Workshops & Training, 2018
EMOTIONAL EDUCATION RETREAT:
HEALING OURSELVES AND HEALING OUR WORLD
Friday, July 27 - Sunday, July 29, 2018
Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
Psychiatrist, author and curator, Dr. Albert Levis and his children, Max Levis PhD, and Melissa Levis MFA, welcome you to a fascinating weekend of intellectual discovery and personal insight. Levis pioneers Moral Science, a new framework to integrate science, psychology, emotions, religion, mythology and art. Discover your unique Conflict Resolution Process and learn how to transform your unconscious patterns into more effective relationships. This weekend is for the general public, intellectually curious and people who love growth. Tuition and meals $300 per person. Lodging is additional. Contact 917-680-6739 for reservations and additional information.
FRIDAY NIGHT WELCOME RECEPTION AND DINNER
INTRODUCTION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS:
UNDERSTANDING OUR UNIVERSAL PATTERN
6:30 - 8:30PM
Challenging psychoanalytic and neurobiological conceptions of the brain, Levis presents a new model for understanding behavior as an exact science. In contrast to the Freudian unconscious that is based on a drive for sex and aggression and made up of the fragmented id, ego and superego, Moral Science holds that the unconscious transforms conflict to resolution along an interrelated rollercoaster of six emotions and actions . This "Conflict Resolution Process" abides by the laws of math and physics thereby making psychology into a science.
SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 10-12AM
MUSEUM OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS SCULPTURE COLLECTION: RETRACING THE HISTORY OF LOVE
Wilburton Inn Campus
In this guided walk through the collection, Dr. Levis explores the struggle between the genders and the evolution of religions as discoveries of alternative ways of resolving conflict. The art explores the shifting power dynamics in family relations and introduces more inclusive and abstract definitions of the divine. Beginning with the cruel Matriarchal Mother Earth Goddess of Mexico, to the seductive "fight or flight" Helen of Troy, from Kali who dances on Shiva and inspires asceticism to the powerful dragons of China and delicate Geishas of Japan, from the seductive Ishtar of Gilgamesh that inspired temptress Eve, to the monotheistic religions of the Bible, that inspired the father-son and mother-child alliance but caused inequity between husband and wife, the Museum explores how different cultures deal with conflict, developing contrasting moral systems and social norms. Religions are seen as partial and complimentary discoveries of science. The key to global and personal happiness are the moral values of cooperation, moderation and mutual respect.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS 2-5PM
1. THE GORSKI RETROSPECTIVE: IDENTIFYING THE PATTERN
Moral Science Project, 3814 Main Street, across from the Taconic Hotel. Manchester Village 2 - 3 PM
This session introduces participants to the work of Henry Gorski, one of North America’s pre-eminent figurative expressionists. The Museum houses over 100 of Gorski’s canvases from the duration of his career. These paintings are organized as cycles of conflict resolution, tracing how the painter used art to transform his emotional reality. The canvases illustrate the unconscious Creative Process which goes from stress, response, anxiety, defense, reversal to compromise. Each cycle shows a new phase of growth and insight leading from conflict to resolution.
2. RETRACE DR. LEVIS'S CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROCESS THROUGH SCULPTURES.
Village Sculpture Park, behind the Moral Science Project, 3814 Main Street, Manchester Village 3 - 4 PM
Dr. Levis uses sculpture to recreate the drama of his own life, from his childhood as a Jew in hiding in Athens, Greece during World War II, to a thinking skier who came to Vermont in the 70s to a wise man sitting at with the counsel of world religions, trying to heal the world in his old age. This outdoor exhibit uses traditional art and found objects to give permission to the viewer that they can create their own six-role life story celebrating their conflict resolution process too.
3. CREATIVITY FOR SELF-DISCOVERY:
Moral Science Project 3814 Main Street, across from the Taconic Hotel. 4 - 5PM
A hands on workshop with art exercises (no art skills required) for people to discover their unique own Conflict Resolution Process. Based on two Creativity for Self Discovery tests that were developed over 40 years in his career as a Yale trained psychiatrist, this is an easy opportunity for people to discover their personality type and how to enhance their happiness and effectiveness. Participants are invited to share their insights with the group and act out their creativity to gain even more insights.
SATURDAY EVENING SESSION
MORAL MONOPOLY: THE GAME
Wilburton Inn, 6:00- 8PM
Over dinner, guests retrace historic and mythic sagas from Mexico, Ancient Greece, India and Mesopotamia. Learn how morality evolved from these four global cultures to discover the universal values of cooperation, moderation, and mutual respect. This non-competitive game offers a spring board to discuss the conflicting absolute truths of orthodoxy and find the commonality among them through the Conflict Resolution Process. Religions are seen as en evolution from Matriarchy, to Patriarchy, Ascetisism to Monotheism. It is up to science to finish the work of religions to bring peace to the world.
INNKEEPERS DAUGHTER CABARET
Wilburton Inn, 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Innkeeper Melissa uses the Creative Process to entertain guests with her witty and poignant songs of searching for love in the world of Tinder. She turns the conflict and emotions of dating into art, thereby turning conflict into creativity.
SUNDAY MORNING SESSION 10-12PM
POLITICAL RELEVANCE: HEALING THE WORLD
Wilburton Campus, 257 Wilburton Drive, Manchester VT
This session challenges participants to apply the insights they have gathered to the contemporary political landscape. We will address questions such as how do we deal with Trump, how can we build consensus, and how do we defeat terrorism? How to we apply the weekend's take aways into their work and family for increased wisdom and happiness.