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Castle Hill in the Canterbury High Country

With Ali Watersong and Craig Whisker (Certificated Psychodramatists, AANZPA)

16-18 NOVEMBER 2018

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 our fifth annual psychodrama workshop at Castle Hill. Our aim is to offer experiential psychodrama to a wide range of people, including those with no previous psychodrama experience.


The workshop begins with a meal at 6.00pm on Friday 16th November and concludes by 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 18th November. You are welcome to arrive at the venue anytime after 5pm on Friday evening.


The workshop is fully catered from dinner on Friday evening through to afternoon tea on Sunday. Meals are prepared offsite and delivered to the venue by a local caterer. The serving of meals and cleaning up afterwards is undertaken communally.

About the Leaders

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 is a psychodramatist and educator with the Australian & Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association. He first experienced psychodrama in 1988 and completed training from 2000-2007. Some of his favourite activities include conversations while walking, creative writing, travel, exploring the Southern Alps, mountain biking, dreamwork, and working with families.


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 of travel by road from Christchurch on State Highway 73.
Nearby are the distinctive limestone boulders of Castle Hill located within Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area. Te Kohanga where the limestone rocks stand have a significant meaning to he tangata o Waitaha who were the first people of that area. The area also 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 air temperature 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 Friday and Saturday nights 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.
On Sunday, the workshop will finish at 4pm and there is approximately an hour required to clean up the venue prior to leaving. Participants are asked to schedule this into their plans for homeward travel.


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


Your Investment: $395 (if your annual income is under $25,000)
(including GST)  $470 (if your annual income is between $25,000 & $40,000)
$545 (if your annual income is over $40,000)

Payment by internet banking or cheque Bank account name: A. R. Watersong
(specify your name & phone number) Bank account number: 38-9000-0625933-00
A minimum deposit of $100 will hold your enrolment and full payment would be appreciated by 9 November 2018.

Refunds are made at the discretion of workshop organisers. Tax invoices and receipts are issued upon request. Maximum number of participants = 14

Payment by instalments is welcome. You can set up an auto-payment with us for weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments, or pay in ad-hoc instalments as you are able. This could be for around $15-20 per week over a 30-week period. Contact Ali to organise this.
Registrations are only confirmed when you have received written confirmation from the organisers. Some dialogue between registrants and organisers may be required before confirmation is possible.

Send registrations to Castle Hill Psychodrama Workshop (or by email to addresses below)
13 Brenchley Road, Lyttelton 8082

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