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Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat

Life as Spiritual Art (2)

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

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Life as Spiritual Art (2)
Life as Spiritual Art (2)

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


About the event

The content of this weekend, as with previous weekends on this theme, will be in guided ‘active imagination’ as taught by Carl Jung and Eugene Halliday and also will include; guided meditations, a healing session on the Saturday evening and discussion of all topics.

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Active Imagination will be the method we use to work with and explore unconscious aspects of ourselves - views that are concealed from our everyday minds. The group’s exploratory work will align itself with both the ideas of Carl Jung, the esoteric tradition and the work of Tan y Garth’s mentor Eugene Halliday and the form of exercises that he encouraged.  Both these teachers considered this work to be the Perennial Philosophy that consistently emerges from tradition systems throughout the world and is embedded in all the major religions.

The title itself comes from some of Carl Jung’s later writings focusing on the need he saw in this modern world for an individually achieved ethical and spiritual integrity, a process which meant in his words, a self aware ‘individuation’, formed in direct opposition to the mass psychology that he saw 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 us individually opening up to our own ‘religious instinctive attitude’ and exploring our inner human reservoir of symbolic meaning.  This unique symbolic individuality Eugene Halliday would call Soul, and it’s conscious opening up and exploration was our real work in life. In this way our very life becomes our spiritual 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 Roberts has been involved with Tan-Garth-Hall since its establishment in the early 1970’s. Originally mentored by Eugene Halliday he practises and teaches 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. Along with his wife Vidah, he also hosts a spiritual healing group on the Wirral and is a member of the Eugene Halliday Association Committee and a former trustee of Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat.


Residential participant - £215 (includes meals and refreshments plus 2 nights accommodation)

IHS Members £198 with discount

Non-Residential participant £145 (includes meals and refreshments only)

IHS Members £130 with discount.

£50 deposit with booking. Balance one month 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 the Hall. 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 your payment goes towards supporting the running costs of Tan-y-Garth Hall.


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

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.

Depending on prevailing circumstances we may also ask for : -

Current vaccination by all residential participants

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

(Please phone 0300 302 1936 for latest details).


  • Residential deposit

    Residential participant £50 deposit.

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  • Non-residential deposit

    Non-residential participant £50 deposit.

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