The Jung Society of Washington is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational membership society open to all who are interested in learning more about the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung.
Our programs exist primarily of lectures, workshops, courses, book explorations, groups, and Evenings With invited speakers.
Our facility houses our office, meeting space, and small but excellent lending library, which is available to members.
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Spring 2013 Programs
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From the Back Matter: Fairy tales contain profound lessons for those who would dive deep into their waters of meaning. In this book, Marie-Louise von Franz uncovers some of the important lessons concealed in tales from around the world, drawing on the wealth of her knowledge of folklore, her experience as a psychoanalyst and a collaborator with Jung, and her great personal wisdom.
April Barrett is in service to the dissemination of Jung's thought through her participation and training with the Creative Initiative Foundation, the Guild for Psychological Studies, and the Jung Society of Washington, for which she is program director, executive director, and sec./treas. of the board.
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Five Thursdays
SELF DISCOVERY THROUGH SELF EXPRESSION*: An Exploration of the Fundamentals of Jungian Art Therapy, Sondra Geller
7:30 pm – 9:30 p.m., The Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, member; $150.00, general; $100.00, senior/student members
This will be an experiential class designed to introduce the student to a variety of art-therapy techniques, such as the Scribble Drawing, the Clay Scribble, Tissue-Paper Collage, and Guided Imagery with Drawing. The Jungian Concepts of Active Imagination and Amplification will be highlighted as we practice using the Expressive Arts as a rite d’entrée to the unconscious. The goal of the class for both individual and group will be to facilitate Self-Discovery and exploration of our inner landscapes through Self-Expression. No previous experience with art is necessary. Bring curiosity and a desire to know yourself better. *Self Discovery Through Self Expresion, 1973, is the title of a book by Mala Betensky, PhD, clinical psychologist, art therapist and pioneer in the field of ArtTherapy. Sandy Geller studied with Dr. Betensky.
Individuation as Carl Jung has held it forth to us as a model and as a goal to be pursued, is closely akin to the spiritual process of “incarnation.” This is a classic practice in which the individual opens her-/himself to union with the indwelling divinity. We learn to gestate and nourish the developing god that can be brought into flesh by the individual. Human beings, fully alive, fully engaged, body, mind, and spirit, are the hope of renewing the planet. There exists a spiritual “technology” that can lead us through the steps of incarnation and, suitably, it is a process that brings us into the domain and the presence of the Great Mother, the feminine archetype of divinity. The goal of this practice, as with the goal of individuation, is to integrate the opposites of masculine/feminine, left brain/right brain, heart/feeling function with brain/thinking function. Tonight Mary will explore the possibility of reflecting on the classic mysteries of the Christian mythology to discover the hidden wisdom that leads us along the path of incarnation.
Mary Beben has been studying spirituality all her life and has been teaching it since 1958. She comes from a Roman Catholic background where she discovered Carl Jung’s teachings in 1980 and began integrating his psychology into her world view, both amplifying and disturbing her Catholic beliefs. In 1990 she began serious work with a depth psychologist, and in 2000 she graduated from the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology with a Master’s Degree in transpersonal psychology. She now writes and teaches small groups the combined path of spirituality with a sound psychological foundation. Mary is 75 years old, has raised six children and watched them raise 12 grandchildren. She is a member of the Washington Society for Jungian Psychology.
Margaret Placentra Johnston is an optometrist whose writings have appeared in optometry journals and in the personal growth journal Recovering the Self. Margaret blogs at Patheos.com and on the Huffington Post. Her book Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind correlates the work of 12 spiritual development theorists who define the spiritual journey as a growth process through progressive stages. Margaret's book illustrates the development process through ten stories which bring the stages to life for the general reader. Copies of Faith Beyond Belief on hand for purchase at $15.00 at the meeting.
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