Trauma and Healing: 

The Existential Summit 2019: why trauma is so destructive and difficult to heal

Marrakech, Morocco

April 5-12, 2019 

*With four day Sahara Desert trek add on April 12-16

24 CE credits

Trauma and Healing: The Existential Summit 

April 5- 12, 2019

Marakech Morocco, 25 CE credits

With world-acclaimed Dr. Alfried Langle

The Existential Summit 2019: Trauma and Healing takes you on an in depth journey through dynamic and experiential discussions of "what shakes us to our core" as human beings in traumatic experiences.  

Trauma is a deep wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. The impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. The existential summit will discuss and work with the way trauma affects a person and offers a framework that describes the process and impact of trauma and how we can faciliate the healing process. Participants will learn principles and strategies for working with a wide range of traumas and applying the healing strategies.  

Trauma can happen to any of us unexpectedly, through accidents, disaster, natural catastrophe (in the air, water, earth or snow), a suicide attempt or death of a beloved person etc. We don’t normally think that such possibilities of trauma will happen to us. We are therefore, even more unprepared when a trauma does occur.

We will look at possible prevention for such traumas and horrors and therapeutic possibilities and limitations of healing. We will also focus on what we can learn from trauma and healing for our daily life.  

Trauma and Healing: The existential summit 2019, is an exploration of trauma and the healing process. We will delve into the theory and practice of working with and healing trauma. Set in the mystical and exotic setting of Marakech Morocco we will immerse in daily life, culture and experience the place not as tourists, but as locals.

You will be delighted when our host Mohamed, personally picks you up at the airport and drives you through the old city of Marrakech with the hustle bustle and scenic landscape of desert, mountains and vibrant colors, that will take your breath away! You will feel like you've time travelled to ancient times as camels and herds of goats and sheep are alongside your luxury car ride to our private oasis villa Riad. 

When you arrive, the hospitality and warmth, the colors and the people will make you feel at home and like a king or queen from centuries ago. You will partake in the custom of welcoming guests with the sweetest most delicous Moroccon tea and pastries. The pace changes and life slows down inside the Riad to bring peace, calm and tranquility.

We can become stunned and shocked by the meaninglessness of the occuring traumatic event. Further to this, if the trauma or harm is perpetuated by human beings our dignity is torn down. Such an imposing example was the life of Viktor Frankl who described the eperience of trauma and existence in concentration camps.

Who is this course for?

World and life learners, psychotherapists, mental health professionals and those with an interest in searching for the meaning of trauma and how to heal.

Join us with internationally acclaimed Dr. Alfried Langle, for our annual Existential Summit which is being held in the ancient, historical and exotic Marrakech Morocco.

Our visit to Morocco will be more than a typical tourist encounter with a foreign people, culture, and place. 

The Existential Summit provides participants from around the world a unique opportunity to come together and discuss the existential theme of trauma and healing. 

Check out our Morocco video from last year! Different topics, but it will definitely give you a feel for this extraordinary journey! 

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Where we stay

We will stay in a fabulous private Moroccon Riad (villa), an oasis of calm serenity, a haven of tranquility, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Breathe, take your time, relax. In a stunning natural setting on the road to the Atlas Mountains, our Riad combines the charm of a traditional Riad with that of a villa, completely surrounded by nature. The warmth of this family run world is reflected in the warmth of the colours and decoration. 

Created by master craftsmen, this is where modernity meets the traditional, using skills drawn from both the mountain and city cultures. The effect is at once energizing, romantic and serene – and the décor is no less exciting than the cuisine.  

Service with style and a smile is the watchword here at the Riad. Our devoted team is both courteous and discreet and our cook, Hanane, proves the saying that food made at home is the best. The delicious flavours of Moroccan cuisine, as fresh as the lemons, grapefruits and oranges from the Riad’s orchard garden, will lend a special experience to your stay. Breakfast looking out over the garden itself or take a cooling swim before dinner in our infinity pool.  

And whether you choose to curl up on a couch in one of the many intimate or open spaces of the Riad itself, created to reflect your mood, or warm yourself by the fire in the European lounge, a library for book lovers can keep you company. Or simply relax with one of our numerous available films or play a board game. A wine list is also available for those wishing to partake.  

Just like Morocco itself, our Riad is a veritable feast for the senses. It is our privilege to welcome you to our world.

Within the ancient city walls and venture to unique locations and experiences not offered on typical tourist routes, exploring trauma and healing within psycho therapeutic, cultural, religious and political contexts. A rare opportunity to spend the week in this unique ancient and historic setting with like minded participants from around the world.  

This wonderful experiential journey will also take us on adventurous cultural excursions and group get togethers to further immerse you in the culture, people, meaning and life in Morocco with a special four day long add on to The Sahara Desert, surrounding areas and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

The seminars offer theoretical reflections, practical work and understanding of trauma and healing in its different connections and contexts. The contents and procedures practiced can be applied in counseling, coaching, psychotherapy and for self. Procedure: presentations, discussions, small group work, self-reflection, exercises and of course self exploration in the beautiful and culturally rich city of Marakech.  

Existential Analysis and Logo Therapy can be applied in cases of psychosocial, psychosomatic and psychologically caused disorders in experience and behaviour. The psychotherapeutic process utilizes a phenomenological analysis of emotions, the centre of experience. Biographical work and empathic listening by the therapist contribute to an improvement in emotional understanding and accessibility.  

Logotherapy is a method of counselling that focuses on the quest for meaning. We are motivated by the question of existential meaning: I am here – for what purpose? What is here today to make my life part of a meaningful whole? – What do I live for? The main theme of Existential Analysis is interaction (“dialogue”). Existential Analysis then groups interaction around the four existential challenges: world, life, self, meaning and future. (Alfried Langle)

CE Credits Mind Body Passport is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Mind Body Passport maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

Mind Body Passport Inc. is also recognized as a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider. Certificate awarded upon successful completion.  

CE credits not given for excursions, outside activities 

What you will gain by attending:

• Identify and discuss reasons why trauma is so destructive and difficult to heal.

• Discuss how we learn from our own traumas. 

• Discuss why trauma is traumatic and what is the psychological damage in traumatic experiences?

• Apply existential treatment, prevention and crisis intervention for trauma treatment.

• Define therapeutic intervention and healing procedures in an existential psychotherapy treatment of trauma.

• Discuss the evolution of trauma treatment in existential psychotherapy.

• Identify existential practices in trauma treatment.

• Discuss the role of basic therapeutic skills such as empathic listening, instilling resilience and creating meaning in trauma treatment. 

• Identify the characteristics and phases of trauma treatment in existential psychotherapy.

•Discuss specific case studies and how existential psychotherapy is applied to mitigate PTSD symptoms. 

Presenters

Alfried LÄNGLE, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.mult Alfried LÄNGLE, is professor of psychotherapy, born in 1951 in Austria, studied medicine and psychology and works in private practice in Vienna as psychotherapist. Close collaboration with Viktor Frankl from 1983 to 1991. Founder of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna) and its psychotherapeutic training program. Constant lecturer at Austrian Universities and since 2000 of Moscow, Mendoza, Santiago de Chile. Since 2004 faculty member and professor of applied psychology (psychotherapy) at Moscow’s HSE-university and guest professor at Vienna’s Sigmund Freud university (2011). Vice President of the International Federation of Psychotherapy (IFP – 2002-2010) and past President of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna. Over 300 publications, five honorary professorships. (www.laengle.info).  


Itinerary

April 5 Friday Arrivals to Marakech, Welcome Moroccon tea and authentic pastries. Relax and unwind, poolside, garden or lush mystical grounds. Explore our cultural and magical Riad in Marakech Morocco.

7 p.m Meet-and-greet, introductions to the group, explore historic and cultural Marakech.  

8 p.m: Group cultural dinner (included) at our wonderful Riad (villa), prepared by our private chef using local ingredients , spices and the flavors of Morocco  

April 6 Saturday 8 a. m. Coffee, tea/ juice breakfast at our riad (included). Feel free to sit in our Riad dining room or perhaps poolside or on the veranda.

10 a. m. A guided tour to discover the imperial city of Marrakech, whose old town is surrounded by a cordon of protective ramparts. Even today, the name Marrakech conjures up images of scenes from the Arabian Nights: alleyways, souks, stalls and markets. This remarkable city, dating from the 11th century, never fails to satisfy the curiosity of adventurous travelers. It has everything from the graceful architecture of the renowned Koutoubia Minaret, which dominates the skyline, to the wonderful atmosphere of souks and alleyways that make up its old quarter.  

The focus of the whole city is Djemaa el Fna, a large open space full of entertainers and food sellers at the heart of the Medina. Along the alleyways adjacent to Djemaa el Fna, lie some of the most remarkable landmarks of Marrakech. North of Djemaa el Fna are the souks and the Sidi Ben Youssef Mosque, the main mosque after the Koutoubia. South of Djemaa el Fna, you have the Saadian Tombs and Bahia palace. Another popular sight in Marrakech is the tour of the many gardens. These include the Jardin Majorelle, the Ménara, a large pool set in a large olive grove. We will visit the exquisite Majorel Gardens, Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace.

1 p. m. Lunch at an amazing hidden oasis Riad in the middle of the cacaphony of The Souks! We will sit on a rooftop on low cushions and have Moroccon tea and a relaxed and lovely traditional Moroccon lunch. (included). 

5 p. m. Sunset Camel ride Palmerei Desert (optional not included)

Visit Koutobia Mosque and Minaret. The stunning Koutobia Mosque is located in the southwest medina quarter of Marrakech and its 77-metre-high minaret with an intricate spire and orbs can be seen from miles around. The mosque is ornamented with curved windows, a band of ceramic inlay, pointed merlons, and decorative arches. Though non-Muslims are not allowed to visit inside the Mosque, we will stroll the large plaza and gardens around the building  

Jemaa el Fna Square  

The heart and soul of Marrakech, Jemaa el Fna square is the place to go if you want to see what the locals get up to. Packed with food and drink stalls, serving delicious Moroccan dishes and fresh orange juice, as well as a host of entertainment including snake charmers, storytellers and belly dancers, this is the place to head for a cultural experience.  

 Explore the Marrakech Ramparts Walls of the Old Medina  

It is the wall that surrounds the Medina in the old city, with beautiful gates and wonderful architecture scattered along the wall. Not all the walls look the same; different locations have different designs at the top and the best way to take in the marvellous designs and surroundings is to cicle the walls on foot or on a rented bike.  

 Discover the hidden Rahba Kedima Square Great for spices, hats, baskets and other little treasures  

A gem for shoppers looking to buy spices or other speciality goods like hats and baskets, this bazaar is much quieter and less crowded than Marrakech's main souks and even if you're not looking to buy it's a great place to escape to for a few hours. Here you'll find pleasant cafes serving reasonably priced and good food with delicious mint tea. It's a good place to people watch and admire local life.  

Cultural, historical, ancient and medieval Marakech. Vibrant, loud and carrying the spirit of a traditional Arabic bazaar, the souks in Marrakech are an explosion of color, smell, sounds and tastes. We will walk the narrow streets where you can expect to find ornate Moroccan-style lamps, cushions and rugs, or pick up a real-leather bag, a pair of baboushes (Moroccan slippers) or a djellaba (traditional dress), alongside many other souvenir ideas.

5pm: Sunset Camel ride (optional not included). We will head to the Palmeraie, a picturesque palm grove on the fringes of the city, for your scenic camel ride experience, be shown to your camel and learn how these hardy desert animals have been used for transport in Morocco for centuries thanks to their ability to travel long distances without water. 

Become a desert nomad and be transported back in time looking at our beautiful Moroccon sunset while riding through the desert land. We will be given traditional Morocoon desert robes. We will wear our Nomad dress with the shesh (turban) and climb into the saddle on the back of a camel and relax as we enjoy a ride through the verdant palms. 

We will stop to visit a berber house to discover the real life of local people, this is where we can enjoy a snack and mint tea with the family, after that we will take our camels and continue the ride. Take your camera out to snap some photos of the beautiful sunset as the sky changes colors through the trees. 

8 p.m. Dinner at our Riad (included)

April 7 Sunday 7 a. m. Coffee, tea/ juice breakfast at our riad (included). Feel free to sit in our Riad dining room or perhaps poolside or on the veranda. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. existential summit (included) (Dr. Alfried Langle) 12-1 p.m. Lunch at our Riad ( not included) 1-3 p.m. existential summit (included)( Dr. Alfried Langle) 3:00 p. m. Free time and night time market, shopping in Medina, wach the sunset over the square, drink mint tea and hear the call to prayer (Included) 7 p. m. return to Riad 

8 p. m. dinner at our Riad (included)  

April 8 Monday 7 a. m. Coffee, tea/ juice breakfast at our riad (included). Feel free to sit in our Riad dining room or perhaps poolside or on the veranda. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Existential summit (included) ( Alfried Langle) 12-1 p.m. Lunch at our Riad (not included) 1-3 p.m. Existential summit (included) 3:00 p.m. Free time, souks or cultural experience: 

Vist a beautiful and exotic hammam and book a variety of relaxing, and magical treatments. Enjoy the traditioanl hospitality and slow easy pace with a welcome tea and an after treatment mint tea and cookies. A hammam is a traditional cleansing and beauty ritual.  

At the heart of the spa, an authentic hammam provides guests with a signature bathing ritual that combines heat, fragranced steam, warm water, hammam products and a cold plunge pool to revitalise the body and soul.  

In a soothing light, surrender to the traditional Moroccan purification ritual: the Kessa mitt and the black soap scrub, while lying on hot marble. There, among the sounds of soothing water, hazy steam and the vast space surrounding you, it will leave you with a true feeling of re-birth. This deep sense of ease and relief helps you relish the smoothness of the petal pink marble, the intimate warmth of the moucharabieh alcoves, as well as the softness of the linens in the relaxation rooms. (optional not included)  

8 p.m. Dinner at our Riad (included)

April 9 Tuesday 7 a. m. Coffee, tea/ juice breakfast at our riad (included). Feel free to sit in our Riad dining room or perhaps poolside or on the veranda. 8-12 p.m. Existential summit (included) 12-1 p.m. Lunch at our Riad (not included) 1-3 p.m. Existential summit (included) 3:00 p.m The alchemy of cooking. (included) The Alchemy of cooking: feeding the hungry soul, recipe for a healthy mind. (Dr. Leslee Brown) Cooking is alchemical it feeds more than the body. We will experience this delightful day of community and learn the practical skills. We will put culinary therapy to action and make a wonderful dinner feast! (included) 

learning the secrets and history of Moroccan spices and the alchemy of cooking in the Moroccan tradition, you will make the meal by yourself under the leadership of our professional cook. We provide you with instruction on selection and alchemy and therapeutic qualities of cooking, preparing food and sharing a meal to nurture the soul. You then enjoy your meal on the Riad terrace, surrounded by lemon, orange and olive trees under the sun!  

April 10 Wednesday 7 a. m. Coffee, tea/ juice breakfast at our riad (included). Feel free to sit in our Riad dining room or perhaps poolside or on the veranda. 8 a. m.- 12:00 p. m. Existential summit (included) 12 p.m. Lunch (not included) 1-4 p. m. Existential summit (included) 4 p.m. Free time 8 p. m. Dinner and goodbye to Dr. Alfried Langle at our Riad (included)  

 April 11 Thursday 8 a. m. Breakfast (included) 11 a. m. Cultural tour: (included)The tanneries, Maison de la Photographie and Dar Si Said Museum 

2 p.m. Lunch in The Medina (included) 4 p. m. free time 8 p. m. Dinner and goodbyes for those departing (included)

April 12 Friday

Departures for those going back home 7 a. m. Breakfast (included) 8 a. m. Depart for Sahara Desert for those continuing the exotic journey!  

MARRAKECH / OUARZAZATE / SKOURA / DADES GORGES Early morning departure from Marrakech to the high Atlas Mountains and through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass stopping at Ait Benhaddou. The Kasbah here is famous from the filming of “Lawrence of Arabia” and you will also find a small Berber settlement with a stunning Kasbah, which is now a World Heritage Site. Continue for Gorge du Dades where we will spend the night.  

Overnight and dinner in a hotel (included)

 April 13 Saturday 7a. m. Breakfast (included) DADES GORGES / TODRA GORGES / ERFOUD / MERZOUGA  

 After breakfast, departure for Tineghir and visit to the Todra Gorges situated on the remote east side of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Both the Todra and neighboring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff-sided canyons on their final 40km through the mountains. The final 600m of the Todra gorge are the most spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 300m high on each side. The tiny glacier stream is something of a misfit and the river which once filled the gorge can only be imagined.  

Then head for the Saharan sands and arrive in Erfoud, the city of fossils. Then road to Rissani, located in the confines of the desert and the immense Hamada of Guir. It’s also the Holy City where the ancestor city of the origin of the royal family. From Rissani we will arrive in the sand dunes of Merzouga.  

Overnight and dinner in nomadic camp into the sand dunes (included)

April 14 Sunday

MERZOUGA/ ALNIF / AGDZ / OUARZAZATE  

You'll be woken by the camel boys in time to see the sunrise. As the sun slowly creeps up from behind the dunes the sand is basked in a soft purple, red and finally golden glow. Once the sun is up, you’ll climb back onto your camel and ride back to the auberge. 

There's time for breakfast and a refreshing shower before you continue northwards to the quiet village of Rissani , where a quarter of the population still live in the 17th century ksar of the Alaouite dynasty, and which is the last stop of the caravan routes south to Tombouctou.

Afternoon, we drive towards To Agdz. The journey is rich with the immensely extended landscapes and dark stones. We pass through the region of the famous Saghro Mountain. Continue through the Draa valley, where you’ll see the date palm trees, henna and hard wheat fields; between villages and ksours, a world to discover before leaving the great Moroccan South.  

Passing through the Pass of Tizi’n Tinififft wich offers a surprising landscape in this huge desert of basalt cliffs, with the High Atlas mountains as background.  

Overnight and dinner in a hotel in Ouarzazate (included)

April 15 Monday 

OUARZAZATE/ AIT BEN HADDOU / TELOUET/ MARRAKECH  

After breakfast, visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, The Kasbah here is famous from the filming of “Lawrence of Arabia” and you will also find a small Berber settlement with a stunning Kasbah, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Continue through the spectacular Assif Ounila towards Telouet by following the Ounila river bordered by oasis, palm groves and terraced cultivation mixed with fig and almond trees. Briefly stopping to take a look at Telouet, the home of the feudal lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui clan  

Drive to Marrakech via the Tizi N’Tichka pass, which at 2,260m, is the highest road pass in Morocco.  

Overnight and dinner at our Riad in Marrakech.

April 16 Tuesday

7 a.m. Breakfast (included)

Departures 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of program director.  

COST $2943 

$2743 save $200 pay in full 

Payment plan $300 deposit, then 4 payments of $661.75

Includes: Seminars, all cultural visit to museums and historic sites, lodging in our wonderful Riad (villa)(shared rooms, single supplement available at $450) , all breakfasts, two lunches all dinners, on ground transportation per itinerary, all cultural excursions, airport transfers. April 5-12 ( not included: drinks, lunches except on April 6 & 11, tips)

Don't miss out, reserve your space and add on:

Add On: Sahara Desert and Unesco world heritage site and more! $799 April 12-16

Includes: 

1 night in our riad in Marrakech with dinner and breakfast, 1 night in a hotel in Dades valley with dinner and breakfast, 1 night in a nomadic tent in Merzouga dunes with dinner and breakfast at our luxury camp, 1 night in a hotel in Ouarzazate with dinner and breakfast, 4 days transport in 4x4 vehicle or minivan, Marrakech airport transfers, monument entrance fees: Kasbah Telouet. Camel ride in Merzouga‘s dunes. (Not included: Drinks, lunches, tips) 

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Dr. Brown is President and Director of Mind Body Passport Inc. designing and leading international study trips worldwide.  

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She also served as The Director of International seminars and Gastprofessor at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna.  

International psychology and developing “psychologists without borders” has become her focus.  

Dr. Brown has been in private practice for over twenty years, has been a research psychologist for The Neurologic Institute and has served on faculty at UCLA Medical School teaching psychology and rapport building techniques to medical students.  

Dr. Brown was assistant professor at The Chicago School and Director of Centers for International Studies.  

The last article written about Dr. Brown’s work said she is a,” Visionary, Study Abroad Goddess, Ashtangi apprentice and Doctor of Psychology”.

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