Indaba (Tales) ‘Under The Boab Tree’

Under The Boab Tree, is a story of abuse, loss, exile, and love. This story inspires, gives hope, and shows how through adversity we can triumph and grow. Franceska is dedicated to sharing her and her mother’s story to honour their journey of being tenacious survivors who choose to live with a loving heart. Franceska’s story is one of amazing courage. Her story offers strength and comfort at a time when the pain, exclusion, isolation, abuse, and disrespect seem insurmountable. They “held the tension of opposites” as Jung would say.

These tales- indabas – are set against the background of a time of upheaval in South Africa when the national government banned the Trade Union movement and apartheid was enforced. This stirring memoir traverses Africa and Australia following the Speer-Jordan family, who fled persecution and poverty in Varniai, Lithuania, to South Africa.

As the story unfolds, Franceska and her mother, Isabella show amazing courage and prove themselves to be brave, seemingly indestructible women. Under The Boab Tree is a tale about the souls of these two remarkable women connecting to the people they meet. It is a story which shows richness of the mother and daughter’s hearts and their spiritual, political, and humanitarian awakenings which give them the power and purpose they need to find truth and justice for themselves and others.

As reviewed by Professor Robert Bland AM – In ’Under The Boab Tree’ – Franceska creates both character and symbol. This tree and others in the story, are endowed with a spiritual quality – a strength and beauty – that reflects the spirit of Isabella and Franceska. The Baobab is strong but unique in its properties – kind of upside down, a welcoming home for birds and animals, a source of inspiration and wisdom in its constancy, and a tree with healing powers. The tree is a sanctuary, a teacher, a witness of evil and shameful deeds and the courage to resist and overcome. Franceska uses the tree as an evolving metaphor for the good life – not good in the sense of happy, but good in the sense of full.

Franceska Jordan (MA)

Franceska is an internationally recognised counsellor, speaker, author, and healer. She was awarded the Australian Medal (AM) in the Order of Australia Day Award for her work with the aged, community care, disability, and mental health sectors. Franceska has worked extensively in Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and India and now resides amongst her beloved trees in Queensland, Australia. Franceska’s personal studies extend to Buddhism, Shamanic healing, non-dualism, and Jungian studies. She comes from the university of life (her own life has been fraught with difficulties), as well as extensive main stream study and practice in psychological, emotional, neuropsychological and group work. Franceska is a mother, grandmother, and keen gardener. Franceska recently retired from her life’s work in the health industry to complete her memoir, ‘Under The Boab Tree’.


SoulCollage was developed by the late Seena B. Frost, a long-time psychotherapy clinician and practitioner based in California. Over time and through her practise, she brought together influences from various sources including C.G. Jung, to create a methodology used around the world today.

Sharyn will explain the techniques of using SoulCollage with a client. This begins with the client creating a deck of cards using found images that become personal oracle cards, or a visual journal of their life that evolves with them over time. SoulCollage® cards become a visual journal to discover the inner voice, a process akin to a spiritual practice of tending the soul while expressing the self.

Sharyn Murfett

Sharyn is a qualified emotional release counsellor, facilitator, and trainer, with over 25 years’ experience in various modalities, including Sand Play, Voice Dialogue, Dream Work, Family Constellation Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy, and SoulCollage®. As a facilitator to these transformative changes of the ‘Self’, she has found that the inner journey unfolds in a natural progression.

In Sharyn’s experience, SoulCollage® is a particularly powerful technique in assisting others in self-discovery, awareness, and healing.

Process Work – live via Zoom

Greetings…I would like our meeting and discussion to be imbued with the atmosphere of a fireside chat. Initially I would like to share a tasting of Process Work. How, growing out of Jungian Psychology, it contributed marvellously to the mind-body connection and fits well with our current understanding, through neuroscience, of these as an inseparable and integrated whole. Arnold Mindell’s Process Work theory and model provides an elegant and operational way of working psychologically and somatically with people and the phenomena they are experiencing. We will discuss how Mindell, working as a Jungian with people close to death, developed his concept of the ‘Dreambody’, and how useful this then became in accessing our unconscious more easily, using our somatic and sensory experiences.

‘Process’ is our flow of sensory experience and information. In any one moment we connect with some parts of this and reject others. This creates polarities and dynamic tensions we can choose to flow with or resist and feel more stuck. This relates well with Daoism, along with Jungian psychology, a primary root of Process Work.

Depending on how we ‘flow’ with time and the conversation we may have an opportunity to discuss this relationship as well. I look forward to a warm and vibrant evening of sharing and discussion with your beautiful minds and bodies!

Andrew Lindsay

I began my professional life in Traditional Chinese Medicine and quickly became interested in Process Oriented Psychology, observing how practitioners effortlessly unfolded deep and authentic meaning and understanding from people’s experiences. I completed a psychology degree so I could practice Process Work and worked for Karuna Hospice as a counsellor for several years and then moved into private practice. I have taught Process Work in the Australian New Zealand Faculty, QUT and public workshops. Amongst many other things along the way I have helped raise 3 children, studied Aikido and currently do a daily Daoist Qi Gong practice.

Fairytale Workshop

Pam Blamey will facilitate another fairy tale workshop in March… This time she has chosen to focus on The Goose Girl. Why The Goose Girl? Well, it is intriguing in its portrayal of feminine, masculine and animal characters, deeds and the presence of magic and the underworld. In a podcast, Michael Meade speaks of the animal helper appearing when a person is in a liminal space, a threshold or the ‘betwixt and between world’. He says Western people have lost the ability to see into the Otherworld, but some peoples still can who are closer to Nature and Spirit.

Because fairy tales express processes of the collective unconscious, characters in a fairy tale represent ‘structures of a psyche working toward individuation’, and the tale usually describes different phases of the development or challenges of the Self.

The Goose Girl is a story of loss, redemption, and penalty, using graphic images such as the false bride, innocence and cunning, a magic talking horse, a wise king, and a simple boy – symbols crying out to be explored as symbols of the individuation process.

Pam Blamey

Pam Blamey is a retired art therapist and counsellor, having worked with couples, women survivors of Domestic Violence, people with drug and alcohol issues, adolescent girls in care, and refugees, as well as facilitating in writing retreats. Pam has been a committed member of the C. G. Jung Society of Queensland for many years, (as Secretary for eleven years), and has presented in Brisbane and Melbourne. Specialising in story and fairy tales in particular since 2008, she has run her own workshops, recorded stories online, presented to groups and conferences and published book chapters. Fairy tales remain a source of insight and delight.

Archetype, Symbol, Image: Finding Aliveness in the Well of the Collective Unconscious

Like fish who do not know they are in water, we unwittingly swim in a sea of archetypal images from the world of the Collective Unconscious. Archetypal images form the basis of myths and fairy tales and they also nourish art and poetry. We see how they operate in our everyday lives through analysis of our dreams. When we dip into a seemingly inexhaustible well of archetypal images, we bring up gems that add meaning and lustre to our lives.

In this talk, Anne will first describe C.G. Jung’s theory of archetypes within the context of his ideas of the nature of the psyche. She will then go on to show how archetypal images manifest themselves in all areas of our inner imaginative lives—in myths and fairy tales, in our art, in our poetry, in our dreams.

Anne di Lauro

Australian by birth, Anne obtained a B.A. from the University of Queensland and a Post-graduate Diploma of Librarianship from the University of NSW. After a period working at the State Library of Queensland, she sailed away to see the world. She spent 32 years living overseas, working in library and information sciences for international organisations in Italy, Geneva, Paris and New York, as well as for national institutions in the UK and Canada.

Having become an avid student of Jungian psychology, on her return to Australia she obtained a Master of Counselling from Queensland University of Technology and combined this qualification with her knowledge of Jungian psychology and her training in Robert Bosnak’s Embodied Imagination method of dream work, to enter private practice as a Jungianoriented psychotherapist in Brisbane. She retired at the end of 2018.

Anne served on the committee of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland for 15 years, including a period as president. She has given talks to our Society on a variety of subjects including Pinocchio and the Hero’s Journey, James Hillman and the
Renaissance, Embodied Imagination, Alchemy, Marie-Louise von Franz, Jung and the East, Jung
and Pauli, The Nature of the Psyche according to Jung and The Use of Dreams in Psychotherapy.

The Toad Pond New Initiative and Society Library Update

Tonight Florence Forrest, the society’s new Communications and Library officer, will be outlining her vision on The Toad Pond and will be discussing the new arrangements with the Society’s library and bringing the library materials and borrowings back to life after a hibernation period.

The Toad Pond is a new initiative to stimulate the conversation and excitement in Jungian understandings in the Queensland wilds. It is intended to make a place in which to share, encourage and be stimulated by not only our local conversation in the Society but also by the wonderful wellsprings of interest in the psyche taking place around the world. No experience is required, only curiosity and a friendly desire to be “in the room” for what might ferment with our coming together over coffee in a convivial environment.

The name is inspired by Marie-Louise Von Franz. In a 1979 interview she shares her favourite place around her tower, the toad pond, which she dug out herself from a very small pool. She spoke of the special toads that lived there, called Unke, which exist nowhere else but in the pre-Alps area of Switzerland and Austria. What she loved most about these little people, who emerged from winter hibernation in spring, was their beautiful bell-like call that echoed enchantingly around her tower. It was the place she did all of her deepest thinking and writing. Like Jung’s own tower in Bollingen, her tower was the place she was most herself.

The Toad Pond gatherings will be held at the GOMA cafe in the Southbank Cultural Precinct at 10am on the Saturday morning following the usual first Thursday of the month’s Society lecture.

The gathering will last about an hour, with the probability of overflow based on the day’s energy. Meet at the elephant sculpture in front of the café beforehand. For regular updates about The Toad Pond gatherings see the e-news reports and the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland Facebook page
Enquires or RSVPs to Florence – (text) 0417 975 970.

About Florence Forrest
Florence is a Jungian enthusiast with over fifteen years of personal involvement with Jungian material primarily using dreams. She studied Economics and Arts (majoring in Art History) at the Australian National University, Canberra. Other areas of her life have involved: being a carer; an art-toy designer – exhibiting both in Brisbane and group exhibitions around the world; she’s been a member of art/craft collective – The Umbrella Collective; and a former dramaturge with OzFrank Theatre Praxis.

She’s also a poet, artist, arts writer/ speaker. Currently, Florence is building a practice as a cartomancy consultant – The Book of Hermes. Having a great many interests reaching across the arts, literature, spirituality, esotericism, psychology and community, she sees herself as a life-long learner.

What about BOB?

Come along and have a healthy laugh at this completely hilarious film with two of the greats of the profession of acting, Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray, where the neurotic patient bites the vain Psychiatrist in all the funny places.

Christmassy supper afterwards.

Bollingen in Brisbane – Finding Self through Sand

For booking details – see October listing in the (current) July Newsletter

When Carl Jung sat on the shores of the lake at Bollingen, allowing himself to play with the sands and pebbles to construct imaginary worlds, he was not to know how this presaged a global group of soul-workers who would translate his analytical psychology through Sandplay.

Jung encouraged Dora Kalff to develop her Sandspiel, now called Sandplay Therapy, as a way of working in an analytic alliance with energies and image in the emergent elements of individuation.

In this one-day workshop participants will experience the power of Dora Kalff’s foundational work, in a non-confrontative manner. They will gain a comprehensive understanding of Kalff’s Sandplay Therapy, and the parameters of the growing global Sandplay international society. This Society, affiliated with IAAP, has now officially embraced Kalff’s Jungian heritage in Australia and New Zealand through STANZA, a new professional body of trained therapists. Heather Lesley-Swan, Teaching Member of ISST and Jungian analyst will co-present this workshop. Participants will see for themselves a full Sandplay Therapy case, presented by our former President, Marie Makinson, analyst and ISST Certified Sandplay Therapist. They will emerge with a deep understanding of the mysterium of which Jung spoke:

“Often the hands can solve a mystery the intellect has struggled with in vain”
CW 16, p.181

Spirit, Psyche, Substance as Mysterium

Heather Lesley-Swan, Jungian Analyst and Teaching Member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy, reviews the worldwide diagnosis of autism, particularly in children, which is currently
flooding our society. She will show through a client’s images in art and sand how the Self seeks to emerge from psyche even where the neuro-typical elements of relatedness and emotion are truncated.

This talk will offer evidence to encourage those who are working with clients with autistic diagnoses to hold a temenos beyond popular behavioural education techniques and to respect the voice of the
Self. It will encourage all to enhance their understanding of the burgeoning rise of spectrum disorders, and to evaluate our collective response.

About Heather Lesley-Swan
Heather Lesley-Swan is a Jungian Analyst trained at the CG Jung Institute in Switzerland, and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. She was the first Certified Sandplay Therapist, then Teaching Member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy in Australia/New Zealand. She has held senior corporate roles, led her own global consulting company and educational organisation, and trains in-house counselling teams.

Heather has a particular interest in autism spectrum implications, bringing her knowledge of current neuroscience and the development of the capacity to symbolise. Her work is also informed by attachment and trauma research, including proven pathways for individual transformation and well-being.

About Marie Makinson
Marie Makinson is a Jungian Analyst and certified Sandplay therapist. She has a private practice at The Channon in Northern NSW. Marie is a former president of the CG Jung Society of Queensland and has presented many times for the society over the years. She is very much looking forward to being part of this in-person workshop and sharing some of the extraordinary things she has observed and learned in the practice of Sandplay.


Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.
(Jung CW11. Para. 131)

In this seminar Dr. Beth Foley will explore the Jungian concept of The Shadow in clinical work. The everyday, autonomous and involuntary emergence of the shadow will be discussed. How the shadow presents in the consulting room and how it might be worked therapeutically in an ongoing way will be explored.

About Dr. Beth Foley
Dr Beth Foley completed her analytic training with the C.G. Jung Institute of ANZSJA and works in private practice as a Jungian Analyst in Coffs Harbour. Beth is an experienced clinical psychologist having practised for over 20 years. Her PhD researched the therapeutic effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapies in psychiatric and oncology settings and resulted in a number of academic papers. She has provided training and lecturing on acceptance-based therapies, existential issues and psychodynamic therapy for many years.