Programme of Events in 2017
Apocalypse and After?
Morning Seminar with Catriona Miller
Saturday 18th February, 11:00am to 1:30pm
Apocalypse narratives have been a sustained but niche presence within western culture. Originally arising from a biblical context, but becoming ever more mainstream with the development of the literary genres of horror, science fiction and fantasy throughout the 19th Century, before translating into film and TV in the 20th. At the start of the 21st Century, however, there has been an exponential rise in the number of media narratives circling around the idea of apocalypse and the ‘end of the world’. The American TV show The Walking Dead, for example, is a globally successful version of this ‘end of the world’ story.
In her book Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales, von Franz notes that “before I finish an analysis or interpretation I always say to myself: to whom has such a story to be told? Who needs that?” (von Franz, 1974: p.147). So what are we to make of the endless round of dark, oppressive and seemingly hopeless ‘end of the world’ stories? What are we to make of their popularity?
Using a combination of lecture and discussion, this session will encourage an exploration of these archetypal images in both individual dream and popular culture. The history of apocalypse and other ‘end of the world’ scenarios will be considered before going on to think more deeply about their archetypal dimensions. In these turbulent political times, what can we learn from our nightmares?
Catriona Miller (PhD) is a senior lecturer in media studies at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she specializes in Jungian film theory. She has published on slasher movies and the Twilight franchise with forthcoming work on apocalypse narratives. She is a member of Psychology and the Moving Image International, the International Association of Jungian Studies and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Jungian Studies.
The Affect of I-ness: Corresponding insights into synthesis and the nature of Self from Jung and Assagioli
Morning Seminar with Keith Hackwood
Saturday 18th March, 11:00am to 1:30pm
In this talk we will explore the relationship between Jung and Assagioli, both through their common connection to Freud and his ideas, and also through the parallel development of their own psychological methods. We will look, especially, at the interconnections and commonalities of Jungian thought with biopsychosynthesis, as it was originally termed, as well as considering the points of divergence and tension in the two approaches.
Keith Hackwood is a Psychosynthesis therapist, supervisor and Mindfulness teacher living and working in South Wales. He has researched the archival material of Roberto Assagioli at the Istituto di Psicosintesi in Florence, Italy as part of an ongoing project to write about the origins of spiritual (transpersonal?) psychology. A keen advocate and practitioner of ecopsychology and therapeutic engagement with nature, Keith has also produced an online course in Creative Mindfulness. His website is www.keithhackwood.com
Jung and Astrology
Morning seminar with Bernie Rowen Ross
Saturday 8th April, 11:00am to 1:30pm
There are many branches of astrology, amongst them Mundane (of the World), Horary (of the hour which is more predictive), Electional (used for choosing an auspicious date), and Natal. The latter involves looking at a personal birth chart, analysing it, all the while looking at trends during a planet’s transit in relation to the natal chart.
My main area of interest is natal-psychological astronomy; in particular how it may assist clients to become aware of potential strengths and challenges, and use that knowledge to assist in personal development. During the talk, we will look at some of Jung’s observations and writings about astrology, and how these relate to our present world.
Bernie Rowen-Ross ran a complementary health practice in Cape Town, South Africa, for 25 years. She arrived in Scotland in 2007 and during the years that followed, she attained a Diploma in Cultural Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrology. Bernie’s interest in Jung began some 21 years ago. She has travelled extensively learning about various cultures and traditions within those cultures, including travelling in Nepal, Tibet and India. During these travels her interest in Buddhism and Hinduism was enhanced and she then also undertook training as a “Sangoma” – an African Traditional healer. Although the African traditional healer does not use astrology, her interest in astrology grew which led to her studying with various teachers, including Dr Liz Greene, who became her supervisor during her studies at Lampeter University, Wales.
Jung on the Body: Integrating Body in Analysis
Morning Seminar and Afternoon Workshop* with Eileen Nemeth
Saturday 6th May, 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm
*Please note the Afternoon Workshop is limited to 20 places. The morning seminar is open to all and unrestricted.
It is so clear when reading Jung that he saw an essential relationship between psyche and soma, mind and matter, spirit and body, ‘the two being really one‘ (Jung, CW 10, par. 195). Any path to individuation must include this union. He never gave us a method or technique in working with the body in analysis, but I believe it was his own very powerful physicality and presence that brought the body into his therapy room; we might say he invited it in. So how do we invite the body into our therapy space, both as analysand or analyst? How does the work deepen and shape an individuation process working towards an embodied psyche, one grounded in the here and now?
I will use the structure of Authentic Movement, a Jungian-based movement discipline, in which to explore these questions and experience that ever-present dialogue between ego and Self, conscious and unconscious.
We will also, in our day together, be accompanied, inspired and astounded by Jung’s wisdom and insight when he talked about the physical side of our nature, the great struggle we have with being embodied, and the invaluable role it plays in bringing meaning and value to our lives.
The day will be part theory and practice, so that we will not only talk about being embodied psyches but experience this phenomenon as well.
Eileen Nemeth (M.A.) is a practicing Analytical Psychologist with a private practice in Zürich. She works with couples and individuals. Her work as a Psychotherapist and Analytical Psychologist combines her training as a Jungian Analyst and Dance Therapist. When not in her practice she teaches at ISAP (International School for Analytical Psychology) Zürich and the Jung Institute, supervises analysts and dance therapists. Until 2012 she was an active member and Training Analyst at ISAP Zürich, and in 2009 received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy. She lectured at the last IAJS (International Association in Jungian Studies) conference and her presentation from that conference will be published next year: ‘Symbols of Creation in Myth and Dream: Directive, Orientative, Regenerative’.
The Archetypal Meaning of the Cat: Exploring the Mystical and Mysterious Feminine*
Morning Seminar with Cécile Rozuel
Saturday 24thJune , 11:00am to 1:30pm
*(Please note that this seminar is being held at the Ignatian Centre, Glasgow)
The cat as an animal and as a symbol evokes many potent emotions: fear and awe, attraction and suspicion, inspiration and surprise. Traditionally a symbol of the feminine, foreseer and secret-holder, the cat occupies a special place in the lore of many cultures (and on the internet!). Because of their nature and essence, cats find themselves the carriers of many psychological projections that can teach us much about ourselves, especially about our relationship with the wild, the instinctual and the liminal domain.
The seminar will discuss some of the main symbolic interpretations of the cat, drawing upon psycho-analytical and fairy tale material to reflect upon the role the cat plays in our lives and how she can enrich our self-understanding.
Cécile Rozuel is a researcher and consultant in ethics, psychodynamics and well-being at work. She works with individuals, groups and organisations to create a space to explore one’s hidden potentialities and enable conscious creative self-development. Previously a lecturer in business ethics and organisational psychology, her publications and current projects are available from www.cecilerozuel.com and www.workplacewellbeingscotland.com.
Dancing in the Flames
Documentary on Marion Woodman’s work and life
Saturday 16th September, 11:00am to 1:30pm
During the morning we will show this beautiful film, combining both visual imagery with an insightful interview with Andrew Harvey. With so much to contemplate, our tea and coffee break will be followed by smaller group discussions so that we may explore in depth, much of the content revealed by this exceptional woman.
Marion Woodman, a Canadian, trained at the C G Jung Institute, Zurich. For decades she has remained a revered and respected Jungian analyst, with many of her inspiring books now well established as major classics. Unafraid to examine ‘life’s big challenges’ her wisdom illuminates and inspires.
To read more about this documentary (including bios and credits), or for copies of the DVD available for purchase, you can visit www.dancingintheflames.com.
‘Mindfulness’ versus Jungian ‘Active Imagination’: Two Techniques for Achieving Contentment
Morning Seminar with Laura Martin
Saturday 14th October, 11:00am to 1:30pm
Amongst the early practitioners of psychotherapy, CG Jung stood out due to his fascination with Eastern thought: he was instrumental in bringing both the I Ching and The Secret of the Golden Flower to the West. Here he found resonance with his own ideas as a psychotherapist. The two systems of thought seem initially quite opposed: whereas Mindfulness teaches the practitioner to focus on the breath and to stay concentrated on the present, calming any thoughts, images and feelings that may arise, Jung’s technique of Active Imagination involves actually engaging figures from remembered sleep-dreams in imaginary conversation. In Buddhism, allowing mental processes to come more or less to rest relativizes the ego, the personal story. Seemingly conversely, rather than diminishing the ego, Jung sought to strengthen the ‘ego-Self axis’ as the path to oneness with Self /Atman.
But perhaps these are ‘two ways up the same mountain’? To my mind, although the two forms of meditation require widely different techniques, in the end, both can lead to feelings of greater balance and connection with nature. They approach one another particularly closely in the techniques of Mindfulness of Sleep and Dream (Lucid Dreaming). As Mindfulness becomes more assimilated into Western cultures, it may be useful to remember this Western meditative tradition, as it may provide for some a more congenial way to explore mindful acceptance in conjunction with the individual creative drive.
The idea for this seminar grows out of my curiosity and desire to know more, rather than a feeling that I have all the answers. I hope to give only a brief introduction to the two techniques based on textual and oral teachings I have received and my own experience of them. Then, if participants are willing, we can give each technique a go (so bring some of you own remembered dream images, if you can!) I would also very much welcome your own perceptions of these and similar therapeutic techniques.
Laura Martin is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow, and is currently training with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists in London.
Going Out (Myth in the Western) and Coming In (Getting Under the Skin)
Morning Seminar with John Izod
Saturday 11th November, 11:00am to 1:30pm
This talk focuses on two strikingly different on-screen representations of mythology.
The first comprises a vast set of films and TV programmes formerly immensely popular, and remaining easily recognisable to this day. It comprises one of the most striking examples of genre in both production and audience reception for the past hundred years. Ostensibly its topics cover the contest between good and evil and the morality of men (first) and women (usually second). However, its roots are older and its themes deeper than a casual enjoyment of the storylines might reveal.
The second part of the talk draws on as yet unpublished writing by my co-author Joanna Dovalis and me. We wrote about just this one puzzling film and seek to show how, in this case, bewilderment, far from inhibiting the creation of myth, can enrich it.
John Izod is Emeritus Professor of Screen Analysis in Communications, Media and Culture at the University of Stirling. In addition to completing his training as a shamanic practitioner, he has published several books including four which adapt Jungian theory to screen studies.
The Films of Nicolas Roeg: Myth and Mind (1992)
Myth, Mind and the Screen: Understanding the Heroes of our Time (2001)
Screen, Culture, Psyche: A Post-Jungian Approach to Working with the Audience 2006)
Cinema as Therapy: Grief and Transformational Film (with Joanna Dovalis, 2015)
All Day Workshop with Peter Kenney at Alnmouth Friary, Alnmouth, Northumberland
Saturday 1st April, 10:30 am to 4:30pm
Peter Kenney will be with us again for an all-day workshop at Alnmouth Friary, Northumberland for further information visit http://www.franciscans.org.uk/where-we-are/retreat-or-stay/alnmouth-ssf .
Lunch will be from 12:15 to 1:15, with the option of either bringing a packed lunch or joining the others at the local pub or cafe. There is a direct rail line from Edinburgh to Alnmouth (early booking can reduce the ticket price ) and members can be met at the station Saturday morning and driven the short distance to the Friary, also back again for the return journey. Places on the workshop are limited to 15 participants (at a cost of £25), for further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.