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    The Guild of Pastoral Psychology offers a rich forum for anyone interested in understanding the relationship between spirituality, religion and depth psychology, with particular reference to the work and writings of C.G.Jung.

    The Guild was founded in 1937, with Jung as its Patron. Two years later, Jung gave his talk “The Symbolic Life” to the Guild suggesting that “Only the symbolic life can express the needs of the soul” (Paper 80). Since those days many eminent psychologists and spiritual thinkers have spoken at the Guild, and the Guild’s Papers, based on those lectures have achieved international recognition. The Guild today also organises conferences and workshops and co-ordinates a number of Guild Groups around the UK and one in Australia.

    The Guild was initially established to encourage the study of psychology among clergy and other spiritual leaders, but today members come from all walks of life and enjoy the rich diversity of thinking and cultural backgrounds that the organisation attracts.