Psychosynthesis Courses

Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis

This powerful and transformative course covers the basic principles and ideas of psychosynthesis. At whatever stage on your life’s path, this course provides the experience to deepen your inner journey, the understanding to direct it more effectively, and the means to transform obstacles on the way.

The psychospiritual context of psychosynthesis is explored, and the skills to integrate and express this creatively are practised.

The Fundamentals is particularly appropriate for those sensing a critical period in their lives that calls for clarity, direction and change; for those feeling a need to integrate their spiritual vision more in their lives; for those who have achieved a number of goals and are now asking what next; and for those seeking to apply psychosynthesis principles in their own fields.

Each participant has an individual session with a psychosynthesis guide. There will also be opportunities to observe other sessions, in order to understand the methods and practice of psychosynthesis, this being of particular value to professionals working in this area.

Course Content:

  • The language of inner experience and the psychosynthesis model of the psyche
  • Body Feelings Mind – a dynamic information system
  • Recognising and working with subpersonalities
  • Disidentification – the art of non-attachment
  • Creative thinking and the meditative process
  • Opening to superconscious experiences and Self
  • Personal crises and spiritual awakening
  • Freedom of choice and the process of willing
  • Right interpersonal and intrapersonal relations
  • The evolutionary process of synthesis
  • Grounding and expression – the Act of Will

Application Procedure:

Applicants must be at least 25 years of age, and consider they have sufficient self-capacity to manage the week intensive. Consideration is given to equity, the applicant’s intention to enrol in Tier Two, and limited places.

Please provide the following information:

  1. Name, address and telephone number
  2. Age and occupation
  3. Educational background
  4. Other personal development courses attended
  5. Are you currently seeing a counsellor or therapist?

Deposit: $100.00 to secure a place, may be part-refundable. If you wish to pay the deposit online, please state this in your application.

N.B. As well as being a comprehensive introduction to psychosynthesis, the Fundamentals is Tier 1 of the Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling, which is NZQA approved.

The Fundamentals is a prerequisite for the Foundation Year.

Fundamentals course Week Intensive: Yet to be confirmed Fee: $1095.00 (incl. GST)

Foundation Year Programme:

There are not often opportunities to participate in a programme that extends over ten months, yet allows you to maintain full commitments to work. Building from the experience of the psychosynthesis Fundamentals, the Foundation Year is a programme of one weekend a month for nine months that culminates in a four day residential retreat.

The course is structured so that each weekend is coherent in itself, as well as building on preceding weekends. The maps and models of psychosynthesis are the framework. Having this structure over this time allows a rich network of relationships to grow over the year. Because participants don’t have to keep adjusting to new people and therefore dealing only with initial dynamics, a lot of safety develops. This encourages and supports the process of experimenting with limiting ways of relating and behaving, it helps taking risks by being both challenging and affirming, and it allows profound depths and heights to be not just experienced, but integrated.

The Foundation Year is for those who wish to make a commitment to discover or reconnect to their creative sense of life purpose and meaning, and to develop and refine their means of expressing it. The weekends are supported by the regular individual sessions and tutorials. Please note that regular individual sessions are an integral part of the Foundation Year, and need to be with a guide who is trained in psychosynthesis and part of the Institute. If you are not already working with a psychosynthesis guide, the Institute will provide you with a list of qualified psychosynthesis guides.

Course Content:

The schedule for the Foundation Year covers:

The Inner Journey

This will be the focus for Friday evenings of each weekend. Symbolic and mythic structures, and the cycles of the year will be used to explore the soul-making journey of Self, and to set keynotes for the weekend.

The Art of Being

This course examines the organisation of personality and its dynamics. The seminars are experiential. Participants explore dynamics and responses within given structures and exercises. The theory base supports these dynamics and responses. In psychosynthesis, any map or model is not to be taken as truth, but as useful only insofar as it adequately describes a person’s process. Awareness of how experience is organised rather than just why, is considered important to develop more open-ended, creative patterns of organisation and expression.

The process and skill of disidentification; holding a point of tension with physical, emotional and mental process; boundaries and developing and protecting psychic space; integrating parts of personality and needs; utilising the creative energies of love and power; and using transforming systems in the psyche are major areas covered. Attention is given to establishing a relatively flexible personal centre of identity which can more consciously cooperate with, and surrender to, the process of Self-realisaton.

While the focus will be on personality and developmental stages and transitions, this is seen always in the wider context that is named as transpersonal, existential, and ultimately, spiritual. It is about Being, therefore, in as full a sense as we can open to.

Will and Motivation

This course explores the nature of Will. As participants deepen their experience of Will, they become more in charge of their lives. This is not through the illusion of being in control, but by becoming more able to respond to life, even when it is wounding, dark and difficult. Development and expression of personal Will is first focused on, then alignment and surrender to Transpersonal Will.

Major topics include the spectrum of Will and Motivation; Superego and free will; the basic peri-natal matrices (based on Stanislav Grof’s work); the evolution of Will and its aspects; the relationship of personal Will, Transpersonal Will and Universal Will.

Right Relations

This is a practical, experiential workshop, which provides a context for individuals to explore intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics. It is a relatively unstructured day each weekend. The keynote is opportunity – to experiment and play, to break habitual patterns of interaction which may no longer be appropriate, and to take risks.

An essential part of the process of right relationship can be characterised by the shift from reactive behaviour controlled by motivation, needs and desires (which can often conflict!) to more responsive interactions where there is an experience of choice about what is expressed.

Rhythms and Crises of Self-Realisation

This residential intensive is essentially a time of retreat. It is a time to focus on the depths and heights of the journey of Self-Realisation. The profound rhythms of living and dying, death and rebirth are entered into and anchored in each person’s unique experience of life. Participants learn how to co-operate more consciously with their process of soul-making, which also, paradoxically, involves surrendering to the unknown and acknowledging the mystery of life. This retreat is also about completion – the group’s year-long journey comes to an end with this course.


March 4 – 6,
April 8 – 10,
May 6 – 8,
June 3 – 5,
July 1 – 3,
August 5 – 7,
September 2 – 4,
September 30 – October 2,
October 28 – 30,
November 16 – 20 (Intensive)

Fees for 2016 (GST inclusive):

Course fee (usually paid over 10 months) $2750.00
Residential/catering Fee for retreat $510.00 (approx)
Sessions (minimum 15 required) – fees range according to individual therapists ($90.00 – $150.00)
Tutorials $20.00
Course Administration Fee $130.00

N.B. The Foundation Year is Tier 2 of the Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling and is a prerequisite for entering Tier 3.

Applicants for Tier 2 need to have demonstrated sufficient self-capacity during Tier 1 to be able to safely undertake personal development in individual and group settings. They also need to disclose any recent or current medical or psychiatric history which could affect the safety and participation of themselves or others on the year long programme.

Psychosynthesis: Self and World

Thirty five years ago the pioneering anthropologist, psychologist, and cyberneticist Gregory Bateson observed that “The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think”. Currently the systems on which human beings depend and those we have created appear increasingly at odds, with signs of stress and dysfunction in both. What if all the parts of all the systems on the planet affect one another all the time and provide constant feedback? And this is how the system evolves? What if each of us – and all we do – matters?

Self and World aims to bring deeper psychological awareness and creative energy to our actions, and greater activism to our awareness. In Self and World we suggest that the stress and dysfunction is feedback, and that rather than seeking to ignore, deny or accommodate the discomfort, and continue as usual, we can use the information to reclaim a sense of ‘our place’ in the whole.

Building on established psychosynthesis principles, and incorporating contemporary ideas from neuroscience, physics and ecology, Self and World offers practical tools to benefit from this feedback showing up in our day-to-day experience.

In both indoor and outdoor settings, participants will explore their relationship to the world and its life-force more consciously as an interactive dynamic. research shows that such an approach can transform our experience. And that opening to the ‘more -than -human world’ as a sensing, feeling, thinking participant with deeper purpose and particular intention, brings personal and collective well-being.


Self and World is an experiential programme linking social justice, environmental activism and personal development. It offers proven psychological and spiritual practices, tools and models to enable and strengthen you in whatever way the world calls you to the family of things.


The course is structured over 5 residential weekends in the Waitakere bush. The first weekend is a standalone introduction. Intending participants may book for the first or all five weekends.


There will be an introductory evening at St. Lukes Community Centre, Remuera, on Sunday March 1st, at 7.30pm. We are delighted that this will also feature John Seed, whose book Thinking Like a Mountain, written with Arne Naess, Joanna Macy and Pat Fleming, is seen as a landmark of ecopsychology.


Lead facilitators Mark Skelding and Robyn Rogers have been teaching staff with the Institute of Psychosynthesis NZ for over 10 years. Experienced in Ahuatanga Maori and working with marginalised groups, Robyn has run Treaty workshops across Aotearoa N.Z. Mark worked for conservation groups throughout the 90’s, has been involved with  Heart Politics since ’98, Transition Towns since 2006, and is currently studying a Masters in Education (Social Ecology). Each is in private practice as a psychosynthesis guide.


21-25 May  Of a Radical Nature: An Introduction to Self and World

19-21 June  Life After Dark – Reframing the News

24-27 July   World as Self: Being and Becoming the Change

14-16 August Earth, Air, Fire, Water – and You: Elemental Leadership

11-13 September Your Place: Heart, Hands, and Global Mind


Costs: as a weekend residential course: $1325

The first weekend may be taken as a standalone introduction: $400 – plus subsequent weekends: $1100

Contact:   Phone: 021416332


 Being and Becoming

This is a weekly psychotherapy group being offered by Claire Virtue and Dale Wiren. It is informed by psychosynthesis principles of being in relationship with self and other within a transpersonal context. The group offers its members unique opportunities to explore and understand the way they relate with others, and to transform long standing patterns from the past that impact on the present. In addition, it is also a place where members can improve their self-confidence and deepen their capacity for emotional intimacy and relationship. The group meets every Monday evening (excluding public holidays and scheduled breaks)  from 5.45pm until 7.15pm, in Pt. Chevalier, and the cost per session is $55.00.


Enquiries, referrals and applications to:
09 378-7684
09 828-2980