Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social responsibility
Time: March 18, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Vagabond, London, N7
Website or Map: http://www.meetup.com/Stillpo…
Event Type: evening, talk, and, discussion
Organized By: Still point Spaces, London.
Latest Activity: Mar 2, 2016
What sort of expectations do women consciously and unconsciously carry around today?
What are the consequences of living in a pronatal society?
What's the effect of what Melanie Holmes refers to as “The Mother Mandate” - the idea that life for women is incomplete if they haven’t had a child?
This evening will open a space for discussion on these important topics. Kamalamani, author of Other than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind will give a short talk followed by an open discussion. Books will be available for purchase.
More women than ever before are not having children, due to both choice and circumstance. Fascinated by these phenomena, as well as being interested in remaining without child for ecological and environmental reasons, Kamalamani has written Other than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind. She wrote this with a view to supporting people in mulling this private decision with global consequences. The book touches upon the many themes that constellate around the decision to have children (or not): identity, gender conditioning, meaning making, embodiment, and our care for other-than-human life, to name but a few. Kamalamani longs for the day when we embrace different reproductive choices and choosing not to have children isn't automatically judged as being socially deviant and somehow in reaction to children and parents.
Kamalamani is an Embodied-Relational therapist, supervisor, facilitator and author living and working in Bristol. Her first book Meditating with Character was published by Mantra Books in 2012, weaving together experientially post-Reichian character structure from Body psychotherapy with meditation practice. Her second book Other than Mother: Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind will be published by Earth Books on 29 April 2016. She writes a regular column for Somatic Psychotherapy Today, a publication of United States Association for Body Psychotherapy and is former editor of Transformations, a publication of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and a former steering group member. She was ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2005 and loves applying age-old teaching to life in 2016, particularly in the realms of body psychotherapy and ecopsychology.
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