Breaking the Spell will be hosted by William Ayot and Michael Boyle, Meet your Teachers:
As a psychotherapist and student of mythology in the early nineties Michael began working closely with story teller, Michael Meade and archetypal psychologist James Hillman in what has come to be known as mytho-poetics – using myth and story to raise awareness and effect personal transformation.
He studied indigenous initiation rites and rituals on a quest to devise contemporary forms of Rites of Passage as experiential education, rather than information- based classes.
He has since co-led retreats with Robert Bly, Richard Olivier and Dr Robert Moore among many others.
He is a certified leader within the ManKind Project in UK, and currently leads MKP initiatory trainings internationally.
Michael is the designer and Founder of Abandofbrothers, a charity working with disaffected youth.
As a Founding Associate of Olivier Mythodrama, an arts based leadership consultancy, Michael facilitates an extensive range of corporate client groups worldwide.
His current project is to establish a Rites of Passage centre in nature as a rehabilitative alternative to prison.
William Ayot began leading men’s workshops in rehab centres and prisons during the early nineties. Later, with Wild Dance Events, he organised and hosted large-scale men’s events, while leading initiatory Rites of Passage retreats in Snowdonia. As a co-founding director of Olivier Mythodrama, he worked around the world, teaching leadership through story, poetry, theatre practice and ritual. He currently teaches on The AMP, (Advanced Management Programme) at INSEAD and is Poet-in-Residence at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. William also leads personal development workshops, gives poetry readings, and conducts private rituals and ceremonies.
Writing includes the play Bengal Lancer, three collections of poetry, including E-mail From The Soul (which won the People’s Book Prize) and Re-enchanting the Forest, a book on meaningful ritual in a secular world.
Michael’s delivery was exquisite. He weaves poetry, process work, group discussion and a variety of practical stuff to create a rich learning experience, never letting slip an opportunity to deepen the group.
William Ayot’s poems don’t offer comfort. They are tools for survival in an uncertain world – a way to preserve in yourself, and to recognize in others, the roots of human feeling, passion, power and decency.
(Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize)
William is so insightful – after just 2 minutes, he absolutely ‘gets’ you – this is very scary and very brilliant…
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