The Mystery of Spontaneity and Living in the Here and Now

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Every psychodrama necessarily involves spontaneity. Moreno was convinced of the centrality of spontaneity-creativity as the root of all existence. From this come his formulations on understanding human behaviour and what it is that enhances human life. Consider the practices of doubling, mirroring and role reversal, and how life-giving they are when they are at their most effective and his constant urging for us all to live in the here and now. Another example is his design for a stage to allow a maximum of freedom, where “the self of the actor and its spontaneous creativity had the first call”, not the playwright.

Yet, spontaneity remains a mystery. There is no answer to the questions, what is it, where is it from and why does it exist. It just is. By knowing and valuing it in our own lives, we also know the value of seeing and supporting spontaneity in others. That is sufficient evidence of its existence for most of us. But Moreno went further. Wwhen asked to name the locus of the self, he replied, spontaneity. This implies that the self is also fundamentally a mystery. He argues that when spontaneity is at zero, the self is at zero. When spontaneity expands, the self expands.. When spontaneity diminishes, the self diminishes. If the spontaneity potential is unlimited, then the self is unlimited.

In this workshop we will focus on some of the principles by which spontaneity operates, what it means to be spontaneous and what gets in the way.


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This program is the first workshop of the Sydney Psychodrama Personal and Professional Development Series 2024.  Participants will experience and develop their understanding of the Psychodramatic Method and its application.

Trainers in this program are qualified psychodrama trainers, educators and practitioners with Australian Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA).                                                                          


The Psychodramatic Method

The method assists participants to increase their spontaneity and creativity through active participation. This participation includes group work, enactment and theoretical mini lectures. The program will assist in developing leadership and will lead to increasing abilities in relating to others. The training assists is developing confidence in group presentations and in the development of interpersonal and group skills.  

This program is designed for professional people who are involved in health, theatre, management, consultancies, coaching, mentoring , supervision, art, writing, teaching, human potential and creative therapies. The process will assist in the deepening of abilities to step into the shoes of others and this will contribute to the effectiveness of those who are therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, health workers, managers, trainers and educators, actors, artists, writers and poets. Supervised practice for advanced psychodrama trainees is also an aspect of this program.

The course will consist of enactment, group participation and discussion. Participants are expected to be actively involved, on both days.  The learning of new skills may be emotionally challenging.

A certificate of attendance will be given on request and may be used for points towards required professional development and psychodrama certification. The training hours are recognised by Psychodrama Australia and can lead to certification as a psychodramatist, sociodramatist, role trainer or sociometrist.

Saturday 9th March, 2024
Start 9:30 am
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March 2024, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Crows Nest Community Centre
2 Ernest Place
Crows Nest, NSW 2065
Street parking or paid parking stations on Sat. Parking stations free on Sun.