Active Imagination in Movement – Encountering the Other Within Us, Between Us, and in the World

August 25, 2019

9:00am – 5:00pm

Pre-Congress Workshop on Authentic Movement: Danced & Moving Active Imagination

*** The Sunday Pre-Congress workshop is now fully subscribed and registration is closed.  However, in case of last minute openings please check the Congress Registration page.

The unrelated human being lacks wholeness, for he can achieve wholeness only through the soul, and the soul cannot exist without its other side, which is always found in ‘You.’ Wholeness is a combination of I and You, and these show themselves to be parts of a transcendent unity whose nature can only be grasped symbolically          –  Jung

Co-leaders: Antonella Adorisio (CIPA-Rome), Joan Chodorow* (CGJISF-San Francisco), Margarita Méndez (SVAJ-Caracas), and Tina Stromsted (CGJISF-San Francisco).

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Interweaving theoretical, experiential, cultural and clinical material through presentations and discussion, this workshop will explore dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the living body in analytic practice. By listening to the body to access and express the imagination, individuals may discover inner-directed movement as a way to bridge the realms of conscious and unconscious, body and psyche, instinct and spirit, affect and image, memory and emergence.

Sometimes called “Authentic Movement,” this form of active imagination focuses attention on felt bodily sensations, impulses, multi-sensory images, feelings and emotions, which are then allowed to emerge as symbolic enactment. The work is done with one’s eyes closed in the presence of a witness, whose task it is to hold and contain the experience of the person moving.

Analysts use the connection between body and psyche as a central clinical tool, yet there may be few opportunities to foster the development of this dimension. This workshop offers a structure within which analysts can both have a practical experience of their own moving imagination as well as enrich their understanding of its application to verbal analytic practice.

Morning and afternoon sessions include Introduction, bodily awareness, reflection, and movement experience, toward dialogue and exchange. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a notebook and/or drawing materials to record their images and experiences

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*Note: We are sorry to inform you that Dr. Joan Chodorow will not be able to be with us in Vienna due to health concerns. She sends her warm greetings.


Check out an additional workshop by Tina Stromsted, PhD here:
Shadow Dances: Reclaiming “The Other”


For registration information, click here.

This International IAAP Congress is open to Jungian Analysts;
Candidates in training & members of IAAP Allied Associations, which are:

  • International Association for Jungian Studies
  • Philemon Foundation
  • International Society for Sandplay Therapy
  • Marion Woodman Foundation