The Windhorse therapeutic approach was developed in 1981 by Chogyam Trungpa and Dr. Edward Podvoll. It is based on the Buddhist understanding of fundamental sanity and the inseparability of one’s entire life from one’s environment, while integrating applicable Western psychology.
The primary activity involves creating individually tailored, therapeutic living environments for people with a variety of mental health challenges. Within these comprehensively coordinated arrangements, clients are able to significantly reduce the chaos and confusion of mental distress and improve life functioning.
The Practice of Basic Attendance
The ground of the Windhorse approach is one of viewing a person from the perspective of their history of sanity. This involves bringing awareness to a person’s basic sanity and health as opposed to focusing on the notion of pathology. It is from this experience of noticing one’s history of sanity and our natural tendency to be drawn to the intrinsic wholeness and health of a person that the practice of basic attendance springs.
The view of basic attendance suggests that rather than doing something we could simply slow down and begin to appreciate and understand the world of the person we are with. We can allow ourselves to see the world through their eyes. This kind of approach involves being fully with someone, listening to them and appreciating the wholeness and integrity of that person and their environment. Any activity or actions comes out of that naturally.
In this workshop we will explore the Windhorse model and how that specifically manifests in the practice of Basic Attendance. We will also engage in Basic Attendance shifts as a way for participants to fully experience what it’s like to be the attender as well as being the attendee.
There will be opportunities for discussion and sharing of people’s direct experience of basic attendance.
We are running this event at a cost that hopefully makes the event affordable for all who wish to come. 6 complimentary places are available for service users or people in receipt of benefits. Please email us if you are interested in one of these places.
CPD Certificates will be sent to all attendees (6 hours). Refreshments will be provided on arrival and during the course of the day (tea, fresh coffee, mineral water, fruit and snacks). You are welcome to bring lunch to eat at the venue, or there are plenty of cafés/restaurants nearby where you can get lunch. The nearest stations are Dalston Kingsland (5 minutes walk) and Dalston Junction (7 mins walk).
Anne Marie DiGiacomo, Director of Admissions, Windhorse Community Services
Anne Marie is Director of Admissions for Windhorse Community Services, Boulder, Colorado, USA. She received her MSW from the University of Denver. She spent the first 18 years of her career working in both community mental health and nonprofit settings. In 1996, she relocated to Northampton, MA and began her work with Windhorse Associates. Ms. DiGiacomo served as the Clinical Director from 2001-05 as well as the interim Co-Executive Director from 2002-03. She returned to Windhorse Community Services in 2006 as a senior clinician, and became Director of Admissions in fall 2007. In 2011, she joined as a co-director/owner. Anne Marie was an adjunct faculty member from 2006-2013 for the MA contemplative Psychology Program at Naropa University and has co-authored a book chapter describing the Windhorse approach.
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Terms & Conditions
By registering for this event you are confirming that you will be attending. Payment is due within 7 days of your booking or 14 days in advance of the event, whichever is soonest. For bookings made within 14 days of an event, payment is due immediately. If your payment is delayed, we cannot guarantee your place at the event. If your organisation is paying and you need longer to process your payment, please contact us to let us know. The organisers reserve the right to make minor changes to the programme as required.
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