Jung Embodied: Active Imagination in Movement (Authentic Movement)

December 5, 20210

10am-12:30pm PT/ 1-3:30pm ET

Sponsored by The International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy Webinar Series (IACAET)


“When the great swing has taken an individual into the world of symbolic mysteries, nothing comes of it, nothing can come of it, unless it has been associated with the earth, unless it has happened when that individual was in the body…. And so individuation can only take place if you first return to the body, to your earth, only then does it become true.”     ~ C. G. Jung


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Our webinar explores 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.

We begin with with Jung’s discovery of Active Imagination; an overview of the four steps of this approach; and how to integrate our learnings into everyday life.  We learn about how one of Jung’s early patients embodied this process and how Mary Whitehouse further developed this approach. We also discuss how the many languages of the body – sensations, movement impulses, body symptoms, moods, dreams images, symbols, and life situations – can be used as starting points for movement. Then, we explore different polarities in the body and the importance of recognizing “the Shadow.” 

Tina’s presentation will include some film footage featuring Jungian psychoanalyst and pioneering Dance/Movement therapist, Dr. Joan Chodorow, who trained extensively with Mary Starks Whitehouse. Then you’ll be guided through a brief exploration of active imagination in movement so you can gently dip into your inner world through your body, and see what you discover for yourself!

Through presentation, guided embodied exploration, inner-sourced/Authentic Movement, and reflection, we engage dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the symbols in the living body in psychotherapy, healing, and transformation.

In preparation, I invite you to let a healing image come to mind – something comforting, warming, or sacred that’s meaningful for you – from a dream, from nature, or perhaps an object on your altar, or something from your daily life.  Says Jung, “My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you – are you there? I have returned, I am here again.” Please join us as we welcome psyche’s body, working with the healing energies of the creative imagination in conscious embodiment.  No experience in dance is necessary, only curiosity and openness to engage the unknown.


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