Book Club: The Red Book

  • Sat, February 24, 2018
  • Sat, April 28, 2018
  • 3 sessions
  • Sat, February 24, 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Sat, March 17, 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Sat, April 28, 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Parkdale United Church


  • Book Club only. All four sessions. Discounted price for members.


The Red Book is viewed by many as Carl Jung’s central work. From 1913 to 1916 Jung engaged in a deep inner process; it was an exploration of his unconscious that he later referred to as “my most difficult experiment.” From 1914 to 1917 he reflected his inner images in symbolic paintings which he later gathered together and called Liber Novus (the “New Book).  A red, leather bound manuscript, it became commonly known as The Red Book. Released to the public in 2009, it’s one man’s intimate journey with the unconscious, and it’s an excellent resource for those of us who similarly want to undertake a conscious path to understand ourselves more deeply.

We’d like to encourage all our members to read and personally engage with this rich and marvelous book. That is why we’ve chosen The Red Book as our Book Club pick for 2018.

The Red Book Book Club

The Book Club is hosted by Dennis Slattery, Ph.D., via Skype, and will meet four times on February 24, March 17,  and April 28. We will post the 4th date as soon as we know.  NOTE: You can sign up for the bookclub itself for $75, or you can sign up for Dennis' February 3 workshop PLUS Book Club for a reduced rate. See the workshop listing  in our Events calendar to sign up for the second option.

Then, complement your study of The Red Book with the Mandala Making Art Series with art therapist, and Calgary Jung Society member, Cynthia Brown, and is by donation only. See our event calendar for details.

"The Red Book was first published in German and English in 2009. It was illustrated by the breathtaking paintings of C.G. Jung; and, it contains rich and imaginative symbolism. The Red Book contains C.G. Jung’s imaginations and reflections on these images of the unconscious, which after his break with Sigmund Freud in 1912, he carefully wrote down and reworked - again and again - during the following sixteen years. At that time, Jung had reached midlife, a period that forced him to reorient himself to both his inner and outer life completely anew. More and more, the core and aim of this renewal was the recognition of the reality of the soul, a reality that Jung investigated in the Red Book with relentlessness, openness and honesty, and, with an ever-increasing certitude of the soul’s life-creative and regenerative power."

~Dr. Andreas Schweizer