Life Learning - Bibliotherapy: Change Your Life Through Literature

What’s it all about?
Good books make you re-read them.  Great books make you re-examine your soul.

Bibliotherapy, a fusion of the science of psychology and the art of literature, is having a comeback as a therapy.  Bibliotherapy can be analogised to a pirate pillaging a book for its treasures.  The treasures are essentially to seek solace and perspective in life, and great creative literature does that by offering stories which reflect different models of human thinking, feeling and being.  These stories capture your imagination sending you on a powerful journey of self-exploration, opening up your mind to new ideas and possibilities.  And therein lies the transformative appeal of a great book.

What will we cover?

There will be a presentation examining the emotional, psychological and social benefits of reading for pleasure, drawing on recent research.  Afterwards, the class will form small, intimate shared reading circles where you as readers, get a chance to read aloud from a classic short story, pausing every so often to share immediate personal reflections and ideas stimulated by the story.  This 'slow' reading will leave you feeling both serene and creatively revived.

Who will be teaching?

Sonya is a bibliotherapist with The School of Life, where she conducts one-to-one sessions of literary therapy with Australian and international clients.  Sonya also pioneered the social enterprise, The Literary Hand, which aims to foster community cohesion and wellbeing using literature by leading shared reading circles in community settings and hosting literary salons.  Naturally Sonya is a lifelong reader and a passionate devotee of 'slow reading'.

Any questions?

Please email if you have any questions about the class.

Please Note: Classes are for adults only.

July 11, 2017 at 6:15pm - 7:30pm
The Book Bird
Shop 1 Pakington Village 109-111 Pakington Street
Geelong West, VIC 3218
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