International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich

Basic Jung – September 2021
The Individuation Process


Basic Jung is a series of lectures taking place in the first week of each semester in the late afternoon. It is designed to be an intensive introduction to basic Jungian concepts and ways of working, particularly for new students and guests wanting a concise presentation of analytical psychology. Although designed as a series, each course can be attended independently.

This series begins with a general introduction to important stepping stones of individuation. We will see next why fairy tales are such important symbolical expressions of the individuation process and how this process is reflected in a picture series by artist Hilma af Klint. We will then learn why and how trauma is related to individuation and how Jung portrayed what can be called humanity’s individuation in his late work Aion. The next two lectures are about love: divine love, exemplified by the individuation process of the medieval mystic Hadewijch, and human love, illustrated by the role of love relationships in individuation. The series will conclude with an introduction to the importance of the body for the individuation process.

All Basic Jung lectures will be broadcast live on Zoom. See our Zoom Lectures page for details.

Date & Venue

14–17 September 2021


Stampfenbachstr. 115, 8006 Zürich
Tram 11 or 14 to Beckenhof

Event Schedule

Tuesday, 14 September


Penelope Yungblut, MA
01 02 Lecture | Stepping Stones on the Journey

Exploring Jung’s ideas with images and examples

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Kathrin Asper, Dr. phil.
03 03 Lecture | Individuation in a Fairy Tale
In this lecture I shall look at a fairy tale and emphasise the various individuation steps.

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Wednesday, 15 September


Kathrin Schaeppi, MS, MFA
11 04 Lecture | Individuation Motifs in the Works of Swedish Artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944): A Depth Psychological and Symbolic Perspective
C.G. Jung presented us with a model through which human beings progress on their psychological developmental journeys across the lifespan. We will explore the artistic work of Hilma af Klint, encounter universal motifs, consider the influence of culture and time in her work, and how interior processes are revealed in her art.

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Ursula Wirtz, Dr. phil.
11 05 Lecture | Trauma and Individuation
We will explore the transformational aspects of trauma and how traumatic experiences can trigger a change in consciousness and guide us towards individuation.

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Thursday, 16 September


Jody Schlatter, Dr. med.
11 07 Lecture | The Broader Picture: Individuation of the Western World Based on Jung’s Less Known Later Work Aion
In this lecture we will look at Individuation on the collective level as seen in the West.
Following Jung, we will look at astrological aspects of the Pisces symbol and how the symbol of the Fish has changed since the beginning of the Christian era.

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Maria Grazia Calzà, PhD
06 08 Lecture | “Love ... Can Unite Opposites and Reverse the Paradox”: The Individuation Process of the Medieval Mystic Hadewijch of Antwerp

Throughout the Christian Middle Ages, religion played a much greater role in the fundamentals of medieval life, in a way now largely lost. Especially for women, the devotion to Christ represented the via regia on which their individuation process might unfold. In her sensuous and even erotic writings, Hadewijch, a well-educated Beguine from Antwerp († ca. 1240), describes her intimate, embodied encounters with Christ as Love-Made-Flesh. Her deep longing for a union with Him—in psychological terms: for wholeness—led her along a path that could, as she put it, “unite the opposites” (mind and body, divine and human, earth and heaven, etc.) and “reverse the paradox” (quoting Hadewijch).

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Friday, 17 September


Deborah Egger-Biniores, MSW
11 09 Lecture | The Role of Love Relationships in Individuation
“Falling in love” is not an act of will but rather an impulse or urge from psyche that nudges us along the path to individuation. Whether requited or not the experience has the potential to be transformative. Based, in part, on Jung’s essay in CW 17 “Marriage as a Psychological Relationship”, this lecture will explore the meaning of “falling in love” as a part of individuation.

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Dariane Pictet, Ad. Dip. Ex. Psych
11 10 Lecture | MyBody MySelf
“Only if you first return to the body, to your earth, can individuation take place” (Jung: Vision Seminars p. 1313-14). We will explore how attuning to the body furthers the individuation process and how objectification of the body hinders this.

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Cost & Registration

Payment in cash at the door

The Complete Lecture Series

General Entry: CHF 180
Students, Seniors, Disabled: CHF 120

Per Lecture
General Entry: CHF 30
Students, Seniors, Disabled: CHF 20

Gratis for ISAP Students and Analysts

Registration required at least 24 hours in advance if attending on Zoom. See our Zoom Lectures page for details.

Registration not required if attending in person at ISAPZURICH

For questions please contact
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