We are delighted to welcome back Robert Mercurio and Giulia Valerio, whose joint presentation in 2017 was so warmly received.
The pathways of reason and of logic are both linear and straight, without curves or bends. They are for the most part foreseeable and lead us to their destination without wasting time. The way of the heart may, at first sight, seem to be imprecise, irregular, and full of detours. It is however the pathway of poets, of lovers, of mystics, and of artists. There is a place where the pathway of reason and the way of the heart meet and intertwine, complementing and correcting each another. This is what T. S. Eliot called ‘the still point’, and even those who work in the fields of the so-called ’empirical sciences’ have begun to appreciate the importance of the way these two paths crisscross. We will try to examine various ways in which these two paths interact with one another and see the value of the synergy that can thus emerge. Topics include: ‘The Courage of the Heart’, ‘The Vision of the Heart’, ‘The Poetry of the Heart’, and ‘The Inclusiveness of the Heart’.
The conference will include four talks by the two speakers and a plenary session. There may be additional sessions to be confirmed nearer the time. A full timetable will be published on this page when available.
This event will be livestreamed (you can join in person in Oxford or as a webinar attendee on Zoom).
Both the live and webinar audience will be able to put their questions to the speakers.
Webinar booking closes shortly before the start of the first talk, exact time tbc.
Speaker: Robert M Mercurio
Robert M. Mercurio is a Jungian analyst in Rome, Italy. He holds university degrees in philosophy and management as well as the Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich. Formerly a member and training analyst of the Centro Italiano di Psicologia Analitica (C.I.P.A.) he is currently a Training Analyst, dozent, and President of the Associazione per la Ricerca in Psicologia Analitica (A.R.P.A.). He is also a member of the Zürich Association of Analysts (A.G.A.P.) and of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (I.A.A.P.). His publications include a short book on the significance of the stone, essays on various aspects of analytical psychology, and two essays published by the Guild. He is a very welcome return speaker at the Guild where he is known for his warm and erudite presentations. Last updated September 2021
Speaker: Giulia Valerio
Giulia Valerio is a Jungian Psychotherapist who lives and works in Verona, Italy. She is a member of A.R.P.A. and of the IAAP. She teaches Analytical Psychology, Ethnopsychotherapy and Sandplay Therapy at the graduate school LiSTA of Milan, of which she is President. She is a founder of MetisAfrica, an association that does research and executes projects with the Dogon population in Mali. She also conducts consultations for the treatment of migrants’ mental diseases. She has written many essays on questions related to various aspects of therapy and the importance of feeling in the psychology of C.G. Jung. She is also the author of a book entitled 'The Goose and its Symbols' which will soon appear. She was a guest of the Guild in 2017 with Robert Mercurio, and her essay was published: 'Myths, Migrants and Movements of the Soul'. Last updated September 2021