A Soul-centred Therapeutic Community for Persons Undergoing an Acute
Schizophrenic or Psychospiritual Crisis
The Name . . .
Temenos is a Greek word which refers to a universal instinct to create a
protected, safe space in which to heal, reorganize and regenerate the
fragmented personality. In a 'soul-centred' medical context, for
individuals in crisis the temenos - which often takes on the circular,
or square forms of the mandala - provides an enclosed, self-rebirthing
place, akin to a garden, piece of sacred land, guarded castle, or
For victims of abuse, the temenos provides a refuge in which often
frightened, frail and childlike 'multiple personalities' can find
safety, mutual support and contentment. For persons in psychosis, the
temenos provides limitation, ritual, focus, protection, meaning and
order, which compensate the potentially explosive, chaotic, frightening
and shattering experience of psychosis.
Temenos incorporates the following networking Infrastructures and
Soul-centred Medical Approaches:
* Temenos Trauma & Crisis Centres [urban & metropolitan]
* Soul-centred, Psychoshamanic & Jungian Psychiatric Approaches
* Natural, Nutritional, Orthomolecular & Homeopathic Medicine
* Schizophrenia Drug-free Crisis Centre [Australia]
Rationale & Vision
* There is no such objective, medically verifiable fact as 'mental
illness' and no proof that any (so-called) 'mental illness' is caused by
biologic, or genetic factors.
* Persons who have become 'multiple personalities', or who suffer from
chronic depression, manic-depression, schizophrenia or psychosis in the
majority of cases are not 'mentally ill' (that is, brain-diseased), but
are responding in a natural, self-protective way to an acute personal
trauma, conflict, grief, loss of soul, or crisis.
* There is a growing, urgent need to establish - as a non-authoritarian,
healing alternative to drug-based 'biologic' psychiatry - a new 'working
vision' for genuine 'mental health' reform, a vision which can offer
safe, compassionate, healing and re-empowering support, self-help
skills, re-education and wholistic, natural therapies in a nurturing,
caring, home-like and soulful environment.
* There is an equally urgent need to denounce the human rights abuse and
damage inflicted by biologic psychiatry through forced treatment with
toxic psychiatric drugs, incarceration, involuntary commitment and
unwanted 'shock treatment' [ECT].
Residential Crisis Care:
General Therapeutic Approach & Overall Goals
* Persons working through severe trauma and abuse will be helped - in
the context of 'residential crisis care' - through one-to-one
therapeutic dialogue which applies the principles of guided
visualization, art therapy and psychosynthesis to help the fragmented
'multiple personality' become re-integrated, or restored into a
* Persons in an acute schizophrenic, or psychospiritual crisis will be
welcomed and befriended by a trained 'companion' and provided with
24-hour 'being with'*** help, again through residential crisis care.
Since the person in crisis is (usually) undergoing a 'dis-integration'
and self-rebirthing process, the companion's role is mainly a
non-interventional 'midwifing' one that ensures physical and emotional
safety (for the person in crisis and for fellow residents),
non-judgmental acceptance, friendship and a safe 'sacred space' in which
the crisis can be acted out and/or worked through.
* In addition, one-to-one soul-centred psychiatric care will be offered
by those who are experienced, trained and qualified in other (e.g.
Jungian) approaches which deal - without resorting to damaging
psychiatric drugs - with psychosis, acute depression, manic-depression,
schizophrenia and psychospiritual crises.
* 'Being with' crisis care, Jungian and shamanic therapies will be
supplemented by a broad range of soul-centred psychospiritual and
physical therapies, such as massage, Chinese medicine, therapeutic
touch, homeopathy, naturopathy, dance, vocal, art and drama therapy,
meditation, creative visualization, astrology, medicine wheel work,
psychosynthesis, iridology, yoga, foot reflexology and nutritional
medicine. Persons seeking to withdraw safely from toxic psychiatric
drugs will be referred to a caring, supportive GP, who will gradually
replace psychiatric drugs with nutritional, or orthomolecular medicine
as a wholistic complement to psychospiritual therapies.
* Crisis Care residents will have access to a healthy diet, which will
include fresh fruit, vegetables, free-range eggs, vitamins and mineral
supplements. Other natural remedies will be available, including Bach
Flower remedies, herbal supplements, crystal essences, essential oils
and homeopathic medicine. Residents will be encouraged to exercise
regularly, e.g. to take walks, do gardening, chop wood, or go on
The Soul-centred Therapeutic Environment
Soul-centred therapies, nature and the caring, healing environment form
an inseparable unity when seeking to meet the needs of the whole person.
The farm-like, urban Temenos Centre (ideally located within 50km of the
metropolitan area) will feature:
* A large vegetable and flower garden, to be tended by residents and
staff. (Workshed for tools, potting mix, seedlings etc. outside)
* An indoor and outdoor fireplace (and wood pile), to be tended by staff
* A 'stillness-oriented' art, craft, rest and reading room
* A resource library and discussion room, focused on reference books and
reprints devoted to self-help skills, re-education about 'mental health'
(from a soul-centred medical perspective), psychospiritual development,
quality literature, Internet sources, a referral list of soul-centred
practitioners, and psychiatric human rights issues
* A 'movement-oriented' dance, yoga, shamanic work and vocalization
* A massage, foot reflexology, acupuncture, crystal and shamanic healing
* Centre pets, chickens (for eggs), pot-plants, stones and crystals
* Musical instruments, e.g. drums, tambourines, sticks, bells,
rainsticks, guitars, whistles, didgeridoos
* A small indoor fountain and access to water (river, creek, ponds, or
* A 'rage room' (with lots of cushions, tissues, old cloth and paper),
and an outside 'old-plate-smashing' area
Outpatient Crisis Care, Education & Support
* Metropolitan Temenos Centres will offer a range of services, including
one-to-one crisis help, soul-centred psychiatric re-assessment, informal
re-educational forums, support, information and human rights advocacy.
* A Crisis Helpline will answer crisis calls and requests for
information. (There is already a Schizophrenia Drug-free Crisis Helpline
* Home, Guardianship Board and hospital visits (offering crisis help and
moral support for folk who cannot attend the Centre) will be met by
Centre 'crisis and support teams'.
* Outpatients seeking soul-centred therapies (as alternatives to
hospitals and psychiatric drugs) will be referred to a broad range of
reputable, experienced and caring practitioners.
* Staff will offer talks and information sessions to schools, radio
stations, hospitals, mental health forums, community health centres and
Management Board, Committee, Patron, Advisors & Staff
* Ideally, staff and residents requiring 24-hour intensive care are in a
1:1 ratio, e.g. 7 residential staff (operating in shifts) and 7 'acute'
* Management Board [suggestions]: Chairperson, Secretary, lawyer,
Treasurer, Centre Director, Centre Administrator, Marketing Consultant,
* Supporting Committee: public liaison officer, one media and one
political representative, one youth and one indigenous persons
representative, one GP representative (for 'nutritional medicine'),
others committed to 'the vision'
* Patron: Open to discussion.
* Soul-centred Psychiatric/Medical Advisory Board
Training to Work in Soul-centred Trauma & Crisis Care
All persons wishing to work as staff (paid and/or voluntary) will
firstly be interviewed, in order to assess whether they have the desired
personal qualities, i.e. empathy, non-judgmental, non-authoritarian
acceptance, compassion, open-mindedness, soulfulness, enthusiasm,
willingness to learn, ability to befriend and 'be with' folk in crisis
and trauma situations. If accepted, they will then be required to train
in the following:
* Basic understanding of the structure and dynamics of the psyche and
the ‘psyche in crisis’
* Residential Crisis Care (or 'psychospiritual midwifery'**) for
non-violent persons in an acute schizophrenic, or psychospiritual crisis
Additional Training in Jungian & Shamanic Work
* Persons wishing to work in the field of Jungian psychiatric 'trialogue'**
(one-to-one-to-One) will be required to undergo an extensive and
intensive 'journey' of inner work and education, which will require a) a
supervised, in-depth study of Jung's Collected Works, a study of
comparative religion, symbology and mythology, and referral to an
experienced, qualified and mature Jungian therapist (or analyst) in
order to embark on a 'training analysis' (usually for around 2 years).
* Persons genuinely called to a shamanic vocation (either through a
schizophrenic initiation, psychospiritual crisis, or 'voluntary quest'),
will be apprenticed to a shaman-teacher. Since absolute dedication and a
sense of 'sacred responsibility' is required for this demanding and
potentially hazardous work, only those demonstrating initiative, innate
skill and unwavering commitment will receive ongoing training.
* Some psychoshamanic** skills will be taught to anyone wishing to use
them for (e.g.) guided visualization, distance healing, protective
rituals, working with animal guides, drum-work, and healing work with
crystals, fire and plants.
* Residents will pay whatever they can afford (scaled to income and/or
financial support) and will be expected to eliminate (e.g.) alcohol and
cigarettes in order to redirect money spent there toward the Centre -
and to thus heal/help themselves. Financially stable relatives will be
asked to contribute to relatives' fees. Low-income residents will be
allowed to work off part of the fee through (e.g.) gardening, cooking,
cleaning, chopping wood, caring for fires and pets, etc.
* The Temenos organization will actively seek funding from a range of
private, Government and community-based sources, e.g. Rotary, Community
Benefit scheme, Bill Gates, Dept of Human Services, the Catholic Church,
Foundation Membership fees and donations, money obtained through
accreditable forums, workshops, seminars and training courses, business
sponsorship by manufacturers of health-promoting, natural therapies.
* Temenos will actively seek Medicare and Private Health Cover
reimbursment as a longterm, near-future goal.
** The terms 'self-rebirthing', 'psychospiritual midwifery', 'mythocentric',
'soul-centred psychiatry', 'trialogue', 'psychoshamanic' and 'psychospiritual
crisis' were coined by MBR/'The Dark' Nathair.
*** 'being with' is a term coined by psychiatrist Prof. Loren Mosher,
who founded the US 'Soteria Project', a residential, therapeutic
community for schizophrenic and non-violent psychotic persons, which
operated in California from 1971 - 1983.
TEMENOS Vision Statement
c. 2009 by Dr Maureen B. Roberts BSc, BA(Hons),
Director: Schizophrenia Drug-free Crisis Centre
Co-founder: Mental Health ReEducation & Human Rights Network [Aust.]
PO Box 7205 Hutt Street, Adelaide SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5000
Int. Phone +61 8 8362 0980 E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
updated 2 March 10
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