C G Jung Centre, Cape Town

Public Programme Events



Goals of SAAJA’s Public Programme

The promotion of an understanding and application of analytical psychology concepts that are made available to the public.

Presentations are held on the third Tuesday of every month at the UCT Lung Institute in Observatory, Cape Town.

Members of the public are invited to attend in person and we also stream these presentations live to those unable to attend in person. Those who stream in live need to contact Lynda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a booking.

All our lectures, Seminars, Reading Groups and Workshops attract CPD points.

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Venue: UCT Lung Institute, George Street, Mowbray

Lectures will begin at 07.30 p.m. (19h30)



Jan 16

Jung and the Myth of OedipusJD Oedipus

Julian David

SAAJA’s Analytical Psychology Lecture Series for 2018 kicks off with the highly respected analyst, Julian David, who returns to South Africa in January to present this very popular lecture which offers a refreshing perspective on the myth of Oedipus. Julian presents Oedipus as a tragic hero who takes on the sins of the parents, and pays the price of consciousness. The price of consciousness is to suffer loss of the outer eyes, in order to gain inner insight and wisdom.

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Feb 27coburn

The Self ... our best friend but also our worst enemy

Sheila Cowburn

The Individuation process often begins with a wounding of the personality. The ego reaches an impasse of one sort or another and has to finally turn inside to the inner wisdom, the Self. In the process, the ego becomes increasingly aware of its origin from and dependence upon the Self. In fact, the stability and vitality of the ego depends on a living connection with the Self. Therefore, the ego needs the support of the Self and the Self needs the ego to realize itself. The Self is the supreme psychic authority, it subordinates the ego to it.

Themes and images associated with the self are inner divinity, Imago Dei, wholeness, the creative point where the divine and human meet, and where transpersonal energies flow into the personal life. Like all archetypes, the Self has a dark side and being the greatest power in the psyche it has the potential for both creativity and destruction.

Sheila Cowburn is a Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Analyst. Her prior background was in the Classics and English Literature. She is a member of both the IAAP and  SAAJA and is 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. Another area of interest over the last 10 years has been involvement in the Corporate sector in Johannesburg where she has been teaching and applying Jungian Theory in the workplace.

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March 3ANZ STI


The other side of C.G. Jung and its influence on creative therapy methods.

1916- 2016, a 100 years long story of the painting from the unconscious, and a presentation of a most interesting case from the picture archive of the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich.


Working with Dreams, Paintings and Sandplay.
The differences of the 3 ways to the unconscious and their use in analysis.

After the foregoing seminar, the participants will know about the method of painting from the unconscious. Working with dreams in analysis is commonly known.

Sandplay becomes more and more known and integrated into analysis/therapies.

Ruth Ammann, Swiss, born in Zürich.  Dipl. Architect ETH, worked as an architect for 13 years. Changed her professional life in 1972, graduated 1979 as Jungian Psychoanalyst at the C.G.Jung-Institute in Zürich. Trained 1972 with Dora Kalff in Zollikon/Zürich, worked from 1973-75 as her assistant, became a Sandplay Therapist ISST. Works as a Jungian Training Analyst and Sandplay therapist in private practice in Zürich. President of ISST (International Society for Sandplay Therapy) for 8 years, 2003- 2011. Actual member of the board of directors of C.G.Jung Institut Zürich and curator of the C.G.Jung picture archive. Teaching and lecturing at the Jung-Institute Zürich and in several countries (Italy, Germany, Denmark, England, USA, Canada, China, Brazil, S. Korea, Japan, Australia, South Africa). 3 adult children, 6 grandchildren.

Das Traumbild Haus.  Walter Verlag, leider vergriffen
Healing and Transformation in Sandplay. Open Court P.C.1999
The enchantment of gardens, Daimon Einsiedeln, Switzerland 2008
Numerous articles in Journals.

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Mar 20

Encounter with the Other
Philippa Colinese & Jeffrey Rink

April 10

Psychologists as Activists
Ian McCullum

May 15

Pegasus as a symbol of the integrated Feminine
Grace Reid



Jul 17


Aug 21

The Metamorphosis of Narcissism in Modernity: whatever happened to the notion of sin?
Johann Graaff

Sept 18

Whayever  happened to Mary Magdalene?
John Gosling

Oct 16

Global Warming as the modern Flood Myth
Fred Borchardt

Nov 20

Groping the Feminine
Marita de Wet



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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