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Myth, Magic & Mysticism:
A Study Tour to Seville, Spain

November 5–12, 2020

Exotic Seville — heart of Andalucía and seat of power and glory in medieval Spain—is the destination of our 2020 annual study tour abroad. The birthplace of flamenco (considered the “Soul of Andalucía”), Seville is renowned for its music, gypsy culture, Moorish influence, and mystical heritage. Its famous Royal tobacco factory (now part of the University of Seville) was the hub of Spanish commerce in the eighteenth century and the setting for the legendary Carmen of literature and opera.

During the course of this unique study tour, we will explore the cultural and historic sites in Seville and learn about the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic mystical traditions. Noted scholars and Jungian analysts will help us explore the archetypal link that these three great Western religious traditions have in common. Added features will include touring such sites as the Museo de Bellas Artes; Seville Cathedral and La Giralda (originally a mosque and now the third-largest cathedral in the world); the Alcazar; and the Ceramic Museum in Triana.

Some highlights of our week will be a fiery and captivating evening of flamenco dance and music and an excursion to Cordoba, renowned for its tenth-century achievements in art, architecture, philosophy, medicine, poetry, and science.

Here, where Christians, Moors, and Jews once lived together in harmony, and Islamic and Jewish mysticism enriched each other, we will visit the awe-inspiring Mezquita, with its vibrant, striped arches, and walk through the heart of La Judería (old Jewish quarter and birthplace of Maimonides).

Led by Aryeh Maidenbaum and Diana Rubin, our faculty will include noted Jungian analysts Sylvia Perera and Monika Wikman, as well as scholar Earl Collins.

*Tentative Daily Schedule

Thursday, November 5
Arrive in Seville and check in to our hotel, the Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, which is well situated in the historic center of Seville and within walking distance of some of the city’s most famous sites.

We will gather in the late afternoon for a presentation by Earl Collins, “Christian Mysticism: An Introduction,” followed by a time to get to know one another, and our opening dinner (included).

Friday, November 6
After our full breakfast (provided daily at the hotel) we will depart for the Santa Cruz area of Seville. We will begin with a visit to the Catedral de Sevilla, originally the twelfth-century Great Mosque of Seville. The cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe — and La Giralda, its bell tower with city-wide views — are a legacy of the original Moorish structure. Our day’s tour will also include a visit to the Real Alcázar, a breath-taking fourteenth-century royal palace, a true jewel in the heart of Seville. There will be ample time for lunch on our own.

The evening presentation will be by Monika Wikman, “Mystical Visionary: Teresa of Avila,” with dinner on our own to follow.

Saturday, November 7
Our morning begins with Sylvia Perera’s presentation, “Connecting with the Spirit of My Hidden Spanish Roots.” After we will walk to the Casa de Pilatos, one of the finest palaces in Seville and known for its Mudejar (Moorish) style and magnificent azulejos glazed ceramic tiles. From here, our tour will amble through the charming Santa Cruz area, with its wrought iron balconies overflowing with red geraniums and enticing courtyards. This is one of the oldest barrios in Seville and was known as the Jewish quarter in medieval times.

Lunch will be on our own in Santa Cruz area where there are plenty of eateries to choose from — many serving the region’s traditional tapas.

Our afternoon will be unscheduled — free for you to explore the city. Or rest up in preparation for a captivating evening out: flamenco dance, music, and dinner (all included).

Sunday, November 8
Today, we will explore the west bank of the historic Guadalquivir River — the second longest river in Spain — spending the day in Triana, one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Seville, with its lovely views of the river, and many tapas bars to choose from (day and night). Each Sunday, this district, where old and new Spain meet, is the site of the lively Charco de la Pava Flea Market. Once the heart of Seville’s Roma (Gypsy) quarter as well as the birthplace of flamenco culture, Triana is also renowned for its ceramic production and was the home to many famous bullfighters. On our walking tour in Triana, we will visit Centro Cerámica Triana (Tirana Ceramic Museum), the Iglesia de Nuestra de la O (Church of our Lady of O), and the Museum of the Inquisition.

Lunch on our own at one of the many tapas bars and restaurants in Triana.

We will return to our hotel for the evening presentation by Monika Wikman, “Spain as Alchemical Vessel,” followed by dinner on our own.

Monday, November 9

Today we will travel to Cordoba. One of the most stirring and dazzling cities in Spain, Cordoba was once the capital of a rich and powerful caliphate and is renowned for its tenth-century achievements in art, architecture, philosophy, medicine, science, and poetry. At one time, it was also a place where Islam, Christianity, and Judaism enriched and cross-fertilized each other. In Cordoba, we will see the vast Mezquita and experience its immense striped arches and pillars. Originally the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Mezquita was converted to a church in the thirteenth century. Our walking tour through the city will include a visit to the famed medieval Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos — one of the primary residences of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille — and the Juderia de Cordoba (Jewish quarter of Cordoba), where Jews lived and flourished between the tenth and fifteenth centuries.

We will lunch on our own during the course of the day, returning to Seville in time for dinner on our own.

Tuesday, November 10

This morning, we will visit the Parque Maria Louisa, an elegant nineteenth-century park, with charming, colorful tiled benches and fountains.

The Parque Maria Luisa, formerly the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo, is an elegant nineteenth-century park to the south of the city centre, close to the river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining shady avenues, and historic, fairytale buildings, with exotic touches provided by colorful tiled benches, and Moorish fountains and pools.

Once part of Seville’s Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, today, the park is the site of several museums. During our visit we will go to the Plaza de Espana and the Archaeological Museum, with its unique Roman sculptures, statues, and mosaics.

Following lunch on our own, we will embark on a guided tour of the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts). The former Convento de la Merced Calzada, it has been restored to create one of the finest art museums in Spain. Its impressive collection of Spanish art and sculpture spans from the medieval to modern times and includes the work of such well-known Spanish artists as Goya, Murillo, Vazquez, Velazquez, and Zurbaran.

Our evening presentation by Sylvia Perera, “Seville: City of Light and Shadow, Myth and Reality,” followed by dinner on our own.

Wednesday, November 11
Our final morning in Seville will begin with a presentation by Earl Collins, “Archetypal Dimensions of Mysticism,” and include a closing discussion between participants and faculty.

The afternoon is open. Meander Seville on our own, take an optional tour of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, Spain’s most magnificent bullring and museum.

On this final evening together we will gather for a festive closing dinner.

Thursday, November 12
Departure for home.


*Faculty and Changes: All rights are reserved by the program directors to make faculty substitutions and/or modify the program (including hotels) if needed. All rights are reserved to ask a participant to leave who is disruptive to a program.

Accompanying Faculty

Sylvia Brinton Perera, MA, an internationally known Jungian analyst, lives, practices, writes, and teaches in New York and Vermont. Faculty and board member of the Jung Institute of New York, she lectures and leads workshops internationally. Her publications include Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women; The Scapegoat Complex: Toward a Mythology of Shadow and Guilt; Dreams, A Portal to the Source; Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction: An Archetypal Perspective; and The Irish Bull God: Image of Multiform and Integral Masculinity.

Monika Wikman, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has contributed articles, and poems to numerous publications. A graduate of the Jung–von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, Dr. Wikman was a dream researcher at UCSD Medical Center on “Dreams of the Dying.” She has a private practice in Tesuque, New Mexico, and in Gaviota, California. Along with her partner, Tom Elsner, she hosts a nonprofit project under, the Center for Alchemical Studies.

Earl Collins, PhD, abbot of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, 2011–2016, studied philosophy and holds a doctorate in Byzantine mystical theology. A former monk of Glenstal Abbey, he studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and was a professor of theology at the Benedictine University in Rome. Author of The Glenstal Book of Icons and Meeting Christ in His Mysteries, Dr. Collins is interested in the history of spirituality—particularly, the phenomenon of mysticism in Christianity and world religions.



Hotel Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

In the narrow lanes of Seville’s old quarter, is the sun-filled Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza hotel. The 18th-century building is traditional Andalucian, with a whitewashed and ochre exterior and charming terracotta tiles. A relaxed, sophisticated fusion of past and present, the hotel is awash in rustic natural touches. The interior is contemporary and chic with stone floors and marble bathrooms. The guest rooms take on an urban chic ambience while still retaining a traditional modernity with their dark colonial-style furnishings, including wooden beds from Indonesia, sweeping beech paneling, esparto carpets, and oversized floor cushions. Help yourself to the baskets of Seville’s famous oranges. Amenities include free complex-wide wifi, a library, lounging terrace with relaxation pool, room service and more.

Hotel Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is located in the heart of the old town of Seville. From its location, you can comfortably visit the Santa Cruz district, the cathedral, the Alcázar and La Giralda. Pilate’s House (Casa de Pilatos), the Museum of Fine Arts and the Flamenco Dance Museum are also located very close by.


Program Cost

$3,980. A deposit of $600 per person is due upon registration. Single supplement ($650) and gratuities ($150) additional. Includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodations at our deluxe hotel
  • Breakfast daily; two lunches and two dinners
  • Day trip to Cordoba
  • All transportation via air-conditioned coaches
  • All lectures, presentations, guided tours, and museum and site entrance fees

Register online or contact the office.