The Existential Adventure

The hero’s journey: Relationships, Shadow and Rebirth

Painting of Odisseus rowing his boat.

This process is a systematic existential enquiry, through a committed creative production towards personal expansion within a small group of like-minded people.

Every week we explore ourselves through Greek mythology to experience the quality each story represents for us. This is a group process work, and the focus is self-enquiry. Participants can expect to gain knowledge on Ancient Greek Mythology in a way that becomes personally meaningful and relevant to their daily life.

We work with archetypes, which are collective tendencies that influence each individual person.

The purpose of this group is to use these archetypes to identify our own internal multiple aspects. Ultimately, we will aim to deconstruct sedimented roles that we play to free ourselves and be more creative.

2024 programme:

A painting of Athena with her owl and her spear.

Term 1: Relationships. We will explore our Soul Contracts, in other words: “What am I signing up for at the start of this new year?”. We will review our own assumptions of where our loyalty is, and what our values are. We will ask ourselves the questions: What am I married to? How do I perceive myself within the institutional guidelines that dictate my interpersonal relationships? Am I accepting the limitations that my own decisions bring? How am I managing negative emotions in relation to betrayal and infidelity? Dates: 17, 24 and 31 January; 7, 14, 21 and 28 February; 6, 13 and 20 March 2024; plus one Workshop on 23 March. 

Term 2: Shadow work. Following the hero’s journey, we will aim to go beyond the surface of our everyday ordinary life, deep diving into an exploration of what has been left out: repressed, denied, forgotten. We will throw light to our blind spots, and in the intimacy of the group, we will help one another to mirror the aspects that we haven’t integrated to who we say we are. We will also reflect on the cycles of life and death, which will be fertile ground to review and update our relationship to our own Mother. Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 May; 5, 12, 19 and 26 June; 3 July 2024; plus one Workshop on 7 September.

Term 3: Rebirth. To complete this programme’s cycle, we will re-emerge with treasure, back to our everyday life, yet now able to articulate new aspects of ourselves, in this way enriching our experience of being. We will aim to have a renewed perspective that allows us to regenerate and be able to find a balance between union and freedom through playfulness and a more effective life strategy. We will be landing at the end of the year in a territory where aesthetics and love will be our Northern Star. Dates: 18 and 25 September; 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 October; 6, 13, 20 and 27 November; 4 December 2024. 

Barbara Godoy

Bárbara Godoy

Founder Director of Therapy Harley Street. Existential Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Lecturer graduated from Regent’s University London. Bárbara trained as a Group Therapist in Humaniversity, The Netherlands and in Osho Multiversity, Pune, India. She has facilitated therapeutic Group Work internationally since 1997.  Founder Director of THS International CPD Program.