About Life Artistry
The Life Artistry Centre for Archetype, Imagination and Vocation emerged from a long-standing vision and calling to foster and facilitate educational opportunities in the field of depth psychology in Australia. The founder Suzanne Cremen began her working life as a lawyer in Sydney. Suffering depression and other symptoms she soon became aware that something essential within her – her soul, or spirit – was dying in that environment. The quest for an authentic vocation led Suzanne to work in over 20 occupations, including teacher, conference producer, publisher, marketer, and screenwriter. Drawing upon her experience and skills in career transitioning, Suzanne made a 'tree-change' with her husband James Davidson and re-qualified as a career counsellor for adults in midlife. She established a successful private practice in Maleny, Queensland, called Life Artistry, with a focus on tending the soul.
Despite the value of mainstream career counselling and development approaches, they are limited in supporting the individual who desires to attune to and live a more soul-centred calling, one which arises from a deeper place in the psyche than the conscious ego. Nudged by dreams and synchronicities, Suzanne discovered the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California, an accredited graduate school specializing in the field of depth psychology, which was virtually unknown in Australia. She completed one, and then two, Masters degrees in the United States - in Engaged Humanities (Depth Psychology and Mythology) and then in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology.
Suzanne has been privileged to study and teach alongside many of the world's leading thinkers in depth psychology and related disciplines. The potential for extending the ideas and insights towards a more profound understanding and re-imagining of our engagement with work and vocation was palpable. This became the focus of Suzanne's PhD thesis at La Trobe University in Australia, and led to the establishment of the Life Artistry Centre for Archetype, Imagination and Vocation in Melbourne.
The experience of a holistic, creative and life-changing education affirmed to Suzanne the importance of facilitating this kind of education available for others in her homeland.
Our mission is to offer quality educational courses and forums which stimulate the mind, tend the soul, and nurture the emergence of individuals' unique vocations, informed by the wisdom traditions of depth (Jungian and archetypal) psychology.
Each year Suzanne invites some of the finest teachers she knows from around the world to bring their talents on board. Meet our Faculty for 2017 here.
Life Artistry's courses are available online and in Melbourne for residents of Australia and New Zealand, and accompanied by residential seminars presented by leading international speakers.
Please take a look around our site, learn more about depth psychology and archetypes, join our contact list to stay informed about forthcoming events and early-bird offers, and drop us a line or telephone (03) 9444 0570 if you have any queries.
[The paintings featured throughout our site are from the
'Many Worlds' series by Alison Berry, and used with permission.]