Since 2006 our annual conference and retreat has opened ISAPZURICH’s post-graduate program to all with interest in C.G. Jung and Analytical Psychology. “The earth has a spirit of her own,” Jung mused, and elsewhere he called it the genius loci, the spirit of the place. It is this, the particular genius loci, that infuses each Odyssey as it leads us to a different place in Switzerland each year and inspires each Odyssey’s topic. So, too, this spirit imbues our presenters’ analytic views on contemporary research in a variety of fields, and as well, their handling of traditional areas of Jungian interest— fairytale, dream, myth, art, religion, personal and collective experience, clinical practice.
The Jungian Odyssey 2020 will be a kind of homecoming as we return for the second time to Zermatt— the remote but beloved locus that now inspires our reflections on the realms of soul. In today’s life— so riddled with anxieties of many kinds— we seem to experience an acute splitting of two archetypally coupled realities: the outer objective world and the world of soul or psychic interiority. We seem to suffer collectively from soul alienation and even soul murder. With soul in exile, do we risk losing touch with that part in us that is immortal? Might a re-summoning of soul provide an antidote to anxiety?
Our search for this “untethered” part needs to begin with our (re-)attunement to soul’s secret dwelling places, i.e. places that resonate with poetry, beauty, remoteness, ambiguity, brokenness, pain, paradox, mystery. Some apt starting points can be found in the imagery of nature, fairy tale, myth, dream, literature, music, dance, and other arts. What can we learn from alchemy and meta-physics about the soul’s autonomy? What other stones might we turn?
A unique feature of the Odyssey 2020 is our offer of one full day of experiential workshops that afford you the chance for intense and creative immersion in your choice of work with the body, dreams, fairy tales, calligraphy, or hiking (weather permitting).
23–30 May, 2020
Retreat Setting: Parkhotel Beau-Site beneath the mystical Matterhorn
Our 4-star venue Parkhotel Beau-Site boasts a breath-taking view of the Matterhorn and a five-minute walk to the village center. The hotel is widely praised for its staff courtesy and fine cuisine, as well for its wellness offerings, which include an indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpools, sauna, and steam bath. The clean and comfortable rooms, furnished with classic elegance, are all equipped with WC, shower, telephone, and free wireless LAN. Early registration is recommended, as the Odyssey typically books out. Also, early birds receive a price advantage!
• Group train travel Zürich/Zermatt/Zürich with one piece of checked baggage (additional bags at CHF 24.00 each)
• 4-star hotel
• room & full board (excluding beverages at all meals)
• morning meditation
• mid-morning coffee breaks
• a wine reception
• 7-day academic program, special events
• an opt-in excursion (extra cost)
• Exception: Package #3: The academic program is excluded for the non-attendee partner (apart from the Saturday keynote address, which she/he is welcome to attend).
• Exception: Package #4 is a limited “taster” program for residents of the Zermatt area (group train travel, hotel overnights and hotel amenities are not included)
ISAP students are subject to other costs, deadlines, and procedures, provided by the Front Office.
Limited Enrollment • Unparalleled Value
Register soon to ensure your place and save on your Odyssey package!
Final Registration Deadline: April 15, 2020
1 Attendee • 3500.00
2 Attendees, 1 double room, per person • 3290.00
1 Attendee & 1 Non-Attendee, double room • Total 4790.00
Odyssey Taster, per person: 250.00
1 Attendee • 3800.00
2 Attendees, 1 double room, per person • 3590.00
1 Attendee & 1 Non-Attendee, double room • Total 5270.00
Odyssey Taster, per person: 280.00
Tues: Barbeque Dinner
We will feast on the delights of a barbeque prepared by the team of fine cooks at Parkhotel Beau-Site— outdoors, if the weather permits. They will grill your choice— be it vegetarian, fish, meat or all of the above!
Tues: Ensoulment: Film by Lorís Simón Salum (2014)
Based her book, Salum’s “‘Ensoulment’ is [an animated] film about finding your true self and how to connect to the feminine without losing the masculine. It’s about the challenge facing men and women today, to live a full and satisfying life as a complete (ensouled) human being. This documentary […] weaves [a] journey into the inner life of Loris (created by award winning animator Patrick Smith) with commentary and insights from an impressive list of experts and academics with roots in Jungian psychology— including Dr. James Hollis [...]. Ensoulment has received a Golden Palm award at the International Film Festival of Mexico and recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the Barcelona International Film Festival.” (Review by Myth in the Mojave, 2019)
Fri: Choice of Opt-in Excursion | Box Lunch Included
Walk from the hotel at 10:30 AM; return ca. 3:30 PM. This excursion includes a museum visit and a guided walking tour of the village. The old part of the village is a delight to explore. The barns, stables, and old houses built between the 16th and 18th centuries form a harmonious whole. The old setting stands in contrast to the newer parts with modern hotels, chalets, and churches. The mountaineers’ cemetery contains the graves of climbers who perished in the surrounding mountains.
Walk from the hotel at 10:30 AM; return ca. 2:15 PM. A journey to this famous ridge entails a steep ride (30 minutes) on a train whose origin traces to Switzerland’s first mountain rack and pinion railway, opened in 1896. It remains to be Europe’s highest open-air railway— not for the faint-hearted! Our destination, the Hotel Kulm summit observatory at 3120m/10,326ft, offers a stunning panorama of 29 mountains whose altitudes exceed 4000m/ 13,000ft. Among those in view is Switzerland’s highest peak (Dufourspitze, 4634m/15,203ft) and, of course, the Matterhorn up close and personal.
Accessible for young children and persons in wheelchairs, the Pension Path (AHV-Weg) is an easy walk, ca. 2 hours, but by no means reserved for seniors. The round trip covers a distance of some 2.2 km/1.4 miles, leading slightly uphill to the tracks of the Gornergrat Rail— a great chance to see the working mechanism of a rack-and-pinion railway close up. The path then goes into larch woods and tranquil seclusion. Along the way, young people of Zermatt have created a discovery trail. Walkers who keep their eyes open will be rewarded with some happy surprises. At the end a stairway leads back down to the village.
Fri: Wine Reception | Gala Closing Banquet & Dancing
Return from your excursion, rest up, and get ready for our traditional gala closing with a special 4-course dinner, music, and dancing!
Check-in at the “Red Cube” Group Meeting Point at the Zürich Main Station (Hauptbahnhof)
Arrival in Zermatt, Wine Reception, Lunch, Hotel Check-in
Latest expected delivery of checked baggage
Welcome to the Jungian Odyssey
Ursula Wirtz, Dr. phil.
Academic Chair, Jungian Odyssey Committee
Thomas Moore, PhD
How to Live in a World that Has Lost Its Way (Lecture)
The whole world is anxious today because of political uncertainty, a beautiful planet in distress, and concern for the future. The obvious problem is a loss of soul in all aspects of life. Living in a shallow culture is bound to cause breakdown and subsequent worry. Individually first we can focus on those things that serve our soul and then apply them where possible to the society. In modern times we want information, high-tech tools, frequent entertainment and mathematical certainties. The values of soul are softer and go deeper.
An informal gathering for getting acquainted
Creating a Soulful Life for Yourself and Your Community (Lecture)
Soul is not abstract. You cultivate soul in your life through food and cooking, family gatherings, meetings with friends, intimate letters (emails, etc), reading for pleasure, and art and music. Soul is concrete and intimate. Society needs these values, too, to help govern itself as a community and deal with the anxieties of modern life. We can ensoul technology and slow life down to let the soul catch up.
Coffee Break | Book Sales
Hari Kirin, MA, MFA
Art & Yoga: Create Peace in Times of Anxiety (Lecture)
I will share methods from my personal practice stemming from projects in retreat centers, detention centers, and various countries, discussing strategies and outcomes of healing oneself and one’s communities.
Thomas Moore, PhD
Caring for Soul and Spirit (Seminar on Lecture)
Soul centers around ordinary things like home, food and friends. Soul also needs spiritual awareness and experiences like ritual, nature, and contemplation. Spirit can easily get out of hand or be handled naively, too literally or masochistically. You can imagine a “soulful spirituality” that is more worldly and poetic. It satisfies spiritual longing without sacrifice of human values and worldly delight.
Hari Kirin, MA, MFA
Art & Yoga: Creativity and Healing in Times of Anxiety (Experiential Workshop)
To deepen my lecture topic, I will guide participants in a simple, accessible chair yoga, meditation, and art, followed by dialogue on the experience. No previous experience is necessary!
John Hill, MA
Inconvenient Twins: Balancing Anxiety and Aggression (Lecture & Seminar)
Aristotle was the first to describe this balancing act, which he formulated as the Golden Mean. If there is too much anxiety there is too little aggression; if there is too much aggression there is too little anxiety. Fear can paralyze you and prevent an authentic unfolding of life, but fear enables you to recognize dangers, read expressions in people’s faces and plays a huge role in social behaviour. Aggression can destroy what you most cherish in life, but with a healthy aggression you make yourself known and gain presence in the world. Examples from dreams and active imagination show how the balance can be restored.
For the early Greeks a temenos was an area set apart from everyday life, a holy precinct or sacred ground. Following C.G. Jung’s metaphorical use of the image, our temenos offers for all who wish to join a protected space for the sharing of personal experience, insights, and questions related to the conference. Facilitated by Ursula Wirtz and contained in mutual respect and confidentiality, this is an open exchange that can deepen our spirit of community. Offered also on Monday and Thursday.
Deborah Egger, MSW
Anxiety as a Pathway to Soul (Lecture)
In this lecture I explore anxiety’s role in normal development, in dealing with trauma, in boundary formation/separation, and in intimacy and “being seen.” Viewing such dynamics through the lens of individuation, I touch as well on the idea that the suffering of anxiety may be necessary for re-connecting to soul. Poetry and vignettes will help to illustrate.
Coffee Break | Book Sales
Kristina Schellinski, MA
Death Anxiety—A Summons for the Soul (Lecture)
Fear of annihilation, or death anxiety, is prevalent both in individuals and in our collective. Clinical case material illustrates how death anxiety can initiate a self-search and processes of change, which lead toward new connections with soul and individuation. At the same time, I ask if, within the collective, we might find ourselves in near-revolutionary process of change. Is it the beginning of a new era, as Jung posits in Aïon? If so, the outer and the inner worlds can feel especially polarized and anxiety-provoking. In such circumstances gentle summonings of soul may not suffice. Rather, soul-seekers may be called to submit to initiation rites, to a rebirthing of soul, such as Jung describes in his vision of sacrificial murder in The Red Book.
Deborah Egger, MSW (Seminar on Lecture)
In this seminar I will refer to clinical case material to deepen the exploration of personal work on anxiety in intimate relationships.
Kristina Schellinski, MA (Seminar on Lecture)
Gary Hayes, lic. phil. (Seminar)
Maybe There is Another Version of You
In this seminar we will explore what anxiety and panic attacks are trying to communicate to us— messages which, otherwise, we most likely would never heed.
Our temenos offers for all who wish to join a protected space for the sharing of personal experience, insights, and questions related to the conference.
Ensoulment: A Diverse Analysis of the Feminine Principle in Western Culture
Animated Film Directed by Lorís Simón Salum (2014)
Craig E. Stephenson, PhD
Our Dream of Safety (Lecture)
The word “anxiety” has shifted its denotation and connotations over the five successive editions (1948-2013) of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM. Most recently, the fifth edition defines generalized anxiety as a disorder that manifests as a period of involuntary anticipatory worry accompanied by three or more persistent problems including restlessness, fatigue, irritability, muscle tension and sleep disturbance. Treatment strategies range between correcting anxiety as a chemical imbalance to addressing anxiety psychoanalytically as meaningful to the privileged few. As much as we recognize generalized anxiety as profoundly disordering, as clinicians we sometimes move with analysands towards an ironic revaluing of anxiety, in a way that takes us back to Kierkegaard’s mapping of that place: “learning to be anxious so as not to be ruined either by never having been in anxiety or by sinking into it.” When does individuation involve, among other tasks, letting go of a collective dream of safety and learning how to be anxious?
Coffee Break | Book Sales
Bernard Sartorius, lic. theol.
Dead Souls (Lecture)
From the ancient Egyptians’ concerns about the afterlife to Gogol’s novel Dead Souls, soul and death were in many ways deeply connected. Our core reflections will circle around the question, is this still the case today? If so, in what ways?
Craig E. Stephenson, PhD (Seminar on Lecture)
Galina Angelova, M.Theol.
Finding the Precious Pearl: Religious Experience and the Soul (Seminar)
Jung stressed the importance of religious or spiritual experience for one’s inner development, individuation, and connection with the soul and anima mundi. In this seminar we will explore some of Jung’s ideas on authentic spiritual experience and ways to foster the connection with the transcendent. We will also address the relationship between institutionalized religion/culture and religious experience as such. Readings from religious texts, mysticism, and poetry will support our exploration.
Katarina Casanova, lic. phil. & Ilsabe von Uslar, lic. phil.
An Encounter with Soul—Part 1 (Experiential Workshop)
Attendance of Part 1 is prerequisite to attendance of Part 2 (Wednesday). Our experiential workshop begins with a question: How do we define soul, in theory? With which words, concepts, ideas? After a short discussion, we will “feel” our way toward answers with our own hands: Working with clay or other modelling materials, we will open the way for images of soul to emerge— a certain figure, perhaps, or an abstract shape, or a mask…?
John A. Desteian, JD, DPsy
Meaning in the Age of Anxiety (Lecture)
Anxiety is not fear, eagerness, or worry. Anxiety does not know its object, and so, cannot know its meaning. We live in The Age of Anxiety, personal, cultural, and existential. The current epoch follows on the Age of Definition, and now runs concurrently with the Age of Anxiety. This is where depth psychology comes in, and to which we can be grateful for disclosing the meaning of anxiety. My lecture will examine the interplay between personal, cultural, and existential anxiety, from both archetypal and psychological perspectives.
Coffee Break | Book Sales
Judith A. Savage, MSW
Resolving the Deepest Split: Jung and Active Imagination (Lecture)
Anxiety signals too great a split between the inner and outer realms. As psychosomatic symptom, anxiety exposes the vulnerability of an overvalued ego state defensively twisting its own interiority into a rejected and irrational shadow. Following his break with Freud, Jung suffered from just such anxiety that initiated a decade long search for his “lost soul.” As unconscious symbols spontaneously expressed themselves in his fantasy, play, and images, he eventually realized the healing method of “active imagination.” My lecture will explore how active imagination may help resolve psychic splits and foster individuation as told through the creative lens of Jung’s Red Book, the building of his tower at Bollingen, and as illustrated by the drawings of some of his earliest analysands.
Judith A. Savage, MSW (Seminar on Lecture)
In this seminar we will draw on many images to deepen our discussion of the lecture topic.
John A. Desteian, JD, DPsy (Seminar on Lecture)
Katarina Casanova, lic. phil. & Ilsabe von Uslar, lic. phil.
An Encounter with Soul—Part 2 (Experiential Workshop)
Attendance of Part 1 is prerequisite to attendance of Part 2! Part 2 begins with the soul images that emerged on the previous day. We will share our reflections on their personal meanings, and how the meanings might relate to others— be they in our closer or wider circles, in our families, or in our social groups and cultures. This dialogue will be followed by a relaxing meditation that guides each of us toward a vision of our soul image located within a certain place, a house, or some other context. Time and materials will be provided to draw these new images or to “picture” them in writing.
A Day of Intense Immersion • Your Choice • Advance Sign-up Required
• Coffee break at the discretion of each group, 10:15-10:45
• Lunch as usual, 12:00-14:00
Peter Ammann, Dr. phil.
In Search of the Re-Enchanted World
Lecture & Seminar with Film Showings
My presentation expands on Jung’s recognition of synchronicity, a divinatory technique used in the I Ching. I see Jung’s work as a critical step toward a “re-enchantment of the world,” a rehabilitation of a Weltanschauung in which the ancient concept of anima mundi can re-find its place. Divinatory techniques have always played an important role in indigenous, traditional healing systems, in particular on the entire African continent. They represent a unique corpus of empirical material supporting Jung's understanding of synchronicity and a crucial contribution to the re-enchantment of our world and the rehabilitation of the ancient concept of anima mundi or “Weltseele.”
Andrew Fellows, PhD
Reconnecting with the World Soul: Necessity and Experience
Lecture & Hike
We need to reconnect with the world soul to accept willingly the material frugality without which imminent ecological and social breakdown are now inevitable. This assertion will be explained in my lecture, with emphasis on Jung's theories, plus the new sciences. The lecture will be complemented by a hike and dialogue with each other and with nature in the vicinity of the Matterhorn. Suitable clothing and footwear, and a reasonable degree of fitness are required. Participants are responsible for their own food and other provisions, travel costs (if any), insurance, and safety. Should the hike be cancelled due to bad weather, we will conduct our dialogue in a seminar setting at Hotel Beau-Site. If you have questions about the hike, don’t hesitate to contact me. I will supply further information as soon as it is available: [email protected]
Ann Chia-Yi Li, MA
The Dance of the Reed: Cultivating Quietude in Times of Anxiety
Lecture & Workshop
Can harmony with Tao contribute to our gaining of strength in times of anxiety? My lecture includes readings from The Secret of the Golden Flower, considering them from the perspectives of Daoist alchemy and analytical psychology. We will limit our focus to the role of the ego, studying examples from the practice room and everyday life. In the workshop, we will put our understandings from the lecture into practice, by experimenting with Chinese calligraphy. Materials will be supplied, and discussion will follow our practice with calligraphy.
Diane Cousineau Brutsche, PhD
Listening to the Voice of the Soul: Unearthing Buried Treasures in Our Dreams
Dreams often leave us bewildered. To welcome these messages from the soul is to leave aside our habitual ways of thinking and enter the symbolic, imaginal realm. For those unfamiliar with it, I will provide an introduction to the basic Jungian approach to dreams. Then, with the help of relaxation and guided imagery, we will explore this other reality. For this purpose, I will supply some dreams. But participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own dreams. Send your contributions by email attachment, marked “confidential,” no later than May 7: [email protected]
Lisa Holland, MS
Skin: Barrier and Bridge in the Intersubjective Field
Lecture & Experiential Workshop
Our skin constitutes a liminal space where “I and Thou,” inner and outer, unconscious and consciousness meet in the cells and tissues of our beings. In this lecture and experiential workshop, we will explore the symbols and practicalities of skin and touch, referring to fairy tales, clinical material, and personal experience. Who “gets under our skin”? Who or what causes “goose bumps” to rise on our arms?
Excursion Day • Choice • With Box Lunch*
Gather at 10:00 to walk from the hotel
• 10:30 – 15:30 Museum and Guided Walking Tour of Zermatt
• 10:30 – 14:15 Train Trip to Gornergrat and the Summit Observatory
• Alternative: Stroll Pension Path on Your Own
* Box lunch on this day is for everyone, with or without excursions.
We will make our own box lunches during breakfast, selecting from the buffet.
Gala Closing Reception, Banquet, Music & Dancing
Music by Lewis Larke Originally from the UK, Lewis has lived for many years in Switzerland, where he has earned acclaim as solo musician, as a member of the Fluhalp Band, and for his artistic collaborations with others. Those who heard Lewis and danced to his music at our last Odyssey in Zermatt will fondly remember his broad musical spectrum and extraordinary rapport with his audience.
Load Baggage for transport to the Zermatt train station
Check-in at the Zermatt Train Station
Transfer in Visp
Arrival at Zürich Main Station
Latest expected delivery of baggage checked through to the Zürich airport; pick up at the airport train station
Latest expected delivery of checked baggage for your own pick-up at the Zürich Main Station
For your overnight in Zurich on Friday, May 22, you can find hotels and helpful travel info using the button below. ISAPZURICH is near the Zurich main train station where we will meet on the morning of Saturday, May 23.
Saturday, May 23 • Train Zürich to Zermatt
The early gathering on this day (8:00 am) allows us to ensure that your baggage is checked-in on time and that we go together to board our reserved rail car. We will have the group ticket; be sure to have your passport or national ID card on hand.
Saturday, May 30 • Train Zermatt to Zürich
Will your return trip entail a transfer to connecting trains, flights, or other scheduled matters? If so, to avoid delays, you might consider hand-carrying your baggage on the train from Zermatt. • Baggage checkedin at the Zermatt station is due to arrive no later than 18:00 (6:00 PM) for your pick-up at the Zurich Main Station. • We can help arrange to have your baggage delivered from Zermatt to the Zurich Airport or other Swiss train stations. • Baggage is due to arrive no later than 15:00 (3:00 PM) for your pick-up at the Zürich Airport (train station).
Consider coming early to Zürich, to attend the ISAP Interlude on your way to the Odyssey! This is a chance to experience our on-campus life and historically protected home, the erstwhile post office built in 1911, with an Art Nouveau design.
Rupture and Repair: Minding Crippling Emotions
Photos by ISAP Student Enid Madaras ©2019
Peter Ammann, “The Musical Theory and Philosophy of Robert Fludd,” in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 30:2198-227 (1967).
C.G. Jung, “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle,” in CW8.
Wolfgang Pauli, “The Influence of Archetypal Ideas on the Scientific Theories of Kepler,” Trans., Priscilla Silz, in Jung and Pauli, The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche (Routledge & Kegan Paul: 1955).
Philip M. Peek, Ed., African Divination Systems – Ways of Knowing (Indiana University Press, 1991).
Jung, “The Undiscovered Self: Present and Future,” in CW10.
Jung, “The Spiritual Problem of Modern Man,” in CW10.
Lecture & Hike
Andrew Fellows, Gaia, Psyche, and Deep Ecology: Navigating Climate Change in the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2019).
M. Sabini, Ed., The Earth Has a Soul: The Nature Writings of C.G. Jung (North Atlantic Books, 2002).
Steve Taylor, Spiritual Science: Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World (Watkins, 2019).
Ann Chia-Yi Li
Lecture & Workshop
Richard Wilhelm, Trans., The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life, with Jung, “Commentary,” Trans., Cary F. Baynes (Harcourt Brace & Co., 1969).
Judith A. Savage
Lecture & Seminar
Jung, Jung on Active Imagination, Ed., Joan Chodorow (Princeton University Press, 1997).
You might also like to read…
Nick Dubin, Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety—A Guide to Successful Stress Management (Kingsley Publishers, 2009).
Hari Kirin, Art and Yoga: Awakening Kundalini in Everyday Life (Kundalini Research Institute, 2011)
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, 25th Anniversary Ed. (Harper Perennial, 2016).
Kristina Schellinski, Individuation for Adult Replacement Children (Routledge, 2019).
C. Michael Smith, Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue: Retrieving the Soul/Retrieving the Sacred (Paulist Press, 1998).
Murray Stein, Jung’s Map of the Soul: An Introduction, 5th Ed. (Open Court, 2003).
Murray Stein, Thomas Arzt, Eds., Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul Under Post-Modern Conditions, 2 Volumes (Chiron, 2017 and 2018).
Craig E. Stephenson, Ages of Anxiety: Jung’s Types as Inspiration for Poetry, Music and Dance, The Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology (Spring Journal Books, 2016).
Peter Tyler, The Pursuit of Soul: Psychoanalysis, Soul-making, and the Christian Tradition (Bloomsbury, T&T Clark, 2016).
Ursula Wirtz, Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation, The Zürich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology (Spring Journal Books 2014).
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