Reading Group

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Some members of our community have expressed a wish for short-term reading groups. The reading could, for example, be centered on papers from Jung’s Collected Works or The Red Book. Meetings would be held in participant’s home.

If you are interested in being part of such a group, please contact Alex Klaushofer at


Venue: The Upper Room,
Redland Park United Reformed Church,
Whiteladies Road,
Bristol, BS6 6SA

10.30am - 12.45pm

Cost: £12, Concessions: £8


InnerBeloved14th October

The Inner Beloved

Speaker: Jeremy Naydler

The talk will be an exploration of the numinous inner figure, to whom Dante gave the name Beatrice, or “the bringer of blessings”. Like Rumi and Ibn Arabi before him, Dante knew the Inner Beloved both as a real human being and also as an archetypal power mediating the divine presence. Although needing to be encountered in the flesh in order fully to be experienced, ultimately the Inner Beloved dwells in the innermost recesses of the soul, there commanding our most ardent devotion and stimulating our deepest creative energies.

Jeremy Naydler holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies. He is author of several books on religious life in antiquity, and teaches Dante’s Divine Comedy for the Temenos Academy Foundation Course in the Perennial Philosophy in London.

SumerGoddesLove11th November

The Civilization of the Goddess

Speaker: Julian David

 The culture of the Goddess was not so much a feminine culture as both genders together,and in a particularly interesting and creative way. Its dilemma, was to be unable to defend itself, without losing what was most precious about it.

Julian David is a Jungian Analyst, trained at Zurich, and practices from his home in Devon. He was a founder member of IGAP and of the South African Association of Jungian Analysts in Cape Town. He has recently retired as Chair of the Jung Club and also as editor of the Club’s journal Harvest. He has lectured widely, principally here and in South Africa but also in Australia, Switzerland and the United States. He published ‘Interweaving Symbols in European and African Fairytales’ in Cape Town in 1990.

Active Imagination2nd December

A New Approach to Active Imagination

Dialoguing with sub-personalities to heal the childhood wounds

Speaker: Matthew Harwood

This lecture (illustrated by video extracts) introduces Internal Family Systems (IFS) - a radical new style of therapy which takes the technique of Active Imagination, pioneered by Jung, to a new level. The key word is ‘internal’ – facilitating live dialogues between the client and the members of his/her inner psychological family... and thereby finding the way to healing the traumatised ‘exiles’ (ie the wounded ‘inner child’ parts) which underlie the client’s issues.

MATTHEW HARWOOD is a Jungian Analyst practising in Bath & Bristol. He trained at the CG Jung Institute, Zürich. He is a senior (training) analyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP) and the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP). He is also trained in EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and Pesso Boyden Group Psychotherapy.

bluebeard13th January

Behind Forbidden Doors: Bela Bartok's Opera Bluebeard's Castle.

Speaker: Tia Kuchmy

There are many doors in the psyche, some of which remain impregnably barricaded against the light of consciousness. What lies behind the forbidden doors? This seminar will examine the Bluebeard motif in fairy tales from a Jungian perspective with a central focus on the music and libretto of Bartok’s haunting opera ‘Bluebeard’s Castle, a work which illuminates the darkest recesses of the human mind and heart.


Tia Kuchmy is a Jungian analyst with IGAP, London, who originally trained as a musician at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has a special interest in linking the insights of C.G. Jung with archetypal dynamics in the realm of music, and has given talks in Jungian circles on a variety of topics, including the music of Michael Tippett, Wagner’s  Parsifal,  Engelbert Humperdinck’s  Hansel and Gretel,  and the music of Arvo Pärt. She has given presentations at IAAP conferences in Rome and Kyoto. Tia practises in West Sussex and in south-west London.

10th Februarythe man and his ba

The Dialogue of a Man with his Soul 1850 BCE

Speaker: Ian Rees

“my soul said to me;
Throw lamentations over the fence,
My partner, my brother!
May you make offerings upon the brazier
and fight for life as you have said.
Love me here and set aside the West,
but still desire to reach the West
When your body is laid in earth
I will alight when you are weary,
And we will reach harbour together.’

In this lecture we will consider the Ancient Egyptian poem The Dialogue of the Man with his Soul. This four thousand year old text describes a dialogue between a man and his Ba soul in which the man describes feelings of despair and longs for death while his soul speaks for the beauty and power of life. The dialogue between the two is a powerful depiction of the relationship between the Persona and the Self and the process of descending into the Unconscious so that a new form of consciousness arises-The Heir of the West. This is the embodied soul; a capacity of heart that can work creatively with the opposites of light and shadow; life and death.

The poem speaks of a time when things have become unbalanced and disordered -the principle of Maat or Truth is abandoned-a time very like our own. It also shows the way to give birth to a new way of being that can find balance within disorder, truth within falsity and peace within pain. We become our own Heir and speak with a just voice: the Egyptians called this capacity Maat Kheru and as we enable this sense of inner truth to speak through us we heal both ourselves and the world.


Ian Rees is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist practising in Glastonbury Somerset UK. He has been a therapist for 27 years and spent 10 before that working in Probation Work and Social Work at all levels from Field Worker, Manager to Education Advisor for Mental Health at national level. He is an experienced trainer and taught at the Karuna Institute in Devon from 1999 to 2009; he designed and ran their MA programmes as well as being central to the teaching team . Since 2009 he has concentrated on developing the Annwn Foundation workshops and the Awen training and presents this material in the UK and Israel.

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Working analytically with early relational trauma and borderline states of mind

The patient’s and analyst’s journey through the underworld

Speaker: Marcus West

This talk will explore the way that early relational trauma lies behind borderline states of mind and how those may be most safely, effectively and compassionately addressed. It will outline how traumatic experience is central to analytic work - revisiting the origins of psychoanalysis in the light of contemporary trauma theory. It will call on a developed understanding of Jung’s concept of the complex to explore the way that traumatic experience is embedded within, and structures, the personality, as well as how it manifests in the analytic relationship.

The talk will explore the particular difficulties and pressures on the analyst related to working with what was, and remains, unbearable experience (a definition of trauma). This sheds light on the difficulties of working with powerful, borderline states and why an analytic attitude is important in staying true to what the patient is unconsciously bringing forth and reconstructing in the analytic relationship. The Boston Change Process Study Group’s groundbreaking work on the foundational nature of ‘surface interactions’ helps us chart the detailed way these trauma-related dynamics are co-constructed in the analytic relationship. This requires that the analyst is prepared to accompany the patient ‘into the darkest places’ in a way that echoes Orpheus’ journey to attempt to reclaim Eurydice from the underworld.

Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and is the UK Editor-elect of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He has taught extensively in this country and abroad and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the author of a number of published papers and book chapters and was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He is the author of three books, published by Karnac, 'Feeling, Being & the Sense of Self’, 'Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice', and his most recent book, published in 2016, 'Into the Darkest Places - Early relational trauma and borderline states of mind’, upon which this talk will be based. He works in private practice in Sussex.

purgatory14th April

Dante’s Purgatorio: A psychological, spiritual and alchemical Journey of Transformation – both personal yet archetypal.

Speaker: Shelagh Layet

After his descent into the pit of Hell we now follow Dante as he struggles on the steep ascent of the mount of Purgatory. This is a long journey of conversion precipitated by the traumatic break he experienced at midlife - cast into exile from his beloved home city of Florence. This central canticle of the Divine Comedy gives heart-rending expression to the travails of his poetic soul undergoing the process of purification or purgation as he traverses the realm between Hell and Paradise.

Shelagh Layet is Jungian analyst, trained in Zurich, in private practice in Backwell near Bristol. She is a senior analyst in IGAP the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists. She has been long associated with the BodySoul movement founded by Marion Woodman in Analytical Psychology.
Shelagh is a trained Spiritual Director and a long-term active member of WCCM, the World Community for Christian Meditation. She meditates also in Zen and other traditions. She has a particular interest in the interface between Psychology and Spirituality which is particularly well manifested in Dante’s Purgatorio.

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Healing Wounded History

Jung and his Twin Brother: From Sibling-Rivalry and Fratricide towards Redemption

Speaker: Gottfried Heuer

The subject of my talk is twofold: First, I shall briefly introduce a trans-historical methodology. Based in core aspects of Gross’s work, this is a psychoanalytic, intersubjective, and trans-generational way of exploring the past by turning backwards in time with the aim of healing both present and future. In this context, the philosopher Walter Benjamin speaks of an ‘Angel of History’, evoking the presence of the holy. From this perspective I am approaching the conflictual dialectic between Jung and Gross as it unfolded in the early years of the creation of psychoanalysis. I also consider their relationship in terms of the father-projections both had towards Freud, and the resulting father/son-dynamics. My trans-historical approach gathers all the actors in this drama on a metaphorical stage for the purpose of determining truth in the hope of reconciliation and redemption.

Dr. Gottfried M. Heuer, Jungian Training–Psychoanalyst and –Supervisor, Neo-Reichian Body-psychotherapist and-Trainer: some 40 years of clinical practice in London; independent scholar with over 70 papers published; initiator of two international research organisations focussing on Gross, about whom there is a filmed interview on the website of one of these: ; books include 10 Gross-congress–proceedings; Sacral Revolutions, and Sexual Revolutions as well as Freud’s ‘Outstanding’ Colleague/Jung’s ‘Twin Brother’: The Suppressed Psychoanalytic and Political Significance of Otto Gross (all three Routledge 2010/-11/17); Heuer is also a published graphic artist, photographer, sculptor and poet.

Why dont psychotherapists laugh9th June

How much do psychotherapists laugh?

Enjoyment and the consulting room

Speaker: Ann Shearer

' Everyone knows' that a sense of humour and capacity for enjoyment are among life’s greatest blessings, giving a perspective that helps us take ourselves just seriously enough, deal with everyday ups and downs and keep hope alive through major trials. The more we think about what humour can bring, the more puzzling it becomes that these ‘therapeutic’ benefits are so neglected by some of the very people you'd think might wish to foster them. Both Freud and Jung had a GSOH, but the profession that grew out of their insights has shown a persistent bias towards the tragic. Why should this be - and what does it mean for the shared experience of the consulting room? This talk invites us to enjoy such questions, and with them puzzle over the very nature of 'the therapeutic relationship'. (137)

Ann Shearer is a senior analyst with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP) and lives in London. She has taught widely in the UK and abroad, and for a decade was a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology team which trained analysts in Russia. Over the years, she has contributed many journal articles and book chapters. Her own books include Woman: Her Changing Image; Athene: Image and Energy; From Ancient Myth to Modern Healing: Themis: goddess of justice, heart-soul and reconciliation; and mostly recently, Why Don't Psychotherapists :Laugh? Enjoyment and the Consulting Room. (96)

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The Upper Room,
Redland Park United Reformed Church,
Whiteladies Road,

10.30am - 12.45pm
Cost:£12, Concessions £8

No advanced booking is necessary.


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