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Newsletter No.16

Hello, everyone. I hope you all are doing well. Autumn is fast approaching Adelaide now and leaves are turning red. I love the start of Autumn, as the colours of the sky and trees enrich our vision.

In this newsletter, I am delighted to announce an Autumn Body Mapping Workshop (23rd and 24th April 2021) with Vanessa Daughtry. The theme is “Nurture and Harvest Inner Self” for womxn. Vanessa and I have been actively discussing how we can continue to offer a space for people to explore about themselves through movement and colours. We have already put the dates for the Winter (2nd and 3rd July 2021) and Spring (15th and 16th October 2021) workshops. Those who are wondering whether to participate in this or not, this is a gentle invitation to you all; you may know when it feels right to you in terms of timing and other reasons. We are also so ambitious that we have planned to do a Body Mapping Workshop exclusively for men on the 18th and 19th June 2021 in Adelaide. You can see more information on this workshop here. You can also have a glimpse of the workshop on Youtube.

Another announcement here. Drum roll! A monthly movement space for everyone for all age will be offered. This is a space for anyone to creatively explore movement or stillness and connect with yourself or others. It is not a therapy session, but I will offer a dance movement psychotherapeutic element in this space. For those who are curious about this modality or would like to authentically move, this is the space for you. You may move with props such as colourful cloths and ribbons, witness other people’s movement or stay still if that would feel necessary for your moment. You require no skills or experience of dance or movement. Please feel free to join this opportunity. It is on the 29th April from 6:30 till 8:00pm and the fee is $7 (or with concession $5). Registration required.

I will have a few transitions from now on. I am leaving the current job and joining a new creative arts therapy clinic. The endings with my existing clients have been difficult and emotional. I keep thinking that “I could have done more and better”. However, I will take the experience and learnings with me and move forward. In terms of other new jobs, I started to teach a subject at a psychotherapy training institution from February and this has been my learning curve. I enjoy interacting with students and having a thinking space together. Back again to academic reading! This is fantastic. Literature and research can assure but challenge my way of thinking in the clinical practice. And recently another opportunity has come up to me – in my surprise, Psychonnect, an Indian organisation that promotes mental health and professional training contacted me and we now work together to offer workshops and seminars for Indian audience. This is a great re-connection for me with India after 8 years (Read my Indian story here). I am offering a workshop on dance movement psychotherapy for those who would like to deepen knowledge of creative psychotherapy. There seems to have been more than 300 enquires about the workshop once the ad was on!

I have been eagerly waiting for covid-19 vaccination to be available for all of us, so that I can see my father who is also trying to keep himself fit by climbing up the nearest mountains. I am pretty sure that you would wish to travel sometime this year, so that you could see your family, friends or new places. I hope you continue to stay safe.

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