Upcoming Workshops & Events


Working in Liminal & Fertile Spaces

Saturday, April 8, 2017             10-4 pm

115-119 East 92nd Street, Apt. 2A (between Park and Lexington, NYC          

Cost:  $140.

To register or ask questions, please contact Leslie Reed (reedshield@gmail.com) 516.624.0512.

The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.”                                         Rainer Maria Rilke

Thomas Merton considers liminal spaces as those moments we find ourselves “inbetween” passing through a kind of doorway to touch the eternal.  Virginia Woolf writes: “the individual in his daily life is cut off from ‘reality’ but at rare moments receives a shock. These shocks or ‘moments of being’ are flashes of intuition that may be considered as spiritual transcendent truths that connect us all. Experiencing these in-between spaces is where we might often find ourselves in the consulting room. It may be reflected in an “uncanny” clinical experience that both patient and practitioner experience but feel unable to name. Our ability to be attuned to and make full use of these real and subtle experiences of being occur frequently and often go overlooked in the treatment relationship.

The intent of this workshop is to get us in touch with these liminal spaces through harnessing one’s “contemplative intelligence”, an authentic mode of knowing that taps into a deeper source. It is seeing the world from the position of a far-reaching inclusiveness. This “open and present” stance is the antidote to our current discourse that often creates a sense of separateness and estrangement from one another, the human condition and the deeper intelligence. In dyads and the larger group we will learn to listen contemplatively, using archetypal stories, poetry, meditation and contemplative pauses to locate and reflect on these deeper spaces in our clinical work.

Leslie Reed, LCSW is a graduate from Fordham University's School of Social Service and Smith College School of Social Work's Contemplative Clinical Practice. She was the Director of the Organization Program at the William Alanson White Institute. Her practice is informed by formal training in a blend of contemplative and psychodynamic therapies.



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