RADICAL CLOSENESS FOR THE PEOPLE: PEER COUNSELING LEVEL 1 SERIES

Taught by Samantha Burnell, Rythea Lee and Michelle Huber

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Sunday evenings 6-8 p.m. January 13-March 17, Arts Trust Building, Northampton

(One of these dates will be skipped in February but we don’t know which one yet…)

a 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell





We live in a society of isolation and separation, where feelings are considered too much and few people have the skills to help out or even listen. As peer counselors for 20+ years, we have seen the value of creating a network of counselors as part of every day mental and emotional health.

Human beings are meant to live in community, to be in relationships where true intimacy can flourish, where pain and joy are shared equally with compassion. This work aims to create a context for developing deep and lasting connection through time. This workshop will introduce the practice of peer counseling, fostering a safe space, tools, and theory to begin building enduring peer support. This workshop creates an experience that helps you move forward in:

1. Not feeling alone in your life
2. Allowing feelings to cycle through without getting blocked
3. Having new insights that move your life out of stuckness
4. Creating relationships that support you to have true intimacy
5. Waking up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression
6. Gain ability to act and choose with confidence

Join us and start using tools to create more intimacy in your life.

Early Registration $280 Deadline Dec. 27th- you must pay at least a $100 by this date. $300 after that date. See below for payment link.

If you have been in crisis recently or currently, please email us before you register to discuss if this course is appropriate for you. 

Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege, reparations, and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color, please inquire

To read more about this incredible practice read this article by Rythea Lee, HERE



Early registration full payment. Due by December 27



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Cancellation policy for a series:

The $100 deposit to sign up for a series is non-refundable. If you pay in full for the whole series, you can get 1/2 back up to 2 weeks before the workshop not including the $100. Once it has hit 2 weeks before the class, there are no refunds. We can forward the remainder of your balance (not including the $100 deposit) to a future workshop up to 2 weeks before the series.

TESTIMONIALS FOR PEER COUNSELING COURSES:

This community is the real deal, and this practice is sincerely life-changing. Deep listening, loving attention, and wise holding of our feelings can be in such short supply in this world; counseling and being counseled has restored something so human and so essential to my life and relationships (old and new).  Rythea and Samantha hold space with an expertise based on devoted practice and personal healing, and a humility and vulnerability based on continual learning. These classes have held me through true and incredible transformation. I bring these tools with me everywhere I go now.

Mary-Hannah

Peer Counseling has felt to be a catalyst for integrating sincere ways of experiencing myself, a foundational groundwork for feeling, exploring, and articulation emotions. Accessing the wisdom of my process, a true support system (system in the way of being community and accountability and reliability and consistency). At times a cannonball to burst me open, get real and vulnerable into dissecting defense mechanisms, projections, insecurities, patterns, and stories.

Demi

Peer Counseling is a game-changer. That’s the way I most often describe my experience of this class. Being encouraged, held, and challenged to feel my feelings, and actually understand what that means has been more life-affirming and connecting then pretty much anything else I’ve been a part of.  I feel safe here and pushed and seen and I feel allowed in every way. There’s something deeply radical about creating a space that asks each person to be their most vulnerable selves and bring their full agency as well.

Aliza

I go deeper and deeper every class. Sometimes I think I’ve figured it all out about myself and then Rythea and Samantha provide some activity or nugget of wisdom during a session and I learn so much more than I could on my own. Through Peer Counseling, I’ve started to trust that I can go after my dreams, my fears, etc. because I have a network of support. It’s a complete game-changer, life changer. It’s given me a confidence in going through life, having feelings, and continuing to move forward.

Michelle

Peer Counseling has truly changed my life. I can’t think of any other practice that has transformed me so quickly. The safety, the community, the support, the love, the tools, all allowed me to go into my deepest “stuff” and being able to make real, deep shifts. I am so grateful to have been able to be here and I can’t picture not having Peer Counseling in my life now that it’s here.

J. Eckard






PEER COUNSELING 4 WEEK SUNDAY LAB: DEEPENING THE PRACTICE

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Sunday evenings 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9, and 16.  Arts Trust Building, Northampton

with Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell

Come join us to for this 4-week peer counseling lab where we will deepen our understanding of counseling AND clienting skills.  We will lab and do demos, practice specific skills and go deep with each other. We will connect with other counselors and make relationships that can support us for the long haul. We will work on going to the next level of what we want to clear and manifest in our lives. A chance to heal some of our biggest blocks and deepest desires with loving and skilled support.

For people who have studied with us or have experience with RC or co-counseling.

Cost: $120 for the series

Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege and societal and racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color, please inquire 


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SACRED RAGE WORKSHOP:
ACCESSING POWER AND ANGER FOR WOMEN, TRANS, AND NON-BINARY FOLK

                     Saturday, November 3rd, 10-3:30pm in Williamsburg


This workshop is currently full. Please contact samanthaburnell@gmail.com to be put on the waiting list. Please join us in the spring for the next workshop.

 

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Facilitated by Samantha Burnell and Rythea Lee Workshop held in Williamsburg, MA

Anger can be a direct line to our life force. Allowing it to express and articulate,physically move, and be heard can be transformational. Our very life-energy is often tied-up in our repressed or mis-directed rage. Supporting each other to break silence will be a powerful outlet in this workshop.

Anger and rage are basic human emotions, just like happiness, sadness, and fear, andyet, most of us who were socialized female are trained from a young age to stifle our anger to avoid being shamed, shunned, and punished. We have often been robbed of the opportunity to experience how useful and essential anger is for claiming space, having a voice, making boundaries, taking action, and creating healthy and equal relationships.

In this workshop, we will create a container and invite ourselves to access anger and/or find ways to express anger in ways that are beneficial to healing. We will work with different release exercises and the skills of peer counseling to process and move through whatever comes up for us around this issue. It will be intense and fun and life changing. Because both facilitators are trained counselors, they have skills and tools around creating safety, group dynamics, boundaries, trust, and support. They are looking forward to supporting participants in supporting each other in breaking free, whatever that means to each of us.

Cost: $100 if paid by October 7th, $120 after that date. The workshop will be held in Williamsburg, MA. This space is in a cat home.

If you have been in crisis recently or currently, please email us before you register to discuss if this course is appropriate for you. 

Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color, please inquire.

1/2 refund if you cancel up to 2 weeks before the workshop, no refund after that date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEER COUNSELING,  LEVEL 2- SUPPORT AS A LIFESTYLE 

April 8-June 3rd. 9 week series.  Sunday Nights  6-8 pm in Noho

This class series is for people who have taken either Rythea's or Samantha and Rythea's Peer Counseling intro classes or have had some experience with Re-evaluation Counseling or Co-counseling. We will build on the basic skills of compassionate listening, releasing emotions, and working on early material (childhood). We will learn more about what it means to be a grounded counselor with a solid tool-belt of skills who can also respond to the moment. We will learn what it means to take charge of our own healing as a client, to ask for the support we need in the moment, and to find safety to feel and express in our sessions. Peer Counseling is, most importantly, a practice that deepens over time, as connections develop into solid longer-term support. My intention is to facilitate the growing of community of Peer Counselors in our area.

My hope is to create a weekly experience that helps you move forward in:

  1. Not feeling alone in your life

  2. Allowing feelings to cycle through without getting blocked

  3. Having new insights that move your life out of stuckness

  4. Creating relationships that support you to have true intimacy

  5. Waking up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression

$280 if you pay a $100 deposit or the full price by March 25. $300 after that. 

Limited group numbers so register early. Not a drop-in class.

INFO:  email samanthaburnell@gmail.com, rythea@crocker.com 413-824-2870 or 413-586-7390

Cancellation policy for a series:

The $100 deposit to sign up for a series is non-refundable. If you pay in full for the whole series, you can get 1/2 back up to 2 weeks before the workshop not including the $100. Once it has hit 2 weeks before the class, there are no refunds. We can forward the remainder of your balance (not including the $100 deposit) to a future workshop up to 2 weeks before the series.

Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color, please inquire.

 

 

SACRED RAGE WORKSHOP:
ACCESSING POWER AND ANGER FOR

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Women, Trans and Non-binary People

                     Saturday, June 23rd 10-3:30pm in Williamsburg

 

Facilitated by Samantha Burnell and Rythea Lee Workshop held in Williamsburg, MA

Anger can be a direct line to our life force. Allowing it to express and articulate,physically move, and be heard can be transformational. Our very life-energy is often tied-up in our repressed or mis-directed rage. Supporting each other to break silence will be a powerful outlet in this workshop.

Anger and rage are basic human emotions, just like happiness, sadness, and fear, andyet, most of us who were socialized female are trained from a young age to stifle our anger to avoid being shamed, shunned, and punished. We have often been robbed of the opportunity to experience how useful and essential anger is for claiming space, having a voice, making boundaries, taking action, and creating healthy and equal relationships.

In this workshop, we will create a safe container and invite ourselves to access anger and/or find ways to express anger in ways that are beneficial to healing. We willwork with different release exercises and the skills of peer counseling to process and move through whatever comes up for us around this issue. It will be intense and fun and life changing. Because both facilitators are trained counselors, they have skills and tools around creating safety, group dynamics, boundaries, trust, and support. They are looking forward to supporting women in supporting each other in breaking free, whatever that means to each of us.

Cost: $100 if paid by April 13th, $120 after that date. The workshop will be held in Williamsburg, MA. This space is in a cat home. Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color, please inquire.

1/2 refund if you cancel by March 25th, no refund after that date

to register: http://samanthaburnell.com/workshops/

 

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Radical Closeness for the People: Peer Counseling

a 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell

Sunday nights from 6-8, January, 21-March 19, 2018

This workshop is currently full. Please email samanthaburnell@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list.. 

  We live in a society of isolation and separation, where feelings are considered too much and few people have the skills to help out or even listen.  As peer counselors for 20+ years, we have seen the value of creating a network of counselors as part of every day mental and emotional health.   Human beings are meant to live in community, to be in relationships where true intimacy can flourish, where pain and joy are shared equally with compassion.  This work aims to create a context for developing deep and lasting connection through time. This workshop will introduce the practice of peer counseling, fostering a safe space, tools, and theory to begin building enduring peer support. This workshop creates an experience that helps you move forward in:   1. Not feeling alone in your life 2. Allowing feelings to cycle through without getting blocked 3. Having new insights that move your life out of stuckness 4. Creating relationships that support you to have true intimacy 5. Waking up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression   Join us and start using tools to create more intimacy in your life.    $280 for early by January 5th and $300 after that date. (location near Northampton) Join us and start using tools to create more intimacy in your life.  Scholarships for people of color. Some work study available. Contact us for a payment plan..  To read more about this incredible practice read this article by Rythea Lee.  http://rythea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Peer-Counseling-A-Counterculture-Healing-Process.pdf

We live in a society of isolation and separation, where feelings are considered too much and few people have the skills to help out or even listen. As peer counselors for 20+ years, we have seen the value of creating a network of counselors as part of every day mental and emotional health.

Human beings are meant to live in community, to be in relationships where true intimacy can flourish, where pain and joy are shared equally with compassion. This work aims to create a context for developing deep and lasting connection through time. This workshop will introduce the practice of peer counseling, fostering a safe space, tools, and theory to begin building enduring peer support. This workshop creates an experience that helps you move forward in:

1. Not feeling alone in your life
2. Allowing feelings to cycle through without getting blocked
3. Having new insights that move your life out of stuckness
4. Creating relationships that support you to have true intimacy
5. Waking up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression

Join us and start using tools to create more intimacy in your life.

$280 for early by January 5th and $300 after that date. (location near Northampton)
Join us and start using tools to create more intimacy in your life.

Scholarships for people of color. Some work study available. Contact us for a payment plan..

To read more about this incredible practice read this article by Rythea Lee.

http://rythea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Peer-Counseling-A-Counterculture-Healing-Process.pdf