C.G. Jung Public Lectures, Bristol



Friends Meeting House (Venue Change)
126 Hampton Rd,
Bristol BS6 6JE
There is lift access.

10.30am - 12.45pm


Cost £13. Low waged £8. If you buy a full price ticket on Eventbrite, you will be reimbursed £5 cash on the door. Sorry, there is no reimbursement if you don’t come in person. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite until 9.30am on the morning of the lecture.

You will need to buy a ticket if you want to watch a recording of the lecture at a later date.
For blended and on-line sessions, we will email out the Zoom link for the lecture and full instructions of how to join.



11th Sept 2021 6.00pm-7.45pm

Becca Tarnas

NB. This lecture is ONLINE

This lecture lasts about an hour and will be followed by a 45 minute "discussion in the round". There will be no official break.

The Synchronicity of the Two Red Books: Jung, Tolkien, and the Imaginal Realm


Beginning in the years leading up to the First World War, both C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien independently began to undergo profound imaginal experiences. They had each stepped across a threshold and entered into another world, the realm of imagination, the world of fantasy. Jung recorded these initially spontaneous visionary experiences, which he further developed using the practice of active imagination, in a large red manuscript that he named Liber Novus, although usually it is referred to simply as The Red Book. The experiences narrated in The Red Book became the seeds from which nearly all of Jung’s subsequent work flowered. For Tolkien, this imaginal journey revealed to him the world of Middle-earth, whose stories and myths eventually led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings, a book he named within its own imaginal history The Red Book of Westmarch. There are many synchronistic parallels between Jung’s and Tolkien’s Red Books: the style and content of their works of art, the narrative descriptions and scenes in their texts, the nature of their visions and dreams, and an underlying similarity in world view that emerged from their experiences. The two men seem to have been simultaneously treading parallel paths through the imaginal realm.

The revelations of this research hold deep consequences for modernity’s assumptions of a disenchanted world and bring to the surface implications concerning the nature of imagination and its participatory relationship to the collective unconscious. In this presentation, I will point to the possibility that Tolkien and Jung are preliminary guides on a journey to the depths of an ensouled cosmos in which imagination saturates the very foundations of reality.


Becca Tarnas, PhD, is a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), with her dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien. Her research interests include depth psychology, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. She teaches at both Pacifica Graduate Institute and CIIS and is the author of the book Journey to the Imaginal Realm: A Reader’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Becca lives in Northern California, where she has an astrological counselling practice.


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Nick Woodward

An introduction to the Shamanic Journey with reference to the work of C.G.Jung and his use of the Active Imagination.


The first hour will be an introduction to the above. After the tea break we will reconvene, the chairs will be placed in one or more circles depending on numbers. I will stand in the centre and drum for probably three journeys of between 10 and 15 minutes each, with space between for questions and/or observations.

Please bring a headscarf or some form of blindfold to cover the eyes (as to "see" one drops into darkness). A notebook to record the impressions is valuable in much the same way as we might wish to record our dreams.


Nick Woodward was born and educated in Bristol. He went to the University of East Anglia in 1969 to study Social Anthropology. Here he came across the works of G.I. Gurdjieff, Idries Shah on the Sufi's, Zen Buddhism and Shamanism, all of which have informed his life in one way or another. Nick studied for three years at the Newark School of Violin Making and has been a partner in the Bristol Violin Shop for 35 years with a special interest in sound. During this time, he spent five years practicing Zen Buddhism, two years studying Sufism, completed trainings in massage, and obtained a diploma in Core Shamanism. He has made seven recordings for the Shamanic Journey, and makes and sells Rattles, Bullroarers, Sistra and other instruments of sound. He is also particularly interested in European distaffs and makes these to order for ritual use.

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Marian Dunlea

BodyDreaming: Returning to our Cellular Home – Attunement and Titration.

BodyDreaming offers a way to bring our charged systems back into greater coherence after the continuous challenges of the pandemic era. Working within a Jungian framework, the BodyDreaming approach attunes us to our nervous system and to the tension of opposites held in the body and psyche. It introduces greater flexibility and opens us to the possibility of the ‘new third’, an embodied birth at a cellular level. BodyDreaming aligns us with the principle of Self -regulation that is core to Jungian psychology.


Marian Dunlea M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, is a Jungian analyst and somatics practitioner who has been leading workshops internationally for the past 30 years integrating body and soul. She is head of the BodySoul Europe training programme, part of the Marion Woodman Foundation.

Marian’s unique approach incorporates developments in neuroscience, trauma therapy, developmental theory with Jungian psychology, and the phenomenological standpoint of interconnectedness. Her book, BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma, an embodied therapeutic approach, Routledge, won the Gradiva Award for best book, with NAAP - National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and is Co-Winner of the International Association for Jungian Studies 2020 Best book award.  For more information, visit www.mariandunlea.com

Marian Dunlea's book is available to order at a specially reduced price here:  BodyDreaming on PsychologicalTherapyBooks

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Daniela Sieff

The Archetypal Death Mother as the Nursemaid of Shame

Jungian analyst, Marion Woodman, defined the archetypal Death Mother as the energy that wishes that we, or some part of us, were dead.  This energy can take many different forms. In my previous presentation to this group I discussed infanticide as an expression of Death Mother. In this presentation, I will explore Death Mother in the guise of toxic shame.  

Toxic shame says there is something about us which makes us fundamentally flawed, unacceptable, and inferior. It is a deeply painful state of being. It is also a state of being that is shot through with anxiety and fear.

Being toxically shamed is like being caught in the Medusa’s stare: we are paralyzed, petrified and turned to stone.

If we are repeatedly shamed, then Death Mother is internalised and woven into the very fabric of our own psyches and bodies. Before long, our perception is disfigured. We start shaming ourselves; we begin projecting our shame onto others.  We become shame’s new nursemaids.

This presentation will explore both how toxic shame takes hold and how we can break the cycle of shaming.   


Daniela F. Sieff, D. Phil is an author, scholar and speaker, who explores the dynamics that underlie emotional trauma, heading and wellbeing, and illuminates how it feels to live these dynamics.  She has a doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Oxford, and completed the leadership training with Marion Woodman Foundation.  Her approach brings together lived experience with knowledge that comes from depth psychology, anthropology, and evolution.  She is author of Understanding and Healing Emotional Trauma: Conversations with Pioneering Clinicians and Researchers (Routledge 2015), and is currently working on new books. For more information, visit www.danielasieff.com

Daniela Sieff's title is available to order at a specially reduced price here: Understanding and Healing Emotional Trauma' on PsychologicalTherapyBooks

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William Ayot

In Praise of Grief: Loss and Ritual in a Secular World

In the wake of a world pandemic, with its repeated lockdowns and restrictions, we find ourselves, as after a war, relieved yet aware of an indefinable weight as the grief of Covid, with its attendant anger, guilt and shame, is added to the unexpressed griefs of climate change and the political turmoil of the last few years.

With suicide rates going through the roof and mental health issues of increasing concern, we have yet to develop the personal and communal resources needed to heal our troubled souls. Yet our ancestors had, and some tribal peoples today still have, a ready mechanism in the sacred technologies of their differing cultures.

In this experiential event, culminating in a simple ritual, poet and ritualist William Ayot will be looking at the rites and mysteries that various societies have evolved to heal and renew themselves following tragedy and change. From the vibrant, embodied rituals of Africa to the dimly discerned yet potent myths and ceremonies of the Celts and Teutons, we will be exploring ritual as it applies to grief, atonement, and healthy return in our fractured, busy, and demanding lives.

William Ayot is an award-winning poet, author, teacher and ritualist. During the 1990s he helped organise men’s retreats and ritual gatherings, bringing over such teachers as Robert Bly, James Hillman, Robert Moore and Malidoma Somé, while working in rehab for a centre run on Jungian principles and leading men’s rites of passage. In the corporate world, William was instrumental in developing mythodrama as an arts-based methodology, using poetry, myth and theatre practice to teach leadership in boardrooms and business schools. He currently teaches on the Advance Management Programme at INSEAD and creates bespoke rituals for individuals and groups in his purpose-built ritual garden in South East Wales. Writing includes the play ‘Bengal Lancer’, four collections of poetry and the story of his life in ritual, “Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World”. He lives in a restored Monmouthshire gentry with his wife, psychotherapist and teacher Juliet Grayson.

12th Feb 20

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Dr Jean Knox

'The Mind in Fragments: The Neuroscientific, Developmental, and Traumatic Roots of Dissociation and Their Implications for Clinical Practice'  

Early relational trauma has a life-long impact on a person’s psychological and emotional development. Dissociation is both a defensive process against unbearable experience  but also the result of the neuro-biological damage that trauma causes. The differing views in the psychotherapy world over the relative importance of dissociation and repression have their historical roots in the fundamentally different models of the mind offered by Freud and Jung. I would look at the history of the concept of dissociation from Janet to Jung and then to psychology research by Van der Kolk and others, showing that Jung's ideas anticipated many modern developments in the concept of dissociation. I shall link these to current neuroscientific models of dissociation and discuss the modifications to psychoanalytic technique that are necessary when working with severely dissociative patients.

Dr Jean Knox is a psychiatrist and a Jungian analyst with a relational and attachment-based approach. Her PhD on the effect of emotion on memory and perception was at the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL, supervised by Professor Peter Fonagy.

She is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter, for the Doctorate in Clinical Practice and the Professional Qualifying Training in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

She is a Senior Member and Trustee of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and former Editor-in -Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.

She has written and taught extensively on the relevance of research in attachment theory and developmental neuroscience to psychotherapy theory and practice. Her book Archetype, Attachment, Analysis: Jungian Psychology and the Emergent Mind was published in 2003. Her book ‘Self-Agency in Psychotherapy: Attachment, Autonomy and Intimacy’ was published in December 2011, in the WW Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology series.

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Christopher Hauke

The Screen and the Soul. Virtual reality, Real reality and How It Is.

The Covid pandemic has required us to keep a broader social distance from one another. For psychotherapists this should be less of a problem. With reliable broadband making therapy sessions (and presentations like this one) possible online, why do so many people still find the virtual session falls so far short of the “real” meeting in person? Maybe our assumption that there is a “real” version and there is an inferior “virtual” version is wrong to begin with. I would like to lay out three approaches to this question.

The first derives from quantum theorist David Deutsch and his book The Fabric of Reality (Deutsch 1997). The second approach digs further into philosophical implications around the idea that material reality is not an objective fact and consciousness is all there is. This is known as metaphysical idealism as analysed by Bernardo Kastrup’s (2020, 2021) work especially his understanding of Jung’s metaphysics.

Lastly, film narratives, as well as factual 'reality' films, have long been delivering "reality" to us on screens in their own virtual way. So I will finish by discussing the bio-evolutionary ideas around visual perception, affordance (Gibson 1979) and the central role of meaning in both film and the therapy session. In doing so, I will bring us back to the definition of "virtual" which flagged it as something in essence or effect. In this way I bring a new perspective to the idea of “real reality” and “virtual reality” in our new way of working.

Christopher Hauke is a Jungian analyst in private practice and a PhD supervisor at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is interested in the applications of depth psychology to a wide range of social and cultural phenomena. His books include Jung and the Postmodern: The Interpretation of Realities (2000); Human Being Human. Culture and the Soul (2005); Visible Mind. Movies, Modernity and the Unconscious (2013). He has co-edited two collections of film writing: Jung and Film. Post-Jungian Takes on the Moving Image (2001) and Jung and Film II – The Return. His short films, documentaries One Colour Red and Green Ray and the psychological drama Again, premiered in London venues and at congresses in Barcelona, Zurich and Montreal. He is a consultant for branding, digital games and business leadership companies. A new web-site is in development.

9th April 2022 This lecture will be live only. It will not be simultaneously on-line but there will be a visual recording available to all those who buy tickets for the event.flat1000x1000075f.u8

Rhodri Karim

Lessons from the Psychedelic Experience

The mainstream is warming to the idea of psychedelics, once "mind-bending drugs" and the preserve of old hippies and new ravers. Imperial College has opened an entire research centre devoted to magic mushrooms. CEOs microdose LSD for performance enhancement, while even Sting goes public with his enthusiasm for ayahuasca. They now hold the promise of being a "breakthrough treatment for depression", while also being a prime frontier of bluster, speculation and venture capitalism. Psychedelics – and the healing and earthly salvation they promise – seem to represent a singularity of novelty, a newly-discovered territory of the imaginal lept on by ravenous colonizers.

But putting aside the hype, the scare tactics and the machinations of power – what mysteries does the psychedelic experience hold? What are the contours of its terrain, and what is its relevance for therapeutic practice? What is this extraordinary phenomenon, co-created between the plant world and the human psyche, that gives rise to such singular experiences that they are regularly described in the scientific literature as "mystical"? And what are the parallels between clinical concepts and the phenomenology of the psychedelic experience? In this talk, I will share personal observations, hard-earned lessons, frantic hand-waving, poetry, and some theories and models – my intention is to share treasures retrieved from over a decade of personal exploration with psychedelics, and 5 years of working with them professionally.

Rhodri Karim is a student psychotherapist and harm reduction worker, serving on the advisory board of harm reduction charity PsyCare UK. He was the Bristol Coordinator of the Psychedelic Society, and a Facilitator on their Psychedelic Experience Retreats programme in the Netherlands. After a 10 year stint in software engineering, he began the process of retraining in psychotherapy in 2017, and finds the two disciplines not altogether incompatible. He is also an artist-worker at the Cube Microplex, an experimental venue and DIY cinema in Bristol, where he curates music, lectures and events including the post-human performance party Witch Please. His interests lie at the fertile and permeable boundaries between magic, mythos, spirit, society, ecology, the body and sanity.

This lecture will be live only. It will not be simultaneously on-line but there will be a visual recording available to all those who buy tickets for the event.

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Jim FitzGerald

Frogs and Toads and the language of Nature

Since the 1970s at least 200 frog species have disappeared, due to global warming. Hundreds of the remaining species of amphibians, which include frogs and toads, are expected to disappear in the next century. In order to understand how significant a loss this may be for humanity, it is instructive to turn to the symbolic world of myth and fairy tale. Creatures that are so close to the elements of earth and water have a great deal to teach us about the wisdom of nature and the possibilities that lie within us for radical transformation.

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.


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Sonu Shamdasani

The Making of Jung’s Memories

In 1963, Memories, Dreams, Reflections was published, and swiftly became a bestseller. It was taken to be the autobiography of one of the most prominent figures in twentieth century psychology. Since then, it has been regarded as the single most authoritative source of information concerning Jung’s life and work. With sales nearing a million in English alone, it has sold far more than any other work of Jung. In short, it is the work by which Jung has come to be known by the public at large. The book comprised material compiled and edited by Aniela Jaffé on the basis of interviews she conducted with Jung largely between 1956 and 1958, supplemented by Jung’s own memoir concerning the early years of his life, and some other autobiographical materials, with the active involvement of the legendary publisher, Kurt Wolff, whose brainchild it was. However, behind the scenes, there lay an unsuspectedly complex tale of composition, editing, publication, and alleged censorship, as the parties involved came into conflict concerning how to shape and present what came to be regarded as Jung’s final testament. The original Protocols, which are currently in press in the Philemon Series, reveal that much significant material had been completely omitted and that much material had been heavily edited in the final book. This talk presents what went into the making of Jung’s memories.

Professor Sonu Shamdasani is the Vice-Dean (Health) of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Co-Director of the Health Humanities Centre at UCL, and the General Editor of the Philemon Foundation. He is the author and editor of numerous works which have been translated into many languages, most recently is the editor and co-translator of Jung’s The Black Books 1913-1932: Notebooks of Transformation (W. W. Norton, 2020).


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