Workshops & Groups

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Couples Workshops


 

Upcoming Workshops

Check back soon for more info on couples workshops

 
 
From making important decisions and having a place to discuss all the sides of the issues to overcoming serious crisis. We both gained a deeper understanding of our dynamics, our individual childhood wounds and the ones we created together. We feel much happier and connected than ever before.
— G.V.
 
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Women's Group


 

Details

Women's group is ongoing and meets alternating Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00pm at Seattle Mind Counseling in Greenlake. Series length depends on the current book (about 4-8 sessions). 

Cost: $25 per session, paid in full at beginning of each series.

Scheduling is flexible according to the needs of the group.

Location to be provided upon registration.

About

This group is for women only. The focus of the group is to consider life at its origin, and to live in harmony with the way of things. Women finding their own voices, and returning to the community to contribute as only women can do – that will be the quest of this group. This is not a therapy group nor a book group. Deep emotional issues are respectfully noted, but not intruded upon without permission. There is no pressure to talk when you prefer to be quiet. What you share is welcomed. Each 1.5-hour discussion centers on a book selected for its relevance to the feminine self in the given world. Conversations will direct participants to a rigorous look at the self, and a daring challenge toward community. Though intellectually stimulating, the matters will have practical applications. Women, though similar to men in almost all ways, have some significant differences. To filter those differences out from the bustle of ordinary life, and to sharpen their power, is an activity that requires space. This group provides space to read, discuss and learn that which we have left behind, untended and unrefined. We endeavor to bring those qualities back in order to live more intentionally and powerfully. There are issues of health, of community building, of birth, and intuition that often bear the mark of the feminine. We read “Care of the Soul,” by Thomas Moore, a spiritual text of classical foundations After that we read “Habits of the Heart,” by Bella, et al, which broadened our perspective into social life in the United States, comparing the consequences of strong traditional community to the changing perspective of modern individualism.   Sprinkled with discussion led by professionals in the areas of physical health, sexuality and philosophy, women will enjoy each others’ company, and learn from the collective wisdom. Recently we read “Thinking Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman.  Women are often conflicted between using intuitive thinking and logic. Being capable of both, they are at times reticent about these abilities and do not fully assert themselves in male conversation. This book showed up the different types of thinking, how intuition can at times, and cannot at other times, be trusted, and the cognitive biases that operate in the culture.

Next book

Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance Over Time by Stephen A. Mitchell

Common wisdom has it that love is fragile, but leading psychoanalyst Stephen A. Mitchell argues that romance doesn't actually diminish in long-term relationships it becomes increasingly dangerous. What we regard as the transience of love is really risk management. Mitchell shows that love can endure, if only we become aware of our self-destructive efforts to protect ourselves from its risks.

There will be 5 sessions, costing $125 for all 3.

Next session

Tuesdays, alternating weeks, starting January 8th, 2018, 7:30 to 9 PM

 

Past books

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Mason

Into the Magic Shop by James Doty

Soulmates by Thomas Moore

Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer

The Mythic Path by Stanley Krippner and Daniel Feinstin

 
 
The discussions are deeply thought provoking, ranging from topics both funny and universal, to quite personal and poignant. Dominique maintains the perfect balance of professionalism and warmth to encourage us all to go deeper in our experience of the material and of ourselves.
— K.F.
 
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Men's Group


 

Details

Men's group is ongoing and meets alternating Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00pm at Seattle Mind Counseling in Greenlake. Series length depends on the current book (about 4-8 sessions). 

Cost: $25 per session, paid in full at beginning of each series.

Scheduling is flexible according to the needs of the group.

Location to be provided upon registration.

About

The focus of the group is to recognize desire as central to motivation. Discussions between men on this topic are not common, and yet, in session after session, the members of the group have found rich rewards they could not have found elsewhere.

This is not a therapy group nor a book group. Deep emotional issues are respectfully noted, but not intruded upon. There is no pressure to talk when you prefer to be quiet. What you share is welcomed.

Each 1.5-hour discussion centers on a book selected for its relevance to human desire and to broadening our understanding of it. Conversations are about practical matters but are also intellectually stimulating. We will talk about relationships and intimacy, as well as about other aspects of life that bring us fulfillment. The group is for men only. I bring a female voice; my role is to keep the group focused on the great matters of life.

Desire, such a natural life force, is often a confusing phenomenon. On the one hand, unmanaged, excessive desire leads to many social problems: alcohol and drugs, sexual deviance and addiction, unstable family relationships, and more. To counteract that trend, people have tried to “give up” desire… as if that were possible. Desire is the engine that drives us to smell a flower, enjoy a child, learn and perfect a skill or sport.

Next book

The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love by Stella Resnick

How can you keep sexual desire alive over the long term? More and more people are finding it difficult to maintain a relationship that is both emotionally and sexually gratifying. In a book that will challenge and forever change how you think about love and sex, clinical psychologist and sex therapist Stella Resnick, PhD, draws on the latest scientific research to explore the love-lust dilemma.

There will be 5 sessions, costing $125 for all 5.

Next session

Tuesdays, alternating weeks, starting February 26th, 2019, 7:30 to 9 PM

 

Past books

Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá

To Be a Man by Robert Augustus Masters

Ethical Slut by Janet Hardy & Dossie Easton

In Praise of Love by Alain Badiou

Loneliness by John Cacioppo & William Patrick

What Do Women Want?

Love Sense by Sue Johnson

Wild Mind by Bill Plotkin

Rivers and Mountains without End  by Gary Snyder

The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder

Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics by Jonathan Haidt

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Erotism: Death and Sensuality by Georges Bataille

Becoming Animal by David Abram

Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

 
 
…a great place for men to talk about being better at life… The books have all been very thought provoking… I find myself asking questions derived from the books on daily basis.
— R.J.
 
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