At the opening of Stillpoint Spaces’ sister hub in London a few weeks ago, there was a conversation about the field of psychology and its importance, and/or impotence, in facing the collective challenges of our time. It’s clear that the therapy room can help to relieve part of our very individual pain and distress. But what about the wounds of our world? Terrorism, environmental crisis, global migration, political turbulence, and capitalism: how can the field of psychology contribute to change and resistance? Is it time for psychology to leave the comfort of the therapy room and become an active subject, out on the streets? Or should psychology rather learn to respect boundaries and its field’s limitations?
Jungian analyst James Hillman approaches this struggle in his book “We’ve had a hundred years of psychotherapy and the world’s getting worse”. The provocative title highlights this paradoxical role of therapy within contemporary culture and questions its impact outside of the consultation room. At Stillpoint’s Laboratory we’ve taken up the challenge to continuously explore this paradox. We invite you to join the conversation and therefore we’d like to share with you some of the topics we will be exploring throughout the upcoming weeks.
In case you’re in Berlin – come by the Lab for a gathering with wine and cheese on 7th April, 18h, and celebrate the program launch with us!
The Fundamentals of Jungian Psychology (6–27th April)
C.G. Jung was not only one a main architect of the psychoanalytical movement, but his reflections have been crucial for the comparative study of myth and religion, alchemy, anthropology, ethnology, spirituality, art, literature, and contemporary understanding of our inner world. So how do his contributions continue to shape today’s perception of soul and culture? In a four-week lecture series, Stillpoint Counselor Andrés Ocazionez will tell us.
Introducing Art Therapy (8th April)
Art therapy is an expressive form of therapy which incorporates the use of artistic materials into the process of psychotherapy. The sessions usually begin with a body & breath based meditation to help us sink below ordinary consciousness and connec to deeper, less obvious layers of our psyche. The process of exploring art materials is then introduced in this state. Nitya Ramchandran will offer the chance to get a first glimpse into the world of Art Therapy.
The Status Quo of Jungian Psychology Today (7th April)
Throughout nine interviews with prominent senior Jungian analysts from the International School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich (ISAP Zurich) the film “Jungians Speaking” investigates the status quo: How is analytical psychology presented and taught in Zurich today? Which crucial developments and changes took place since its beginnings? And what constitutes the role of the analytical science in a globalized world? On 7th April we will screen the movie at our Lab, with director Luis Moris introducing his work.
Is There a Future for Secular Christianity? (1st June)
The idea of universalism and emancipation articulate the subversive core of Christianity, which threatens the existing consumer-capitalist regime today as much as it did the Roman Empire in Paul’s time. In this lecture and discussion we will study these two aspects of the Christian legacy which are so at odds with contemporary trends toward sectarianism, nationalism, and right-wing populism. Sean McGrath invites us to discuss these movements on 1st June.
Reading C.G. Jung’s ‘The Red Book’ (7th June)
How can I find my lost soul again? C. G. Jung, the famous founder of analytical psychology, meditated on this question after suffering from his separation from Sigmund Freud. To find an answer he delved into the work on his mysterious “Red Book”, being thirty-eight years old and at the height of his meteoric success as a renowned doctor, clinical investigator and leader of Freud’s revolutionary movement. We’re happy to have Stillpoint Counselor Wolfgang Heine holding a seminar that serves as an introduction to this core work.
The Search for Traces (7th May)
From the Baltic to the Black Sea, a region extends where more Jews than anywhere else in the world lived until their genocide. Today, the region is still a landscape revealing its effects: overgrown Jewish cemeteries, ruins of synagogues, study houses, schools, and mass graves. Photographer Christian Herrmann has visited these sites to capture what is left. His work will be exhibited at our hub from 7th May!
How to Approach Jaques Lacan? (16-30 May)
Jacques Lacan – French psychoanalyst, private physician of Picasso, friend of the Symbolists, enfant terrible of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and superstar of the Parisian intellectual scene – his words and thinking often are difficult to grasp. We will examine his most important concepts (The mirror stage, the registers of the Symbolic, Imaginary and Real, the diagnostic categories, the fundamental fantasy etc.) together with practicing psychoanalyst Kai Hammermeister.
Additionally, Stillpoint Berlin will host many more activities such as the monthly Meetup, a movie night, the “Beyond Diapers” mother’s book club or the Berlin Psychoanalytic reading group. Download the full summer program with all other events, lectures and meetups here and find more info on: stillpoint-lab.com