4th & 11th July 

Encountering Great Art through

Dr Carl Jung’s Active Imagination

A four week course

Thursdays 13th & 20th June

and Thursdays 4th & 11th July 2024 

 6.30 – 8.30 pm UK time via Zoom

with Mary Attwood  


Looking, psychologically, brings about the activation of the object; it is as if something were emanating from one’s spiritual eye that evokes or activates the object of one’s vision.” 

Dr Carl Jung

In this four week course we will encounter just a few great works of Art and explore them more deeply through Swiss psychologist Carl Jung’s Active Imagination.  Having been described as a framework through which to experience the imaginal realm, the role of Active Imagination is to not take us away from the world, but re-engage us with it. Working with great works of Art, already imbued with both human creativity and imagination, and an almost super-human quality, is a potent way to bring us back to our senses, our aesthetic responses, as well as re-integrating our understanding of ourselves in a bigger picture of meaning.   Each chosen work of Art comes from a period in the Western tradition where the true imagination was revered either through the artists’ eyes and / or through an artistic movement which sought to return imagination to the world. These will be:

Italian Renaissance





Jung maintained that the psyche was made up essentially of images and first termed the “active imagination” as a psychic function combining conscious and unconscious elements. He describes a receptive state of pure being to allow the unconscious to come up and take the lead, while the conscious mind acts as a scribe. For Jung, the role of the conscious mind was the most important, so as not to be overwhelmed by an “all enveloping phantasmagoria” preventing the images from conveying their true healing power. References will also be made to both the similarities and differences of Active Imagination to McGilchrist’s Hemisphere Theory and to James Hillman’s research into images.

Guided by the works of Art themselves, each encounter will be unique, allowing for you to explore as fully as possible your own innate creativity, writing, reflections, insights, intuitions, imagination and meaning-making. 

This session will be recorded.


This course is £80 per household. If you are not a fan of PayPal you can email Mary directly at info@maryattwood.com
For those who cannot attend live, there will be a recording available.

BOOKING: Please book through Mary Attwood’s website here

About Mary Attwood

Mary is co-founder and director of The Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, an art historian, author, teacher and mentor. She is co-founder and director of Channel McGilchrist, was the founding Chairman of the Victoria branch of The Arts Society, is a qualified practitioner of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, has published two books with Watkins, and has recently published an ancestral family book. She holds a BA hons degree in the History of Art from UCL and Birkbeck, and an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred from CCCU.

Mary’s teaching and research seek to offer a broader understanding of art, not as an object to be analysed, but as a bridge between seemingly disparate ways of understanding the world and our place in it. While honouring the historical, broadening perceptions of art beyond rationalising analysis, categories and styles, opens doorways both in us and in the image. But beyond this, how we look at art art can reveal ways of knowing and seeing that change not only what we see in art, but change us and the world around us, and can help us meet the complexities of modern living by offering a renaissance of humane values.

You can find out more via her website www.maryattwood.com

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