As challenging as it may seem, in every moment there is the possibility to create a better future for ourselves. This becomes easier to see when we are not alone; when we are in community with others who want to create something together.
On 23 June, a large pebble was dropped and began to create ripples which are still spreading. In the wake of the EU referendum and all that it has triggered, many of us have been left with a whole bunch of thoughts and feelings. Some of them have dissipated, some of them have been parked to one side, others linger and we are left bemused, frustrated, angry, worried or scared (amongst many other things) as to what is going on and what's coming next. Beyond our own shores, there is further uncertainty and turmoil.
In times of dramatic change it is important to be able to find some meaning and to make some sense of our thoughts and feelings amongst all the upheaval. It is even more important that we stay connected to others and not feel alone. Isolation, whether real or perceived, can only compound some of the heavy feelings we experience and make it harder to move on.
"Clearly Brexit shouldn’t be ranked alongside world wars. But it still provokes profound soul-searching. Perhaps the question we should be asking ourselves now is how our Brexistential crisis can become a source of energy for creating new forms of social, economic and cultural life.” Andre Spicer in The Guardian
We need to feed hope.
We need a vision of what could be.
But first we need to process all that we think and feel, to find meaning, to get a big picture of what is happening and find a place to express the energy that is within us.
This series of workshops is about providing a place for you to do that.
The workshops will be conducting using Sociodrama, which is a method for groups to explore and examine shared concerns. Out of this shared examination and exploration can come greater understanding and hope. Sociodrama is a way for people to make sense of complex or confusing questions in community with others, developing greater ability to comprehend from a number of perspectives, so that new shared solutions can unfold. After some understanding and meaning can come commitments to action and new solutions to things that none of us could have come up with on our own. This is the power of group and community.
When we remain alone, it's easy to criticise and get stuck in anger, sadness and fear. It's more challenging to wake ourselves and our imaginations up and work out what new structures, relationships and institutions to build and how to do that.
When we are with others, it becomes easier to rise to that challenge.
Sociodrama helps us to ignite our spontaneity and creativity and to explore what actions we might take and with whom. It is for the people, of the people and by the people. This event is for, of and by everyone who comes along.
Whether you voted to remain in the EU, to leave the EU or abstained, we are all of us still experiencing the aftershocks of a significant change in how our country operates. What is important in these workshops is not how you voted, but that you bring an openness to explore and to seek to understand alongside others willing to do the same.
This is a series of three workshops around this topic. Because the content of each session will arise from the life of the group in the moment, each session will be different. When you register, please indicate which session(s) you wish to attend.