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Workshop: Introduction to Embodied Imagination with Robert Bosnak

  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

In the tradition of Jungian psychology as developed further by post-Jungian James Hillman and his Archetypal Psychology, Embodied Imagination as a method could be called post-archetypal. It is focused primarily on physical sensations and affects engendered by the involuntary imagination, such as dreams and flashback memories. These images are understood to be quasi-physical environments that can be 're-entered' by way of artificial flashbacks. It is possible to shift perspectives away from habitual consciousness and experience dreaming or day-time memories from various different view-points, engendering vastly different embodied experiences. These contrasting embodiments are felt in the body as a complex simultaneous network of states. This produces hitherto unconscious emergent phenomena and a radically new self-organization. This complex composite outcome may lead to healing responses and to an outpouring of creative imagination.

Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst trained in Zurich from 1971-77. Since then he has developed a method called Embodied Imagination that is being practiced worldwide in medicine, psychotherapy, theater, fiction writing, art, business and technology. He is the author of 5 books of non-fiction about embodied imagination and dreaming translated into over a dozen languages. As a novelist he has written three volumes in the saga Red Sulphur: The Greatest Mystery in Alchemy -- a series of 17th century alchemical science fiction thrillers based loosely on historical facts. He is the founding director of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary, a revival of dream-based treatment from the earliest days of Western medicine as described by among others Hippocrates, when dreamers would come to an Asclepian sanctuary to incubate healing dreams.

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Date: 23 January 2016
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Mitchell Theatre Level 1 Sydney Mechanics' School
of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Members $120 Non-Members $180 Non-Member
Concession $140

*Psychotherapists and other practitioners can obtain credit for six Professional Development Hours recognised by CAPA, PACFA and ACA for this workshop.

Refund Policy: If the event is cancelled by The Sydney Jung Society, a full refund will be made. If the purchaser cancels within 48 hours of the event, they will be entitled to a 90% refund.