You've heard of tech hacks and life hacks. This is an 8-week consciousness hack where you get to play on the edges of your comfort zones, identify latent gifts and talents, get more insight on your ineterpersonal relationships, all the while distilling you down to your essence- the part of you that is really "you" without the defence mechanisms built up over the years. We do this all in a neutral situation- no political bias or belief system necessary.
Inspired by Neil de Grasse Tyson, Carl Jung, George Gurdjieff, and The Alchemist, as well as some important figures in Western history, we look at patterns, symbols, myths, and laws of nature that help us understand how we can handle the stresses of the digital age. Time has sped up, the earth desperately needs our attention, digital distractions are everywhere, jobs are dissapearing to robots, and change is hurdling along at an unprecedented rate.
This is something that goes beyond any kind of religion or belief system- we're bringing things down to the fundamental level of being a human being.
The exercises in this course explore boundaries, power, leadership, identity, body image, and interpersonal connections with the goal of casting light onto your relationships, personal presence, self-awareness, relationship with money, emotional intelligence, empathy for others, and a deeper appreciation of your own gifts and strengths.
For example, we'll be having a slow networking event/industry mixer. What happens at a slow mixer? You mindfully mingle, paying attention to your subtle physiological reactions; for those of you who want to crawl out of your skin at networking events and parties, this is for you. For those of you who hate being alone, we'll be doing a lot of Gestalt work, helping us land more fully in our bodies to explore what's going on behind that anxiety.
This course is unique, because not only will you be challenged to deepen your mindfulness practice, explore your psychic structure, all the while grounding your inner work in a historical context, we'll also touch on relevant research in neuroscience and astrophysics.
We believe people have things they want to work on in themselves, but just don't have enough time or space. This is your chance to learn, practice and play. We only have 40 spots available, so sign up quick. (Scroll down to register).
What is Alchemy?
In one sense, alchemy used to be an obsession of a certain type of person to try and turn common metals into gold. But there was a more metaphysical side to it- it was the idea that you could transform your character from the inside out. Today, we are more inclined to use Carl Jung's definition: the Unconscious is a process and [the] ego's rapports with the unconscious and his contents initiate an [alchemical] evolution.
Classes will be held every Thursday evening between July 2 and August 20, 2015 from 7 to 9 PM. It will be held in the third floor studio of Yoga Mala at 400-2020 11th Avenue. It is recommended to come early to make sure you get a parking spot, carpool or take the bus. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in, especially on week 3 (July 16). 5% GST will be added at checkout.