AJA Candidates joined other London Jungians on a trip to Zurich

In October a group of candidates and recently qualified members went on a four day trip to Zurich.  This had been arranged primarily by Jan Wiener of the SAP, Renate Daniels and Verena Kast of The Jung Institute, Zurich.

We were a group of 42 representatives of the London training institutes, with participants from the SAP, BJAA and AJA. 

We were invited to participate in ongoing seminars of the Zurich training whilst some seminars were organised specifically for us, as were outings to Bollingen and Jung’s house in Kuesnacht

The opportunity to hear Verena Kast again (after her visit to England) was stimulating and thought provoking. Many of us came away with a determination to explore more about ‘complex episodes’ We watched a great, though disturbing film which illustrated the influence of fairy tales. We are now hypersensitive on the subject of sniffing flea skins (you had to be there!). It was really interesting to gain a greater feel for the Zurich teaching and to talk to people doing it.  We were intrigued about the differences in the training, especially that it seems the Zurich people usually see patients once or twice a week for a shorter length of time than we would expect to.  We would like discuss this further.  The weekend was an opportunity to come together as members of AJA, of the London schools and to feel kinship with the Zurich people. It seemed an example of great generosity by all those involved in giving their time and energy especially Jan Wiener and everyone in Zurich. 

At Bollingen we were shown around by two Of Jung’s grandsons, Hans and Jost- sons of Jung’s daughter Helena. I think most of us were impacted by what a real home Bollingen still is. Packets of sugar and salt standing around; a plastic Aldi bag and a JCloth in the kitchen. Hans told us the family still get together there. We sat in the loggia with the log fire going and listened to Jost.  At the Conference on 11th, Who is my Jung, there was a slide of Jung sitting in the loggia.  Both ‘boys’’ memories of their grandfather were of being told not to disturb him, not to play near him. All the men are professionals in their own right.  In Kuesnacht we were shown around by another grandson, Andreas Jung, and his daughter Suzanna. Andreas also talked of having to stay out of his grandfather’s way in Kuesnacht, but remembered his father (Jung’s son) talking about how Jung stopped work at a certain time and the remaining evening was for family.  Seeing the buildings of which I have seen photos and read about was interesting, but for me there was something very special about being shown them by Jung’s grandsons. There was a deep feeling of being shown their home; something about the privilege of being a part, however slightly, of a lineage.

We also of course in good AJA tradition, explored the food and drink possibilities of the area and got to know one another which was great. 

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