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Fri, 06 May


Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat

Life as Living Art

A residential weekend retreat with Alan and Vidah Roberts which explores the theme of the undiscovered self though active imagination in theory and practice.

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Life as Living Art
Life as Living Art

Time & Location

06 May 2022, 19:00 BST – 08 May 2022, 16:00 BST

Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat, Pontfadog, Llangollen LL20 7AS, UK


About the event

During the weekend participants will be introduced to ideas and methods by which they can use their active imagination to work with and explore unconscious aspects of their own inner selves, to reveal views that are normally concealed from our everyday minds. The group will explore both the ideas of Carl Jung and exercises drawn from the more esoteric tradition of the work at Tan y Garth Hall encouraged by its inspiration and mentor, Eugene Halliday.

The underlying theme for the weekend of “active imagination”, comes from some of Carl Jung’s later writings. It focuses on a need that he saw in the modern world, for an individually achieved ethical and spiritual integrity. A process which meant, self aware ‘individuation’, formed in direct opposition to the mass psychology generated by global political and scientific materialism. To Jung, this situation could only be solved, and we could only be saved, as ‘unique’ individuals, by individually opening up to our own ‘religious instinctive attitude’ and exploring our inner human reservoir of symbolic meaning.

Eugene Halliday referred to this unique symbolic individuality as Soul, and regarded its exploration and conscious opening up as our real work in life. In this way our very life becomes our art. He put it this way;

‘The great Religious Contemplatives in their investigations of the depths of the human soul have found forms of mental activity quite different from those of the waking state.  These so-called ‘subjective’ phenomena of the psyche, below the waking conscious level are found in various forms that recur so often that it becomes clear that they must have some very special significance.  These special forms we call ‘Symbols.’

From - The Role of the Unconscious in Religion

Alan and Vidah Roberts have been involved with Tan-Garth-Hall since its establishment in the early 1970’s. Originally mentored by Eugene Halliday they practise and teach  a range of subjects including yoga, perennial philosophy, art and Sacred Drama (a means to gaining a new understanding of relationships) across the North West. They also host a spiritual healing group on the Wirral and are members of the Eugene Halliday Association Committee.


Residential participant - £200 (includes meals and refreshments plus 2 nights accomodation) - IHS Members £180

Non-Residential participant £130 (includes meals and refreshments only) - IHS Members £115

£50 deposit with booking. Balance due two weeks before the event. 

Fees fully refundable in event of new government imposed Covid restrictions.

N.B. This is an IHS event. IHS events are run according to the traditional values and practices of the International Hermeneutic Society, the charity that owns and runs Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat. Although IHS teachers are very experienced in their subject they choose not to be paid. This means the events are offered at lower cost than most commercial retreats and all of the fees go to support the running costs of Tan-y-Garth Hall.


In order to minimise the ongoing risk from Covid 19 we have a range of policies in place for this event. These include:

Evidence of current vaccination by all residential participants (please phone 0300 302 1936 for latest details).

Plus, either proof of a negative test within previous 48 hours or negative lateral flow test taken on arrival.

Temperature testing on arrival.

Limitation of numbers to allow for physical distancing.

One person per bedroom unless in same bubble (please contact us on 0300 302 1936 for room sharing request).

Extra ventilation where possible.

Outdoors work when possible.


  • Residential deposit

    Residential participant £50 deposit.

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  • Non-residential deposit

    Non-residential participant £50 deposit.

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