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Dancing in the Flames is a brilliant and intimate documentary into the life of Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman, who is known for her ground breaking work as a teacher and author on feminine psychology and addiction. We are taken into a metaphoric representation of the unconscious imagery that Marion discusses so passionately and, in doing so, are invited to examine our own lives. Brilliant mystic and author Andrew Harvey interviews Marion as she explains the mysteries of her soul’s journey and reveals a series of psychological ‘deaths’ and ‘rebirths’ that have formed the consciousness into which she has evolved. The film presents a philosophy of dynamic opposites, the bridging of seeming contradictions. Life and death, love and grief, courage and submission are not at loggerheads for her—they’re part of a harmonious whole. By embracing these opposites we come into the totality of human experience. Marion Woodman was a writer, international teacher, work- shop leader, and Jungian analyst. With over half a million books in print, she is one of the most widely read authors on analytical and feminine psychology of our time. A graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Ms. Woodman was the author of Addiction to Perfection, The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, The Pregnant Virgin, The Ravaged Bridegroom, and is co-author of Coming Home to Myself (with Jill Mellick), The Maiden King (with Robert Bly). On July 9, 2018 Marion died peacefully.
Lecture: Fathers and Daughters From shadow to agency: Fathering and a daughter’s emergence By Jungian Psychotherapist Katy Bannister As a therapist, I have often worked with women who experience difficulties with sustaining friendship and partner relationships, leaving them struggling with feelings of helplessness, confusion, low self-esteem and sometimes self-hatred. One of the recurrent patterns I have noticed is that these women often describe a father who wasn’t able to help them develop a positive sense of self or foster a capacity to channel their anger and aggression productively and creatively in inner and outer relationships. In popular culture this positive channeling of aggression is understood as the ability to maintain good boundaries. While this may seem readily achievable, good boundaries can only be developed and maintained if they are supported by an underlying resilient sense of self. Building this resilience, where there has been an absence, involves therapeutic work at depth. In my practice I see both men and women who are looking to build this kind of resilient sense of self. However, in this presentation I focus on the father/daughter relationship, using the framework of the fairytale “The Handless Maiden” to amplify and explore themes that arise in this therapeutic work. Katy Bannister is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Fremantle. She has a particular interest in working collaboratively with her clients at depth, to work with the underlying causes of repetitive patterns of behaviour, difficulties forming and keeping relationships, as well as feelings of stuckness, anxiety, meaninglessness and low self-esteem. She has a MSSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Edith Cowan University and worked for a number of years in agency settings, including the YMCA’s LYNKS counselling program and Relationships Australia. Katy has a long-standing interest in Jungian, post-Jungian and psychoanalytic thinking. For more information about Katy’s practice please visit www.katybannister.com.