I just want to say that if you can get together three or more people to start a local ITZI group anywhere in the world, I am happy to offer what I can via skype, Facebook or e-mail to support it.
Such groups can, amongst other things
- discuss Dharma-Psychology and Dharma-Therapy issue
- act as peer supervision for practising therapists
- study my books, ( Zen Therapy, the Feeling Buddha, etc ) and other Buddhist psychology writers
- write papers for each other to discuss or take turns to present an idea or issue to the group
You can add a period of Buddhist practice, meditation or chanting, if you like, but not essential.
Such groups should not be based on just one school of Buddhism or just one school of psychology or healing, so different members can add to the richness.
If a group prospers, then at some point I or one of the other centrally involved ITZI people might visit, depending on distance, viability etc. I generally go where I am invited if at all possible.
Generally groups need somebody to take the initiative to reach out to and gather others, somebody to at least do some minimal organising, make sure people gets dates and times, etc, and somebody to say, "Welcome everybody, this evening we have planned to.... Are there any other proposals in addition?..." and make the tea. This could be one individual, or a rota, or a team.
If you organise something like this, I'd like to hear about it.