It is our great pleasure to report that some 80 AGAP
members and guests took part in the triennial AGAP Forum from September 5-8, at
the scenic Epi Park Seminar Center, overlooking the Lake of Zürich, near Burghölzli.
We started with a boat ride from Bürkliplatz to Halbinsel Au, and continued with
a hike through the woods to the restaurant on the peninsula, where we enjoyed a
wine reception and a wonderful dinner, with Program Committee Chair Josephine
Evetts-Secker eloquently introducing our topic, Psyche and Time. We learned
much from the AGAP members who presented their works in progress over the next
3 days, as well as from participation in colloquia offered by colleagues from
Zürich, Great Britain, and Germany.
An especially timely offering of this year’s Forum was
the guest demonstration of the Word Association Experiment as it was conducted
around the turn of the 20th century. The expert machinist Franz Böttcher
instructed several AGAP volunteers who participated hands-on, operating parts
of the original psychogalvanometer that Jung himself used at Burghölzli during
his tenure there. Psychologist and historian Angela Graf-Nold presented an
informative narrative of Jung’s presence at the clinic and his use of the
machine in perfecting his understanding of the associational processes.
On the last day of the Forum, AGAP members gathered
with the ExCo to review the event. At this occasion we extended special thanks
to our Membership Secretary Helga Kopecky, who worked far beyond the call of
duty to insure this Forum’s smooth running. However we not only noted the
successes but exchanged ideas that should help improve future Forums. We also
discussed items of general importance, e.g. the MSB, and AGAP’s relations with ISAPZURICH,
the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich, and the IAAP.
After the Forum Review, the AGAP members who previously
presented a staging of the Jung-White
Letters appeared with their rendition of Scenes from the Red Book. For bringing Jung’s active imaginations to
life in dramatic form we thank Paul Brutsche, John Hill, Dariane Pictet, Murray
Stein—and Barbara Miller for her composition of the accompanying music! Afterwards
a gala dinner was catered by the staff of the restaurant at Epi Park. The view
of the nighttime lake and its light-bejeweled shores was magical, the food and
wine delectable. But nothing could surpass the conviviality and collegial
goodwill in abundance this night and throughout the conference.
A straw vote showed overwhelming satisfaction with
this year’s venues and the wish to return, so we have already re-booked the Epi
Park and Restaurant Halbinsel Au for Sept.
9–12, 2015. Please mark your calendar now, for we hope to see you three