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Owing to the Corona Virus crisis all lectures are cancelled until further notice. 


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

10.30am - 12.45pm

Cost: £12, Concessions: £8


Saturday 12th October female form

Enantiodromia and the law of the morning.

Rob Porteous


Jung wrote: ‘He who carries into the afternoon the law of the morning, must do so at the expense of damage to his soul.’ The sentence refers to his comparison of a lifetime to the passage of a day. The morning, as the sun climbs higher in the sky, is a time for ego development, finding and securing a place in the world. But if we carry that attitude over into the afternoon of our life, as the sun declines, we ignore the demands on us that have more to do with soul than ego, more to do with our interconnection than with competition.

If we persist in a one-sided attitude, life will do the work for us through enantiodromia, the way an energy flips into its opposite. Something that for years was possible suddenly becomes impossible. In my own life, at the age of 53, having been an English teacher for 30 years, I went travelling in India. On my return I found it impossible to return to teaching.

I am very interested in what helps and what hinders the process of acknowledging and embodying energies that earlier in our lives we have pushed into the unconscious, both individually and collectively. In this talk I want to explore the demands on us to relinquish ‘heroic’ and ‘goal-oriented’ behaviours in favour of tuning in more deeply to where we are; to look at the loss that comes with change; and to explore how this change might happen consciously, rather than as a result of some external breakdown.

Rob Porteous spent 28 years as an English teacher before training as a counsellor at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. He has worked as a counsellor in private practice in south Bristol for 20 years. During the same time he completed a training in Movement Medicine, a conscious dance practice. A story he wrote in 2009 was published in an anthology for children about asylum seekers, called Give me shelter. He is interested in the connection between psychic health and ecology and how we can live more sustainably on our planet.


Saturday 9th Novemberfeathers

The Words we Work with that Work on Us: Towards a Clinical Language of Health and Healing.

Birgit Heuer


Culturally and politically, we are flooded with views of the world through the eyes of trauma, and thus the theme of healing trauma, individually and collectively, is a pressing socio-political issue. Through the medium of textual research of clinical language, this paper addresses a gap between our benign clinical theories and a different sensibility underlying our clinical practice which closely resembles what Shore calls amigdala-led ways of experiencing. In other words, the underlying outlook of clinical work lacks a substantial alternative to the mind-set of trauma.

Research indicates that developing a capacity for positivity - in various forms - is an important ingredient in the healing of trauma. Accordingly this paper offers a more hopeful outlook, deep positivity, which can be worked out through the philosophical implications of both quantum and complexity theory.

When supported by a profoundly positive outlook, clinical practice gains a more appropriate foundation for healing trauma.

Dr Birgit Heuer is a Jungian Analyst of the BJAA with a previous training in body-oriented psychotherapy. She has been in private practice for the past thirty- eight years. She served on the BAP training committee and worked as clinical supervisor at Kingston University. She teaches on several Jungian-analytic trainings, as well as at Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the Centre for Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies, University of Essex. She has published numerous papers (Journal of Analytical Psychology, Self & Society, et al.) and book-chapters (Christopher & Solomon, eds., Contemporary Jungian Clinical Practice, 2003; Stein, ed., Jungian Psychoanalysis, 2010; Heuer, ed., Sacral Revolutions, 2010; et al.), and her PhD is on Sanatology, a Clinical Paradigm of Health and Healing. She also lectures internationally on themes such as ‘body and being’, ‘forgiveness’, ‘spirituality in the consulting-room’ and on ‘clinical paradigm’.

Saturday14th DecemberRedRock

The Shadow of the Red Rock- Egyptian Tradition and the Renewal of the World

Ian Rees


As the world both heats up and seems to fragment around us we might well conclude we are living in T S Eliot’s wasteland. In Ancient Egypt the process of irrigating the barren red land and working with the energies of chaos and confusion were a central feature of individual and collective life.

In this talk we will explore the archetype of Egypt as the source of magic and alchemy, consider the ways in which Egypt keeps arising within the collective unconscious and look at the process of entering the tomb that is found in the shadow of the red rock to find the living water that cools and heals the world. Along the way we will look at Jung’s Seven Sermons of the Dead and the centrality of alchemy in his thought.Ian Rees


Ian Rees is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist practising in Glastonbury Somerset UK. He has been a therapist for 29 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. He is currently exploring the relevance of Ancient Egypt to the modern psyche.

Saturday 11th Januarymemory revisit head

Imagining the Generations: The Power and Problems of Social Memory.

Nigel Williams


Based on psycho-social research carried out over a five-year period from 2012 to 2018. I seek to find out how therapists and others interested in ancestry and memory made sense of how remembering and forgetting across the generations works and how it contributes to both health and dis-ease. I also wanted to see if I could find out how dynamics for the transmission of memory between the generations worked or could be identified.
In the talk I will illustrate some of the theoretical background and give examples from the research on the nature and implications of multi-generational memory for individuals, and more broadly in society.

Nigel Williams is a Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer in Psycho-Social studies at the University of the West of England, co-editor of Researching Beneath the Surface volume 2 (2018) Routledge, and author of The Anglo-German Diaspora in O’Loughlin (2015) in The Ethics of Remembering and the Consequences of Forgetting (Rowman and Littlefield). Imagining the Generations: The Power and Problems of Social Memory (Palgrave forthcoming) He lectures in Systems Theory, Affective Neuroscience , Groups and Organisational dynamics.

Saturday 8th Februarydolphin

The Dolphin, Spirit of the fertile sea

Jim Fitzgerald


People have been fascinated from ancient times, and across many cultures, by the playful and curious dolphin, a creature who seems to want to interact with humans and other animals. It has always been regarded as an animal with almost human-like intelligence and has been known to provide assistance to humans in their direst need. In examining a folktale from the Mediterranean, we can gain some insight into the psychological reality the dolphin represents. As an emissary of the spirit of the depths it plumbs the dark places of the unconscious and helps to bring about a creative renewal when life has become sterile and unproductive.

Jim Fitzgerald was born and raised in a small village in the south of Ireland. His academic background is in Ancient Classics and Byzantine Greek. After a career as a Primary school teacher in London, he trained as an analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is a past chairman of The C. G. Jung Analytical Psychology Club, London and a founding member and past chairman of The Guild of Analytical Psychologists. He is also a Senior Member of The Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists. He has a private practice in London and has lectured widely.

Saturday 14th Marchmany worlds

The New Animism: A World of Many Worlds

Tom Cheetham


We can begin in prehistory and note that in every culture we know of the world is  full of persons. Or we can begin with Freud and Jung and their heirs and acknowledge that "personification" is fundamental to our cognition. Or we can start  with some of the most interesting modern philosophers and anthropologists who describe the ubiquity of persons, or at the very least, the aspects of "personhood"  that dominate our experience. I will argue that Henry Corbin can be seen as a forerunner not only of the recent interest in "personhood," but also of what are known collectively as the "epistemologies of the South." Corbin was among the early advocates of "border thinking," and of the primacy of imagination in our construction of reality. James Hillman adopted many of Corbin's key ideas and integrated them with Jungian psychology, and advocated moving the locus of our imaginations towards the South, to be free of the burden of Northern, Eurocentric preoccupations. With these moves we will find our imaginations freed for a new and long overdue vision of a polycentric "pluriverse" where many worlds can coexist, and our capacity to fulfill our natural longing to love all the beings in the world can be more nearly realized.

Tom Cheetham is a fellow of the Temenos Academy in London. He was Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Wilson College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of five books on the imagination in psychology, religion and the arts, most recently ‘Imaginal Love’ (2015), and a book of poems, ‘Boundary Violations’ (2015). He compiled the bibliography of archetypal psychology for James Hillman’s ‘Archetypal Psychology: A Brief Account’ and is editor of volume 11 of the Uniform Edition of Hillman’s works, ‘On Depression’.

Saturday 11th Aprilbirth2

The Mythic Aspects of the Birth Journey

Matthew Appleton


Birth is an archetypal journey that each of us has made. Crossing the threshold between the amniotic world of the womb and the world in which we take our first breath is a powerful transition. Along the way we encounter obstacles that often feel overwhelming and even life-threatening. The experience of birth could well be the primary template for the hero’s’ journey. Drawing from many decades of research in the field of pre and perinatal psychology, tis talk explores how the mythic themes of birth show up in popular culture and in the therapy room.

Matthew Appleton is a Body Psychotherapist living and working in Bristol. He is co-founder of Conscious Embodiment Trainings ( ) with more than 20 years experience of international lecturing and workshop facilitation. He is a member of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine and developed Integrative Baby Therapy, which is now taught in a number of countries, to health practitioners working with babies and their families. He worked, for 9 years, as a houseparent at A. S. Neill’s famous democratic school Summerhill and his book ‘A Free Range Childhood’, based on his experience, has been published in several languages. Although not a Jungian, his work is influenced by Jung and his contact with indigenous elders of the Native American tradition.

Saturday 9th MayGinnungagap

Returning to Ginnungagap: on cracks, gaps and voids and where they might lead us

Susan Haase-Derrett


The crack is such a powerful image. We tread carefully on eggshells so as not to crack each others shells or indeed our own. But where would it take us if we dared to let the surface crack and let ourselves fall?

Creation myths, such as the Nordic myth with its Gap of Ginnunga and the Orphic creation myth give us some indications; likewise the art of Anish Kapoor and not least our own dreams and visions. We may be surprised.

Susan Haase-Derrett grew up trilingually and tri-culturally on the Danish-German border with an English mother at a time when post war tensions were still high. This experience has led to her interest in intergenerational trauma and in an endeavour to find a rooting in something beyond the historio-sociological field. The power of the image has long captivated and inspired her to deeper exploration of the non-material. She has a background in academia and holds a BA in art history and a PhD in musicology. She trained at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and has been a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor in Bristol for over twenty years.

Saturday 13th June

The Question of Judgement: What is the Archetypal Energy which brings insight about Value: how does this inform our attitude to the other?

Ailish O'DriscollJudgement of the Soul

The judgement of Hunefer

Page from the Book of the Dead of Ani c.1275 B.C.E., 19th Dynasty, Thebes
Egypt ©Trustees of the British Museum

This presentation will explore a variety of representations of Judgement to discover something of the qualities of the underlying archetype. Reflecting on the way judgement has been expressed in historical contexts, through the image in particular, creates the opportunity to open the imagination to the feeling and import of this idea. This Jungian method of amplification is a way of casting light on how we address the question of judgement in our everyday behaviour, and in therapeutic work.

Ailish O’Driscoll is a Jungian analyst, a member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP) practising in Gloucester. She has lived in Scotland, Germany, London and Gloucester. She has degrees in Biochemistry, English and Religious Studies. She studied modern theology as a post-graduate. Her current interests are alchemy, poetry, Irish culture, and Dutch art.

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