I Questions of growing intensity are facing each of us personally and life at large. Expanding the understanding of our own life stories with its seemingly disconnected events and experiences develops the capacity to build new bridges within ourselves and towards others offering more depth, meaning and a greater sense of coherence.

Using the line of inquiry, we discover that our narratives are unique, unparalleled and precious even though we may previously have considered our lives to be worthless, insignificant or broken.

“Making sense of life” is a programme structured in three
pathways with 12 weekly sessions each. Biographical explorations and
artistic work (no previous experience is needed) will accompany this process. Sharing it with others in a safe space of attentive listening and warm receptivity offers another dimension.


  1. First Pathway – Tracing the narrative of our life from before birth to 21 years
    We begin by tracing the narrative of our life’s journey, discovering the thread running through it and coming to an accepting understanding of our biography. The art exercises accompanying this process lead to a deep experience of the uniqueness of each person’s life.
  2. Second Pathway – The Art of living in the Here and Now
    We explore where we are at the present moment and try to address the challenges and crises that face us, in order to discover the growing points for further development and change. We work with exercises for managing these life situations and emotions. Listening, sharing and becoming aware of our own resources form an important part of this pathway.
  3. Third Pathway – Creating a vision for the future
    During this pathway, the aim is to find a context for the different aspects of our biography. We address the spiritual questions that may have arisen and begin to look at integrating our personal experiences. By deepening the group process itself, mutual support and encouragement can help uncover the potential that lives in each person to lead a fulfilling and creative life.
    See also this post about creating a ‘Book of Life’ during this third pathway.

Start date: 17th January 2017
Time: Wednesday 2.00-5.00pm
Venue: St Luke’s Therapy Centre, Cainscross Rd, Stroud GL5 4EX
Cost: Assessed according to individual means during interview
No. of participants: 8 max (plus 2 experienced facilitators)
Contact:  Pauline Marksteiner Tel: 0798176001 or Nicole Weinberger 07493187131