A Tiny Green Leaf: Nourishing Signs of Life

  • 16 Aug 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Le Peep’s Restaurant, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue (next to McGuckin Hardware)

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Attend this Networking Breakfast Event sponsored by the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists (CAP), Le Peep’s Restaurant, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue (next to McGuckin Hardware), 8:00-10 am. business cards & flyers. No cost other than your own breakfast check or $10. 

     "From a scarecrow’s sleeve, a tiny green leaf unfolds on an oaken arm."  ... Richard Wright 

How do we nourish and sustain early patterns of growth that may appear infinitesimally small or sprout from forsaken structures?  Playing with metaphor we will examine unlikely sources of life-giving sustenance for clients and renewable sources of energy for psychotherapists and care-givers. 

Literature and poetry remind us that many healing insights and methods of psychotherapy have been timelessly reiterated throughout history and art. Looking at the words and life of Richard Wright, a noted black author who rose out of the trauma of extreme poverty and racism, investigate truths about the human condition that he exposed through studies that included philosophy, psychoanalysis, world culture and the contemplative practice of haiku. Explore how to bring new life, wisdom and delight from the oaken arm of experience. Take-aways may include an aha moment or a greater appreciation for the natural unfolding of healing that is possible through imaginative approaches to psychotherapy and life.

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D. has practiced as a psychotherapist for over 30 years, is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt Therapist. She is a professor at Naropa University, founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Master’s Program and introduced its three concentrations of study including Art Therapy and Wilderness Therapy. She initiated the development of the Naropa Community Counseling (NCC) center and serves on its advisory board. Previously she worked for Boulder County Hospice and Boulder County Social Services. She is author of The Luminous Buddha,The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love and co-authored When Your Spouse Comes Out: A Straight Mate’s Recovery Manual.



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