Saturdays - Feb 1st, Mar 7th, Apr 4th & May 9th 2020

All Seminars run on Saturdays from 11am-5pm
They consist of Theoretical Lectures, Practical Applications, Group Discussions and Experiential Exercises.

Febuary 1st – Exploring the Enneagram

The Enneagram is a powerful personality system that is uncannily accurate. It highlights nine psychological typologies. The word derives from ennea meaning ‘nine’ in Greek and grammas meaning ‘figure’. According to the enneagram model, each of us is born with a dominant type represented by numbers 1 to 9. It alerts us to health (integration) and neurosis (disintegration), to a foundational fear as well as to a foundational desire. It has been associated with psychoanalysis and existential philosophy and been deployed in therapy, spiritual direction, and business. This one-day seminar will take introduce you to:

Morning Session (Dr Stephen J. Costello):

  • Lenses on the World
  • Perspective and Truth
  • Historical Background and Philosophy

Afternoon Session (Michael Ryan: enneagram expert):

  • The Nine Enneatypes
  • Example from ‘The Odd Couple’
  • The Law of Three and the Law of Seven

Format: Power Point Presentation and film clips
Facilitators: Dr Stephen J. Costello and Michael Ryan

March 7th – Traversing the Tarot: A Psycho-Spiritual Journey from Ego to Self

‘The tarot cards, as well as teaching us to dance mentally, also provide us with an easier route to the unconscious …. They provide a window to an alternative world …. The tarot trump cards are 22 spiritual exercises’, Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB (Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey and author of Tarot: Reading the World as Symbol).

The oldest pack of Tarot cards dates from fifteenth-century Italy. The use of them for divinatory purposes only began in eighteenth-century France. This high-jacking of the cards for cartomancy (so-called fortune or future-telling) spread to England. But the major arcana, of which there are 22 cards, consist of inspiring images that may be used as a spring-board to meditation. They are works of art coming from the deep, creative layers of the human unconscious. They are laden with symbolism and imbued with Western Christian iconography. They portray in symbolic form our inner reality and mark out an incredible journey into wholeness. We will be using the Marseilles Deck in this one-day seminar. We will be exploring the following themes: 

Morning Session:

  • ‘I’m in Two Minds’: Ego vs Self
  • Yeats, the Tarot and Christian Tradition

Afternoon Session:

The 22 Major Arcana: 

  • The Fool
  • The Magician
  • The High Priestess
  • The Empress
  • The Emperor
  • The Pope
  • The Lover
  • The Chariot
  • Justice
  • The Hermit
  • The Wheel of Fortune
  • Strength (Force)
  • The Hanged Man 
  • Death
  • Temperance
  • The Devil
  • The Tower
  • The Star
  • The Moon
  • The Sun
  • The Judgement
  • The World

Format: Power Point Presentation plus deck of cards
Facilitator: Dr Stephen J. Costello 

April 4th

  • The Body; The Mind
  • Technologies of the Self

May 9th

  • Meditation
  • Twenty-First Century Spirituality: Etty Hillesum & Dag Hammarskjöld

Facilitator: Dr Stephen J. Costello, Founder-Director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland.

Limited places. Early booking essential. CPD Certs available on request

  • Location:
    Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Ave., Morehampton Rd., Dublin 4.
  • Date: Saturdays - Feb 1st, Mar 7th, Apr 4th & May 9th 2020
  • Time: 11AM - 5PM
  • Non-Members Cost: €120
  • Members Cost: €100

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