FCRP 2018

Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Friday, May 25, 2018

Welcome to the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology
Inspiring inner journeys for change in the world.
Please note: Early bird registration ends on April 26.

with Bessel van der Kolk, Plenary Speaker

FCRP 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018 6:00 PM -
Monday, May 28, 2018 1:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Rd
Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086
United States

Map and Directions
The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology is one of the oldest conferences in the U.S. dedicated to individual spiritual exploration with a focus on in-depth psychology, specifically Jungian psychology. The roots of the conference were set down in the mid-1930s when a group of Quaker women met with C.G. Jung in Zurich for a four-hour talk about the similarities between the inward journey to wholeness through the unconscious—dreams, creative work, and active imagination—and the Quaker trust that the Inner Light will guide.

This year’s plenary speaker is psychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. His book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, is a courageous exploration of how trauma—whether from war-time experience, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, or even early parental verbal assaults—registers deep in the body and emotional brain. “Trauma is not just an event in the past, it is an imprint left by experience on mind, brain, and body which affects how we survive,” writes Bessel van der Kolk. “After trauma, the world is experienced with a different nervous system.”

Because the experience of trauma is set down neurologically at a distance from the rational brain (the prefrontal cortex), traditional talk therapies can prove inadequate for healing. Bessel will share with us the science behind his less-than-conventional therapeutic point of view. He will also tell us how therapies that use rhythmic movement, simple play, and focus on the breath can be effective for reaching the emotional brain through the body.

In the second half of our conference, Joe Weldon and Noel Wight, co-directors of the Somatic Therapy Center in Philadelphia, will help us go beyond the theory of trauma to a deeper understanding of the paths to healing.
Joe and Noel’s lectures and demonstrations of Transformative Touch during the weekend will allow conference participants to see Bessel’s theory of healing from trauma in action.

For more information, please access our main website http://fcrp.quaker.org.

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Please send checks to:

    Annilee Oppenheimer
    FCRP Treasurer
    8603 Turnberry Ct
    Potomac, MD 20854

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