“It’s an incredible gift to craft an environment where people can heal themselves.”
As a teacher Rythea balances empathetic facilitation with structure. She creates a safe container through clear and honest communication, providing step by step tools that are accessible and empowering. Passionate about creativity and transformation, Rythea has led Expressive Arts workshops, Performance Art intensives, therapeutic support groups, movement-based practices, and most recently peer to peer counseling courses.
Here is a roster of workshops that teach and utilize Peer Counseling. What is Peer Counseling? Read more on this page: https://rythea.com/therapy/
Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color, please inquire
Radical Closeness for the People: Peer Counseling Level 1 series
Taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell, Sundays, March 22 to May 24th, 2020 at 6 PM – 8:15 PM (No class April 26th)
Arts Trust Building, Northampton, MA
a 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell
We live in a society of isolation and separation, where feelings are considered too much and few people have the skills to help out or even listen. As peer counselors for 20+ years, we have seen the value of creating a network of counselors as part of every day mental and emotional health.
with Vivek Patel, assisted by Rythea Lee
No one turned away due to lack of funds
PEER COUNSELING, 9 WEEK COURSE, Level 2
Sundays, 6-8 P.M in Northampton, Arts Trust Building
January 19th-March 15th
Taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell
This class series is for people who have taken our Peer Counseling intro classes or have had some experience with Re-evaluation Counseling or Co-counseling. We will build on the basic skills of compassionate listening, releasing emotions, and working on early material (childhood). We will learn more about what it means to be a grounded counselor with a solid tool-belt of skills who can also respond to the moment. We will learn what it means to take charge of our own healing as a client, to ask for the support we need in the moment, and to find safety to feel and express in our sessions. Peer Counseling is, most importantly, a practice that deepens over time, as connections develop into solid longer-term support. Our intention is to facilitate the growing of community of Peer Counselors in our area.
This work creates a weekly experience that helps you move forward in:
- Not feeling alone in your life
- Allowing feelings to cycle through without getting blocked
- Having new insights that move your life out of stuckness
- Creating relationships that support you to have true intimacy
- Waking up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression
- Being able to act on your own behalf with confidence and ease
Limited group numbers so register early. Not a drop-in class.
If you have been in crisis recently or currently, please email us before you register to discuss if this course is appropriate for you.
Due to our commitment to addressing white privilege, reparations, and societal racial inequality, we offer scholarships for people of color, please inquire
INFO: email firstname.lastname@example.org 413-586-7390
Cost: $280 if you pay by January 2nd, $300 after that date (You only need to pay $100 to hold your spot)
Please read cancellation policy on my website at rythea.com/teaching
To register and pay a deposit: https://rythea.com/shop/
Cancellation policy for a series:
The $100 deposit to sign up for a series is non-refundable. If you pay in full for the whole series, you can get 1/2 back up to 2 weeks before the workshop not including the $100. Once it has hit 2 weeks before the class, there are no refunds. We can forward the remainder of your balance (not including the $100 deposit) to a future workshop up to 2 weeks before the series.TESTIMONIALS FOR PEER COUNSELING COURSES:
Bring Rythea to you
Rythea is available to teach outreach to organizations, schools, colleges, festivals, and creative events. She tailors her workshops for different populations including artists, non-artists, dancers, non-dancers, theatre students, and groups of any kind that need creative direction and community-building experience.
Rythea has taught at colleges such as Mt. Holyoke, Greenfield Community College, Muhlenburg College, Smith College, and UMass. She has taught for many years at Earthdance Center for Creative Living, for Community Crisis Response Team, and Survivor Theatre Project. She invented and taught a wide range of classes at her studio, Wild Life Sanctuary, for 20 years, assisting people from all walks of life to make art and express with power. She continues to teach and facilitate art-making as a community experience for creating healing and change.
“Zany Performance Art” Writing, Moving, and Sharing into the Wild Unknown. Rythea Lee leads participants through a creative journey, in which we use our voices, tell our stories, find the humor in who we are, go deep, and get Zany. This is a time to mine the depths of your personal mythology to bust through logical thinking into beautiful, unrestrained art making. We will offer manageable, bite-sized, structures in theatre, creative writing, and movement that allow creativity to unfold step by step. ANYONE CAN DO IT! Then we share our discoveries in a safe, supportive, and grounded environment held and cultivated by the facilitators. This workshop can focus on improvisational performance or the making of set performance pieces, depending on the requests and needs of each organization.
“Authentic Movement” Authentic Movement is an expressive, improvisational movement form developed originally by dance pioneer Mary Starks Whitehouse in the 1950’s. It can be used for personal process, artistic sourcing, and/or contemplative attunement. Authentic Movement involves at least one eyes-closed mover and one witness, though there can also be many movers and witnesses. It heightens the body senses, perceptions, and awareness. Opens you to experience: image, memory, character, inner landscape, and visions. Develops your ability to move with (conscious) and be moved by (subconscious) one’s experience. Helps you source your unique artistic inspiration for movement and voice. This practice is used by dancers, choreographers, artists of many disciplines, therapists, students, and spiritual seekers. The practice is often accompanied by time to integrate discoveries through writing, drawing, and sharing. For students of dance and theatre, this practice is a powerful way to discover and explore ones own movement vocabulary and artistic voice, as well as find seeds for developing material
“Painting & Movement workshop”
Painting can be a meditative and opening art form. In this workshop, we will explore painting as a practice of playing and listening through flow, color, texture, line, and image. As we move our hands from our whole body and full self, the painting emerges. Movement offers a way to access the personal and archetypal through the body, the heart, and expression. We will bring these two practices together so that one creative state feeds another. The painting will inform the movement and the movement will feed back into painting. This is a chance to give yourself the gift of timeless expression and artistic satisfaction in an non-judgemental environment where emotional intelligence is the basis of how we teach.
“Co-Counseling: Taking Turns in Peer Counseling”
Human beings are meant to live in community, to be in relationships where true intimacy can flourish, where pain and joy are shared equally with compassion. This work aims to create a context for developing deep connectioin with self and others as well as releasing past hurts. This workshop provides the beginning stepping stones for creating a lifestyle of emotional health and healing. Basic theory and practice in peer support, why it works, and how it works will be taught. We will present the benefits of the “counselor” role (listening while providing a supportive space) and of the “client” role (embodied emotional expression and finding ones inherent aliveness). We will offer bite-sized peer counseling structures to try in pairs and then answer questions that come up around this work. People will come away with simple hand-outs to take home so that you have a map for doing this with those in your life or with participants from the workshop that you want to counsel with.
“Inner Bonding Support Groups”
Rythea Lee is a certified Inner Bonding® practitioner with a counseling practice for 20 years. Her groups are an experiential, loving environment for support, sharing, and learning. Inner Bonding® is an emotional and spiritual approach to healing developed by Dr. Margaret Paul and Dr. Erika Chopich. You will learn an extraordinary and innovative 6-step process that allows you to feel the power of your emotions, dialogue with your spiritual guidance, and develop a healthy adult self. This work is wonderful for gaining a tool that can be practiced for resolution of daily upsets. It is also very helpful for healing trauma, painful relationships, addictions, and depression. In a group setting, the facilitator does some one on one counseling as well as teaching the basic principles.
Read more about this at: www.innerbonding.com