2018 course details
The Champernowne Summer Course is designed to bring rest, refreshment and renewal on every level to those who work at depth in the service of others.
For some this may simply mean blessed time luxuriating in the comfort and grandeur of a Hothorpe Hall, and its extensive grounds, with good food and companionship, free for once -for five whole days - from all external challenges and demands.
For those looking for more stimulus and scope, for inspiration and enrichment of mind, imagination and spirit, for deeper explorations , or "serious" play, there is an incredibly rich programme of activities: Lectures, Workshops and Arts Studio, and a range of other formal and informal activities.
The Course Theme
For each Course a Theme is chosen both for its topical relevance, and its deeper significance in the human psyche. Given the Jungian background of the Trust, the themes often have a mythical or alchemical slant.
For 2018, "Images of Power and the Power of Images" has been chosen.
The Course Programme
The elements of the Course Programme are the Lecture Programme, the Workshops and Studio offerings, and rich variety of more and less structured activities. Click on the tabs below to explore in greater depth.
- LECTURE PROGRAMME
- WORKSHOPS & STUDIO
- OTHER ACTIVITIES
This year's theme for the week
Images of Power
and the Power of Images
is developed in the lectures and elsewhere.
The Lecturers and their Lectures
Michael Vannoy Adams
“Uncensoring the Imagination”
“The Power of Music: Eros, Order and Individuation”
“The Self is Honey for all Beings”
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- MICHAEL VANNOY ADAMS
- Patricia Skar
- Jocelyne Quennell
Michael Vannoy Adams
Michael Vannoy Adams is an internationally prominent Jungian analyst in New York City. He is a teacher, writer, speaker, painter, and photographer
Adams is a clinical associate professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is also a faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association and the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Adams is the author of four important books:
- For Love of the Imagination: Interdisciplinary Applications of Jungian Psychoanalysis
- The Mythological Unconscious
- The Fantasy Principle: Psychoanalysis of the Imagination
- The Multicultural Imagination: "Race," Color, and the Unconscious
He is the recipient of three Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He has been a Marshall scholar in England and a Fulbright senior lecturer in India.
Imagine Narcissus with an iPhone camera taking a “selfie,” loving the image, and posting it on Facebook. How are images so powerful? Do they have power over us, or do we give power to them?
“Uncensoring the Imagination”
“If images had no power, there would be no First and Second Commandments……. An orgy in the desert so enrages Moses that he grinds the golden calf to dust. Is iconoclasm an answer to the question of idolatry?….”
Michael will emphasize the radically transformative value of images, and will challenge us with an Image Association Test. For him, Jungian psychoanalysis is an opportunity to exercise and explore the imagination. He will be demonstrating how to evoke and engage with vitally important images, how to interpret them accurately, and how to experience them immediately and intimately through the Jungian method of active imagination.
Patricia Skar will be coming from Switzerland to speak to us on “The Power of Music: Eros, Order and Individuation”. She will explain how playing and listening to music can open us to feeling as well as a sense of inner order, facilitating the individuation process.
From her perspective as a musician and Jungian analyst, she will explore the links between analytic and musical processes through Jungian concepts such as the archetype and complex, and describe with case examples her method of using music improvisation as active imagination within analysis.
Patricia Skar, BMus, MFA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Thun, Switzerland, and a senior analyst in IGAP, London. She began writing on music and analysis in her Jung Institute-Zurich diploma thesis: Music and Analysis: Contrapuntal Reflections (1992). Since then, she has practised analysis in Ireland, England and Switzerland, and lectured widely in a variety of clinical and academic settings.
Her published articles focus on the relationship between music and analysis and the connections between Jungian psychology and the new sciences.
Jocelyne Quennell’s talk is intriguingly named “The Self is Honey for all Beings”. She believes that engaging with the power of images can restore, heal, or even transform a person’s life.
This will be an opportunity to explore how the potency of the image itself can nurture and rejuvenate our sense of Self, values, principles and purpose, in catalysing profound and meaningful change.
Jocelyne Quennell is an eminent Integrative Arts Therapist in UK. She was formerly Principal of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education IATE, as well as previous Course Leader for the Sesame training in Drama and Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
She is currently Director of the Wellbeing Faculty at IATE, developing multi-disciplinary and therapeutic approaches to wellbeing for children, young people, families and communities grounded in creativity and human relationship.
Champernowne Arts Workshops and Studio
...play [is] a characteristic also of the child, and as such it appears inconsistent with the principle of serious work.
But without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable
Jung (1921/1990, par. 93).
Engagement with creativity is at the core of the mission of the Champernowne Trust and the Summer Course.
No prior knowledge or experience is required for any of these activities. We all know how to play.
The Studio offers an ever-present opportunity for play (and indeed "serious work") at the time of your choosing.
The Workshops create a protected and focussed arena for exploration and play in a particular modality, in a group and with the guidance of highly experienced leader.
At the beginning of the Course, the Studio and Workshop Leaders will take some time to outline what is on offer, and you will have plenty time to ask questions, and to decide how you plan to use the rich mixture of opportunities available to you.
The Studio is open early till late.
Workshops are timetabled. To attend a workshop, you state your preferences in order at the start of the week, and are assigned to a workshop.
(Most people get their first choice, but of course it depends on numbers and the balance between workshops.)
It is a perfectly valid and accepted choice to abstain from both Studio and Workshops, if that is what suits you.
Workshops happen each afternoon throughout the week.
No-one is required to sign up for a workshop. It is entirely voluntary.
If you do sign up for a workshop, that is a commitment for the whole week.
The Studio is equipped for painting, drawing and other artwork, as well as clay and construction.
The Studio is open from early to late: for late night explorations, early morning inspiration, the big (or small) dream in the middle of the night, and all through the day.
Studio Leaders are usually available in the Studio during the afternoon Workshop session, and at other times by arrangement.
ARTS WORKSHOPS and STUDIO LEADERS
Dance Movement Workshop
Leader: Aleka Loutis
Leader: Bryn Jones
Leader: Antonia Boll
Leader: Alison Davies
Leader: Michael Vizard
Studio Leaders: Catriona MacInnis and Claire Lee
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- dance movement workshop
- Drama workshop
- fairytale workshop
- music workshop
- writing workshop
Dance Movement Workshop
We will explore the theme of the Images of Power and te Power of Images, using simple everyday movement and gesture as a starting point. We will play with rhythm & movement, engaging with the imagery and energy of the symbols through our bodies in motion and in stillness. There will be moments when you will be working on your own, in pairs or small groups and also with the whole group. Through the embodied and moving imagination there will be time for structured improvisation and playing with spontaneity. The emphasis will be on the process of discovery and reflexivity rather than performance.
A wide range of music and props will support us in our journey together.
No previous dance experience is necessary, just a willingness and curiosity as to how you might respond to the themes through your moving body.
Please wear clothes you feel comfortable in and that allow freedom of movement.
Leader: Aleka Loutis
Aleka’s passion has always been movement, first in classical ballet, then teaching, choreography and directing her own dance company. Her attention turned from performance to the healing potential of movement leading to her qualification in Drama and Movement Therapy. She has worked in Education, Social Services and NHS Forensic Services. She is currently employed by the NHS in Acute and Community Mental Health Services and also with the National Specialist Unit for Personality Disorders.
Aleka has taught the Laban Movement module on the Drama & Movement Therapy training at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama since 1997 and has a private practice in clinical supervision and therapy. Aleka is actively promoting an embodied approach to therapy drawing on her clinical & research experience and specialist training in the treatment of trauma.
These workshops will be an experiential introduction to drama. During each afternoon session, there will be the opportunity to play with different drama exercises and games as a group, to warm up and create a spirit of play.
We will explore dramatic processes in relation to the themes of the conference, with an emphasis on working in the moment rather than towards performance.
Bryn is a dramatherapist, supervisor and mindfulness-based therapist. His current clinical practice includes work with adolescents in Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), bereavement work with families and work with adults as part of an Addiction Therapy Programme.
Bryn is also Drama Lecturer on the Drama and Movement Therapy MA at Royal Central School (University of London). He has recently co-edited Dramatherapy Reflections and Praxis published by Palgrave Macmillan.
He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Approaches to Supervision with the London Centre of Psychodrama and is now a member of the teaching team on this training. His current supervisory practice includes; individual supervision for MA level students, therapists from a broad range of modalities in a bereavement service and private practice.
Alongside his clinical and teaching practice, Bryn continues his practice as a theatre director. Most recently he has directed work for Arcola Theatre and Punchdrunk and an annual environmental art project in Japan.
Fairytales can be delightfully subversive because they offer alternative solutions to life’s everyday problems. In this workshop series, we will enter the world of the imagination through a collection of stories, roughly linked to the conference theme, and explore their significance for us individually and as a group.
We will deepen our experience through reflective writing, drawing and movement, experimenting with improvisation and enactment. The emphasis will be on the process of discovery rather than performance, enabling us to open ourselves up to the age-old magic of these traditional tales.
Leader: Antonia Boll
Antonia Boll is a member of the Association of Jungian Analysts and teaches on its post-graduate training. For many years she was a trainer and supervisor on the psychotherapy training at Re.Vision, London and at the Psychosynthesis Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden. She was a visiting supervisor on the IAAP training programme in Kiev, Ukraine. She contributed a chapter to Alchemy & Psychotherapy, ed Dale Mathers (Routledge, 2014). She is in private practice in London.
The workshop is open to all who are interested. No prior experience of playing an instrument or reading music is necessary, just a desire to be together with others in the making of music.
Using tuned and untuned percussion instruments we will aim to explore how we can make music together through free improvisation. We will have in mind the theme of Ice and Fire which will be explored in many different ways such as soundscapes, experimenting with a variety of timbres, colours and dynamics in order to share the experience of making music together. We can also develop musical ideas that group members bring and want to try out musically.
We aim to be open and receptive to each other with all the nuances of difference and similarity, harmony and rhythm, and many other dynamics that music can offer. We may reflect on our musical experiences but sometimes it might be appropriate to just let the music speak for itself.
Leader: Alison Davies
I began my adult life as a visual artist but eventually the love of music took over and l studied the oboe, which I taught for many years in Leicestershire where music in the 70's was flourishing in schools. l then trained as a Music Therapist and subsequently as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the Philadelphia Association, London.
My interest has always been in the dynamics of groups both as a participant and as a facilitator. My particular focus more recently has been process groups using music improvisation both with musicians and non musicians in and out of the clinical setting. l have worked at the Guildhall School of Music and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge with music therapy students looking at the dynamics that play out when both talking and improvised music are used as means of communication.
At the present moment I have a small clinical and supervision psychotherapy practice in Cambridge. Reducing my workload in this area I have been able to find time to pursue my interest in painting and am currently studying for an MA in Fine Art.
The group provides the resources, support and stimulation for personal writing. Together we explore the themes and experiences of the week and what these evoke for us from our wider lives and histories.
We are not concerned with 'creative writing' - with well written, well constructed pieces - but with the effective expression of what we want and need to say, uniquely, in our own way, in our own words.
Our writings are shared, accepted and honoured, without critique. No prior experience of personal writing is necessary, just a willingness to explore words as a medium of discovery and expression of self, mind and heart.
Leader: Michael Vizard
Michael qualified in social work, pursuing a career in the probation service, latterly as assistant chief officer in Devon, with responsibility for staff training and development as well as divisional management. He was awarded an MA with distinction from Plymouth University in 1991.
In 1995, he moved to London, taking up a contract with the British Board of Film Classification, during the course of which he gained a diploma in film from the University of London.
Returning to Devon in 2011, he is now retired and able to pursue his own interests, including choral singing and his work as a trustee for the Champernowne Trust. He has been a Champernowne summer course committee member and workshop leader for many years, and Course Director since 1996.
The Art Studio is available for use from early till late for the duration of the course. The art studio provides a space for participants to spontaneously engage with a range of art materials to explore whatever might emerge or is suggested by the theme of the week. In this way the studio offers participants flexibility and fluidity in their own personal exploration of internal process. A way in may be found through the simplest of mark-making, clay work or construction, or an image may suggest itself in response to dreams, thoughts and feelings as they emerge.
The Art Studio can act as a useful container for individual process alongside other distinctly group processes of the week. While there is no expectation for personal process or images to be shared, the studio is a shared space and therefore the individual process emerges in the context of the collective space and those who are using it.
No previous experience of using art materials is necessary. A range of drawing and painting materials as well as clay and other materials to construct 3-d work will be available. The studio leaders will be accessible to support participants individually with using materials, working with image making and the process of reflection in relation to image.
There will be an introduction to the art studio and materials at the beginning of the course.
Studio Leaders: Catriona MacInnis and Claire Lee
Catriona has a longstanding interest in the arts and their function and place in internal and external life. Growing up with stories, myth and music from the Gaelic tradition she developed a passion for creative expression as a part of everyday life. Her training in Fine Art led to explorations of self, women and myth expressed through a variety of medium from traditional drawing and painting to performance art, video and concrete poetry.
Discovering the transformational aspects of creative process led Catriona to train as an art psychotherapist and she has practiced since 1997 in the field of trauma. She currently works as part of a specialist team in the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Catriona also has a small private practice offering art therapy for adults and children and clinical supervision.
Since 2010 she has been a visiting lecturer on the Art Psychotherapy Training courses in Edinburgh and Sheffield and in 2012 she completed an MA in Art Psychotherapy Research. Catriona continues to explore self, other and relationship through art, dance and movement in life and work.
Claire (otherwise known as Clee) began her career in clinical psychology in Sheffield in 1991, specialising in physical health and working in areas such as HIV, breast cancer and palliative care.
She practised art alongside this career, and later combined her interests by training as an art psychotherapist, taking creative ways of working into her health posts. She has also contributed to the Art Therapy Northern Programme since 2008. Since 2015, she has focused on her art practice full-time. Her interest in the mind body continues to fuel her sculptural work, and she is due to complete an MA in fine art in September.
Over the years a mosaic of additional optional activities has become part of the Champernowne Trust Summer Course experience:
Singing: led by Hilary Fisher*
Morning singing - for everyone, even "can't singers"; Six-o'clock Singers - for those seeking a little more of a challenge
Introduction to Jung Seminars
These seminars are offered to anyone who would like to learn a few of the basic elements of C.G. Jung’s psychology. What did Jung mean by the contrasting terms - conscious and unconscious, ego and Self, complex and archetype, anima and animus? What is the psyche, and do we all have a shadow? What about dreams, and why are symbols so important? Is individuation possible, and do I have a soul, or a spirit? What is the meaning of my life, no less? By exploring together in these seminars, we hope to glimpse briefly what lies at the heart of depth psychology.
Social Dreaming Matrix: led by Linsey Harris**
Dreams have the potential to reveal the hidden messages of the collective unconscious. In a Social Dreaming Matrix, the host convenes a group of participants, and together we create a distinctive atmosphere of respect for dreams. In this safe boundaried setting, within a special seating arrangement, the Dream Matrix allows participants, if they feel moved, to tell a dream spontaneously, and without personal interpretation. A special quality of reverence may be experienced palpably within the holding Matrix, even by those who are not moved to speak. Afterwards in dialogue, we reflect consciously upon what these dreams reveal to us about human lives and our present world.
In addition there is the option of Qi Gong ( a moving meditation, not unlike Tai Chi) before breakfast, two evenings of different kinds of dancing, and an evening we call "Your Turn" - when we entertain ourselves and one another with our many assembled talents (this is the most encouraging audience you will ever face) , and other events that may emerge spontaneously.
Hilary trained at the Royal Academy of Music. She has sung professionally for many years as a soloist with choral societies and in opera. She performed for ten years with 'Cavatina', took her one-woman show, 'A Chorus of One' to Edinburgh and since 2007 has toured with Flamin’ Dames. The Dames currently present a programme of Noel Coward and Ivor Novello called 'Queens of Song.'
Teaching has been an important part of Hilary’s life since she left the Academy. She has a private teaching practice in South West London and gives masterclasses at AIMS International Music Summer School.
Lindsey Harris is a Jungian analyst working in private practice in Wandsworth. She is a professional member of the Association of Jungian Analysts, and has been a practicing visual artist and a local government arts development officer. She produced 44 illustrations for Alan Mulherns’s book The Sower and the Seed (Karnac 2015). Dedicated to the power of the imagination to repair and transform the psyche, Lindsey values all art forms for their capacity to express the energy, imagery and potential of the individual and the collective psyche. She loves the myths, folk song, and fairy tales of the collective unconscious, appreciates synchronicities, and tries to live the symbolic life.
Hothorpe Hall boasts these facilities:
- 12 acres of lovely gardens in a tranquil rural setting, with stunning views
- Shallow river running through the woodlands
- Fully licensed bars
- Coffee lounges
- Freeview TVs in all bedrooms*
- Complimentary WiFi throughout the venue*
- Multi use outdoor games area - for tennis, five a side football and basketball
- Volleyball equipment
- Croquet, boules and a giant Connect Four
- Pool table
- Table tennis
- Various board games
- Guest computer
- Terraced seating areas for relaxing
- Detailed walking and running routes starting onsite and taking in the local area
- * can be ignored if you prefer