Creativity and the Inner Other | Online Workshop by Wilna van der Walt

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Jung said: “The image represents the meaning of the instinct… I have succeeded… in finding an indirect way of approach to the instinctual image… [I therefore set the patient] the task of developing his theme… This could be done in a number of ways, dramatic, dialectic, visual, acoustic, or dancing, painting, drawing, modelling… I was able to recognize that… I was witnessing the spontaneous manifestation of an unconscious process, merely assisted by… the patient… Over the whole procedure there seems to be a dim foreknowledge not only of the pattern, but also of its meaning….” ~ On the Nature of the Psyche, Par 398 – 402

In this short course I combine practical and theoretical work in 3 online modules, presented on 3 consecutive Saturday mornings from 9 am – 1 pm.

The benefit of working online within your own space is that it will assist you in the difficult task of getting going within your private environment. In addition, you have a wider spectrum of creative media to choose from.

This course is open to everyone. No previous creative experience is required; guidance will take the form of simple preparations and suggestions within an online held space.
Please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance in your choice of medium.

Participants will be requested to do pre-reading in preparation of our work together. Suggested reading time per session: 60 minutes. Each module will include both practical work and a discussion of the topics of the day.

We will explore the creative space as a containing space, its unfolding content and how it may be meaningful. The natural tendency of the unconscious to restore equilibrium in creative work will be discussed, together with its symbolic function. Why is the creative space as a containing space so important? How is the unfolding content meaningful? What is the natural tendency of the unconscious to restore equilibrium in creative work, and how does it work? How should I approach my work?

Course Modules

Module 1: August 29
The Creative Space : In a Native American legend, we will explore aspects of the creative space as containing symbolic space, the unfolding of content within the space and an introductory approach to meaning making.

Module 2: September 5
Restoring Inner Balance : We will explore the tendency of the unconscious within the creative space, to restore inner equilibrium, as demonstrated in an ancient Chinese story.
The Work of David Blum : A short case study of the development of the main motifs in the work of
David Blum, well-known conductor and writer from New York, who drew images from his dreams.

Module 3: September 12
Experiencing or Interpreting the Content? The Role of Relating: In Ovid’s Pygmalion we explore
how symbolical creative work might influence and alter an outdated conscious approach to life.

Booking Information

Cost : R1500
All welcome. Advanced bookings only.
All queries/bookings: Please contact Wilna at asdopas@gmail.com

Click HERE to book online.

Banking Details

Standard Bank | Account name: PW van der Walt | Acc nr 043120008 | Branch 051001 | Beneficiary reference: SURNAME
Please email POP to asdopas@gmail.com
No cash or cheques deposits please. No refund policy if cancelled within 3 days ofworkshop.
For more info please visit www.wilnavanderwaltpsychologypractice.co.za

More About the Facilitator

Wilna van der Walt is a registered medical doctor; she practices in the field of psychotherapy in
Muizenberg, and has a special interest in creative work. On her personal journey, she encountered the
creative process in the 1990’s as a living organic process. Jungian psychology confirmed her experience of
the potentially transformative power of the creative process and continues to inform her current work. Her
creative experimentation of 25 years was published in book-form in 2016.

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