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Professional Development Program 2009

In 2009 Phoenix will be offering a range of workshops and professional development activities that are designed to enrich and explore themes of personal and spiritual development as well as providing professional development for practitioners.

We believe it is important to offer a range of diverse and creative activities in order to explore and amplify our desire for meaning, community building and vision.

The benefit of these programs is working together with people who share a common belief in greater communication, sharing and being challenged by new ideas and practices.

We invite you to become involved in our programs and be part of a wider community and network of individuals exploring personal development and spirituality in a safe, fun and creative way with our experienced facilitators.

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the activity. In some cases, workshop hours can be used as the professional practice requirement for your professional association.

How to Book

No reservations can be made for all workshops. Payment in full is required to secure a place.To book a place on a workshop, the full amount must be paid via:

• Online payment - please pay by debit/credit card via the secure online payment button or enrol online button on this website.

• Cheque - payable to Phoenix Institute of Victoria. Send your cheque to Phoenix Institute of Victoria, PO Box 1137, Windsor 3181, Australia, with your name, postal and email addresses and mobile number. Please send a separate cheque for each workshop.

• Credit card - over the phone. Call 03 9510 4264. Please have your credit card details and the course code at hand.

Our workshops are often full - if you have not booked by making full payment, please do not turn up on the day as workshops have a limited number of participants to ensure the quality of the workshop.

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Dr David Tacey: A Series of Four Presentations
1 Personal Transformation: Homecoming to the Self
2 Soul & Earth: The impact of place upon psyche
3 Darkness as a source of Information

4 Mental Health & the Mystery of Healing

Dr David Tacey: Spring Series of Three Presentations - Cosmos & Clinic
5 The Gods as Diseases: Neurotic Disorder and Healing
6 Transpersonal Factors in Cancer Phobia, Alcoholism and Incest

7 Depression, Suicidal Impulses and Care of the Soul

Establishing a Successful Therpeutic Practice

Vision Quest

Medicine Dance

Art Therapy for Health Professionals

Authentic Movement: Moving from Within

Introduction to Art Therapy

Shamanic Practice

Introduction to Dance & Movement Therapy

Sacred Earth
1 Workshop
2 Performance/Concert

Relationship Counselling Workshop

Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy (PEEFT)

Shamanism for Women Workshops
1 East: Birth
2 North: Courage and Strength
3 West: Healing and Compassion
4 South: Questing for a Vision

Study Tour to Peru

Dream Group

Men's Group

Creative Art Therapy In Cross-Cultural & International Development


General Information

Application Form


This is a unique opportunity to hear an international lecturer address a range of current topics including Jung, spirituality and mental health.

Dr David Tacey is Reader and Associate Professor in the School of Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University, Melbourne. He teaches
courses on spirituality, analytical psychology and cultural studies. He is the author of eight books and over a hundred essays and
articles on these subjects. His main interest is tracking the ‘spirit of the time’ in contemporary society.

David is on the international teaching faculty at the C. G.
Jung Institute in Zurich, and gives short courses in Zurich
every July. He is on the editorial boards of several
international journals on Jungian studies, analytical
psychology and religious studies.”

Lecture 1: Personal Transformation: Homecoming to the Self

The task of individuation is a ‘homecoming’ to the true self, and involves divesting ourselves from the trappings of the false self and discovering the interior authority
of the voice within. This is a difficult process, since society is not interested in the true self, but expends most of its energy bolstering the false self. Moreover, the idea of the true self is seen as an illusion, and thus the movement toward homecoming
is made even more difficult. Personal transformation is a deeply intuitive activity
and involves close attention to the messages and soundings of psyche.

Course Code: DT1
Date: 26 February 2009
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $20 Phoenix students and ex-students, $30 Public


Lecture 2: Soul & Earth: The Impact of Place upon the Psyche

In 1927 Jung wrote an essay called ‘Mind and Earth’, and he suggested that the earth has an unconscious effect on the mind. Earth seems to mould or influence mind in subtle ways, shaping our behaviour and thoughts, without us realising it. Different places have different effects on the mind, and Jung’s essay was written after his journey to North America, where he felt the land had had a strong effect
on European migrants, ‘indigenising’ them in their sleep! How do we imagine the relationship between psyche and earth? Jung psychologised the Neo-Platonic idea
of the anima mundi or world soul, and that idea will be explored in this lecture.

Course Code: DT2
Date: 26 March 2009
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $20 Phoenix students and ex-students, $30 Public


Lecture 3: Darkness as a Source of Transformation

Jung argued that we have to encounter our own darkness if we want to achieve wholeness, and that, paradoxically, darkness is for us the way to the recovery of spiritual light. Western culture and religion have celebrated goodness and light for a long time, and we have tended to despise the darkness, triumph over it, or relegate it to the margins, through suppression and repression. As such, there has been a tremendous piling up of energy and vitality in the so-called ‘dark side’ of the human psyche, and this darkness has to be explored if we seek to find the vitality that can transform our selves and our world. Jung believed that the dark side - normally seen as the ‘enemy’ of life - held the key to spiritual renewal and psychological growth.

Course Code: DT3
Date: 23 April 2009
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $20 Phoenix students and ex-students, $30 Public


Lecture 4: Mental Health and the Mystery of Healing

In a letter to P.W. Martin in 1945, Jung wrote that it is not merely psychological technique or the analyst’s knowledge that cures the patient, but it is ‘contact with the numinous’ that allows the patient to heal. In a sense Jung was saying that it is the encounter with the deeper dimensions of mind, or what tradition has called soul or spirit, that enables healing to occur. What are the implications of this view for mental health and the healing professions? How can contact with the numinous be facilitated? Must each person find his or her own way to the numinous? In what
sense does contact with the numinous initiate our healing, and how does this work?

Course Code: DT4
Date: 28 May 2009
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $20 Phoenix students and ex-students, $30 Public.


Fees: Payment must be made in full 3 days prior to each lecture.   



Cosmos and Clinic

A series of three talks, focusing on the relation between archetypal or transpersonal forces and mental illness. 

Lecture 5: The Gods as Diseases: Neurotic Disorder and Healing

In 1929 Jung said ‘the gods have become diseases’. It seemed baffling and almost incomprehensible to his audiences at the time. He meant that archetypal or transpersonal forces are no longer honoured in our culture or acknowledged in ritual and cosmology. These forces have fallen into the unconscious, becoming sources of mental illness and physical disease. This talk will focus on the case history of a woman with an hysterical neurosis, and how it was overcome by acknowledging the transpersonal factors in the psyche. Dreams and symptoms are explored as symbolic expressions of the distorted configurations and sufferings of the modern psyche.

Course Code: DT5
Date: 24 September 2009
Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Cost: $20 Phoenix students and ex-students, $30 Publi


Lecture 6: Transpersonal Factors in Cancer Phobia, Alcoholism and Incest

This talk searches for the ‘gods’ in diseases of human behaviour and desire. It will explore Jung’s therapeutic treatment of a man with a cancer phobia, before turning to the problem of alcoholism and incest in Australian society, including Aboriginal communities. Transpersonal factors are difficult to access and identify, but with the aid of dreams, fantasies and archetypal materials, the transpersonal elements in aberrant behaviours and cravings can be discerned. Archetypal awareness can sometimes be the ‘saving grace’ when normal or medical interventions are unable to effect change.

Course Code: DT6
Date: 29 October 2009
Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Cost: $20 Phoenix students and ex-students, $30 Public.


Lecture 7:  Depression, Suicidal Impulses and Care of the Soul

Australian society faces an epidemic of depressive illnesses and anxiety disorders. At present one in five Australians is likely to suffer from depression or anxiety at some stage in his or her life. The figures are expected to double over the next 20 years. Depression readily leads to suicidal ideation. Using the ‘initiation’ model from indigenous societies, we explore what depression and self-harming could mean in terms of a rite of passage toward a new identity. This talk explores Aboriginal approaches to the problem of suicidal ideation, viewing it as a desire for transformation of the self.

Course Code: DT7
Date: 26 November 2009
Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Cost: $20 Phoenix students and ex-students, $30 Public.


Fees: Payment must be made in full 3 days prior to each lecture.   



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Participants will gain an understanding of the critical issues that make the difference between success and failure, and will take away practical tools to help them plan
and establish a sound therapy business.

Topics include:

Structure and Legalities
• Registering a business name
• Location, venue
• Partnerships, companies and other structures
• Insurances

• What will bring clients to you?
• Personal presentation and why it counts
• Websites, blogs, newsletters, letterhead, brochures, cards
• Advertising and other promotional methods
• How to establish strong networks for referrals

• Your belief system around making money
• Fee structures
• Basic accounting and book-keeping methods
• BAS and taxation requirements
• How to handle typical problems

• Time management and juggling multiple priorities
• Filing systems
• Efficient procedures

Facilitator: Jaquie Wise has been in private practice since 1979. In addition to her work with individuals and in corporate training and coaching, Jacquie pioneered the school-to-work transition processes in schools. Her public workshops in personal development are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the industry. Jacquie is the author of several books on personal, spiritual and career success and presents her own radio show on community radio.

Course Code: STP1
Date: 28-29 March 2009
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: $315*
Note *10% discount for Phoenix (ex) students and government concession card holders.

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"Since time began indigenous people have sought a personal vision that will help light the way toward a life of fullness and inner joy. For most of us the fast paced, get ahead world we live in, has scattered our senses in so many directions that we have lost the pathway to our own wellspring of self-renewal. We are either too busy, too tired, or too lost to find the way out. It is rare indeed, that we ever purposely take time out to stop and listen, really listen to the forces that can guide us through this maze. To find our own indigenousness.”

What is a Vision Quest?

A powerful traditional meditation in nature, in which, through ceremonial preparation, and fasting, we can experience our connection with nature, and discern our path and medicine (personal healing power). Vision Quests are undertaken when change is anticipated or needed, when life creates a crisis and new horizons beckon.
During the Quest, we sit in Nature, in a place that speaks to us. We prepare with a sweat lodge and meditations in the Medicine Wheel.

We forgo food and sleep in order to heighten our sensitivity and to keep vigil. For many native people the importance of dreams is much revered. The sojourn into
the wilderness to obtain a dream is common to a quest for self-understanding. The format we use is informed by Native American culture, but is set in the context of Australian Spirituality. Physical strength and endurance is not necessary. You will participate in a time-tested design which integrates building effective communities,
a deeper understanding of power and healing to re-vision life goals, rediscovering
our sense of spirit in Nature, the role of ritual in personal exploration and the
wisdom of indigenous teachings.

Facilitator: Roman Ilgauskas is an Australian
whose journey brought him to the far northern Canadian wilderness on Lake Temagami. It is there that he underwent the sweat lodge rite and also a Vision Quest, which changed his life. He left
behind a successful career in Human Resource Management to continue his journey by returning to the community at Temagami the next year
to work and help as a give-away.

He has facilitated and assisted with over 30 Vision Quest groups and has undergone five Vision Quests himself. He has kept a dream journal since 1981. He has conducted a number of dream incubation workshops in Mexico City, and leadership workshops and Wilderness Programs incorporating Native American rituals for Youth in Temagami.

He has also studied shamanic traditions in Mexico and South America. He is a
Senior Ceremonial Leader of the Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society and continues his training in Indigenous medicine ways. He has completed Diplomas in Transpersonal Counselling and Shamanic Studies with IKON Institute for
Healing Arts.

Course Code: VQ1
Date: To be scheduled later in the year.
Cost: $550
Note: Places are limited


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In ancient cultures dance was a way of connecting with the divine forces bringing healing, balance and harmony to the tribe. This workshop uses dance as a tool for
healing and transformation. Through dance we will journey for a vision, a prayer, a
healing inviting connection to our deep soul self. The workshop will be held in a
ritual space inviting a sacred dimension. We will work with different movement processes allowing and inviting our own inner dance to emerge. Through free form movement we relax the mind and begin to shed layers of tension and holding in the psyche, disintegrating and unravelling emotional blocks. As we unravel and dissolve into our own dance we begin to move from an inner place expanding into a larger dimension of ourselves, opening the doorway to the soul. In this space we can reconnect with our deepest essence and wisdom, inviting balance, harmony and wholeness. We will dance our own personal journey as well as moving with the group, witnessing, sharing, giving and receiving as well as using drawing as an integrative tool. This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and no dance experience is necessary.

Facilitator: Michelle Mahrer holds a Diploma in Dance Therapy and is passionate about the
healing power of dance. She has been involved in ecstatic dance and movement meditation her whole life and has been teaching and facilitating workshops and classes for the past 9 years in Sydney and Melbourne. She currently runs a sunday morning ecstatic dance meditation in Elwood. Her teachers and influences also include the work of Gabrielle Roth 5rhythms, Sufi Master Adnan Sarhan, Ideokinesis Release Technique and Qui Gong Healing.

She is also an accomplished filmmaker of dance and made the award winning film Dances of Ecstasy (with Nicole Ma) which explores trance rituals around the world.

Course Code: MD1
Date: 9 May 2009
Time: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Cost $130*
Note: *10% discount for Phoenix (ex)students & government concession card holder



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Art in counselling serves as a conduit and catalyst for assisting the client to gain understanding of themselves. Clarity and insight into one’s interior world and
oneself in the larger world context is reached creatively by shortcircuiting the habitual packaged thinking process. By exploring images and symbols that arise naturally we gain direct access to awareness and healing responses.

“When we engage in artistic activity we often find that experiences from other aspects of our lives rise up in our consciousness. For example, we may be struggling with an idea we have been studying. Then, as we paint, or write poetry, we
suddenly have an ‘Aha’ experience, grasping more intuitively what our heads have been wrestling with. At first, the thought is seemingly unrelated, but then we see that the particular colour or image is actually the thought transformed”.
Betty Staley

During these two days, we will experientially explore:
• Basic Transpersonal Art Therapy practices
• Your experiencing of Art Therapy
• Art as a way of Knowing; Presentational Knowing, Representational Knowing, Practical Knowing and Conceptual Knowing.
• Use of Ritual

We will work responsively, addressing your interests, rather than prescriptively, allowing the expression of the natural process itself to emerge. There will be “take home” skills and time for reflection and integration and time for questions
and answers.

Facilitator:Jenni Harris works in private practice and supervision with individuals and groups. She was involved in setting up The Art Therapy Studio at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. Jenni has been lecturing at Phoenix for the last nine years and is currently completing her Doctorate using Arts based research methods..

Course Code: ATHP1
Date: 2-3 May 2009
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
Cost: $315*
Note: *10% discount for Phoenix (ex) students and government concession card holders



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Authentic movement is a form of dance/movement therapy that was first developed in the United States.The form itself involves a ‘mover’, a ‘witness’ and the dynamics of their relationship. The ‘mover’ listens for inner impulses (sensation, feeling, thought, image, memory)and surrenders to the flow of unconscious or unknown material that emerges. The role of the ‘witness’ is to be present with his/her experience of the ‘mover’, and to observe his/her response to the movement.
The direct experience of ‘seeing’ and ‘being seen’ so essential to early developmental processes in human relationships, and the sharing of these experiences between ‘mover’ and ‘witness’, provide a rich, complex and fertile ground for deepening awareness. The inherently holistic nature of authentic movement challenges mind/body splitting so prevalent today, facilitating opportunities for integration and embodiment that can bring about healing and transformation. Authentic movement is used as a method of psychotherapy, a vehicle for personal growth, a spiritual
practice and as a resource for artistic work. No prior dance/movement experience

Facilitator: Linda Murrow completed her Masters
in Expressive Art in the US where she became a registered dance movement therapist and subsequently completed post-graduate training in couple and family therapy. She has taught dance therapy at Melbourne University, and played a central role in developing the Masters of Creative Arts Therapy and Graduate Diploma of Dance Therapy at RMIT. Linda currently works for Relationships Australia, teaches at the Phoenix Institute and maintains a private practice. For more than twenty years, Linda has been developing her work in authentic movement. She has studied intensively with Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow, both pioneers in the development of authentic movement internationally.

Course Code: AM1
Date: 18-19 July 2009
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost $315*
Note *10% discount for Phoenix (ex) students and government concession card holders.

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An experiential taster day of Phoenix Transpersonal Art Therapy practices; the where, how and use of Art Therapy.

An opportunity to experience:
• Art therapy processes by engaging with emerging imagery and symbols
• Use of ritual
• Reflection and integration of practices
• Time for your questions to be addressed

“Since ancient times, art has served as a means to repair and
renew the self, and the world’s traditions have affirmed imagery
as a remedy for what ails body and mind. In essence, imagination
is both medicine for the soul and a wellness practice that helps us
create new ways of seeing and being in the world.”
Cathy Malchiodi

Facilitator:Jenni Harris works in private practice and supervision with individuals and groups. She was involved in setting up The Art Therapy Studio at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. Jenni has been lecturing at Phoenix for the last nine years and is currently completing
her Doctorate using Arts based research methods..

Course Code: IAT1
Date: 15 August 2009
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: $100

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This workshop introduces participants to learning and developing a practical understanding of shamanic work for healing and self development. Students will be introduced to both theory and practice of shamanic technology, ritual and journeying. The intention of the workshop is to provide practical skills to assist people to apply shamanic work in their lives and also toward community building. Areas such as soul loss, altered states and visionary practice will be covered. The
workshop will be practical and is for people wanting to develop and explore the shamanic path in a practical and psycho-spiritual orientation.

Facilitator: Martin Peake is Director of the Phoenix Institute of Victoria. He regularly visits Peru and works with the traditional shamans and healers in the Cusco region in the Andes. He is a Ceremonial leader in the Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society.

Course Code: SP1
Date: 29-30 August 2009
Time 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost $315* (2 days)
Note: *10% discount for Phoenix students, ex-students and Government concession card holders

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The workshop will be to support creative art therapists in their professional development, with an emphasis on vision-building and working in cross-cultural settings. It will be suited to all creative art therapists who are already working in the field, or art therapy students who are interested in using the workshop as a platform for professional development.

The workshop aims to provide:
• art therapy processes exploring Vision Building
• exploring setting up international projects
• exploring the individualistic and collective paradigm
• art therapy tools and resources for working cross-culturally
• reflection and integration of explorations

Course Code: LT1
Date: 13 September 2009
Time 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost $80 public; $60 for Phoenix students and ex-students

Facilitator: Lydia Tan is an Expressive Art Therapist. Director
and founder of The Art2Healing Project, a non-profit project committed in supporting the well being of children and women at risk, particularly the victims of sex trafficking, her work consists of setting up art therapy programs in after-care shelters and NGOs; training and capacity building in art therapy
with social workers, psychologists and caretakers in developing countries; using art therapy as a tool for caring for caretakers; Expressive Art Therapy Research to lobby for effective curative and preventive policies; and art as a tool for raising awareness and advocacy. She has worked extensively in refugee settings
in Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos PDR and Nepal.


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“Dance-movement therapy draws upon the unique power of movement and
dance to promote awareness, growth and well being.”
Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia

This experiential workshop will introduce participants to dance movement therapy,
a growing field of work that is based on the healing power of movement and the essential interrelationship of ‘body’ and ‘psyche’:

“Mind and body are in constant reciprocal interaction so that
whatever the inner self experiences comes to full realization
in the body, and whatever the body experiences influences the
inner self”. Trudy Schoop, 1979

Dance movement therapy emerged as a profession in the 1960s, alongside related developments in humanistic psychology and modern dance, with the establishment
of the American Dance Therapy Association. Today there are professional associations around the world, including Australia. Dance movement therapists work in a wide variety of clinical educational, and community contexts with diverse
client groups including mothers and babies, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Clients present with a wide range of concerns including difficulties with
attachment, mental health, anxiety, depression, physical and intellectual disability, learning difficulties, social isolation, cultural dislocation, trauma, rehabilitation and
relationship issues. DMT facilitates self-expression, spontaneity, creativity,
and interaction that promote a deepening sense of connection with self and other.

This in turn leads to enhanced awareness and an embodied sense of self that
can increase confidence, improve communication, and nurture relationships. For some, DMT enables profound experiences of growth, healing and transformation.
This workshop is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, healthcare professionals, educators, arts therapists, dancers and others interested
in DMT.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing as the workshop is experiential.

Facilitator: Linda Murrow M.A. completed her Masters
in Expressive Art in the US, where she became a registered dance movement therapist and subsequently completed post-graduate training in couple and family
therapy. She has taught dance therapy at Melbourne University, and played a central role in developing the Masters of Creative Arts Therapy and Graduate Diploma of Dance Therapy at RMIT. Linda currently works for Relationships Australia, teaches at the Phoenix Institute and maintains a private practice.

Facilitator: Kim Dunphy
B.A., Grad Dip Movt Dance, M. Ed,
Kim’s interest in the contribution of dance to community life has played out in diverse roles including those of community artist, therapist and educator. She is co-author of the book Freedom to Move: movement and dance for people with intellectual disabilities (Elsevier, 2003). Kim is Vice-President of the Dance Therapy Association of Australia and las lectured at RMIT, Deakin and Melbourne Universities in dance therapy and dance education. Kim is currently undertaking PhD research examining outcomes of community-based arts programs in international development, particularly Timor-Leste.


Facilitator: Jane Guthrie
Prof. Member DTAA, M.Ed., MCSP; B.App.Sc (Phty); Grad. Dips. Movement and Dance and Rehabilitation Studies, Dance TherapyCert. (Madden Grove Foundation). Jane is the President of the DTAA (Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia). She lectured in the dance movement therapy courses at RMIT University and runs a private practice as a dance movement therapist. Jane is also a physiotherapist who has used dance movement therapy in physical rehabilitation throughout her career.


Course Code: IDM1
Date: 19 September 2009
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: $100

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Jethro and Prem Williams travel the world and play this music with the intent to connect people to their own inner peace and knowing. They seek
to empower the listener by providing a sacred space to connect to their own heart and cultivate a deeper respect
for themselves and our beautiful mother earth.

Awakening your inner voice - workshop

If you long to sing your own song from the depths of your heart without limitation, come along and sing in the language of your own true voice. Jethro and Prem strongly believe that everyone with a voice can sing if given a safe environment to explore and make sound with no judgment. So many of us are told as children that
we can’t sing or we shouldn’t sing and this in turn closes down the vehicle of expression which affects all of our creative expression.

“When we gather together, in a safe space, under the banner of
peace and share our hearts through the vehicle of sacred song
all concepts fall away. All that is left in that space is silence. It is
in this silence that we can truly hear the song of our own heart
singing in unison with all of creation.”

This workshop requires no previous experience.

Course Code: SE1
Date: 26 September 2009
Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm Cost $80
Note: Places are limited



Sacred Earth - Live concert

Jethro and Prem who have been traveling the world for the past six years performing live the music of Sacred Earth, will be holding a special one off performance at the Phoenix Institute. Prem will share with us her heart felt devotion for Spirit and our precious Mother Earth through mantra and songs from the heart. Prem is supported
by the “world class instrumentation” of Jethro Williams, playing an array of flutes from around the world including Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Indian Bansuri, Irish Tin and Low whistles, Acoustic Guitar and songs from the heart.

Course Code: SE2
Date: 22 September 2009
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Cost: $35
Note: Places are limited

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In transpersonal experience, relationships form a sacred contract between two people. The union itself facilitates the soul's journey, expanded consciousness, growth towards our potential and healing of self-limiting wounds. When seen in this way couples experience less anxiety and more connectedness as they discover through their relationship, more about their own and their partner's soul and their core needs, desires and wounds. They learn that if they listen to and follow back their soul's yearning, healing and fulfilment is possible.

In this workshop, Judith Ayre draws on the work of Thomas Moore, David Shnaik, Harville Hendrix, Ken Wilbur and Bob and Mallie Mandel to show how when Soul is given central space in a relationship, self transcendence and differentiation follow and so too does passion and intimacy. Participants will also be shown ways to apply this approach in counselling setting. This workshop is best suited to people with some background in the counselling process.

Facilitator: Judith Ayre is a counsellor and psychotherapist who works holistically within a Transpersonal and soul-centred framework. She uses experiential and arts-based practical processes with couple and families, as well as individuals. Judith studied with Loving Relationship Training International in the 1980’s, and continues to work within the consciousness movement. She is on the Individual Register of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia. She also teaches at the Phoenix Institute and La Trobe University.

Course Code: RC1
Date: 3-4 October 2009
Time 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: $315* (2 days)
Note *10% discount for Phoenix students, ex-students and Government concession card holders

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Process-Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy (PEEFT) is a person-centred evidenced-based, manualised, wholistic, experiential therapy that emphasises the
quality of the client-therapist relationship and offers efficient techniques to assist clients to deal with emotional experience in the present moment. Practicing PEEFT
amounts to learning a new way of thinking about people generally, and clients specifically, and a new way of listening and being with them that is both professionally and personally extremely rewarding.

This two-day experiential workshop will include presentation of PEEFT theory, explanation of the markers and tasks, observation of live demonstrations, opportunities for your own practice and group discussion.


Facilitator: Melissa Harte is currently undertaking Doctor of
Counselling Psychology at La Trobe University. She is a passionate advocate for the PEEFT. Her research involves the investigation of in-therapy experiences and treatment effects for depressed young people (18-25) counselled with PEEFT. Melissa is also involved in PEEFT training, research, supervision and the organisation and delivery of professional development. She is also involved in person-centred counselling training at La Trobe University and transpersonal training at Phoenix Institute. In addition, Melissa has her own private practice.

Course Code: PEEFT1
Date: 24-25 October 2009
Time 9.30-4.30pm
Cost: $315*
Note: *10% discount for Phoenix students, ex-students and Government concession card holders

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SHAMANISM FOR WOMEN: Traversing the Worlds of Self

‘Traversing the Worlds of Self' is a four module residential program for women focussing on Pachamama (Mother Earth) , the Chakana and the Medicine Wheel. The program can be undertaken as single modules, or in sequence.

The program focuses on
- a deeper connection to women's traditional healing
- discovering personal healing through ritual
- self discovery of one's spiritual path
- building a spiritual community of women's medicine

Traditional native people of South America have a strong connection to Pachamama, the earth mother and powerful feminine energy that pervades all life. They cultivate lives that honour Pachamama, and understand and practice the principle of balance and reciprocity in their exchanges with each other and the environment. The Chakana, the ancient Andean cross, is a ap and a symbol that embodies these understandings.

The Chakana, with its horizontal and vertical symmetry, represents cosmic balance. It is a bridge to different levels and aspects of reality, and is therefore seen as a symbol of the divine. The hollow at its centre represents the mystery of the Chakana that extends bridges between the human and the divine, between the living and
the dead, between the masculine and the feminine, and between the past and
the future.

‘Working with the energy of the powerful feminine Pachamama, we walk the Medicine Wheel and the Chakana, drawing on them for direction and guidance in our lives. They are ancient tools that allow us to focus our energies and move through difficulties and challenges. They offer pathways to creatively re-envision our lives.

'Traversing the Worlds of Self' is for women who wish to face the challenge of navigating through their many selves, to reconnect with their own strength and resources as they weave their personal life stories. They are walking, or wanting to walk their spiritual path through ritual, community and assessing of traditional wisdom. All workshops will involve traditional sweat lodges, though they are
not compulsory.

Program 1
East: Birth

In this first program beginning in the East, you connect to the powerful energy of Pachamama and call upon your own power as you plummet the depths of your life, shedding the past that weighs you down. Allow yourself to be stripped to your bones of a past that may cling too tightly, and in the process allow Spirit to grow and the virtues of the Chakana and the Medicine Wheel nurture you back to life. Surrender to death to be claimed by life, be born ready to continue your path around the Medicine Wheel, crossing the portals of the Chakana into the worlds and layers of the self.

Date: 12 - 14 May 2009
Course Code: SW1



Program 2
North: Courage and Strength

This program is about walking bare, having been stripped to your bones, continuing your journey around the Medicine Wheel and the Chakana calling for what is needed for your path. The North is a call for courage and strength. This is a time to call Wiracocha (father), the masculine principle, into your life to enable you to forge ahead and move into and through difficulties that present themselves to you and your path. It is a time to find your voice and your courage. In this program, you will reconnect with the energy of Wiracocha, honouring it and call on the virtues of courage and strength to confront your fears and help you continue your path into the unknown.

Date: 15-17 May 2009
Course Code: SW2



Program 3
West: Healing and Compassion

Continuing our journey around the medicine wheel, we arrive at the West the place of healing and compassion, the place of Pachamama, the mothers and grandmothers. As the flesh begins to cover your bones, we traverse the West reconnecting with the powerful feminine. A time to honour your female ancestry, receiving the gifts and wisdom of the women who have walked before you. It is also a time to heal any wounds that may still block the heart.

Date: 25-27 September 2009
Course Code: SW3


Program 4
South: Questing for a Vision

We step through the doorway of the South into the darkness of the unknown. A time to step forward and be supported by the wisdom and strength which has fleshed your bones up to this point in your journey around the medicine wheel. Allow your connection to Wiracocha and Pachamama to carry you in this step as
you call for a vision for your life, coming full circle around the medicine wheel and the Chakana.

Date: 20-22 November 2009
Course Code: SW4
Note: To participate in Program 4 you must have done at least one of the first 3.



For all Programs:
Venue Residential: Coranderrk, Healesville Sanctuary
Cost $390 1 workshop $1400 4 workshops (Includes food, camping fees)
Note: Limited to sixteen participants


Maria Elena Bravo is a member and Ceremonial Leader of The Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society. Apprenticed to Dr Rafael Locke, she has undertaken rigorous training in shamanic work and medicine ways over ten years. Born in Chile South America, Maria Elena has a deep interest in South American shamanic traditions and has worked with healers in Peru and Mexico. She leads regular tours to Peru for Phoenix. A particular area of interest is in assisting women in and through ceremonial work. She has facilitated shamanic workshops and participated in ceremonial work with women elders of the Central Desert and Q’eros community in the Peruvian Andes.
Marina Appeldorff has been involved in the healing arts for twelve years. She holds a Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and is a professional Reßexologist. She uses holistic methods working in private practice, and in the aged sector. Marina was born in Argentina where she began to discover her passion in healing. She co-developed an adult education course, which she runs to assist women Þnd their inner strength and soul gifts in a safe and nurturing space. Marina is a member of Spirit of The Earth Medicine Society.

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The Phoenix Institute invites you to join a spectacular twenty-eight day tour of ancient Peru departing September 2010.

Beginning in Lima, we will visit the world renowned Gold Museum then onto the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco. We continue on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas on our way to Machu Pucchu. Other highlights include a two night stay on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca, visiting the many ceremonial sites around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. A three day visit to the Q'eros community at Yanurana staying with local families and sharing in their traditions will be a special experience. Through its connections in Peru, Phoenix Institute has been able to secure an invitation to this remote community which offers a unique opporturnity to experience ancient traditions at first hand.

Throughout our stay in Peru, there will be opportunity for ceremony at sacred ceremonial sites led by our Peruvian guide Mallku.

· Cusco - ancient Inca capital
· Machu Picchu
· Lake Titicaca (staying with local community)
· Sacred Valley – Chinchero
· Involvement in many traditional ceremonies
· Staying with Qeros community

Tour Leader:

Malkue Aribalo is Peruvian, He is an artist and a writer of several books on Andean Shamanism and Inca cosmology. During the 1980's Malku co-authored books on natural medicine and Andean mysticism. He has conducted Phoenix study tours for over eight years. Malku is a wonderful guide with a wealth of experience who is alble to enright our imaginations about the magical and beautiful Andeas. He takes us on a most deepening and profound journey together.

Date: Participants need to arrange their airfares to arrive in Lima in September 2010.

Cost: Approximately $5000 (Based on twin share. Additional cost for single)

Cost includes:
· All accommodation (4 star in Lima, 3 star Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes and Puno)
· All internal flights, transits and land travel
· All domestic air taxes
· All breakfasts and ten picnic lunches

Cost excludes:
Balance of lunches and dinners. However there are excellent cheap eating places to explore.

Course Code: PT1

Note Places are strictly limited to twelve people. For more information contact Phoenix by phone 03 9510 4264 or email at info@phoenixinstitute.com.au

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ACA Approved for ongoing professional development

Phoenix Institute facilitates regular Dream Groups that explore in depth dream material using insightful and creative methods. The weekly Dream Group is an experience in which all can participate and share their dreams in a safe, supportive and friendly environment.

"A dream that is not understood remains a mere occurrence;
understood it becomes a living experience". CG Jung

Dreams are a way of listening to the language of the soul. In working with our dreams, we begin an important inner journey into a new and different way of knowing. We are able to better integrate the psyche's message into our conscious life.

The Montague Ullman technique combines spiritual and psychological approaches. It does not intend to provide a substitute for in-depth analytical work, but allows the dreamer and the group to realise the full implications of the dream for themselves.

Dream group operates in a 10 week cycle for 2 hours.

Dates: The dates for the three dream groups are as follows :

Dream Group 2 (DG2) - June 23 to Aug 25,

Dream Group 3 (DG3)- Sept 1 to Nov 10 (*there will be no group on Sept 22nd)

Dream Group 4 (DG4) - Sept 1 to Nov 10(*there will be no group on Sept 22nd)
Note: DG4 Will be run by Martin Peake & will run concurrently with Dream Group 3.

Evening 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Course Code: DG1, DG2, DG3, DG4
Fees: $350* for 10 sessions (to be paid in advance)
Note *10% discount for Phoenix students, ex-students and Government concession card holders
Group limited to 10 participants

Facilitator: Roman Ilgauskas is a transpersonal art therapist and counsellor in private practice. In the 1990's, Roman facilitated dream groups and wilderness therapy in the far northern wilderness of Canada alongside Dr Robert A. Johnson (author of He, She, Inner Work and others). Roman has kept a dream journal since 1979, continues his own Jungian analysis, and is currently pursuing further studies in guided imagery and music (GIM) therapy. Since 2005, he has facilitated several successful dream programs at Phoenix Institute.

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Facilitator: Michael Shaw. Bach Ed & Dip Transpersonal Counselling. Michael has been involved in men’s groups for over 15 years and ran a radio show about men’s issues called “mankind” for 2 years. He has trained as a teacher in mindfulness meditation, teaches theatre improvisation classes & is currently studying transpersonal art therapy. He still wishes he could play a musical instrument and that his team will one day win a grand final.

Being a man at this point in our social evolution can be very challenging. Through the media, and our culture, we have recieved a barrage of messages and expectations about who we should be as men; sexually, financially, physically, spiritually and practically anyway you can think of! A series of messages that can frighten many of us into simply "getting by" and putting on the unique, alive and natural selves. A disconnection, often seen as "normal", that can go on undetected and unchallenged in a man for a lifetime. In our fear of being "found out " we may learn to disconnect at depth from people, especially from other men.

Also, our western culture has seen, and is seeing, the empowering of woman and
re-emergence of the feminine. The many stories of violence perpetrated by men against women and the state of the earth in a masculine dominated world, mean
it is a blatantly necessary and beautiful development, yet this can unconsciously
lead us to distrust the power of our own deep masculinity. A distrust that can result in low self esteem, self-hatred, or just an unwillingness to really own our
masculine energy.

I believe, as men, we need each other now at a depth that is rarely given and mainly misunderstood. When we can stop competing and defending with each other, we have the chance to really meet, face to face, in shared confusion of all conflicting messages we have been fed. Together, whilst it may initially feel sscary, we can begin to revalue our innate humanness as men and reclaim our unique and rightful place in the brotherhood of other men.

  • Experience the whole and complete man you are.

  • Find a deeper purpose on the planet.

  • Feel the ease and natural power of real connection between men.

  • Experience deep safety while sharing your truth with other men.

  • Play creatively, laugh, move and touch your inner passion.



Men's group operates in a 8 week cycle for 2 hours.

Dates: 23 June to 11 August
Time: Evenings 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Course Code: MG
Fees: $280* for 8 sessions (to be paid in advance)
Note*10% discount for Phoenix students, ex-students and Government concession card holders

Group limited to 10 participants

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All workshops are held at the Phoenix Institute, unless otherwise stated.
The address is:
Phoenix Institute
15 Chatham Street

All day parking is available at Kings Parking (King Street, off Chapel Street – see Melways) at a cost of $10.50 per day, or at the Prahran Market at cost of approx $8.50 per day. Free all-day parking (Sundays only) is available behind the Court Jester Hotel, opposite Chatham Street.

All workshops run from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, unless otherwise stated.

For all workshops and courses, payment in full is required to secure a place.
Refunds are available for cancellations according to our refund policy, listed below.
We prefer payment to be made via secure online payment. Please click the
following link.

Payment can also be made by cheque or credit card or over the phone.

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All payments need to be accompanied by an Application Form below.

Refund Policy:

A Refund Application form needs to be completed for all refund requests.

Fees for Professional Development activities will only be refunded in the
following circumstances:

1. A full refund of fees will be made:
(a) If the Institute cancels the nominated workshop; or
(b) If a cancellation is received up to fourteen (14) days prior to the workshop commencement date.

2. A refund of 50% of the fees will be made where a cancellation is received up to seven (7) days prior to the workshop commencement date.

3. A transfer of the full fee to a substitute workshop can be made if a student withdraws from the workshop up to seven (7) days prior to the workshop commencement date.

4. No refund fees will be made:
(a) If a cancellation is received within seven (7) days of the workshop commencement date.
(b) Once the workshop has commenced

5. In any other circumstance, a refund may be made at the sole discretion of the Institute Director.

The date which the Institute receives the Refund Application Form is the effective date for the purposes of calculating the refund paid.

Who the refund is paid to:
The refund will be paid to the applicant, unless otherwise requested in writing by the applicant.
The refund may be paid by cheque and sent to the student’s address (unless otherwise specified in writing), or through Electronic Funds Transfer, or credited to your credit card.
All refunds will be paid within four (4) weeks of receipt of the written refund application.

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