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The Psychology of Spirituality - 6 Day Training in Ubud/Bali

  • Melati Cottages Penestanan Ubud, Bali Indonesia (map)

The Psychology of Spirituality

Becoming an Integrally Informed Therapist
September 2-7th 2017

With facilitators
Nic Morrey, Carla van Laar
Claire Dunn & Ketut Arsana

Spirituality is increasingly accepted as integral to human psychology, vital for physical and mental health.  This training sets out what spirituality is as a line of intelligence, the values it represents and how it contributes to mental health and well-being.
A psycho-spiritual approach to therapy provides a deeper understanding of people’s problems, aiding recovery and gaining resilience.  The training will cover latest research on ‘trajectories’ of spiritual development through several distinct stages, with practical techniques and exercises for reducing anxiety, depression and addiction. 

he commitment to self care is particularly crucial for those in the helping profession.  We will not only talk about self care and explore themes such as ‘blind compassion’ but also actively experience self nurturing. 

This training will support you on many levels including renewing your professional practice.  Lush Tropical Ubud offers a sanctuary, a place where culture connects intimately with its land and spirituality.  There is so much for Western culture to learn about mental health from this alone. The training includes immersing ourselves within Balinese Hindu culture, including Kecak dance, Jegog music, Ubud art, food markets, visiting temples, eating great organic food, having regular massage, resting and recuperating & meeting like-minded therapists whilst gaining 25 PD points at a very reasonable cost.


$1399.   Past delegates, APS member price $1299.  

Cost includes breakfast, 5 nights accommodation (2nd-6th), pool, WiFi, workshop manual/SAVE inventory, transport within retreat times, massage &  dinner on the first night.

Airfares not included.

50% deposit required on booking. (Fully refundable before July 2017)
Full payment due by 19th July 2017.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

It is recommended you wind in and out of the retreat/training.  If you would like to organise further accommodation at Melati Cottages, the following dates are possible:  1st, 7th & 8th September.  Just email me (Nic) asap so I can organise a discounted retreat cost for you.


Melati Cottages, Penestanan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


Saturday 2nd September 2017

  • 1.00pm - 8.00pm Welcome session & dinner

Sunday 3rd - Thursday 7th September

  • 7am start time with yoga for beginners!
  • finish by 1:30pm......see timetable below...
  • The program is designed so you feel as though you're on holiday....  

Professional Development

This training offers 25 PD points for professionals who have Spirituality central to their learning objective. 

The training will be compelling for therapists, GPs, psychiatrists, social workers, chaplains, palliative carers and students who are wanting to better understand the role of spirituality and psychology and their applications toward better health.  Participants are not required to have experience in yoga, meditation or psychotherapy, as the foundations of each discipline will be explored. 

This Integral training will equip you in answering the following questions

  • What is Spirituality? and how do we best assist spiritual development? 
  • Are there therapeutic benefits of integrating Western psychology with an Eastern contemplative approach?
  • What is spiritual bypassing, (when spirituality gets in the way of what really matters) and how to work with it?
  • How to differentiate between mysticism and madness?
  • What is the link between trauma and spirituality?
  • What are the benefits of art, music, dance and eco therapy, and how do these practices develop a spiritual life?
  • How much meditation and breath work should we be directing within our treatment plans and which clients respond best to mindfulness techniques?
  • s spirituality connected to an ability to take on multiple perspectives?  How does this perspective help within the therapeutic relationship?
  • Is there a connection between sexuality, dreams and spirituality? 
  • What are the core values of the contemplative traditions such as Sufism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian and Jewish mysticism? and how to incorporate these values into your therapeutic practice? 
  • How can we best support clients interested in working with their dreams?


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Registration and Payment:

Regisration and enrolment via email

For further enquires contact
Nic Morrey Ph: 0432 066 880


Nic Morrey


Psychologist, (BSS Hons; MPsych Child & Family; M.A.P.S) Musician, Yoga & Zen practitioner, has over 15 years experience in the Community Health sector & for the last 6 years working privately in Melbourne helping couples heal.  Nic has been travelling to Bali for a number of years running professional development programs ‘The Psychology of Spirituality’ and ‘The Sacred Art of Relating'. His teaching style is influenced by his experiences in Hakomi, Insight Meditation, Mondo Zen, The Diamond Approach, Integral Psychotherapy, Imago & PACT (psycho-neurobiological approach to couples therapy).

Nic is also the Victorian Convener for the Australian Psychological Society’s Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group and author of the Save relationships module which will be available on retreat and be used to gain insight into the relationship between connection (building relationship) and spirituality.

Carla van Laar

Carla van Laar

Master of Creative Arts Therapy and Doctoral candidate, is a painter and arts therapist. She is currently the Director of ‘aHa Studio’, an independent arts space in Brunswick Melbourne, where she provides sessions for individuals, small group supervision, runs professional development training workshops, and hosts exhibitions and life drawing classes. Carla is Senior Advisor with the Art2Healing project and works with women in Nepal as a facilitator addressing the problem of sex trafficking and responding to the impacts of recent earthquakes. She is also employed as a consultant therapist working with clients of the Department of Human Services and VincentCare.
An educator in Arts Therapy, Carla has taught extensively at post-graduate levels at MIECAT and RMIT, has been an invited international guest lecturer at Whitecliff University in Auckland, researcher for Victoria University and headed the art therapy faculty in the vocational training sector.
Like many people who choose to work in a healing field, Carla’s life experience and personal journey led to her immersion in the field of art therapy, arts for health and well-being, and healing arts. For the past 25 years, Carla has worked in the fields of disability, grief and loss, youth justice, sexual abuse, mental health, homelessness, personal development and education. She has worked to clinical, consultant and senior management positions in these fields.
She has been an invited presenter at numerous conferences nationally and abroad, and is respected as a leader in Australia’s Arts Therapy community. Her publications include the book, “Bereaved Mother’s Heart”, “Chill Skills” and co-authored chapters in “Healing the Inner City Child” and “Knowing Differently”.
Carla’s interest in the arts for interpersonal and intergenerational healing flows from her work with perpetrators and survivors of sexual abuse, respect for Aboriginal culture and stolen generations in Australia, involvement in eco-awareness communities and emergent themes in her current Doctoral research project, “Seeing Her Stories”.
Carla is passionate about the power of collaboration, imagination, the arts, nature connection and action methods as facilitators of well-being, empowerment and growth for individuals, groups and social action.

Claire Dunn

Carla van Laar

Claire Dunn is a writer, educator, journalist and barefoot explorer. Claire worked for many years as an environmental campaigner, before turning her attention to the human-nature connection, studying Deep Ecology with Joanna Macy, eco-psychology, and wilderness survival skills. In 2010, Claire embarked on a year of bush retreat. Her recent book My Year Without Matches: Escaping the the City in Search of the Wild is the bestselling memoir of that journey. Claire is currently working on another memoir, this time exploring wildness in the urban landscape. Claire is a trained Dancing Freedom facilitator, offering regular classes in Melbourne. Claire is a passionate advocate for ‘rewilding’ our inner and outer landscapes, and facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats, contemporary wilderness rites of passage and individual mentoring.

Ketut Arsana

Ketut Arsana.jpg

Ketut was born in the village of Padang Tegal, Ubud, and grew up in a family of traditional
Balinese shaman healers (Balian).  The healing tradition was passed on from his
grandfather and previous ancestors.  Ketut developed a more broaderand more
universal practice of healing and spiritual knowledge and is the spiritual teacher
of Asram Munivara, a Mahatma Therapist, Master Usada Practitioner, Yoga Instructor
and founder of Ubud Bodyworks Centre, Ubud Aura Retreat Centre, Ashram Munivara
nd Santam Bhuana Foundation.

Ketut will lead Kundalini Yoga sessions and a session on Balinese Healing.