Introduction to Fool Expression in Bristol
11-12 March 23
✨Are you curious about the different aspects in you?
✨Do you feel the call for more expression in your life?
✨Would you like to navigate more playfully within yourself?
Fool Expression is calling us as humans to learn to access all the masks or parts in ourselves. Some known, some not known yet. This way we connect to more aliveness, creativity, inner peace, connection with others and with ourselves
It is a deeply transformative and embodied process allowing us to dive deeper into ourselves through somatic practices and through a safe connection with others. In this benevolent container, our human nature is called to open, express and bring transformation.
In this practice the Fool archetype is the part in us that can journey from one aspect of ourselves to another, embodying and exploring authentically each of them fully. It is not at all about being funny or foolish, although this could also happen. But it is about being open, curious and willing to explore known and unknown parts of our psyche. It is about receiving the vast amount of life force available in each part in us and it is also about feeling safe and free within.
The Fool archetype honours, embodies and expresses authentically the uniqueness of each aspect in us and then effortlessly steps out of them. Thus offering space to whatever else that is ready to be explored and expressed in us. The Fool archetype feels also at home in the ‘empty space’, in the the rich unknown within us. They navigate freely these spaces where anything can effortlessly emerge and then be explored…
This practice excitingly allows also for the different parts of us to interact together and so reveal more of themselves as well as the dynamic between them that are usually a mirror of what is happening is our lives. As participants we ‘play’ this way to find more about ourselves and we realise soon also that our exploration is serving other participants’s personal journeys in a meaningful way. In a similar way, other participant’s play offers us a huge source of insights and transformation for ourselves. We realise how the authentic expression of parts and patterns in us forges a deep sense of trust, learning, understanding, connection and belonging in the group.
Fool Expression brings conscious gathering and the magic of theatre back into the centre of the community. A place to explore, feel connected, and most important to just be who we are. It allows us to experience in an embodied way the mystery that links us all together as humans and the potency of transformation we can create together.
In this Introduction Weekend, I will teach the participants how to find a safe and regulated connection with themselves, how to access and express the different masks/ personalities in an embodied and enabling way, how to feel comfortable and supported by an audience, how to spot and alchemise any discomforts arising, how to find more ease and pleasure in the explorative play.
This work comes from the lineage of the Fool’s work of Franki Anderson. It is also based on the Voice Dialogue Model of Consciousness and the Psychology of Selves and is Trauma Informed. It involves aspects of focusing, authentic movement, shadow work, Internal Family System, parts work and theatre.
Note: to preserve the integrity of the group, I reserve the right to continue working with those I feel comfortable with, and capable of holding within the group setting.
🌿 AFTER THE WEEKEND YOU WILL HAVE:
– an embodied sense of a home base within you
– practical tools to come closer to yourself in your daily life
– a better understanding of parts of yourself and a new relationship with them
– new parts in you that have shown up and are now available
– an access to who you are beyond all these parts in you
– you will feel nourished and inspired by your inner player
– a supportive and safe connection with the other
– lots of energy and excitement
– the desire to play more
🌿 WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR? You might be:
– interested in personal development and spirituality, you want to experience an embodied and fun way to touch the mystery inside of yourself and come out of restrictive patterns
– a therapist and you want to explore new embodied approach to feed your practice
– an artist and you want to enhance your creative expression and find new resources to express yourself from
– you are a parent and you want to have space for the different experiences in you and find new ways to be playful with your child(ren)
– an activist and you want to learn to harness the energy of all the aspects in you to enhance your action with energy and resilience
– you are a seeker, maybe in a transition time, and want to find out more about yourself and what is wanting to come next in your life
Welcome to fulfilling journey !
“I just wanted to say thanks again for facilitating this work for us over this last weekend. I did find it challenging, but every time I met with the unknown I was surprised, delighted and had a great sense of relief. For me the unknown has always been a frightening dark abyss, yet just with this taster intro weekend and stepping in to the unknown a few times, my perspective has greatly shifted. It’s still scary yes, but instead of a dark, frightening, all-consuming abyss that must feel horrible and lets just not go there kind of place… I see below me, looking off the ‘cliff of knowing’, or at least what my ego thinks I know, a vast colourful spectrum. Yes there is black, and also white, but there’s are so many different shades and hues you can reach, grasp and easily move in to.
Going through this process has been like a mirror for my life, and I’ve stopped myself so many times for fear of the unknown. And now is only the beginning, thank you for revealing and sharing this path. Louise Littera – Home educator
Time: from 10 am to 6.00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Bring: food for your lunch, loose clothes, a blanket to lie on and a notepad
Place : Silver Birch Hall, St Werbughs, Bristol
Tear 1 : £300
Tier 2 : £220
Tear 3 : £150
* If money is an issue, do get in touch. In response to the financial situation that is strongly affecting some of us, the fees of the workshop are now organised between 3 Tiers, depending on your financial situation. This is a system that works towards more equality, mutual trust and abundance. Do read carefully the details of the 3 Tiers at the bottom of the page, and thank you for choosing the Tier that applies to you with integrity. Don’t hesitate getting in touch with me if you have any questions.
“The Fool Expression introduction was transformative. I am transformed by the introduction to the masks. Wearing my doctor, scientist, human-interest mask : I can see how play bypasses the barriers and walls we have created in our fear-based reaction to life. Making contact with people through their ‘masks’ seemed to be the essence of consultation – moments of authentic expression and the silence that often naturally follows. Christie has a unique ability to create a very safe and nurturing space…really – the strongest, gentlest, warmest I’ve experienced: she is an exceptional facilitator. The experience was transformative to gently be introduced to my own illusions, the illusions I create in the wearing of my masks. This was an invitation to dance with life. Ongoing to med school at age 19, I had one question, ‘What makes us unwell and what makes us well again?” I believe Fool Expression must be one of the most effective ways to explore that question.”
Annabel Smart ~ GP
“What a great leader Christie is. Not much has come up for me except a huge amount of positive emotional shifts. Feel like I’ve had a massive soul work out. And Christie’s person direct reflection was worth its weight in gold just as a healing session let alone the rest of all the fantastic knowledge. My mental health problems didn’t come up too badly so it all went really well. Handsome really positive shifts that are really helping me work my life out.”Adam Moore ~ Writer and theoretician of community creativity
“The Fool Expression weekend turned out to be a magical and heart-opening experience. Christie held the space beautifully, with a light touch, allowing me to relax and explore my masks in a safe space. The four ‘acts’ took me on an unexpected journey in which I discovered selves that have been hidden for longer than I can remember. I was touched so many times witnessing one of the others reach a part of themselves that resonated deeply with me. I am full of gratitude and inspired to continue the journey, and am finding the fooling bringing honesty and spontaneity into my everyday life.” Alan Taylor ~ Guitar teacher
“After a play session with Christie I felt exhilarated and open, having experienced an acceptance for parts of myself which had never before been exposed, let alone so welcome. I felt fully received, and even appreciated in what I shared – and felt no pressure to be prepared, or perform well, or to be familiar with what I was doing or where it would unfold. Christie held us with a light touch, so we were able to drop-in at our own pace, and take all the space that we needed for integration. Overall the days were fun and enlightening and I would definitely recommend the experience, for an embodied and intuitive journey into self-awareness…” RH ~ Workshop facilitator
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Once you have booked, you will receive a payment confirmation and some more practical information about the weekend closer to the time.
** The deposit is non refundable and the remaining of the payment needs to be paid by the 11th of February 2023 to secure your place.
Terms & Conditions: If you cancel over two weeks before the start of the workshop the amount over and above the deposit is transferable to another workshop within the next 5 months.