Freedom: deep engagement

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Freedom is often characterised as breaking free, throwing off the chains, taking a leap into the unknown. It can easily be romanticised as something you seek or yearn for. Often freedom is not accessed, even rejected, because the unknown, perhaps not quite so unknown, is something where fears, worries, and complaints generated over a lifetime are projected. These fears, worries, and complaints, are cherished friends, born early and nurtured long, cared for lovingly as part of a commitment to your comfort zone.

What you desire freedom from, is what every day and in every way, you feed and pamper, until is it a slavering bloated beast that hangs from you ankle and moans and frets when you try something even slightly new. Freedom is not the right to choose, it is the ability to choose. When were you last able to choose in a manner not determined by all your precious quirks, egoistic fantasies, patterns, avoidances of discomfort, and history? When was the last time you felt like you could even make a modest choice that stuck for more than a minute or a day? How can we be free if every decision is undone with the emergence of discomfort, worry, doubt, or sadness?

Freedom takes many forms. There are the freedoms from: Freedom from pain, freedom from regret, freedom from memories, freedom from fear, or freedom from the past or worries of the future. There are the freedoms to: freedom to become myself, freedom to become authentic, freedom to lose myself, freedom to find myself, freedom to un-become, freedom to recreate myself, and simply freedom to be. There are the feelings: feeling free, breathing freely, experience the freedom I already have, knowing I am free, being.

This series will be a collaborative deep engagement and examination of freedom. What it means to you, to others, and how, oh how, on earth can you, or I, or anyone, choose freedom and be free. We may have to kill off sentimentality, move beyond yearning, engage our courage, enter the naked areas of our hidden lives. We wont do it alone. The teaching will come from you, from me, from the group, from our relating, as we journey together. The psychodramatic method will serve us as a means to enter the realms we need, to find the spontaneity and creativity to craft new paths for our thinking, our feeling, and our actions.

Dates: March: Tuesday 10th, Saturday 14th, Tuesday 17th,  24th, 31st, April: 7th, 14th

Times: Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30, Saturday 10.00 - 5.00

Venue: 45 Clarence St, Coorparoo, Brisbane

Fee: $385
Group Leader: Peter Howie

Peter is the Executive Director of Psychodrama Australia as well as the Director of Training for the Brisbane Campus. He has been developing and running deep learning experiential psychodrama training groups since 1993. He qualified as a psychodrama practitioner in 1999 and as a psychodrama trainer in 2006.  He completed his Master of Education in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at Griffith University researching psychodrama. Peter operates from a conviction in the capacity of each human being to develop the flexibility and spontaneity to make a significant contribution to their own and other’s lives, irrespective of where they have come from, and current circumstances. He believes that all human life is relational, that we live as part of complex systems, and that working in groups opens up enormous possibilities that would otherwise not occur.

If you would like to  attend more than one program are welcome and will be given a substantial discount on subsequent programs. The nature of the group, the learning methodology, and breadth of the topic ensures that each workshop has substantial differences which means those returning will gain a great new experience to broaden their understanding of themsevles, life and working in this manner.

The training run though Psychodrama Australia Brisbane campus is accredited through the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Inc (AANZPA). For further details either click on the logo below or go to their website at If you have further questions about psychodrama or psychodrama training you could 1) Send us a general enquiry or question through our email by clicking here; 2) Browse our Frequently Asked Questions 3) or contact Peter directly on 0411 873 851.


Tuesday 10th March, 2015
Start 6:30 pm
7 evenings and a Saturday
45 Clarence St Coorparoo
Brisbane, QLD 4151