Wolfgang Mastnak

Wolfgang Mastnak, Austrian, holds doctoral degrees in arts therapies, music education and psychology, medical sciences, sports sciences (sports medicine) and mathematics, and diploma as psychotherapist and psychomotor therapist. Being full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and the New York Academy of Sciences he was internationally honoured with awards such as 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century by the International Biographical Centre Cambridge or Great Minds of the 21st Century by the American Biographical Institute. He is professor of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and Beijing Normal University (BNU), as well as director of the BNU research centre for arts therapies 北京师范大学艺术治疗研究中心. His main research topics include arts therapies, cross-cultural education, ethno medicine, philosophy of science, research methodology, sports- and movement-therapy, neuropsychology, quantum consciousness, long-term cardiac rehabilitation and perinatal health.

Annotation of the workshop: THE SOUND-SELF AND THE BREATH: Psychosomatic Re-Balancing in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Sound and breath are core topics in various philosophies and therapeutic schools of thought. They relate to ontological notions of harmony, such as in Daoism or cross-cultural psychosomatics, as well as to the energetic principle of the Qi in traditional Chinese medicine and in breath-based bioenergetics.

Today’s world is confronted with multiple psychological and psychosomatic sequelae of the COVID-19 era and its measures to control the pandemic alongside sociocultural dynamics such as lockdown, home-schooling, social distancing, panic-mongering and hidden faces (masks). Together with conventional issues such as anxiety disorders, depression, pathological states of helplessness or sleep disorders, the COVID-19 era has brought about novel syndromes combining features of self-disintegration, delusional retreat into cyber worlds alongside internet-addiction, communication issues and self-defensive reactions (aggression), novel forms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dependent-avoidant personality developments.

The workshop encourages approaches to discover the ‘sound-self’ and includes inner vocal meditation (silent), exploratory work with the voice and the self, vocal improvisation to facilitate self-discovery, immersing oneself in sound-identities, voice-based stress-modulation, vocal work with obsessive-compulsive thought, and intensive group-sound-processes to create an awareness of inclusion, to support self-expression and flow, and to re-adjust psychosomatic energy. All these practices importantly combine the experience and the nature of sound, resonance and breathing.

Participants should be open for self-discovery and work with the own voice, although no professional vocal abilities are required. The workshop is based on individual self-discovery, sharing of experiences and interactive analyses of cases. This may also lead to joint work on how to develop appropriate music therapeutic and music educational models. According to the participants’ suggestion the workshop will be held in Czech and/or English language.

Please, bring for the session a mat for lying on the floor (if wanted).