Report to greco — Workshop
A presentation by Craig San Roque
Saturday, June 7, 2014 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: The Theosophical Society, 355 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
Please bring a plate for shared lunch.
Attendance certificates will be issued. Booking details below.
Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek,) completed Report to Greco just before he died. This is a deeply personal and imaginative ‘report’ to his master, the painter El Greco. It is a history of his inner life and inner struggles with his work: much as Jung’s autobiography, Memories Dreams Reflections as an inner history and a report to you. Taking a leaf from Kazantzakis I have entitled this workshop – A Report to Greco, preparing the way for you/I to imagine our own ‘Report to Greco’ as a record of the inner life experienced while living in ‘interesting times’. I have an idea that such a study will help to validate your/ our own carefully considered maturation in an Australian context- without recourse to idealisation and Jungian sentimentalities.
Australia now is a complex hybrid culture. The multiple presences of many cultures and conditions have implications that I wish to explore, contemplating the nature of personal individuation while under the pressure of trauma, cultural anxiety and collapsing identity. Such a situation is a challenge to a unique form of antipodean individuation that Jung and Freud probably had no intimation of …
Part One – Complexity: Experience in borderzones.
I present stark examples of complexity and connectedness in intercultural relations in indigenous central Australia. This has changed my thinking and practice. I show and discuss original paintings that exemplify intercultural mental health work in Central Australia. i.e. Story about Hope, (on suicide) , Eagle and Crow (on family violence). This is to set the scene for you (the participants) to picture your own experiences in your own specific hybrid/ Australia borderzones.
Part Two – Connectivities: The Poetics of Psychotherapy.
Onto-poetic; is a mingling of the Greek concept ontos, (‘ that which is’ – ‘I am’ or ‘being’ ) ; with poiesis, indicating ‘coming into being’ – ‘creation’ or ‘bringing forth’ . Ontos and poiesis synthesise into a sense of the creative relationships between beings. There are times when we most sensitively feel a poetry of being; perhaps with an infant in arms, the eyes gazing; perhaps when lovers are finding and losing each others’ intimacies – when human creatures and nature’s forces co-mingle… when imagining numinous creatures…
The philosopher Freya Mathews has coined this term – the ontopoetic -, lovingly acknowledging that the world itself is open – ‘intimately psycho-active and disposed toward communicative engagement with us.’ Psycho-active communicative engagement takes place in psychotherapy and in other similar settings in which you may have experience. This subtle matter of ontopoetic relationship with the world we can study together for a period.
Part Three – Identities and a report to oneself.
We move to the delicate matter of individuation as described by Jung. For myself, a kind of hybrid (mongrel) therapist; practising over a long period in conflictual circumstances has done something to my body and psyche. I invite experienced therapists or others who work in conflictual circumstances to review the inner effects of communication / communion / connectivity and conflict over time. I do not expect this to be an easy part of the workshop.
Craig San Roque, PhD, member APS, ANZSJA. Consulting Psychologist. Jungian Analyst (graduated SAP London, 1984). Based in Sydney and Alice Springs, Central Australia, and influenced originally by the creative thinking of Winnicott, Bion, and post-Jungians, he has intentionally practised in a range of community, urban and remote settings, including indigenous area mental health, the NPY Women’s Council Ngangkari project and the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation. As part of a Jungian exploration of cultures and different layers of mentality, he has composed many unique performance events, including revitalisations of Oedipus, The Bacchae, and Persephone. He has taught anthropology, performance studies and cultural psychology at UWS. Publications include Placing Psyche, (with Dowd and Tacey), and the graphic novel, A Long Weekend in Alice Springs – with Josh Santospirito.