After the great time we had last year at Sunny Beach I was certainly looking forward to returning to Bulgaria for this year's Scenar Symposium in Plovdiv. Naturally I was not disappointed!
I thought I'd miss the beachside location, but Plovdiv is a delightful town (the 2nd largest in Bulgaria) with a 6,000 year history and is full of ancient sites. Built on 7 hills looking over the ancient plains of Thrace, I am sure it is no accident that it has become the headquarters of the Bulgarian Scenar Society. It has a special kind of energy.
This year the Symposium was much more intimate and the presentations were clear and succinct. The subject was the use of Scenar Therapy in the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems and I think we were all very impressed by the results that the various doctors and therapists were presenting.
The main topics covered were:
Complex Treatment Approaches in patients with Discal Hernia - K. Nikitin, Tomsk
Case Study in Scenar Therapy of Haematogenous Osteomyelitis - Y. Semikatov, Ekaterinburg
Effectiveness of Scenar Therapy in musculo-skeletal disorders - Y. Stanchak, Ukraine
Osteoarthrosis and Scenar Therapy - G. Subbotina, Ekaterinburg
Influence of Scenar Therapy on muscle tone with pain syndrome – G. Tyutyunnikova, Rostov
Complex application of some holographic approaches in Scenar Therapy – M. Jeleva, Plovdiv
The success achieved in the case of Osteomyelitis excited the orthodox doctors in the room as this condition generally means you have such patients in your care for life! We were all very interested in the protocols Dr Galina Tyutyunnikova had developed for scoliosis caused by deep spinal muscle spasm, and also Yolanta Stanchak's enormous number of successes with different types of musculo-skeletal problems. The holistic approach was also well represented both by the practitioners already mentioned, as well as by Konstantin Nikitin using nutrition and psycho-emotional work, and by Dr Zheleva showing us a particular way of working with auriculotherapy, Su-Jok therapy and cranio-therapy. Dr Galina Subbotina's presentation was also very informative on the subjects of homeostasis and adaptation the two axises of holistic energo-informational medicine.
As we were a small delegation we were also lucky enough to spend some time with several of the presenters and as always when Scenar therapists get together a lot of valuable exchange took place.
Of course the great thing about Bulgaria is the incredible hospitality – every night we enjoyed the delicious food and dancing, dancing, dancing. I am making a mental note to go into training prior to any further Bulgarian events – my cardio-vascular fitness left a lot to be desired.
I cannot encourage all our members enough to come to such events – they really are informative, inspiring and most of all tremendous fun!
Camilla Ker, 2004
The day before our course began many of us celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by visiting the Skibbereen Heritage centre, which focuses on our famous Lough Hyne: Europe’s only inland saltwater lake and a marine reserve. We also learned how the major famine of 1845 affected the local area.
We then visited the Cathedral for religious services accompanied by drama, traditional music and song.
We later took part in the celebration parade through the main streets.
That evening we attended an Irish traditional music and dance concert performed by a local amateur group.
On Saturday morning work began in earnest. Setting up and registering from 9 am and Vasil and Marieta launching at 9.45 am. The venue was good, the lunches and dinners were great and the course presentation and content was excellent (at least we in the S.P.S.I. believe so!)
We had 18 people for our Saturday night celebration dinner and all seemed to enjoy themselves.
At the end of the course qualification certificates were presented by Millie Ker, ISTA secretary, to Linda Storey and Johanna Cagney, who had successfully completed their two year S.P.S.I. /ISTA training course.
Many nationalities were represented at our course; Bulgaria, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland, and the UK.
To help us unwind on the day after the event a group of us did some sightseeing – Bronze age standing stones, various views of the landscape, coastline and pubs followed by an evening/night kayaking trip on the beautiful Lough Hyne, then home and Bulgarian Rakia to warm us up!!
We are already contemplating a return for Marieta and Vasil next year.
This occasion had a lot of firsts:
First joint S.P.S.I./ ISTA venture.
First visit to Ireland for Marieta and Vasil, our Bulgarian trainers.
First visit to Ireland / West Cork by some ISTA members
First presentation of a course in English for Marieta.
First time kayaking for some.
And saving the best first till last!!!
The first serious analysis of the difference between Guinness and Murphys stout by an ISTA sub- committee, headed by Vasil the international ISTA chairperson!!
John Garvey, March 2006
Every now and then an event delivers something special, something that makes all the pain and effort to get it organised appear eminently worthwhile. This happened during the 10 intense November days just past.
The following took place – we made a presentation on Scenar technology to Europe’s leading CAM School at London’s Westminster University; the first week-end was CPD oriented and devoted to presenting Scenar in Higher Dimensional Healing; Monday was devoted to collegial discussions and Q&As; Tuesday & Wednesday witnessed powerful discussions about the shape and content of ISTA’s training programme for registered professional Scenar practitioners; Thursday and Friday saw different working parties develop the content for the proposed basic training unit for future trainers; and the second weekend resulted in the delivery of this basic first trainers’ training unit.
The ability to cover so much ground to the acclaim of all those who participated arose from the strength and experience of the team who had assembled in London to undertake this important task - the first step in developing ISTA’s educational programmes.
During our working sessions, the combination of Doc Irena (Kossovskaia)’s wide experience with Scenar and brilliant presentational skills, Doc Vasil (Stanchev)’s demanding scientific mind and Dr Marieta (Zheleva)’s years of training with Russian master practitioners provided an opportunity to dissect all aspects of Scenar training provided to date by the assorted group of trainers doing the usual circuits. Camilla Ker, John Garvey and Dr Adriana Marian provided the ideal team to quiz these experienced trainers and theoreticians on the detailed aspects of Scenar therapy.
From these discussions, which lasted until late into the night, every night, it became apparent that poorly thought through training programmes, particularly at basic levels, have consistently left enormous gaps in the skills trainings of Scenar practitioners, both in Russia as well as the rest of the world. The identification of these gaps has helped enormously in outlining the importance of developing ISTA’s professional training programmes, and the challenges we shall be facing in achieving these. The more advanced level trainings and master classes are undoubtedly excellent but too often assume that the attendees have a more solid understanding of Scenar principles than they actually do.
At one stage during our working sessions, Doc Irena was moved to exclaim that this was almost like the early days of Scenar – with a buzz and excitement in the air, when everybody participated constructively in working towards definitions and a deepening understanding of the power of Scenar. The subjective / objective (yin-yang) balance that characterised the two approaches to Scenar represented by Drs Gorfinkel and Revenko seemed to come alive again, and will help define the training approach ISTA will be promoting it its programmes. ISTA’s vision is to see these two approaches consistently taught, and looks forward to the day when Drs Revenko and Kossovskaia, the main proponents of the yin & yang (objective / subjective) approaches to Scenar will share a platform.
The teaching sessions gave all participants ample opportunity to repair gaps in their Scenar knowledge, and to gain some true new insights into the theory and practice of Scenar. It was wonderful to witness the number of ‘Aha’ moments that arose during the teaching sessions.
The presence of David Gawain, a doctor of natural medicine and relatively new to Scenar, helped deepen the understanding of the difference between Scenar as a powerful therapy (the Russian, Pure Scenar Technology), and as a device that can be used to enhance, and be enhanced by, other devices and disciplines (Applied Scenar).
During the Higher Dimensional weekend we were introduced to Scenar’s powerful interaction with Low Level Laser, EFT, homoeopathy & SuJok.
As brilliant as the first weekend was, it is the second, the basic trainer’s module that brought out the real excitement Scenar well taught can instil in practitioners. The challenge we had set ourselves in developing this first training module consisted of 3 dimensions – (a) how to equip a trainer with the depth of knowledge to give a 3-hour introduction to, and deal with the questions most likely to arise from, somebody who has just bought a Scenar device, without giving them information ahead of their current levels of Scenar knowledge and experience; (b) what presentational material to develop and supply for this task, fully reflective of ISTA’s objective / subjective views on Scenar therapy; and (c) how to lay the foundations on the core of Scenar philosophy and knowledge expected of budding Scenar practitioners.
ISTA’s training development programme, that took shape after our intensive discussions, envisages – (a) that ISTA promote a formal training programme consisting of 8 modules, which all future ISTA registered practitioners will be required to have completed; (b) that we write up and develop the basic training module rehearsed during this first meeting; (c) we develop a home-user instruction course (again device independent); (d) we proceed with the development of training modules one and two, and (e) that we continue developing trainer’s training materials following the approach adopted during the period covered by this reported. CPD programmes will be defined and developed alongside, and will be designed to deepen the knowledge of Scenar in interaction with other healing modalities.
The general consensus amongst all participants is that a gap-filling equalisation training programme should be offered to Scenar practitioners of all levels of experience and skills, as this will fill a much needed gap in the theories underpinning Scenar and developed over the decades in Russia. If the experience of the 5 training days is anything to go by, such a gap-filling course, in the format developed, will help re-enthuse many who have become disenchanted with Scenar due to the inadequate basic training received.
Details of all these courses and events will in due course be advised on this site and ISTA’s website.
In closing this report, my personal thanks go not only to the members of the planning and creating team for their magnificent contribution to the content and delivery of all the material, but also to each and every participant at any one of our events – your reactions have definitely made it worthwhile for ISTA to continue to aim to develop and deliver the best Scenar courses and training programmes available.
And a special thanks to the Irish Scenar Practitioners Society, and John Garvey personally, for their financial support of the event.
Thank you all.
Peter Rae, ISTA’s Executive Director November 2005