Alchemy of Transformation
An odyssey can be defined as: a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune. Alternatively, it can be seen as an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest, or, a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding.
Although commonly associated with Homer’s epic poem, an odyssey is an archetypal concept that is present in all cultures. Homer’s Odyssey is simply one version of the “hero’s journey” that, as Joseph Campbell has pointed out, is important in many cultures. In the Christian tradition, we find this expressed in the story of the quest for the Holy Grail.
Our position is that an Odyssey, as an archetypal process, transcends racial, ethnic and cultural divisions and even sexual and political differences. Odyssey is, fundamentally, the alchemical process of change, or transformation. It is, therefore, intimately connected to health and healing in a psychological and spiritual context.
While we award a diploma to those who complete the modules that comprise the Odyssey Diploma course, it should be seen less in academic terms and more as a process of personal initiation, change and career enhancement, and the development of a more spiritual – soulful – orientation to life, meaning and purpose.
The Odyssey Diploma requires independent research and is self-paced with tutor support, so its demands may be seen as more post-graduate than under-graduate. Thus, a level of development must have been achieved by those admitted to the Odyssey Diploma. This development need not have been part of some training in a healing modality, however, so life experience may well be enough for admission to the Diploma Course (applicants will be considered on an individual basis).
Note: We consider the Holistic Life Coaching course to be an adequate pre-requisite for the Odyssey diploma, and the Holistic Counselling course to be a practical pre-requisite for Odyssey Psychotherapy training.
Who will benefit from Odyssey?
The Odyssey Diploma is suitable for those seeking:
- Personal and spiritual development
- To explore health and healing in a psychospiritual context
- An understanding of disciplines that impact on healing
- To clarify and achieve personal and vocational goals
It is particularly suitable:
- For health professionals wishing to augment their practices by developing a more holistic approach to healing
- As a foundation to Odyssey Psychotherapy training
General Introduction to Odyssey
- Each Module will be delivered electronically and can be conducted entirely online.
- A Study Guide, Tasks and Assignments will accompany each Module.
- There is a concluding Thesis.
- Readings will include: recommended texts, online material (specific readings will also be provided, where necessary).
- Each student is assigned a course Tutor, who will assist with the Assignments and Thesis, but will otherwise be available on a mutually agreed to basis.
- Groups, workshops, retreats and other gatherings may be integrated into course delivery, though this will reflect individual circumstances.
Brief Course Outline
There are 8 Modules delivered over a 2-year period:
|M1 The Body||1. The mechanical body
2. Instinct, sex and emotion
3. Body ecology
|M2 The Mind||1. The brain & psychosomatics
2. Depth psychology: Jung & beyond
3. Other disciplines and traditions
|M3 The Medicinal Arts||1. Eros: sex & desire
2. Logos: mind & soul
3. Thanatos: birth, death & resurrection
|M4 The Western Medicine Wheel||1. Ritual, healing & ceremony
2. Myths to live by
3. Practical magic
|M5 Traditional and Modern Healing||1. The shaman’s world
2. Anglo-Celtic Medicine
3. Other relevant traditions
|M6 Holistic Health||1. Story: personal narrative
2. Intuitive diagnostics
3. Nature’s medicine bag
|M7 Creativity||1. Creativity: place and significance
2. Metaphor, symbol & the imagination
3. The dreaming process
|M8 21st Century Healing||1. Revisioning the body
3. Spiritual arts & sciences
Each year has designed so that it can be done in ways that reflect:
- The yearly cycle of seasons, and the various festivals, ceremonies and rituals that accompany them.
- Each Module is designed to take three months to complete.
- The First Year will be more theoretical, the Second more practical.
Although it will be advantageous to begin the course at the opening of the year (August 1st in the Southern, February 1st in the Northern Hemisphere), this only becomes necessary with the Second year.
As the First Year is more theoretical, beginning in either August or February is not essential and the time span to complete can reflect individual need.