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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.

Accompanying Faculty

Ann Belford Ulanov, PhD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City, a member of the Jungian Analytic Association, and former Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. An internationally known lecturer and prolific author, among her many articles and books are the highly acclaimed Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work; The Wisdom of the Psyche; The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness/ Deadness in the Self; The Living God and Our Living Psyche; Madness and Creativity; and Knots and Their Untying: Essays on Psychological Dilemmas.

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.