Encountering Great Art through Carl Jung’s

Active Imagination

A four week course

Thursday 13th, 20th June & Thursday 4th & 11th July 2024 

6.30pm – 8.30pm UK time via Zoom



In this four week course we will encounter just a few great works of Art and explore them more deeply through Swiss psychologist Carl Jung’s Active Imagination.  Having been described as a framework through which to experience the imaginal realm, the role of Active Imagination is to not take us away from the world, but re-engage us with it. Working with great works of Art, already imbued with both human creativity and imagination, and an almost super-human quality, is a potent way to bring us back to our senses, our aesthetic responses, as well as re-integrating our understanding of ourselves in a bigger picture of meaning.   Each chosen work of Art comes from a period in the Western tradition where the true imagination was revered either through the artists’ eyes and / or through an artistic movement which sought to return imagination to the world. These will be:

  • Italian Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Romanticism
  • Pre-Raphaelite
  • Post-Impressionism

Jung maintained that the psyche was made up essentially of images and first termed the “active imagination” as a psychic function combining conscious and unconscious elements. He describes a receptive state of pure being to allow the unconscious to come up and take the lead, while the conscious mind acts as a scribe. For Jung, the role of the conscious mind was the most important, so as not to be overwhelmed by an “all enveloping phantasmagoria” preventing the images from conveying their true healing power. References will also be made to both the similarities and differences of Active Imagination to McGilchrist’s Hemisphere Theory and to James Hillman’s research into images.

Guided by the works of Art themselves, each encounter will be unique, allowing for you to explore as fully as possible your own innate creativity, writing, reflections, insights, intuitions, imagination and meaning-making. 

This course will be recorded if you cannot make the scheduled time.  To book your place please do so via the PayPal button below. If you are not a fan of PayPal, please email me at info@maryattwood.com.

This course is £80