Friday 7 May, 8pm
At MacKillop House Conference Centre,
50 Archibald Street, Lyneham
One: Dionysian Consciousness in the Clinic”
There are many
obstacles to a true and sympathetic understanding
of the mythical
Greek god, Dionysus (or the Roman ‘Bacchus’).
representations have tended towards the caricature:
from the truly
mad and dangerous to the perpetually drunk old man,
riding an unsteady unicorn,
as in the buffoon
of Disney films like Fantasia.
have in common a perception of the Dionysian experience as in some way
“inferior” and therefore able to be dismissed
as either too
dangerous to trust or too ridiculous to take seriously.
In this presentation,
Peter will contend that the subversive ‘madness’ of Dionysian consciousness
can, now more than ever,
sanity in a modern world.
This will be
shown more particularly through a ‘modern’ clinical presentation.
Along the way it
will be necessary to loosen our grip, permit the ambiguous in all things
and encounter the radical bisexual nature at the heart of the God.
Dicker lives in the
coastal region of New South Wales, Australia,
where he works as
a psychologist in a public health clinic.
He is a former
president of the Illawarra Jung Society
and is regarded
as a passionate and articulate exponent of
work, with a particular interest in its relevance
to the Australian
Over the past two
decades, Peter has explored and developed his interest in Jungian and
Archetypal Psychology through numerous creative projects – lectures,
essays, poetry and musical compositions.
He continues to
maintain an ongoing passion for ideas,
relation to matters of clinical and cultural concern.