The Champernowne Summer Course over the years
The Summer Course has a long tradition, deriving from the pioneering work of Jungian Analyst, Irene Champernowne. Since 1972, the Trust has offered its week-long* residential Summer Course for people working at depth in the helping professions, and has come to embrace anyone with an interest in Jung, in psychology and the arts. The course combines lectures and discussion with arts-based workshops and activities, and with a varied and informal social programme. Some have claimed it is unique. We would certainly be interested to learn of any other course quite like it.
Lecturers have included notables from many fields: Anne Baring, , Ann Shearer, Jerome Bernstein, D M Thomas, Adolph Guggenbuhl-Craig, Monica Furlong, Ronald Blythe, Anthony Hopkins, Wendy Perriam, Diana Halliday, Molly Tuby, Salley Vickers, Andrew Samuels, Renos Papdopoulos, Frank Delaney, Anthony Stevens, Michael Mayne, Karen Armstrong, Laurens van der Post. We have also featured presentations from analysts and therapists talking about their clinical work and research in settings as diverse as NHS in-patient treatment, private practice, a project for children with life-limiting illnesses, the secure wing at Broadmoor...
Our creative workshops have included Dance Movement, Music, Drama, Writing, Fairy Tales, Drumming, Outdoor Sculpture. It has been a tradition of the course that the Arts Studio is open 24 hours, to catch the fleeting dream image in paint or clay when needed, as well as being available during the afternoon workshop time.
Over the years the courses have enabled exploration of practical, creative and inspirational applications of Jungian psychology in personal and professional life, and encouraged personal and professional development by linking creative and psychological aspects of change.
They are based on the premise that problem solving and innovation, whether in the arts, sciences or therapy, demand the cultivation of insight, enterprise and imagination.
The Course has a broadly Jungian/archetypal ethos, without dogmatism or evangelism.
(* Originally a whole week, the course is now five days.)