Lulu and The Haven present British author and innovator Paul Newham

Lulu Performing Arts Society

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Monday, September 17 2012

On Sunday, Sept. 23, 5-6 p.m.(ish) at the Phoenix Auditorium, Gabriolans have a wonderful opportunity to meet a pioneer in the field of expressive arts therapy, to hear his extraordinary life story and to learn about a new approach to healing work. Lulu and The Haven are pleased to present British author and founder of Voice Movement Therapy, Paul Newham, in a talk entitled The Soul’s Instinct.
With equal parts lecture and story, Paul’s lively, engaging and often unpredictable talks hold the space where life, work and art meet. He writes, “My talks focus on the nature of identity, self, soul and psyche. I share my own journey from a bewildering childhood, to evolving an original body of therapeutic work, with sojourns that include post-tsunami trauma, misdiagnosis of a serious illness, suicidal despair and the psycho-spiritual transformation that followed.
In sharing this voyage, I weave the stories of those who have influenced me deeply, including Alfred Wolfsohn, who cured his harrowing war trauma through singing.
“I also discuss the impact of finding out, at age eighteen, that the man I called Dad was not my father, and how the recent discovery of my true biological father, and his ancestral routes, has re-shaped the way I view the world and myself.
“I share my own story to highlight the themes that hold deep significance for us all – as a way of personalizing and echoing the trials and triumphs, strengths and vulnerabilities that characterize all our lives.”
For more information on Paul Newham and his work, please visit his website at
The talk will be followed by dinner at The Haven from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (please reserve by calling 250-247-9211) and conversation and a Q-and-A from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are $15 and are available at the Village Liquor Store.
Door tickets are $18. For more information please email
The Soul’s Instinct is co-presented by Lulu Performing Arts Society and The Haven as part of the Semplice Speaker Series: What is Essential?