Wednesday, October 9
We’ll take a morning train from Zürich to Einsiedeln, birthplace of Paracelsus and home of the Black Madonna, the Benedictine Monastary, and Daimon Verlag. At the Abbey of Einsiedeln, Switzerland’s greatest pilgrimage shrine, we will tour the monastery library and impressive medieval cathedral.
Einsiedeln is a special town, so we’ve allowed time for lunch and exploration. Pick up fruit, bread, and cheese for a picnic, or settle into a café. After lunch, we’ll enjoy a lecture by Alfred Ribi. The day ends with a visit to Daimon Verlag, a well-known Jungian publisher, where Robert Hinshaw will host a late afternoon wine reception before we take the evening train back to Zürich.
Jung, Paracelsus, and Einsiedeln
with Alfred Ribi
“He who is born in imagination discovers the latent forces of Nature.… Besides the stars that are established, there is yet another —Imagination—that begets a new star and a new heaven.” —Paracelsus
Born in the Swiss village of Einsiedeln, Theophrast Bombast von Hohenheim, or Paracelsus, is best known as the father of modern medicine and one of the original alchemists. His work was of great interest to Jung, who delivered a presentation, Paracelsus as a Spiritual Phenonemon, at the monastery in Einsiedeln in 1941. In this lecture, Jung spoke about how the landscape in Einsiedeln—much wilder than it is today—impregnated Paracelsus’ character and influenced his work. “He was as hard as the rocks to be found there, as wild as the nature, as uncivilized as the surroundings, full of spirits of nature and demons of the weather.” This presentation will draw correlations between Jung, Paracelsus, and Einsiedeln, illustrating how Paracelsus drew many of his insights from the unconscious.
Alfred Ribi, M.D., is a medical doctor and Jungian analyst who lives in Switzerland. Specializing in psychiatry, he received his diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute of Zürich, where he was also Director of Studies from 1969-71. He is the author of a dozen books and a member of the Swiss Paracelsus Society.