Maria Papaspyrou

The Heroic Journey: A Map for Self Discovery and Integration

United Kingdom

Life brings us challenges that if successfully navigated can help us grow and mature into a fuller version of ourselves. However, turning these times to fertile soil for our psychospiritual growth, requires us to navigate an inner journey full of potential and peril. This is the journey of integration we sometimes have to complete after a difficult psychedelic experience or a life crisis. We have to reach into our inner depths in order to support the shifts life calls on us to make.

With the rise of psychedelic culture and the use of plant medicines in the West and in the absence of an appropriate cultural framework that can root such experiences, those of us working in the therapeutic professions have witnessed a rise in the necessity for tools to support the journey of integration. The work of Joseph Campbell, complimented by Maureen Murdock, offers a map of this inner journey and the quest for inner growth.

In this experiential workshop we will create a 3-dimensional map of the Heroic Journey and through meditation and practices from systemic family constellations we will support an embodied experience of the different steps of the journey. Along the way we will explore tools and rituals that can support change when we find ourselves stuck on a particular part of the path.

There will be space for those who wish to participate actively and for those who wish to just witness the process from the outside. We will close the workshop with sharing and reflecting on the journey, whilst revising the main tools to take home to support our integration process, whether we are called to manage a psychedelic experience or a life crisis.

Maria, MSc, is a BACP accredited integrative psychotherapist and systemic family constellations facilitator based in Brighton (UK). Her research interests have focused on the interface between entheogenic experiences and psychotherapy, as well as the intersections between the archetypal feminine and altered states of consciousness. She has given talks and published articles on the sacramental and healing properties of entheogens, supporting their re-introduction in psychotherapy. She is the co-founder of Club Imaginal, a lecture series in Brighton, the founder of T.R.I.P.P. network - a U.K.-wide list of psychotherapists offering integration services, and co-editor of the upcoming book by Inner Traditions "Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine".