Jungian Odyssey 2016
May 28 – June 4 • Zermatt, Switzerland
Prof. Henry Abramovitch, PhD
Prof. Lisa Sokolov, MA, CMT
Eva Pattis Zoja, PhD
Since 2006 our annual conference and retreat has opened ISAPZURICH’s post-graduate program to all with interest in C.G. Jung and Analytical Psychology. “The earth has a spirit of her own,” Jung mused, and elsewhere he called it the genius loci, the spirit of the place. It is this, the particular genius loci, that infuses each Odyssey as it leads us to a different place in Switzerland each year and inspires each Odyssey’s topic. So, too, this spirit imbues our presenters’ analytic views on contemporary research in a variety of fields, and as well, their handling of traditional areas of Jungian interest—fairytale, dream, myth, art, religion, personal and collective experience, clinical practice.
Inner Ways of Knowing: Intuition, Imagination, Inspiration
In 2016 our retreat takes place in Zermatt, the renowned village nestled beneath the Matterhorn in the Canton of Wallis, at an altitude of 1600 meters (5250 feet). Car-free and far from Zürich, the remote Zermatt echoes and fosters the patience and quietude needed for reaching a place of true interiority and source of inner knowledge.
At the foot of the iconic, mystical Matterhorn, we feel the daunting allure of this “mountain of mountains” whose shape has captured the imaginations of so many. In 2015 Zermatt has been celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of this mountain, led in 1865 by the English climber Edward Whymper. The summit was reached triumphantly, but the descent ended in tragedy with the deaths of four of the six men in the climbing party. Nevertheless, Whmyper’s creative vision transformed Zermatt suddenly from a community of poor struggling survivors into a group of innovators leading the 19th century discovery of alpine tourism.
Zermatt and the Matterhorn have inspired uncountable climbers, poets, novelists, painters, film-makers, musicians, and bloggers. In 1961 Laurence van der Post, completely unaware of the death of his long-standing friend C.G. Jung, dreamt that Jung was waving to him from the summit of Mount Matterhorn and calling out, “I’ll be seeing you.” This impressive example of knowledge from within the psyche and beyond the ego invites reflection on Jung’s conviction that, “… creative imagination is the … the real Ground of the psyche, the only immediate reality. … the only form of being we can experience directly.” (Letter to Kurt Plachte, 1929)
Physicists like Wolfgang Pauli and Albert Einstein amply demonstrated the value of intuition and imagination as portals to insight and deeper understanding. At the Odyssey 2015, keynote speaker Iain McGilchrist rang warning bells, pointing to the sorely missing equilibrium between left and right brain modes of perception and experience.
Following through on such legacies, we invite Odyssey participants in 2016 to explore inner ways of knowing. We want to search for and attune to those moments of the soul’s beckoning that connect us with the inexplicable and the invisible, which supersede our logical mind and reveal a world of depth. In this spirit, a unique feature of the Odyssey 2016 is its mid-week offer of experiential workshops that last the whole day, affording participants the chance for especially intense and creative immersion in their choice of work with the body, voice, sand play, or fairy tale enactment.
For the full program details, download the brochure.
Venue, Cost, Registration
Our 4-star venue Parkhotel Beau-Site boasts a breath-taking view of the Matterhorn and a five-minute walk to the village center. The hotel is widely praised for its staff courtesy and fine cuisine, as well for its wellness offerings, which include an indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpools, sauna, and steam bath. The clean and comfortable rooms, furnished with classic elegance, are all equipped with WC, shower, telephone, and free wireless LAN. Early registration is recommended, as the Odyssey typically books out. Also, early birds receive a price advantage!
Odyssey fees cover:
- Your personal Swiss Half Fare Card
- Odyssey Group Ticket for round trip on a reserved train Zürich/Zermatt/Zürich with one piece of checked luggage (additional checked bags: CHF 17/each)
- Full room and board (excluding beverages at all meals)
- Coffee breaks
- Full program of lectures, seminars, workshops, excursions, and special events. (Travel to and from Switzerland is not included.)
Extra Benefit – Your Swiss Half Fare Card (2nd class) is valid for 30 days. The card entitles you to half-price fares on all public transportation in Switzerland—e.g. trains, boats, buses, and trams. It applies to your airport commutes and commutes during the Odyssey Prelude at ISAPZURICH. We hope the card inspires you to prolong your stay to see more of Switzerland!
As it is required for our Odyssey train trip, we will order your card and send it to you by email attachment for your own printing. For this we need your arrival date and passport information, to be filled in on our secure online registration form.
Important Travel Information
On May 28 and June 4, your checked luggage will arrive no later than 18:00. May 28: 8:00 am check-in at the Zürich Main Station; 12:15 arrival in Zermatt. June 4: 10:00 am check-in for the train to Zürich; 13:58 arrival at the Zürich Main Station. Our travel to and from Zermatt with a group ticket requires that you have at hand your personal Half-Fare Card and the passport you used to order the card.
ISAP students are subject to other costs and deadlines, provided in the registration form.
April 1, 2015: registration deadline for price benefit
- including single room & board CHF 3,250.00
- including double room & board CHF 3,200.00/per person
Fees with registration after April 1, 2015
- including single room & board CHF 3,450.00
- including double room & board CHF 3,400.00/per person