Shadow into Soul

Illuminating Your Highest Potentials

An 8-Week Online Course
with Terri O’Fallon PhD and Kim Barta MA

Registration Ends Tuesday, October 16

What if you looked at your shadow… and saw it is actually part of your soul?

When we are in a state of flow or openness, we’re said to be operating from our “leading edge” developmental stage.

However, when we’re stressed or in a reactive state, we often fall into earlier stage emotions, thinking, and behavior, thus derailing our plans and intentions and keeping us stuck.

In this course you’ll not only get a better understanding of the personal development stages, you’ll discover how to apply the stages directly to your life.

You’ll receive a powerful tool that will help uncover your hidden shadow and reveal your highest potentials.

Here’s what you’ll discover:

• How to move beyond the issues that keep triggering you

• Where exactly are you on your personal and spiritual developmental path

• How you can recognize your potentials and move into healthy levels of development

“Soul is the natural evolutionary expression of our life force energy. Shadow is simply the distortion of that same life force energy. Shadow IS soul in distorted form. By getting to know your shadow and releasing the distortion, you discover the authentic natural evolutionary life force expression of your soul.” – Kim Barta MA

Find your unique soul material by embracing and transforming your shadow.

Often there is a recurring problem we struggle with in our lives. It might be trying to lose weight and exercise more, or it could be a struggle with addiction. Some of us fear we’ll never find the right partner, or get the job of our dreams, or have enough money, or be good enough, and so on.

Another kind of struggle comes from an evolutionary friction between wanting to fulfill our life purpose, yet somehow always have a reason why we can’t. It’s like that book you’ve been wanting to write for the past ten years, yet you keep procrastinating and resist sitting down to write it.

What’s so frustrating is we “know” the solutions. Eat this, not that. Exercise more. Spend 10 minutes a day meditating. Get up at 5:00am. Write in a journal. We’ve Googled it, consulted experts, and asked friends for advice.

Yet we still find ourselves with the same issues holding us back. That’s because we can’t see the parts of us that made a decision in our past that is now causing the blind spot that renders us unable to move forward.

These parts of our development are called shadow, and everyone has shadow areas in life. We develop strategies for ignoring our shadow or over-compensating for it, yet until we see clearly where we’re stuck, we will find ourselves held back from our fullest potential.

This healing gives you an opening for deepening soul work.

We don’t usually hear our shadow described as part of our soul. We may hear about healing our shadow, but typically we want to get rid of our shadow because we think it’s something bad.

In this course, you’ll begin to explore these hidden parts of your soul, and expand consciousness to places you didn’t know you could access.

By working with shadow in this precise manner—no matter what the level of your current development—you’ll discover how shadow work actually becomes the gateway to a fuller expression of your higher potentials.

An Invitation to Grow—to Evolve

In this 8-week online course, Terri and Kim will lead you through the process of applying the STAGES Matrix model to your life in a very real and practical way.

You’ll gain a greater understanding of your life as you begin to identify your developmental strengths and learn how to enhance them. You’ll also locate your weaknesses and learn how to strengthen the parts of yourself that will help resolve and heal your own personal Shadow issues.

The process will reveal more clearly how you arrived at where you are today, and how you can move forward in an integrative way.

Here’s What You’ll Receive

  • Eight 90-minute LIVE course sessions with Terri and Kim
  • Eight LIVE Q&As integrated into each course session
  • Individual and collective embodied exercises done in breakout groups during each session
  • Between session video work, buddy work, and individual practices to support your personal growth
  • Private course community to meet and interact with fellow students or to ask Terri and Kim anything
  • BONUS LIVE Q&A after the final course session, devoted to applying the model in your life post-course

Course Schedule

Session 1: Tuesday, Oct. 9 – 5:30 PM Pacific
Session 2: Tuesday, Oct. 16 – 5:30 PM Pacific
Session 3: Tuesday, Oct. 23 – 5:30 PM Pacific
Session 4: Tuesday, Oct. 30 – 5:30 PM Pacific
Session 5: Tuesday, Nov. 6 – 5:30 PM Pacific
(No session the week of Nov 12)
Session 6: Tuesday, Nov. 20 – 5:30 PM Pacific
Session 7: Tuesday, Nov. 27 – 5:30 PM Pacific
Session 8: Tuesday, Dec. 4 – 5:30 PM Pacific
Bonus Q&A: Saturday, Dec. 8 – 9:30 AM Pacific

Session 1: Welcome and Course Overview

The attributes of child development are easily recognizable. But what are the attributes of adult development? How do we know when we are growing and changing as an adult? And what happens when there is trauma as a child? How does that affect adult development?

The STAGES Matrix and Model give us a roadmap to heal and integrate shadow. Learn about repeating patterns, the three identifying questions, and the two state categories.

Session 2: The Concrete Individual STAGES

Working with the genesis of shadow and its effects on you as a child, you’ll learn how shadow arrests development in adults, leading to conditions such as attachment disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety and addiction. This lays the ground for repeated patterns throughout our adult life.

While one STAGE isn’t better than another, it’s important to know where you are on the map so you can navigate troublesome territory. For example, when you get triggered, you may find yourself operating from an earlier STAGE, where challenges can hijack you. We call that a Shadow Crash.

Session 3: The Concrete Collective STAGES

Explore the Second Person Perspective, which includes the repeating effects of the collective, and how collective perspectives form and produce shadows that repeat in later stages.

You’ll also start to discover how shadow begins to grow up, working further with arrested development, attachment disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety and addiction.

Session 4: The Subtle Individual STAGES

Navigate the third person perspective, the subtle developmental patterns, and how early patterns repeat in adults who have grown into the Subtle Tier stages: depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD also grow up.

As you continue to apply practical application of the session material, you’ll also learn how healing shadow develops one’s soul at these levels.

Session 5: The Subtle Collective STAGES

In this session you’ll explore the birth of the Subtle collective at the early fourth person perspective including Subtle developmental patterns, and working with the up-shift of early collective development.

From this perspective we see all the social, contextual, cultural, and psychological feedback loops and begin to adjust them so they will create the best outcomes for everyone. Discover how can we use our understanding of our own interior to make a better exterior world, and how can we use the understanding of the exterior world to make a better interior life?

Session 6: The MetAware Individual STAGES: The Empty and Very Subtle

In this session we’ll look at fifth and sixth person perspectives and the MetAware developmental patterns. Discover the effects and sophistication of long term shadow as you work with the agile mind.

Awareness begins to transcend thought as the dominant way of understanding the world. As a result, the world of thought, conceptualization, and belief gradually fades into the background and individual awareness itself moves into the foregrounded edge of experience. The move into awareness as the “self”, allows for the exploration of a whole new world.

Session 7: Review of the Concrete and Subtle Tiers

In this important session, you’ll deepen your understanding of the Concrete and Subtle Tiers as you review the practical applications of the STAGES model theory

These two tiers are where most of us are in our development most of the time, so a solid understanding of each stage, its Shadow and parameters, the person perspectives and the reiterating patterns, is essential in supporting the emergence of higher levels of consciousness.

Session 8: Review of the MetAware Tier and Ongoing Application of STAGES

Most of us have state experiences in the MetAware tier but are not stabilized in any of its stages. In this session we’ll review each stage in the MetAware tier, its Shadow and parameters, the person perspectives and the reiterating patterns. This will help us to recognize these higher levels of development as they begin to show up in our experience.

We will also summarize and review practices, applying STAGES in your life so you’ll have all the “tools” you need to unfold the living map of your life and step into your highest potentials.

Bonus Q&A Session

How are you doing applying the STAGES model in your life? We will reconvene to answer your questions about the STAGES model, ongoing practices, and what is working well for you. This session is for anything you want to understand better or need help with.

If you can’t make it to the final live session, you will have the opportunity to submit your questions and watch the answers in the video recording.

Registration

Enrollment Ends October 16th!

1 Payment of

$649

2 Monthly Payments of

$350

Alumni Discount

Prior participants of other STAGES programs, workshops, or courses are eligible for an additional 25% discount. This discount is valid until registration closes on October 16.

To get the Alumni Discount, write us at support@stagesinternational.com

Praise for STAGES

“I have been working with the STAGES model as taught by Terri, and practicing the application of its insights to life through my work with Kim for many years now. The results of these efforts have been profound both with regards to my own internal evolution, and also to my capacity to serve others with wisdom, compassion, and skillful means.”


“STAGES carries all the markers of a profound breakthrough in our understanding of the human condition that will be studied for all time. Once you see it, it becomes the indispensable lens that brings into focus a nuanced understanding of the human condition…”


“My weekend of Integral STAGES with Terri O’Fallon and Kim Barta was like brain fireworks!”


“I’ve studied integral theory for about 15 years and have read most of Ken Wilber’s work, and confess at times to struggling to ground the theory in everyday life. Terri’s STAGES model now makes that easier and even obvious. In my life, it’s been the model that brings together theory and experience in all contexts of my busy western life. The way Terri and Kim present the work is both engaging, entertaining and so very rich in practical value.”

Praise for Terri & Kim

“A true Dynamic Duo, Kim and Terri bring wonderfully complementary styles of presentation and proficiency. From Terri’s gentle and certain introductions to the research and resulting model, to Kim’s animated and deeply passionate explication of the application, a generous field of learning is cultivated.”


“Kim is a rare being in the combination of theory and practice. With every point of theory, he recounts an example from his experience as a therapist that brings the meaning home. His descriptions of the patterns of development and their expressions in human behaviour, trauma and therapy are lucid, practical and readily adapted to the mundane and extreme issues of everyday life. He is a pleasure and an inspiration to learn from.”


“I have seen Terri present and evolve her model over several years, often in awe of her blend of academic depth, humility and wit, enthusiasm and world-changing vision, and a little amazed at the sheer longevity of her commitment to the work of understanding how humans evolve and the terrain of our potentials.”

Support

If you have questions or need support, please contact us at support@developmentallifedesign.com. We strive to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours during regular business hours Monday to Friday Pacific Time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is any special hardware or software required to participate in the course?
No, all you need is a Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer with a recent operating system and an updated version of one of the popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox or Safari; Internet Explorer is not recommended). All course sessions will be hosted on the Zoom video conference platform, which can be accessed from any Mac or PC, as well as from iOS and Android mobile devices.

I have a scheduling conflict with a couple of the course session dates. Will the sessions be recorded?
You will get audio and video recordings plus transcripts. About 24 hours after each course session you will have access to a full video recording plus an audio only recording that you can listen to in iTunes or other music players. You will be able to listen to these recordings online or download them. A full transcript of the session will be available about 6-7 days later in PDF format. And at the end of the course we will combine all of the individual transcripts into a PDF transcript of the entire course.

Is this course a kind of therapy?
The course offers a developmental model and a set of practices that you can apply to your life to illuminate your past, heal your shadows, and participate more consciously in your future personal and spiritual development. It is for those who want to nurture their own development and have the capacity to be present with the difficult emotions that inevitably arise in doing developmental work. Terri and Kim are wonderful, loving guides in this process; however, the course is not therapy or group therapy. So if you are working with a deep trauma in your life or are in the midst of a life crisis, this course would not be a good primary choice for you at this time. But it could be useful as a supplement to professional counseling or coaching. If difficulties arise during the course, Terri and Kim are also very skilled at assessing when someone needs support that the course is not designed to address.

Do I have to share all my Shadow stuff with everyone in the course?
Shadow to Soul is a course about personal development so it’s likely that some difficult issues may come up for participants during this process. If this happens for you, you will have the opportunity for dialog with Terri and Kim during course sessions, or dialog with other students in breakout groups during course sessions. This dialog is one of the benefits of the course but your sense of safety or privacy is paramount. You may share a much or as little as you feel comfortable sharing, and you do not have to share at all. It is entirely up to you. And if you don’t feel comfortable sharing you will still find the processes and practices in the course to be helpful to your personal development.

What is your refund policy?
We will honor all refund requests received prior to the first session of the course. No refunds can be made after that date. All refund requests must be made in writing to support@stagesinternational.com.

Are there any registration discounts or scholarships available?
Everyone is eligible for a $150 early bird discount that ends September 30. We are offering a modest scholarship program, for which you can apply by emailing us at support@stagesinternational.com. If you are not on our email list, please sign up here to be notified about news, events and discounts. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up.

 

About Terri & Kim

Terri O’Fallon, PhD is an Integral scholar who derives theory and research interests from a passionate practice of auspicious wondering, learning, and marinating in life. She is the daughter of a 95-year-old dancing mother, eldest of seven siblings, parent of two adult children, grandparent of two granddaughters, and has over fifty years of teaching from pre-kindergarten through post PhD. She has a PhD in Integral Studies and masters degrees in Spiritual Direction and Special Education. These embodied experiences have supported her primary theory and research and teaching theme: growing up is waking up throughout the lifespan.

Teaching has been a theme throughout her life. Beginning as a preschool and first grade teacher, she has taught every grade, including special education and the gifted. She has had the role of principal of schools and superintendent of schools, and taught in seven colleges and universities. Her interest in life span development naturally arose from this field.

Terri’s research experience spans 40 years including eleven research studies conducted in various colleges, public schools and private research venues. Her most passionate theory, research and teaching work of the past eight years, however, revolves around the STAGES model, which integrates the Integral model by Ken Wilber with the Ego development scale of Susanne Cook-Greuter. The STAGES model was a natural culmination of her life’s experience.

Ordinariness has been the trajectory of Terri’s life. Steeped in philosophy, research, teaching, and a myriad of spiritual practices, her path continues to bring her solidly home to the practical living, breathing appreciation of the simple things in life. We wake up every morning. We grow up, quite naturally. We live through joys and sorrows, and face our family, friends, and neighbors every day. We grow old and watch our life approach its end as we apprehend the birth of our grandchildren. With the gifts of so many experiences, the highs and lows of being, what seems to always remain is what we were advised to value from birth: listening, gratitude, compassion, love, forgiveness, and generosity—lifelong lessons that never seem to end.

Terri’s website is terriofallon.comClick here to view her resumé.

Kim Barta, MA is an internationally recognized licensed professional psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work and insights spring from grounded experiential practice with self and others in his cross-cultural and life long-experiences.

Kim Barta, MA is an internationally recognized licensed professional psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work and insights spring from grounded experiential practice with self and others in his cross-cultural and lifelong- experiences.

Kim worked for gender rights in his small rural school in central Montana. In college, Kim co-founded Students in Union with Nature, which partnered college students with alternative energy advocates in the community to create a solar powered organic garden lifestyle for college students.

Kim graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, and Sociology in a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American Shaman and did his masters thesis in Shamanism and Modern Psychotherapy. He graduated with high marks in 1986.

After developing and implementing a successful construction training program for people suffering from severe mental illness: Bi-polar, Schizophrenia, and Axis ll Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the International Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by 3 hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim founded and continues to co-operate a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high mission mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self and others, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that deeply and rapidly lead to healing. These have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses, weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice globally.

Currently, Kim has teamed up with Dr Terri O’Fallon to present workshops and trainings internationally in a new model of human development designed and researched by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s developmental learning theory fits lock and key with Dr. O’Fallon’s model and his extensive history in clinical human dynamics provides a grounded passion to the workshop experience.

Kim’s website is kimbartatherapy.com.