Canberra Happenings

(Wonderful things that may be of interest, organised by other groups)

Belconnen Writers (formerly "Tell Tales")

Resumed for the year!

They meet 10 am - 12 noon on Tuesday mornings fortnightly from 13 February 2018 at the Belconnen Labor Club, Chandler St, Belconnen.  Close to the bus stop!

Anyone who wants to write short stories, poetry or memoirs etc is welcome. Because the Club Dining Room does not open until 12 noon, we have permission to use it free for charge. No fees, just support and care from the group. A cup of coffee/tea during the meeting, or lunch afterwards, is at your own expense.  

If you want your work critiqued or edited, you need to ask the group!  


Phone or text Mary van de Graaff on 0401 678 902

    Click here for further details!

"Dream Power" weekend workshop

facilitated by Diane Bellchambers

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018  9am - 5pm

If it’s on your mind the dreaming mind will be solving it. 

During sleep we connect with a deeper part of ourselves that offers practical insights, new ideas and healing. 





In this workshop you will learn: 

  • How dreams make perfect sense

  • The best way to remember your dreams

  • How to tell the difference between a dream and an inner experience

  • How to work with life rather than against it.

Discover how with a bit of “know how” you can dream your way to Success!

Everyone Welcome!

Venue: “The Board Room”, Hyatt Hotel Canberra,  120 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla

Diane Bellchambers (Hons Pysch) is a dream power specialist (with over 25 years experience teaching dream analysis) and author of two books on dreams. 

She runs practical dream training sessions for groups, work-teams and counsellors helping others harness the dreaming mind to turn problems into solutions! She has also attached a personal photo and one of my book, if you wish to use it.

Entry: by donation.

Contact Diane for more details:

Mindfulness Course

To Manage Stress, Self-doubt, Anxiety, Depression and Chronic Pain.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help you manage
all challenging experiences skillfully, and leads to deep inner peace.

The practice of mindfulness simply means letting go of struggle and attachment, so we can rest in a state of equilibrium called 'being here now.' It is a meditative practice, where we focus our attention upon our experience from moment to moment - embracing it, without judgement, before taking skilful action.

We practice mindfulness to allow our minds to be as the sky. The clouds, rain, winds, sleet, snow, rainbows, come and go, but the sky remains the same, a backdrop for all these passing phenomena. In the same way, all our feelings, thoughts and sensations are like the weather that passes through, without affecting the nature of the sky itself. In this way, our minds can be balanced and centered, without getting carried away by every passing storm.

The result of the practice of mindfulness is clarity, wisdom, inner peace and the ability to manage one's life effectively.

During this eight week course, you will find out and practise how:

  •  to live in the present, which is the only time we can experience life;

  •  to stay centred in the face of life’s challenges and respond skilfully rather than react in destructive ways, to difficult situations;

  •  to experience ongoing peace of mind and heart;

  •  to understand how our mind works, both for us, but especially against us, in creating stress, distress and anxiety in our lives;

  •  to distinguish between what we think or fear is happening, rather than what is actually happening;

  •  to live a fulfilling life alongside physical and psychological challenges, so we’re not overwhelmed by them.

In order to get the most from the course, you will be asked to practise a session of mindfulness each day.

       Dates:           February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 2018.
       Time:             Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
       Venue:          27 Scottsdale St., Lyons. ACT.
       Course fee:  $590.00 (includes 8 CDs, and folder with 8 x session notes)
       Enquiries:    Phone Jessica on 6281 1769 or email:

Jessica has been teaching this course for over 16 years.

"You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf them"  - Jon Kabat- Zinn

"The Body as Storyteller"

Presented by Sara Boas and hosted by the DTAA

February 10-11, 2018
Rushcutters Bay, Sydney

This two-day experiential workshop provides a deep dive into your own body of experience, and develops your skills in facilitating others to share their stories in movement. 

Combining sensing, moving, writing, witnessing and voicing, the workshop invites you to mine the depths of your own life experience and history and practise holding the space for one another. 

The weekend is designed for those working in dance movement therapy, creative arts therapies, somatic psychotherapy or associated professions such as somatic coaching, community capacity building, movement education and the performing arts.

To view the workshop flyer or to book, visit
For more information, contact
Jane Guthrie or Meagan Otu via
Robyn Price 0412 585 568.

On behalf of the DMT NSW team
Mary-Claude Vienet
Dance Movement Specialist
(04) 2063 7840

DISCLAIMER: DMT NSW distributes information to those who are working or interested in the field of dance movement therapy. This information is neither reviewed nor endorsed by DMT NSW or the DTAA unless specified.

Moving Archetypes 2018 Program

Summer Intensive: Navarasas—The Nine Emotions of Life
26-28 January 2018
The Street Theatre, Canberra
https://www.eventbri summer-in…

Embodying archetypes: Indian dance theatre traditions and philosophy and their modern relevance
Lecture for Canberra Jung Society
Early February

Krishna: The Blue Archetype of Love
Term 1 February 2018

Dancing Deities
Lecture/performance by Padma Menon with works inspired by the National Gallery of Australia collection
February 23 and 24

The Durga Universe: Warrior as creative force
Term 2 starts May 2018

Embodying archetypes: Indian dance theatre traditions and philosophy and their modern relevance
Presentation for C J Jung Society Melbourne and 2 day intensive workshops for the Opening the Door to Archetypal Energy weekend
Melbourne, May 18-20 2018
https://archetypalspirituality .org/groups/archetypal-energy/

The Mother Archetype
Term 3 September 2018

Dancing Stories
26 October 2018, Currie Crescent Community Centre

Term 4 course TBC
October 2018

Welcome a New Year of Books & Writing

Hello all and welcome to a new year of books and writing.

Elroys’ book “The Story Behind The Story Biography of a Navajo Medicine Man" continues to be bought, read and enjoyed by many – thank you!

Many exciting events are already in place for 2018:
Canberra Creative Writers Bring Writing Meetups continue each fortnight on Tuesday mornings from 9.30 to 12 p.m. This is a supportive space where writers bring writing, read writing and are given feedback which includes appreciation and enjoyment of the piece shared and literary feedback which includes discussion of structure, point of view, character ...

See the website

Posted: 2018-01-14

Forgiveness Course,
starting November 15th 2017
Hi there Folks,
It’s coming up towards Christmas – traditionally a time of joy, peace and love.
Yet for whatever reason, it often doesn’t unfold this way.
Many of us find it difficult to forgive ourselves for things that we have done or left undone,
or to forgive others for what they have done or left undone in relation to us.
This is understandable, however the consequence of this is that we are wedded to whatever we don’t forgive,
and in the remembering continue to traumatise ourselves - ongoing.
‘As long as you don’t forgive, who, or whatever it is, will occupy an rent free space in your mind.’  
(Isabelle Holland)
Forgiveness doesn’t mean that we ever condone whatever feels unforgivable.
Abuse of any form, cannot be tolerated.
So we are committed to the best of our ability, to never let this happen again.
However, for most people, forgiveness is a process.  
In the end, when you let yourself feel the pain you carry from the past,
forgiveness comes as a relief – a release.
You will see that forgiveness is fundamentally for your own sake.
‘Forgiveness doesn’t change the past, but it does enlarge the future’  Anon.
I’m offering a five session course where you will connect with,
explore and find a way begin to free yourself from the profound pain of the past experiences,
that continue to feel unforgivable, and which keep intruding into the present.
Dates/Times           Wednesdays, November 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13, from 7pm to 9.30pm
Venue:                    27 Scottsdale St in Lyons
Fee:                         $300.00
You are very welcome to be part of this gentle, supportive and powerful course
If you would like to know more about the course or to enrol – please email me, or ring me on (02) 6281 1769.
Warmest good wishes to you

Deities and Demons. Dancing sculptures and their modern relevance with Padma Menon.

12.45-1.15 pm 19 October 2017

National Gallery of Australia

Art for Lunch series
Asian art | Talks and Lectures
Venue: Asian galleries
Price: Free (bookings essential)

Dancing Stories

7 pm Friday 27 October 2017

Limited seating, book early!

An evening of sharing myths and mythical characters through dance, philosophy and reflection
Currie Crescent Community Centre, Kingston.

Tickets: $25 (cost includes vegetarian Indian dinner)
Bookings: https://www.eventbri ckets-38268322583

An evening with Padma Menon who will perform and speak about 3 powerful archetypes -
Kali, Green Tara and Siva. Participants in courses will also share their work.

The Canberra Jung Society Inc. does not endorse and is not to be held responsible for the content of any lecture or advertisement, nor is any information or advice a substitute for professional counselling and therapy.

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 13th February 2018