Love and the Unconscious – Revisited

Instructors: Ida Rae Egli and M.A. Brauer


Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., September 23 through October 28

Gualala Arts Center

Members $100, Non-members $125

Sign up by: Date of first class, September 23, 2015
Tuition: $100 members; $125 non-members
Materials fee: N/A
Materials list: Pen or pencil, paper

manet-metThis workshop is based on Emotion Based Therapy — the new therapeutic science developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and others in the field of psychology — is revolutionizing theories of how adult love relationships work and what might work to help them succeed.  Following last year’s well attended and popular course, psychotherapist M.A. Brauer and writer and teacher Ida Rae Egli are offering a second workshop on this subject, this time with a more in-depth look at how we get stuck in unhealthy relationship patterns and how we can break through the issues and bring back the love. The first half of each class will be dedicated to discussing the new theory, the second half to connecting theory to storylines from short stories, poetry, and philosophical essays that illuminate the psychology.

This workshop is designed for individuals, couples, and parents who want to understand the patterns that govern human relationships and develop some insights that may help them resolve interpersonal issues. The class is enlightening and fun.  Each individual student will determine the degree of student participation.

Instructor Biographies

Ida Egli
Ida Egli

Ida Rae Egli, raised in Mendocino County, is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, including No Rooms of Their Own: Women Writers of Early California, and her upcoming novel, Krisanthi’s War. She taught language arts and literature, including creative writing and memoir, and was chair of the English Department at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa. She lives with her husband at The Sea Ranch.



M.A. Brauer Love and the Unconscious Revisited workshop 2015
M.A. Brauer

Three years ago M.A. Brauer decided to retire from retirement and recommit herself to the work she loves to do more than anything else — psychotherapy. After being diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2000, she and her husband wanted to make the most of their time left before the disabling effects of Parkinsons took hold. They fulfilled a long term dream of moving to the Mendonoma coast, which seems to have proven a very therapeutic environment for M.A.   15 years after the diagnosis she is still riding her bike, playing tennis, pickle ball, and swimming.  She has started up a new practice and has just opened a psychotherapy office in Cypress Village Gualala.

In April 2015 she did a four day workshop in Florence, Italy on Adult Attachment and couples therapy to expand and deepen the knowledge she wants to impart to her students in this upcoming class.  Just turning 70, she says this is by far the best of times.

A student testimonial from a prior workshop:  “This course was not only interesting and fun, but helped enormously in allowing my husband and me to work together towards improving our relationship. The course was well planned and well presented. What I learned in the course will continue to be of great value to me in maintaining my on-going relationships.”