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 Exploring Our Inner Worlds
Psychodrama Workshop

at Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu, Southland
March 30 – April 2, 2023

with Ali Watersong and Craig Whisker

You are invited to be part of the “Exploring Our Inner Worlds” personal development psychodrama workshop being held at Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu in western Southland, a 1.5-hour drive from Invercargill, and 25 kms south of Manapouri.
This experiential workshop utilises the psychodrama method to explore, understand, and influence our inner worlds in relation to our self, our family and significant others, colleagues and clients, and wider society. The spontaneity and creativity that exists within each person is drawn out and enhanced through psychodrama so that the expression of feelings, thoughts, and actions flow with greater balance in our lives. This is a group work process with each participant sharing and supporting other group members to explore their own inner worlds.
The workshop leaders are Ali Watersong and Craig Whisker. They are experienced psychodramatists and have conducted psychodrama workshops together each year since 2013.

The workshop fee ranges from $850-$1150 (including GST) depending on your annual income and provides for your use of the facilities, 14 group sessions, home-cooked meals, and 3-nights’ accommodation.


 Enquiries: Ali 027 276 5992
                     Craig 021 213 9921


Your Investment: $850.00 (for annual incomes under $30,000)
                                $1000.00 (for annual incomes between $30,000 & $75,000)
                                $1150.00 (for annual incomes over $75,000)

Schedule: The workshop begins with a meal at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday 30th March and concludes at 3pm on Sunday 2nd April. You are welcome to arrive at the venue any time from 5pm on Thursday.

Session Times on Thursday 30 March
6.00pm dinner (arrive from 5pm), first session 7.30-9.00pm
Session Times on Friday 31 March & Saturday 01 April
9.00-10.30am, 11.00am-12.30pm, 2.30pm-4.00pm, 4.30-6.00pm, 7.30-9.00pm
Session Times on Sunday 02 April
9.00-10.30am, 11.00am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.00pm, (3-4pm tidying up venue)

Catering: The workshop is fully catered from dinner on Thursday evening through to lunchtime on Sunday. The serving of meals and cleaning up afterwards is undertaken communally. Dietary requirements can be specified via the online registration form. You are welcome to bring your own food to meet your own requirements.

Venue: Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu is a place of cultural significance to Ngāi Tahu Iwi. It is a restoration project that incorporates Mātauranga Māori—traditional Māori knowledge—with ecological research and science, to enhance the environment and cultural well-being of Māori and all New Zealanders through Mātaitai and Taiapure — te Mahinga Kai, where Mātaitai is a customary site for freshwater fishing, and Taiāpure is a freshwater reserve which allows for the customary rites to gather fish.
The venue is located in the Jericho Valley, which is a base for many recreational activities, such as, walking, tramping, birdwatching, scientific/environmental conservation study, and great fishing spots. You are encouraged to bring comfortable indoor clothes and footwear, together with outdoor apparel for exploring the local surroundings. For further information, see Te Waiau Mahika Kai Trust Facebook page (

Accommodation: Te Kōawa Lodge sleeps up to 28 people and is wheelchair accessible. It has a well equipped kitchen with all facilities, and a large open plan dining/lounge area with comfortable seating and a log burner. A separate accommodation wing has 10 bunk rooms (two people per room) with the men’s & women’s ablution blocks nearby. There is a fully accessible wet-floor shower/toilet in the main building. The laundry has a washing machine and dryer.
Accommodation is provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in single bunk beds. No bedding is supplied so bring your own sheets, duvets, pillows and towels. Bathroom, shower and toilet facilities are shared. On Sunday, the workshop concludes by 3pm and there will be approximately an hour of cleaning up to do prior to leaving the venue. Please schedule this into your plans for homeward travel.

Ali Watersong is a certificated psychodramatist now living in Whakatu/Nelson. She has led numerous personal growth groups over the past 30+ years and delights in using the psychodrama method to assist people to create the lives they want. She loves being in nature, whether through tramping, kayaking, skiing, or playing with her dog, Sophie.
Craig Whisker is a certificated psychodramatist and educator who first experienced psychodrama in 1988 and completed training from 2000-2007. Craig lives with Selina Reid in Kihikihi, southwest of Hamilton, and together they have five adult children.

Registrations are completed online via Google Forms: CLICK HERE
A minimum deposit of $150 will hold your enrolment and full payment is required by 20 March 2023 unless other arrangements are made. Payment by instalments is welcome (contact Ali to discuss). The cancellation and refund policy is set out on the online form and compassionate waivers are at the discretion of workshop leaders. Tax invoices and receipts are issued upon request. Payment by credit card not available. The maximum number of participants is 14.