Current Encounter Group Offerings

Below are the titles and descriptions of active Encounter Groups:

Understanding Feminine Psychology

Utilizing Clarissa Pinkola Estés', Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (required text)group members will have the opportunity to reflect and interact around specific stories and ideas from this beloved cantadora ("keeper of the old stories").  This group is open to both women and men interested in exploring the feminine aspect of their identity and committed to integrating new insights into life practice.

Email khingswood@gmail.com for details regarding application for participation in weekly meetings.

Understanding Masculine Psychology

Utilizing Robert A. Johnson's, He: Understanding Masculine Psychology (required text), group members will have the opportunity to reflect and interact around the myth of Parsifal's search for the Holy Grail, as well as the poignant insights of Johnson.  This group is open to both men and women interested in exploring the masculine aspect of their identity and committed to integrating new insights into life practice.

Email khingswood@gmail.com for details regarding application for participation in weekly meetings.

Exploring Your Creative Voice

Utilizing Rainer Maria Rilke's, Letters To A Young Poet (required text), group members will explore what it means to cultivate inner solitude for the purpose of manifesting his or her creative voice.  This group is open to both women and men with interests in discussing the creative process with kindred souls (regardless of preferred art form).  While group members may have the opportunity to share original work in the group, the emphasis will be reserved for exploring and expressing one's own relationship with her/his creative capacity.  

Email khingswood@gmail.com for details regarding application for participation in weekly meetings.

Establishing An Integral Life Practice

Utilizing Ken Wilber et. al.'s, Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening (required text), group members will learn about and discuss Wilber's integral philosophy, exploring implications for individualized life practice.  This group is open to both men and women with interests in expanding consciousness by discussing and applying Wilber's integral philosophy to his/her own life.  Group sessions will include experiential activities like guided meditations, body scans, and group shadow work.

Email khingswood@gmail.com for details regarding application for participation in weekly meetings.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How much does it cost to participate in an Encounter Group?

     A:  Encounter Groups cost $30 per 90-minute session. 

Q:  How often does an Encounter Group meet?  Where are they held?

     A:  Encounter Groups meet weekly at Tabor Space in SE Portland.  Specific room assignments are updated weekly and will be posted accordingly at the main entrance of Tabor Space.

Q:  How long will Encounter Groups meet together?  Do I have to commit to a certain number of meetings?

     A:  The longevity of each Encounter Group will depend largely upon (1) the commitment of group members to the Encounter Group process and (2) the degree of interest and appreciation in the text utilized for that group.  Encounter Group participants will be asked to make an initial commitment to attend six consecutive Encounter Group sessions (once a week) to establish a cohesive, working group.  After this initial commitment, groups will evaluate their ability/desire to continue meeting together. 

Q:  What if I need to miss a week?  (or, What if I don't feel like coming... ?)

     A:  Unforeseen shifts in responsibility are a part of all of our lives.  Should you find it necessary to miss a weekly session due to personal issues, do so.  However, committing to show up each week is integral to your and your group's psychological growth.  If you begin to feel resistant to coming to a group session you have willingly committed to attending, this is likely an important dynamic to accept and make conscious within the group setting.  Some of the greatest "ah-ha" moments of life occur when we push through our own resistance and develop the courage to be authentic with ourselves and others about the struggles we are experiencing.  

Q:  Is it possible for Encounter Groups to be designated as gender-specific?  I'm hesitant to explore topics like femininity and masculinity in mixed gender groups...

     A:  The choice to offer groups like "Understanding Feminine/Masculine Psychology" for both women and men is an intentional, therapeutic decision by Patrick.  As participants of these Encounter Groups will learn, every human-- regardless of race, ethnicity, anatomical sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, and ability-- has the common challenge of developing an identity that resonates with his-/her-/their-self, which includes both feminine AND masculine aspects of personhood.  As a trained mental health clinician, Patrick is committed to providing a safe, respectful environment for group members to explore his/her/their own unique sense of self while maximizing the opportunity for group members to deepen their appreciation for the complexity and beauty of human identity.  All of the above considered, Patrick also acknowledges the unique advantages of offering gender-specific Encounter Groups and is willing to offer such groups if interest is specifically expressed.  Email khingswood@gmail.com to inquire for gender-specific group offerings.