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Updated by RJ
11th December 2017

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 2nd February 2018

Padma Menon:

"Embodying Archetype:
Indian Dance Theatre Traditions and Philosophy and their Modern Relevance"

In the west, Carl Jung highlighted the role of archetypes as a framework for analysing our relationship with our life narratives and for self reflection. However, theatre traditions in both eastern and western cultures have. for many centuries,  used archetypal portrayals in deliberate ways to construct relationships between the 'performance' and audience that would lead to specific outcomes on both sides. In the Red Book, Jung's experiments with symbolic and archetypal narratives resonates with some of the traditional ritual theatre traditions from India, especially in the role of symbolic art to express spaces of mystery. The Indian text on theatre, Natya Sastra (1st century BCE to 3rd century CE), has elaborated the Rasa theory which sets out in artistic, psychological and metaphysical terms the ways in which emotional states are embodied in ritual theatre.

The talk will look at the philosophy and dance theatre theory in Indian theatre traditions and how they were sophisticated and rigorous frameworks of contemplative spaces. It will examine the impact of 'aesthetisation' and commercialisation of such practices and some thoughts on how to reclaim these spaces of contemplation in relevant ways in our times. It will also link it to archetypal frameworks espoused by Carl Jung and others such as James Hillman and how these can be complementary to the eastern traditions, especially in recreating these practices in contemporary cultures. 

Padma will demonstrate examples from her project, Moving Archetypes, which uses Indian dance theatre and western dance to create spaces of contemplation using archetypes from all over the world.

Padma Menon has an international career as a choreographer, facilitator, teacher and dance activist. She was one of India’s top classical dancers having trained under legendary Indian choreographers. When she moved to Australia, she led one of Australia’s first contemporary professional multicultural dance companies in the nineties. In 1994 she was awarded Canberra Times Artist of the Year. She then worked in renowned production houses in Europe and also set up a dance centre in India which partnered with human rights organisations to use dance as a tool for activism.

Padma has a post graduate degree in English Literature and post graduate qualifications in Choreography from the Netherlands. Besides classical Indian dance theatre, she has also studied and taught contemporary western dance, Indian martial arts practice of kalaripayattu, yoga and Indian Vedanta philosophy. Currently she is the founder of Moving Archetypes which runs courses in dance as a way of connecting with archetypes from all over the world for contemplation and self reflection.


Friday 2nd March 2018

Irene Nuria Daly:
"The Witch as teacher in Fairy Tales"

This approach provides a unique way of understanding the deep mystical meaning, hidden in the depths of many fairy tales and how these insights can be applied to the lives of modern day seekers of truth. In this we discover the crucial role and person of the teacher, often disguised as the ‘witch’ representing the external teacher, as well as the internalised teachings which guide us on our journey.

We have a realisation of the quest or journey itself and the great battles we have to fight to overcome the demons and dragons deep within us. We gain from the mastery we achieve when using the tools or spiritual practices including sound, which we have learned from our teachers.

We explore the inner realms of the creative imagination – the Alam al Mithal, and our common crucial purpose of finding and integrating the great Creative Feminine - of Sophia the Wise and Beautiful, without which the King (in Sufi terms the Heart), cannot rule.

Irene Nuria Daly became interested in C G Jung soon after arrival in Australia and studied to be a counselling psychologist - as a result of which she undertook 6½ years of Jungian analysis.

She was initiated into the Sufi Movement in the mid 1990s, and has become a Sufi leader and teacher. Nuria has given talks at the C G Jung Society in Melbourne, Interfaith gatherings, meditation groups, and retreats, and leads a regular Sufi Group in Melbourne. Nuria is National Representative of the International Sufi Movement in Australia and has written articles for the Sufi Journal, Towards the One.  Story-telling is a major tool in Sufism and as Nuria herself is a born story teller, this has been a source of insight and understanding.


Saturday 3rd March 2018  (9:30am - 3:30pm)

Irene Nuria Daly:
*** Workshop *** "The Witch as teacher in Fairy Tales" *** Workshop ***

This will be an experiential workshop, where we will further explore the role of the Witch—Teacher in our own lives. We will also examine some major themes in these ancient teaching tales, such as the role of the psychopomp – the flying horse, which can be seen as our internalised teacher, who can take us to those inner realms and guide us on the way.

There is the dilemma of the frog-skin in the Frog Princess. Should Princess Vassilisa’s husband the Prince have burned her frog-skin? Would she ever have burned it herself? The frog-skin is that interface between the inner and the outer realms.

In Cenerentola we discover, in a sense how the ‘frog-skin’ came into being – it could well be the back story of the Frog Princess – what has really been burned to create the ash and cinders that she sits amongst?

We will workshop the story of The Fairy of the Dawn, using it as a blueprint for our own journey from the outer through the levels of Creative Imagination into the inner centre of All. 

We will also work with the effect of sound which accompanies the transition from one realm to the other in our stories. We will resonate the vibration of the Hu in different places – our heart, head, above the head where the I and Thou intersect.

Participants are encouraged to bring with them, recent dreams which may reflect themes from the fairy tales.

Location: MacKillop Centre, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.
Time:       9:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Cost:        $60 (Members)  $70 (non-members).

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.

Entrance to meetings for non-members is $12 or $6 concession (members free).
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.

Email: jungsoccanberra@yahoo.com.au

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