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“A bioenergetic workshop was held at a catholic retreat center in an outlying island of Hong Kong named Cheong Chau. It’s about an hour ferry ride from Hong Kong harbor. We held the workshop in the Cantonese dialect of Chinese, the native dialect of Chinese spoken in Hong Kong and the Guangzhou region of China. The Organizers, Pheobe and Simon, believe it is the first bioenergetic workshop held in Hong Kong and in Cantonese. It was a memorable workshop for me. I spent my first eight years of my life in Hong Kong and seeing, hearing the sights, sounds of my childhood and using my limited Cantonese in a workshop brought me a sense of accomplishment that is hard to describe. Chinese people are brought up to not express their emotions, and to obey the wishes of the parents, and corporal punishment was encouraged to discipline children. While attitudes have changed in modern times, the vestiges of that upbringing is evident in the bodies of many of the participants. The participants took to the work well as if giving them a vessel where they can vent their sadness and despair. It was like giving a lifeboat in a sea of dormant emotion.”
The Alexander Lowen Foundation wishes you a Happy New Year. Here’s to another inspiring year of workshops in 2010!
Bioenergetic Workshop held in Hong Kong, China,
December 14th - December 21st 2009
Happy Holidays From The Alexander Lowen Foundation!
Countries in which our website's visitors live throughout the world!
December 6th - December 13th 2009
The Master Series!!
Group pictures taken from part 1 and 2 of “The Master Series” at the residence of Dr. Alexander Lowen in New Canaan, CT.
Workshop led by Leslie Case, PhD: “Master Series 1”
Workshop led by Frank Hladky, MD : “Master Series 2”
This picture is part of Isabel Carvalhal's body of work on Frank Hladky's life and work with Bioenergetics.
Her videos will be available in the future
November 29th - December 5th 2009
Expanding the State of Being
“Every chronic muscular tension in the body has associated with sadness, fear, and anger. Since tension is a restriction of our being, it makes us sad. It also makes us angry to be so limited. And we are frightened to show our sadness or express our anger, so we stay locked in a diminished state of being and tied to our fate.
A therapy that aims at enlarging or expanding the state of being must take cognizance of the dynamic or energetic factor. More feelings means more aliveness, more excitation, and more energy in the organism. Tight contracted bodies cannot tolerate the increase charge or excitation. It threatens the integrity of the personality. Like too much air blown into a small balloon, the charge poses the risk of explosion or bursting, which the person will experience as a fear of dying or going crazy…I will discuss how we can handle fear. At this point I want to emphasize that a therapy for being involves a constant working out of the muscular tensions and working through of the underlying emotional conflicts with release of associated feelings.”
-Alexander Lowen, MD, Fear of Life, Pg. 136-137
"The defenses we erect to protect us create the very condition we are trying to avoid. Thus, when someone builds a castle to protect his liberty, he ends up as a prisoner in his own castle because he dares not leave it. Similarly, one cannot assure peace by amassing arms, because armies by their very nature lead to war. This concept is particularly evident in the psychological defenses people develop. For example, the person who out of fear of rejection defends himself by not opening up or reaching out to people isolates himself and ensures by this maneuver that he will always feel rejected. No person is free who is tied to a defensive position. This is true of the neurotic character who erects psychological walls and armors himself muscularly as a protection against possible hurt, only to find that the hurt he feared is locked into his being by this very process.”
-Alexander Lowen, Fear of Life, p.37
November 22nd - November 28th, 2009
November 15th - November 21st, 2009
Breakthrough and Breakdown
"Therapeutic growth does not occur as an upward straight line. There are peaks and valleys in the therapeutic experience. The peak is a breakthrough to a higher level of excitation. The person breaks through one protective shell of his defense and steps forth to a new sense of freedom and light. Or it could be said that the person emerges with a greater awareness of self. The neurosis is a protective shell that insulates but also isolates the individual. Shells don't dissolve. One has to break out of the shell like a newly hatches chick. Similarly, one has to break through the barriers or limits that constrain the self.A breakthrough may occur in the course of a therapeutic session or as a dream. It is always accompanied by an insight, that is, light is shed upon some dark area of the personality. This light shines through the breach in the shell. In my opinion, therefore, the break comes before the insight, not as a result of the insight. The break is caused by the swelling of life within the container, which is no longer able to hold the excitation or energy and so breaks. In more concrete terms, it is the increased feeling for charge that produces the break, which leads to the insight. No one can predict the time of a breakthrough. It happens spontaneously when sufficient force has been built up inside the self to produce a break in the container. This buildup generally occurs slowly as a result of careful therapeutic work."
-Alexander Lowen, Fear of Life, p. 138.
November 7th - November 14, 2009
Bioenergetics Workshop Photos from:
Working with Children: A Bioenergetic Approach to Play Therapy
With Frank Hladky, M.D. and Nancy Hazen, MA., LMHC.
October 31th - November 6th, 2009
In Memory of Dr. Alexander Lowen
Produced by the Editors of Libertas / www.libertas.com.br
"One year ago Alexander Lowen left us to continue his new journey...
Reminding and missing him..
When I asked him the meaning of therapy he wrote in a piece of paper and gave it to me:'Therapy aims to help a person in his own feelings. The person is his feelings. The feeling is the person. If you go against your feeling, you lose yourself.Alexander Lowen'
I still keep this paper on my office desk... With my deep respects."
October 23th - October 30th, 2009
17 participants have registered for The Masters Series 2 Workshop
with Frank Hladky at "The Center of Bioenergetic Analysis" in New Canaan, Connecticut.
AND, There's Still Time!
October 15th - October 22th, 2009
October 7th - October 14th, 2009
We're Looking For Rare Alexander Lowen Photos!
We are starting a new project cataloging videos and photos for the Alexander Lowen archives and are excited about seeing some new content. If you have any photos or other media that relates to Alexander Lowen that we may not have seen yet, please send them to...
Phone: (386) 462-0616
The Alexander Lowen Foundation
19802 Old Bellamy Road
Alachua, Florida 32615 USA
May 23th - May 29, 2009
The Societa Italiana de Analisi Bioenergetica Presented a Memorial Service in honor of Dr Alexander Lowen on the 15 of May in Rome. According to the director of the SIAB, “is glad to say the Memorial was a Success!”
The Following is the Program of Events from the Memorial in Italian and English:
“Il piacere è la forza creativa della vita”
S.I.A.B. (SOCIETA' ITALIANA DI ANALISI BIOENERGETICA)
Affiliata all' International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (I.I.B.A.)
con il Patrocinio
Assessorato alle Politiche Educative Scolastiche, della Famiglia e della Gioventù del Comune di Roma
Ordine degli Psicologi del Lazio
Federazione Italiana Associazioni di Psicoterapia (F.I.A.P.)
“IN MEMORIA DI ALEXANDER LOWEN:
LA CENTRALITA’ DEL CORPO NELL’EDUCAZIONE ALL’AFFETTIVITA’ E
NELLA PREVENZIONE DEL DISAGIO”
Roma 15 maggio 2009
Sala Gonzaga – Via della Consolazione, 5
(presso Comando Generale della Polizia Municipale, area Campidoglio
10.00 Apertura lavori Dott. Patrizia Moselli
Saluto delle Autorità:
Laura Marsilio, Assessore alle Politiche Educative Scolastiche, della Famiglia e della Gioventù del Comune di Roma
Dott. Mario Falconi, Presidente dell’Ordine Provinciale dei Medici (Roma)
Dott. Marialori Zaccaria, Presidente dell’Ordine degli Psicologi del Lazio
Dott. Alberto Zucconi, Presidente del Coordinamento Nazionale Scuole di Psicoterapia (C.N.S.P.)
10.30 In memoria di Alexander Lowen
10.30 Dott. Patrizia Moselli, Presidente della Società Italiana di Analisi Bioenergetica
(S.I.A.B.), Presidente della Federazione Italiana
Associazioni di Psicoterapia (F.I.A.P.), I.I.B.A. Faculty
10.45 Dott. Piero Petrini, Neurologo, Psichiatra, Psicoterapeuta, Responsabile Docente
Psichiatria Università di Cassino (Frosinone), componente della
Commissione per la Psicoterapia del Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca (M.I.U.R.)
11.15 Dott. Vezio Ruggieri, Docente di Psicofisiologia Clinica presso la Facoltà di Psicologia
1 - Università “La Sapienza” di Roma
12.15 Dott. Luisa Parmeggiani, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta e Didatta S.I.A.B.
12.30 Proiezione video intervista ad Alexander Lowen Presenta Enzo Decaro, attore e regista
14.30 Il contributo di Lowen nella prevenzione
Dott. Aristide Iniotakis, Psicologo, Psicoterapeuta e Didatta S.I.A.B. “La centralità del corpo in Alexander Lowen”
Dott. Maria Ballardini, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta e Direttore Didattico S.I.A.B. “L’Analisi Bioenergetica nel prenatale e nel neonatale”
Dott. Rosaria Filoni, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta, Didatta S.I.A.B. E Direttore della rivista Grounding
“L’Analisi Bioenergetica nella classe di esercizi di bioenergetica, uno strumento di
Dott. Margherita Giustiniani, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta e Didatta S.I.A.B. “Il contributo dell’Analisi Bioenergetica nella scuola e nei processi educativi”
Dott. Maria Luisa Manca, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta, Didatta S.I.A.B. e Consigliere dell’Ordine degli Psicologi del Lazio “L’Analisi Bioenergetica nella prevenzione nei luoghi di lavoro”
Break 20 minuti
Dott. Marisa Orsini, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta, Didatta S.I.A.B. e Dirigente A.S.L. Roma B “Il contributo dell’Analisi Bioenergetica alla riabilitazione psichiatrica”
Dott. Piera Sacchi, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta e Didatta S.I.A.B. “L’Analisi Bioenergetica nell’educazione alla genitorialità”
Dott. Margherita Semeraro, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta e Didatta S.I.A.B. “Il contributo dell’Analisi Bioenergetica nello studio dei disturbi alimentari”
Dott. Maria Stallone Alborghetti, Psicologa, Psicoterapeuta e Didatta S.I.A.B.
“Le risorse dell'Analisi Bioenergetica per la promozione del benessere nella terza età”
17.30 Proiezione video su Alexander Lowen prodotto dall’Alexander Lowen Foundation
18.00 Chiusura lavori
A Rough English Translation Taken From Google Language
"The pleasure is the creative force of life"
S.I.A.B. (SOCIETA 'ITALIANA ANALYSIS Bioenergetics)
Affiliated with the 'International Institute for BIOENERGETIC Analysis (IIBA)
With the Aegis Assessorato alle Politiche Educative School, Family and Youth of the Municipality of Rome,
Order of Psychologists of Lazio, Italian Federation of Associations of Psychotherapy (FIAP)
"IN MEMORY OF Alexander Lowen: The Central 'BODY ALL' AFFETTIVITA in Education'
E IN PREVENTION OF DISCOMFORT "
Rome 15 May 2009
Sala Gonzaga - Via della Consolata, 5
(from General Command of the Municipal Police, the Capitol area
10:00 Opening Dr. Patrizia work Moselle
I greet the Authorities:
Laura Marsilio, Alderman Policies Educating School, Family and Youth del Comune di Roma
Dr Mario Falconi, President of the Provincial of the Medici (Rome)
Dr. Marialori Zaccaria, President of the Psychologists Lazio
Dr Alberto Zucconi, President of the National Schools Psychotherapy (C.N.S.P.)
10.30 in memory of Alexander Lowen
10:30 Dr. Patrizia Moselle, President of the Italian Society for Bioenergetics Analysis
(S.I.A.B.), President of the Italian Federation
Associations of Psychotherapy (F.I.A.P.), I.I.B.A. Faculty
10:45 Dr. Piero Petrini, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Head Teacher
Psychiatry University of Cassino (Frosinone), a member of
Committee on Psychotherapy of the Ministry of University and
11:15 Vezio Dr. Ruggieri, Professor of psychophysiological Clinic at the Faculty of Psychology
1 - Università "La Sapienza" of Rome
12:15 Dr. Luisa Parmeggiani, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and teacher SIAB
12:30 Screening of video interview with Alexander Lowen
Presents Enzo Decaro, actor and director
2:30 Lowen's contribution in the prevention
Mr. Aristide Iniotakis, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and teacher SIAB "The centrality of the body in Alexander Lowen"
Dr. Maria Ballardini, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Director of Educational SIAB "Bioenergetics Analysis in prenatal and neonatal"
Dr. Rosaria Filoni, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, teacher SIAB And Director of the journal Grounding "Bioenergetics Analysis in the class of bioenergetic exercises, a tool
Dr. Margaret Giustiniani, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and teacher SIAB
"The contribution of Bioenergetics in the school and educational processes"
Dr. Maria Luisa Manca, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, teacher SIAB and Councilor of the Order of Psychologists of Lazio "Bioenergetics Analysis prevention in the workplace"
Break 20 minutes
Dr. Marisa Orsini, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, teacher SIAB and Dirigente A.S.L. Roma B "The contribution of Bioenergetics to psychiatric rehabilitation"
Dr. Piera Sacchi, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and teacher SIAB "The analysis in Bioenergetics parenthood"
Dr. Margaret Semeraro, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and teacher SIAB "The contribution of Bioenergetics in the study of eating disorders"
Dr. Maria Stallone Alborghetti, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and teacher SIAB "The resources of Bioenergetics for the promotion of wellness in old age"
5:30 Screening of Alexander Lowen Memorial Video created by The Lowen Foundation
6.00 End work