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Constitution

Updated by RJ
14th June 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)
Special Announcement: See our new Event Bulletin:


Coming Meetings:

Six-Week Dream Group series

Facilitated by Dorothea Wojnar

            Six Tuesdays: 18, 25 June and 2, (miss 9th), 16, 23, 30 July 2019   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." 
(C G 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.

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.

Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. ~
Carl Jung, The Red Book
Dream Carl Jung, The Red Book

Cost: $10  Pay by cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via TryBooking

We meet before 7:30 for introductions and catch-up over a cuppa and snacks, prior to working on the dreams.
Sharing your dreams is not required - You can enjoy sharing and working with everyone else's!


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.
  

Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

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


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 and $45 concession.

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.
 

Cost: Jung Society Members $50, Guests $60 Concession $50.
        
Pay by cash or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.



SPECIAL EVENT


Saturday 20th July 2019  9am - 4:30 pm

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

"Mandalas Series 3 of 4: "The Spirit Architype"

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

This is the third in our series of four workshops ... (Details to be announced) ...

Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specializing 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:  (0411) 533 466
E:  kirstenrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com


Cost: Jung Society Members $60, Concession $50, Public $70.
         Pay by cash or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Friday, 2nd August 201

Robert Tulip

"Modern man in Search of a Soul"


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

Modern Man in Search of A Soul is a collection of eleven essays by Carl Jung, published in 1933.  The provocative theme is the clash between modern scientific rationality and the understandings of human identity that emerge from religious and spiritual traditions.  Jung explores the need for soul in psychology, through topics including his break with Freud, his approach to dream analysis, psychological types, archaic man, and the spiritual problems of modern man.
This talk will explore implications of Jung’s analysis of the soul for philosophy, psychology, politics and religion. 


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.
 

Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

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


Friday, 6th 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 find the breath of life” said Carl Jung. (“Memories Dreams and Reflections” p87).

Local Jung Society member Terry Curtin, BA(Psychology) BTheology, MA(Theology), Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, will reflect on how a 13th-century Dominican theologian/mystic had such a profound impact on Carl Jung. Terry’s philosophical and theological journey began in 1950. From a tribal Irish catholic culture he felt called to be a priest. Seminary training was structured around the “infallible” dogma of the Catholic Church.

His perception of what it means to be human and how humanity is related to the great and mysterious “Other” has gradually but radically changed.  After 10 “monastic” years he left the seminary. Marriage, children, and careers in the public service, private enterprise and voluntary services over nearly 60 years followed. His encounter in about 1980 with Carl Jung’s “Memories Dreams and Reflections” was transformative. 

By 1965 he had a BA degree from Adelaide University majoring in Political Science and Psychology but Jung was rarely if ever mentioned.  Pavlov’s dogs got more attention. In Jung he felt the “breath of life”, theologically, psychologically and spiritually. He continued part time studies in theology, transpersonal psychology and biblical Hebrew and undertook training in the Tarot and Kabbalah. He has had a long term relationship with the Jung society. He first joined the Jung Society in Canberra in about 1985 and later the Melbourne Jung Society.  Returning to Canberra in 2018 he rejoined the Canberra Jung Society. In a recent conversation with a fellow Jung society member the question arose, “who the ... was Meister Eckhart?”


Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

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


Friday, 4th October 201

Dorothea Wojnar:

"Carl Jung's Alchemy (not just a matter of turning base metals into gold!)"

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

The ancient practice of alchemy, which thrived in Europe until the seventeenth century, dealt with the phenomenon of transformation--not only of materials (ore into gold) but also of the human spirit (self into Other). Through their work in the material realm, alchemists discovered personal rebirth as well as a linking between outer and inner dimensions.

Carl Jung first turned to alchemy for personal illumination in coping with trauma brought on by his break with Freud. Alchemical symbolism eventually suggested to Jung that there was a process in the unconscious, one that had a goal beyond discharging tension and hiding pain. This process created new structures from old ones, with the self, the alchemical lapis, the philosopher’s stone, being the ultimate creation.

The Opus (work) of alchemy becomes a symbolic account of the fundamental process the human psyche undergoes as it re-orients its value system and creates meaning out of chaos. The opus beginning with the nigredo (blackening, akin to depression or nihilistic loss of value) in order to descend back into the manipulable prima materia and proceeding through a process of spiritual purification that must unite seemingly irreconcilable opposites (the coniunctio) to achieve new levels of consciousness.

This presentation will be an introduction to alchemy and respond to the question what we could gain from studying alchemical symbols.

The presentation will be followed by discussion and work in small groups, where each person is encouraged to share some of their own journey.

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.


Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.
        
Pay by cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

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


SPECIAL EVENT

Saturday 19th October 2019  9am - 4:30 pm

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

"Mandalas Series 4 of 4: "The Trickster Architype"

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

This is the fourth in our series of four workshops ... (Details to be announced) ...

Cost: Jung Society Members $60, Concession $50, Public $80.
         Pay by cash or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.


Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam
is passionate about empowering people to achieve their potential. She has a private practice specializing 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:  (0411) 533 466
E:  kirstenrg@bigpond.com
W: www.kirstinrg.com


Friday, 1st November 2019

Dr Rajiv Singh

(Illawarra Shoalhaven Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Services, Wollongong)

"Dialogic Practice and Jung's Concept of the Temenos"

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

Open Dialogue (OD), developed during the 1980s in Western Lapland, Finland, is both a therapeutic intervention and a way of organising services.

Embodying systemic family therapy, social constructionism and some psychodynamic principles, OD has shown some impressive results in working with people with mental health problems, including reduced rates of medication use and need for hospital treatment. The central clinical element of OD is Dialogic Practice. 
Dialogic Practice emphasises conversations that allow the therapist(s) to be “with” the person, as opposed to holding conversations “about” the person. It involves creating a dialogic space within which meaningful participation of the person and his/her network can occur.

In this talk an attempt will be made to identify commonalities in this element of dialogic practice with 
C.G. Jung's concept of the Temenos – the “inner space deep within us where soul-making takes place” – where the creativity of healing can occur.

Rajiv is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who has trained in medicine and psychiatry in India and then in Australia. He has been working as a consultant for the last many years, having practiced in India, Australia and New Zealand. He is currently in his second year of training in Open Dialogue. His thesis for the OD course looks at resonances between Dialogic Practice, free association and meditative practice.

Cost: Jung Society Members (free), Guest $15, Concession $10.
         Pay b
y cash at the door, or by bank transfer, or by credit card via
TryBooking

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


Saturday, 7th December 201

*** Christmas Party! ***


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


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 $15 or $10 concession (members free).
Cost for "Special Events" is indicated individually.
Everyone is welcome. 

Yearly membership is $75 (or $60 concession), to be paid in March each year,

entitling members to attend our 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