IBA 2009 Members Conference Announcement

Jan 30, 2009

The IBA 2009 Members Conference at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort on August 13 through 16 is now open for registration online. The price is $600 for the 4-day Conference. But if you register and pay in full by May 1st, the price is $550. There will be a 1-day Instructors meeting on August 12th. The pre- and post-conference classes will be finalized next week, but we do know that they will include John Veltheim's new course: From Tensegrity to Transegrity: the Science of Consciousness, as well as Lynn Teachworth's Structural Integration course. Look for more details in next week's newsletter. To sign up now for the 2009 Members Conference, click here.

Members Conference Keynote Speaker

An exciting part of the preparations leading up to our Members Conference is making a wish list of possible keynote speakers.

In the past we have chosen keynote speakers who could talk on subjects that would pertain directly to BodyTalk and its use; experts in the realms of science, energy medicine and physics. This year we have been looking for something very different.

Our wish for this years' conference was to find a keynote speaker whose focus would be the human being in practice. We believe we have found just the right person!

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Dr. James Hollis, one of the most highly revered Jungian authors and teachers of our time, has agreed to be our keynote speaker for the 2009 Members Conference. Dr. Hollis will present a full-day seminar on Friday, August 14th, the second day of the Conference. Here is brief explanation of the work he plans to do with us:

The Wounded Healer/The Personal Myth

As Jung noted, only the wounded healer can heal. Only the person who has suffered, come to an enlarged consciousness through that suffering, and then relates to others with a more assimilated woundedness can have a healing effect upon others. The highest percentage of persons in the care-giving professions come from wounded backgrounds and seek their own healing through their choice of profession. This program will especially identify the hidden pathology, the hidden costs to such persons, as well as explore the archetype of the wounded healer in all of us.

Additionally, we will address the nature of the personal myth, namely, the inner directives, force fields, and archaic agendas that drive us in our work. (Participants will be engaged in questions and exercises designed to bring some of these hidden patterns to the surface. Accordingly, you are encouraged to bring pen and paper for personal reflection).

Learning Goals:

1. Explore the motifs of healing, of wounding, and the archetype of the wounded healer.

2. Identify the common patterns in the family of origin backgrounds of care-giving professionals and the character of unconscious motives in the choice of profession.

3. Describe the sorts of psychic costs which befall the wounded healer who lives daily amid the wounds of others.

4. Examine patterns of self-healing which may be employed by the healer in his or her work.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dr. Hollis' work, as well as for those of you who are afficionados, the following is a short, very insightful interview with Dr. Hollis:


James Hollis, Ph.D., was born in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated with an A.B. from Manchester College in 1962 and with a Ph.D. from Drew University in 1967. He taught the Humanities 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82). He is a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, Texas, where he served as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston from 1997-2008. He lives with his wife Jill, an artist and therapist, and together they have four adult children. He is a retired Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was the first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is vice-president of the Philemon Foundation, which is dedicated to the publication of the complete works of Jung.

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