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Social class is deep-rooted in Britain. As a system of oppression, classism assigns value to each of us and our communities based on our class positions. While the consequences of this are extensive and complex, they are made to seem normal and often ignored.
In this 3-hour workshop we will explore our own experience of class with the aim of developing a greater sense of awareness, knowledge and language to understand how class dynamics are perpetuated.
What to expect
This experiential workshop draws on our individual and collective experiences using interactive exercises and a mix of small and large groups.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for those interested in building resilient communities: individuals, social change groups, religious organisations, political groups and commercial enterprises. In particular it is for those who wish to gain a better understanding of how class dynamics are perpetuated and how becoming class aware and inclusive is essential to creating resilient communities.
The Facilitator: Mark Hamlin – www.wild-wood.org
Mark was born in Edinburgh and brought up just outside the city within a working-class community. He spent much of his life ignoring the impact of his class background. Now, exploring his working-class roots, he is developing a deeper sense of who he is, and believes that by understanding and sharing how our class backgrounds have shaped us, we can organise and work more effectively within our communities and organisations.
Mark is an advanced Process Work Diploma Student, independent facilitator and trainee psychotherapist.
Love, Work and Knowledge: the life and trials of Wilhelm Reich was released in 2018 and tells the story of Wilhelm Reich, one of Freud's star pupils and an outspoken anti-Nazi who, aged 60, died in the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, USA. Wilhelm Reich is the only person to have his books and research burned by both the Nazi regime and the American government.
Reich was a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, physician and scientist. A victim of a persistent campaign of lies & distortions, he pursued his work in 6 countries over several decades, ultimately landing in the U.S.A - where he was prosecuted & imprisoned.
This documentary has been extensively researched and written by Kevin Hinchey and co-produced and co-directed by Glenn Orkin. It is the first to have access to Reich’s personal archives, his original films and recordings, his museum in Maine ad to over 7,000 pages of his publications.
The documentary examines Reich’s life & scientific achievements, including his cancer studies & experimental medical treatment, his weather research, & his discovery of a previously unknown form of biological & atmospheric energy that he called orgone.
Within twenty years of his death, there was renewed interest in Reich's work and his books republished including Character Analysis, The Function of Orgasm, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, Listen, Little Man, and The Murder of Christ.
Nick Totton: psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with 35 years’ experience.
Nick has published seventeen books including Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction, Psychotherapy and Politics, Wild Therapy: undomesticating Inner and Outer Worlds, Reichian Growth Work: Melting the Blocks to Life and Love, Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy, and many others.
Nick Totton originally trained as a neo-Reichian body psychotherapist and has spoken, taught and published widely on body psychotherapy, psychotherapy and politics and eco-psychology. He established Embodied-Relational Therapy which has been thriving for around twenty years; and more recently set up the related but distinct practice of Wild Therapy.
Nick will join us via Zoom for a one hour talk (including Q&A) on "The Relevance of Wilhelm Reich Today: the man, the politics and the man, the politics, the scientist. In a time of unravelling political landscapes increasingly shaped and framed by political and environmental breakdown what if anything can we learn from the work of Wilhelm Reich?"
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