The Journal of Divergence is our Mad, Divergent and Neurodivergent seminar.  This seminar series brings together a collection of speakers with lived experience of divergence to share their knowledge on a variety of topics that affect our communities.

The theme for this year’s Journal is Unboxed Lives.   Understanding what it means to not fit the box and then coming to terms with this is challenge.  Questioning whether it matters if we are typical or not, is an important part of the process of moving to a place of not just, but to that of being able to celebrate our difference, and what it brings to the world.  

This year we have split what was a one-day seminar last year, into two mornings. 

Friday, will be focused on what it means to journey with people who live outside the box.  What is useful for Mad, Divergent and Neurodivergent people, and how those who journey with us can support us to move to this place of celebration.

Saturday will consider strategies for life outside the box and includes discussions on harm reduction models for psychiatric drug use, taking action around issues that impact on our experiences of distress, and looking at issues affecting us.

Morning tea will be provided, and provides an opportunity for people to connect with others who are also wanting to utilise innovative ways to journey with and/or live boldly outside the box.  

All of the people presenting will bring insights from the richness, colour and uniqueness that our divergent lives bring to our world.  From mad activists, to professionals who are working to see things in different ways, to humans choosing to live authentically, accepting their unique colour and the needs this brings, The Journal of Divergence will be an opportunity to start looking at the world and who we are in fresh new ways.

Confirmed Speakers:

Daniel and Rachel Kitner - The Mind Tribe

Dr Annie Southern - Stepping Stone Trust

Gina Giordani - Mental Health Foundation

Hannah Whittaker-Komatsu - Thriving Madly

Lisa Archibald -

Jennifer Shields - Qtopia

Kat McAra - Highly Sensitive Human

Kelly Ngaronoa and Renee Barclay - Te Koha ō Haumanu

Kelly Pope and Aland Fish - Reframe Wānanga

Thriving Madly Youth Committee

AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!  Subscribe for updates, or click interested on the Facebook event to keep up to date with announcements.


Friday 3 April and Saturday 4 April 2020

9.30 am - 1 pm


Rata Foundation

4 Hazeldean Road, Addington, Christchurch 8024

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