C G Jung Centre, Cape Town

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Mantis Weekend

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Mantis Weekend

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018

Venue: C G Jung Centre 87 Main Road Rondebosch





FRIDAY – 25 May 2018
18h00 to 19h30 Following the Crumbs of Cruelty Home Rod Anderson
19h30 to 20h00 Tea Break  
20h00 to 21h30 The Bearded Woman Marita de Wet
SATURDAY – 26 May 2018
09h00 to 10h30 Encountering the Other in Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” John Gosling
10h30 to 11h00 Tea Break  
11h00 to 12h30 To The Underworld and Back Grace Reid
12h30 to 13h30 Lunch  
13h30 to 15h00 The Binding of Fenrir: Subjugating the Monster Within Fred Borchardt
15h00 to 15h30 Tea Break  
15h30 to 17h00 Ecological Literacy: Rewilding the Human Imagination Ian McCallum
SUNDAY – 27 May 2018
09h00 to 10h30 San rock art in Southern Africa, the mind of homo sapiens, and the coming of symbolic and religious thought. Johann Graaff
10h30 to 11h30 Tea Break  
11h00 to 12h30 Our ethical relationship to nature/other sentient beings in the process of Individuation Marian Campbell



Biographies and Abstracts

Rod Anderson is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst. He was one of the founder members of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA). Over the intervening years he has served this organisation in many capacities, including being the Association’s President for five years. He is currently serving on their Ethics and Finance Committees. He continues to be actively involved in the training of Jungian analysts. This encompasses all components of their four year training – including their personal analysis, their clinical supervision, as well as in their academic programme

Until 2014 Rod was the Senior Clinical Psychologist and Head of The Child and Adolescent Out- Patient Unit at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Red Cross Children’s Hospital as well as a Senior Lecturer in The Department of Psychiatry at University of Cape Town.

Rod is currently in a limited private practice seeing patients for analytic psychotherapy and supervising clinicians in their own clinical work with children, adolescents, adults and their families.


Abstract: “Following the crumbs of cruelty home”: “Our personalities provide endless, unfathomable difficulties. Processes that constitute us make us problematic to ourselves. In many ways we are our greatest challenge. In this seminar I would like to single out one for attention. The fact that we are inhabited by something lethal. Something in us that makes us dangerous to ourselves and society. We never stop being lethal. However, against this we possess an originary counter tendency – what might be called an innate morality – where holding oneself back is an outgrowth of the capacity for love and concern. I would like to pick at threads of this topic to see how they permeate self and society.”




Marita de Wet is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Paarl. She started her career in 1980 as a Systems Engineer in IBM and qualified as a Psychologist in 1992. She was involved in corporate consultation and leadership development programs; she presented group therapy programs and ran a private practice in Boksburg, Gauteng. She is currently in private practice in Paarl. She is chair of SAAJA’s Public Programme and serves on the Curriculum and Library committees.


Abstract: The Bearded Woman: Women and power have always made an uneasy combination. Women pay a high price for claiming power or making themselves heard. If we want to understand what is happening, we need to move beyond the misogyny diagnosis and explore the complicated, multi-layered story with a history stretching back over thousands of years.

According to a legend from the 14th century, a teen-aged noble woman of Portugal, named Wilgefortis, had been promised in marriage by her father to a King. To thwart the unwanted wedding, she prayed that she would be made repulsive. In answer to her prayers, by the next morning, she had sprouted a beard, which ended the engagement. Her father was so angry that he had her crucified. She dared the unthinkable, she decided over her own life, she claimed personal authority and sovereignty.

As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, we have recorded cases of women being silenced, largely successfully. This continues throughout Greek and Roman antiquity.

Today, after millennia of being silenced, can a woman still find her authentic voice? Is she still a bearded woman, repulsive to society when she claims personal authority, or speaks for herself?



John Gosling: is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and returned to Cape Town in 2004. He is a past-president of SAAJA and is also a training analyst. He has a special interest in dreams, complexes, and archetypes (especially the Feminine) and how psychoneurobiology informs our work and approach to psyche. He is also interested in exploring how the principles of analytical psychology can be applied in helping children in traumatized communities and how these principles can be applied to help us better understand politics, films, literature, and the opera.


Abstract: Encountering the Other in Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”:

When goodness grows weak,
When Evil waxes mighty,
I make for myself a vehicle.
In every age I return
To deliver the holy.
To destroy the fault of the evildoer.
To establish true goodness. (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4)


We currently are living in a time worldwide where, according to the above quote from the Bhagavad Gita, goodness grows weak and evil waxes strong. We are in great need of some inspiring message from the Other world. I am postulating that in the recently re-surfaced relatively unknown work by Da Vinci, “Salvator Mundi” (Saviour of the World), something significant may have emerged in the images depicted in this work of art. This painting and the images it portrays could indeed be a “vehicle” emerging from the Other side at this time when “goodness grows weak”. There is an invitation to reflect on the mystery of the ineffable, of the existence of the holy, of the possibility of being blessed, and of the importance of freeing ourselves from the tyranny of patriarchal gender stereotypes as part of our individuation process – all of which may provide the necessary inner strength and fortitude to survive these difficult times. I will explore these musings and my experience of the Other in this painting in greater detail in my presentation

Grace Reid is a psychologist and Jungian analyst who practices psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and supervision in Kenilworth. Her training and education took place mostly in the United States, where she was in private practice for five years before moving to Cape Town in 1990. She is currently the secretary of SAAJA’s Exco and is also a training analyst.


Abstract: To the Underworld and Back: 2017 saw a significant development in the cultural evolution of women’s issues and their expression in society. We are only just beginning to assess the impact of the #MeToo phenomenon and other related events. In this seminar, this context will serve as the backdrop to a review and discussion of the ancient myth of Inanna, the Sumerian queen of heaven and earth. Is the archetypal theme of the descent of the goddess to the underworld and her subsequent re-emergence, relevant in 2018? The foundation of our exploration will be Sylvia Brinton Perera’s classic of Jungian literature, the 1981 Descent to the Goddess, A Way of Initiation for Women. How relevant is this text to contemporary life? Are the themes presented by the myth and explored in the book applicable not only to women in the twenty-first century, but to the principle of the feminine in men? What can this myth teach us with regard to individual and cultural development of consciousness?


Fred Borchardt: is a Counselling Psychologist and Jungian Analyst graduate of the SAAJA training programme in Cape Town. He studied at the Pretoria University, the University of Johannesburg and Rhodes University. He worked in the SA Prison Service for more than a decade before starting out in his current occupation in private practice in Cape Town. He is currently President of SAAJA, and a training analyst.


Abstract: The Binding of Fenrir: Subjugating the Monster Within: This presentation will reflect on the dilemma of how to manage that form of shadow energy which is simply too powerfully destructive to be allowed free movement or expression in the world. How do we, for example, deal with the devouring monsters of addiction, sexual perversion and physical aggression within the Analytical Process? What do we do with evil?

An archetypal pattern for dealing with this dilemma is provided by Norse mythology. Fenrir was a giant wolf and the eldest son of Loki. As he grew up, he became more and more threatening and destructive to all in Asgard; it was prophesised that he will in the last days devour everything in the world and kill the father-god Odin during the final battle of Ragnarok. The story of “The binding of Fenrir” describes the attempts of the gods at controlling this instinctual force. The image of the wolf is often seen as an archetypal symbol of instinctual shadow. The story of Fenrir could therefore be a helpful metaphor for describing strategies for dealing with destructive energy.




Ian McCallum is a psychiatrist, analytical psychologist, adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Graduate School of Business in Port Elizabeth and an honorary lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. A long standing contributor to the UCT Darwin Centre – Teaching Biology Project - his academic interests focus on evolutionary biology, conservation psychology and environmental ethics.

He is the author of two anthologies of wilderness poems: Wild Gifts (1999), Untamed (2012) and a novel Thorns to Kilimanjaro (2000). He was the writer/poet for the Mail and Guardian award winning ‘UNTAMED’ exhibition at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (2010-2012).

His book Ecological Intelligence – Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature won the Wild Literary Award at the World Wilderness Congress in Mexico 2009. He is a cofounder of the International League of Conservation Writers (, a founding partner of safari organisation Invent Africa (; cofounder of the Cape branch of the Wilderness Leadership School and a foundation member of SAAJA. He is a specialist wilderness guide, a director of the Wilderness Foundation and a trustee of the Cape Leopard Trust.


Abstract: Ecological Literacy – Rewilding the Human Imagination: “Together the patient and I address ourselves to the 2,000,000 year-old man that is in all of us. In the last analysis, most of our difficulties come from losing contact with our instincts, with the age-old forgotten wisdom stored up in us.” (CG Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters – William McGuire and R.F.C. Hull, 1936) In this presentation I will review the concept of wildness; that it is a quality within every human being that is instinctively spontaneous, raw and untameable. Demeaned, discouraged or suppressed, it announces itself in impulsive acts of human crudity and violation. This is not wildness. This is savagery. I will explore the concept of ecological literacy and in the process, the rewilding of our imaginations: of understanding the connections and relationships that bind us to all living systems … that we learn to be receptive to and informed once more, by the vocabulary of the wind, the trees and the grass, by the moods of rivers, by the potency of solitude and by the evolutionary spoor of that two million-year-old hominin survivor in all of us.


Johann Graaff is a retired sociologist from UCT, but is now interested in the cross over between Jungian psychology and sociology. He graduated from the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, and has a practice as a Jungian analyst.  He is member of SAAJA, currently serving on Curriculum Committee.


Abstract: San rock art in Southern Africa, the mind of homo sapiens, and the coming of symbolic and religious thought: The discovery of an engraved ochre stone in the Blombos cave on the south coast of South Africa in 1991 caused an archaeological revolution in a number of ways. It dramatically changed our knowledge of when and where homosapiens originated. It fell within a re-interpretation of San rock art and a rethinking of ancient rock art in general. And it changed the way we think about human minds and shamanism.



Marian Campbell is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst working in private practice in Cape Town. She is currently chair of the Assessment and Review Committee of SAAJA.

Abstract: Our ethical relationship to nature/other sentient beings in the process of Individuation: The process of individuation is the pivotal feature of Jungian therapy. It is also a deeply ethical process. Yet what does ethical mean and specifically what does it imply in terms of our relationship to nature and other nonhuman sentient beings with whom we share this planet.

Can we distinguish between ethical Individuation and the humanist belief in linear progress and growth that consciously and unconsciously informs the popular myths of our time? 



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