Saturday 5th January – Philosophy, Therapy & Creativity – Workshop
The day began with a little trepidation and squinty eyes – broken sleep from the night before. I had prepared for the workshop that I was about to co-facilitate with someone I had never worked with before and on a workshop not offered before. We had met at a formal dinner and by chance sat next to one another; with excited conversation about philosophy, therapy and creativity – an idea was born. We were excited, but could we actually deliver and make it at the very least, interesting enough for others to want to attend and engage in? The first part of that question boosted our confidence – it sold out and there are further enquiries – so good so far.
For the first moments, and sometimes the first hours of a new course or workshop, it can be daunting with 25 pairs of eyes and ears waiting upon you to deliver – something. Of course, my fear is a projection loaded with questions: will I remember what I am hoping to say? Will my structure work? Will I fall flat on my face? All questions played out in my mind in my imaginary delivery. After questions all about me and my fragile ego, I turned my fear to the group – will the group get something out of this? Will the workshop be beneficial, enjoyable, worthwhile?
I am not new to teaching and training so in the end all I can do is go with it – all of it – all the feelings, stupid ego, hopes, desires, fears; go with the inevitable ups and downs, ins and outs of my experience, and at the same time engage with the experience of the group, trusting that something will be born. And what a group it was! Enthusiastic, engaged, generous, open and creative. It was an absolute delight and it seemed to me to be indicative of the culture created also by the establishment itself at the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall: creative, open, encouraging, generous. This attitude is crucial if we are to safely and creatively cross boundaries – and I mean that in all senses of the statement: open borders not just for interdisciplinary teaching and training, but open borders full stop in order to create, create, create anew.
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