"The Animal Work"


Next Workshop: May 1 - 5, 2020

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Margaret Vasington tells about her work and the next workshop with us:


After decades of counseling people of various nationalities, ages, careers, and belief systems in several countries I have noticed that the underlying direction of my work is to guide the person in the way that seems best for that individual to take the next step in learning to accept themselves with understanding and compassion despite their difficulties, missteps, differences no matter how dreadful.  Often not an easy task although deep down this is what all living creatures truly desire. 


As we explore this we may hit the times when this was not possible to accept ourselves despite our actions.  When we fell victim to the surroundings rather than being supported by it.  So we need support and guidance to examine this event(s) and restore our acceptance of the reality of it, see our true role in it and undo the damage it has done to our psyche.  This often requires support from the outside depending on the severity of damage. So in this workshop we will work on what prevents us from accepting ourselves as worthy human beings NO MATTER WHAT WE HAVE DONE.... OR NOT DONE. This means learning from our mistake so we don't repeat it.  When we do this we no longer act it out on ourselves and others.  We grow in wisdom and serenity.  


I know this is possible having volunteered weekly for 10 years in a maximum security prison with men who had committed terrible crimes. The changes were heartening.  We can do the same. When we learn to accept ourselves we learn to accept others.  Our life settles into love and acceptance and from this comes joy.  Joy which is " the sound that echoes throughout the universe".  Worth every bit of the effort!  So come  join us in our journeys to Joy!   

Biographical Sketch

Since earliest childhood Margaret has been curious about how the universe works , especially the human beings that people the Earth. She continues to piece together this still-fascinating puzzle. Early on she learned a great deal from "baby sitting" as childcare was termed in those far off days. She worked as a special aide in the school system when her children were in primary school. She was asked to do a weekly radio broadcast on the University of Connecticut radio station WHUS by a participant in her class in Re-Evaluation Counseling, a peer counseling group she was teaching. It became a live interview program called "Fresh Approach" on topics concerning children and society. When she began her graduate studies she reluctantly had to stop the radio program to work for her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. As part of her internship requirement she worked in Connecticut's maximum security prison with a program for sex offenders with individual clients and groups of men. This work was so informative she stayed for 10 years pro bono once a week until her work overseas became too frequent. She wrote a chapter about her work for "Vulnerable Populations 1" edited by Suzanne M Sgroi, M.D. The prison work contributed greatly to her understanding of the darker side of human nature.


She has given workshops and lectures in various parts of the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, Germany and Switzerland and lived in Italy for nine months expanding her exposure to other cultures and other points of view. Also gifting her with precious friends from many countries.


Today she continues a private practice and travels to Europe joyfully to share ideas and learn more about the nature of things. She has four grown children, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild who will be one year old soon. She loves the arts, books, nature, horses and children, young and grown. She marvels at her blessings daily.