Voice, Body, Mind (VBM)

Elective Unit – Masters, Graduate Diploma
April 10 & 11, May 17 & 18.

This unit is about coherence in communication. Its focus is voice and our ability to effectively use it in our relations with others around us. Many of us are hindered by the psychic-vocal-prison of our culture, and further restricted by the solitary-vocal-confinement of our organizational and social contexts, in which vocal discovery is antithetical to dominant visual, patriarchal and linear thinking.

Voice is considered a complex holistic phenomenon, a product (i.e. sound) which is invisible, made from a place in the body we cannot see (larynx) or sometimes feel, linked to both emotional and physical responses, and with an output we hear differently to those around us. The work of the unit involves a growing awareness of voice as a truly complex phenomenon. As we consider the ‘brokenness’ of our vocal tradition, the complex and bewildering role of emotions in vocal development and the impact of relational imbalances between self and other that lead to a lack of coherence of communication, our work becomes the task of reconstruction of the coherent self. What emerges is a new, integrative and transformative vocal practice.

Dr Louise Mahler

 

Community Development (CDV)

Elective Unit – Masters, Graduate Diploma
June 22, July 24 & 25, Aug 28.

This unit aims to introduce participants to and/or enhance their understanding of concepts, strategies, practices and ways-of-living associated with the notion of ‘Community Development’. As so many of our operative concepts, Community Development has variously been condemned to oblivion – as naïve romanticism – or promoted to an – ill-understood – panacea, especially for the ‘disadvantaged’ and then, in turn, criticised as a ‘cheap’ pseudo-solution for problems which have their roots far beyond the local community in the (globalising) infrastructure and processes of ‘society-at-large’. This unit offers a reflective and constructive space, where we can re-construct community in its ontological, epistemological and ‘praxis’ dimensions.

The unit will consist of a mixture of theoretically/historically inspired presentations and discussions, reflective and simulation exercises and participant presentations based on their experiences, which we hope will enrich our theories and our practices as well as providing new insights and a worthwhile educational but also practical – hopefully even life-changing and transformative – experience.

Dr Jacques Boulet

Synapse (SYN)

Elective Unit – Masters, Graduate Diploma
July 18 & 19, September 19 & 20.

An aesthetic experience is the spark of enlightenment or connection in an ‘AHA’ moment when things make sense and everything becomes clear! Such a bridging moment has been described by James Joyce as ‘aesthetic arrest’. Joseph Campbell helped to make this idea known, in his lectures on Joyce: “The aesthetic experience is a simple beholding of the object….you experience a radiance. You are held in aesthetic arrest…. The mind is arrested and raised above desire and loathing.” (James Joyce “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”)

The aim of this program is to assist participants to create their own bridges between many and varied ways of knowing, crossing disciplinary divides between art, spirituality/religion and science. Through a series of visual explorations, using a variety of materials and concepts, participants will become familiar with a holistic approach to aesthetics by way of drawing, painting, experimenting and map making.

Entering into the aesthetic experience opens up creativity that will be brought into physical form, through individual and group projects. Shared portals create cultural connections across discipline, language and culture.

Dr Jenni Goricanec

 
Eleni Rivers

Co-evolving Spirituality for Life (CSL)

Elective Unit – Masters, Graduate Diploma
October 30 (Evening), November 5-8, November 13 (Evening).

How do we live an engaged spiritual life in a post-modern multicultural, multi-faith world where all truths are relative and culturally situated? How do we understand Spirit in the context of evolution? How do we approach the sacred in a society dominated by scientific and psychological reductionism? How do we make sense of the rise of our human species’ power and a decline in the significance of ideas of God or Gods?

In this unit we explore our personal narratives of belief in the context of the evolution of consciousness and cosmology. We explore the inter-relationship between the evolution of personal, social and cultural consciousness looking to see how spirituality can be that co-creative participation in dynamic mystery. We explore our evolutionary edges and how an engaged, co-evolving spirituality shapes our societal, ascetic and ecological world views and actions.

Rev Dr Peter Cock

 
Dr Caresse Cranwell