Fri, 21 Jun


Benedictine Study & Arts Centre

Healing History

The seminar provides tools to work with conflicts rooted in history. We provide tools which allow people to deal with strong emotions - ones hidden in the background. The repression of strong emotions causes a cycle of silence and depression. This seminar is an opportunity for such emotions to come.

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Healing History

Time & Location

21 Jun 2019, 10:00 – 23 Jun 2019, 17:00

Benedictine Study & Arts Centre, Benedictine Study & Arts Centre, 74 Castlebar Rd, West Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK

About the event

Healing History, Transforming Conflict

Facilitated by Gary Reiss

Dates: 21-23 June

Venue: 74 Castlebar Road, Ealing Ealing W5 2DD

Cost: £300

To apply for a concessionary ticket, please contact Lea at or T 0779 365 6225. There are only a limited number of concessionary tickets.

Who it’s for

This is a specific training for human rights, peace, and political activists, facilitators, organisational

development practitioners, psychotherapists and other interested people worldwide. The training is

open to everybody wanting to integrate this approach in their professional field and / or for their

personal development.

Module 2

You may attend any module independently as a stand alone seminar.

To be admitted to the Certificate program you will be required to provide a written application that contains your interest, aims and individual situation and reasons for wanting to join the program. After submitting the application with a non-refundable fee of £30 the trainers will discuss the application. As an applicant you may be asked additional questions. The trainers decide about participation individually.

The five required seminars include:

- Two seminars on Healing Trauma

- Two seminars on Transforming Conflicts

- One seminar on Applications of Healing History tools to Systems and Fields


Nations, just like individuals and relationships need help processing their history – especially their traumatic history. History doesn’t ever go away, and its ghosts and remnants are lived out in individuals and families. Unprocessed trauma tends to replay itself. We are seeing the rise of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim feelings as well as anti-Semitism throughout Europe. Xenophobia (the fear of those different from us) is increasing rapidly; the number of hate crimes is growing; new discriminatory laws are passed; and there is an escalating sense of an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality.

Our work aims at providing tools to work with conflicts rooted in history. This includes such traumatic past events as World War II, unprocessed trauma and issues around the Holocaust, or the difficult times like the transition of countries after the fall of the Soviet Union. We want to work on healing the relationships between various groups and countries burdened with difficult histories. Many of us carry the traumatic experiences of our parents and grandparents buried deep within us, because this history has shaped and drastically changed the lives of so many of them. Our goal is to learn how to heal the collective memory, and thus – build a real, genuine connection between various groups and nations.

We are interested in working on tension and conflict in order to make violence an obsolete method of problem solving. We also aim at exploring the power of non-violent methods of conflict facilitation. Therefore, we want to provide tools which allow people to deal with strong emotions – ones hidden in the background which didn’t have the chance to come out yet and the repression of which causes a cycle of silence and depression. We want to create a space where all voices, positions and feelings can be expressed.

Our work bases on the Worldwork seminars. Worldwork is the group aspect of Process Oriented Psychology (also known as Process Work), a psychological approach created by A. Mindell. Process Work is a holistic approach of working with individuals, relationships and systems in various areas. It attempts to find meaning in past and present experiences without condemning them as solely negative. The method assumes that there is something meaningful hidden in everything that happens in our lives. The central principle of process work is that if we observe the world with awareness, we can facilitate different processes of nature and make way for whatever is supposed to happen. Approaching dreamlike processes with openness and curiosity can lead to new insights, as well as create energetic shifts vital to our development.


• to understand the role of history in shaping individual processes (our work, personal and family life, including trans-generational trauma and chronic symptoms).

• to understand how the “ghosts of history” influence conflicts in groups, between nations and individuals

• to learn methods to spot the ghosts of history in the „here and now” in working with individuals and groups

• to work with national/ group stereotypes: how to raise awareness, react against, unfold and find the hidden messages

• to learn group facilitation of processes with history in the background

• to develop skills and methods to work with trauma

• to learn to understand and work with historical trauma and contemporary problems (ex. immigration, terrorism, fundamentalism) on various levels: individual/ group/society; Consensus reality/ Dreamland / Essence

• to become fluid in facilitating relationship conflicts on different levels.

Theory and methods

Methods of political, social and psychotherapeutic work will be combined and connected based on Worldwork. Worldwork is an aspect of Process-Oriented Psychology developed by Arnold Mindell (briefly also called Process Work). Process work is a holistic methodology working with individuals, relationships, groups and systems in very different areas, attempting to find meaning in every experience. The central principle is to follow what is happening with awareness. Worldwork as one application of Process Work offers methods for non-violent conflict resolution and includes concepts such as diversity, “Deep Democracy”, self-perception, “participant facilitator”, “Eldership” and concepts of dealing with power, rank and privileges as well as with hot spots, trauma and accountability.

For further information on the full Certificate Program see below:


Each seminar includes basic methods of group facilitation. We provide theory and basic concepts about “group process” as well as “inner work”. Inner work is a central method of Process Work to develop awareness of the field and how issues in the outer world are reflected in the inner realm. We all carry our personal and collective history inside us. With inner work exercises and with small and large group processes we explore how the history has shaped us and affects our lives today. The goal is to develop awareness about inner patterns such as “inner oppression” and free ourselves from the ghosts of history in order to connect with our deeper selves and find a place from where we can facilitate current world issues. Identifying unhealed parts of history within current world situations such as the refugee flow, we will apply and reflect our learning.

Each seminar is unique due to place and group of participants: through deep encounters we learn from each other and co-create each event together.

Healing trauma

Two of the seminars are focused on trauma work. We explore tools crucial for transforming patterns of frozenness, helplessness and revenge in order to reconcile with ourselves and in relationship with others.

Whether our family roots are grounded in the side of victims or offenders, the unresolved collective trauma often keeps us in a cycle of silence and depression that can lead to revenge and violence.

With inner work, dyad and group exercises we will identify the dynamics of power, rank and oppression within ourselves and collectively in order to facilitate these dynamics within our family and larger groups that we belong to. We also practice community healing through listening to our stories and sharing emotions. The goal is heal the wounds, reconnect with our strength, develop awareness about national and group stereotypes, and become fluid in facilitating relationship and group conflicts.

Healing Trauma 2

Healing Trauma 2 goes deeper into the healing of personal, relationship, group, and national trauma. We will be focusing on moving through levels of healing our trauma from avoiding trauma to confronting trauma to learning from and identifying with trauma to being free of our trauma momentarily and eventually free of the negative effects of our trauma in a mich more completely free, off the wheel way. We will study how our trauma patterns affect and guide many parts of our lives including our relationship to money, health, spirituality, relationship, sexuality, work, and social change. We will focus on how unfold and work with the hypnotic trances trauma put us in so we can wake up from this victim trance and live the full lives we are meant to live.

Transforming conflicts

These seminars focus on learning and practising tools that help us to deal with conflicts in our relationships, work places, families and communities. We also learn about working with situations of extreme conflict such as war, violence, terrorism and fundamentalism. Special tools will be taught in terms of working with strong emotions and the heat of conflict in order to make violence an obsolete method and create a safe space. This includes awareness about escalation and de-escalation signals as well as developing fluidity about one’s own attitudes, roles and styles. We will explore and train these methods within our group and apply them into the regions of the world we are working in.

We will also learn how to work with outer an inner conflict internally: to ease the outer tension by working on the tension that we hold inside. The seminars include intuitive and sentient methods of working with conflicts. Beyond the topics, tools and interventions we have studied, we will apply new methods that help us developing detachment, wisdom, compassion, and empathy in order to make changes sustainable.

Transforming Conflict 2

Conflict work 2 involves more practice of 4 phase conflict work and sharpening our skills and meta skills at each of the four phases as well as increasing our fluidity between all the levels. Participants will get more practice with facilitating their own, 2 party, and small group conflicts. There will be an emphasis on moving from and through conflict to deeper connection. Special attention will be given to identity based conflicts and diversity issues that bring us into conflict.

Application of Healing History tools to Systems and Fields

In this seminar we will focus on how to apply our learning into our families, communities, organisations, political parties, governments, as well as to facilitate and work on healing history between groups and nations. We will explore different levels of the practical details, the emotional field, and the larger system our actions take place in order to help us bringing this work into the world and implementing our projects.

You will get a chance to present your research and get 721-feedback. 721-feedback is an interactive multi-levelled approach that unites the awareness of various dimensions of experience. It includes not only practical learning, but also the hidden dreaming background, which is crucial to any learning situation. The goal is to move into community learning and into action of world change.

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