Vol. 9

The Ikon Journal

Welcome to your Ikon Journal, Volume 9 (October 2023)
The Journal will be published once every trimester into your student portal.
Please remember, this journal is for you and we would love you to share your ideas, inspiring stories, events, pictures, tips, and more.

Get in contact now with Prisca at experience@ikon.edu.au

Company News and Key Dates.

2023 – 2026 Key DatesDownload

2024 Schedule of FeesDownload


New look in CANVAS!

1. Academic Learning Support

We have bolstered our academic learning support to ensure you have the resources to succeed academically. The Learning support page on Canvas has been revised and enriched to ensure it remains aligned with your academic skill requirements for assessment preparation. As we continue to grow, face-to-face consultation will be available at the Melbourne and Sydney campuses in addition to online consultation very soon. You can book a consultation session with our learning support team by visiting the academic learning support page on Canvas.

2. Well-being Support

We have expanded our previous student counselling support to Well-being support, offering a wider domain of non-academic and organic support for Ikon students. In addition to our current one-on-one internal consultations, you can book Six free consultations per year with an external professional service via our well-being page on Canvas. To learn more, please visit our well-being support page on Canvas.

Welcome to our new Ikon staff.

Dany Nguyen
Placement Advisor – School of Counselling

Hello! I am stoked to be a part of the team at Ikon. Previously, I worked in marketing for over 10 years with roles in agency, financial services, and start-up environments. In my time outside of work, I am completing a Bachelor of Counselling and Coaching. Hobby-wise, I avidly collect and listen to analogue/physical music such as vinyl, cassette tapes, and CDs – I have over 300 tapes and counting!

Geoff Berry
Course Coordinator – School of Counselling

Dr Geoff Berry is the new Academic Course Coordinator for Ikon’s BCP, where he has also been the lecturer for the elective retreat subject, Ecopsychotherapy, for several years. Geoff is Australian representative to the International Ecopsychology Society and offers training and events in Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy, as well as being an editor of PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature. Geoff was awarded his PhD (Monash University 2010) for a thesis that explored the human relationship with nature, as told through light as a vehicle of consciousness. He also completed an MA (Deakin University 2005) about how dreams link us to powerful mythic patterns and symbols. Geoff served as Chairperson of the Melbourne Zen Group (2005-2008) and more recently as the inaugural CEO of the South Coast NSW Aboriginal Elders group (2019-2020). He regularly presents and publishes on ecotherapy, myth, animism, dreams and symbology on his Nature Calling YouTube channel.

Art and Poetry

A reminder for all of us

Patience visited me
And it reminded me
That good things take time to come to fruition
And grow slowly with stability

Peace visited me
And it reminded me
That I may remain calm through the storms of life
Regardless of the chaos surrounding me

Hope visited me
And it reminded me
That better times lay ahead
And it would always be there to guide and uplift me

Humility visited me
And it reminded me
That I may achieve it
Not by trying to shrink myself and make myself less
But by focusing on serving the world and uplifting those around me

Kindness visited me
And it reminded me
To be more gentle, forgiving and compassionate toward myself
And those surrounding me

Confidence visited me
And it reminded me
To not conceal or suppress my gifts and talents
In order to make others feel more comfortable
But to embrace what makes me me

Focus visited me
And it reminded me
That other people’s insecurities and judgements about me
Are not my problem
And I should redirect my attention
From others back to me

Freedom visited me
And it reminded me
That no one has control over my mindset, thoughts and wellbeing
But meAnd love visited me
And it reminded me
That I need not search for it in others
As it lies within me.

Words by Tahlia Hunter 


Sumi-e Art

An old saying affirms that those who are immersed in painting will live longer because life created by the touch of the brush strengthens life itself.”

Learn about sumi-e art!

By practicing sumi-e you come into direct contact with your own body, your own psychic balance and possibly with your own spirit


Industry News and Trends.

ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority)

Find out the latest resources and information so that you can provide every child with the education and care best suited to them, their families, and communities.

ACECQA Newsletter Issue 9 2023 | ACECQA

PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)

PACFA E-news: In this edition of E-news you have the chance to meet another new member of staff: Nghi Robinson. Nghi joined us earlier this year as Head of Education bringing more than a decade of experience in course accreditation gained at the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and Australian Dental Council. Her remit is to drive quality improvement in our accreditation systems and standards for the benefit of the profession.

Click to read the latest PACFA E-news.


Upcoming Events.

Halloween Celebration

Get ready for a ghoulishly good time at our Ikon Spooktacular Celebration! Put on your eeriest frock, slip into your spookiest outfit, or unleash your inner creativity with a costume that’s uniquely you. Or simply become whoever you’ve always wanted to be!

And here’s the best part – we’ve got wickedly cool prizes up for grabs!

The spookiest
The hilariously silly
The Elegantly simple attire

SO! Prepare for a hauntingly good time at our Ikon Spooktacular Celebration. It’s going to be a scream! If you have any questions, please reach out to Prisca at events@ikon.edu.au

Sydney, Melbourne & Online
On-Campus: Tue 31 Oct & Wed 1 Nov
Online: Fri 27 Oct

Click HERE to join the online celebration on Friday 27th October.

Celebrating Expression

Ikon is excited to invite you to our very first special end-of-year celebration, “Celebrating Expression” exhibition night. It’s been an incredible year so far filled with creativity and hard work, and we want to acknowledge the exceptional quality of student work that our lecturers have recognised.

During the event, we’ll showcase exceptional student work, including diverse artwork, podcasts, dance, presentations, and compelling essays. Your work may be featured as one of these outstanding pieces, and we couldn’t be prouder! If you’d rather keep your work private, please contact your lecturer, and we’ll honor your wishes. The night will be memorable, with live music, an inspiring student exhibition, and delightful refreshments and prizes to complete the celebration.

Date: Thursday, 16th November 2023
Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: On-Campus
Dress Code: Smart Casual

RSVP for Celebrating Expression Melbourne
RSVP for Celebrating Expression Sydney

We are looking forward to this beautiful evening together to conclude the year on a high note. If you have any questions please contact Prisca at events@ikon.edu.au

"The Things in Life" Lecture by Dr Keith Tudor

Step into a world of psychology exploration with us!

Join this exclusive lecture presented by Dr Keith Tudor on Dr. Bernie Neville’s seminal work. Be part of the unveiling of the groundbreaking book launch” Eco-centred Therapy”: Revisioning Person-centred Psychology for a living world,”co-authored by Bernie Neville, and Keith Tudor.

This collaborative friendship promises a unique blend of insight and wisdom. Bring friends along, sit back, and immerse yourself in this inspiring and educational narrative from two brilliant minds!

Where: Wheeler Centre – 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
When: Wed, 22 Nov 2023 6:00pm – 8:00pm AEDT

Click here to RSVP.

World Teacher Day & World Children Week

Hats OFF to teachers this World Teachers’ Day!

Let’s celebrate Australia’s lecturers for their skills and work in education and for inspiring and supporting our students. Share your hats off selfie to celebrate teachers, and to tell us what they mean to you.

Grab your hat – beret, beanie, bucket, crown… and create a post on social media using #WorldTeachersDay and @aitsl & @ikoninstitute

World Teacher’s Day: Fri 27th December 2023
World Children’s Week: Mon 21st October – Sun 29th October

Mental Health Awareness Month in October

Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual event celebrated nationally, to improve community awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing.


What’s happening around you.


The Adelaide Hills has four very distinct seasons, each offering different experiences and reasons to visit. Settle in by the fire with a glass of red wine in a cosy B&B in winter or visit in summer to pick your own cherries and strawberries. Autumn puts on a colourful show of leaves, while spring is one of the best times to visit open gardens.




Living Patterns Contemporary Australian Abstraction

When: 23 September – 11 February 2024
Where: Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery 3 (Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Gallery), Gallery 4 & Watermall

‘Living Patterns’ celebrates an expansive definition of abstraction in Australian art. It highlights how artists have engaged with scientific ideas around perception and emotive reactions to colour, shape and form. Many works convey how motifs and symbols from all manner of artistic lineages – recent and ancient – can be applied in new and innovative ways.

Find out more here!

The Enlightened Life: Meditation + Wisdom Experience

When: Saturday 18 November 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: ASMY Gold Cost – Shop 4A, 2532 Gold Coast Highway
Mermaid Beach, QLD 4218 Australia

Embark on a transformative journey with the Enlightened Life: Meditation + Wisdom 2-day Experience.
“Who am I?”
“What is the purpose of my life?”
“How can I experience deep happiness?”

Buy tickets and find out more here!


Take a drive down the Great Ocean Road

What is it? Justifiably one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations, the Great Ocean Road snakes all along the southwest coast of the state, starting in Torquay (1.5 hours from the CBD) and finishing up just before Warrnambool.

Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley

What is it? Victoria’s premier wine region, the Yarra Valley, is all rolling green hills, swaying vineyards, and old farmhouses. Plus, it’s less than an hour’s drive from the CBD.

Stroll around the historic Abbotsford Convent

What is it? The Abbotsford Convent began as a convent in the late 1800s and was also a commercial laundry, orphanage, and aged care facility. These days, it’s a hub for artists, makers, community radio broadcasters, and teachers – as well as a beautiful place to explore.


Find a spot to see the Aurora Australis

What is it? Australia’s own version of the Northern Lights – the Southern Lights, or the Aurora Australis.

Why go? Um, have you seen the photos!? The best time of year to see this dramatic light display is during winter and the equinox in September, and you need to go somewhere where 1) there’s an uninterrupted horizon view, and 2) a place that’s away from city lights. So try Point Lonsdale, Cape Schanck, Flinders, the south side of Phillip Island, Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory, Aireys Inlet or Anglesea.

Soak up the views from Naked for Satan’s rooftop

What is it? While Naked for Satan‘s downstairs is a dark and moody affair, just one elevator ride to its rooftop will bring you to cracking views of the CBD.


Clay and Sip Classes

Sink your hands into clay and make unique ceramics with The Art Department in Newcastle! Get your hands dirty and unleash your inner artist.

Event information

When: Selected dates until 7th April 2024
Where: 133 King Street, 1, Newcastle NSW 2300

Click here to book and find out more!


 How to discover your local history: Parramatta and District Historical Society

When: Wednesday 11 October – Monday 20 November 2023 (MONTHLY event)
Where: 3 Blackwood Place, Oatlands NSW 2117

Parramatta and District Historical Society have a general meeting and evening of historical inquiry on the third Monday of the month, from February to November. Parking is available on the grounds and street. There will be a talk of approximately 45 minutes on a wide range of historical subjects, followed by the opportunity for discussions over a light supper.

Contact details

Email: parramattahist@tpg.com.aulaunch
Phone: (02) 9635 6924
Website: http://www.parramattahistorical.org.aulaunch


Flower Arrangement Classes

Sign up for one of ClassBento’s flower arrangement classes in Sydney! Pick up insider tips from some of the best florists in Sydney and wow with your diy floral table arrangements at the next dinner party or special event. With the help of our passionate teachers, you’ll learn how to harness colour and composition to make bold statements and beautiful bouquets for every occasion. These short floristry courses are great for beginners and the perfect chance to incorporate a bit of mindfulness into your day.

Check out ClassBento’s Flower Arranegement Workshops and book in today!


Exhibition Virtual Tours

Explore the Unsettled Exhibition
Delve into our First Nations led exhibition Unsettled and experience a 360-degree interactive virtual tour featuring embedded audio guides and multimedia content. In this powerful exhibition, First Nations voices reveal the hidden stories of devastation, survival, and the fight for recognition. Unsettled illuminates the power of truth-telling to realise change and how to step towards healing for a shared future.

Explore the Spark Exhibition
Explore the virtual tour of Spark to learn about inventions and innovative approaches offering positive solutions to the climate crisis. From First Nations innovators to the inventors of Wi-Fi, Australian thinkers have led the way. And now, they’re taking on one of our greatest challenges: climate change.

See some of the technology and practices Australians are working on to reduce pollution, create affordable and clean energy, support the richness of plant and animal life, and ensure a livable future for all.

Clubs and Groups

Ikon International Students Club.

Are you interested in starting or joining an International Students Club? Click here to submit your expression of interest!

Queer Club.

The Queer Club is not an exclusive club, and EVERYONE is welcome.
Join us on the Melbourne Campus for events and get togethers! We also have online resources and discussion forums where you can get to know other people in our Ikon Queer Community.

If you are interested in joining, contact Andy at andyfernie@icloud.com or 0438 338 853 or Prisca at events@ikon.edu.au

Upcoming Event: Explore Flinders Lane at Night

Explorer’s Club (Hiking Club).

The Hiking and Camping Club is based in Melbourne, where students and staff can get together to explore nature and take a break from the city!

Hikes are organised every trimester and we are open to taking ideas from fellow nature lovers.

If you are interested in joining, contact Prisca (0431 518 977) or at events@ikon.edu.au.

Permaculture Club.

Are you interested in personal growth and learning, while also contributing to your community and the environment?

If so, we invite you to join our community of people working towards critical thinking as problem-solving and a commitment to sustainable gardening practices.

Run via Zoom, the Permaculture Club meet monthly to dialogue & discuss sources, swap tips, workshop collective dreams and get to know fellow thinkers (no prerequisite required just a passion to learn and grow). This will be a collaborative endeavor and will take shape by the efforts of the collective.

If you’re interested, please reach out to Gabby at gab.j.aston@gmail.com or Ella at events@ikon.edu.au

Rock Climbing Club.

It is a full-Body Workout. That even includes tiny muscles and tendons like those in your fingers and toes. You can enjoy a feeling of accomplishment after using every muscle group to pull yourself up to the top of a wall. In addition to being a physically demanding and rewarding hobby, rock climbing also works out your brain.

If you are interested contact Jesse at maccasplace2@gmail.com

Recommended viewing and reading.

The Role of Psychological Safety in Diversity and Inclusion

Without it, true DIB is even more of a challenge

“Imagine a diverse workplace in which all employees felt a genuine sense of inclusion and belonging. It’s unlikely you work in such an organization today. But it’s clear that every organization, public and private sector alike, is increasingly aware of the need to get to work on making this a reality.”

Click here to read the full article.

Overcoming The Inertia That Inhibits Personal Growth

Small steps toward meaningful change can help overcome inertia.

“There are two principles in nature that help us understand how people can become trapped in counterproductive cycles. Inertia can keep someone in situations or activities that seem to be stalled, stagnant, and maladaptive.”

Click here to read the full article.

Scientist Reveals Essential Activity That Boosts Child’s Brain Development

“When we think of education, our minds often conjure up images of tests, multiplication tables and thick textbooks. But science has increasingly shown that these rigid educational practices might not be the best way to enrich our children’s brains.”

Scientist Reveals Essential Activity That Boosts Child’s Brain Development (newsweek.com)

Ikon Community Interview

Meet Kimberley, Student Representative (School of Counselling)

Tell us a little about Kimmi, who is Kimmi?
Life before Ikon  

I grew up on the streets of London and had an affinity for social change early on. As a teenager, I worked in the music industry and with local councils creating projects to help young black men in gangs into work through music. Travelling became a way to explore the world and myself, I created a charity and cycled from London to Melbourne over 2.5 years, funding projects across the globe from Kosovo to Iran, India to Cambodia, and beyond. Education has always been a passion, I often created and delivered projects and programmes but never actually experienced higher education myself, something I craved but didn’t have the resources to achieve. Running Permaculture Design Courses and living in the beautiful leafy regional Victoria was the first time I ever felt the feeling of home. I trained as a group facilitator and am passionate about rituals and rites of passage. When I became a citizen in Australia, I found Ikon and realised my dream to study as a mature age student, and it is the best decision I have ever made. Ikon blends my passion for applied philosophy, helping, spirituality, science and art into one dynamic package.

What is your favorite thing about being a student representative?
Insights into the inner workings of Ikon and helping others to have as transformative an experience as I have.

What keeps you motivated in life?
The capacity for creation, whether with others or alone, it amazes me what is possible, especially in the face of adversity.

What is your favorite book?
Before Ikon, The Minds of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes, a true story about what was then called Multiple Personality Disorder and my first introduction to the mind’s capacity when I read this at 12 years old.

After Ikon, The Wild Edge of Sorrow, Francis Weller, I have recommended this book to so many people since studying the Grief subject, everyone should read it.

What is your favorite food?
Depends on the day but my slow-cooked beef short rib is a special treat once in a while, yum.

What do you do to unwind from a busy day?
Good, ethical, nutritious food is so important to me, and sitting in front of my fire with a good book or honestly just staring out the window at my bird bath.

If you could choose 3 famous personalities to invite around your dinner table, who would they be? Explain why.
For me, a good dinner party is full of fast-paced topical banter, good food, and playfulness, and so:

Food: Gordon Ramsey, so we get the good food, of course, and I reckon he’d be up for some good/bad British banter. He can eat and play with us as long as he cooks.

Comedy: Tim Minchin, we need laughter around the table; anyone who knows me knows I love to laugh. He also might play us a song. Oooh, or Trevor Noah. He does accents so well-  I’d give him a run for his money. He also kept me sane during covid.

Music: Aretha Franklin – sassy, creative genius, and she may collaborate with Tim. It will be entertaining, and I will definitely join in (badly) with a sing-song. Also, who doesn’t want to hang out with Aretha? Look, I know that’s four people, but you have to give me a pass, Aretha just turned up at the dining table. You turn Aretha away.

What advice would you give to our students?
Immerse, find a study buddy and take everything you experience as part of the holistic learning experience. Conflict, ruptures, and discomfort all allow us to get curious about our reactivity and relationality

And finally, is there a quote that you often refer to and would like to share with us?
“The only thing that is constant is change” -Heraclitus

This quote has been a pillar of the way I approach life and has held me through many difficult times in my life.

Meet Siuyau, Early Childhood Education Lecturer

Tell us a little about Cereal, who is Cereal?
Life before Ikon  

Cereal is Siu Yau, as my name sounds like Cereal, some children called me like that when I went for my first placement years ago.

I am originally from Hong Kong and I was an applied theatre practitioner in my hometown, I did community theatre and I also taught in schools. I have got ‘students’ from 2-65 years old!

I relocated to Australia in 2016, and the rest is history =) 

 What is your favorite thing about teaching? 
I love education. I love the feeling of learning from the students and enlightening them (if I can) at the same time. 

 What keeps you motivated in life? 
Good food, good people, and good arts 

What is your favorite book? 
Haruki Murakam <Hear the wind sing>

What is your favorite food? 
Anything that contains carbs

What do you do to unwind from a busy day?
Schedule another busy day

If you could choose 3 famous personalities to invite around your dinner table, who would they be? Explain why. 
Francios Truffaut – His movies dragged me into the movie world and enlightened me in so many ways, I’d love to talk to him in person.

Jesus- So many questions to ask, I can’t even explain why.

Sheldon from Big Bang Theory- Seeing him at a table with Jesus will be extremely funny. 

What advice would you give to our students? 
Be random, Be creative, Be loving.

And finally, is there a quote that you often refer to and would like to share with us? 

“Where there’s an entrance, there’s got to be an exit. Most things work that way.”  ― Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973

In the know.

Student Highlight

Harley Heffort

Meet Harley a dedicated Melbourne art therapy student with a profound passion for creativity, poetry and community building.

Click here to explore Harvey’s creative realm.


Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Walking Meetings

Walking is a known remedy to help increase focus and motivation and fight fatigue. Research shows that taking a walk can boost creativity compared to remaining sitting. In workplaces where employees are mostly sedentary, incorporating more walking into the workday may help drive company innovation and productivity.

Click HERE to read the blog.

7 habits that will help you remain focused and productive throughout the day

We all have days when it’s tough to stay focused, Distractions are everywhere! But with a few habits, you can stay on track and get more done. In this article, we’ll share 7 easy tips to help you stay focused and productive all day long.

Let’s dive in and get it done!

Click HERE to stay on track.

You’ve heard of forest bathing. Now try forest therapy.

There are nearly two dozen certified trails around the world that guide visitors to engage with nature in ways that benefit their health and foster deeper exploration.

Click HERE to read this article

Food Lovers

Ikon Essences Cookbook

Our community cookbook has arrived! Thanks to all the amazing members of our Ikon community who generously shared their cherished family recipes. We’re thrilled to keep growing this cookbook and can’t wait to dive into these delicious dishes. The festive season is fast approaching, our cookbook is the perfect gift idea for your loved ones 

Ikon Essences Cookbook – by the Ikon Community

Spring is here and we all need a touch of flowers and leafy greens,

Pistachio Rose Vegan Cheesecake Bars
This vegan cheesecake is loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients like healthy fats, floral water, and greens.


Ikon Journal Photos

Best Astronomy Photographers of 2023

Photographer: Andreas Ettl

Circle of Light. Runner-Up, Aurorae. A stunning photograph of a vivid aurora over Skagsanden Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway. The mountain in the background is Hustinden, which the aurora appears to encircle

Photographer: Mehmet Ergun

The Great Solar Flare. Highly Commended, Our Sun. The sun was photographed moving toward its maximum cycle. A large solar flare around 700,000 km long erupts to the left of the image.