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A Jungian Approach to Spontaneous Drawing: A Window to the Soul

January 14th & 21st, 2023

2 Live Classes | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive

  • 2 Live Interactive Workshop Sessions with Q & A, small groups and spontaneous drawing exercises
  • 2 Links to the Recordings

Spontaneous drawing brings one to the prelogical level of the psyche, beyond the conscious mind, where the unconscious expresses itself freely in surprising revelations. This practice illuminates an oft-forgotten aspect of C.G. Jung’s personal practice and psychology; the power of spontaneity for accessing unconscious material. The analysis of drawings is an art and a science. As an art it requires experience and intuition, as a science it requires a knowledge of the structure and dynamics of the psyche as proposed by C.G. Jung.

In this series of two workshop sessions, analyst, author, and lecturer, Patricia Anne Elwood, will lead you into the art and science of spontaneous drawing as prescribed and practiced by C.G. Jung.  Incorporating both theoretical material with creative application, Patricia will guide participants through the exercise of spontaneous drawing and based on her 40 years of research and experience, offer a Jungian methodology for illuminating the symbolic message contained within the image.

Spontaneous drawing provides an approach to all ages over and beyond cultural differences, religion, sex or language.  It offers an empirical experience and is a most precious tool for all those in the helping professions as well as all who are interested in the psychology of C. G. Jung and in their own self development.

This course is ideal if

  • You are interested in accessing the deeper levels of the psyche
  • You work in the helping professions and want a creative approach to access unconscious material
  • You are a professional clinician, therapist, or student of psychology looking for an alternative to a strictly rational approach to the psyche.

Course Overview

Workshop One:  Will focus on acquiring insight into the structure and dynamics of the psyche as reflected in spontaneous drawings. This interactive session will lead participants into the art and science of spontaneous drawing

Workshop Two: Will focus on analysis of participant’s spontaneous drawing material with introduction to the personal and collective levels of the unconscious.

By the End of This Course You Will Be Able To

  • Recognize how simple images can reveal the inner dynamics of the psyche
  • Be able to perceive how the expression of the unconscious is illustrated in spontaneous images
  • Analyze a spontaneous drawing using a method anchored in C.G. Jung’s structure and dynamics of the psyche

What People Are Saying

Dr John Allan – Professor emeritus, University of British Columbia, Jungian analyst and author

This is a much-needed book on image, symbol, Jung and therapy. Elwood’s style is unique in a positive and readable way. The book is paradoxical; it is well anchored in theory, substantial on facts and method and yet poetic and meditative at the same time. Her style pulls the reader in and the reader stays to reflect. I found it to be such a rich experience.

Dr Phil. Robert Hinshaw: C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich

Following in the tradition of C.G. Jung, Patricia demonstrates and explains incredible revelations to be discovered through spontaneous drawing: she truly offers A Window on the Soul!  Simple images are shown to reveal inner dynamics, helping us to better understand the nature of the psyche and its influence) on our ways of being.

Susan Tiberghien – Author, Jungian lecturer and Founder of the Geneva Writer’s Group.

Patricia Elwood invites students into the breathtaking creative world of C.G. Jung. Not only does she offer an understandable approach to the principal tenets of Jung’s analytical psychology, but at the same time she offers an in-depth appreciation of spontaneous artwork. As the unconscious reveals the wealth of its images, Patricia reveals to her students a precious tool for accessing the unconscious and a deeper understanding of their own self.  This fine, insightful approach is truly an encounter with the Soul. It is a gift to all explorers of the psyche and spiritual seekers.

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Program Details


Saturdays, January 14th & 21st, 2023                                                           
10 AM – 1:00 PM PDT


  • $230 General Rate
  • $180 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $130 Pacifica Student Rate

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.

About the Teacher

Patricia Anne Elwood is a Jungian analyst, with 40 years of research into the realms of the personal and collective unconscious, author, lecturer, seminar leader, and adventurer; she is a post-graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland, in analytical psychology for children, adolescents, and for adults, living and practicing in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Passionate about peoples and belief systems since a young age, she has travelled the globe, especially beyond the beaten tracks, to discover many indigenous peoples and be witness to that place and space of deeper reverence where we are all universally connected. Spontaneous drawing, as prescribed by Jung himself, has been a means of contact with the peoples she met of different races over and beyond cultural differences, language barriers, and religious beliefs. It has been a precious and limitless tool for contacting others at a deep and intimate level.

General Information


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Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.

Registration Details

January 14th & 21st, 2023

  • Number of Classes: 2  Workshop Classes
  • Class Length: 3 Hours
  • Class Time: 10 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
  • Total Duration:  6 Hours
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