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Workshop: The Body Poetic - Depth Psychology and the Lived Body with Alison Carroll

  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

The body contains poetry. It is the keeper of our life’s story. Our strengths and weaknesses, joys and sorrows, wounds and achievements are all reflected in the shape, movement and felt sense of our body.  Some of these stories are available to us but many are hidden from awareness. These hidden stories can block us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Without them, we are less than whole.

Depth psychology attempts to establish a conversation between consciousness and the unconscious and uses a range of methods to facilitate this exchange. But what of the body? How is tending to the body helpful in the psychotherapeutic encounter?  Joan Chodorow writes: “Since the body has the capacity to simultaneously manifest both conscious and unconscious, it may be our most potent tool toward the transcendent function” (1978) Further, Jung states that there would be no “meaning if there were no consciousness, and since there is no consciousness without body, there can be no meaning without the body.” (1988 [1934-1939])

Drawing on the psychology of Jung and the post-Jungians, Reich and the Somatic Psychologists we will explore how somatic organisation influences the experience of self and environment and how this organisation influences the psychotherapy relationship.

 We will establish a theoretical framework of understanding and use experiential processes to explore the fascinating world of the Bodymind. The workshop will include body analyses, both our own and others. An attitude of generosity, equanimity, and humour is helpful. Please wear comfortable clothes. Yoga/gym/dance wear is best.

  • Chodorow J (1995) Dance/movement and body experiences in analysis. In M Stein (Ed.), Jungian Analysis (2nd. Ed.) Chicago. Open Press
  • Jung CG. (1988 [1934-1939]). Jung’s Seminar of Nietzche’s Zarathustra (Ed. J Jarratt). New Jersey. Princeton University Press.

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 Alison Carroll is a bodyworker, psychotherapist and shamanic healer with almost 30 years’ clinical experience. She has studied Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release Therapy as well as gaining qualifications in Herbal Medicine, Psychotherapy and Relationship Counselling (JNI) and a Masters of Analytical Psychology (UWS). Alison lectured at Nature Care College in Sydney for 21 years where she variously taught Massage, Communication and Counselling skills, Somatic Psychology, Intuitive Bodywork and Craniosacral Therapy. Over the past 15 years she has also presented numerous post-graduate workshops and delivered conference key note speeches for the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

For 20 years Alison has worked with a Taoist moving meditation practice and for the past 5 years has been a student of the healing traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Colombian Amazon. She travels regularly to Colombia to continue this instruction.

Alison is in private practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and uses Talk Therapy, Touch Therapy and Movement Therapy with a wide range of clients. She also facilitates Women’s Workshops on a variety of topics. She can be contacted at

Date: 9th April 2016
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Level 1 Sydney Mechanics' School
of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Members $120 Non-Members $180 Non-Member
Concession $140

*Psychotherapists and other practitioners can obtain credit for six Professional Development Hours recognised by CAPA, PACFA and ACA for this workshop.

Refund Policy: If the event is cancelled by The Sydney Jung Society, a full refund will be made. If the purchaser cancels within 48 hours of the event, they will be entitled to a 90% refund.