2021 Lecture: Jocelyn Chaplin “Equalising Rhythms – The Spirit Within Matter”

Date(s) - Saturday, 25 September 2021
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Engineers' House, Clifton Down, Bristol

About the lecture

Jocelyn writes:
Humanity is facing three main crises which all interconnect and relate profoundly to the present Coronavirus Crisis: firstly the Crisis of Meaning; secondly the Climate Crisis and thirdly the Crisis of Inequality.

The Crisis of Meaning

Spirituality has been an important part of many therapies. But it has usually been connected to Patriarchal religions or New Age commercialism. In both, the underlying model is hierarchical, as with the goal of moving ever upwards towards enlightenment or perfection.

I have been working on an alternative paradigm for 40 years. I describe it as the Equalising Rhythm model.  Many believe that God is dead, but perhaps goddessing as the spirit in matter is very much alive. I call her Equalia. She prioritises attuning to the balancing needs of each situation rather than dominating or winning.  The Coronavirus is not a punishment from a vengeful God but can be seen as a re-balancing by Gaia/Mother Earth/Equalia.

Equalia in 11 Dimensions
– Jocelyn Chaplin

The Climate Crisis

In nature, both within and outside us, balancing or equalising can be seen as the most powerful underlying force, which is present from the subatomic to the cosmic levels. It is because humans no longer honour or attune to it that we are destroying the planet. Instead, internalised hierarchical structures drive our excessive consumerism and competitiveness. Clever advertising plays to our needs for status, as in endless unnecessary flying.

The Crisis of Inequality

We cannot build a more sustainable future with present levels of inequality and our dominating, vertical thinking. From global issues like colonialism and capitalism to our internalised biases, most of our psychological problems are caused somehow by one hierarchy or another. As therapists, we are working daily with the results, from depression and low self-esteem to the stress of poverty.

The Afternoon Session

Jocelyn will facilitate an experiential workshop in which participants will be invited to consider their personal experiences of hierarchies, engage in a visualisation of natural energies, and create a shared experience of a place of equality.

About Jocelyn Chaplin

Jocelyn works in private practice and, with John Rowan, co-founded the Serpent Institute in 1998 to train therapists in Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches within a natural spirituality framework. It is now a centre for developing a spirituality with equality at its heart.

Jocelyn is also an artist.

She has published several books and articles, including:

  • The Mass Psychology of Thatcherism (with Christine Haggart) (Pamphlet), West London Socialist Society. 1983 
  • Feminist Counselling in Action, Sage. 1988
  • Love in an Age of Uncertainty: Reclaiming Aphrodite, Aquarian/Thorsons. 1993
  • Deep Equality, O-books. 2008

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Covid-19 considerations

The organising group has carefully considered the possible impact of Covid-19 on the planned event.  It is not possible to predict what the situation will be in September.  We are aware through feedback from previous years of how important it is to meet together as friends and colleagues and to make new connections. We have decided to plan for a traditional gathering as valued by so many.  We have contingency plans, which we want to share with you.

Engineers’ House has invested heavily in making itself a Covid-safe facility.  If 2m social distancing were required, we would be limited to forty-five persons.  If more people had booked than we could accommodate, we would have to cancel some bookings.  This would be on a last booked first cancelled basis.  If we had to cancel your booking, you would receive a full refund.

In recent years we have arranged that participants can share a taxi from and back to Temple Meads Station.  We plan to do this again this year.  Should sharing taxis not be possible because of social distancing requirements, you would need to make your own way to Engineers’ House.

If holding an in-person gathering is not possible, we will hold the event online via Zoom.  As you would miss out on the lunch and we would have cost savings, we would refund half the cost of your booking.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard £90.00
For retired practitioners or those on low incomes
Student concession
For students of counselling or psychotherapy in training. Please state training below.

The catering will be vegetarian.

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