Pilgrimage to Sacred Places in Switzerland
May 20-28, 2022
An Invitation by Penelope Yungblut
Dear Guild members and those on an inward Journey,
It is my pleasure to invite you to join “Pilgrimage to Sacred Places,” an eight-day journey sponsored by the Guild. It will take place May 20-28, 2022.
Switzerland is a beautiful, spiritual, and multicultural country of mountain ranges and peaks, rivers and lakes, historic cities and towns, charming villages, churches and old monasteries, art and music, and four official languages. Switzerland’s spiritual dimension extends to its long tradition of political neutrality, non-violence, participatory democracy, and referendums on controversial issues.
We will stay in Zurich for the eight nights and have the opportunity to experience the city, its river and lake, churches and museums, restaurants and cafés. I will lead day trips to Rapperswil to walk along an historic section of the pilgrimage route known as el camino to Santiago de Compostela; to Einsiedeln to spend time with the beloved Black Madonna; to Lucerne to see a private collection of paintings by Picasso and Paul Klee, the life work of a woman who began collecting in her teens; to San Gallen to visit its renowned monastery library; and to the hermitage of Brother Klaus, Switzerland’s venerated mystic and visionary who saved the Swiss Confederation in 1481. We will close with a free day in Zurich, which allows us to attend a lecture on Jungian psychology, or pursue last minute shopping, sight-seeing, or rest in preparation for leaving the next day. In the evening, we will gather to enjoy a festive farewell dinner together.
I have chosen sacred places I love and find illuminating. If this pilgrimage evokes your curiosity and generates excitement, please join me for these eight days of exploration, reflection, and discovery in Switzerland. I look forward to your response.
Penelope Yungblut, Guild 1
Jungian Analyst trained in Zurich
Member of the Faculty, The International School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich
Day 1 – Friday, May 20, 2022:
Arrive in Zurich, check into the Hotel St. Josef, unpack, rest.
Excursion at 12:30 for lunch and orientation to Zurich including:
– Strategies to safely cross multiple tram lines and cars.
– Closest ATM to the hotel.
– Main railroad station (HB), a source of food, shops, kiosks, and trains.
– The Bahnhofstrasse: the main street of Zurich, a city of banks and chocolate.
– Boat ride down the Limmat River under the bridges.
– Fraumuenster Church to see the awesome Chagall stained glass windows.
– Bellevue: the tram and shopping hub by the lake; cafés and bratwurst.
– The Coop: where to purchase anything needed at value prices for Zurich.
Dinner together at the Hotel St. Josef with review of the week’s itinerary
Day 2 – Saturday, May 21, 2022:
Excursion to Rapperswil by train:
– Stroll along the restored wooden walkway by Lake Zurich, part of the pilgrimage route known as el camino to Santiago de Compostela.
– Lunch at café owned and run by women with daily homemade soups or in the café of your choice.
– Free afternoon to visit the church, castle, renowned monastery rose garden, or explore Penelope’s favorite shops, wander at will, have a coffee by the lake.
– Return on the 3:25 boat reaching Zurich at 5:20.
Good evening for self-pay vegetarian dinner at Hiltl, a very popular restaurant in Zurich.
Day 3 – Sunday, May 22, 2022
Excursion to two art museums in zurich:
– Morning visit to the Rietberg Museum of Asian Art with lunch in the museum café.
– Afternoon visit to the Kunsthaus Museum for its special exhibit or its excellent permanent collection. Penelope suggests that we each pick out a painting or sculpture that embodies an image or archetype which “speaks to our condition” and share our selection with the group.
Day 4 – Monday, May 23, 2022:
Excursion to the Black Madonna in Einsiedeln:
– Visit to the Black Madonna at the Einsiedeln Monastery for its impact. Time for reflections and response.
– Lunch together in a reserved room at a restaurant directly across from the church.
– Free time to explore the monastery grounds.
– Presentation on blackness in art and its mysteries.
– Return to the church for Vespers and the Magnificat sung by the monks gathered in front of the Black Madonna, before returning to Zurich.
Day 5 – Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Excursion to Lucerne to the Rosengart Collection of Art:
– Visit the Rosengart Collection of Art is the finest private collection of Paul Klee and post WWII Picasso paintings and drawings in Europe.
– Possible Question and Answer session with Angela Rosengart whose teen-age passion and life work has been collecting art which she has donated to the city of Lucerne.
– Free time to return to the collection, walk across the famous painted covered bridge, or have a coffee along the river or by the lake, before returning to Zurich.
Day 6 – Wednesday, May 25, 2022:
Excursion to San Gallen to visit the oldest library in Europe:
– Visit the Abbey Library of Saint Gall, now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is rich in carvings, manuscripts, leather bound books, a 16th century globe, and an Egyptian mummy.
– Tour the abbey cathedral and grounds.
– See an exhibit of psychotic art at the local museum of Art Brut before returning to Zurich.
Day 7 – Thursday, May 26, 2022:
Excursion to Fluell-Ranft in the central mountains of Switzerland.
– Visit the 15th century hermitage of Brother Klaus, the beloved patron saint of Switzerland, a hermit, mystic, spiritual guide, and visionary who saved the Swiss confederation in 1481.
– Presentation on how the visions of Brother Klaus were understood and honored by C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise van Franz.
Day 8 – Friday, May 27, 2022:
Final day of the pilgrimage is a free day in Zurich. Optional activities include:
– Lecture on Jungian psychology from 10:00-11:45 at the International School of Analytical Psychology
– Last minute shopping, sight-seeing, or rest in preparation for leaving the next morning.
Festive farewell dinner at the hotel with time for reflecting together on the week’s highlights.
Day 9 – Saturday, May 28, 2022:
Leave the hotel for home or to set off on plans of your own.
A Post-Pilgrimage Jungian Opportunity
May 28 – June 4, 2022
For those wanting an experience of immersion in Jungian thought following the pilgrimage, may wish to consider Jungian Odyssey, week-long residential program offered by the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich. Postponed from 2021, “Searching for Soul in Times of Anxiety” is the topic of the Jungian Odyssey, which will be held from May 28-June 4, 2022 at the Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz. For more details, event schedule, cost, and registration, visit the Jungian Odyssey web page.
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