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
- for almost half a century
Jung's Depth Psychology
The Arts in Psychotherapy
Myth and Symbol in Human Development
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
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
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