Jungian Process & Experiential Group (JPEG)

This is a monthly on-going learning experience programme

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” Carl Jung

This exciting programme aims to meet the following interests of participants:

  • On-going personal development and exploration with like-minded people through exploring Analytical Psychology
  • Exploring the possibility of applying for the twice weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy training or the Adult Analytic training
  • General exploration of concepts in Analytical Psychology through reading, discussion, debate, process and experience

JPEG Programme 2024-25

Transformations: Individual and Collective

In this series of JPEGs, we will look at the idea of transformation from a psychological/internal, spiritual, and aesthetic perspective. We will explore a process of transformation using Jung’s writing about the illustrations of the Rosarium Philosophorum as a platform from which to navigate personal and collective change. Each month we will examine one of 10 woodcuts from the Rosarium Philosophorum, alongside social dreaming, films, readings, art and clinical material to explore transformation on both an individual and collective basis.

Jung used the Rosarium Philosophorum, a 16th Century alchemical tract, as a vehicle to understand transference in the consulting room. This can be extended to consider transference phenomenon as they occur beyond the therapeutic setting to the ways in which we engage and relate with others, in our daily lives and in wider society.

In increasingly turbulent and challenging times, the psychological urge to spilt our experiences into an ‘us and them’ dichotomy becomes apparent. We can see, in the consulting room, in the media, and in society as a whole, that people are experiencing this turbulence as both an individual and collective crisis.  

As we sit divided in our beliefs, political views, and geographical islands the idea of transformation can become something that we locate elsewhere; projecting all that is bad into ‘them’ leaving ourselves free from problems on the other side of the fence.  Jung suggested that if a person is brave enough to withdraw their projections from others he:

‘has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they must be fought against. He lives in the ‘house of self collection’. Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is within himself, and if he learns only to deal with his own shadow then he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in removing an infinitesimal part, at least, of the unresolved gigantic social problems of our day.‘ (C. G. Jung. Coll Works, Vol 11).

Psychotherapy endeavours to provide a space where we can withdraw projections and turn inwards to reflect on the problems within us, which requires an ongoing act of transformation. What does this transformation encompass, and how does it relate to the collective and the ways in which we consciously encounter the external world?

This series of JPEGs offers an invitation to examine our response, individually and collectively as a group, to Jung’s suggestion that transformation as an internal process can in turn contribute to an understanding of the ‘unresolved problems of our day’.

Programme Structure

The JPEG programme will take place on 10 Saturdays over 10 months from 2pm-5pm. Participants will be asked to do some reading, look at artwork, or watch a film beforehand.  The day will be structured roughly in the following way.

Format: JPEG meetings are held on a Saturday afternoon once a month in person at the SAP.

2.00 – 3.15pm: social dreaming matrix
3.15 – 3.30pm: break
3.30 – 4.00pm: dream reflections
4.00 – 4.30pm: small group – discussion/exercise
4.30 – 5.00pm: large group – discussion/exercise

Entry requirement: The course is open to:

  • Past participants of the Foundations Course & Therapeutic Skills Course
  • Participants of previous JPEG groups
  • Current SAP trainees and course participants
  • Other individuals who have done an equivalent introductory course.

you can download an application JPEG 2024-2025 here.

Application deadline for 2024-25: 2 September 2024

For further information or clarifications, please contact publicevents@thesap.org.uk call 020 7435 7696 or fill in the contact form below.

We reserve the right to cancel or alter any part of the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.


    Ruth Oreschnick

    Ruth Oreschnick is a Jungian Analyst and Music Therapist, working in the NHS (across a range of clinical setting) and in Private Practice. She previously also worked as an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, and was course leader for music therapy trainings in South Asia.  Ruth has over 15 years experience of facilitating groups, both in this country and abroad. 

    Sarah Friggieri

    Sarah Friggieri is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Play Therapist with over fifteen years’ experience working with children and adults in the NHS, educational settings, palliative care, and third-sector organisations. Sarah trained at the Society of Analytical Psychology and The British Psychotherapy Foundation. She is a professional member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and The British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT).