The Myth of the Labyrinth
A Wisdom Journey to Ancient Crete, Greece
May 23rd - May 28th , 2021
Affordable Payment Plans Available
Discover Greek mythology, culture, food & history!
A unique and affordable opportunity to combine self-care, self-exploration, travel, and training!
This highly experiential wisdom journey is specifically designed for individuals and mental health professionals who are interested in learning more about incorporating elements of story, myth, archetypes, metaphor and creativity into their personal healing work and in clinical practice. This workshop is for anyone who is interested; mental health professionals will earn a certificate with 12 contact hours.
This evocative and playful 5 day exploration based on the Myth of the Labyrinth will take place on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece. We will explore the various ways that this myth connects to different parts within ourselves and discover through our own personal experience ways to work with this metaphor with our clients in clinical practice.Through our own experience of the Myth of the Labyrinth we will gain a much deeper understanding of how to work with story and metaphor in our own lives and in clinical practice. Once we have a greater understanding of our own stories we will be able to more deeply help other understand and explore theirs. We will be processing this deeply transformative work with a like-minded, supportive group and three knowledgeable facilitators. The workshops will be presented at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to explore the beautiful island of Crete on your own as well if you desire.
Connecting to the Labyrinth
The Labyrinth has long been a symbol of change and transformation. It is an archetypal journey of the Self toward wholeness and is well represented in antiquity while maintaining its mystery and relevance in modern times. During this experiential workshop series we will we will visit the ancient ruins of the most famous labyrinth in Greek Mythology. The labyrinth serves as an archetypal symbol of the journey of consciousness and as integration of various part of ourselves, bringing us closer to the “Self” as eternal. We will be engaging in discussion, active imagination, writing, guided visualization, and art to explore this powerful archetype.
In the Myth of the Labyrinth, the bestial Minotaur is imprisoned in the labyrinth by King Minos, who embodies aggression and greed (the shadow of the patriarchy.) It was designed to protect others in the same way that we bury and compartmentalize our own inner shadow characters. King Minos has a daughter, Ariadne, whose name means "Most Holy” (echoes from when she was revered as divine mother). Ariadne appeals to the hero, Theseus, promising him that she will give him the means to slay the Minotaur and a thread to guide him out if he will take her with him when he leaves, which he does. Theseus comes to symbolize the power and limits of our inner heroism.
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This fee includes:
5 night stay at 5 star hotel The Galaxy Hotel Iraklio in the modern capitol of Crete in Heraklion, Greece
Daily breakfasts and coffee breaks
Lunch during the guided tour
Chartered bus to Knossos ancient site with guided labyrinth tour
Admission and transportation to Archaeoligical Museum of Heraklion
Contact hours for therapists
Optional - If an attendee brings guest that does not want to attend the training but would like to participate in meals and tour, it will be a $500 additional fee. This fee covers hotel (double room), group opening dinner, group trip to Knossos and group closing lunch.
There is another pricing option available if you would like to join our group at the hotel, for meals, the guided tour to the labyrinth in Knossos and the museum in Heraklion but not attend the trainings itself. Please call or email for information on this special pricing.
Travel arrangements and costs are on your own. There is access to an airport shuttle, taxi or bus from the airport to the hotel. We highly recommend Travel insurance with Allianz. Click here to learn more and to sign up.
By registering for The Myth of the Labyrinth: A Wisdom Journey to Ancient Crete, Greece, participant specifically waives any and all claims of actions against Wisdom Journeys, LLC, Alexander Katopis, Lois LeBlanc or Bodhi Simpson. This includes damages, loss, accident or death incurred by anyone in connection with this program. In addition, Alexander Katopis, Lois LeBlanc and Bodhi Simpson assume no liability in connection with any transportation that is used in connection with this program. In addition, no responsibility is accepted for losses or expenses due to sickness, weather, strikes other events. We, therefore, strongly recommend each participant carries travel insurance.
Agenda & Workshop Information
Sunday, May 23rd – Welcoming Dinner
7:00pm – 10:00pm
We will gather as a group and experience authentic Greek cuisine while sharing introductions and setting intentions for the journey ahead.
Monday, May 24th – The Myth of the Labyrinth: The Journey Begins
9:00am – 1:00pm
The labyrinth serves as universal archetypical symbol of the growth of consciousness, as an integration of parts of ourselves toward the Self as eternal. The characters in the myth of the Labyrinth are a reflection of ourselves both personally and collectively. We will explore how the Greek Myth of the Labyrinth serves as a perfect reflection and metaphor for this process and learn creative tools for exploring this powerful metaphor for ourselves and for use with our clients.
Learn about the history of storytelling across all cultures and in Greek Mythology
Gain a basic understanding of the Greek Myth of the Labyrinth
Gain a basic understanding of archetypes
Personally experience importance of developing a “compassionate witness”
Gain a basic understanding of the theories incorporating subpersonalities: Internal Family Systems, Psychosynthesis
Learn how stories and writing could be integrated into own practice of self-care and into work with clients in a therapeutic setting
Tuesday, May 25th –The Labyrinth: Blueprint of Self
9:00am – 1:00pm
In this interactive and experiential workshop, we will explore the deeper themes of the myth of the Labyrinth and begin to understand the individual perspectives of each of the main characters. Through writing, active imagination, and discussion we will begin to understand how the characters in the myth relate to different parts of ourselves as individuals and professionals. We will also explore and practice creative, clinically useful approaches to help in developing an awareness of the many different parts within us.
Gain a basic understanding of active imagination through personal experience
Develop an awareness and general understanding of "parts" work
Learn through experience how active imagination and visual journaling could be integrated into own practice of self-care/self-awareness/self-discovery
Learn how active imagination and visual journaling could be integrated into work with clients in a therapeutic setting
Wednesday, May 26th – Exploring the Labyrinth: Bringing Theory to Reality
9:00am – 1:00pm
As a group we visit Knossos, the historical site of the labyrinth from the Myth of the Labyrinth. Through our own experience of the Myth of the Labyrinth we will gain a much deeper understanding of how to work with story and metaphor in our own lives and in clinical practice. Once we have a greater understanding of our own stories we will be able to more deeply help other understand and explore theirs.
Thursday, May 27th – Creating Your Myth: Working with Story & Metaphor in your Own Life and in Clinical Practice
9:00am – 1:00pm
In this creative workshop we integrate the wisdom gained from our experiences throughout the week. Participants will participate in creative exercises developed to assist them in becoming aware of their belief systems and rewriting/creating their own stories from a conscious place. Once we are able to understand our own perspective on our personal journeys we are able to guide our clients toward the transformation that comes from deepened self-awareness.
Develop understanding of how creative expression opens a doorway into the unconscious and provides non-verbal access to emotional/psychological process
Personally experience the process of creating your own myth
Learn how to integrate metaphor, creative expression, guided visualization and writing into own personal healing practice
Learn how to integrate metaphor, creative expression, guided visualization and writing into work with clients in clinical practice
Identify therapeutic situations which are likely to respond well to this type of creative intervention
1:00 – 3:00pm – Closing ceremony & lunch
Friday, May 28th - Check out of hotel