Writing About Adolescence 

The Orphan Archetype

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“I set out to bring down stars from the sky and then, for fear of ridicule, I stop and pick little flowers of eloquence.” - Edmond Rostand

 

Exploring Your Adolescence & Archetype of The Orphan 

 

Writing about adolescence in this course will facilitate a great deal of personal reflection and contemplation that is stimulated by readings, writing exercises, short videos and much more, including end of day mentoring sessions to offer objective insights into your learnings and help you synthesise everything.

 One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. 
Krishnamurti

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Life Writing, Personal Development and a Retreat Space


Feeling a bit listless in our ordinary routines, many of us like to spice life up with a road trip and all the sensory delight they can bring.

Others take the opposite approach, gravitating to meditation retreats in the hopes of giving their overstimulated and exhausted minds a break, by emptying them.

The programs we run straddle the middle path. Tranquil surrounds and reflective questions help to still the waters, while the diversity of activities and the provoking nature of it helps to shake you out of ruts and enculturated thinking.

Writing About Adolescence - Blue Mountains Retreat

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Writing Studio - The Blue Mountains | Outskirts of Sydney
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A Peaceful, Nature Laden Writing Space
 

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Orphan Archetype - Exploring Our Adolescent Development

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Pulling Up Roots 

 

Mainstream psychology regards the task of adolescence as that of forming our identity and growing beyond the family, peer and cultural conditioning we each receive. This program helps you recognise if healthy boundaries were formed or whether development stunting issues such as golden child syndrome and others occurred.

If you fight for your dignity, you risk losing the love you need from them [parents] to develop. If you don’t fight back, you lose your self-respect and your development is stifled - Jeff Brown

 

 

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Orphan Archetype Journey  

 

Carl Jung spoke of the Orphan complex, where we must navigate the experience of feeling misunderstood and different from our family and peers. This severing and going inwards is a necessary developmental stage. Remaining in the naivety of childhood helps us not. Integrating this passage involves not overstaying in the opposite behaviour where we become overly distrustful.

Loneliness is the absence of the other. Aloneness is the presence of oneself - Osho 

 

 

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Wounded Healer

Both indigenous cultures and ancient wisdom recognised that life is designed to break a person open, just as a seed must be broken in order to germinate. The modern rise of helicopter and pressure cooker parenting has gone the other extreme of being overly protective. Sifting through our teen years to recall the woundings we experienced allows us to find the gifts, or treasure they offer us.

The shell must break before the bird can fly - Alfred Tennyson

 

Details About The Life Writing Program Exploring Adolescence

Consider embarking on this Write of Passage in order to

✴︎ Undertake Narrative Writing About Adolescence

✴︎ Gain Insight Into How To Write A Memoir 

✴︎Begin Writing About Teenage Trauma 

✴︎ Understand the Orphan Archetype And It's Developmental Purpose

✴︎Write A Short Story About Your Teen Years

✴︎ Undertake Personal Development

✴︎ Explore Life Story Writing & Create A Foundation To Build A Memoir

✴︎ Discover Archetypal Psychology & A More Imaginative Approach To Self-Understanding

Cost: $590 for a 2 day program

Inclusions: Accommodation, meals, workbooks and personal mentoring/debriefing

Location: Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW

Program Outline:

Day 1

Morning Session

Explore workbook readings and insights relating to adolescence as viewed from mainstream psychology. * Optional writing exercises.

Lunch

Afternoon Session

Explore workbook readings and insights relating to adolescence as viewed from mainstream psychology. * Optional writing exercises.

Optional debriefing session to help locate themes and patterns which can be used as the basis for writing about an event from your adolescence.

Dinner (or the option for you to take in one of the local dining facilities)

Optional evening session (immersive, non writing activities)

Day 2

Morning Session

Explore workbook readings and insights relating to the archetype of the Orphan (Wounded Healer), with optional writing exercises.

Lunch

Afternoon Session

Explore workbook readings and insights relating to the archetype of the Orphan (Wounded Healer), with optional writing exercises.

Optional debriefing session to help locate themes and patterns which can be used as the basis for writing about an event from your adolescence.

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