C G Jung Society of Melbourne Inc

Join us in the quest for wholeness through Jungian archetypes of duality and integration

A forum established in 1962 for discussion, exploration and continued development and application of the concepts espoused by the Swiss psychoanalyst - Carl Gustav Jung

16th May 2014

7.00pm    Discussion of Selected Topic 


'A Woman's Individuation Through Sandplay'

by Katherine Bradway 

from "Sandplay Studies:Origins, Theory and Practice" 
published by the Jung Institute of San Francisco

8.00pm    Guest Lecture

Turning the golden key:  
image, power and wisdom in stories

Do not lose hope - what you seek those will be found
Trust ghosts.
Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn.
Trust dreams.
Trust you heart, and trust your story.
— from 'Instructions' by Neil Gaiman

Stories may unlock wisdom from sources within and beyond us. Storytelling and story-listening depend upon our human capacity for imagination. Good storytellers draw from their own creativity to enliven the imaginations of their listeners. Their language is pictorial and metaphorical. Working with the power of imaginative language, effective storytelling summons the wisdom of the psyche. The potency of imaginal archetypes in stories enable those who use them in healing, psychotherapy, personal and group work to help clients and participants move between personal and universal themes. Stories work lightly and deeply so that life themes obscured by confusion may be illuminated. 

In this experiential and interactive presentation, you will listen to traditional stories from a range of wisdom sources, explore the power of story and consider how you may apply storytelling in your professional or personal life.   

17th May 2014

Workshop          10.00am - 4.00pm
                             Friends House, 631 Orrong Rd, Toorak 3142

Crossing the Threshold

Barta IV

In our contemporary lives, we are confronted with chaos and confusion in relationships, at work and on our life journey. Rather than bewilderment, these times offer us the opportunity to enter new worlds and take unexpected paths: we can find ways to cross thresholds and seek what we need to support us in times of change. In this workshop, we will work with traditional and personal stories to explore moments of challenge and change.

Through traditional stories, we will explore the notion of threshold moments: times of insight, realisation, deepened consciousness and transformation for the heroine or hero. We will examine ways to optimise experience of threshold moments in personal stories, and enhance the possibilities of choice. We will also look at ways to mark thresholds as storytellers, to deepen the impact of our stories for our listeners.

In this workshop, you will:

  • investigate moments of transformation in traditional stories and in your own life
  • explore ways to easily remember and tell stories
  • practice the pictorial and metaphorical language of storytelling
  • share learning about the power of transformation and the opportunities within crisis and challenge
  • harvest ideas to promote awareness of thresholds to encourage transformation in your personal, community and organisational lives
  • explore ways to use traditional stories to evoke personal stories for therapists, counselors and educators

This workshop will be useful for those working with transformation and change in psychotherapy, personal, professional and organisational development. 

Members - $75 / Non-members - $90 / Concession - $80
(lunch will be provided)
Please register with the Membership Secretary - Janice Kent-Mackenzie  
03 9527 3546 / cgjungsocietymelb@gmail.com
Payment can be made via Direct Deposit:  BSB 633-000 / a/c 120 760 780

Dr Clare Coburn

Clare Coburn

Clare Coburn

professional listener, teller, poet, writer

Clare is a writer and educator who uses stories in her work with individuals and groups. Her work focuses on deepening personal wisdom through creativity, receptivity, and inner work. She teaches storytelling, conflict resolution and listening workshops locally and internationally.  In 2013, she was keynote speaker and presenter at the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. 


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