Margie Abbott

Trainer

Margie began her working life as a teacher of young children for 15 years where she developed a passion for creative learning and spontaneous play.

Margie then studied adult education, spirituality, theology, and counselling. Margie followed this work with intensive leadership training with Joyce Bleby who works as an organizational developer in South Australia. Joyce taught Margie to work with people to develop their inner independence and capacity.  Margie has undertaken many sessions including a mystery school with Dr Jean Houston (http://www.jeanhouston.org/) and in particular has learnt to integrate myth, creation centred spirituality and ritual into her work. 

After 10 years working as a Principal in schools and then as a consultant for another 10 years working in Human Resources and Faith Formation with Catholic Education SA Margie re-discovered the work of J L Moreno in 1997 and when she studied Jacob Moreno’s work including psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry, role theory and group work, she experienced a sense of ‘coming home.’ Her training journey added multiple dimensions to her work and life, through role theory, creativity and spontaneity theory, and a deep appreciation of the complexity of human and social systems. Margie became a certificated sociometrist in 2005. Margie has served a term on the AANZPA Executive and was the editor of Socio, the Associations's newsletter for two years.  She led for three years in a row, a month long residential psychodrama training intensive in Singapore with a group of women who work all over the world for social justice, and has also worked in PNG for a 12 day intensive using psychodrama. Using psychodrama in her work enlivens positive outcomes and she notes especially the group’s development; capacity and willingness to apply the method in a variety of ways in their daily work.  Her private practice “Igniting Sparks’ typifies Margie’s commitment to work with, light up, and enliven people’s lives. In her private practice she works extensively with school systems, leadership teams and retreats and eco spirituality. In the first years of her freelancing Margie worked in the areas of mediation, bullying, harassment, gender equity, and equal opportunity for women in the workplace.

Margie successfully began the Environmental Sabbath in SA in 1989 where she invited groups of people to celebrate and care for the environment. This was an initiative of the UN in 1987.  After several years this work was taken over by the South Australian Council of Churches. In ensuing years Margie has worked on eco justice committees and facilitated workshops on climate change and eco spirituality. Margie is now a member of an international online group working in the area of evolutionary consciousness.

Margie has written and had published four books: Igniting Sparks of Reconciliation and Compassion; Sparks of the Cosmos; Sparks of Life three of them on ritual and the fourth Join the Circle a Lectionary for Children.  An AANZPA Journal article in 2006 J.L Moreno and Meister Eckhart: A Not So Unlikely Couple.

Margie currently lives in Geelong and maintains her connection with Psychodrama Australia Adelaide Campus as a member of the staff.

Margie has a Dip T (1973 (Western Teachers College) B.Ed (Professional Development Flinders University 1985) MA Pastoral Ministry (Boston College USA 1988) M.Theol.St (Flinders University (1995) Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment (2003) Sociometrist AANZPA (2005)