Canberra Happenings

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


Saturday 7th November 2020
5:00 pm  (Online event)

"Persephone and Inanna"

An Evening of Transformative Storymaking for Adults

Saturday 21 March, 2020
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Padma Menon
"The Secret of the Yoginis:
Studio Performance of Indian Temple Dance"
(Unit 10 / 19-25 Kembla Street, Fyshwick)

The Yoginis are ancient deities who are thought to be connected to embodied contemplative traditions in India.

The language of this practice was dance as all Yoginis hold dance positions (Karanas). Texts on dance refer to practices which are very similar to Yoginis. The Yoginis originally formed part of the practice of aesthetics as a transformative modality. They form part of old Tantric traditions which describe them as secretive, startling and often terrifying deities.

The studio performance is an invitation to experience Indian temple dance in the “darshan” setting - where both the dancer and the spectators are open to a “direct experience” of the feeling worlds the deities hold. This “communion” is the heart of contemplation in temple dance.

Seating is limited so bookings are recommended.
Arrangements: We meet at the Moving Archetypes studio, Unit 10 / 19-25 Kembla Street, Fyshwick, from 2:30pm for the performance commencing at 3pm.

Please note that seating is on the floor on carpet and cushions. There are chairs available.
Guests: please leave your footwear at the door.
Find us on Facebook:

Cost: $20
Payment: Book online at
or cash at door.

Religious Founders' Day

Saturday 29th February 2020

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Centre,

9/90 Barrier St, Fyshwick, ACT 2602

For more details:

Psychodrama Australia
Sydney /Canberra Campus 
"The Structure of a Psychodramatic Session"
November 23,24,25

This workshop will consider the structure of a psychodramatic session and the psychodramatic techniques that can be utilised, when and why and the theory will be considered.

It is a time of integration of the years training and professional development and to be conscious of the learnings of the year which can be carried forward into our practice as group workers and individual consultants and clinicians. It is an opportunity for all participates to direct, be an auxiliary and also a protagonist within the weekend.
There are several specific action techniques developed by JL Moreno used by all psychodrama directors. Some have been integrated by other modalities in working with people. In this workshop the range of techniques used in psychodrama will be highlighted. Each session will focus on one or two techniques and its use in bringing reality and depth to work in groups and individually.

The focus of this workshop is for participants to develop abilities in themselves to be loving companions and to assist each other to live out their life purpose and vision. Psychodrama examines the individual’s relationship with relevant others. It also take into consideration the nature of the ‘role relationship’ that takes place within the relationships – these roles make up the areas are called a ‘social and cultural atom.’ Through the process of enactment and group process the protagonist and the group members will develop abilities to ‘place themselves in an others shoes’, role reverse, and to make conscious choices about how and when to relate to others.

Psychodrama is a systemic approach and participants will learn about people and systems that promote or stunt our development.

The Psychodramatic method assists participants to increase their spontaneity and creativity through active participation. This participation includes group work, enactment and theoretical mini lectures. The program will assist in developing leadership and will lead to increasing abilities in relating to others. The training assists in developing confidence in group presentations and in the development of interpersonal and group skills.

This program is designed for professional people who are involved in health, theatre, management, leadership, consultancies, coaching, mentoring , supervision, art, writing, teaching, human potential and creative therapies. The process will assist in the deepening of abilities to step into the shoes of others and this will contribute to the effectiveness of those who are therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, health workers, managers, trainers and educators, actors, artists, writers and poets. Supervised practice for advanced psychodrama trainees is also an aspect of this program.

The course will consist of enactment, group participation and discussion. Participants are expected to be actively involved, in both days. The learning of new skills may be emotionally challenging and participants are required to have abilities to sustain their life and are participating in areas such as studies, employment, social and creative activities.

New participants should arrange a face to face or phone interview with Annette or Dorothea to determine the suitability of this course, and for discussion regarding the training contract.

A certificate of attendance will be given on request and may be used for points towards required professional development and psychodrama certification. The training hours are recognised by Psychodrama Australia and can lead to certification as a psychodramatist, sociodramatist, role trainer or sociometrist.


Richard Hall is a Counselling Psychologist and Psychodramatist. He is a trained Special Education consultant and a trained teacher of the deaf. He is a director of Psychodrama Australia and conducts training and supervision in Melbourne and Canberra. Richard places high value on people becoming themselves, on inclusivity and the development of the creativity of the individual. Richard leads celebrations of life and death. He has a passion for music, has conducted an orchestra and choir for many years and is a competent trumpeter and singer. He has run personal development groups for the general public for 27 years and has an ease and flow with the psychodramatic method. He is warm and companionable and has a commitment to a humane world

Annette Fisher Psychodramatist, Trainer, Educator and Practitioner. A trainer and director with Psychodrama Australia, an Occupational Therapist and a relationship and family therapist. She is a consultant and psychotherapist in private practice and is a practicing visual artist with a BA (visual) with Honours. She has experience in the areas of mental health, community, and health and community development. She has presented sessions at Australian and international conferences on the application of the psychodramatic method. She has a commitment to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy and has been involved in the development of professional organisations for this career. She has published articles in Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association’s journal.

Date, Time:
November 2018: Friday 23 7:00 - 9:00pm, Saturday 24 9:30am - 5:30 pm, Sunday 25 9:00am - 5.30pm.

$345 early bird $315 paid by 12 November
Electronic Banking Details: Psychodrama Australia BSB 032 020 Account 299042

Ainslie Centre (Ainslie/Gorman House), Elouera Street Braddon ACT
Old Ainsley school – plenty of parking in their drive way, Opposite playing fields.

Contact for Registration and pre-workshop interview:
Annette Fisher:  Ph (02) 6288 9294,  (0418) 246 187.
Dorothea Wojnar:

Trainers in this program are qualified pyschodrama trainer, educators and practitioners with Australian Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA) and registered psychotherapists with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

"ANZSJA Sandplay Workshop"
and information session on the next iteration of ANZSJA Analytic Training

facilitated by ANZSJA Training Analysts Sarah Gibson and Joy Norton
Saturday 17th November 2018  9am - 4:30pm

Dear Jung Society people,

Here is a flyer for the Canberra sandplay workshop
on Saturday 17 November that the Australian New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts is offering as part of its professional development program.  

The workshop in the Crosbie Morrison Room at the Australian National Botanic Gardens will be led by ANZSJA Training Analysts Sarah Gibson (Sydney) and Joy Norton (Melbourne).  

Some Jung Society members may also be interested to know that an information session on the next iteration of ANZSJA Analytic Training will be given immediately after the workshop, from 3.45 to 4.30pm.  

Kind regards

Dr Glenda Cloughley
Jungian analyst
Ph: 6239 6483 or (0408) 628 221

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

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 1st November 2020