Voicing the Spirit - Exploring the hidden life of the Psyche through the works of great artists
The Guild offers a meeting place for people wishing to explore spirituality and religion enhanced by the insights of depth psychology. Members of The Guild: free admission to all Thursday Lectures listed below (including the New Year Lecture) and reduced rates for the Spring, Autumn and Oxford Conferences.
The membership year runs from September to August.
Maximum fee £50, reductions for country, joint and student members. For full details of membership benefits, contact our Administrator: Val Nurse, telephone 01553 849 849
Non-Members : Entrance fee for each Lecture is £15 (concessions £9) Groups of five or more: £10 per head
The fee is payable on the door and includes a glass of wine after the lecture so please stay, and enjoy!
Conferences priced separately—see details nearer the time All Thursday Lectures start at 7.30 pm
Venue : ESSEX CHURCH
112 PALACE GARDENS TERRACE, LONDON W8 4RT
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate (four minutes walk)
NEW YEAR AFTERNOON LECTURE,
Saturday 9th JANUARY, 2pm – 4.30pm
Bells of Eternity - An exploration of the life and music of Arvo Pärt (b.1935)
Speaker: TIA KUCHMY
Venue: Essex Church, includes tea and cakes
The early, dissonant music of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt reflected many Western European avant-garde orthodoxies of the 1950s and 60s. However, after a 9 year silence, Pärt’s mature compositional voice emerged in music characterised by austere purity, simplicity, and above all, a mysticism so profound as to be tangible. This music seems to issue directly from the Self, imparting an unshakeable sense of spiritual calm to a world which, although desacrelised, still hungers and thirsts for the divine.
Thursday 4th FEBRUARY
The Inner Beloved
Speaker: JEREMY NAYDLER
An exploration of the numinous inner figure, to whom Dante gave the name Beatrice, or “the bringer of blessings”. Like Rumi and Ibn Arabi before him, Dante knew the Inner Beloved both as a real human being and also as an archetypal power mediating the divine presence.
Jeremy Naydler, Ph.D., is author of several books on religious life in antiquity, and teaches Dante’s Divine Comedy for the Temenos Academy
Thursday 3rd MARCH
Patrick, Slave and Saint: Visions and Legends
Speaker: JIM FITZGERALD
At the opening of the Dark Ages, as the light of Rome began to die in the West, a young man was taken slave among barbarians, and for seven years tended flocks on mountainsides in all weathers. From such inauspicious beginnings there grew the famous and influential figure of St. Patrick, who left an indelible mark on the history of these islands, and on the Christian culture of Europe. From his own brief account of his life in his Confession, and from the many legends that grew in his wake, this talk will endeavour to piece together a picture of the Individuation process of a person who, although remote and legendary, is to this day the patron saint of Ireland.
Original image of St Patrick by kind permission of Hamish Burgess
“St.Patrick” © Hamish Burgess 2012
Thursday 5th MAY
Jung, Astrology and Modernity
Speaker: Laura Andrikopolous
In the 20th Century Jung's thinking was picked up by a small current of astrologers, who found in his thinking, particularly his theory of synchronicity and associated astrological experiments, the foundations for a divinatory astrology unpredictable, unreliable and wildly at variance with the grand narratives of modernity. In this talk we shall examine Jung's legacy for astrologers, and consider his own pre-modern/modernist split as played out by his astrological interpreters.
Laura Andrikopoulos is tutor for the 'Sky and Psyche' module on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. She has spent several years involved in the running of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, including terms as Vice-President and President. She is currently pursuing PhD studies in the psychologisation of astrology in the 20th century.
Saturday 21st MAY, OXFORD
Conscious Community: the Soclal Vision of CG Jung
Professor Roderick Main is on the academic staff at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is a prolific author and his research interests include historical, philosophical, religious and cultural contexts of the work of C. G. Jung; religion and modernity; analytical psychology and society; synchronicity; myth. During the day he will present two papers; the first with the above title, the second: “Synchronicity and Re-enchantment” This event is being run in conjunction with the David Holt group who will be facilitating small group discussions.
Thursday 2nd JUNE
Music at Midnight: A Reading of George Herbert’s Poetry
Speaker: JOHN DRURY
The Very Reverend John Henry Drury is an Anglican priest and author, Chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford since 2003. He has been Residentiary Canon at Norwich Cathedral, Head of Religious Studies at Sussex University, Dean of King's College, Cambridge and Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. His book Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert was published by Allen Lane / Penguin in 2013 followed a year later by The Complete Poetry for Penguin Classics.
Saturday 9th JULY, 2.00pm-4.30pm
AGM - Members Only A time to reflect on and celebrate the year
Venue: Essex Church, with tea and cakes
FRI. 26th AUGUST - SUN. 28th AUGUST
SUMMER RESIDENTIAL CONFERENCE
Worcester College, Oxford
Beyond Literal Religion
DAVID TACEY and MARIANNE RANKIN
Thursday 6th OCTOBER
Homer’s Odyssey – the Journey Home
Speaker: CAROL LEADER
This talk, fully illustrated with paintings and images, links Odysseus’s 20-year journey home from the Trojan War with Jung’s theory of individuation – the mythic ‘inner’ voyage that many humans find themselves making in the second half of their lives.
Carol Leader is a Jungian analyst and a senior member of the Jungian and psychoanalytic associations of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. Carol worked extensively in
professional theatre, TV and radio before training as a psycho-therapist at midlife
AUTUMN CONFERENCE 22ND OCTOBER , LONDON
“We all walk in mysteries: we do not know what is stirring in the atmosphere around us”
This remark of Goethe prompts us to consider the dimension of mystery in life. During the day we will consider how "Primal Words. Orphic" can be read in light of the mysteries. In conjunction with the C.G.Jung Club
Thursday 3rd NOVEMBER
The Path of Forgiveness and its purpose in individuation
Speaker: BRENDA CROWTHER
This talk looks at forgiveness as a process rather than a desirable concept. We look at the shadow lands we must encounter in ourselves and in others and at the causal factor which precedes the need for forgiveness, which usually involves betrayal. In passing through the process of forgiveness we see how an act of betrayal can transform from a painful to a creative event.
Brenda Crowther is a Jungian analyst trained at the Research and Training Centre for Depth Psychology in Switzerland and at GAP in London and is a training analyst for GAP and the Jung Institute in Switzerland. She has been running the Red Book seminars for the Jung Club in London for almost five years and is the editor of Harvest Journal.
Thursday 1st DECEMBER
Mulled wine and mince pies included