Creativity and the Inner Other, a workshop

Creativity and the Inner Other, a workshop

20 – 22 July 2018: 87 Main rd, Rosebank, Cape Town

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Creative work can be an indispensable tool in the process of individuation. The aim of this workshop is to provide a safe space in which to explore our creativity and our relationship to that aspect of the inner Other. The workshop will provide many opportunities for practical work as well as discussions of key aspects of this symbolical creative process.  Stories will be used to demonstrate properties of the creative space as a sacred space, of the unfolding of the image in the space and our developing relationship to it. Participants will be guided on an exploratory journey to facilitate better access to deeper levels of creativity, accessible to all of us, that have often been suppressed. Practical experiential aspects of the process will be interwoven throughout the discussions. No previous artistic experience or other ways of expressing creativity are required for this workshop.

Jung, 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)

Jung, in the Tavistock Lectures: “But [the therapist] should leave the originals with the patients, because they want to look at them and they become enchanted. The suggestive influence of the picture reacts on the psychological system of the patient and induces the same effect which he puts into the picture. That is the reason for the use of idols, for the magic use of sacred images, of icons. They cast their magic into our system and put us right, provided we put ourselves into them.” (Chodorow, 1997, p.152)

Costs: R1500 per person. Everyone welcome. (Only 9 places available)

Art materials as well as tea, coffee and Saturday lunch will be supplied.

Venue: CG Jung Centre, 87 Main rd, Rosebank, Cape Town

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Friday 20 July

18.30 – 19.00: The king who was afraid to flower

After a short introduction to some of Jung’s views on creative play and fantasy, we encounter our natural fear of the other side in a Croatian tale.

19.00 – 20.00: First practical session.


Saturday 21 July

9.00 – 10.00: Second practical session

10.00 – 10.30: Colour and shape, outlay and meaning

Tea break

11.00 – 11.30: Artistic materials, a marriage

A discussion of the choice of artistic materials with regard to assisting inner work. Do personality types play a role in the chemistry of the right medium?

11.30 – 12.30: The creative space as temenos

We explore the space and the process of the unfolding message from the deep by way of a Native American legend.


14.00 – 15.00: Creativity and nourishment

With the help of an ancient Chinese story we explore the influence of immaturity and ego resistance on the nourishing possibilities of the symbol.

Tea break

15.30 – 17.00: Third practical session


Sunday 22 July

9 – 10.30: Fourth practical session

Tea break

11.00 – 11.30: Building a relationship

In Ovid’s Pygmalion we trace the influence of Pygmalion’s art on his unfolding relationship to his anima, from aversion to love and marriage.

11.30 – 12.30: Closure, sharing and feedback