Friday, 21 June 2019
Habitat Canterbury (Uniting Church) 2 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury, 3126 (map Here)
7.00pm-7.45pm Discussion Group
Facilitated by Annette Lowe/Mary Duffy
Main Lecture at 8.00pm.
Persephone’s Suicide Note
Guest Speaker: Dr. Craig San Roque
The Red Book by CG Jung – a very personal internal account of his own imagination and fears in the face of the threatening catastrophe that became World War 1. One hundred years later the political context is no less violent and the life of the world still hangs by thread… so it would seem – and this has provoked British psychiatrist Dale Mathers to initiate a contemporary version – The Green Book: Depth Psychology, Jungian Activism and Climate Change to be published 2019.
Jung’s actively imagined vision figures in 1913 included a sage Philemon and Salome. The imagined figures who underpin my meditation on living in a volatile world at risk are drawn from the stories of Persephone and Hades. Since 2015 I have developed three community theatre performances presented in Alice Springs and Santorini: Persephone‘s Dog gives an alternative story to the conventional rape and abduction myth, Persephone’s Heart shows Persephone ( mythically) travelling to Australia with the Pleiades to acquire her human body. The sequel is Persephone’s Wake – the response made by her and her children to the derangement of our contemporary earth.
This presentation will be based upon Craig’s chapter for the Green Book including a story telling recitation from Persephones’s Wake.
Dr. Craig San Roque a Jungian Analyst is based in Alice Springs, with twenty years experience working on the ground and consulting in a range of indigenous and remote area community, mental health and cultural projects.
His community performance works based upon ancient European myths, and influenced by association with Australian indigenous storytellers have arisen from serious issues. His works include the 2013 award winning graphic novel The Long Weekend In Alice Springs, Psyche and Place, on the psychological effects of intercultural work, and the Alice Springs hybrid theatre performance - Persephone’s Dog and Persephone’s Heart.
He is a former President of the ANZSJA and contributes to the ANZSJA training and professional development
Admission (at the door, no booking required): Members: free, Non members: $20, Concession: $10*
*(Students with photo ID & holders of Australian Pension and/or Health Care card)