The Psychosynthesis South Pacific Trust (PSP)

The Psychosynthesis South Pacific Trust (PSP) is an Educational Trust. It was formed in 2017 by a group of senior teachers and practitioners and continues a rich, locally infused tradition of training in Psychosynthesis that stretches back over 30 years in this country. In recognising a community that has strong links in Australia and the Pacific Islands, the PSP vision is to offer opportunities for training and community connection throughout the region and to ensure that Psychosynthesis informed practices are available to these local communities. The Trust is concerned with the ongoing development of this project and upholding the strategic vision.

Vision

Psychosynthesis is way of being and becoming more of what we might be, through an inclusive, psychospiritual, experiential education which offers a process of personal, group and community growth, and professional development towards a sustainable, equitable and just planet.

To achieve our vision, PSP considers that diverse and appropriate opportunities need to be made available for people and communities to engage with the guiding principles and experiential processes of Psychosynthesis in a secure learning environment.

Through its recognition of the vital importance of “context”, Psychosynthesis is a systems-thinking approach. Therefore, the established Psychosynthesis community is seen as both the driving force and the guiding centre for outreach and course establishment into the discrete localities where practitioners are based.

These practitioners will provide the basis for the PSP Faculty – a learning community of PSP approved facilitators able to present established courses, and to participate in the development of new ones.

Values
  • Respect the cultural diversity of people and encourage people from all nationalities to utilize the Trust’s facilities and services.
  • Heal through connections with self, other, natural environment, community, the greater whole.
  • Provide pathways to further education and development, personal and professional, and inspiring people to reach their full potential.
  • Work cooperatively in trans-disciplinary settings.
  • Maintain the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
  • Respect and implement the dual heritage of the partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).
Structure & Support

Trustees

Up to seven trustees are appointed at any given time to manage the strategic development of the Trust. These are people who have a connection with Psychosynthesis and are interested in its future in the South Pacific.

Council of Elders

It is envisaged that a Council of Elders (up to five people) shall be appointed by the Trustees to provide additional advice and guidance in the strategic direction of the Trust. Recognising the place of Eldership, PSP envisages developing local relationships with kaumātua that will become integral to the Council of Elders.

Professional Bodies

PAnzA – Psychosynthesis Aotearoa/NZ & Australia – is the professional body for Psychosynthesis practitioners. As well as organising professional development opportunities, it also supports practitioners through its Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedure. In many cases PAnzA offers an alternative to NZAC – full details on their website: http://panza.org.nz.

Other relevant professional bodies include NZAC, PBANZ, and NZAP.

Community

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.
Maori Proverb

In Aotearoa/New Zealand, we recognise Maori as its first people, and we honour the particular spirituality that they express. We also recognise that participants from other lands have comparable deep wisdom traditions. We seek to welcome all people, and all the deep traditions from which they come, whilst recognising the uniquely local cultural expressions and particular flavour of the South Pacific. We seek to establish the rich holding of an inclusive multi-cultural community.

Purpose

The purpose of the PSP Trust will be to offer both a practical and accessible psychospiritual framework based on principles of Psychosynthesis for personal and professional development, and a coherent basis for social change awareness, decolonisation and education towards a fair, just, sustainable and inclusive world.

The trust will offer, promote and manage the teaching and research of Psychosynthesis both for the purposes of counselling and psychotherapy and to inform and complement other business, educational, health and social professionals.

As a not for profit organisation, the Trust will also seek to enable greater accessibility to our programmes and to provide other support and assistance consistent with this charitable purpose.

Founding Trustees

Bill Rout, Christine Johannis, Mark Haxell, Mark Skelding and Moira McGuinness.

Meet the current PSP Trustees

Christine Johannis

Christine Johannis

Trustee

Mark Haxell

Mark Haxell

Trustee

Bernarda Sheppard

Bernarda Sheppard

Trustee

Bill Rout

Bill Rout

Trustee

“I don’t teach the dreaming, the mountain teaches the dreaming”

Aboriginal elder, Guboo Ted Thomas, of the Yuin people.