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 March 29 – 30 – with Ali Watersong and Craig Whisker

You are invited to join this unique personal development workshop being held at Castle Hill in the Canterbury High Country.  The workshop uses the psychodrama method to promote and expand creativity and spontaneity in all aspects of life, including personal, global and spiritual issues.  During the workshop you can expect to enhance or regenerate life by developing new responses in your relationship with yourself, your family, friends, workplace or community.

Castle Hill Outdoor Centre is nestled in beech forest at the base of the Craigieburn Mountain Range. This beautiful environment has been chosen to support mental and emotional restoration, and to promote creative expression. This is the first of what we hope to be annual psychodrama workshops at Castle Hill. Our aim is to offer experiential psychodrama to a wide range of people where no previous experience of psychodrama is required.


$280 – $330 (includes workshop, accommodation and meals)


The workshop begins with morning tea at 10.00am on Saturday 29th March and concludes by4.30pm on Sunday 30th March. Accommodation on the preceding Friday night is available by arrangement with the workshop organisers


Ali 03 328 7105 / 027 276 5992 /
Craig 04 905 1161 / 021 213 9921 /

Ali Watersong is a certificated psychodramatist and experienced counsellor in Otautahi / Christchurch. She has led numerous personal growth groups during the past 25 years and delights in using the psychodrama method to assist people to create the lives they want. She lives in a renovated cottage in Lyttelton overlooking the harbour and loves the inspiration she receives from the natural environment.

Craig Whisker lives and works on the Kapiti Coast as a family therapist in private practice and travels throughout NZ to conduct family therapy training workshops. He first experienced psychodrama in 1988 and completed training as a psychodramatist from 2000-2007.  During the past 10 years he has regularly led personal development groups in Kapiti and in Singapore.


Castle Hill Outdoor Centre is set in the spectacular Canterbury high country, surrounded by mountains and beech forest, overlooking the Waimakariri Basin, 100km west of Christchurch. It is approximately one and a half hours travel by road from Christchurch on State Highway 73.
Nearby are the distinctive limestone boulders of Castle Hill located within Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area. This area has special significance to Kai Tahu, with ties that stretch unbroken from distant ancestors to present generations. The traditional knowledge of trails, rock shelters and rock drawings, and places for gathering kai (food) in the area known as Kura Tawhiti, form an integral part of past and present tribal identity.
In 2002 Kura Tawhiti was named a “Spiritual Centre of the Universe” by the Dalai Lama.

The Centre is a modern, cosy and light filled venue with a wooden floor. The area is a base for a range of recreational activities, including walking, tramping, climbing, skiing, mountain-biking, caving, rock-climbing and fishing. You are encouraged to bring comfortable indoor clothes and footwear, together with outdoor apparel for exploring the local surroundings. As temperatures can vary from very hot in the midday to cool in the evening, we recommend you bring clothing for all climates.


Accommodation is provided on Saturday night in bunkrooms with single bunk beds. There is plenty of room to spread out. No bedding is supplied so bring your own sheets, duvets, pillows and towels. Bathroom, shower and toilet facilities are shared.
Power is supplied by solar panels, a diesel hot-water boiler and a generator for lights and power sockets only.


The workshop is fully catered from morning tea on Saturday through to afternoon tea on Sunday. Significant preparation will have gone into meals prior to the workshop and further communal preparations will be organised among workshop participants to finalise and serve meals, and to clean up afterwards.