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Updated by Robert James
1st August 2020
A non-profit organisation, which aims to provide a
contact for people
interested in the psychological insights of Carl Gustav
Through monthly meetings, workshops, other activities
and our library,
we seek to help people to understand their own inner
and the world today - from a Jungian perspective.
We normally meet at 7:30 for 8:00 pm
on the first Friday of each month
at MacKillop House Conference Centre,
50 Archibald Street, Lyneham (See
Friday 7 August 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM.
"How a Jungian Perspective Makes Unique Contribution
to Understanding Emotional Trauma"
Online (by Zoom) - not at MacKillop House!
" ... primitive pathology
recognised two causes of illness:
loss of soul, and
possession by a spirit.”
(Jung, 1928. The Psychological
foundations of Belief in Spirits, CW Vol. 8:para. 591)
Carl Jung’s primary therapeutic focus was on the person, and
secondarily on the distressing emotional experience. He believed
and asserted that ‘Psyche’ works to enhance our wellbeing, but
profound trauma turns this self-care system back onto itself,
and into something akin to a ‘demonic possession’. In
mytho-poetic terms, the archetypal energy of the protective
Archangel is reversed and becomes an avenging demon.
However, even when the inner life is trashed by trauma
(Psychoanalyst Leonard Shengold has called it ‘soul murder’
because trauma is the experience of unbearable effect), in the
traditions of Jungian psychology, it is the inner life of the
person that really matters.
David’s talk will be person
centred, with an emphasis on this inner life. It is: the life of
the Spirit/Soul that is of ultimate concern.
re-telling of the fairy tale “The Handless Maiden”, he will
illustrate how a Jungian sensitivity gives insight into both the
nature of the trauma and the necessary steps to recovery.
He will explain how understanding and subsequent therapy
aims to integrate the inner life with the outer life, and how
this is often achieved with imagery and narrative, as documented
and found in so-called ‘Fairy’ Stories.
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: Canberra Jung Society members:
Guests $10 - Pay via
or via bank transfer
Canberra Jung Society, BSB: 012 951
Account: 2141 58567 (Reference your name).
Six-Week Dream Group series
(of six): 4th, 11th,
18th, 25th August, 1st September 2020
7:30 - 9:30 pm.
(in the Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church, 22 National
Circuit, Forrest, ACT)
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.
"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.
Sharing your dreams is
not required - You can enjoy sharing and working with
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
For further information,
please contact Dorothea Wojnar on 6292 2014 or (0413)
We meet by 7:30 for introductions
and catch-up over a cuppa and snacks, prior to working
on the dreams.
$60 for the series ($10 per session).
Pay at the door,
or via bank
to Canberra Jung Society, BSB: 012 951
Account: 2141 58567 (Reference your name)
Dr. Richard Barz
"C. G. Jung’s Concept of the Archetypes and Aboriginal Rock Art"
House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT
We in eastern Australia are blessed
with a wealth of Aboriginal rock art easily accessible from major cities
like Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne. Sadly, this wealth is generally
ignored and where recognised is considered enigmatic, even when found
interesting or attractive. Academic explanations are available, but can
satisfactorily answer only questions of date and style. Cultural
interpretations are either lost or restricted by traditional law.
Fortunately, the esthetic, cultural and academic approaches are not
the only ways that Aboriginal rock art can be viewed. It can also be
seen through the lens of the archetypes as they are presented by Carl
Jung in these words:
“The concept of the archetype, which is an
indispensable correlate of the idea of the collective unconscious,
indicates the existence of definite forms in the psyche which seem to be
present always and everywhere.”
If this statement is true, then
the archetypes are universal and underlie all human drawing and
sculpture including Aboriginal rock art. Using examples from Victoria,
New South Wales and Queensland I will try to demonstrate in this talk
that Aboriginal rock art can be appreciated with this premise in mind.
Dr Richard Barz is a retired member of the School
of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific
at the Australian National University. Since accompanying a 1974
expedition to record traditional sites of the Wongkanguru people, he has
been fascinated by Aboriginal culture and has spent the last decade
photographing the rock art associated with it.
from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.
Cost: Jung Society members free, Guests $15,
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or
by credit card via TryBooking.
Saturday 5 September, 2020
Dr. Richard Barz-
Workshop: “The Yankee Hat Aboriginal Rock Art Site
in the Light
of C. G. Jung’s Concept of the Archetypes”
(at the Yankee Hat Aboriginal rock painting site)
workshop will be held at the Yankee Hat Aboriginal rock painting site
located on Old Boboyan Road off Boboyan Road in Namadgi National Park
about 90 minutes south of Canberra. The traditional custodians of the
site are the Ngambri people. The age of the paintings is unknown, though
settlement at the site has been dated through excavations to at least
800 years ago.
The focus of the workshop will be
examination of the paintings from the point of view of C.G. Jung’s
concept of the archetypes. Attention will also be given to cultural and
academic interpretations, especially as set out by Josephine Flood in
her books The Riches of Ancient Australia (University of Queensland, St.
Lucia:1990) and Moth Hunters of the Australian Capital Territory (J.M.
Those interested in taking part in the
workshop- all are welcome- should meet at Mackillop House and Conference
Centre, 50 Archibald Street in Lyneham at 10 AM. Each person should
arrange for transportation to and from Yankee Hat and should bring
adequate water and a light picnic lunch. The walk from the car park to
the rock art site is over a 3 km rough track with some moderately steep
The workshop will conclude at Yankee Hat at 4 PM.
Dr Richard Barz is a retired member of
the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and
the Pacific at the Australian National University. Since accompanying a
1974 expedition to record traditional sites of the Wongkanguru people,
he has been fascinated by Aboriginal culture and has spent the last
decade photographing the rock art associated with it.
Pay by cash at the time, or bank transfer
or by credit card via TryBooking.
(Photo R. Barz
Painting of a
kangaroo at the Yankee Hat Aboriginal Rock Art Site
Friday 2 October, 2020
Rev. Dr. Sarah Agnew:
(at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.)
Sarah says ...
What I do as a storyteller:
* compose, perform and
publish stories that lead humans from fear to love,
readers of the Bible to engage with and make meaning of the Sacred
Stories as human beings,
* encourage people to tell their
own story as a way of nurturing the healing and wholeness of us all.
Why I tell stories:
* because humans tell stories –
to make meaning of our experiences of living,
* I believe in the
dignity of all human beings,
* I believe that we are fully human
– healed and whole – together, and stories bring us together
Here's one of Sarah's poems:
Choking - A Lament
for Australia - Summer 2020
Where do we begin
with this great wall of fire
or that fire storm
the hungry angry monster?
Where do we begin?
How do we
enfold them all
into our love,
the dozens of humans dead,
the hundreds of homes razed,
the thousands of folk displaced,
the millions of acres burned,
the billions of creatures dead
how can our embrace include them all?
What is the
for our care, now, this task
now to rebuild:
to prop up, which towns to
roads to open,
what first? what next? what do we do ?
We need You here with us,
and with us all. We need
courage and wisdom, love
and compassion; we need
need care, we
need healing, we need hope -
O, Holy One, we
Draw us in, fill us up,
send us and go with us
as we reach
out from where we are, one step, one
act, help us
remember we are
one, and to find that somehow, thus,
(c) Sarah Agnew
Rev Dr Sarah Agnew has her
Sarah has served as Minister of the
Word with the Wesley and St Aidan's congregations in the Canberra
Central Uniting Church Parish since January 2018.
the Uniting Church in Australia in 2010, Sarah previously served as
the facilitator of alternative church ventures Black Wood Jazz
(2005–2009) and The Esther Project (2009–2010), and as sole minister
in the Belair Uniting Church congregation (2011–2014).
2015–17, while undertaking a PhD, Sarah was sought after for pulpit
supply across southern Scotland, in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling,
Falkirk and the Upper Clyde Parish, in Church of Scotland and United
While in Edinburgh, Sarah also
continued her involvement with 'fresh expressions' of church as
participant in The Gathering and as part of the support team for
Methodist Church Venture FX workers. She was an active member of the
Greyfriars Kirk congregation in Edinburgh, regularly called upon to
offer her gifts of reading, performance and poetry.
Among all the sublime and
profound everyday surprising conversations with inquiring young and
old minds, playgroup play dough and swing pushing duty, and serving
communion to a mentor who was dying from cancer, some of the notable
things Sarah has been able to do as minister include ..
communion with the UCA president at the National Christian Youth
Convention on the Gold Coast in 2011
* leading protestant communion
at The Glen Workshops in Santa Fe, also 2011
* being interviewed on
radio as one of 19 ordinands in the UCA in South Australia in 2010
conducting the wedding for her sister (with bridesmaid's dress
beneath the liturgical robes)
* and a full immersion baptism of a
faithful 8 year old.
We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee
and snacks, music, discussion and library.
The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8
pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and
discussion, finishing at 10pm.
Cost: Jung Society
members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at
the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.
Friday 6 November, 2020
(at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT)
"A Dream in a Teacup"
Eve will present the following hypothesis for our
…being totally consumed in the writing of a
fictional novel for more than three years, while at the same
time, journaling, attending to one’s night time dreams and
day-time active imaginations… possibly be akin to spending a
comparative amount of time engaged in a dialectical relationship
with a Jungian, Dream Work Analyst?
Probably not - you
say? Well, all I know is that: during the writing process, on a
conscious level, I mostly had no idea where the next chapter was
coming from nor where it would take me. Images began to take on
a life of their own, as did the characters. To me the
story-lines were akin to dream images and I often wondered, if
in fact I had developed, deep within my psyche, my own nurturing
I also believe the writing of my novel A Dream
in a Teacup became my redemption, my coming out of darkness, and
provided me with not only momentary glimpses of
self-actualization, but also a number of what I would call, peak
Jung on Dreams:
* Dreams are a
spontaneous self-portrayal, in symbolic forms.
* Dream images
are the best possible expression of still unconscious facts.
Jung on Active Imagination:
* This is where the
unconscious content might be exposed in the waking state.
where the drama that is enacted appears to want to compel the
As I see it, first and foremost,
A Dream in a Teacup is a self-portrayal of me and my life. But
it is also very much a social commentary of a time and place.
What you might call ‘a glimpse into Canberra’s psyche during the
1940’s.’ The microcosm population consisting of politicians,
public servants, a few journalists, Duntroon military personal,
and other than that…it was mostly working-class people like my
Eve Warren has been a member of Canberra Jung
Society for thirty years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social
Welfare from Charles Sturt University and a Masters in Theology,
Ageing and Pastoral Care from the Australian Catholic
For a long time, Eve worked with people who
were ageing. People with dementia and their carers. Eve is a
highly skilled, Carer Support Group Facilitator. It was within
this role, that she deemed her primary role was to instil into
her carers, a sense of selfishness. Likening the primary and
fundamental rule of First aid to their role of carer: firstly,
make sure you secure your own safety before attempting to
minister to others.
Tapping into mediums such as the
labyrinth, music, dance, drawing, clay work and dreams, Eve
designed reflection days for her Carers. Eve’s primary purpose
for these workshops being to provide a space where her carers
might explore and find that place within, the place where
wisdom, intuition and inner strength resides. A place where they
might draw strength and consolation.
See Eve's website:
where you can read chapter one of
We meet from 7:30 pm for tea
and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.
Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.
Cost: Jung Society members free, Guests
$15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank
transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.
~~~ Christmas Party ~~~
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.
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* Monthly Friday meetings: non-members is $15 or $10
Seniors/Concession (members free).
* Special Events (eg workshops) is indicated
* Annual membership is $75 (or $60 concession), to be paid in March each year,
entitling members to attend our 10 meetings plus receive two newsletters.
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Everyone is welcome.
We normally meet at 7:30pm on the first Friday each month for music
and coffee and chat,
Guest Speaker at 8pm, break for supper around
9pm, resume for questions and discussion until 10pm.
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.
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