A Call to Adventure - "The Hero's Journey" Residential Workshop


A Seven-Day Residential Workshop Presented by The Fool's Dance Gestalt Company - Paul Rebillot School in Irelanth
The 'Slí an Chroí' Centre, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow,
October 26th to November 1st, 2019.

THE HERO'S JOURNEY: Do you have a sense that there could be more to life than you are living? Do you experience an inner yearning for fulfilment? Paul Rebillot's 'Hero's Journey' workshop could help you come into contact with your own internal call for transformation. The workshop - an exciting group structure combining Gestalt process and groupwork with elements of myth, theatre, ritual, music, art and movement - is a modern-day rite of passage.

Significant change challenges us to move from one level of being to another, to step into the unknown. Traditional societies used Rites of Passage - overseen by a ritual master or shaman - to ceremonialise, celebrate and guide members of their community on their journey through important life stages such as birth, puberty, adulthood, marriage, eldership and death. Importantly, these rituals also taught the initiates that change was part of the normal order of things and showed them ways of dealing with it.

The mere possibility of change, however desirable, can also conjure up fear. Responding to what he saw as our society's urgent need for help in facing change, Paul Rebillot drew on his professional skills as actor, director, musician and psychotherapist - and on his personal experience of spiritual and psychological crisis - to develop a rite of passage for our own times, a blueprint - based on the universal monomyth of the Hero's Journey - for dealing with change and transformation.

Entering the Hero's Journey process we come to discover the Hero within us and - having heard a Call to Adventure - we set off with her or him on a journey of personal exploration. Leaving the Home Ground of our every-day life our Heroic self encounters his or her opposite, our inner Demon of Resistance. We experience a confrontation between these two aspects of ourselves, a resolution, and an integration. Returning to everyday reality, we take stock of how this inner transformation has changed our feelings about ourselves, our home, our work, and our beloved - and then begin to explore how the transformation can continue to work in our life beyond the workshop.

PAUL REBILLOT was born in 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. Following a successful academic and professional career in the performing arts as musician, writer, actor, director and teacher he trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist with Dick Price (an influential early pupil of Fritz Perls) at the Esalen Institute where he also came into contact with the mythologist Joseph Campbell. From these two influences - together with his own uniquely creative insights - Paul developed the 'Hero's Journey', the first of a unique series of therapeutic structures which drew on both his training in Gestalt and on his background in the world of music and theatre. Annually from 1991 to 2008 Paul presented a series of very successful workshops in Ireland, among them 'The Hero's Journey', 'The Lover's Journey', 'Owning the Shadow' and 'Death and Resurrection'. In March 2008 he retired from work in Europe and he died in February 2010.

THE FOOL'S DANCE GESTALT COMPANY - PAUL REBILLOT SCHOOL IN IRELAND is comprised of a group of people in Ireland who have worked for many years with Paul Rebillot, are graduates of his Advanced Training and who came together after Paul's retirement with the aim of continuing his transformative work in Ireland.

FURTHER INFORMATION: This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in self-exploration or personal development. No previous experience of drama or Gestalt therapy is required or assumed.

To request a more detailed printed workshop brochure or for any other queries e-mail to Fergus Lalor at fergus.lalor@upcmail.ie or telephone 021-4505711 (answering machine available).


Kiltegan, Co Wicklow

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