentic Relating – we will support one another on a journey toward greater self acceptance and expansion into what it means to be more whole and human together.
Join Shadow Academy founding facilitators Chris Gray and Ash Witham
January 2023 for three 2.5-hour sessions via Zoom
Session Dates: (Wednesdays) January 11, 18, 25
Session Times: 9–11:30am PST (6–8:30pm CET – check your time zone here)
Christopher is a course leader of The ART of Being Human, Levels 1 & 2, as well as the Authentic Leadership Program (ALP). He’s spent 20 years in the software world as a leader in educational technology, most recently at Facebook. During that time, Christopher has also been doing extensive work supporting people struggling with alcoholism, substance abuse, and codependency. Since discovering and immersing himself in the practice of Authentic Relating, he’s transitioned to coaching and working with ART to bring this transformative, humanizing practice to the world. He teaches Bikram yoga, and, most importantly, is from New Jersey.
Nomadic with roots in Los Angeles, Ash has trained in movement and communication forms around the globe for 10+ years. Her formal education at UCLA, Authentic Relating Facilitator certification through ART International, and continued research in embodied wisdom, interpersonal development, and relational and emotional alchemy, all inform her craft of rich experiences for authentic expression and embodied connection. Ranging from workshops, retreats, 1:1 coaching, to team consulting–each offering is designed to disrupt the status quo, welcome more parts of ourselves, practice courageous vulnerability, deepen self-awareness, and expand our capacity for attunement and empathy–so that we may live more whole and connected to ourselves and the world.
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