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Constitution

Updated by RJ
21st January 2019

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.

We normally meet at 8pm
on the first Friday of each month
at MacKillop House Conference Centre,
50 Archibald Street, Lyneham (See map)


Coming Meetings:


Friday 1st February 2019

D
r 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 will cover the various types of mandala (artistic, therapeutic and sacred).

The focus will be 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 will also discuss
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
E kirstenrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com



Saturday 2nd February 2019

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

"When Words Fail: Mandalas, Symbolism, Archetypes":  A Workshop

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

This experiential workshop will take you through the pragmatics of combining mandala drawing, vocalisation and journaling for emotional and psychological healing. We will provide you with a workbook, A4 paper to draw mandalas and crayons. No artistic or singing skills 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: $55 ($50 conc.)

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
Ekirstenrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com


Friday, 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, April 201

Suzanna:

"Watch this space ..."


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


(Details pending ... )


Friday, May 201

Jennifer Hume:

"Embodying 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 will outline the basic principles of Embodied Imagination® and describe the method and its applications.

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.


Friday, June 201

Eve Warren:

"My Journey as an Author ...

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


"(Watch this space for details ...


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’.

Out 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.
  


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)
 

Cost $50 for Jung Soc. members, $60 for non-members.

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.
 


Friday, August 201

Robert Tulip

"Modern man in Search of a Soul"


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

 


Robert Tulip has Bachelors and Masters Honours Degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University.  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. 
 


Friday, 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 feel the breath of life...” Memories p87. Who was Meister Eckhart and how did he influence Carl Jung?

Terry Curtin, BA(Psychology), B Theology, MA(Theology), Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, with a background in scholastic theology and Jungian counselling, will reflect on how a 13thC Dominican theologian/mystic had such a profound impact on Carl Jung.
 


Friday, October 201

Dorothea Wojnar:

"Carl Jung's Alchemy"


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


Friday, November 201

Dorothea Wojnar

"Story Telling"


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


Dorothea is a psychotherapist and she is currently training as a Jungian analyst with the C. G .Jung Institute of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts. Dorothea has extensive experience as a group leader and therapist across a range of people and issues, working in both a public health facility as well as in private practice. 


Disclaimer
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.

If you believe that we have inadvertently breached any copyright provision, please let us know and we will immediately rectify the matter.


Cost for entrance to the monthly Friday meetings for non-members is $12 or $6 concession (members free).
Cost for "Special Events" is indicated individually.
Everyone is welcome. 
Yearly membership is $60 (or $30 concession), to be paid in March each year,
entitling members to attend 10 meetings plus receive two newsletters. 

We normally meet at 8pm on the first Friday of each month
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

www.CanberraJungSociety.org.au
Email: jungsoccanberra@yahoo.com.au

Address: PO Box 554, Dickson, ACT 2602, Australia