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Mantis Weekend 2023


Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2023
Presented in-person and Online (live via Zoom)

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Mantis Weekend lecture series, presented by Jungian Analysts and Jungian oriented practitioners and researchers. We invite you to join us for this transformative experience where discovery, professional growth, and personal awareness intersect.

This year we’ve curated a program featuring five highly insightful and engaging lectures focusing on a variety of themes, including: creativity and what the ancient goddesses can teach us about being human; psychoanalytical mysticism; archetypal astrology and mandalas; the reality of unprocessed trauma; and a deep-dive into the origins and nature of archetypes. We trust that these presentations and the soulful perspectives they offer, will be an enriching and expanding experience for all participants.

The purpose of Mantis Weekend is to serve as a gathering point for those interested in and passionate about Analytical Psychology, and who appreciate the value of applying Jungian principles in a contemporary world.

This year, we’re pleased to offer both in-person attendance at the C.G. Jung Centre in Cape Town, as well as online access via Zoom

Why “Mantis”?

The Mantis symbol holds significant meaning for SAAJA. Our founder members were deeply connected to the spirit of the San culture and their shape-shifting creator-trickster deity, Kaggen. Kaggen, who manifests as a praying mantis and other animal forms (like the hare, eland, snake and vulture), embodies the essence of transformation.

The SAAJA logo consists of four Mantis heads arranged in a circle. In the realm of Carl Jung’s work, the trickster is known as Mercurius or Hermes. SAAJA is a professional society of internationally accredited Jungian analysts, and our main focus is the training and accreditation of future Jungian Analysts.


  • All the seminars on Saturday 7 October (Lecture 1 to Lecture 4) will be presented both in-person and online via Zoom.
  • The programme for Sunday 8 October (Lecture 5 presented in two parts) will only be presented online via Zoom.
  • Booking Fee: The cost (for both in-person attendance and online) is R300 per seminar. If all 5 seminars are booked, pay only for 4 – R1,200
  • Bookings close by 12:00 on Friday 6 October 2023
  • If online participation for all 5 lectures is booked, you’ll receive the individual Zoom links for each lecture on Friday 6 October
  • Zoom participants, please ensure you join the Zoom link at least 10 minutes prior to the lecture start time. The lectures will start promptly at their allotted times.

2023 Mantis Weekend Programme

Saturday – 7 October 2023

Lecture 1

09h00 – 10h30

To Birth the Ancient in a New Time, is Creation Renee Ramsden
10h30 – 11h00 Tea Break
Lecture 2

11h00 – 12h30

On Meeting the Tiger: Three Psychoanalytic Mystics and Their Contributions Stephen Bloch
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch Break
Lecture 3

13h30 – 15h00

Astrological Birth Charts: Sacred Mandalas of the Self Nici Partridge
15h00 – 15h30 Tea Break
Lecture 4

15h30 – 17h00

No More Lies: The Truth About Unprocessed Trauma John Gosling

Sunday – 8 October 2023

Lecture 5

09h00 – 09h30

Looking Behind Archetypes: Their Origin and Underlying Nature
Introduction & Context to the Lecture
Peter Hodson
09h30 – 09h40 Break

Lecture 5 (continued)

09h40 – 11h15

Looking Behind Archetypes: Their Origin and Underlying Nature
Lecture presentation and Q&A
Peter Hodson

Abstracts and Presenter Bios

Learn more about each of the Mantis Weekend Lectures and our presenters by clicking on the links below.

You can also manage your bookings for the weekend via these links.
The cost (for both in-person attendance and online attendance) is R300 per individual seminar. If all 5 seminars are booked, pay only for 4 – R1,200

Lecture 5: Looking Behind Archetypes: Their Origin and Underlying Nature Lecture 5:

Lecture 5: Looking Behind Archetypes: Their Origin and Underlying Nature Lecture 5:

Jung’s archetypal theory postulates that archetypal images are derived from more basic underlying structures which he called the “archetype an sich” or “archetype as such”. These structures, or rather organizing principles are, according to Jung, latent and only become manifest and knowable when they give rise to archetypal images in the human psyche.