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We have a recording from the webinar „In the womb of the mother, in the womb of the earth“ with Matthew Appleton, which took place online 5/5 2020. You can purchase it via the form at the bottom of the page.
The influence of early experience on our relationship to „inner and outer nature“
During prenatal development and in the first moments after birth, we have innate expectations of how we will be welcomed into the world. Very often, however, we are treated as things or nodules of biological reflexes, rather than as whole human beings who are sensitive and receptive to the environment. Such a violation of our integrity causes us to withdraw and cease to perceive life in its fullness. Early experiences often teach us that the environment either does not respond to us or that it is a threat to us.
- As in the uterus and in the „enlarged uterus“, ie. in the period from conception to nine months after birth, we separate from deep contact with each other to protect ourselves from the feeling of being overwhelmed.
- How this separation from our inner nature affects our relationship with outer nature.
- How to support the fetus and baby to stay in touch with their inner nature.
Matthew Appleton MA, RCST, UKCP (UK)
co-founded Conscious Embodiment Trainings in 2006, with his partner Jenni Meyer, to promote awareness of pre and perinatal psychology, sacred ecology and embodied process therapies. Prior to this he was also co-founder of the Institute of Craniosacral Studies and was a co-director and senior teacher with the Institute for 12 years.
Matthew is a registered Craniosacral Therapist and Core Process Psychotherapist living and working in Bristol. He trained in Pre and Perinatal Education with Karlton Terry in Switzerland and assisted Karlton in the UK for a number of years. Matthew is a member of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine has more than 20 years experience of lecturing and facilitating workshops in the UK and Europe.
Drawing from his work with babies an children and his training experience with Karlton Terry, Matthew developed Integrative Baby Therapy, which he has been teaching to craniosacral therapists, osteopaths, psychotherapist, doulas, midwives, nurses and paediatricians in the UK, Germany and Italy.
For ten years he worked as a houseparent at A. S. Neill’s famous democratic school Summerhill and his book ‘A Free Range Childhood’ based on his experiences at Summerhill has been published in several languages.
You can see more about Matthew here