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The Afternoon of Life (a winter retreat to discover authentic vocation)

  • The Country Place, Dandenong Ranges Kalorama, Victoria, Australia 3766 (map)

The Afternoon of Life (a country retreat)

Discover, uncover, even recover your sense of meaning and purpose through authentic vocation

Presented by Jennifer Leigh Selig PhD and Suzanne Cremen Davidson PhD(c) from Pacifica Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara, USA) and the Life Artistry Centre (Melbourne)

Depth psychologist CG Jung wrote, “The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only its meaning and purpose are different… What youth found and must find outside, the man [and woman] of life’s afternoon must find within” (CW7, para 114).  The afternoon of life refers to a stage of maturity where we feel like this time has passed or must pass, and a new time is beginning - rather than one's chronological age.

Join us for this three-day country retreat, where we will look within to discover, uncover, even recover the meaning and purpose of the afternoon of our vocational lives. 

Vocation (as distinct from career) is a calling to be our most authentic selves in the work (as distinct from a job) we do in the world. Jung termed this calling individuation; humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow termed it self-actualization; and archetypal psychologist James Hillman termed it soul-making. Regardless of the term they used, all three psychologists believed that people often live lives far too small for them, giving in to the day-to-day demands of living (and earning a living) at the expense of the expression of their larger selves and their deeper souls.

In a small group format, participants will explore the afternoon of their lives and how they are living it using concepts such as the persona, the shadow, archetypes, mythic stories, and childhood patterns, and using tools such as dreamwork, active imagination, journaling, and arts-based inquiry. Our goal for the weekend is to evoke and awaken new (or old) possibilities for authentic vocation that bring meaning and a deep sense of joy and purpose into our lives.


Find yourself in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges! 

The Country Place lies in the leafy heart of the Dandenong Ranges, less that one hour from Melbourne.  Be rejuvenated in an environment that's good for body and soul!  Registration includes 2 nights’ individual guestroom accommodation with ensuite, all meals and tuition.  

About the presenters:

Jennifer Leigh Selig, earned her PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California and joined Pacifica’s faculty in 2005. She is the creative mind behind the curriculum in Pacifica’s two innovative hybrid programs: the MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, and MA/PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. In her teaching, Jennifer emphasizes vocation and the discernment of one’s calling, using theories and practices from the depth psychological tradition such as archetypal and mythological resonance, and the role of psychological complexes. She is the author of dozens of articles and several books, including one which explores the vocational development of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Suzanne Cremen Davidson, PhD(c) is the founder of the Life Artistry Centre in Melbourne.  Having worked in over 20 occupations from lawyer to career counsellor for adults in midlife, she knows first-hand the challenges and rewards of finding and following an authentic vocation.  Among her qualifications, Suzanne holds two Masters degrees (in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, and in Engaged Humanities and Mythology), from Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, where she co-teaches a Masters course on vocation with Dr. Jennifer Selig.  Suzanne is currently completing her doctorate exploring a depth psychological approach to vocation; also teaching and mentoring individuals. 


Two nights' individual guestroom accommodation with ensuite (Friday and Saturday)

Two course Dinner on arrival Friday and Saturday)
Full Breakfasts, Morning / Afternoon Tea and Lunch (Saturday and Sunday)
Complimentary unlimited wireless access for all delegates

Venue: The Country Place, 180 Olinda Creek Rd, Kalorama VIC 3766, Australia; tel. +61 3 9728 7000

Transport from/to Southern Cross Station (Melbourne Airport Shuttle terminus) and the Retreat is available as an option on registration

Please advise us when you register of any special dietary requirements

Registration fee:  $1595 inc. GST
Concession (full-time student, Centrelink, current Jung Society member): $1450 inc. GST

Early bird registration before 30/4/2016: only $1375 inc. GST

Places are limited to 12, so don't miss out!

Participants are asked to complete an online application form so we may tailor the retreat to your interests and needs.

To pay by Mastercard, Visa or PayPal:

Afternoon of Life Retreat, 1-3 July 2016, Mebourne
Dietary requirement
Transport from/to Southern Cross Station

Register now to avoid disappointment!

To pay by direct deposit:
BSB: 313 140 (Bank Australia, Kew) 
Account number: 14073170
Account name: eContent t/a Life Artistry

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

Cancellation policy - please note that places are limited to 12:

$100 fee applies per cancellation received by Monday 31 May 2016
$250 fee applies per cancellation received from 1–23 June 2016
No refund available after 23 June 2016

A flyer for this event in PDF format is available here. You are welcome to share this flyer with friends, colleagues and peers. Thank you.

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