Archive of Events - 2020


Special Event

Saturday 1st August 2020   2 pm

John and Sandra Jarvis:
 
"Our Corona Cruise in the Ruby Princess -
 How we Survived a Brush with Covid-19"

at the Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National Crt., Forrest

Come and
hear John and Sandra Jarvis
share their experience of cruising with the "Ruby Princess", feeling the effects of Covid-19, losing one of their friends to the disease, but then surviving to tell the tale.

John and Sandra are not experts in any related field, but "just travellers", and thought that you might be interested to share in accounts and reflections on their experience.

We'll hear of their travel travails, indulge in questions and discussion,
and a traditional Jung Soc. afternoon tea!  

This is a non-academic, non-legalistic, casual sharing experience.

We will of course observe the distancing rules and proper clean-up, etc.

For any questions, contact Jeanne James: (0406) 375 670. 

Donation:  $10 at the door,
                 or
via
TryBooking
                 or via bank transfer to Canberra Jung Society,
                
BSB: 012 951 Account: 2141 58567 (Reference your name).


Special Event

Six-Week Dream Group series

Facilitated by Dorothea
Wojnar


Six
Tuesdays: 28th. July, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August, 1st September 2020
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.

(CG 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.

Sharing your dreams is not required - You can enjoy sharing and working with everyone else's!


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.


We meet by 7:30 for introductions and catch-up over a cuppa and snacks, prior to working on the dreams.



Friday 4 September, 2020

Our "Virus-Defying-Back-to-MacKillop-House" Event!

Friday 3 July 2020


Su Hanfling. BA, Grad Dipl Info Sci, Masters Art Therapy, AThr (ANZACATA)
:


"Beyond Words: creative expression for wellbeing"


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

A recent report from The World Health Organisation investigated arts based therapies from over 3000 studies and found “a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, promotion of health, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan”.

Arts therapy is a specialist field that focusses on the therapeutic aspects of art making. It provides a safe and confidential space for a person to express complex feelings when words might not be available or enough. Arts therapy can help to make sense of a difficult or traumatic experience, explore solutions to challenges, and to find a way forward. The focus is on the connection and the process, not the outcome – so you don’t need to be ‘good’ at art to do arts therapy.

Su Hanfling is a Registered Arts Therapist working in the community with children, young people and adults. Su has worked in schools, hospitals, community-based services, private practice and as a lecturer at the University of Canberra.

Su provided provided some background on expressive therapies and how creative expression can support wellness across the lifespan. She also discussed the impact of COVID-19 in this context.


Friday 12th June, 2020
8:00 - 9:30 pm on-line (via Zoom)


Kirstin Robertson-Gillam PhD, RMT, CMPACFA, CMAMTA:
"Music Therapy and Consciousness: a Jungian Perspective"

Music, with its own special vocabulary of rhythm, harmony, pitch and tone, speaks directly to the unconscious. It makes the connection with deeply held feelings and emotions by reaching the layers of the psyche that are cut off from normal states of consciousness.

Carl Jung believed that our psyche yearns to evolve and transcend. He wrote in his letters [1] that music expresses the movement of feelings that cling to unconscious processes. Rudolph Steiner went on to elaborate on these ideas by explaining the evolutionary trajectory of music intervals.

Everybody experiences these intervals differently but, overall, the feelings that arise do so within the archetypes identified by Jung. Kirstin will illustrate these phenomena with case studies and musical examples.

In terms of psychotherapy, music, and the analysis of the feelings it induces adds a new dimension to word-based psychotherapy.

[1] Jung. Letters. V.1., p 542.

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, 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

While prevented fom meeting face-to-face at Lyneham, we are meeting on-line via Zoom.
Kirstin's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing by about 9:30 pm.

Use Zoom Chat at any time during the webinar for comments. We finish around 9:30pm.


(Our Second on-line video meeting, on Zoom)

 Friday 1st May, 2020
Robert Tulip:
"Leonardo's 'Last Supper': a Jungian Interpretation"

See the video of this on-line lecture/discussion!


Leonaro da Vinci’s magnificent Last Supper is recognized as one of the greatest art works ever. It depicts one of the central tragic moments of the Christian passion story, the statement by Jesus Christ that one of his followers would betray him.

The centrality of this betrayal as a paradigm of human wickedness, stupidity and greed has an even deeper symbolism than its historical pathos. The whole story of the Last Supper portrays the theological idea that Jesus was the mediator between earth and heaven, incarnating the deep connection in Christian doctrine between the divine and the human, with the old hermetic philosophy ‘as above so below’ reflected in the Christian teaching that Jesus did the will of God ‘on earth as in heaven’.

In this talk, Rob will present an empirical analysis of Leonardo’s Last Supper against this theological psychology, to explore the connection between Carl Jung and Leonardo as great natural geniuses, showing how Leonardo’s central philosophical maxim, that man is a model of the world, found precise expression in The Last Supper through his use of natural patterns as templates for the dynamic stances of Christ and the twelve apostles. 


The Last Supper serves as a case study for Carl Jung’s psychology of symbolic archetypes, through Leonardo's use of natural patterns reflected in Christian myth. Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious finds expression in this great art work, which provides a hinge point between the scientific and religious world views. The Last Supper is a sublime parable of the heretical esoteric belief held by both Leonardo and Jung that restoring the intimate connection between culture and nature, and thereby achieving a path toward a state of grace, is the essential primary basis of human redemption.

Robert Tulip manages the chaplaincy at the Australian National University. He has BA Honours and MA Honours degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University, with the masters thesis on The Place of Ethics in Heidegger's Ontology. He worked for the Australian Agency for International Development and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for nearly thirty years, and is now working on his intellectual interests including philosophy, theology and climate change, writing at www.rtulip.net.

While prevented from meeting face-to-face at Lyneham, we are meeting on-line via Zoom.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing by 10pm.

See the video of Rob Tulip's "Leonardo" on-line lecture/discussion!




See the video of this, our first Covid19-induced on-line lecture/discussion!


*** Cancelled ***
Friday 3 April 2020

7:30 for 8:00 pm


A special evening of story, song and reflection
with Glenda Cloughley & friends from A Chorus of Women
(at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT)


The spirits of the Wellsprings never die
They are the mothers of tghe Songs of Life.

This evening will be dedicated to some of the life-nurturing characters who have inspiredCanberra’s A Chorus of Women.Among them are those we call our ‘spiritual greatgrandmothers’,including the Englishwoman Eglantyne Jebb (1876-1928), North Americans Jane Addams (1860-1935) and Julia Grace Wales (1881-1957), and Australian Eleanor Moore (1875-1949).

Others, like New Zealander Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) and Swedish Greta Thunberg (born 2003),are global spiritual leadersof our time. All live by thefirst story of the world that is forever bubbling up from The Wellsprings, regenerating possibilities for harmony, fulfilment of potentials and ecological balance.

All have lived in times
whentheother story of the world seems dominant, withscapegoating, revenge and desecration of natural lawbringing vicious cycles of discord, trauma and war. With help from C G Jung and archaeomythologist Marija Gimbutas, Glenda will set out the dynamic structures of these ‘two stories of the world’, which drive the action ofher big works for citizens choruses.

A Chorus of Women’s musical leaders Johanna McBride and Meg Rigby will join Glenda and storyteller Miriam Pickard as performance ensemblefor the evening. More singers will bring their voices for harmonies and singalong video clips ofone or two favourite ‘wellspring’
moments from our Passion productions.

Dr Glenda Cloughley is a Jungian analystwho loves to tell stories, compose music and sing. Another of her long-timedelights is encouraging the creative spirit in people to stir up social equivalents to C G Jung’s notion of individuation.

For 17 years, within the collaborative culture of A Chorus of Women,
she has written many songs and largeworks for citizens choruses that follow the course of regeneration law from lament to renewal. A Chorus of Women has staged numerous major productions of Glenda’s
"Songs to the Earth" (2006), "The Gifts of the Furies" (2008-12), "A Passion for Peace" (2015) and "The People’s Passion" (2018 and 2019).

See www.chorusofwomen.org

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

Cost: Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.



SPECIAL EVENT - *** Cancelled ***

Six-Week Dream Group series

Facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar

            Six Tuesdays: 21st, 28th April and 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th May 2020  

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.

CG 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.

Sharing your dreams is not required - You can enjoy sharing and working with everyone else's!

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.

We meet before 7:30 for introductions and catch-up over a cuppa and snacks, prior to working on the dreams.

Cost: Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Friday 6 March, 2020
7:00 pm

Canberra Jung Society Inc. Annual General Meeting
and Election of Office Bearers
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

All financial members are welcome, and eligible to stand for office. 

We had reports and elections etc.

The Canberra Jung Society Constitution is available for your perusal here
.


Friday 6 March, 2020
7:30 for 8:00 pm

Shauna Winram
"The Problem of Thought Insertion"
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

Thought insertion is a symptom in schizophrenia where subjects report experiencing thoughts that are not their own.

One way to interpret thought insertion is that subjects are conscious of thoughts, but these thoughts lack subjectivity. This challenges what is arguably the dominant way to think about consciousness; that is, that consciousness is connected to subjectivity.

I discuss what consciousness is, and why it poses a challenge to science, before exploring the apparent incompatability between subjectivity theories of consciousness and thought insertion. I then address some empirical problems that thought insertion poses. For example, why do subjects form the belief that inserted thoughts are not their own?

I propose two factors that distinguish inserted thoughts from normal thoughts and suggest these factors lead to this inference. Further, I adjust Robert Van Gulick’s (2006, 2015) higher-order global state (HOGS) theory of consciousness to explain these factors. To conclude, I explore the relevance thought insertion has to Jungian ideas about complexes.

Shauna Winram has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Analytical Psychology degree from Western Sydney University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the Australian National University, where she is beginning a PhD in philosophy. She spent many years producing art, and a selection of her work can be found at her website: www.shaunawinram.com and at her blog: www.shaunawinram.org


Cost: Jung Society members fre
e, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at 5:30pm at Lyneham. 
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location etc.


We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.

The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.


Friday 7 February, 2020
Rev. Dr. Professor Bruce Stevens:
"The Unconscious Revisited"

at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

The unconscious was pioneered by Freud and Jung with relevance for therapy and personal growth. Bruce looked at this concept from a different perspective that of implicit learning which has considerable research backing. This has implications for discovering our earliest spiritual awareness which will also be explored.

Professor Bruce A Stevens (adjunct CSU; PhD Boston Uni 1987) is the founder of Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology level 10 AMP Building, 1 Hobart Place. He has 25 years of clinical and forensic experience. He convened the clinical psychology training program at the University of Canberra (2009-2014) and became a research professor at Charles Sturt University (2015-2019).

Bruce is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist who offers workshops to train practitioners in Australia and overseas.  He has written ten books the most recent is Before Belief: Discovering first spiritual awareness
 (Lexington, 2020).
 

Cost: Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.



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 1st August 2020

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