My greek odyssey: ελληνικά μου οδύσσειαture

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My greek odyssey: ελληνικά μου οδύσσειαture

A presentation by Mignon Halford

Thursday, September 6, 2012 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

In September 2011, Mignon realised a dream when she embarked on her own ‘Greek Odyssey’, by joining fellow pilgrims on an Odyssey Tour to Ancient Greece. There were rumours that this was to be the last one. As well as offering an opportunity to visit lesser know sacred sites of Ancient Greece, the tour also offered dream work, seminars on literature, theatre, myths, dreams, psyche and astrology.

A particular focus of this tour was a visit to the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothraki where the mysterious initiations into the sacred mysteries had occurred. From Samothraki we moved through the northern regions of Greece to the Sanctuary of Dion at the foot of Mount Olympos, through the majestic Meteora and on to the magical region of Pelion in Thessaly. The last sacred site visited was the beautiful Delphi, the seat of the oracle before returning to the troubled world of modern Greece in Athens.

Her main guides on this unique tour were Peter O’Connor, a psychotherapist with a special interest and focus on dreams and Brian Clark, an astrological counsellor whose focus is on the mythological underpinning of astrology.

Mignon Halford is a Dietitian and Nutritionist specialising in Paediatrics. She started her undergraduate studies at UNSW then completed her Dietetic training at the University of Sydney, 1978. She has worked clinically in a number of health regions in NSW for several decades.

Mignon has an ongoing interest in imagery, symbolic language and the inner journey. She has been a member of a number Jungian Societies since the 1980’s, in Sydney and the Central Coast and more recently the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland. In 2005, Mignon completed a Masters in Analytical Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, a course she realised later she had wanted to do since childhood. She gave a talk to the CG Jung Society in June 2006 on her dissertation titled “That Wicked Apple”. In her clinical work, Mignon has noted the anxiety around food in her clientele and plans to explore ways to expand thinking in the way our culture thinks and feels about food.