The Myth of the Labyrinth
and its Clinical Applications:
A Wisdom Journey to Ancient Crete, Greece
May 26th - May 31st (or June 1st), 2024
(*An optional day trip offered on Friday May 31st. If you choose to attend this, checkout would be June 1st)
Immerse yourself in Greek culture, mythology, & history!
A unique and affordable opportunity to travel and combine
self-care, personal growth, and continuing education!
This workshop is for anyone who is interested;
mental health professionals will earn a certificate with 14 NBCC contact hours.
This highly experiential wisdom journey is specifically designed for inspired individuals and
mental health professionals who are interested in learning more about incorporating elements
of myth, archetypes, metaphor, and creativity into their personal lives and clinical practice.
This evocative and playful 5 day exploration inspired by the Myth of the Labyrinth will take place on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece. Through our own embodied experience, we will gain a deeper understanding of how to work with myth and metaphor in our own lives and in clinical practice. We will be processing our experiences with a like-minded, supportive group, and three knowledgeable facilitators.
The workshops will be presented at a leisurely pace with half day workshops and plenty of time to explore the beautiful island of Crete, both with the group and on your own as well if you desire. This opportunity to explore Crete on your own or with your guest makes this a truly unique opportunity.
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Conference Cost: $2950 per person individual room ($3400 with a guest). Space is limited to 14 participants.
A deposit of $200 is due by October 15th, 2023
50% payment is due by November 5th, 2023, Remaining 50% is due by February 5th, 2024
Optional Extra Day and Night Experience (Highly recommended): $300 for single, $500 including guest
***Deposits & payments are non-refundable unless in an unlikely situation we are forced to cancel or postpone the event.
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
Welcoming dinner (non-registered guests are not included)
All conference workshops
Chartered bus and guided tour of Knossos ancient ruins by local archeologist (*a non-registered guest is not included but for an extra fee a guest could join you for this excursion)
Lunch & Tickets to Archeological Museum of Heraklion with optional guided tour of museum by local archeologist
Closing dinner at Yiannis Tavern (non-registered guests are not included)
Certificates for 14 NBCC contact hours for therapists
*Optional Extra Day and Night Experience (Highly recommended): $300 for single, $500 including guest
This fee includes:
A chartered bus to the ancient ruins of Malia
A guided tour of Malia by local archaeologist
An extra night in hotel
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 26th – Welcoming Dinner
7:30pm – 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 27th – The Myth of the Labyrinth: Our Journey Begins
9:00am – 1:00pm
In this workshop we will be introduced to the Greek Myth of the Labyrinth and begin to explore the individual perspectives of each of the main characters. The characters are a reflection of ourselves both personally and collectively. We will begin to understand how the characters in the myth relate to different parts of ourselves as individuals and professionals. The Myth of the Labyrinth serves as a perfect reflection and metaphor for our personal growth and for use with our clients in clinical practice.
· Gain a basic understanding of the concept of “Energetic Archeology” . Gain a basic understanding of the concept of the “Mythic Imagination”
· Learn a brief history of Greek Mythology and of the Greek "Myth of the Labyrinth"
· Gain a basic understanding of subpersonalities and “parts” work
· Learn how myth could be integrated into own practice of self-care
· Learn how myth could be integrated into work with clients in a therapeutic setting
Tuesday, May 28th – The Labyrinth: Blueprint of Self
9:00am – 1:00pm
In this workshop, we will explore the deeper themes of the pre-patriarchal “original” version of the Myth of the Labyrinth we expand our perspective of this myth as bigger than ourselves with universal meaning. The labyrinth serves as universal archetypical symbol of the growth of consciousness, as an integration of parts of ourselves toward the Self as eternal.
· Gain a basic understanding of Hermaneutics and Symbolic Interpretation
· Gain a basic understanding of Archetypes
· Gain a basic understanding of the difference between a labyrinth and a maze
· Learn about integrating Depth Psychology into clinical practice
Wednesday, May 29th – Exploring the Labyrinth: Bringing Theory to Reality
9:00am – 5:00pm
As a group we visit Knossos, the historical archeological site of the labyrinth from the Myth of the Labyrinth with a local archeologist. Through our own experience of the Myth of the Labyrinth we will gain a much deeper understanding of archetypes and how to work with myth and metaphor in our own lives and in clinical practice.
*Lunch and an optional guided tour of the Knossos archeological museum will also be included
Thursday morning, May 30th – Embodying the Myth of the Labyrinth through Creative Expression
9:00am – 12:00pm
In this interactive and experiential workshop, we will integrate the wisdom gained from our experiences throughout the week. Participants will engage in creative exercises and will learn about the power of incorporating creative expression into clinical practice.
· Develop understanding of how creative expression opens a doorway into the unconscious and provides non- verbal access to emotional/psychological process
· Personally experience importance of developing a “compassionate witness”
· Learn how to integrate metaphor, creative expression, and writing into work with clients in clinical practice
· Identify therapeutic situations which are likely to respond well to this type of creative intervention
Thursday afternoon May 3oth - Embodying the Myth of the Labyrinth in your Own Life and in Clinical Practice
1:00pm – 4:00pm
In this workshop, we engage in a deeper exploration of integrating the Myth of the Labyrinth into our own lives and also into clinical practice.
· Develop an awareness and general understanding of "parts" work, creative arts therapy, depth psychology, etc Learn how to integrate mythology into work with clients in clinical practice
Identify therapeutic situations which are likely to respond well to this type of creative intervention
7:30 – 10:00pm – Closing dinner
Friday, May 31st - (***Optional trip)
8:30am - 3:00pm
Guided tour of ancient ruins of ancient Minoan civilization, Malia, with local archeologist, swim at local beach, and lunch.
**If not attending optional trip, check out of hotel
Saturday, June 1st - Check out of hotel if you chose to stay for optional trip