Richard Barwell is one of the two founders of the Cambridge Jungian Circle in 1992. The other, Roland Hindmarsh died recentlyRichard is a Cambridge alumni and in middle life found Carl Jung’s approach to life revolutionary and personally helpful and has continued his Jungian research ever since giving talks on Individuation and the Self as well as taking part in many of the small groups organised by the Circle.When involved in starting the Circle he travelled to Kusnacht and met Jung’s son, Franz and a DVD of this is in our library along with many of the fascinating lectures we have heard over the years many of which can now be streamed to your desktop.On that visit he also briefly met Marie Louise Von Franz who talked to him of alchemy and the new physics and so opened up huge avenues of exciting work. “That transformed my inner being” Richard says.Richard is now the coordinator of the biannual Chronicle which is enjoyed in Britain and overseas.
Gill Brown is our serving Chair, having first been on the current committee as Vice Chair and Coordinator of last year’s CJC Jung Essay Prize. She has been a member of the CJC since 2005, with previous committee roles over the years. Gill has had a lifelong interest in Jung’s thought and says that she has greatly appreciated being part of such an inspirational and vibrant group.
Gill is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Ecopsychologist who describes her approach as Jungian and Holistic. Her interest in depth psychology has led her (with the aid of guiding dreams and some synchronicity!) through a Masters degree in Psychotherapy and Healing to her current PhD studies with the Department of Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies at the University of Essex. Here, she is looking at the mechanisms by which we internalise and interpret our place in the natural environment.
Before returning to study Gill had worked in the charitable sector as a Wellbeing Trainer, Direct Access Support Worker and Group Facilitator for local mental health services, and, for a number of years, ran a community Ecotherapy charity. She is an affiliated therapist for the Wilderness Foundation and has become increasingly involved in what she sees as the crucially important development of Ecopsychology – providing a way to heal the fractured relationship between psyche and nature in the developed world and to discover how the natural world might beneficially reflect and transform our inner reality.
Gill has a longstanding fascination with symbolism and language – she has a degree in Linguistics and for her Masters dissertation wrote on the subject of symbolism and ‘the role of the numinous in the search for meaning’. She also has a profound interest in Indigenous tradition, folk practices, narratives of place and early British myth.
After a working life spent in the electronics industry, Nigel retired 4 years ago. In 2006 he passed the Advanced Diploma in Counselling at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. He then worked as a counsellor at Cogwheel for 11 years in his spare time. Cogwheel is a counselling charity in Cambridge. He now works in private practice just east of Cambridge city centre.
Being a west countryman, Nigel can often be seen in the summer months supporting Somerset’s attempt to finally win the cricket county championship. Occasionally in winter he goes to see the Blue, Black, and Whites play rugby at the Rec. in his native Bath. Nigel is a practicing Christian who enjoys ringing the bells at St. Andrew’s Church Girton, reading lessons and looking after the church web-site ().
Judy Hanmer lives in Bottisham and has two daughters (both involved in conservation) and two granddaughters. She was delighted to discover CJC soon after it was founded and immediately joined theAlchemy and Individuation Group, which has been a wonderful introduction to the breadth and depth of Jung's exploration of the human psyche. This group lasted for over twenty years and has been a great source of support and friendship as well as a vehicle for study.. Judy now serves as small group co-ordinator, convenes one of the dream groups and is an enthusiastic member of the Red Book Group which has led to further understanding of Jung, amid much laughter when the group members failed to understand what he was on about. Judy has worked for publishers and as a librarian and archivist and her interests revolve around the arts, including film and opera, and she is making a study of modern-day spirituality.
Lorna McNeur is an Artist and a Retired Lecturer in Architecture of the University of Cambridge; where she was a full time Lecturer for sixteen years from 1989–2005, teaching design studio and lecturing in the history and theory of urban public space and garden design philosophy. Retiring early, she continued consulting work at the Department until 2017; totaling 30 years with Cambridge University, having begun her Master of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Architecture in 1987.
As an Urban Analyst, she has conducted in-depth studies on the planning principles of New York City and Central Park, as well as Rome and Environs. These have been approached from history, theory, and philosophy perspectives with a view towards informing contemporary design of urban public space. In particular, she studies the relationships between the planning of gardens and the planning of cities (eg: NYC and Central Park), and how the two can inform each other about contemporary public space issues; including urban psychology & theatricality.
Lorna has also completed an advanced training and practiced in Body Psychotherapy. She integrates her architecture and psychotherapy work into Environmental Psychology; working with issues such as environment and emotions, spatiality and perception. She has worked most enjoyably with the Cambridge Jungian Circle, as Events Secretary, for the past two years. Lorna is an Artist who is currently focussing on ceramic sculpture. Her website embodying the Alchemy of Art and Architecture can be seen at lornamcneur.org
Lorna enjoys creative writing, ceramics, singing, photography, music, and far too many other such creative endeavours. She welcomes all connections with others in Active Imagination realms.
As an Urban Analyst, she has lectured, published and exhibited her architectural investigations internationally, most notably in New York: at the Whitney Museum, The Cooper Union, and Art Forum; in London at the Architectural Association (AA Files); and in Cambridge UK at The Fitzwilliam Museum.
Lorna was a Fellow in Architecture at Lucy Cavendish College for twenty years from 1989–2009. She is now an Emeritus Fellow of LCC.
I was brought up as a Catholic and educated by the Benedictines but then met my wife and converted to Islam as a pre-requisite to marriage. I do not practice either as a religion but have grown to realise the importance of one God, whether it is that of the Nicene Creed or the Shahada or, as Yogis and Jungians understand it, the Divine Essence which is our Self. Jung's motto 'Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus aderit' (Whether invoked or not, God will be present) resonates strongly within me; particularly as I review the first three Plenaries of my period as Chair, which examine this from three viewpoints.
I am married, to an Iranian, and we have two children; a son and a daughter. My wife has lived in Cambridge for some forty years and I have been umbilically attached to the city since I matriculated at Trinity Hall in 1965 although I have only lived here physically for the last 30 years. I have an unmanageable range of interests from Alchemy, Botany and Cooking all the way to Xanadu, Yoga and the Zayandehrud.
I bought my first book on Alchemy (by E.J. Holmyard) in the School Bookshop, where I also bought my first copies of the Qura'n, the Sutras and the Tripitaka. I studied Classics; Physics and Chemistry were an even deeper mystery to me than any quest for the Philosopher's Stone. However the early interest in Alchemy was there through my adolescence and early adulthood and when the time came for me to enter analysis at the time of my Saturn Return, I chose to work with a Jungian Analyst: the late great Molly Tuby. I learnt from her to learn from my own imperfections. I recently heard that if the purpose of our life is to perfect ourselves, our imperfections are the source of the energy which keeps us alive. If we are perfect, we might as well be dead!