Welcome to the Champernowne Trust website.

A Mental Health and Educational Charity, since 1969, the Trust was inspired by the ideas of Dr C G Jung, and based on the  pioneering work of Dr Irene Champernowne in the field of Art and Creativity in Psychotherapy.

- Promoting emotional health through Jungian Psychotherapy and the Creative Arts
- Providing education and support for helping professionals
- and psychotherapy for those with limited resources  

Fifty years of service to creativity in psychotherapy           


Jung's Depth Psychology
The Arts in Psychotherapy
Myth and Symbol in Human Development
Active Imagination
Creativity in Personal and Professional  Development
Self-care for Helping Professionals

These were themes that Irene Champernowne explored throughout her life, and continue in the work of the Trust that bears her name.

Irene Champernowne, a Jungian analyst, whose inspirational leadership of the Withymead experiment in art and therapy was seminal for British Art therapy.  Between 1942 and 1967, the Withymead community, was one of the first, most extensive and sustained early developments of the arts as psychotherapy.  Its influence lives on in the tradition of the Trust and the Summer Course

An important announcement from the Course Committee


9th – 14th August 2020

at Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth, Leicestershire  LE17 6QX

Theme:  Alone and Together

An Arts and Soul Retreat for Connection, Reflection, Imagination and the Arts

This course has a well-established reputation for enriching the lives of its participants. It offers a multi-layered experience where you can be part of a community whilst also offering the space to reflect. Providing a rich and varied five-day programme, the course delivers a unique immersive experience.

This year’s theme, Alone and Together, aims to explore the individual and the collective, with creative workshops, inspiring talks and discussions based on the ideas of C.G. Jung. Experienced creative and therapeutic professionals will guide and facilitate the individual and the group process on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery.

More information to follow.  Register your interest with Eleanor:  courses@champernowne.org.uk.

The Champernowne Summer Course has been the jewel The Trust's  crown since 1972

a source of Respite, Nourishment, Renewal, Inspiration, and much more, for helping professionals

offered annually until 2012, and since then biennially 

For 2018 our theme -chosen for both its depth and universal significance and for its contemporary relevance - was 

Images of Power

and the Power of Images

Our distinguished speakers for 2018 were

Michael Vannoy Adams

Michael Vannoy Adams

Partricia Skar

Patricia Skar

Jocelyne Quennell

Jocelyne Quennell

 The Champernowne Summer Course

"An Enriching Experience. Something rare."

For anyone in interested psychotherapy, in education, in the creative arts and seeking community, inspiration or refreshment in a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and in good company, with first class accommodation and catering.

A rich diverse five day programme of lectures and seminars, discussions, arts workshops open-all-hours arts studios, with music, song, poetry and dance, with time to relax, to go deep, to recharge,

The Course has a broadly Jungian/archetypal ethos, without dogmatism or evangelism.

Quotes from past course members:

...an extraordinary and unique course... the atmosphere of warmth and support. It helped me enormously both in a therapeutic sense and also as a simple, peaceful restorative treat.

​I think it is WONDERFUL... it gave me personally a sense of freedom to express myself and be all that I could be.

... a place where being holistic and intuitive is normal, instead of being alternative and different as it is in the world in general ... a chance to step back from my life, to renew and grow.

Truly wonderful experience ... the spirit is so beautiful... unique.

 The Champernowne Trust   A charitable company limited by guarantee                      Charity No.  1165034     Company No.  9437756