2014 Seminars for Training Candidates

Fairy Tales Seminars: Working with Symbols, Series Two: The Symbol of the Tree and the Bird.


The Symbols of the Tree and the Bird in Grimm's Fairy Tales:
Cinderella, The Juniper Tree, The Singing, Springing Lark

In each Fairy Tale, the symbols of the tree and the bird play a crucial role. Each seminar will focus on the analysis of the Fairy Tale and will present different adaptations in movies, literature and art.

Sunday, September 21st: Cinderella
Exploration of the famous Fairy Tale with excerpts from movies and the ballet "Cinderella" from Sergei Prokofiev.

Sunday, October 19th: The Juniper Tree

Sunday, December 14th: The Singing, Springing Lark

The Lamps Room, Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto.
10:00 to 1:00
















Public Program Lectures and Seminars: Fall 2014

Lecture: The Psychology of Performance.

The act of performing is a generous act: it is an act of giving of oneself to the world. It is also an act of creation where the artist brings what is inside her/him to the outside world. In this creative act, both introversion and extraversion are present. The artist's inner dimension is as essential to the performance as is the artist's willingness to face the world of the collective. There is no performance without an audience - an audience which has the power to posit a judgement on the performance, communicate the judgement to the performer and even write about it in a review.

The fear of judgement may trigger complexes, often of authority figures, and the performer may become overwhelmed with parental imagos. The artist encounters issues of stage fright, self confidence and self valuing. There is a risk of the creative output being thwarted.

The challenge is then to be able to be oneself fully, whole, indivisible and distinct from the audience's expectations: nothing short of the Individuation Process. The lecture will explore the notions of authenticity versus representation, essence versus persona, sharing versus excelling and being versus performing.

It is my belief that it is impossible to perform without a relationship to the collective unconscious. The archetypes are present in the creative endeavor. The lecture will address the role of the artist as a medium between the immanent and the transcendent world and will look at the relationship between Ego and Self in the creative output of the performance.

The lecture will draw on some visual aid - excerpts from interviews, movies and performances - to support the presentation of concepts. It will also offer brief breathing exercises and gentle tension-relieving stretches.




















Seminar : Performance Without Fear?

Accessing the Space Within to deal with stage fright.

The act of performing can take us from a place of terror to pure joy and elation. To be on that journey we need to access the Space Within and be present in our body, our mind and our heart. Stepping on stage is an act of courage: one must be willing to face complexes, deal with fear and ride the wave of physical as well as psychological discomfort. This seminar will be an experiential seminar in which we will address problems of stage fright and creative blocks. It will also offer possibilities for self reflection and exploration of the most often experienced complexes and core negative beliefs.

Yoga is one of the means by which body, mind and spirit are united. The seminar will include simple yoga poses and stretches followed by some reflection on C.G.Jung's writings on Yoga (Yoga and the West, CW 11). When one becomes overwhelmed with complexes, hundreds of negative thoughts may rush through one's mind and one may become confused, unfocused and disturbed. We will spend some time dwelling on the concept of a quiet and centered mind. We will perform some simple yet powerful breathing exercises to quiet the mind and anchor ourselves.

We will also refer to some of C.G.Jung's writings on meditation (Psychology of Eastern Meditation, CW 11 and Commentary on 'The Secret of the Golden Flower', CW 13) and experience different kinds of short meditations (sitting, walking, eating) as a tool to center oneself, remain in the present moment and deal with complexes at hand.

Please wear some loose, comfortable clothing.



Lecture: Thursday, October 23rd, 7:30-9:30 pm
Workshop: Sunday, November 9th, 1:00-4:00 pm

Location: Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Avenue


Lecture: Friday, November 14th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Workshop: Saturday, November 15th, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Location: Parkdale United Church, 2919-8th Avenue, NW Calgary


To see Elisabeth's past seminars and lectures...


2011 - 2012

2010 - 2011

2009 - 2010