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We can all agree that 2020 wasn’t easy, but with the support and loyalty of our amazing and dedicated students, staff and lecturers we got through it!

Thank you to all of you who were patient and understanding during such an unprecedented year and still remained passionate and excited to continue your studies.

From everyone here at Ikon we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

Company News

Early Childhood Education Launch

Ikon is launching a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (CRICOS Code: 102713G) in February 2021 in Melbourne and Sydney. To find out more head to our Early Childhood Eduation Page.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education is your pathway to an exciting career as an early childhood teacher where you will gain a contemporary body of knowledge and skills to educate children from birth to five years across a variety of settings and professional roles. Central to the course design is the significance of the development and learning that occurs between birth and starting school for every child.

Ikon Website Refresh

Recently, our Ikon website has had a bit of a makeover. Feel free to take a look and browse around! For those who haven’t yet seen it, we have introduced a Student Testimonial page. If you would like to contribute and share your story with ther Ikon community and all our prospective students, please feel free to contact us. We absolutely love hearing about out students’ success stories and career journeys during their time studying with us.


Click below to see what’s happening around your state


๐Ÿ“…ย ย Sat, 12 December 2020
10:00 AM โ€“ 11:30 AM AEDT
The Friday Gallery watercolor painting live online classes: Abstract Flowers

๐Ÿ“…ย ย Tue, 15 December 2020
7:30 PM โ€“ 9:00 PM AEDT
A Taste of Christmas: A Wine & Chocolate Tasting session

๐Ÿ“…ย ย Sat., 19 December 2020
10:00 am โ€“ 4:00 pm ACDT
Adelaide Health and wellbeing Experience December Market

๐Ÿ“…ย ย Sat., 19 December 2020
9:15 am โ€“ 4:15 pm ACDT
Summer Mini Wellbeing Retreat


๐Ÿ“…ย  Every third Sunday, 3-5pm
Nature and Chill โ€“ Mindfulness for under 25s

๐Ÿ“…ย  Mon, 21 December 2020
7:30 pm โ€“ 9:30 pm AEST
LIVE Summer Solstice Event – Brisbane

๐Ÿ“…ย  Saturdays 10am-12pm
Forest Therapy โ€“ Mindfulness in the City Botanic Gardens

๐Ÿ“…ย  Mon, 14 December 2020
7:00 pm โ€“ 8:30 pm AEST
Sound Therapy with Tracie Kim



๐Ÿ“…ย  Mon, 18th January 2021
Wellbeing Workshop

๐Ÿ“…ย  Sun, 13 December 2020
3:30 pm โ€“ 5:30 pm AEDT
Forest Therapy Walk โ€“ connect with yourself, others & the wild world

๐Ÿ“…ย  Sun, 20 December 2020
6:30 pm โ€“ 9:00 pm AEDT
Bloom with the Moon โ€“ Summer Solstice

๐Ÿ“…ย  Saturdays; 5-Dec & 12-Dec, 2020
9:30am โ€“ 12:00pm
Art Therapy Workshop

๐Ÿ“…ย  Fri 14th โ€“ Mon 17th May 2021
Self-care Retreat

๐Ÿ“…ย  Multiple Dates
Heal your Gut With The Lost Art Of Fermentation and Probiotic Foods



๐Ÿ“…ย  Multiple Dates
The Art of Reading Body Language

๐Ÿ“…ย  Wed, 16 December 2020, 7:30 pm โ€“ 8:30 pm AWST
Sound healing with Didgeridoo, Gong and Crystal Bowls



๐Ÿ“…ย ย Mon, 14 December 2020, 6:00 pm โ€“ 8:00 pm AEDT
Van Gogh: damned or genius? The mystic Journey of An Arist

๐Ÿ“…ย ย Wed, 16 December 2020, 6:00 pm โ€“ 8:00 pm AEDT
Mood Food

๐Ÿ“…ย ย Sun, 20 December 2020, 4:00 pm โ€“ 8:30 pm AEDT
Drumming & Breathwork Celebration

Industry News and Trends

PACFA: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia


Activate Arts Therapy


ACA Student Membership


Ikon’s exceptional teachers make this learning journey equally theoretically rigorous, as well as deeply fulfilling and meaningful. Anyone with an interest in life, should step foot through their doors at least once in their lifetime.

Jake Potter

Integrative Psychotherapy Student


10 Fascinating Facts About the Subconscious Mind

Many artists have attempted to explore the subconscious mind and capture what they found in their art โ€“ Salvador Dali, Renee Magritte, Jim Morrison and many more. The subconscious mind is indeed fascinating. You can think of the brain as an iceberg, what we see on the surface is just the tip. The conscious part of the brain may be the one we control and use when we try to solve a puzzle or learn a new skill, but even in such processes, the subconscious mind is actually doing a lot of the heavy lifting for us. ย So how does this all work? These 10 facts might give you some insight into the mysterious ways of the subconscious brain.

1. Controls 95% of Our Memories

The average brain has about 10,000 synapses per cell. Each synapse passes electrical signals around your brain, which basically tells your body when to do stuff. Moreover, according to scientists, the human brain is able to contain an amount of data thatโ€™s about 100 times the size of the US Library of Congress. That is a tremendous amount of information, and most of it is hiding beneath the surface โ€“ 95% to be precise. To demonstrate how our subconscious memory aids us constantly, think of driving. After a few weeks of driving the same route, you can already do it without thinking โ€“ youโ€™re on autopilot. That is the subconscious at work.

2. It Is Always Active

The subconscious mind does not go to sleep when the conscious part does. Not only does it maintainย your bodily functions (such as breathing), it stays alert and absorbs messages even while youโ€™re sleeping. If you fall asleep in front of the TV, your subconscious will hear every word that is being said. That is the reason some people play soothing music while they sleep, or expose themselves to empowering messages before bed.

3. It Speaks ad different Language

All the information and data that is constantly being collected and stored in the subconscious is communicated to us in images, feelings, sensations, and dreams. These representations are made verbal by our conscious. The subconscious does not speak in words.

4. It Is Habitual

As per the driving example, the subconscious mind is habitual and recognizes patterns. If you repeat the same thing again and again, it will be retained intact by your subconscious mind. This is particularly interesting in the case of motivation โ€“ if you repeat positive and motivational words and messages, it might actually change your outlook in the long run.

5. It Takes Everything Literally

What you see is what you get when it comes to your subconscious perception. Our subconscious mind is unable to reason โ€“ a classic example of this is that we get scared by horror movies or clearly photoshopped images. We know that there is nothing to be scared of, but our subconscious mind is the one that reacts.

6. It Only Knows NOW

The subconscious mind does not have a perception of time. It can only think in terms of the present. This connects to the topic of โ€˜trainingโ€™ the subconscious which was touched on earlier. If you want to subconsciously believe you will achieve something, you need to visualize yourselves achieving it in the present time.

7. Unable to Process the Word No

Because the subconscious mind is not verbal but only representational, it cannot process the meaning of โ€˜noโ€™. That way, if you repeatedly think โ€˜I will NOT eat chocolateโ€™; the subconscious mental image you get is of, well, eating chocolate. Instead, you can visualize a mental image of what you DO want โ€“ eating an apple for example.

8. Shower Thoughts

The subconscious mind works best when you are not alert. This is the reason your most ingenious conclusions come to you in the shower. Or staring blankly out the window on a bus. When we are at peace, the subconscious can be productive.

9. Faster Train of Thought

Studies dating back to the 1970s have concluded that the body starts preparing itself for action over a third of a second before we have consciously made a decision to act. In other words, oftentimes we think we’ve made a conscious decision, while the subconscious (or our โ€˜instinctโ€™) has already decided for us.

10. The Power of Visualizing

Donโ€™t belittle the power your unconscious has over your performance! We’ve already mentioned the impact visualizing has over the subconscious, and it is actually backed by research. In 1972, the sports psychologist Richard Suinn conducted an experiment where visualization was part of training for Olympic athletes. When downhill skiers were asked to visualize skiing, electric signals from their brains were comparable to those found on the day they were actually skiing. A similar study conducted in France showed that long jumpers who visualized their jump attained better results 45% of the time.

In conclusion: Your subconscious not only controls you, you control it as well, and exploring it may bring a positive impact to your life.ย 

Recommended Viewing and Reading

๐Ÿ“บย ย 
The War on Sensemaking with Daniel Schmachtenberger

๐Ÿ“—ย  Freud as Philosopher by Richard Boothby
๐Ÿ“˜ย  Reinhabiting Reality by Freya Matthews
๐Ÿ“•ย  The Gods in a Time of Corona by Bernie Neville

Mental Health and Well-being:

๐Ÿง  ย Ways to Wellness

๐Ÿง  The Choice

๐Ÿง  Enchanting Sleep Meditation



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