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The Symbolic Language of the Unconscious
 Visions from Below
with artist and educator Dr. Chantal Powell hosted on Jung Archademy

Zoom Live Online (sessions also recorded and sent after)
4 Weeks - September 10, 17, 24 & October 1
Sundays - 8pm UK time / 12pm pacific / 3PM Eastern


Wisdom, according to Carl Jung, is a return to the symbols which are inborn in us from the earliest times. He was referring to the unique language of the unconscious and how essential it is that we live a sacred life in harmony with it.


In this four-week course we will be diving into the watery depths of archetypal symbols and motifs. We will visit ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology, immerse ourselves in mysterious alchemical imagery and familiar fairytales, reflect on what dreams and daily ritual can offer us and explore our psychic imagination.


We will also look at contemporary visual art as a powerful tool for experiencing the transformative energy of the unconscious and how it can give visible form to mystery.

This course is for anyone looking for a greater understanding of symbolic language and is particularly suited to creatives and those new to Jungian thinking.

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Course Outline

Week 1 - Introduction to Understanding the Language of Unconscious

Week 2 - Symbols in Myths, Fairytales and Alchemy

Week 3 - Art as a Vehicle for the Symbolic Unconscious

Week 4 - Tools for Speaking the Symbolic Language in our Daily Lives (working with ritual, dreams, nature and the psychic imagination).

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Humanity’s “ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.”
– Paul Tillich

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Past  Courses

As well as presenting my own illustrated talks and workshops on psychological alchemy I hosts courses with key educators in the field of Jungian psychology both independently and with Jung Archademy. Past courses can be viewed below.  

April/May 2023

5 weeks 

Join us on a transformative journey for creatives, introducing a range of ideas and practices that explore the mysterious realm of the unconscious, and its influence on visual artists, both past and present. 
Each week Ann McCoy will lecture on themes such as: the Jungian unconscious as a place of transformation and revelation, the alchemical imagination, and dimensions of art as a spiritual practice.  She will share examples drawn from conversations with artists she personally knew such as Ana Mendieta, Joseph Beuys, Hermann Nitsch, and Carol Schneemann, as well as artists evolving in these tradition today. 
In the second half of each session Chantal Powell will guide you through a practical automatic technique developed by the Surrealists and earlier visionaries who used these creative methods to bypass conscious thinking. You will be given new intuitive ways of image making to incorporate into your work and be introduced to a deeper understanding of the role of the unconscious in the creative process.

This course will be of particular interest to artists but is also suitable for anyone with an interest in visual arts and the unconscious. The workshop activities require no previous art experience. 

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Jung, Art & the Alchemical Imagination With Ann McCoy
On Jung Archademy
(click for further information)


January / February  2023

9 weeks

Award-winning artist and educator Ann McCoy will take us into the alchemical processes within the psyche and how artists have created these images in varied art forms.

In addition to reviewing some of the most powerful of classical alchemical images, an in-depth examination of the role of contemporary artists in each of the alchemical processes will be a touchstone of the course.

This is a class for anyone, including artists and writers, wanting to explore alchemy and psyche in general.

To see the course outline in full and read more about Ann McCoy please follow the link HERE

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June/July 2022

6 weeks 

A six week, working seminar course for creatives led by award-winning New York artist, editor and art critic Ann McCoy. The course will utilise various techniques for accessing the unconscious through drawing, different art mediums, journals, meditations, and readings.


The Idea for this course came from artist seminars led by Joseph Beuys (who Ann knew in the 70's), where the participants discussed new ways of thinking about art, while making  studio work. For Beuys the sacramental was in everything and an integral part of the artistic process.  This seminar course will explore exercises used by Surrealists like Lenora Carrington and Max Ernst, techniques used by members of the spiritual branch of Russian Cosmism, as well as Jungian Active Imagination.

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Ithell Colquhoun’s work using the decalcomania technique.

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An Introduction To Alchemical Psychology With Thom R. Cavalli Ph.D 
On Jung Archademy
(click for further information)


October / November 2022
6 weeks

In this course, we use the term Alchemy in its original meaning, as a way of quickening and catalyzing our individual growth in all aspects of mind, body, and spirit. The concepts presented grew out of the work of C. G. Jung and provide us with an extraordinary framework to help us navigate the challenging and unprecedented dynamics of modern life. 

We’ll do a deep dive into ancient Egyptian as well as modern forms of alchemy, tracing the development of personal and collective consciousness from magic to contemporary science. By harnessing the power of alchemy, we create extraordinary, personalized maps and tools to facilitate our unique individuation journey.  The history of our future self is about rebuilding an enchanted world that returns the animating soul into our busy lives.

This course is design for people who are just delving into psychological alchemy, or who have some knowledge of Jungian psychology and want to deepen their understanding of alchemy and the individuation process.

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