Welcome to our 2015 Program!
A very warm welcome to all our members and visitors to our program for 2015.
I want to take this time to reflect on why we come along to the meetings, why we battle with the Melbourne traffic and variable weather. Essentially I come along to listen, to discuss and to experience the topic of the human psyche. This is strange since Dr Jung was of the view that the human psyche is one of the darkest and most mysterious regions of our experience. Of course, this means there is no end to what can be learned and experienced.
This year Evelynne Joffe will start our perilous journey to wholeness by opening a dialectical discussion between the conscious mind and the unconscious through the symbols represented in the Major Arcana of the Tarot and the teachings of the Kabbalah.
Dr Geoff Berry will develop a vision of modern Australia by addressing critical dimensions that arise spontaneously in 'big' dreams from which a new kind of authentic living can be forged.
On the anniversary of Gallipoli, Dr Robert Hoskin will explore on a more personal level the tragic impact of loss through the eternal boy and hero archetypes.
Michelle Morris and Jennifer Hume will look to stimulate non-habitual states of consciousness to help us become aware of things hidden in the psyche and the potential for profound transformation.
Dr Bernie Neville will awaken our intuition as it is manifested through inter-connectedness with all living beings and our relationship to the universe.
The theme of embodiment will be explored by Josephine Dyer and Joan Harcourt through an awakening of body/soul rhythms as developed by Marion Woodman
We are delighted to have Dr David Tacey challenge us to unveil the soul with a view to re-engaging and re-experiencing the lost language of symbolism and myth.
Drawing upon a lifetime of theatre work, Remi Messenger will explore the mythic themes of the goddess Inanna using the interplay between art and therapy - serious play, active imagination and embodiment.
The analyst Kevin Toohey will further deepen our appreciation of inter-connectedness through a consideration of passionate emotionality as revealed in a symbolic story based on an Arabic text of the 10th century.
In modern parlance, if we are lost we turn to our GPS. To help find our way in the psyche, we have artist Eleni Rivers and Dr Robert Hoskin to explore myth mapping.
Maxwell Ketels sees the latter in terms of the environmental emergency we find ourselves living in and will explore this through the Pan archetype.
In the words of Joseph Campbell, “we find ourselves in a free-fall into the future and we've no idea where we are going”. In such difficult times it is helpful if we turn this into a voluntary act. Our programme is designed to be an invaluable help in following our own labyrinthine path to wholeness.
Professor Derry Doyle