Regenerating love stories — Workshop

Regenerating love stories — Workshop

A presentation by Glenda Cloughley and a chorus of women

Saturday, November 5, 2022 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall
455 Main St. Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Admission: Members & Concession: $90 • Non-members: $110

Please bring a plate for shared lunch.


Canberra analyst, composer and singer Glenda Cloughley will lead us through some of the inspiring encounters with regeneration mythology and Jungian psychology that help sustain the remarkable public life of A Chorus of Women. Glenda will be joined by Chorus musicians Johanna McBride and Meg Rigby. The program will be structured around presentations that include stories, songs and videos of the Chorus in action.

The Chorus story begins in 2003 as the Howard Government joins the catastrophic US-led invasion of Iraq against the wishes of 75% of Australians. On the day of the announcement, some 150 local Canberra women quietly enter Parliament House, then sing a lament for the people of Iraq. Their love song becomes an international media event.

At the time of initiating the Lament, Glenda is deep in research for a PhD entitled The Axiom of Becoming. Tracing the cyclical rhythms of regeneration mythology, she links women’s laments for the dead with life’s renewal. The pattern is common to the story of Jesus, older myths from Iraq, Egypt and Greece, and the symbolic images indigenous European artists produced for tens of millennia (until patriarchal warring peoples began colonising Europe about 6500 years ago). Suddenly, a group of compassionate Canberra women are inside the ancient pattern!

Glenda, Johanna and Meg will take us behind the decision to keep singing and writing music into the 20-year stream of regenerating love stories that run through A Chorus of Women’s engagements in global and local matters of our troubled world.

You can come for the stories and songs. Glenda also hopes to help us access our own wellsprings for creative action. To this end, she will offer ways to open the dynamic patterns of the stories so they can be related to diverse communities and individual lives. Words from her song The Crossroads will help orient us.

Dr Glenda Cloughley is a Jungian analyst in private practice. She also loves to sing, tell renewing stories, and compose songs and choral dramas for A Chorus of Women that apply her research in the dynamic ecological structures of social wellbeing and enculturated trauma. Aiming to move people to action, her much-performed works voice Glenda’s trust that regeneration mythology is strong enough to help restore harmony – including with the Earth’s complex systems. Singing in the Chorus trio with gloriously musical choral conductor-pianist Johanna McBride (who directs Chorus music) and guitarist-drummer Meg Rigby (who assists Johanna) is among her life’s chief delights.