1. (SS-22) Sumedha Sadhana (A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey) (10 weeks)
March 1- May 9
2. (SS-23) Sumedha Sadhana (A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey) – (7 weeks)
May 20-June 30
3. (SD-8) Sumedha Dhyana (Retreat Exclusively for former Sumedha participants 2003-2008)
July 12- 21
4. (SD-9) Sumedha Dhyana (Retreat Exclusively for former Sumedha participants 2009-2012)
July 25- August 3
5. (SM-08) Midlife Dynamics and the Spiritual Journey (3 weeks)
6. (SS-24) Sumedha Sadhana (A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey) (10 weeks)
September 22- November 30
Course Description: This is an inner journey in quest of greater healing and wholeness. Participants begin from where they are, looking at what is happening on their spiritual journey. They then move on to explore the psychological dynamics that affect their spirituality and integrate them in healthy ways to create more satisfying and more productive life patterns.
Course Content: Holistic, Process & Formative Spiritualities; Cosmic, Creation & Feminist Spiritualities; Religious & Community Life; Prayerfulness & Healthy Emotional Life; Midlife Dynamics & the Spiritual Journey; Identity & Vocational Commitment; Intimacy, Celibacy & Sexuality; Generativity, Stress & Burnout; Shadows & Subpersonalities; Trauma, Healing & Reconciliation; The Universe story, Jesus Story and Our Story -- are some of the major topics that will be explored. Special place is given to group therapy where participants have the opportunity to face their brokenness and fears, their unhelpful patterns of living and relating and move on to healing and wholeness. The programme concludes with a directed retreat.
Tools & Techniques: Insights from Christian faith and wisdom traditions, various psychological theories of development, as well as experiential tools and techniques from Psychosynthesis, Intensive Journal, Expressive Arts, multi-media, prayer & meditation practices, and Sacred Scripture are used to explore and enhance one’s psychospiritual journey. (Age limit: 30-60 years)
Sumedha Dhyana is an experiential and interactive approach to awareness, exploration, healing and transformation on the spiritual path. This spiritual retreat provides participants an opportunity to take a good look at what spirituality means to them, what their ways of living their chosen spiritual paths have done to them, examine whether their spiritual beliefs and practices are life-enhancing or life-limiting, and to take remedial action by adopting healthier beliefs and practices. It is also a time to heal their brokenness through Forgiveness and Reconciliation and experience wholeness and integration by reclaiming their Shadows and reaching out in compassion to their Inner Child. Process tools include Intensive Journal, expressive arts, guided imagery, active imagination, aerobics, Sacred Scripture, prayer and meditation. (Exclusively for former Sumedha Participants, 2003- 2008 and 2009-2012)
Midlife Dynamics & The Spiritual Journey
During midlife the meaning question looms large on our psychic horizon: What does it all mean, anyway? The quest for meaning leads to an inward journey through which we seek to embrace our self at new levels of awareness. We make a journey into the past to reconcile unresolved issues. We turn our eyes to the future, to consider how we want to live out the rest of our lives. Midlife is a time when we question our “dream”—who we wanted to be, what we wanted to accomplish. It is a time when we question our commitments and consider their impact on our past, present and future. Sexuality, which has often been repressed, rears its head and makes itself felt, often in troubling ways. Longing for a close relationship is awakened or intensifies. Our body experiences drastic hormonal changes. Emotional awareness of one’s own mortality presents life in new perspectives. These dynamics of midlife have a profound impact on our self-concept and our spiritual journey
Course Content: At this workshop we shall explore these psychological dynamics so as to deepen and enrich our spiritual journey. We will particularly explore four midlife issues identity (who we are), intimacy (the role of affectivity and sexuality in our lives) generativity (how we work and nurture future generations), and integrity (how we make sense of the whole of our life). We will explore spirituality, religious life, physical and emotional well-being, sexuality and celibacy, our hurts and our shadows in the context of shifting midlife perspectives and experiences.
Tools and Techniques: In this endeavour we will use the insights from various psychological theories of development, and from the medical sciences. Our inner process at this workshop will be enhanced by the exploratory and healing techniques of the Intensive Journal, Psychosynthesis, and Expressive Arts and the power of meditation and prayer. (Exclusively for former Sumedha Participants 2003-2012)
Agnes Panikulam MA (Trauma & Healing). Ajoy Fernandes PhD (Jungian Approaches to Self-Awareness). Gerard Alvarez MA (The Universe Story, Jesus Story, Our Story – and the Word). Godfrey D’Sa MA, PGDC (Group Therapy). Joe Mannath PhD (Sexuality, Celibacy& Intimacy). Jose Kuttianimattathil PhD (Core Transformation). Jose Parappully PhD (Therapy, Psychological and Midlife Dynamics, Mature Spirituality, Religious and Community Life, Trauma & Healing, Retreat). M. Goretti Kanakarathinam MA (Group Therapy, Befriending our Emotions). MC Abraham PhD (Group Therapy). Peter Lourdes, PhD (Therapy). Shalini Mulackal PhD (Feminist & Women’s Spirituality).
For further information and application form, please contact:
Sumedha Centre. Jeolikote. P. O. Nainital Dist. Uttarkhand 263127
Ph. 05942-224328. mob. +91-9410941799 . email: firstname.lastname@example.org