Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are delighted to invite you to the 4th International workshop of the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis:
"ROOTS AND WINGS IN THE GROUP".
In this workshop, we wish to continue in the spirit and tradition of previous workshops - our roots, while striving to innovate, and spread new wings.
Goethe wrote: "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other is wings”. 'Roots and Wings' represent for us the group's movement from the past to the present and into the future; from personal biography to group and social history; from cherishing tradition to having the freedom to develop, create and change. As the Israeli poet Zelda wrote: ”The past is moving in the present”; it is our belief that in order for us 'to fly' - to build a future and hold onto hope - we need first to explore our roots, our collective mind, our matrix.
This year the workshop will be held at the Yearim Hotel, near Jerusalem. The Yearim Hotel lies atop one of the highest peaks in the Jerusalem hills, fully immersed in nature's charms. It is an area infused with the roots of various religions and cultures. It provides an unrivaled atmosphere of intimacy, peace and relaxation, with clear, crisp mountain air, surrounded by evergreens. We hope that the lovely environment will facilitate greater contact among us and within ourselves, and will allow meaningful group work with our ‘Roots and Wings’.
During the three days of our workshop, through the mutual contribution of groups and individual members, we wish to explore what is it that we derive from our roots, and what do we yearn to release and change? How do our historical layers, personal and collective, resonate our relations with the present environment? How can we find wings, and where would we like to fly?
We are united in our fascination in conducting therapy through the Group Analysis approach. We hope to make space for the give-and-takes of healthy interpersonal dynamics among us. The small groups, large groups and lectures will all serve as parts of a setting, carefully designed to facilitate development, and to satisfy our curiosity and passion for groups. Participants will have opportunities to tour this special area, attend many informal social gatherings and enjoy the final party.
We look forward to meeting you,
Co-Chairs of the Workshop
Liat Ariel Smadar Ashuach