For participants in the Springhouse Adult programming
Mentoring is not psychotherapy. There is a difference between this mentoring in shadow work and psychotherapy. Bill Plotkin, founder of the Animas Valley Institute, writes “psychotherapy, when successful, helps us interpersonally and intrapersonally,” and strengthens the healthy ego. Without some sense of self and identity, one cannot enter the shadow in transformative ways. We must have something to hold onto in the dark and in this case, it is some sense of ourselves that psychotherapy can cultivate.
*Mentor will meet monthly with participant each session
Fall/Winter: September - December (4 sessions: $320)
Winter/Spring: January - May (5 sessions: $395)
Summer: June-August (3 sessions: $240)
Mentoring is an ancient practice where a person seeking transformation, seeks the guidance of another. A mentor is like a lighthouse on the shore, shining light to the one traversing foggy, dark places within, reminding a person that their greatest teacher, the truest light, is found inside of them. The mentor can be a person or even the natural world, which often goes unnoticed.
In contrast shadow work mentoring, “when successful, engenders initiated adults, actively engaged visionaries of cultural renaissance.” We enter the shadow grounded in what we know of ourselves, ready to learn more about the more mysterious and unknown places within. Because the Shadow Work program at Springhouse is not psychotherapy, if it is discovered that a person is in need of this care, they will be referred out for that support.
The Springhouse mentoring program is offered to those who are participating in another young adult and adult programs. The reason for this is because it is essential to have a practice in conjunction with exploring one’s inner territory. In mentoring, you can expect to be loved, asked potent questions that guide you deeper within, and supported through the transformational process. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Jenny Finn.