Introductory Course in
Guided Imagery and Music

The next  Introductory GIM course will be held:

Friday August 12, 2022 (commencing with dinner at 6:30pm) to

Wednesday August 17th, 2022 (finishing 3pm) 


It is mandatory for all course participants to be fully vaccinated as you will be in close proximity with each other during the dyads. Staff at the venue, and both trainers are fully vaccinated.

The 5-day residential intensive programs cover 37 instructional hours, including the spectrum of Music & Imagery methods through to the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) in clinical and non-clinical practice, including applications for children, young people, adult clients with health-related conditions and adults seeking personal growth. The course introduces trainees to individual and group music & imagery, the core elements of the Bonny Method of GIM, and three of Helen Bonny’s music programs, experienced both as a guide and as a traveller. There will be experiential sessions conducted in pairs (called dyads). Please note that it is a condition of the training that you engage in the experiential sessions.


At the end of the Introductory course, therapists can use Music & Imagery with individuals and groups in their existing practice.


For music therapists, the 37 hours of teaching and learning and can be counted toward Continuing Professional Development under “Receptive Music Therapy.”




The course will be held at the Chestnut Hill Lodge in Kallista.  We would be the sole occupants of this venue and they will cater all our meals including any dietary requests. If you are coming from interstate you will need to take the Sky Bus from Tullamarine to Southern Cross Station, and then the train from Southern Cross to Belgrave.  We will come and pick you up from the station.


Accommodation is in individual bedrooms (each with ensuite) and there are several teaching spaces available to us.



The course commences with dinner at 6:30 on Friday night and concludes at approximately 3:00 on Wednesday. Provision will be made in the schedule for participants needing to get public transport to Tullamarine in order to catch flights interstate at the end of the course.



The course is open to qualified therapists and health care professionals who hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in their field and clinical experience. Application is made on the Application Form (click to download).

Applications close: Monday August 1st, 2022


A deposit of $250 is required at the time of making application. (Details on the Application form).


Applicants may be phoned to discuss the course content and relevance to the applicant’s current therapy work. A maximum 10 trainees can be accommodated in this course.



Two references are required – one is a character reference and the other a professional reference.  Referees should send the reference directly to me at, by Monday August 1st as mentioned above.

Download the Character Reference form and the Professional Reference form.



In addition to the $250 deposit, the balance of the fee is $1500 - paid in full by August 12th .


The fees cover accommodation over 5 nights, catering for meals, the cost of the teaching space, 8 hours of didactic teaching each day including experiential sessions, and comprehensive course notes.



Should you not be accepted into the course the deposit will be returned to you. However, if you are accepted into the course and cancel for personal reasons before the course commences, the deposit will not be returned.


In the event the course has to be cancelled for other reasons (e.g., new Covid restrictions; insufficient enrolments), all fees will be refunded.


The course will be conducted by Denise Grocke (Primary Trainer) and Anja Tanhane (Associate Trainer).



If you have any difficulties downloading the forms, please contact Denise Grocke at:; or 0402 579 819.