8 week intensive course (online or face-to-face)
with full-day seminar in Melbourne

23 March to 24 May 2017 (online - now FULL)
 15 June to 9 August 2017 (online or in Hawthorn, Melbourne!)  
Courses include Seminar on 3 June 2017 in Melbourne. 

Course instructor:  Dr suzanne Cremen

with Seminar presenter: Emeritus Professor David Tacey

The first great problem in life is not to have a true calling; not to recognize the distinct pull of a true vocation. The problem is not the lack of a career, but the absence of a genuine vocation capable of provoking one’s genius and inspiring one’s heart.
— Michael Meade

The original meaning of vocation is to be addressed by a voice. Today the phrase 'vocational education' commonly refers to learning the skills of a particular trade. However, the true meaning of vocation derives from the Latin vocatus, meaning 'calling'. 

Archetypal psychologist Thomas Moore described vocation as 'a calling from a place that is the source of meaning and identity, the roots of which lie beyond human intention and interpretation'.  Yet how do we hear this call, and how do we answer it?

Wellspring detail (2000) Alison Berry.

Wellspring detail (2000) Alison Berry.

This course begins with orienting participants to a classic approach to career development, identifying skills, interests, values and constraints, and exploring the value of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (based on CG Jung’s theory of psychological types) for career decision-making. All of this is extremely valuable for navigating your way in the world of work today.

Yet at the edges where conventional approaches to careers begin to fray, a depth psychological understanding of vocation comes into play.  This values the imagination and the unconscious – the psyche, which is the Greek word for soul – as a source of wisdom and guidance.  You will be introduced to Jung’s foundational ideas of the psyche, and to mythologist Joseph Campbell’s notion of the 'hero’s journey'. Understand their significance for uncovering and transforming old concepts, ideals and emotional patterns that may no longer serve you.  We will discuss ways by which individuals may be called, via symptoms such as depression and 'midlife crisis', beyond existing career paths into a deeper sense of vocation, and how to read and respond to these signs.

You will begin to re-imagine notions of work and calling in a framework of career inquiry and decision-making that includes collaboration with the psyche or soul.

Approaching work and career as a journey of soul changes the typical career question from 'What do I want to do?' to
'What does my soul want?'
'What is wanted at a level beyond and beneath consciousness?'  
'What is it within me that is seeking expression?'

Each week includes a lecture/ presentation, readings from selected authors, activities and discussion, with personal written feedback (in the online course) from the instructor.   A reading list of books will be provided on registration.  

Online and face-to-face formats

The 8 week intensive course is offered in two separate formats - online or face-to-face in Hawthorn, Melbourne.  Choose your preference!

Many people enjoy the personal and community aspect of a face-to-face course.  So drawing on the practices of circle, we are delighted to offer this course on Saturday afternoons for 1 and 1/2 hours at "Sacred Space" at the Habitat Uniting Church, Hawthorn (Melbourne).  

However, the online format is also surprisingly intimate, great for reflection and writing, and so convenient as you can work each week at a time and place to suit you. Students are frequently surprised by how conducive the online space can be for personal reflection, connection with others and soulwork. 

Both online and face-to-face formats are exactly the same in terms of content:  weekly lectures, readings, activities and discussion.  Each course is limited to 8 - 10 participants to ensure personal attention from the instructor, Dr Suzanne Cremen. 

Whether you participate in this course online or face-to-face, your course registration includes attendance at the accompanying special full-day seminar in Melbourne with Emeritus Professor David Tacey, on Ensouling Our Work: Lessons from Ecopsychology, Spiritual & Indigenous Traditions.  Professor Tacey is a public intellectual known in the arts, religious and psychotherapy communities, and the author of 14 books and numerous articles on Jungian and archetypal psychology and spirituality. Click here for seminar details

Download a course and seminar flyer here

Will this course and seminar benefit me?

If you’ve achieved a degree of proficiency or success at work, but are

  • wrestling with deeper questions of meaning and purpose,
  • concerned for the state of our world and want your work and life to make a positive difference,
  • an educator, artist or healer (in the widest sense) wishing to enhance your personal and professional development, or
  • feeling a pull to birth some new project, venture or career direction (especially one that’s outside the box!),

then a depth psychological approach to vocation and career development will benefit you.  This program will also suit individuals who are intuitive and appreciate metaphor and imagination as modes of comprehension.

The required reading and level at which our courses are taught is designed for adults with a tertiary education (any discipline). To ensure the program is suitable for your needs, course participants are requested to complete an online application form.  

Course instructor:

Suzanne Cremen  PhD (La Trobe), MA Depth Psychology, MA Humanities & Mythological Studies (Pacifica, USA), LLB, BA (UNSW).

Please contact Suzanne if you have any questions.


register now

To ensure personal attention, each class size is limited to 8-10. The online course is limited to residents of Australia and New Zealand. Partial scholarships are available for people who would benefit from this work and are unable to attend for financial reasons. If this applies to you, please indicate your situation on the application form

To register, please complete the online application form and make payment below. 

Course fees

All fees below include GST and attendance at the full-day catered seminar with Professor David Tacey and Dr Suzanne Cremen on 3 June.  Please note that the face-to-face format is slightly more expensive due to venue hire charges.  

Winter course now enrolling - 15 June to 9 August 2017 (online or face-face)

Online AU$1,175.  Concession AU$1,075.  
Early-bird special for Winter online course + full-day seminar only $990 if paid before 7 April! (Save up to $185!)

Face-to-face AU$1255.  Concession (including current Melbourne Jung Society members) AU$1155.  
Early bird special for the Winter course on Saturday afternoons from 2.15 - 3.45 pm in Hawthorn + full-day Seminar - only $1070 if paid before 7 April (save up to $185!). 

Pay by Direct Deposit (preferred method):
BSB: 313 140 (Bank Australia, Kew, Victoria) 
Account number: 14073170
Account name: eContent t/a Life Artistry

or Credit Card/ PayPal:

Online Course (Jun-Aug 2017) + D Tacey Seminar Jun 3, 2017
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Face to Face Course (Jun-Aug 2017) + D Tacey Seminar Jun 3, 2017
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Cancellation policy: Course 15 June - 9 August 2017

  • $100 fee applies per cancellation
  • Prorata refund per cancellation (less $100 fee) to 30 June 2017
  • No refund available after 30 June 2017

3 June 2017 SEMINAR Accommodation:

Accommodation is usually available at University College - however, extensions to the accommodation area will now not be complete until mid July 2017. Accommodation at nearby Colleges is filling fast (International House, Ormond College, Queens College).

Therefore we have arranged a seminar discount with Vibe Hotel, 441 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC - 15 minutes walk or tram to seminar. Check the daily rate or request a University of Melbourne discount: tel. +61-3-9380 9222; carlton@vibehotels.com.au

Other options for accommodation that are close to University College include:

The Larwill Studio
Naughtons Parkville Hotel
Rydges on Swanston

There are also many accommodation options in Melbourne city, which is about 20 minutes on a tram from the seminar venue.