by Donald Marmara, Somatic Psychotherapist and Educator, Artarmon, Sydney, Australia
He told me that he went to a fishing village a few days before and he was chatting with a local fisherman. The fisherman looked out across the sea and up to the sky and said:
“Tomorrow it will rain”.
The met office expert went on to explain to the fisherman, who was illiterate, had never been to school, and had never traveled more than a few miles from his village, that the met office was able to determine with the help of modern technology that tomorrow would be a sunny day.
The fisherman smiled and repeated “ Tomorrow it will rain”.
And sure enough, the next day it rained all day.
The met office expert was impressed and said to me “ I don’t know why they’re paying me all this money – if you want a weather forecast you should ask a local fisherman”.
This is a true story and one of the formative experiences of my life.
From then on if I wanted to learn something, I sought wherever possible to experience it first hand rather than just read what others have said about it.
That is why my training and work in somatic psychotherapy is predominantly experiential, with “theory arising out of the experience”, and why I use only methods that I have personally experienced over a period of time.
In the words of one of my teachers, Native American Sun Bear, “I don’t want to hear your philosophy if it doesn’t grow corn”.
Donald Marmara created Core Development , a learning process which acknowledges the unity and inter-relationships of mind, body, emotions and spirit.
It draws on the principles and understanding of somatic psychotherapy, structural dynamics, and Donald’s own personal therapy, professional training and life experience.
Core development adopts a flexible approach, recognising that what works for one person may not work for another.
Donald currently resides and practices in Sydney, and is available for individual sessions, couples sessions, counselling teenagers and parents, and facilitating training programs and workshops. He is also available for Zoom and phone sessions worldwide.
He can be contacted on 0412 178 234.