Marianne Fry Lecture 2021

Engineers’  House, Bristol, Saturday 25th September

JOCELYN CHAPLIN

Equalising Rhythms – the Spirit withinMatter

Jocelyn’s lecture and experiential session will address the impact of hierarchies on our lives, in the context of three crises which all interconnect and relate profoundly to the Coronavirus crisis.

Firstly, The Crisis of Meaning: Spirituality has been an important part of Gestalt and other therapies, but it has usually been connected to patriarchal religions or New Age commercialism. In both, the underlying model is hierarchical, as with the goal of moving ever upwards towards enlightenment or perfection.

Secondly, the Climate Crisis: In nature, both within and outside us, balancing or equalising can be seen as the most powerful underlying force. It is because humans no longer honour or attune to it that we are destroying the planet.

And thirdly, the Crisis of Inequality: We cannot build a more sustainable future with present levels of inequality and our dominating, vertical thinking.


Jocelyn has been working on the more balancing, rhythm model as an alternative paradigm for 40 years, finding it relevant to therapy practice as well as to the wider eco-systems we live in.

Jocelyn works in private practice, and with John Rowan co-founded the Serpent Institute in 1998 to train therapists in humanistic and psychodynamic approaches within a natural spirituality framework. It is now a centre for developing a spirituality with equality at its heart. Her books include The Mass Psychology of ThatcherismFeminist Counselling in ActionLove in an Age of Uncertainty and Deep Equality. She is also an artist.

The day will include experiential work, lunch and refreshments. Bookmark booksellers will be present.

For more information please go to the Marianne Fry Lectures website, where you can also book a place.

Covid-19 considerations

The organising group has carefully considered the possible impact of Covid-19 on the planned event and our plans are included in the event details.  Please note that should we have to limit numbers, places will be allocated on a first-booked basis.

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