Archetypes, Your Potentials & The Emerging Future


With Rachel Harrison & Paul King

15th & 16th March 2024
(Plus pre-workshop webinar 7th March)

This in-person workshop explores the somatic-energetic potential of the archetypes within.  We will inquire into how archetypes are currently showing up in your life and how they can support us on our life’s journey and quest.

Archetypes are calling us to tend at the intersection where our past patterns and narratives meet our emerging futures. to redefine and embody them in a new way to meet the world we now inhabit and address the challenges we face, individually and together.

Discovering our archetypal potential is an inquiry into the stories with which we hold ourselves, others and our systems by. The patterns that got us here are not necessarily the patterns of convergence within and between us that will enable new and possible futures to emerge and coalesce.

Archetypes themselves are somewhat exiled by our rejection of them. The times we are in require multiplex ways of perceiving, a welcoming of all parts of ourselves and an infusion of heart and soul to heal what is wounded and create a context for possibilities.  This starts close in with our internal constellation and the ways we meet others.

Our somatic exploration brings the archetypes to life in us. We will:

  • Bring awareness to the narrative body and how this shapes personal and collective futures
  • Make distinctions between archetypal patterns of needs and those of calling
  • Discover new resource within your body to shift perspectives with agility
  • Bring shadow and exiled parts into participation and hear their voices
  • Explore more deeply what it is to be a multiplex being
  • Re-story and re-member ourselves within an emerging narrative
  • Recognise over and under extended expressions of the archetypes and learn nuanced shifts to return to optimal

Over the two days we will work with ten archetypes, their gifts and their shadows, experiencing their range of expression, from being under expressed, to optimal, to over expressed. We will look at what takes you into your under or over expressed versions and help you find your grounded presence in optimal in a way that this stays with you.

We will be weaving the strands of soma, neuroscience, and imagination as we engage with the archetypal patterns within and beyond us. These reach across cultures and time, represented in primordial images, stories, and art. They come to life through our human desire to make sense of ourselves, the world and the greater mysteries. They consciously and unconsciously influence how human beings live their lives.

The poet Walt Whitman in the 1800’s noted ‘I contain multitudes and psychosynthesis psychotherapist Piero Ferrucci talked of ‘each of us being a crowd’. We are a multitude of beings. Archetypes offer us a lens to explore the many storied self.

Archetypes are collectively inherited and individually expressed. We are each moved by our own personal configuration of core archetypal energies which will define how we travel in life. They are revealed in our behaviour, beliefs, values and identity, and in our aspirations and dreams.

Exploring archetypes, we can use the metaphor of actors on your stage. At any given time in your life some archetypes are centre stage and others are in the wings. Over time and in different contexts their position on your stage, and their expression, may change or may need to change.

Your experiential inquiry and explorations will be supported by a workbook and other resources.

“I was already familiar with archetype work to a certain extent but the workshop added a whole deeper appreciation, not just at an intellectual level but with a visceral sense of each of the ten archetypes we worked with. Opening up new dimensions, both personal and as part of our shared landscape. The workshop is incredibly rich with the support, nuance and perceptiveness. Rachel and Paul bring to it.”
Margarita Steinberg, Leadership Coach

Prior to the workshop there will be a virtual session to help awaken your archetypal eye and thinking, readying and priming us all for our explorations in the workshop. If you cannot make the virtual session we will be recording it, (please see below for dates and times). You will also receive an Archetypes At Work self assessment questionnaire and a selection of music associated with each archetype we will be working with.

After the workshop there will be a follow-up virtual integration session at a mutually agreed time for participants to ask questions and share experiences. You will also receive further support material.


We will travel the archetypal landscapes of personal potentiality through use of the imagination, feelings, and embodiment practices engaging the felt and intuitive senses of the body. We will look through the lenses of Archetypal State Change, Range, Shadow and Choice and more.

State change – Discovering how each archetypal stance through body-mind awareness brings different ways of perceiving, expressing and being.

Range – Exploring the range of each archetype and how this informs your mindset, communication and decision-making, from optimal expression, to too much or too little

Shadow – Bringing those parts of yourself you are less in touch with into greater awareness and availability, accessing their gifts

Choice – Engaging the qualities of an archetype purposefully and intentionally according to context and need, and learn how to be guided by its wisdom.

We will work with ten archetypal patterns which are typically at play in our lives and the lives of others, based on the work of Laurence Hillman and Richard Olivier.


The Ten Archetypes:

The Sovereign
– values order through a sense of direction and purpose in life; they are at ease being visible and hold a vision of what is possible with courage generosity and magnetism, lighting the way.

The Strategist – Values order providing structure, planning and mapping direction, organising to build a solid foundation others can rely on. They are often in the background rather than the foreground.

The Nurturer
– values relationships putting other people and their needs first.  They are reflective, listening and empathetic.  Bringing care they support the development of others and self, demonstrating a kind of loving care called agape.

The Lover – values relationships on equal footing bringing passion and value, self-worth and net worth.  They tend towards partnerships, personal and professional where both parties grow, valuing shared creative endeavours.

The Dreamer – Values creativity, inspiration, imagination, experimentation in the imaginal, exploring what is possible, what is emerging that they see before and for the majority. They can sit with the unknown holding paradox and engaging in lateral thinking.

The Storyteller – Values synthesis  bringing together different threads and ideas, weaving them until a coherent narrative emerges. They are are gifted at sense-making bringing together complex ideas into coherent expression. Brings excellence to communication with quick thinking, sparking attention in others.

The Renegade
– values change through disruption and invention. Brings vitality for the new for the common good, breaking through and liberation.

The Transformer – values change through a slow, deep regeneration, able to let go of what no longer is needed and stay with the emerging mystery. Brings the gift of profound and deep change addressing what is wrong and how to restore health in a system.

The Warrior
– values action, assertively, decisively, challenging when needed, harnessing energy for the pursuit of the goal, making things happen. They hone practical skills for measurable success, often relying on known ways of achieving them.

The Explorer – Values adventurer and the undiscovered, seeking truths and new horizons. They prize what is new and true over what is first and best. From their inner explorations they bring forth a depth of knowledge and wisdom into their outer actions.


Engaging with Archetypes

Through recognising these multiple patterned stories, we gain practical insights into why the movement towards the goals we desire is, or is not, possible. Through body-mind practices we start to understand there are often different embodied states that reflect the stories we hold. The better we understand these archetypal expressions and the more consciously we use them, the more integrated we can be in our approach to life and work. Our work is to bring them into their fullest and optimal expression.

Whatever your roles in life, perhaps you are a coach, facilitator, leader or teacher, you will favour particular archetypal expressions which will influence how you show up and do what you do. Developing an understanding of your approach and increasing your ability to flex can enhance what is possible for you.


Your Facilitators:

Rachel Harrison is a lover of relational inquiry and the spaces we meet. She is an accredited Archetypes at Work ‘debriefer’ and psychosynthesis coach with over 25 years experience of working in transpersonal and archetypal landscapes.  Rachel is the founder of Learning Frequencies which emerged as a ground-space to explore more broadly the ways we learn and evolve. As a consultant and coach she is known for bringing an embodied intuitive approach to her work.

Paul King is an explorer of places inside and out. He is co-founder of The Beyond Partnership a leading-edge people development consultancy. He has been working as a coach and consultant for more than 35 years. He is particularly known for his work with the body-mind and integral approaches, connecting personal development to larger system change. He delivers embodiment-based workshops and coaching across Europe.


Early bird price to 23rd February 2024 £495+VAT.
Standard price £575+VAT
There is a maximum of ten places available.
If you are interested in attending this workshop and the price point is prohibitive, please contact us, a bursary may be available,

Dates & Times:
Workshop – Friday 15th (10.00-18.00) & Saturday 16th (10.00-17.00)
Pre-workshop webinar – Thursday 7th March  16.00-17.30 GMT
(If you cannot make the webinar it will be recorded but please attend if at all possible.)

Venue: Headington, Oxford

Booking: Please email with your full name and address to reserve your place. If you have any questions please email, or