Apprentice Resources 2022




Apprentice Training 2022

Strengthening Relational Capacities in Groups:

Engaging Eros, Aggression, Desire & Vitality


Group As ‘Cauldron
And Container’ 

The 2022 Training Year

Examining Generative and Destructive Relational Forces

This year, we build on the foundation of previous years – by returning to familiar and essential themes in our group work, and by learning what it takes to deepen a group’s process by working more actively with one’s own internal process of what is happening in the group.


We are exploring what it means to be a part of an ‘interpersonal field’ as a group.  We make space for direct encounters and exchanges with one another that we can track with a felt sense in our bodies.  

We will pay attention to the necessity of ‘dynamic tension’ in group processes in ways that are life-giving to our desires and give generative movement to aggression.  We will also learn to recognize the various ‘disguises’ of destructive aggression, and how they tend to play out in groups.

Referenced Books For 2022:

Supplemental Reading for 2022:

  • Difficult Topics In Group Therapy, by Jerome Gans.
  • The Group Therapy Experience, by Louis Ormont.
  • Who Do We Choose To Be? by Margaret Wheatley.


I have distilled the amount of content to be read. There are a few PDFs of my personal notes from a new book called Vitalizations: On Being and Becoming.  It is a collection of papers that I find quite inspiring, but not the easiest to read.  (Thus the book notes.)

Below are three short PDFs to read in preparation for the autumn training week.  They are representative of new material that I am excited about sharing. The content fits in very well with understanding the particular skills needed for more intensive group work.

Embodying Essential Process Work Capacities for the Group Facilitator/The Ruthlessness of The Group – Michael Mervosh

Facilitating Aliveness in The Group Container Based on the work of Rachel Peltz

VITALIZATON Perspectives on Being and Becoming – Between Mythos & Logos – Boaz Shalgi





I am providing you with some photocopied and highlighted chapters for a more focused distillation of the material we will reference during the spring training week, along with my personal book notes for some of the chapters.  I think you’ll find these to be worthwhile.

We’ll deepen our understanding of aggression as a fundamental instinct and a life force, both as a generative force and as a destructive force in one’s own development, and in relationships.   As well, we’ll keep on exploring the ways we are animated, moved and troubled by our experiences of eros and desire.

We will revisit the essential skill of Active Witnessing – to be both a part of and apart from – the experiences of others as individuals, and the subjective experience we each have of our group as a whole.

This year will we place an emphasis on furthering processes that happen in groups, by examining more closely and precisely those various aspects of our humanity that keeps a group from moving forward.  In that regard, we will look more at transferences with groups, and the counter-transferences we encounter as group facilitators.

Let The Beauty We Love...

Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.

Don’t try to see through the distances.

That’s not for human beings.

Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.

Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.

Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.