Archive of Presentations - 2018

Friday 6th April 2018

Valerie Albrecht:

"The Story of a Navajo Medicine Man"

Elroy: "This story is one of acceptance. And that is the book’s intention - to speak to people of acceptance, to make a difference to people’s beliefs and experience of acceptance, to bring acceptance and unity into the hearts of all people and to remind each individual of their divinity."

Elroy is a Navajo Medicine Man from Arizona who is a paraplegic. Valerie is an author, writer and speech pathologist from Australia who has been chosen by Elroy to be the first writer to put his words into a book.  The creation stories, stories of his people, his pain and suffering are powerful medicine to the reader and sing to us like mystical chants dancing into our hearts.” 
(Book reviewer).

Valerie Albrecht, Biographer of Indigenous Peoples, has written the life, work and world views of Elroy Begay, a Navajo Medicine Man who unexpectedly invited her to do so. The telling and scripting spread over four years of meetings and conversations, living within his family and community on Chinle Reservation Arizona between two cultures, Western and Navajo, attending and assisting his ceremonies, researching which brought experiences in Reservation health and education systems and processing and writing between western linear time and Indigenous round story telling time.

Clearly interwoven throughout The Story Behind The Story: Biography of A Navajo Medicine Man are Elroy’s creed and core principles of acceptance and the Unity of Mankind which he believes is our destiny. He teaches through this book: acceptance of your history, your culture, yourself and your uniqueness, and for the ‘hand’ you have been dealt.

In this presentation,
Valerie will discuss with slides, ceremonial instruments and ceremony:

  • How the book came to be written – ancestral synchronicity?

  • The Navajo Creation stories and their lessons       

  • Time honored traditional medicine practices permissible to be shared,
         ceremonial instruments and invite us to participate in a Navajo healing ceremony.

  • Her processing of what proved to be an intensely paradigm shifting experience for both herself and Elroy.

  • She will also address this US reviewer’s questions: Australian female biographer writes Navajo Medicine Man? A white non-indigenous non-American person writing about an American indigenous “red” person? Their reservation, way of life, traditions, history, medicines?  What about the politics of gender, culture, identity, race? What colored glasses was Albrecht looking through with the English colonization and atrocities toward Australian Aboriginal people so closely mirroring our own white American colonization and atrocities?

Copies of Valerie’s book will be available on the evening for $25:
"The Story Behind The Story: Biography of A Navajo Medicine Man"
Told by Elroy Begay. Crafted by Valerie Albrecht. Published by Austin McCauley UK 2017

You can read more about Valerie’s work and her books on  

Valerie Albrecht is a Western Eastern Health Practitioner, Speech Pathologist, Yoga Practitioner, Author Biographer with Aboriginal People, and Story Healer. She currently lives in Canberra. 

Friday 2nd March 2018

Irene Nuria Daly:

"The Witch as teacher in Fairy Tales"

This approach provides a unique way of understanding the deep mystical meaning, hidden in the depths of many fairy tales and how these insights can be applied to the lives of modern day seekers of truth. In this we discover the crucial role and person of the teacher, often disguised as the ‘witch’ representing the external teacher, as well as the internalised teachings which guide us on our journey.

We have a realisation of the quest or journey itself and the great battles we have to fight to overcome the demons and dragons deep within us. We gain from the mastery we achieve when using the tools or spiritual practices including sound, which we have learned from our teachers.

We have a realisation of the quest or journey itself and the great battles we have to fight to overcome the demons and dragons deep within us. We gain from the mastery we achieve when using the tools or spiritual practices including sound, which we have learned from our teachers.

We explore the inner realms of the creative imagination – the Alam al Mithal, and our common crucial purpose of finding and integrating the great Creative Feminine - of Sophia the Wise and Beautiful, without which the King (in Sufi terms the Heart), cannot rule.

Irene Nuria Daly
became interested in C G Jung soon after arrival in Australia and studied to be a counselling psychologist - as a result of which she undertook 6½ years of Jungian analysis.

She was initiated into the Sufi Movement in the mid 1990s, and has become a Sufi leader and teacher. Nuria has given talks at the C G Jung Society in Melbourne, Interfaith gatherings, meditation groups, and retreats, and leads a regular Sufi Group in Melbourne. Nuria is National Representative of the International Sufi Movement in Australia and has written articles for the Sufi Journal, Towards the One.  Story-telling is a major tool in Sufism and as Nuria herself is a born story teller, this has been a source of insight and understanding.

For more details, contact Nuria:

Saturday 3rd March 2018  (9:30am - 3:30pm)

Irene Nuria Daly:

*** Workshop *** "The Witch as teacher in Fairy Tales" *** Workshop ***

This will be an experiential workshop, where we will further explore the role of the Witch-Teacher in our own lives. We will also examine some major themes in these ancient teaching tales, such as the role of the psychopomp – the flying horse, which can be seen as our internalised teacher, who can take us to those inner realms and guide us on the way.

There is the dilemma of the frog-skin in the Frog Princess. Should Princess Vassilisa’s husband the Prince have burned her frog-skin? Would she ever have burned it herself? The frog-skin is that interface between the inner and the outer realms.

In Cenerentola we discover, in a sense how the ‘frog-skin’ came into being – it could well be the back story of the Frog Princess – what has really been burned to create the ash and cinders that she sits amongst?

We workshoped the story of The Fairy of the Dawn, using it as a blueprint for our own journey from the outer through the levels of Creative Imagination into the inner centre of All. 

We also worked with the effect of sound which accompanies the transition from one realm to the other in our stories. We resonated the vibration of the Hu in different places – our heart, head, above the head where the "I" and the "Thou" intersect.

For more details, contact Nuria:

Activities Archive - 2018

Friday 2nd February 2018

Padma Menon:

"Embodying Archetype:
Indian Dance Theatre Traditions and Philosophy
and their Modern Relevance"

In the west, Carl Jung highlighted the role of archetypes as a framework for analysing our relationship with our life narratives and for self reflection. However, theatre traditions in both eastern and western cultures have. for many centuries,  used archetypal portrayals in deliberate ways to construct relationships between the 'performance' and audience that would lead to specific outcomes on both sides. In the Red Book, Jung's experiments with symbolic and archetypal narratives resonates with some of the traditional ritual theatre traditions from India, especially in the role of symbolic art to express spaces of mystery. The Indian text on theatre, Natya Sastra (1st century BCE to 3rd century CE), has elaborated the Rasa theory which sets out in artistic, psychological and metaphysical terms the ways in which emotional states are embodied in ritual theatre.

The talk will look at the philosophy and dance theatre theory in Indian theatre traditions and how they were sophisticated and rigorous frameworks of contemplative spaces. It will examine the impact of 'aesthetisation' and commercialisation of such practices and some thoughts on how to reclaim these spaces of contemplation in relevant ways in our times. It will also link it to archetypal frameworks espoused by Carl Jung and others such as James Hillman and how these can be complementary to the eastern traditions, especially in recreating these practices in contemporary cultures. 

Padma will demonstrate examples from her project, Moving Archetypes, which uses Indian dance theatre and western dance to create spaces of contemplation using archetypes from all over the world.

Padma Menon has an international career as a choreographer, facilitator, teacher and dance activist. She was one of India’s top classical dancers having trained under legendary Indian choreographers. When she moved to Australia, she led one of Australia’s first contemporary professional multicultural dance companies in the nineties. In 1994 she was awarded Canberra Times Artist of the Year. She then worked in renowned production houses in Europe and also set up a dance centre in India which partnered with human rights organisations to use dance as a tool for activism.

Padma has a post graduate degree in English Literature and post graduate qualifications in Choreography from the Netherlands. Besides classical Indian dance theatre, she has also studied and taught contemporary western dance, Indian martial arts practice of kalaripayattu, yoga and Indian Vedanta philosophy. Currently she is the founder of Moving Archetypes which runs courses in dance as a way of connecting with archetypes from all over the world for contemplation and self reflection.

Canberra Jung Society
is a non-profit organisation,
which aims to provide a contact for people interested in the psychological insights of Carl Gustav Jung.
Through monthly meetings, workshops, other activities and our library,
we seek to help people to understand their own inner journey and the world today –
from a Jungian perspective.

PO Box 554,
Dickson, ACT 2602.

Updated by RJ 11th April 2018