Archive of Presentations - 2019


Friday, 4th October 201

Dorothea Wojnar:

"Carl Jung's Alchemy (not just a matter of turning base metals into gold!)"

(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 

The ancient practice of alchemy, which thrived in Europe until the seventeenth century, dealt with the phenomenon of transformation--not only of materials (ore into gold) but also of the human spirit (self into Other). Through their work in the material realm, alchemists discovered personal rebirth as well as a linking between outer and inner dimensions.

Carl Jung first turned to alchemy for personal illumination in coping with trauma brought on by his break with Freud. Alchemical symbolism eventually suggested to Jung that there was a process in the unconscious, one that had a goal beyond discharging tension and hiding pain. This process created new structures from old ones, with the self, the alchemical lapis, the philosopher’s stone, being the ultimate creation.

The Opus (work) of alchemy becomes a symbolic account of the fundamental process the human psyche undergoes as it re-orients its value system and creates meaning out of chaos. The opus beginning with the nigredo (blackening, akin to depression or nihilistic loss of value) in order to descend back into the manipulable prima materia and proceeding through a process of spiritual purification that must unite seemingly irreconcilable opposites (the coniunctio) to achieve new levels of consciousness.

This presentation was an introduction to alchemy and respond to the question what we could gain from studying alchemical symbols.

The presentation was followed by discussion and work in small groups, where each person was encouraged to share some of their own journey.

Dorothea is a Jungian Analyst, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues and has worked in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.


We meet from 7:30pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library. 
Dorothea's presentation is at 8
pm for an hour or so, then we break for supper,
then resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Four-Week "Fairy-Tale Group"

Facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar

Tuesdays 20, 27 August and 3,10 September 2019


7:30 - 9:30 pm

Venue:  Wesley Uniting Church 22 National Circuit, Forrest ACT              

Beginning with the fathers of the field, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, psychoanalysts have turned to fairy-tales in an effort to understand the human mind.  Fairy-tales are inextricably linked to the work of Carl Jung. The “collective unconscious” that lies at the core of his work, and which is shared by all human beings, is revealed through archetypes, forms and symbols found in fairy-tales.

Fairy-tales are oral forms of folk tales with moral and ethical aspects, which teach us how to behave and how to deal with others in the community.
 Marie-Louise von Franz considers fairy-tales as the purest and simplest expression of the collective unconscious of psychic processes.  Fairy-tales represent the contents of the collective unconscious, the archetypes.  Fairy-tales offer an understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche and can guide us through the individuation process. 


Working with your favourite fairytale


Participants are asked to bring their favourite tale either one they have heard and love or a fairy-tale they have written.
  We will be experiencing the fairy-tales through enacting the fairy-tales.  Participants will have the opportunity to become archetypal characters in the fairy-tale.  This can be a powerful experience as you become for a short time the witch or the evil king or the divine child.  Participants will be asked to bring various props that will help them to become the characters in the tale.  After de-roling, each participant has an opportunity to share within the closed group about what it felt like to be in that role and how they experienced the other characters.

The group is confidential, and participants are asked not to discuss personal material from the group outside the group.
 
Acting ability is not important, because we will focus on developing an ability to experience your own and other’s psyche. Most of us acted out stories and tales as children - this is similar to that with two major differences - we become archetypal characters with intention, and we have an opportunity to discuss the experience.


Dorothea
is a Jungian Analyst, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice.  Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues and has worked in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.

For further information, please contact Dorothea Wojnar on (0413) 245 835.


Cost:
$40 for the series (Try to attend all four sessions!).
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking



Friday, 6th September
201

Terry Curtin

"Jung and Meister Eckhart"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 

“Only in Meister Eckhart did I find the breath of life” said Carl Jung. (“Memories Dreams and Reflections” p87).

Local Jung Society member Terry Curtin, BA(Psychology) BTheology, MA(Theology), Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, will reflect on how a 13th-century Dominican theologian/mystic had such a profound impact on Carl Jung. Terry’s philosophical and theological journey began in 1950. From a tribal Irish catholic culture he felt called to be a priest. Seminary training was structured around the “infallible” dogma of the Catholic Church.

His perception of what it means to be human and how humanity is related to the great and mysterious “Other” has gradually but radically changed.  After 10 “monastic” years he left the seminary. Marriage, children, and careers in the public service, private enterprise and voluntary services over nearly 60 years followed. His encounter in about 1980 with Carl Jung’s “Memories Dreams and Reflections” was transformative. 

By 1965 he had a BA degree from Adelaide University majoring in Political Science and Psychology but Jung was rarely if ever mentioned.  Pavlov’s dogs got more attention. In Jung he felt the “breath of life”, theologically, psychologically and spiritually. He continued part time studies in theology, transpersonal psychology and biblical Hebrew and undertook training in the Tarot and Kabbalah. He has had a long term relationship with the Jung society. He first joined the Jung Society in Canberra in about 1985 and later the Melbourne Jung Society.  Returning to Canberra in 2018 he rejoined the Canberra Jung Society. In a recent conversation with a fellow Jung society member the question arose, “who the ... was Meister Eckhart?”


Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

We meet from 7:30pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library. 
Terry's presentation is at 8
pm for an hour or so, then we break for supper,
then resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday, 2nd August 201

Robert Tulip

"Modern man in Search of a Soul"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 

Modern Man in Search of A Soul is a collection of eleven essays by Carl Jung, published in 1933.  The provocative theme is the clash between modern scientific rationality and the understandings of human identity that emerge from religious and spiritual traditions. 

Jung explores the need for soul in psychology, through topics including his break with Freud, his approach to dream analysis, psychological types, archaic man, and the spiritual problems of modern man.

This talk
explored implications of Jung’s analysis of the soul for philosophy, psychology, politics and religion. 


Robert Tulip has Bachelors and Masters Honours Degrees in philosophy from Macquarie Univ
ersity.  After thirty years working for the federal government, he is now returning to focus on these intellectual interests, especially the philosophical problems of psychology and religion. 

Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.

And here you can see text and videos of Rob's presentation!

We meet from 7:30pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library. 
Robert's presentation is at 8
pm for an hour or so, then we break for supper,
then resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Six-Week Dream Group series

Facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar

            Six Tuesdays: 18th and 25th June, 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th July 2019   7:30 - 9:30 pm.

                
       (in the Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT)

"The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends.

"
For all ego-consciousness is isolated; because it separates and discriminates, it knows only particulars, and it sees only those that can be related to the ego. Its essence is limitation, even though it reaches to the farthest nebulae among the stars.

"All consciousness separates; but in dreams we put on the likeness of that more universal, truer, more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of primordial night. There he is still the whole, and the whole is in him, indistinguishable from nature and bare of all egohood. It is from these all-uniting depths that the dream arises, be it never so childish, grotesque, and immoral." 

(C G Jung "The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man" (1933). In CW 10: Civilization in Transition. pg. 304)

The group will be facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar. Members of the group are encouraged to share their dreams and we will be using active imagination in working with the dreams. Please let Dorothea know if you are planning to attend.

Dorothea is a Jungian Analyst, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues and has worked in both a public health facility as well as in private practice.

For further information, please contact Dorothea Wojnar on 6292 2014 or (0413) 245 835.

Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. ~
Carl Jung, The Red Book
Dream Carl Jung, The Red Book


Cost: $10  Pay by cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via TryBooking

We meet before 7:30 for introductions and catch-up over a cuppa and snacks, prior to working on the dreams.
Sharing your dreams is not required - You can enjoy sharing and working with everyone else's!



Saturday 20th July 2019  10am - 4pm

Kirstin Robertson-Gillam PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMA
MTA
:

"Mandalas Series 3 of 4: "The Spirit Architype
Mandalas, Drumming and Singing"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham)"
 

( *** Cancelled this year, but planned for 2020! *** )

K
irstin continues her series of workshops exploring Jungian archetypes through the use of music and creative arts.  This time it is the SPIRIT archetype.
 

The archetype of spirit in the shape of a man, hobgoblin, or animal always appears in a situation where insight, understanding, good advice, determination, planning, etc., are needed but cannot be mustered on one’s own resources.  The archetype compensates this state of spiritual deficiency by contents designed to fill the gap.


    Jung, GC (1948). The phenomenology of the spirit in fairytales.
   
In The archetypes and the collective unconscious. 9(Part1), 207-254

Drum, draw, vocalise and meditate your way into your psyche with Kirstin’s guidance.

You will draw several mandalas and participate in drumming and singing sessions throughout the workshop.  At the end of the day you will be able to reflect on the meaning for you of those mandalas within the context of the day’s archetype.  Art materials and drums will be supplied.

For further information about her workshop, please contact Kirstin
on email
kirstinrg@bigpond.com
or mobile 0409 533 466.

Cost:  Jung Society members $50, Guests $60, Seniors/Concession $45.

Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specializing in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and general and EAP counselling. She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts, music making and singing from her own research. She underpins her work with psychological theories and current research.

Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused on reducing depression in severe dementia with a choir therapy and reminiscence program. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program.

You can contact Kirstin directly:
P:  (0409) 533 466
E:  kirstinrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com



SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday 19th October 2019  9am - 4:30 pm

Kirstin Robertson-Gillam PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA
:

"Mandalas Series 4 of 4: "The Trickster Architype"

(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham)"

This is the fourth in our series of four workshops ... ( *** Cancelled this year, but planned for 2020! *** )

Cost: Jung Society Members $60, Concession $50, Public $80.
         Pay by cash or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specializing in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and general and EAP counselling. She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts, music making and singing from her own research. She underpins her work with psychological theories and current research.

Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused on reducing depression in severe dementia with a choir therapy and reminiscence program. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program.

You can contact Kirstin directly:
P:  (0409) 533 466
E:  kirstinrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com


Friday 5th July 201

Dr David Russell

"Shadow Work in Psychotherapy and the Art of Dying"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 

I began preparing the material for this talk because the topic has been on my mind for some time.  I find that most published writings on the shadow leave me most unsatisfied. And on the matter of dying, well, it appears to be one of those occasions when our tendency is to avert the eyes.  Nothing to see here!

Jung’s notion of the shadow was that it is an archetypal force.  So, my intention is to develop some potential richness around its archetypal basis.

Psychodynamic psychology is called psycho-dynamic precisely because it emphasis the dynamic or energy aspect of the archetype. It’s an archetypal force not a neutral structure. It is a force that is constituted as a pre-existing framework ready for action in the world. Thus we can talk of a primordial predisposition.  Babies don’t come into life as a blank page. Every baby has a prescribed beginning that is then continuously shaped by experience.


The archetypal shadow


Perhaps the most difficult to grasp of all the so-called Jungian archetypes is the ‘shadow’. We humans are drawn toward the ‘light’ and toward the ‘dark’. The light is a top-of-the-mountain experience. The dark, in contrast, is a moist, misty valley. One see clearly from on the mountain peak, the view is stunning and the air is pure. One only sees the very immediate in the dark valley. Often the mist is so full-on that all that can be seen is the thick mist itself. It’s so easy to feel lost. The expected path is barely visible if at all. Dying, as a key aspect of an archetypal force, is a move toward the ‘dark’.

Our culture is very light-orientated in that we crave for understanding, insight, enlightenment. But because the archetypal force lies on the dynamic spectrum, the more we move toward the light the more our daily living accentuated the dark.


Ars moriendi
, the classical literature on the art of dying needs to be revisited and Jung’s shadow work is proposed as a useful vehicle for this task.

David Russell is a past president of the Sydney Jung Society. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies and research in psychology at the University of Sydney. Here he was introduced to the writings of Sigmund Freud (unusual for a Department of Psychology) and developed an ongoing enthusiasm for the history and philosophy of psychology.

After a few years in private practice he moved into an academic career, which culminated in the establishment of the Master of Analytical Psychology degree at the University of Western Sydney. David has currently returned to private practice in Sydney CBD.
  

Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

We meet from 7:30pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library. 
Dr Russell's presentation is at 8
pm for an hour or so, then we break for supper,
then resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday 6th July 201

Dr David Russell - Workshop:

"Making the Insights of Carl Jung's 'archetypal forces' Useful in Therpeutic Work"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  10am - 4pm) 

The focus of the workshop will be Jung’s notion of ‘soul’.  How soul manifests, demands attention, and desires deep satisfaction. Archetypal forces make manifest soul matters; the matter of soul.

A number of archetypal forces will be referred to with the dominant one being the move toward the ‘light’ (understanding, explanation) and the move toward the ‘dark’ (soul-making, dying).

This workshop is open to all.

While the therapeutic relationship will be central to the material presented any relationship including the one we have with ourselves will be addressed.

The format of the workshop will be a mixture of presentation and discussion with personal experience being at the heat of all that is done.

Six hours of Professional Development Points will be available to psychologists, therapists and counsellors.

David
Russell is a past president of the Sydney Jung Society. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies and research in psychology at the University of Sydney. Here he was introduced to the writings of Sigmund Freud (unusual for a Department of Psychology) and developed an ongoing enthusiasm for the history and philosophy of psychology.

After a few years in private practice he moved into an academic career, which culminated in the establishment of the Master of Analytical Psychology degree at the University of Western Sydney. David has currently returned to private practice in Sydney CBD.
 

Cost: Jung Society Members $50, Guests $60 Concession $50.
        
Pay by cash or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday, 8th June
201
9

Two Half-day workshops: "Mandalas for Wholeness"and "Mandalas & Music" 

(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham) 

Cost:
Morning: Jung Society members $40; Guests $50; Concession $35   TryBooking
Afternoon: Jung Society members $40; Guests $50; Concession $35   TryBooking
   
Full Day: Jung Society members $50; Guests $60; Concession $45:  TryBooking
     Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking (as above).

Morning (9:00 am - 12 noon): "Mandalas for Wholeness"

Catherine Lambert ("Deepwater W.A.")


An introduction to the use of mandalas in our spiritual journey.

T
he workshop will commence with a short presentation, followed by a simple meditation to lead us into creating our own mandalas. All materials will be provided to create your mandala. At the conclusion of our time together, participants will be invited to share their experience of the process and I will offer some suggestions for working further with the mandalas.

No art experience is necessary. Simply come with an open mind and the willingness to put aside a couple of hours of your busy lives.

Cathie Lambert:
Living in Margaret River, Western Australia, I am currently taking a leave of absence from ministry as a Uniting Church minister to complete a PhD through the University of Divinity in Melbourne. My topic is the beguine mystics of the 13th century and their relevance for women seeking spiritual independence today. I am also a trained Spiritual Director and help to train new spiritual directors as part of the team at Dayspring in Perth.

Deep Water Dwelling is my spiritual direction business. I provide individual spiritual direction and run retreats and workshops for groups. I specialise in mandala workshops, which was my topic for my spiritual direction project and released a book in early 2018 through Mediacom, titled ‘A Mandala a Month Workbook’.

I am married with two teenage children. I love reading, movies, scrapbooking, can never get enough of musical theatre and could sit by the ocean for hours.
Contact: www.deepwaterdwelling.com.au


Afternoon (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm): "Mandalas & Music"

Kirstin Robertson-Gillam


The mandalas of drumming and vocalising with collages.
All drums and collage materials supplied.

Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specializing in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and general and EAP counselling. She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts, music making and singing from her own research. She underpins her work with psychological theories and current research.

Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused on reducing depression in severe dementia with a choir therapy and reminiscence program. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program.

You can contact Kirstin directly:
P:  (0411) 533 466
E:  kirstenrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com



Friday, 7th June
201


Catherine Lambert ("Deepwater W.A.):

"The Mystery and Power of Mandalas"

(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 

During this talk, Catherine shared the story of her own discovery of the mystery and power of mandalas, moving from initial scepticism to creating a book about their use.

She says: "I stumbled across the term ‘mandala’ while reading about Hildegard of Bingen and it sparked my curiosity. Since this time, I have used mandalas in my personal life and with individuals and groups. Often, people are surprised by the process of creating a mandala and subsequently find meaning in reflecting upon their creation, bringing healing, wholeness and insight. I will share personal stories about my experiences of using mandalas in my spiritual life and in working with others.

Mandalas are found in many spiritual traditions across our world, but have really only been accepted in the West through the work of Jung. My work with mandalas is based on Jung’s claim that the mandala is an archetype for wholeness and how this relates to our spiritual life. Jung viewed the mandala as a tool that assisted in the process of individuation and my passion is walking with people as they grow and transform whilst engaging in their own inner work. I look forward to sharing with you the key insights I have gained from facilitating the creation of mandalas with various groups.
"

Cathie Lambert:

Living in Margaret River, Western Australia, I am currently taking a leave of absence from ministry as a Uniting Church minister to complete a PhD through the University of Divinity in Melbourne. My topic is the beguine mystics of the 13th century and their relevance for women seeking spiritual independence today. I am also a trained Spiritual Director and help to train new spiritual directors as part of the team at Dayspring in Perth.

Deep Water Dwelling is my spiritual direction business. I provide individual spiritual direction and run retreats and workshops for groups. I specialise in mandala workshops, which was my topic for my spiritual direction project and released a book in early 2018 through Mediacom, titled ‘A Mandala a Month Workbook’.

I am married with two teenage children. I love reading, movies, scrapbooking, can never get enough of musical theatre and could sit by the ocean for hours.

www.deepwaterdwelling.com.au

Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $12, Senior $10, Concession $6.
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

We meet from 7:30pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library. 
Dr Singh's presentation is at 8
pm for an hour or so, then we break for supper,
then resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday, 3rd May 201

Jennifer Hume:

"Embodied Imagination"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 

Embodied Imagination® is a therapeutic and creative way of working with dreams, memories, physical symptoms of illness and creative ideas in the arts and science.

Embodied Imagination® is based on Jungian principles on alchemy and on the work of American archetypal psychologist James Hillman, who focused on psyche as a simultaneous multiplicity of autonomous states. Phenomenology, ancient incubation techniques, complexity theory and neuroscience are integral to this work.

The Paradigm

All dreams are experienced as embodied events in time and space. A dream image is an environment in which we find ourselves.

The first principle of Embodied Imagination® is to view a dream image as a live environment that surrounds us. Given this, the dreamer can re-enter the landscape of the dream, or memory and its images to fully and deeply explore and experience them. Working on images from this perspective stimulates unfamiliar states of consciousness and helps to contain them in expanded body awareness.

Working with dreams and memories in this way accesses their potential for change, healing and creativity.

This talk outlined the basic principles of Embodied Imagination® and described the method and its applications.

See all about it: www.embodiedimagination.com.au

Jennifer Hume is a retired counsellor who worked in private practice in counselling and consulting for community agencies and agencies in the ACT from 1993 - 2018. She was the Director of Lifeline Canberra from 1989 to 1993 and a part time lecturer in the Counselling Program at the University of Canberra for 14 years. In 2004, she designed and taught the inaugural Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision, the first general supervision qualification to be offered in Australia.

J
ennifer undertook the Sydney based Embodied Imagination® course in 2009 and graduated in 2012. She has worked with groups and individuals in the Embodied Imagination modality working on relationship issues, chronic illness and acute postoperative conditions. She has given presentations and workshops to both the Canberra and Melbourne Jung societies as well as Masters of Counselling students at the University of Canberra.  She is currently Membership Liaison Secretary of the International Society for Embodied Imagination of which she was inaugural convenor of the Executive Committee.

 


SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday 6th April 2019  9am - 4:30 pm

Kirstin Robertson-Gillam PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA
:

"When Words Fail: Mandalas, Archetypes & Healing"

(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham)"

When Words Fail: It is not uncommon for people to have difficulty expressing what causes them anxiety and trauma. This is when mandala drawing and vocal improvisation can provide a pathway for the psyche to express these issues.

There are several stages associated with mandala drawing to achieve a therapeutic effect:
   Stage 1 Thinking about the problem
   Stage 2 Visualising, vocalising and drumming the problem
   Stage 3 Mandala drawing
   Stage 4 Personal reflection on the mandala and journaling.

These stages will be explained in the workshop
, and you will then have the opportunity to try them out for yourself under Kirstin’s guidance. 

Mandala Power: Mandalas were introduced into Western psychology by Dr Carl Jung. He saw mandalas as a powerful tool to reach into the psyche when we find it difficult to express our feelings and emotions.

This experiential workshop will take you
through the pragmatics of combining mandala drawing, story telling, vocalisation and journaling for emotional and psychological healing.

You can bring a personal issue to the
workshop if you like and explore it privately throughout the day. Kirstin is also available for confidential consultation. So, enjoy the day and let the process proceed as it will.

Cost:
Jung Society Members $55, Concession $50, Public $60.
         Pay by cash or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specializing in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and general and EAP counselling. She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts, music making and singing from her own research. She underpins her work with psychological theories and current research.

Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused on reducing depression in severe dementia with a choir therapy and reminiscence program. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program.

You can contact Kirstin directly:
P:  (0411) 533 466
E:  kirstenrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com


Friday, 5th April 201

Dr Rae Chittock:

"The Narcissus Myth"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 


(This image from Sarah Gibson/Rose Draper from 'Re-enchantment’) 

On hearing the word Narcissus, does your mind summon an image of a graceful, beautiful youth who forsakes the world to regard his own lovely reflection in the mirrored surface of a pond where his preoccupation causes him to slowly waste away? 

The Narcissus myth is an ancient one. It contains the first prophecy of the famous blind Theban seer Tiresias. Tiresias offended Hera with his answer to a question she asked, and in anger she struck and blinded him. In compensation, her husband Zeus opens the inner eye of Tiresias and gives him the power to see the secrets of the future. Lirope, a nymph of the fountain, aware of the power of her infant to capture hearts, asks Tiresias if this boy with such perfect beauty will be able to survive.   

The story of Narcissus has survived many retellings. Tiresias has died and entered the underworld by the time that Homer writes, somewhere around 750 – 700 bce, of the visit of Odysseus to Tiresias in the underworld so we know it was being told before that time.

What does the myth of Narcissus contain that keeps it alive, keeps the retelling happening? In this presentation we examined the myth and this question.

Dr Rae Chittock is a graduate of the first cohort of ANZSJA's CGJ Institute’s Songlines and Haerenga model of analytic Training. She is interested in cultural history and its transmission in words and images as different forms of language. She is drawn to the way individual and collective meanings shape as well as liberate and explain each other. Rae has a private practice in Canberra.


SPECIAL EVENT

Friday, 1st March
201

Canberra Jung Society Inc.  Annual General Meeting 2019


at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  7-8 pm
 

We received reports etc, and nominate Office Bearers for the coming year. 

If you are a Jung Society member, you are welcome to nominate for a specific role, or as a Committee Member.  You would be most welcome to join the Society on the night, or renew for another year  :
-)

The regular Friday monthly
meeting followed at 8pm, as below.


Friday, 1st March 201

Padma Menon:

"Indian Dance, the Agama Traditions and Direct Experience as Knowledge"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)
 

Indian dance traditions have been framed theoretically by the text Natya Sastra (estimated between 1st century BCE and 3rd century CE) which sets out the purpose and the practice of dance as a pathway to moksha or accessing the Brahman or expanded consciousness spaces.

In this talk, Padma Menon will draw on her experience of studying dance under a traditional teacher who was a tenth generation dancer in a lineage of priests ordained to perform dance as part of temple rituals. She will reflect on the ways in which dance practice was a contemplative tradition where knowledge through direct experience under structured experiential frameworks was valued.

The text, like other texts on embodied practices like the Yoga Sashtra, is thus a signpost, and the practice was the space of insight and transformation. While Natya Sastra’s position as the fifth Veda and the breaking of dance lineages in modern times has tended to align dance with the more intellectual and philosophical Vedanta traditions, there is much in the practice that points to more symbolic, ritual and archetypal interpretations (the Agama approaches).

Padma will include reflections on Carl Jung’s experiments as detailed in the Red Book, where he also delved into deliberate invoking of archetypes through personal practice. In times where intellectual knowing becomes the only recognised form of knowledge, Jung’s work and traditions such as Indian dance remind us there are experiences which could be embraced in richer ways through other means of ‘knowing’.

Padma Menon has over 30 years of international experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator. She has performed in hundreds of venues all over the world and created numerous contemporary and traditional Indian dance productions for high profile festivals and venues internationally.

Padma enjoyed a successful career in India performing professionally as a soloist since the age of nine. In her early twenties she founded one of Australia’s first professional multicultural dance companies and established a national and international reputation for cross-cultural work. She has worked in Europe in the renowned Korzo Production House as house choreographer and her work has been showcased in international festivals such as Cadance and the Holland Dance Festival.

The centre she founded in India in 2006 was part of the arts activism movement in India, working closely with human rights and social justice organisations to raise awareness of issues such as women’s rights. Padma spent fifteen years studying and performing in three classical Indian dance theatre styles—Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Mohini Attam. Padma also holds post graduate qualifications in Choreography specialising in Laban Movement Analysis from the Netherlands. She has also studied contemporary western dance, yoga and the Indian martial art form of Kalaripayattu.

www.movingarchetypes.com.au



Friday 1st February 2019

Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA
:

"When Words Fail: Mandalas, Symbolism, Archetypes"


(at the MacKillop Conference Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham  8-10 pm)


The evening lecture covered the various types of mandala (artistic, therapeutic and sacred).

The focus was on the therapeutic mandala and its benefit for emotional and psychological healing. In his practice, Jung combined mandala drawing with regular journaling. He proposed doing a mandala daily and writing down afterwards the feelings that the mandala induced. We will look at examples of this as detailed in Jung’s famous Red Book. We also discussed these mandalas in the light of the archetypal significance and symbolism.


Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specialising in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, general and EAP counselling. She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts, music making and singing from her own research. Her unique speciality is vocal improvisation psychotherapy.
  
Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused on reducing depression in severe dementia with choir therapy and reminiscence programs. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program. She underpins her work with current psychological theories and research.

Kirstin regularly runs workshops on her unique psychotherapeutic approach for health and psychological wellness, using combined vocal improvisation and mandala drawing for deeper communication, along with mindfulness, archetypal symbolism, myths, story-telling, imagery, visualization, spiritual, creative and cognitive techniques. Her online course will be available in mid-2019.

You can contact Kirstin:
P: 
(0411) 533 466
Ekirstinrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com



SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday 2nd February 2019

D
r Kirstin Robertson-Gillam PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA
:

"When Words Fail: Mandalas, Symbolism, Archetypes":  A Workshop  (9:30am - 4pm)

(at the MacKillop Conference Centre,
50 Archibald St, Lyneham)

This experiential workshop took us through the pragmatics of combining mandala drawing, vocalisation and journaling for emotional and psychological healing. We were provided with a workbook, A4 paper to draw mandalas and crayons. No artistic or singing skills were required.

  *  9:30  am Opening / Introductions
  * 10:00 am Vocalisation and mandala drawing
     (Tea break included)
  * 12 noon Lunch
  * 1:00 pm Myth telling and archetypes
  * 2:30 pm Break
  * 3:00 pm Myths, Imagery and Visualisation
  * 4:00 pm Close

Cost: $60 (Jung Soc. Members: $55, Concessiom: $50)

Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specialising in communication disorders and issues of trauma, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, general and EAP counselling. She developed her unique psychotherapeutic approach using imagery and visualisation, mindfulness meditation, visual arts, music making and singing from her own research. Her unique speciality is vocal improvisation psychotherapy.
  
Kirstin completed a psychology major in her BA along with ethnomusicology and musicology majors at the University of New England. She then studied a Master of Counselling at Western Sydney University followed by research in a Masters degree which focused on reducing depression in severe dementia with choir therapy and reminiscence programs. Her PhD is focused on reducing depression in mid-later life with a community choir therapy program. She underpins her work with current psychological theories and research.

Kirstin regularly runs workshops on her unique psychotherapeutic approach for health and psychological wellness, using combined vocal improvisation and mandala drawing for deeper communication, along with mindfulness, archetypal symbolism, myths, story-telling, imagery, visualization, spiritual, creative and cognitive techniques. Her online course will be available in mid-2019.


You can contact Kirstin:
P: 
(0411) 533 466
Ekirstinrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com


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 Robert James 6th August 2019

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