Mantis Weekend 2020

Date: Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October 2020

Venue: Online via Zoom

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Friday, 2 October
18:00 – 19:30 A Healing Viewpoint on Death Renee Ramsden
Saturday, 3 October
09:00 – 10:30 Revisiting Hillman Stephen Bloch
11:00 – 12:30 Self, Nature and the White Lions Denise Grobbelaar
13:30 – 15:00 The Psychoid Function Suzan Hojdar
Sunday, 4 October
09:00 – 10:30 Illustrations of Fairy Tales Johann Graaff

Biographies & Abstracts

PRESENTER: Renee Ramsden has been working in private practice in Cape Town for 33 years. She is a founder member of the Southern African Association for Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) and a training analyst. She specialises in dream-analysis and has been teaching alchemy and psychology as presented by C.G. Jung to SAAJA candidates, the wider professional group and interested members of the public for 21 years. She has a longstanding interest in ancient goddess cultures and their relevance for the feminine in our current world. She is currently serving on SAAJA’s Executive Committee as Vice-President. She is also co-facilitator of SAAJA’s Jung and Film events.

ABSTRACT: A Healing Viewpoint on Death

The transformation mysteries of the Rosarium philosophorum and the Egyptian Duat:  a healing viewpoint on death.

This seminar will be exploring the archetypal images of transformation as depicted in the alchemical series the Rosarium Philosophorum and its similarities to the more ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Amduat. Repeatedly, the Amduat states: “It is good for the dead to have this knowledge, but also for a person on Earth; a remedy – a million times proven!”

Transformation mysteries are as old as the first humans who wondered about death and birth, and the space in-between. Death is one of the few certainties in life, and is not life’s enemy, but life’s partner. Together, life and death are responsible for the dance of eternal transformation, from one lifetime to the next.

PRESENTER: Stephen Bloch is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founding member of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts and has served on its Executive Committee, Assessment and Review, Ethics and Library Committees.  Stephen has given training seminars on transference and countertransference, dream interpretation, Klein, Winnicott, Bion and Eigen, the psychoanalytic frame, music and psychoanalysis, embodiment, psychotherapy and the meditating patient. He has published papers and reviews and co- edited with Paul Ashton MUSIC AND PSYCHE (Spring Publications, 2010) and with Loray Daws of a festschrift for Michael Eigen entitled LIVING MOMENTS: PAPERS IN HONOUR OF MICHAEL EIGEN (Karnac, 2015).

ABSTRACT: Revisiting Hillman

Iconoclastic, contrarian and provocative Hillman nevertheless remains one of the more significant post-Jungians.This seminar will explore his central ideas ,in particular in his two masterpieces Revisiting Psychology  and  The Dream and the Underworld. Emphasis will be placed in the clinical implications of his perspective.

PRESENTER: Denise Grobbelaar is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst working in private practice in Vredehoek, Cape Town. Denise has a keen interest in archetypal patterns, mythology, shamanism, the Enneagram and dream work. Besides her curiosity about the human psyche, she has a deep love and a profound sense of reverence for Nature and specifically the White Lions. She leads annual Dream Appreciation retreats to the Global White Lion Protection Trust in the Timbivati. Her paper “The White Lion as Symbol of the Archetype of the Self and the Cannibalization of the Self in Canned Hunting” has been published in the 2020 Spring Issue of the Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche.

ABSTRACT: Self, Nature and the White Lions 

Nature – an extension of the Archetype of the Self as embodied in the image of the White Lion.

Denise examines Nature as a dynamic extension of our psyche in terms of Jung’s Archetype of the Self.  She believes that Nature as an archetypal pattern of the soul, interwoven with humankind’s ancient lived experiences and evolutionary leaps, constitutes the bedrock of our consciousness. The speaker’s hypothesis is grounded in the Ecological Perspective, which demands a fundamental interconnectedness—as is implicit in the South African concept of Ubuntu. She draws a comparison between lions, in their role of apex predator and an “ordering principle” in nature, with the concept of the Self as the regulating center in the human psyche. Lions’ deep-rooted symbolic and mythological significance is considered, with specific emphasis on the importance of white animals in spiritual traditions, elucidating the proper relationship required between humans and Nature.

PRESENTER: Suzan Hojdaris a SAAJA Analyst qualified as an individual router through IAAP & one of the founder members of Gauteng group that has been active for over 20 years. She has a medical degree from Wits University, international degrees in Homeopathy (Archetypal & Clinical) & is a Didactic teacher of Biodanza. She is trained in Systemic & Organizational Constellations as well as Shamanism.  Suzan has a private practice in JHN, where she sees individuals, runs a Process group & Fairy Tale teaching-sharing circles. She is a liaison person for Gauteng group with SAAJA, serves on the Curriculum Committee & is a training analyst.

ABSTRACT: The Psychoid Function

Jung, The Psychoid Function & Individuation of Body-Psyche.

It is said that body and soul are each other’s experience. When Jung started his career he had  two interests: Biology & Spirituality. We will explore his theory of the psychoid function, and the Psychoid nature of the Archetype. We will inquire into the concept of Body-Psyche Individuation in relation to Neuroscience, Quantum Physics &  Epigenetics. We will look at a famous painting, a dream and a synchronistic event through the lens of the psychoid layer and  end with some ideas about self-directed healing and Psychobiotics.

PRESENTER: 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.  He is member of SAAJA, currently serving on Curriculum Committee.

ABSTRACT: Illustrations of Fairy Tales

The Golden Age of Fairy Tale Illustration:  the role of the visual image in remaking legends, myths and children’s stories.

The first two decades of the 20th century saw the blossoming of the illustrators, Arthur Rackham, Edmund du Lac and Kay Nielsen. They produced images of spell-binding charm and suggestive depth. They changed the way the English-speaking world thought about legends, myths and fairy tales. But the economics of printing and publishing gradually closed down that window. Their role has been taken up largely by film companies like Disney. They have continued the ongoing remaking of these classic stories to fit with new technology, new tastes and new culture.

It is important therapists to be aware of the ongoing presence of archetypes continually being reborn in our lives through artistic representations; to be aware of the enrichment and deepening of fairy tales through illustration; and to understand that often client awareness of fairy tales is based on powerful illustrations.

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