September 22-23, 1995: Ruth Ammann

Lecture and Workshop: Human life processes are green, in the sense of developing their inherent potential in slow, difficult, and at first incomprehensible ways. Yet, it seems that these processes are guided by green or verdant figures who always appear at crucial points of a therapeutic process. What do these figures really represent?  Are they symbols of transformation? Are they personifications of the individuation process? Or, given their green color, are they symbols for our “nature within,” of what helps us become what we are, of what was constellated in us from the beginning? 

The lecture will include slides, and the workshop will incorporate more clinical material and discussion. 


Ruth Ammann, a native of Zurich, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in that city. She is a graduate of the C.G. Institute in Kusnacht, where she is now a lecturer and training analyst. She studied with Dora Kalff, the pioneer of therapeutic sandplay, and is a member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. Frau Ammann is also a qualified and still practicing architect. She is the author of Healing and Transformation in Sandplay-Creative Processes Become Visible. 

The Verdant Ones: Figures of Green Men and Green Women as They Appear in Folklore, Mythology, Fairytales, and Clinical Work