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Retire your Family Karma

  • The Heritage Room, University College, University of Melbourne 40 College Crescent Parkville, VIC, 3052 Australia (map)


Life in the West, and increasingly in the East, is lived in the fast lane. Technology is moving forward at an exponential pace. The standard of material living is gradually rising in the industrialized and developing nations. We are exploring and exploiting the treasures of Mother Earth, sometimes enhancing but more often depleting the resources for our grandchildren and future generations. As we harvest the gifts of our civilization, it is crucial that we calculate the karmic price tag. Karma is the Hindu concept of the choices we make and the consequences those choices bear. What kind of legacy are we leaving for future generations? As individuals, families, and communities, what emotional ledger sheet are we leaving for the future? Who will retire the consequences of karma we leave behind, when we leave this life with unfinished business?

Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the basics of the understanding and the assessment of your Family Karma
  2. Discuss the dynamics of your relationship patterns that depict the underlying Family Karma
  3. Examine the authenticity of your career choices and how your Family Karma impacts these
  4. Present the Kundalini Yoga perspective on understanding your Family Karma
  5. Articulate the role of Genograms on assessing and retiring your Family Karma
  6. Explain the role of the family legends, rumours, fantasies, fascinations, family tragedies and roots on the workings of your Family Karma
  7. Illustrate with clinical vignettes the workings of Family Karma.

This seminar is the residential component accompanying the 5 week online course Transforming Complexes as Pathways to Vocation.   The seminar may also be purchased separately, space permitting.  Registration details below.

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In our psychiatric and analytic practices, we have worked with many women and men who have carried the burden of their family’s best achievements, worst failures, and unrealized dreams. They have learned to identify all kinds of ancestral legacies that divert them from actualizing their unique mix of innate potentials. When these women and men recognized their karmic inheritance and settled their family’s karmic accounts, they cleared the way to redirect their energies more in accord with their true path and passion, their soul’s calling.
— Ashok Bedi, MD, 'Retire Your Family Karma'

About the Presenter

Ashok Bedi, MD is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a training analyst at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is in private practice in Milwaukee and is the author of several books which may be previewed at his website Crossing the Healing Zone is Dr. Bedi’s fourth book, following Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes (BookSurge, 2007), Retire Your Family Karma: Decode Your Family Pattern and Find Your Soul Path (Nicolas-Hays, Inc., 2003), and Path to the Soul (Samuel Weiser, Inc., 2000).  Dr Bedi is the liaison for the International Association for Analytical Psychology for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train and consult with the Jungian Developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. He leads the annual 'A Jungian Encounter with the Soul of India' study group to several centers in India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation.

Read more about Dr Bedi here

What participants have said about past seminars:

"I attended the opening weekend seminars of the Life Artistry Centre in 2016, with the intention to discern a deeper purpose and quality in my work beyond conventional standards and to understand the gentle but relentless sense of calling I have to a meaningful vocation and life. There was a soulful community energy present, which helped facilitate a safe and deep sharing of reflections and insights on the journey towards authentic vocation.
Throughout the presentations by Glen, Safron, and Suzanne I began to feel an eruption of new ideas, renewed dreams, and fresh healing insights. Since then I have been reflecting on these insights and my vocational path, by moving my attention to the margins of my consciousness and listening into the multiple 'voices' and images that had been previously exiled. A new way of being in the world is slowly emerging within me. I am listening and nurturing my inspirations with a new ‘lens’, which was born out of the seminar with Life Artistry."

~ Leigh Johnston, Psychologist

"I found the 'Ensouling our Work' seminar to be rich, informative, and engaging. Both Suzanne Cremen and David Tacey are wonderful presenters and experts in their fields. I recommend this seminar to anyone wanting to gain a broader insight into the topic of vocation; the information delivered was unique and helped me to place vocation within a developmental perspective, which I found very helpful”

~ Rochelle C.,  Artist and Academic Researcher

“Thank you again for an excellent weekend, not just for the outstanding and user-friendly scholarship so ably presented, but also for the creative and generous spirit pervading the organisation and logistics of the event. Terrific!”

~ Chris Caldwell, Psychologist and Dream Therapist

"This was a beautiful, enriching and nourishing experience for me.  Each day was totally absorbing to me intellectually, emotionally and soulfully. Time flew by so quickly, I could hardly believe eight hours had passed! 
There is a lot of material floating about these days around spirituality, psychology and the soul. But what made this weekend unique for me was the rigour, scholarship and lived soulfulness of each of the presenters. The content was trustworthy and had a depth I could sink into.
I have come away with a new sensibility or perspective with which to engage my psychic life. Thank you for creating a space for such a quality exchange."

~ Susie, Academic Researcher 

"I have attended a number of Life Artistry events and always found them to be of the highest quality and well worth the investment of time and resources.   
The presentations at the 'Ensouling our Work' Seminar were as usual thoughtfully considered and most enlivening.  Dr Suzanne Cremen and Prof David Tacey coordinated their talks with great attention to detail and delivered their thoughts with the spirit of animation and personal devotion to topic, that lifts all such material into a realm of contribution that provokes the deepest response within the hearer.  The quality of engagement among the participants was outstanding as a result.  There were many memorable moments during the day, which was thoroughly well-organized for maximum benefit.  
Thank you to Life Artistry for its continued commitment to excellence!"

~ Sheila Lamont-Stacey, Vice President, C G Jung Society of Melbourne Inc.


  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (please advise us of your dietary requirements)
  • A list of recommended readings
  • Certificate of Attendance

To register:

Registration will be confirmed on receipt of payment for the Seminar. Payment may be via Direct Deposit, Credit Card or PayPal. The Early Bird rate for this seminar expires on 26 September 2017. Register now to avoid disappointment!

Full rate $225; Concession $195; Early bird (exp. 26 September 2017) $165

Pay by Direct Deposit (preferred method):

BSB: 313 140 (Bank Australia, Kew, Victoria) 
Account number: 14073170
Account name: eContent t/a Life Artistry

Please advise us of direct deposit payment transfer, specifying your name, the amount, date, event and dietary requirements - or telephone +61 3 9444 0570.

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Ashok Bedi MD seminar - 25 November 2017
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Cancellation policy:

  • $35 fee applies per cancellation received by 31  October 2017
  • $50 fee applies per cancellation received from 1 November 2017
  • No refund available after 15 November 2017

Seminar Accommodation:

Accommodation is usually available at University College or nearby Colleges (International House, Ormond College, Queens College).

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

The Larwill Studio
Naughtons Parkville Hotel
Rydges on Swanston

Check their websites to see which meets your preferences.

We have also 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;

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