The Secret of the Golden Flower

The Secret of the Golden Flower

Theoria and Therapeia

A guided meditative and psychodynamic practice for 100 consecutive days of individuation as a daily ethic, consciousness & ritual.

Inspired by the classic Taoist text The Secret of the Golden Flower, as translated by Richard Wilhelm with commentary by Carl Gustav Jung.

Programme Details

Start date:  Saturday 12th of March

Registration closes: Thursday the 10th of March at midnight (PST)

Duration: 120 days (4 months)

Tuition fees: $350 single payment (or 4 monthly payments of $100)

Programme Structure and Content

Join us for a one-hundred-day guided practice of the individuation as a daily ethic, ritual, and meditation. This practice includes and is inspired by the Taoist Microcosmic Orbit Meditation, as detailed in the text of The Secret of the Golden Flower. You will be guided in understanding and applying the Jungian ethic of individuation as a daily meditative, conscious, and ritualistic practice. Focus of the practice will be both on the contemplation of the Spirit (theoria) amd the care of the Soul (therapeia).

  • 8 live webinars: fortnightly throughout the prgramme on a Saturday at 17h00 (GMT). (All webinars are recorded for later viewing for those unable to attend live.)
  • Membership of a private and facilitated Facebook group for all students throughout the programme.
  • Detailed applications and exercises to follow for the duration of the programme.
  • A close reading and study of the SGF text.
  • All essential learning material is provided.
  • Additional film, video lecture and reading links and recommendations, throughout the programme.
  • 12 months access to all learning material after the end of the programme.
  • 3 bonus lectures
    • Where the Golden Flower is Blooming: The Resonances of Daoist alchemy and Jungian Psychology, by Ann Chia-Yi Li, MA
    • Mysterium Coniunctionis: Jung’s Visionary Testament, by Murray Stein, PhD
    • Theoria and Therapeia: an Aristotelian Perspective, by Professor Dylan Futter


Starts  Saturday 5 August 2023.

Registration closes Thursday 3 August 2034.

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Single Payment of $350

Your Facilitators

The programme will be led by Stephen Anthony Farah MA, the programme architect, who has developed this method and practice over the last two decades. This method is  built on a and inspired by the Secret of the Golden Flower Text and Jung’s psychoanalytic interpretation of the text. Stephen will be assisted on this programme by co-facilitator Denise Francklin. 

Stephen Anthony Farah MA is the co-founder and Head of Learning at The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies South Africa. He is an executive member and current co-chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS). Stephen holds an honours degree in analytical philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand and a master’s degree in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies from the University of Essex. His chapter, ‘True Detective and Jung’s four steps of transformation’ has been published in The Routledge International Handbook of Film Studies. He is co-editor of the anthology ‘The Spectre of the Other in Jungian Psychoanalysis: Political, Psychological and Sociological Perspectives’, and author of ‘The Freak: in search of Jung’s Second Personality’ (publication by Taylor & Francis in 2022).

For more details on Stephen’s journey with the SGF text please follow this link.

Denise Francklin is the founder and developer of Therapeia ©. Denise is a psychological astrologer, conscious movement facilitator, senior student at the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies, and works professionally in the field of interior design and architecture. Of herself, Denise says, “I am happiest in the sweet and simple reverie of sweeping the floor, wiping the table, dusting the books; out on long silent walks in nature; deep in intimate conversation with a friend, with a tree, with the moon. I love to have my nose tucked into mythological stories of the gods and my imagination reaching out into the vast open space of the cosmos through the lens of archetypal and psychological astrology.”