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  • 15 Nov 2018 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues

    It is with great regret that I have just heard the news that Christa Ventling has died. She was a female pioneer in European Bioenergetic Analysis and - most importantly - in qualitative research in Body Psychotherapy. 

    She published several ‘research’ papers in various journals over a considerable time period, including a couple of excellent edited books: Body Psychotherapy in Progressive and Chronic Disorders (Karger, 2002), with 4 of her articles in it; and also Childhood Psychotherapy: A bioenergetic approach (Karger, 2001), which was translated into Italian by Livia Geloso & Vanessa Poloni, and published by FrancoAngeli. 

    Her ‘ResearchGate’ entry page lists 33 items; some of them very technical in cell biology and cancer research; some in English, some in German. Her somewhat seminal article: "Efficacy of Bioenergetic Therapies and Stability of the Therapeutic Result: A Retrospective Investigation" by Christa D. Ventling, DPhil. was published in the USABP Journal Vol. 1, No. 2, 2002 and reprinted in About the Science of Body Psychotherapy, Edited by Courtenay Young (Body Psychotherapy Publications, 2012). She was incredibly concerned about and supportive of women and women having babies: another of her papers: Sensitivity training of pregnant women: A possible prevention of neurosis of the child?  was presented at the 2002, 3rd National USABP Conference in Baltimore. 

    I last met with her - by arrangement - when I was going through Lausanne, in about 2015 and she had come down on the train from her home in Basel and we had lunch together in the station buffet. It was lovely, friendly and very animated. She said that she was still working with groups of women with certain issues.  

    She will be missed a lot from within the Body Psychotherapy community.
    Courtenay Young

  • 29 Aug 2018 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stanley Keleman: In Memoriam
    November 1931 - August 2018

    Stanley Keleman  died  peacefully in his sleep on Aug.11th, 2018, just two months after completing his latest book: “Forming your Aging”.

    David Boadella encloses a personal tribute to Stanley, as a poem to celebrate a close friendship with him over sixty years:

    Soul Brother

    We were bonded together
    through our work, on teaching our trainees
    to listen to their bodies and create more ease
    so as not to get flooded by trauma.

    We swam in the same somatic sea together
    and kept truly meeting each other
    for sixty years of living our dying,
    in a friendship that felt like flying
    on parallel tracks, each of us founding
    in our own way, our understanding of grounding.

    Poems crossed the oceans between us,
    and built a presence
    for the essence
    of contact, which could appear
    in the letters which flowed
    between us as swimmers
    born in the same year.

    So far away yet so near
    the pain eventually came
    out of the blue,
    when death claimed you
    my soul brother.
    No other
    man can replace you as a life companion
    in creation:
    your aging has ended.
    Your soma could no longer be mended.

    I carry you with me in my heart
    as a pulse of remembered life, beyond the dark.
    I embody you still in my dreams, at night
    as you keep me company on my journey towards light.

     - By David Boadella
    (written August 19, 2018)

    Stanley Keleman was an American writer and therapist, who created the body psychotherapy approach known as Formative Psychology. He was one of the leaders of the body psychotherapy movement nationally and internationally.

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