DANCING WITH SHADOWS – 3 day workshop with Stijn

NEW INFO AND NEW DATES

2-4 October 2020 at Kerkom (close to Leuven)

Have you ever felt not fully alive? To surrender completely, to get lost in your laughter, to be taken over by intense sadness or exuberant joy. What is holding you back? Maybe you learned to suppress some of your most vital energies. They became secret, locked away. Shadow work brings them back. In this workshop you learn to shift old patterns that no longer serve you, transform anger into agency, sadness into connection with yourself and others, and fear into insight and understanding.

During a shadow dancing weekend, up to eight participants will have a chance to do a piece of individual shadow work, with others participating in their process.  We start with building a safe container, where everyone agrees to withhold judgement, examine their own prejudices, and refrain from giving advice. Feeling the depth and connection in a truly safe shadow work container, you will find it quite natural to begin your own process with whatever issue you choose.

Shadow

A shadow is a part of yourself you’d rather not own (like your jealousy, your destructiveness, or unacceptable sexual desire) or a forgotten dream. When a shadow is suppressed, it shows up unexpectedly and out of your control. Have you ever promised yourself not to turn into any of your family member (father, mother,…)? Do you sometimes find yourself acting or speaking like them anyway, unable to control it? That’s a shadow. Do you sometimes meet someone new and without apparent reason you feel irritated or repulsed? There it is. 

Shadow Dancing

The purpose of Shadow dancing is to make your shadows conscious. By becoming aware of them, they lose their control over you and can be transformed into a constructive and integrated part of yourself. The purpose is not to get rid of shadows, but to understand why that part of you is a shadow and what positive qualities are buried underneath. 

Shadow dancing is an adventurous expedition into your conscious and unconscious inner landscape. Together we’ll move over mountain ridges, spelunk into dark chambers, dismantle the beaver dam that blocks the fresh mountain water, and possibly slaughtering a sleazy hyena. Throughout the process, we reconnect with old friends, reliving forgotten memories, and return more alive.

Shadow dancing is a metaphor, a method for balancing and reorganizing the different persona’s or voices inside yourself. There is no actual physical dancing. 

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About me ( Stijn Smeets)

I was raised as a listener, trained as a psychologist, called for a life as a contemporary monk who keeps the emptiness alive.

There are many ways that lead to the other shore. My calling is to live in between, on the ridges between the conscious and the unconscious, keeping their interaction alive.

I am there with you when you try to find your way in, a friendly companion when you feel hesitant, a scout when you feel lost, an honest friend when your vision becomes blurred, a rooter when you’re fighting or embracing your shadows, and a ferryman when you want to get back safely. 

Practical

During a dancing with shadows seminar, up to eight participants will have a chance to do a piece of individual shadow work, with others participating in their process.  We start with building a safe container, where everyone agrees to withhold judgement, examine their own prejudices, and refrain from giving advice. Feeling the depth and connection in a truly safe shadow work container, you will find it quite natural to begin your own process with whatever issue you choose.

PRACTICAL:

Cost: 300 euros. Price includes all meals

Venue: We work in a beautiful studio in Kerkom (bij Leuven)

Food: We cook vegan. Please let us know about other food requirements. In as far as possible, we will try to take them into account.

Booking: Registration and more information by emailing to stijn.smeets@gmail.com (only 8 places)

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