Workshop

Creativity and the Inner Other

An online workshop on symbolical creative work

Next event 2021 TBA

Saturday 9 am – 1 pm (GMT + 2)

“I have patients who, evening after evening, work at these images… The work has a fascination for them; it is the fascination which the archetypes always exert upon consciousness. It is almost impossible to define this effect in rational terms; it is a sort of ‘magical’ effect, that is, a suggestive influence that goes out from the images to the individual, and in this way his unconscious is extended and changed.” Jung, CW 18 Par 406

Symbolical creative work can be an indispensable tool to anyone who takes the inner journey seriously.

In this short course I combine practical and theoretical work in 3 online modules. It is presented on 3 Saturday mornings from 9 am – 1 pm. This course is open to everyone. Preparing the workspace beforehand is important and to this end participants will receive instructions. Pre-reading in preparation of our theoretical work will be required. All discussion material will be emailed.

The practical approach: Simple guidance will be given, drawing upon our current state of mind, starting with what comes to us, we allow it to develop and unfold. No previous artistic experience of any kind is required.

An ordinary everyday space must become extraordinary. By preparing the workspace and engaging with the creative material the night before, a message is sent to our inner selves that there will be a happening of some sorts. To this end, participants will receive suggestions on how to be prepared.

The benefit of working online is mainly twofold: on the one hand, one is able to work within one’s own private space, yet is contained and guided by another, while simultaneously sharing the space and the energy with others. Secondly, one is able to use one’s medium of choice.

The theoretical approach: The foundational principle in this approach is the creative space, a physical as well as psychological space. We will explore the psychological creative space as a containing space, its unfolding content and how it may be meaningful. The natural tendency of the unconscious to restore equilibrium in creative work will be discussed, together with its symbolic function. Objectivity and relating assists us in inviting the content of the work into our real lived lives. Medicinal stories from around the world will be used to demonstrate these characteristics of the creative process.

“But often in the later stage of analysis, the objectivation of images replaces the dreams. The images anticipate the dreams, and so the dream-material begin to peter out. Then you get all the material in a creative form and this has great advantages over dream-material. It quickens the process of maturation, for analysis is a process of advanced maturation.” Jung, CW 18 paragraph 399

Having a problem with one of the dates? Contact me to arrange a separate one-on-one class instead. No additional costs.

Image credit: Study to The Jacob’s Dream by Marc Chagall from WikiArt.org.


Cost: TBA

All welcome. Advanced bookings only. No refund policy if cancelled within 3 days of workshop