That Was Then, This is Now

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"Considering the un-lived potentials of our life is reminiscent of an event that took place in the nineteenth century when an ancient Egyptian tomb was opened. In the tomb a portion of a tree was found and embedded in the wood was a seed. The scientists involved in the expedition planted the seed out of curiosity, merely to see if anything would happen. Behold, after three thousand years the seed grew! It had missed its chance to grow in ancient Egypt, but its strength of life remained intact, dormant, waiting for its next opportunity. The parallel is clear between the Egyptian seed and those capacities that have remained unloved on the roads not taken in our lives. Because time has passed them by, we assume that the choices we rejected or waived are now dead and that there is no longer ay potential in them” (Progroff I, 1975, p.125). 

One of the prices we pay for living in our modern civilization is that we can become one-dimensional, specialized in our education, vocations and personalities.

Then, quite suddenly we reach a turning point and at this point in time, it can feel as though we have lost the map and are no longer certain about what to do with ourselves.   

Do you find yourself talking about what you did back in the day? Do you live vicariously through past achievements and your family? Have you ever yearned for a life different to the one you have had? Do you believe that it is possible to honour your lived experiences and use those experiences as leverage to begin living out some long-shelved dreams?

In this course, we will unashamedly lean on the work of Robert Johnson, author of Living Your Unlive Life and use a diverse range of tools and techniques to;

  • surrender old limitations.
  • firmly place the past behind us while celebrating the skills we bring from the past.
  • enliven our friendships, family and live creatively.
  • unlock new life options and hidden talents.
  • enthusiastically seize the new opportunities that life free from societal constructs offers us.
  • master the art of joyfully living in the present moment. 
  • revitalize a connection with a symbolic life. 

A minimum deposit of 25% must be paid by 1st February to secure a place in this course.

Date: Thursdays, 6th February – 26th March (8 weeks)
Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street.
Cost: $200. (Full) / $180. (Conc. or Early Bird Discount. EBD available until 16th January)

Tutor: Heather Blakey.


Progoff I, 1995, At a Journal Workshop Writing to Access the Power of the Unconscious and Evoke Creative Ability, Tarcher Putman, New York.

Johnson R. A, 2009, Living Your Unlived Life - Coping with Unrealized Dreams and Fulfilling Your Purpose in the Second Half of Life, Tarcher, Penguin, New York

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What you will learn
  • unlock new life options and hidden talents.
  • to enliven friendships, family and live creatively
What you will get
  • safe supportive environment
  • guided tutorial by expereienced tutor

What to bring
  • pen and paper
What to wear


Appropriate for

no previous writing experience required

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refunds will apply as follows;

  • A full refund will be provided for services cancelled by CCH for any reason.
  • A full refund, less a 10% administration fee will be provided for all cancellations by a client received 8-days prior to the beginning of program or services.
  • A full refund, less the number of classes attended,  will be provided for any client who leaves before completion of course.
  • No refund is payable for cancellations by clients within 7-days of the program or service commencing, as it can be difficult to fill the space left and replace the lost earnings.
  • While flexibility with the above arrangements can be allowed for compassionate grounds (considering relevant financial and social circumstances), any flexibility outside the above policies must be approved by the CCH Manager.    

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Terms & Conditions

  • Payments for all programs and education services must be secured prior to the service being provided.
  • Payment can be received in cash, cheque, EFTPOS or via on-line payments.
  • Secured bookings cannot be provided for any program or education service until a 25% deposit is paid.
  • Pricing for all CCH programs and education services insure profitable and sustainable delivery of overall operations. 
  • Concession pricing will be provided for people with a healthcare card and should be calculated to support those with financial disadvantage, while maintaining the profitable and sustainable delivery of overall CCH operations. 

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