Jane Haynes & Jutta Laing– The breath of life – celebrating our mortality



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Title: Jane Haynes & Jutta Laing – The breath of life – celebrating our mortality


Jane Haynes trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology but defected after realising that the transference was no longer the alpha and omega of her clinical work. She is a founder member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and continues to be committed to the role of the unconscious and the question of the origins of the self.

Haynes met Jutta Laing after she read The Divided Self and gave up her career in the theatre to work as a personal assistant to R.D. Laing during the Dialectics of Liberation in 1967. They share a profound experience of motherhood.

Haynes worked in St Petersburg where she was responsible for helping to develop a post-graduate training at the Eastern European Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. Author of several books including Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?, with an introduction by Hilary Mantel. She continues to work on Zoom and face to face in full-time practice. www.intheconsultingroom.com

Jutta Laing was four years old in 1944 when her family fled the Russians by boarding one of the last trains out of Upper Silesia into the unknown, carrying few possessions. In Germany, as a refugee, she spent seven years in camps, in cramped spaces of squalor and alienation. In Stuttgart, she studied graphic design. In 1965 she left for London with a list of five names given to her by a friend. First on that list was R.D. Laing, who invited her to live with him at Kingsley Hall.

She met Jane Haynes in 1967.

For many years Laing has been working professionally through the body using the breath to develop awareness. “I didn’t realise until I experienced profound tragedies in my own family, how developing a heightened experience of internal peace can soothe a suffering mind.”



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