CALENDER OF EVENTS 2019
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.
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)
Soul of the World
Carl Jung and Albert Einstein were almost exact contemporaries, three or four years at either end, and both were concerned in their very roots with different aspects of the evolutionary change in human consciousness which was then impending and is still passing through in our own time.
Run time: 97 minutes
The film's story is an example of what The Guardian's film critic Peter Bradshaw calls "that emerging post-'Wicked' genre, the revisionist-backstory fairytale," but it's affecting. It has a primordial edge that the clumsy filmmaking can't blunt. There are moments in "Maleficent" that are profoundly disturbing, in the way that ancient myths and Grimm fairy tales are disturbing. They strike to the heart of human experience and create the kinds of memories that young children—young girls particularly—will obsess over, because on some level they'll know, even without the benefit of adult experience, that the film is telling them a horrible sort of truth.
But it's also a film of resonant gestures and dream logic, in which ancient and contemporary predicaments jostle against each other: romantic betrayal or sexual assault, and their psychological aftermath; the fundamental differences between male and female minds; the way that patriarchal culture fuses women's sense of self-worth to their bodies; even the tangled maternal impulses that independent single women who never wanted kids might experience when they have to care for a child. The movie is a mess, but it's a rich mess. It has weight. It matters. (Matt Zolle Seitz)
Madness: Songs of Hope & Despair
Dr. Sean Bauman
Dr. Sean Bauman has worked as specialist psychiatrist in the area of psychoses for twenty-five years.
He contends that the plight of the seriously mentally ill is either ignored or profoundly misunderstood, which significantly contributes to the suffering of those deemed mad. His material is authentic and derives from his clinical encounters. He presents the phenomena of madness in a respectful way that seeks to be as truthful as possible given the mysteries of the mind in turmoil.
Following the crumbs of Cruelty Home
Our personalities provide endless, unfathomable difficulties. Processes that constitute us make us problematic to ourselves. In many ways we are our greatest challenge.
In this talk I would like to single out one for attention. The fact that we are inhabited by something lethal. Something in us that makes us dangerous to ourselves and society. We never stop being lethal. However, against this we possess an originary counter tendency – what might be called an innate morality – where holding oneself back is an outgrowth of the capacity for love and concern.
Jane Eyre (2011)
Run Time: Two Hours
In the words of the film critic Roger Ebert, this latest version of Charlotte Bronte's classic gothic novel effectively captures the atmosphere of the genre, with "ungovernable eroticism squirming to escape" amid "gloomy shadows of crepuscular castles." Bronte's novel was first published in 1847. Its enduring popularity is explained by the romance, fine characterisations, and evocative atmosphere she created in her story. However, for those of a Jungian bent, the continued appeal of the story is also explained by the presence of archetypal themes and by the depiction of what happens when the tension of opposing energies is held to breaking--or exploding--point.
The film is directed by Cary Fukunaga, who creates the gothic atmosphere with "voluptuous visuals and ambitious art direction" (Ebert). It stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Judi Dench. "Jane Eyre" is a feast for the senses and for the mind, transporting the viewer into a nether world of mystery and suspense. It also provides a vivid example of how the psyche attempts to deal with shadow elements on all levels: personal, cultural and archetypal.
SHADOW WORK: Feeling Your Demons
A lecture presented by Jetthe Fabioola, a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and certified Feeding your Demons practitioner.
12 -14 April
SHADOW WORK: “Feeding Your Demons” Weekend workshop
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung
A workshop presented by Jetthe Fabioola, a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and certified Feeding your Demons practitioner.
Jetthe will be guiding us to engage with and transform our personal demons eg. confusion, anger, illness, loss and longing.
A workshop presented by Jetthe Fabioola, a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and certified Feeding your Demons practitioner. Jetthe will be guiding us to engage with and transform our personal demons eg. confusion, anger, illness, loss and longing.
The White Lion as a symbol of the Archetype of the Self
The speaker equates the white lion with the Jungian concept of the archetypal Self and illustrates the role of lions as an ‘ordering principle’ in the natural order of life on earth, similarly to the Self-being the regulating center in the human psyche.
She explores the mythological association of lions with the sun as well as the deep-rooted symbolic significance lions hold for humanity since ancient times. She elaborates on the symbolic meaning of the colour white and the importance of white animals in spiritual traditions. Her hypothesis is positioned in the context of the ecological perspective, which demands a fundamental interconnectedness, which she considers essential to the development of consciousness and wholeness.
The Wife (2017)
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes
As the apparently-perfect wife of a Nobel prize-winning writer (Jonathan Price), Glenn Close gives arguably her best ever performance in an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel. It is a fascinating and bravura performance, in this hugely enjoyable dark comedy from director Björn Runge.
Joan and Joe (Glenn Close and Jonathan Price) remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain and profoundly narcissistic, Joan is self-effacing and graceful. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, poise, charm and diplomacy into the private role of “a great man's wife”.
As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to reflect on the shared compromises, secrets, and enormous betrayals. She gradually undergoes a process of self-reflection and individuation. Her devotion and tolerance of Joe, including his many infidelities, begins to erode as she confronts many difficult questions she has avoided for many years. The film raises challenging questions about the complexity of relationships – loyalty, love, devotion – at what price?
12 – 14 July
Creativity & the Inner Other
A workshop presented by Wilna Van Der Walt
Wilna van der Walt encountered the creative process as a living organic process and supportive tool in her own life since the 1990’s, and found confirmation of her own experience in the work of Jung, Winnicott and Kalsched. The culmination of 25 years of creative experimentation and relating to its content was published in book-form in 2016. Wilna is a counselling medical practitioner and a creative facilitator from Muizenberg.
20th July WORKSHOP
African Tradition and Psychotherapy – The Merging of Two Worlds
presented Nompumelelo Prudence Kubeka and Vella Maseko.
Most professionals, skilled and experienced in treating a wide range of human conditions, are faced with difficulties to fully understand and empathize with the plight of their African patients. Basic insight and knowledge of the African tradition would greatly contribute to a meaningful and productive psychotherapy session. African patients may indeed present with problems that are foreign or “strange”, certainly unknown, to western psychology and the uninformed western mind. These problems include, for example: ancestry, prayer, callings, rituals, protection and cursing, dreams, and witchcraft.
The purpose of the workshop is to support professionals in mental healthcare systems to develop a better understanding of ancestral calling and traditional healing. The aim is to equip professionals with a basic knowledge of the ancestral world, the problem that many African patients present with when they come to a psychotherapy consultation. Many black African patients seek help from both the psychiatric clinics/hospitals and indigenous healers, creating an opportunity for these two worlds to merge.
3 July LECTURE
African Tradition and Psychotherapy – The Merging of Two Worlds
presented by Nompumelelo Prudence Kubeka and Vella Maseko.
The purpose of the lecture is to introduce the audience to important foundational concepts of African culture, such as ancestral calling and traditional healing. We would like to motivate the need for mental health professionals and other caring individuals to be equipped with a basic knowledge of the ancestral world, since it is a problem that many African people struggle with when they seek psychotherapy or guidance. Many black African patients seek help from both the psychiatric clinics/hospitals and indigenous healers, creating an opportunity for these two worlds to merge.
Run time: 1 hour 51 minutes
Dr. Stephen Fleming, a doctor turned politician living a charmed life as MP and government minister, locks eyes with an unusual young woman at a reception. She is Anna Barton, and she returns his gaze with such intensity and duration that we, as witnesses to the scene, hold our breath and become distinctly uneasy. We are correct in our sense of foreboding. As one reviewer put it, "they are careening toward disaster and we can't look away."
Anna is Stephen's son's fiancee, yet they begin and continue a liaison that might be seen as romantic but feels more like obsession. As an audience interested in Jung's ideas, we might ask: Has Stephen lived within his thinking function to the detriment of his feeling function, and when overwhelmed by passion he abandons his values? Has Stephen's shadow been so repressed that it finally bursts out with a vengeance? Are Anna and Stephen possessed by eerily matched, affect-laden complexes? Anna describes herself as "damaged;" in the novel by Josephine Hart (screenplay is by David Hare), the moment of locked eyes is described as the first "real" moment of Stephen's life. Stephen and Anna behave as if they are under a spell-- a feeling familiar to us all, to one degree or another, when a complex takes over our ego functioning.
Directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson and Rupert Graves, "Damage" is a compelling story and a cautionary tale for all who allow an extreme lack of balance to characterise their personalities.
17 Sep Lecture
T S ELIOT'S FOUR QUARTETS: A users guide to psychological transformation
Dr Peter Hodson
The Four Quartets were written between 1936 and 1942, and were the culmination of T.S. Eliot’s poetic and creative life. He felt they had been his most important work and said of them in interviews later in his life, “The Four Quartets – I rest on these” and “I stand or fall on them”.
The later Quartets were written during the height of wartime England when London had been virtually destroyed by the blitz. During this time the quartets offered the possibility of a new life emerging from the devastation of war - a light in the wartime darkness, but the theme of transformation and new life in the poetry goes much deeper to the core of the human condition and the need for psychological or spiritual transformation as a human and individual necessity
28 Sep Workshop 09h30 - 14h00
presented by Stephen Bloch
CG JUNG CENTRE
This Saturday morning workshop invites clinicians to enter Bion’s psychic landscape through a series of experiential exercises.
Bion’s work is often regarded as difficult to approach. By understanding his writings from within lived experience and Bion’s life itself, participants will be introduced to a way of understanding Bion’s contribution. Bion emphasized the importance, and difficulties, of remaining open to experience, which he called an act of psychoanalytic Faith. The exercises are experiments in this concept of psychoanalytic Faith. The workshop hopes to open participants to the experience of fire not merely to its description (to paraphrase the Bion scholar, P.C. Sandler). Two aspects will be focused upon: Firstly, the movement from raw beta elements to psychic digestion through alpha dream work; and secondly, the experience of O, in turbulence and releasement.
The course material draws on Bion’s autobiographical writings, experiments in reverie as developed by Antonino Ferro, and if time permits, excerpts from the incomplete film on Bion’s Life: “The Becoming Room’’. The workshop will be of interest to those new to Bion’s work but also to those seeking a new perspective with
which to engage the material.
The Children Act (2018) (Ethics points applied for)
Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes
Besides a spectacular performance by Emma Thompson who delivers what has to be one of the most nuanced and moving performances of her entire career, there are themes of relationships, ethics, morality, and the law. Written by Ian McEwan, it is based on his 2014 novel of the same name.
Fiona (Emma Thompson), a judge in the High Court of Justice, has to rule on a case of a Jehovah Witness 17-year-old, Adam (newcomer Fionn Whitehead), dying of leukaemia who needs a blood transfusion that is against he and his parents’ religious beliefs. Such cases thrust her into battles over religion as well as family, but the British Children Act of 1989, that gives the film its title, authorizes the court to act as the agent and protector of the child in such thorny cases.
Fiona visits the boy in hospital and a profound connection and communication at the psychoid level occurs between them. Her own relationship with her husband, Jack (Stanley Tucci), a university professor, is failing due to neglect of Jack and her zealousness related to her legal work and obligations.
She is very shut down emotionally with little access to and a limited ability to express her affects in a mature way. Her relationship with Adam becomes a transformative experience that eventually helps to melt her frozen heart. This allows her to be vulnerable and to dare to love.
12 Oct Workshop 08h30 - 12h30
PSYCHOLOGICAL & THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES OF NARRATIVES OF WOMEN WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY
presented by Elizabeth Martiny
C G JUNG CENTRE
A multitude of social barriers negatively impact self-identity, self-esteem and development of women with a physical disability. These can result in the internalization of disparaging social attitudes, behaviours and God-images regarding disability. Certain faith communities marginalize this population due to formation of and teaching of God-images which denigrate the condition of disability and persons with a disability. This seminar will explore a few narratives of women regarding their psychological and religious experiences related to their disability. The discussion will also focus on the therapeutic encounter with persons with a disability by identifying and exploring both restrictive and liberating factors in their journeys.
15 Oct Lecture
GOD IMAGES OF WOMAN WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY
by Elizabeth Martiny
UCT Lung Institute
Many disparaging social attitudes and behaviours relating to both physical disability and to women stunt the psychological and spiritual development of women with a physical disability. One powerful influence stemming from religious communities is the God-images that are promoted regarding disability and women. Certain God-images are restrictive and other images are liberating.
19 Oct Workshop 08h30 - 13h00
CREATIVITY WORKSHOP - CLASS 1 OF 3
The Legend of the Indian Paint-brush
by Wilna van der Walt
Venue: CG Jung Centre,
In this series of 3 classes, the creative process will be explored. Each class has a practical as well as theoretical aspect. Acrylic paint, charcoal, oil pastels and clay will be available. No previous artistic experience is required. Each class builds on previous classes; therefore, it is ideal to attend
the whole series. However, if you are interested in only one or two topics, be assured that each class forms a meaningful unit on its own. In this first class, we will explore the creative space as a containing space, as found in The Legend of the Indian Paint-brush, and the unfolding of content within this container.
26 Oct Workshop 08h30 - 17h00
EROS & PSYCHE: A relational perspective on the Journey towards Love
by Sheila Cowburn
C G Jung Centre
The Myth of Eros and Psyche will be explored from a Jungian perspective through the lens of the psychological dilemmas the motifs represent in the psyche in a shifting patriarchal paradigm and its impact on relationships. The Eros/Psyche constellation will be viewed as the archetype of relatedness between men and women called along the soul’s journey from narcissism to mature Love.
Overcoming powerful complexes and transcending narcissism are features of the journey of the soul initiated by Love. Implicit in the themes to be explored will be the encounter with the repressed Feminine in both men and women. The illusory opposition between love and power reinforces the idea that males and the masculine have and use power and that females and the feminine are powerless. A more differentiated consciousness is our challenge and invitation.
There will be opportunity for working with images reflecting the motifs, group exploration and sharing.
16th Nov Workshop 08h30 - 13h00
CREATIVITY WORKSHOP - CLASS 2 OF 3
The Magic Paint-brush
by Wilna van der Walt
Venue: CG Jung Centre,
In this series of 3 classes, the creative process will be explored. Each class has a practical as well as theoretical aspect. The 3 classes build one upon the other; therefore, it is ideal to attend the whole series. However, if you are interested in only one or two topics, be assured that each class forms a meaningful unit on its own. Acrylic paint, charcoal, oil pastels and clay will be available. No previous artistic experience is required.
In this second class, we will explore the possible function of creative work in the tendency of the unconscious to restore inner equilibrium, as found in the ancient Chinese story, The Magic Paint-brush. This will be followed by a short case study of the development of motifs in the work of David Blum, well-known conductor and writer from New York, who drew images from his dreams.
19 Nov Lecture
THERAPY & SELF-EXAMINATION IN A TIME OF ENVIRONMENTAL DISINTEGRATION
by Dr Ian McCallum
UCT Lung Institute
To me, the ecological crises of our time – climate instability, pollution, the loss of wild animals and the habitats that support them, is more than a reflection of the damage and threat to the natural environment. It is a crisis of human identity – the way we think, the way we behave, the way we see ourselves in relationship to the natural world.
22 November FILM
Spirited Away (2001)
Runtime:2hrs 5 min
Hayao Miyazaki’s film, ‘Spirited Away’, enjoys a cult classic status all over the world and is perhaps the most well-known of the popular Studio Ghibli brand. However, there is much more to the film than meets the eye. ‘Spirited Away’ is the story of Chihiro, a young Japanese Girl who gets lost while exploring an old bath house with her parents, only to become trapped in a spirit world in which her name is taken from her. She embarks on a journey with the help of her newfound friend, Huku, to retrieve her name and return to her parents. During this time, she undergoes a ‘coming of age’ caused by the challenges that face her. In the conclusion of the film, Chihiro is reunited with her parents and is seen as having matured in love, kindness and sincerity.
“Spirited Away” draws heavily from Shinto traditions. Shinto is a religion that believes in the interconnected and creative life force of humans, animals and nature. This “generative, immanent force” (kami) exists within everything. In order to experience the presence of any one of these aspects of nature, an individual is required to have a pure and cheerful heart/mind (kokoro). To return to kokoro, a person must undergo an action of spiritual cleansing, with the intended result to once again act in sincerity towards others. (James W. Boyd, Tetsuya Nishimura (2004) ‘Shinto Perspectives in Miyaki’s Anime Film “Spirited Away” 8(2) Journal of Religion and Film.)
30th Nov Workshop 08h30 - 13h00
CREATIVITY WORKSHOP - CLASS 3 OF 3
by Wilna van der Walt
Venue: CG Jung Centre,
In this series of 3 classes, the creative process will be explored. Each class has a practical as well as theoretical aspect. Acrylic paint, charcoal, oil pastels and clay will be available. No previous artistic experience is required. The 3 classes build one upon the other; therefore, it is ideal to attend the whole series. However, if you are interested in only one or two topics, be assured that each class forms a meaningful unit on its own. In this third class, we will explore the role of consciousness in developing a nurturing personal relationship to creative inner work, as found in Ovid’s Pygmalion.
If one turns toward the unconscious with a need and with expectation, it will respond. If we take this process to a creative medium, we have the beginning of the creative process. As images unfold one after another, energy is assimilated from the previous expression to the new, and the unfolding of motifs can be traced from image to image. By relating to your creative work and its energy, neglected aspects of the personality can be nurtured and the individuation process strengthened.
Jung said in The aims of psychotherapy: “A patient needs only to have seen once or twice how much he is freed from a wretched state of mind by working at a symbolical picture, and he will always turn to this means of release whenever things go badly with him.” (Chodorow, 1997, p. 93)