C G Jung Centre, Cape Town


Mantis Weekend

saaja mandalaMantis Weekend

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May 2017

Venue: C G Jung Centre 87 Main Road Rondebosch



FRIDAY – 12th May 2017

18h00 to 19h30 The Divided Brain – looking beyond the physiology

to uncover the deeply meaningful psychological impact.

Marita de Wet


Tea Break  
20h00 to 21h30 The Self … our best friend but also our worst enemy!

Attendance limited to registered clinicians only

Sheila Cowburn


SATURDAY – 13th May 2017

09h00 to 10h30 The “Gnosis” of Mary Magdalene:

Is It Relevant for Us Today?

John Gosling
Tea Break  
11h00 to 12h30 The Changing of the Guard

Attendance limited to registered clinicians only

Grace Reid
12h30 to 13h30 Lunch    
13h30 to 15h00

Tea break

15h30 to 17h00

The transformative use of liminal space in relation to ‘self’ and ‘Other’ – South African fiction Marian Campbell


SUNDAY – 14th May 2017

09h00 to 10h30 Love in a  time of Narcissism: from the Me-Decade and the New Age to The Donald and his Trumpsters Johann Graaff
Tea Break  
11h00 to 12h30 Loneliness and history”: the life of Leonard Cohen Fiona Geddes


Biographies and Abstracts

Marita de Wet is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Paarl. She started her career in 1980 as a Systems Engineer in IBM and qualified as a Psychologist in 1992. She was involved in corporate consultation and leadership development programs; she presented group therapy programs at the Life Psychiatric Clinic in Benoni and ran a private practice in Boksburg, Gauteng. She is currently in private practice in Paarl.

Abstract: This discussion investigates the fascinating thesis about the relationship between our brains and the world. It is an attempt to understand the structure of the world that the brain has in part created. We explore the asymmetrical structure and specialized functions of the cerebral hemispheres to gain an understanding of the world each hemisphere mediates. The coherent pattern of differences between the hemispheres helps to explain aspects of human experience, and therefore is meaningful in terms of our lives and our common lives in the Western World.

This paper is based in The Master and his Emissary, by Iain McGilchrist, who proposes that there are two fundamentally opposed realities for us as human beings, two different modes of experience; that each is of ultimate importance in bringing about the recognizably human world; and their difference is rooted in the bi-hemispheric structure of the brain. It follows that the hemispheres need to cooperate, but they are seemingly involved in a sort of power struggle in which the winner takes all. How did this power struggle create the world we live in?


Sheila Cowburn is a Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Analyst who has been in Private Practice for 25 Years. Her prior academic background was in the Classics and English Literature. She is a member of both SAAJA and the IAAP, has been a Past Committee Member and Chairperson on the Curriculum and Assessment and Review Committees. She is also a Training Analyst and Supervisor. Sheila has given various Public Lectures and workshops on Feminine Psychology both in South Africa, Canada and at ISAP in Zurich. She has also been involved for nine years in the teaching and application of Jungian Theory in the Corporate environment.


Abstract: This Paper explores the vicissitudes of the relationship between the ego and the archetypal Self and how that connection develops during life and within analysis. Fearing annihilation the resilient ego’s retort may be “If you kill me, where are your feet?” Often our deepest fear is taking the path that demands leaving behind what is too small for us. Vignettes will be used to illustrate this process.




John Gosling is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and returned to Cape Town in 2004. He is a past-president of SAAJA and is also a training analyst. He has a special interest in dreams, complexes, and archetypes (especially the Feminine) and how psychoneurobiology informs our work and approach to psyche. He is also interested in exploring how the principles of analytical psychology can be applied in helping children in traumatized communities and how these principles can be applied to help us better understand politics, films, literature, and the opera.


Abstract: Jung realized that our own inner world, our unconscious, has sorely been neglected. In his Red Book, he termed this “the spirit of the depths”. He emphasized that as part of our process of individuation, it is essential that we experience this encounter with our own unconscious and thereby gain “gnosis” (a knowledge or “knowing” of spiritual mysteries accessed within). I will outline, using the biblical story of Mary Magdalene, an extraordinary, assertive, non-conforming woman, who experienced this “gnosis”, how this caused a tremendous dilemma for the other disciples and the developing Christian church – because she was a woman. Her image was systematically distorted and conflated with other women in the gospels until she was pronounced a “repentant whore”. As the patriarchy ascended and strengthened, women and the Feminine were systematically oppressed – and this has had a profound effect on all our psyches and continues to be reflected in our own society. We will explore together this oppression and disrespect of the archetypal Feminine, and of “the spirit of the depths”, and then explore the shifts that are occurring both individually and collectively.




Grace Reid is a psychologist and Jungian analyst who practices psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and supervision in Kenilworth. Her training and education took place mostly in the United States, where she was in private practice for five years before moving to Cape Town in 1990. She is currently the secretary of SAAJA’s Exco and is also a training analyst.


Abstract: In “The Inner World of Childhood”, Donald Kalsched presents his view of the psychology of early trauma: When early experience is characterized by threats to the survival of a child’s personal spirit, an “army” of archetypal defences comes to its rescue, protecting and guarding it so fiercely that new information about the person’s world can’t get in. This prevents annihilation of the personal spirit, but it also prevents its development. Therapy often turns on the question of how to loosen the grip of this “army” on the patient’s personal spirit.

This clinical seminar will address the practical question of how we can help bring about the “changing of the guard,” from the obsolete self-care system to a more up-to-date and realistic way of connecting the patient’s authentic self to the world. We will look at some clinical examples and discuss images that can be useful in assisting the patient to make this transition. These will include the idea of creating an effective “psychic skin,” and the Mahayana Buddhist image of the Bodhisattva, or spiritual warrior.


Marian Campbell is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst working in private practice in Cape Town.

Abstract: “The Expedition to the Baobab Tree” is a poetic stream of consciousness novel written in Afrikaans in 1981 by Wilma Stockenstrom- a white woman in apartheid South Africa. Translated into various European languages, it won international recognition. JM Coetzee translated it into English in 1983 and called it “The Expedition to the Baobab Tree”. The narrator is a nameless black African slave woman in 15th century Africa who after a lifetime of trauma, finds herself abandoned and completely alone in the wilderness and seeks both physical and psychological shelter in the hollow trunk of a large baobab tree. Within this liminal space a dialogue unfolds between ‘self’ and ‘Self’/’Other’ which eventually leads to the protagonist’s experience of a larger sense of self and of her place in the world as she becomes more able to play with sameness and difference, and her language becomes more experience-near. The novel reads like a modern myth, presenting layers of othering/otherness- race, gender, class, nature, language- and some clues to the ingredients and transformative potential in threshold experiences.


Johann Graaff is a retired sociologist from UCT, but is now interested in the cross over between Jungian psychology and sociology. He graduated from the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, and has a practice as a Jungian analyst.  

Abstract: The notion of Narcissism has done heavy duty as a broad critique of Western modernity, but its meaning in this task shifts across a number of different meanings and it throws up a number of interesting puzzles. So, Donald Trump might quite easily be tagged as a Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), but how are we to understand the people who voted for him? Or, the New Age movement claims Jung as one of their founding inspirations, but Jung is extremely critical of them, calls them narcissistic, too concerned with just blissing out. Christopher Lasch, for his part, considers that there is a ‘culture of narcissism’ in America, but a culture is very different from an NPD. And James Hillman thinks that narcissism, in the form of a puer aeternus, is a good thing!


Fiona Geddes is a therapist working in Edenvale.  She has worked in private practice for many years and recently completed training at SAAJA, qualifying as a SAAJA analyst.  Fiona is interested in myths and stories that give fresh meaning to old challenges and speak the language of today, giving, in the words of Jiri Mesic, “New Skin for the Old Ceremony”.

Abstract: Leonard Cohen died, aged 82, on 7 November 2016, after a career spanning decades.  He touched more than one generation, and our culture, with his writing, poetry and songs.  Yet, his path was not an easy one.  In 1964, Leonard Cohen was 30 years old.  His poetry had won him much acclaim, success and popularity.  But this ‘hipster’ and the ‘voice of a generation’ Leonard Cohen was in crisis.  His poetry felt, to him, flightless, and his life cut adrift. 

Leonard Cohen’s (December1964) speech at the Jewish Library in Montreal, titled “Loneliness and History” reflected his realization that “I must make my own loneliness”.     Fiona’s talk aims to reflect on Leonard Cohen’s path of individuation, where through taking on the challenge of this ‘loneliness’, he was increasingly able to live creatively,  to live a conscious, meaningful and authentic life, one that ended with courage in the face of his mortality and some sense of peace with God and life.

Fee: R380 per seminar.


Discounted to R330 per seminar if 5 or more are attended.


10 CPD points under application



Booking Essential:

Attendance limited to 25 participants


Tea and Saturday Lunch will be served.


Please complete the form below and send bookings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




M de Wet

S Cowburn

J Gosling

G Reid

M Campbell

J Graaff

F Geddes










Parking is an issue at the Jung Centre and we ask in consideration for our neighbours, that visitors park at the Baxter Theatre or along Woolsack Drive please.

The parking available at the Centre is reserved for lecturers and Caterers who have equipment and goods to load/unload.


Thank you for your cooperation.



Address: C G Jung Centre, 87 Main Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7700
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Telephone: +27 (0)21 689 6090
Office Hours: 8.30am – 1pm, Monday to Friday
Postal Address: P O Box 589, Rondebosch, 7701

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