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Jim HollisBegins January 6 - Eight Tuesdays

Class for tonight February 17 is cancelled due to snow

Registration is closed for this course.

Course
The Eden Project: The Psychodynamics of Relationship, James Hollis
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Guy Mason Center
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers; $125.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

We crave relationships, and find so many troubled. Why?

What are the psychodynamics of our relationship to self, to intimate others, to the world around us, and to the divinities? Since we are the only constant in all of these relationships, what do we need to know about ourselves to engage in more conscious, more evolved relationships?

How do the lingering shadows of our early, family-of-originexperiences shape and distort our adult relationships? How can we deepen relationships with others while gaining less dependence upon them? And how do our internal scripts support or degrade our encounters with transcendent forces?

These and many other paradoxes of relationship will be examinedthrough the lenses of depth psychology, religious tradition, literature, and popular culture.

Required Text: The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other.

his course will be held at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, classroom 1a, 3600 Calvert Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., at the corner of Wisconsin and Calvert in Glover Park. Please note that this course will run for eight weeks, 90 minutes per session.

James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author of fourteen books.

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Kriya Yoga
Begins January 8 - Eight Thursdays

Course
INTO THE SILENCE, INTO THE DARKNESS: The practical psychology of Kriyā Yoga, Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $200.00, members; $225.00, nonmembers; $175.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

For the past seven years we have gathered to learn how to use the planetary symbols to interpret the thoughts and emotions we experience while waking and dreaming.

As we go deeper into the psyche through the study of the personal planetsSun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) it becomes extremely useful to learn and practice meditation techniques. These techniques are outlined in one of India's greatest contributions to psychology: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

In Kriyā yoga, meditation techniques serve many functions; In our study we will focus on four:Using meditation to provide a non-violent entry into the psyche.Using meditation to help to digest material   churned up from the psyche to minimize the physical and psychological effects of such revelations.Using meditation techniques to provide a road map to the parts of the mind, as defined by yoga, that are accessible to you.Using meditation to re-integrate new revelations into everyday life in the form of self-awareness.

In the sign of Aquarius (January-February) life is breathed back into the earth. In the sign of Pisces (February-March) this new life-force sleeps in the earth and dreams of coming forth in the Spring. We will use this natural rhythm to study our breathing and it s relationship to our thoughts and dreams.

Kriyā yoga uses the accessible to approach the inaccessible; it teaches not only formal techniques of meditation but also informal techniques to be practiced in the context of daily life. Because of this we call Kriyā Yoga "The Wisdom of the Everyday."

No previous meditation experience is necessary. Continuing participants will have their practice checked and be given additional instructions.

Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry (Swamis Abhipadananda & Jyotir Vakyananda) are lineage holders in the Kriya Yoga tradition, an Indian alchemical tradition, and are authorized to initiate and teach Kriya Yoga and its related teachings.  The techniques of Kriya Yoga involve a psychophysical means of self-inquiry and are an initiated path to understanding one’s own psyche in the context of the macrocosm.  The Swami order is one of the oldest, continuous, living initiatory and alchemical systems extant.  Heidi and Michael combine their experience to make yogic teachings accessible to western minds by use of comparative mythology, storytelling, astrology, and other symbolic systems. They are regular presenters at the Jung Society, Theosophical Society, Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, and have lectured on Samkhya Yoga to colleges and seminaries in various parts of the United States.  They teach and initiate the techniques of Kriya Yoga on a private basis in Washington, D.C., and regularly perform life-cycle rituals in their role as swamis

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Tim Lyons
March 06 - Friday

An Evening With Tim Lyons

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Program will be rescheduled



EXPLORING THE PARADOX OF INDIVIDUATION
AND ENIGHTENMENT: Active Imagination, Dream Yoga and Sleep Yoga, Tim Lyons
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $20.00, members in adv; $25.00, general, $15.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

We may say that the essential nature of the mind is like space, because both are empty, but mind is aware while space is not -Milarepa, 11th century

But if the God moves into the self, he snatches us from what is outside us. We arrive at singleness in ourselves. -C.G. Jung, The Redbook

To die, to sleep; To sleep, Perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub, For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come . . . -William Shakespeare

In Jung's own quest for individuation, he studied the teachings of self-realization in Taoism, Tantric Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism, leading him to insights critical to unlocking the secrets of the goal of Western alchemy, the coniunctio, the union of opposites. These concepts were at the heart of his psychology, yet Jung, paradoxically, had deep reservations about Westerners taking on the pursuit of Oriental enlightenment. Jung writes: "He (the seeker of nirdvandva) wishes to free himself from nature; in keeping with this aim, he seeks in meditation the condition of imagelessness and emptiness. I on the other hand, wish to persist in the state of lively contemplation of nature and of the psychic images."

"Lively contemplation" is an apt description of active imagination, one of Jung's most powerful tools for individuation, which evolved from his self-experiment, his "confrontation with the unconscious," and culminated in the revelations and visionary paintings of the Red Book. Active imagination, a practice wherein one's waking consciousness enters into a dialogue with different parts of one's self rooted in the unconscious, was described in an essay in 1916 but not published until 1958. The Redbook, begun in 1914, remained a "secret doctrine," until it was deemed ripe for publications by his heirs in 2009. Similarly, many Tibetan writings were kept hidden. "The Secret Visions of the 5th Dalai Lama," begun in 1674, remained concealed from the public until 1987. It recounts in words and colorful illustrations the inner mystical life of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama as well as relating teachings he received in visions from the long dead guru Padmasambhava. Padmasambhava's 8th- century teachings on dream yoga had been secreted in a rock capsule until they were unearthed six hundred years later. Tibetan dream and sleep yoga, only recently taught openly in the west, promotes the use of lucid dreaming, where waking consciousness reawakens into the dream to interact with the illusory dream environment as a preparation for experiencing death and the bardo. Lucidity in the daily life leads to lucidity in the dream, and potentially leads to lucidity in deep (non REM) sleep in order to abide in "non-dual awareness," the primordial, unconditioned state of mind and ultimately enlightenment.

In tonight's program we will look at the paradoxical concepts of individuation and enlightenment at the intersection of active imagination, dream yoga, and sleep yoga in light of the historic genesis and evolution of these practices and their value in modern psychotherapy. This paradox could bring Hamlet's question to mind; "to be or not to be." For Jung the answer might be "to be" with awareness, then might the Buddhist answer be: "not to be," with awareness?

Tim Lyons, LICSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Capitol Hill and Silver Spring. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism and yoga for many years, and has given lectures and classes on Jung and Eastern Spirituality at the Jung Society of Washington. He is also an architect, has written for the Washington Post, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Begins March 9 - Five (alternate) Mondays

Course

MODERN INTERPRETATIONS OF GREEK TRAGEDY AND MYTH, Julie Bondanza
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, members in adv; $150.00, general, $100.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.


The readings for this course will begin with the C.S. Lewis novel, Till We Have Faces, a retake on the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros. The tragedies that follow are: Andromache by Racine; Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill; Where Three Roads Meet, a modern Oedipus Rex, by John Carter (scripts to be provided by Dr. Bondanza); and Cassandra by Christa Wolf.

Julie Bondanza, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate Jungian analyst who trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where she was Director of Training, a job she also held with the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts. She has taught extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Washington, as well as for various Jung societies across the country. Presently she serves the board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and continues to serve as its program chair, a post she has held for many years. Dr. Bondanza practices in Takoma Park and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Begins March 10 - Six Tuesdays

Course
VENUS AND NEPTUNE: The Mapped and the Unmapped Emotional Domains, Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers; $125.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

In the symbolic system of Kriya Yoga, Venus represents the heart chakra and thefull range of emotions. These emotions have been extensively mapped in a wide variety of cultures - from the Natyashastra of India to the Poetics of Aristotle to both ancient and recent emotional-therapeutic systems. The mapping of these emotions is so thorough in these various systems that they are used with skill and deliberation by artists, musicians, dancers, actors, healers, and therapists to evoke emotion in a predictable way that leads to catharsis (in the system of Aristotle); or to bhava - the fullness of emotion that transports one to insight and realization (in the system of the Natyashastra); or to transmutation in the system of Kriya Yoga.

Neptune, in contrast is unmapped. The earth's oceans function as a symbolic and literal instance of Neptune. While 71 percent of the earth is covered by ocean, most of it remains unmapped and as such, is the great unknown.

Venus and Neptune interact in important ways. When you enter fully into aknown and predictable emotional patterning, you will sometimes find that the emotion is so powerful to you that you slip through a gateway into the groundless domain of Neptune. This can have a variety of results. On the expansive side, it can result in art, music, poetry and other creative artifacts that you produce from the great unknown; on the constrictive side, it can result in self-destruction, self-deception and a variety of addictive behaviors.

We will examine a variety of texts from film and television to poetry, art, and music that embody the relationship between Venus and Neptune.

In the kriya yoga tradition, astrology is an initiated experience that allows one to explore the parameters of their own psyche and their own life experience, rather than having it interpreted by another. As always the course will culminate by the participants presentations of their own projects synthesizing the materials presented in the class and their meaning to the participants own psyche and life.

Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry a (Swamis Abhipadananda & Jyotir Vakyananda) are lineage holders in the Kriya Yoga tradition, an Indian alchemical tradition, and are authorized to initiate and teach Kriya Yoga and its related teachings.  The techniques of Kriya Yoga involve a psychophysical means of self-inquiry and are an initiated path to understanding one’s own psyche in the context of the macrocosm.  The Swami order is one of the oldest, continuous, living initiatory and alchemical systems extant.  Heidi and Michael combine their experience to make yogic teachings accessible to western minds by use of comparative mythology, storytelling, astrology, and other symbolic systems. They are regular presenters at the Jung Society, Theosophical Society, Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, and have lectured on Samkhya Yoga to colleges and seminaries in various parts of the United States.  They teach and initiate the techniques of Kriya Yoga on a private basis in Washington, D.C., and regularly perform life-cycle rituals in their role as swamis.

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James HollisBegins March 10 - Eight Tuesdays

Course
MYTHS TO LIVE BY: Lectures by Joseph Campbell, James Hollis
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Guy Mason Recreation Center, Activity Room 1a, 3600 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers; $125.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

Why should a modern pay any attention to the subject of myth? Joseph Campbell's quite readable lecture series Myths to Live By addresses the profound role that myth plays in our personal and cultural life. Coursing beneath the surface of daily life are charged images, persistent complexes, ancestral presences, buried scripts, fragments of history, unaddressed pathologies, as well as a continuing summons to the unlived life. As anthropologist Levi-Strauss observed, it is not whether we think in myths, but rather how they are thinking through us.

Whether we make these energy systems conscious or not, they make ourchoices for us, create patterns, and spill into our lives. Examining the encounter between science and religion, the mythologies of love and war, the creative-destructive powers of madness, and the daily unfolding of a personal mythology are the subjects for our presentation and discussion. Only by rendering the myths which move us more conscious can we live a more considered life.

Required Text: Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author of fourteen books.

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Tim LyonsBegins March 12 - Six Thursdays

Course

ACTIVE IMAGINATION, DREAM YOGA, AND SLEEP YOGA: Paths to Individuation, Liberation, and Enlightenment, Tim Lyons
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members in adv; $175.00, general, $125.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

My aim is to bring about a psychic state in which my patient begins to experiment with his own nature -- a state of fluidity, change, and growth where nothing is fixed and hopelessly petrified. -C.G. Jung: The Aims of Psychotherapy

I must not sleep like a beast, but cherish the experiential cultivation which mingles sleep with realization. -Padmasambhava: Natural Liberation, 8th century

Active imagination, dream yoga, and sleep yoga are powerful transformative practices that can bring about the experimental psychic state that was Jung's goal. Jung said about individuation that: If man does this consciously and intentionally, he avoids all the unhappy consequences of repressed individuation. In other words, if he voluntarily takes on the burden of completeness on himself he need not find it "happening" to him against his will in a negative form. This counsel can be applied to liberation and enlightenment, the goals of the Tibetan Buddhist practices of dream and sleep yoga. Each of these practices can create value out of our suffering and yield productive growth and not repeated negative patterns of unconscious suffering where we are "hopelessly petrified."

Active imagination is a meditational practice, which Jung developed, during which one's waking consciousness enters into a dialogue, through one's imagination, with different parts of one's self that are rooted in the unconscious in order to explore the unknown other for self-realization. Dream yoga promotes the use of lucid dreaming, wherein waking consciousness reawakens into the dream to interact with the dream environment. This lucidity is mirrored in the ability to recognize the dream-like quality of daily life. Lucidity in dreams can demonstrate the illusory quality of fears and reactivity and can be understood as a way of building psychic immunity to our own conditioned mind. Lucidity in the dream potentially leads to lucidity in deep (non-REM) sleep during which it is possible to experience liberation from samsara, our karmic delusions, and ultimately attain the "clear light." This, in a sense, 24- hour-and-beyond, mindfulness practice is intended to penetrate the states of waking, meditating, dreaming, deep sleep, death, and the bardo, and is aimed at "abiding in non-dual awareness," the primordial, unconditioned state of mind.

One need not be able to attain lucidity in dreams or deep sleep in order to find benefits. Developing lucidity in our waking life helps us to turn inward to reconnect with ourselves in spite of the increasingly addictive distractions of daily life that can numb us into passivity regarding our pursuit of self-realization. Lucid-dreaming themes increasingly appear in our culture, in movies, and the rapidly evolving digitally enhanced virtual-reality technologies. In this course we will explore these practices in light of Jung's alchemical psychology and Tibetan Buddhist perspectives on liberation, the obstacles, and cautions, and the personal and collective implications in our modern world.

Tim Lyons, LICSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Capitol Hill and Silver Spring. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism and yoga for many years, and has given lectures and classes on Jung and Eastern Spirituality at the Jung Society of Washington. He is also an architect, has written for the Washington Post, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution.

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James HollisMarch 13 - Friday (snow date March 27)

Workshop
THE ARCHETYPAL PATTERN OF THE WOUNDED HEALER, James Hollis, Ph.D.
1:00 pm – 4.00 p.m., Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Fees: $75.00, member; $125.00, nonmembers


Sponsored by The Jungian Analysts of Washington (JAWA)

Exploring the personal and ethical challenges in professional caregiving, this three-hour workshop is designed for caregivers of all kinds, including clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, medical specialists, social workers, nurses, physicians, and clergy.

As C.G. Jung once observed, only the wounded healer can heal. Only the person who has suffered, come to an enlarged consciousness through that suffering, and then relates out of a more assimilated woundedness can have a healing effect.  

The highest percentage of persons in the caregiving professions come from troubled backgrounds and may unconsciously be seeking personal healing through their choice of profession. This program examines intra-psychic dynamics commonly found among caregivers and provides tools for participants to identify 1) the psychodynamics active in the choice and practice of their profession and 2) the typical setups for ethical transgression to which the wounded healer is predisposed. 

This workshop will combine lecture and discussion.  

PRESENTER: James Hollis, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland, and executive director of the Jung Society of Washington.  The author of 14 books, he teaches at the Jung Society of Washington and is a distinguished faculty member of the Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION: 

3 APA CEs in Ethics for Psychologists, Advanced Level 
3 NASW Ethics Contact Hours 

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: 

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to: 

1.  Enumerate at least three recurring patterns of perception and behavior expressed by the archetype of the wounded healer

2. Identify those dynamics, characteristically found in caregivers’ family backgrounds, that provide unconscious motivation in the choice of caregiving as a profession. 

3. Describe the psychological risks that befall the wounded healer who lives daily amid the wounds of others. 

4. Delineate at least three recurring patterns in the practice of caregiving that place the wounded healer at risk for ethical transgression. 
 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:  

Hollis, James, Creating a Life:  Finding Your Individual Path, Inner City Books, Toronto, 2001. 
Sedgwick, David, The Wounded Healer: Countertransference from a Jungian Perspective, Routledge, New York, 1994.

This program is sponsored by the Jungian Analysts of Washington Association (JAWA). JAWA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JAWA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 

For further information in regard to APA CEs contact:

Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D.

JAWA Director of Education

1228 17th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20036

202-588-5008

starrcostello@verizon.net

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Institute for Sacred Activism

with
Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey

The economic, political, spiritual world crisis that we currently find ourselves in is a call to action. It is an opportunity for us to understand the realities around us and to rally together to do something different. We now have before us the possibility of using this current crisis to empower ourselves, and others, to actually get the planet to work. Embracing an uncertain future, we need to support leaders, who are inspired, courageous and effective to rise up. We need to renew the energy of people who are burnt out and apathetic in institutions and corporations. If we point individuals to an inner compass that renews their passion, there is hope for real solutions and inspired creativity. All that we need is already there, in the currency of people, and it only needs to be tapped into.
http://www.andrewharvey.net


Guild for
Psychological
Studies

For over fifty years, the Guild for Psychological Studies has conducted seminars that bring together the depth psychology of Carl Jung, the Records of the Life of Jesus (Synoptic Gospels), the Hebrew Scriptures, and material drawn from myth, poetry, world religions, and the evolving images of modern culture and science. Using a process based on Socratic inquiry and dialog, seminar participants carefully attend to images and feelings, discover connections between the personal and collective psyche, and often find a new commitment to the deep and unfolding truth that has been called the Self or Soul. Visit http://www.guildsf.org.


Joseph Cambray, PhD

Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe

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In 1952 C. G. Jung published a paradoxical hypothesis on synchronicity that marked an attempt to expand the western world’s conception of the relationship between nature and the psyche. Jung’s hypothesis sought to break down the polarizing cause-effect assessment of the world and psyche, suggesting that everything is interconnected. Thus, synchronicity is both "a meaningful event" and "an acausal connecting principle." Evaluating the world in this manner opened the door to "exploring the possibility of meaning in chance or random events, deciphering if and when meaning might be present even if outside conscious awareness."

Now, after contextualizing Jung’s work in relation to contemporary scientific advancements such as relativity and quantum theories, Joseph Cambray explores in this book how Jung’s theories, practices, and clinical methods influenced the current field of complexity theory, which works with a paradox similar to Jung’s synchronicity: the importance of symmetry as well as the need to break that symmetry for "emergence" to occur. Finally, Cambray provides his unique contribution to the field by attempting to trace "cultural synchronicities," a reconsideration of historical events in terms of their synchronistic aspects. For example, he examines the emergence of democracy in ancient Greece in order "to find a model of group decision making based on emergentist principles with a synchronistic core."


From frequent presenter,
Bud Harris:

We are happy to let you know that at the suggestion of people close to us we are going to enlarge our community. Our goal is to explore new ways to bring fresh and meaningful content to both old friends and new ones. As we continue our journey into our new community we will be exploring Jungian ideas, spirituality, my books, those I've co-authored with my wife, exercises from the workbook and seminars we have developed, exerts from lectures and the series I have done for several years at a local bookstore.

Our exploration will begin with my book SACRED SELFISHNESS. For those of you who have read and valued the book you will have the opportunity to find new ideas and a renewed sense of purpose in what we are presenting. And, you can now share the front matter and chapter one in the book with friends and family (download the free PDFs here.) After our initial opening we will continue every two weeks with the most compelling points in the next chapter and interesting exercises from the SACRED SELFISHNESS WORKBOOK. I will also be looking forward to sharing my new reflections that will come up as I look at this material again and hear from you.

There is, of course, a story behind why I am doing this. As I review my life I am very clear that my myth is to be a Jungian Analyst, a seeker and a healer. Part of this myth is to share what I have learned in a way that may help others in their efforts to find a self that is broader and stronger and a life that is beyond what they could have imagined. In other words I want to share in ways that may help you in your journey of individuation, finding your myth and living into the pattern of a fulfilled life that is inherent in every one of us. This is a journey to fulfill this pattern which is both instinctual and Divine, psychological and spiritual, and yet must also be lived fully.

Just as I am clear about my myth I am also clear the pattern for my life exists but I cannot know it in advance. Oh, how I often wish I could. But, my task from mid-life on has been to remove the blocks that separate me from it, seek to discover it and then live into it. And so, I've come full circle in the story behind this understanding. I want what I have learned and experienced, and what I can still learn and experience, to contribute to the river of life and not to someday simply disappear into the ground.

I would like to give a special invitation to those of you who have subscribed to my newsletter to join us in this new community. At the same time I will continue my newsletter approximately every other month. We will be sharing our new content through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a portal through the website of the Center for Spiritual Resources of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.

I also want to give my sincere thanks to all of you for your interest in Jung, my work and for your responses and contributions.



John KingBegins March 16 - Six Alternate (mostly) Thursdays
March 16 & 30, April 13 & 27, and May 11 & 18


Course

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION AND CREATIVITY: An Experiential Dialogue John King
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members in adv; $175.00, general, $125.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

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Begins March 18 - Five Wednesdays

Course
THE MYSTIC HEART, Melanie Starr Costello
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, members in adv; $150.00, general, $100.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.


In this course we will explore intersections between stages of psychological maturation and the interior journey, as depicted by celebrated mystics. Our discussions will center upon assigned readings from C.G. Jung in combination with selections from the classics in western spirituality. Featured authors include Meister Eckhart, Hadewijch of Brabant, John of the Cross, and the modern mystic Cynthia Bourgeault.

 

Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, historian, and Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice off Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. A former Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge press. Currently her work explores archetypal currents running through the collective psyche in our times - a topic she takes up in her workshops on the Stranger, Aging, and Spirituality, and on Dream Cosmologies.

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WisewomenMarch 21 - Saturday

Women's Discussion Group
The End of Life, Kim Barsella
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $5.00, at the door

Depending on how one approaches death, it can be transformative or demanding and or overwhelming according on how one uses their personal power and resources.

Kim Barsella is a Medical Social Worker. She has been trained and works with medically challenged and hospice patients for over a decade. She assists patients and their loved ones with accepting and navigating concrete emotional and financial/legal issues during this season of their lives. Kim considers her work to be a sacred calling which has touched her own life quite deeply.




Michael ConfortetiApril 10 - Friday

An Evening With Michael Conforti
DREAMS AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD: How Personal Complexes and Personal Meaning Often Silence the Archetypal Message in Dreams and Life, Michael Conforti, Ph.D.
7:30 pm – 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fee: $25.00, all

To pray is to dream in league with God -Abraham Joshua Heschel We long for and are terrified to hear the voice of God. This voice provides such an honest commentary and reflection on how we are living and an intimation of a destiny waiting in potentia. So, too, is there an all-too-human need to silence this voice.

It is in God’s warning to not make “graven images,” and Rabbi Heschel’s frustration with our attempts to build a religion out of our personal preferences both speaks to the archetypal tendency to look away from God and the Self and in its place to totemize personal needs and conscious biases. Our collective, modern approach to dreams captures this eternal struggle to clearly listen to and act in accordance with the wisdom of the Psyche, and our denial of these messages.

The dream reveals a truth about life and an inherent meaning not to be muted by individual perception and consciousness. Often the dream’s a priori, archetypal meaning is eclipsed by our personal complexes and reactions to it, thus rending what is sacred and eternal to the secular and profane.

This weekend program will speak to the relationship between the archetypal and personal meaning of dream images, and the symbolic representation of archetypal and personal complexes in dreams and our associations to them. Dreams from clinical practice, the Bible, and from historical figures will be presented to illustrate this theme.

 Please note: this is a two-hour program.  Attendance on Friday night is not required to attend on Saturday.

Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, author, and founder/ director of the Assisi Institute.  His work has resulted notonly in a training institute based on his discoveries, but also in the development of a new discipline: Archetypal Pattern Analysis.  Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He lectures nationally and internationally and applies his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry.  Dr. Conforti served as script consultant on the recently released film, Pride and Glory, and is the author of  Field, Form, and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature & PsycheThreshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings, and the forth-coming Hidden Presence: Complexes, Possessions, and Redemption.




Michael ConfortetiApril 11 - Saturday

A Day With Michael Conforti
DREAMS AND THE ECLIPSE OF GOD: How Personal Complexes and Personal Meaning Often Silence the Archetypal Message in Dreams and Life , Michael Conforti, Ph.D.
10:00 am – 3:00 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fee: $50.00, members in advance; $75.00, general; $40.00, full-time student and senior members

To pray is to dream in league with God -Abraham Joshua Heschel We long for and are terrified to hear the voice of God. This voice provides such an honest commentary and reflection on how we are living and an intimation of a destiny waiting in potentia. So, too, is there an all-too-human need to silence this voice.

It is in God’s warning to not make “graven images,” and Rabbi Heschel’s frustration with our attempts to build a religion out of our personal preferences both speaks to the archetypal tendency to look away from God and the Self and in its place to totemize personal needs and conscious biases. Our collective, modern approach to dreams captures this eternal struggle to clearly listen to and act in accordance with the wisdom of the Psyche, and our denial of these messages.

The dream reveals a truth about life and an inherent meaning not to be muted by individual perception and consciousness. Often the dream’s a priori, archetypal meaning is eclipsed by our personal complexes and reactions to it, thus rending what is sacred and eternal to the secular and profane.

This weekend program will speak to the relationship between the archetypal and personal meaning of dream images, and the symbolic representation of archetypal and personal complexes in dreams and our associations to them. Dreams from clinical practice, the Bible, and from historical figures will be presented to illustrate this theme. Attendance on Friday night is not prerequisite to attendance on Saturday

Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, author, and founder/ director of the Assisi Institute.  His work has resulted not only in a training institute based on his discoveries, but also in the development of a new discipline: Archetypal Pattern Analysis.  Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He lectures nationally and internationally and applies his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry.  Dr. Conforti served as script consultant on the recently released film, Pride and Glory, and is the author of  Field, Form, and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature & PsycheThreshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings, and the forth-coming Hidden Presence: Complexes, Possessions, and Redemption.

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April 17 - Friday

Workshop
WRITING TO WHOLENESS, Susan Tiberghien
1:00 pm – 4.00 p.m.,
Jung Society Library
Fees: $40.00, member; $55.00, nonmembers
, $35.00, sen./stud. members

The saving wholeness of the inner man cannot come about until all parts of the psyche have been made conscious.  -C.G. Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis

I always knew that these experiences contained something precious and therefore I knew of nothing better than to write them down in a “precious” book.   -C.G. Jung, “Epilogue,” The Red Book

In this workshop we will first look at the concept of ‘wholeness’ from Plato to Jung.  We will then look at how to answer this longing for wholeness.  How do we bring the different parts of ourselves together (individuation)?   We will see how Jung’s own search for wholeness is embodied in The Red Book. Through fresh writing we will search for our own living images. We will dialogue with them and discover hidden parts of ourselves (active imagination), and we will put it all down in a ‘precious’ book, in the form of a journal entry, a fragment, or a folk tale, as we write toward wholeness.

Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Switzerland, has published three memoirs: Looking for Gold; Circling to the Center; and Footsteps, A European Album, and a book on writing, One Year to A Writing Life.  She has been teaching creative writing for about twenty years at the International Women's Writing Guild, at C.G. Jung Centers, writers conferences, graduate programs, and at the monthly Geneva Writers' Workshops.  She directs the Geneva Writers' Group and Conferences. Her website is www.susantiberghien.com.  


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WisewomenApril 18- Saturday

Women's Discussion Group
Music and the Soul, Annilee Oppenheimer
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $5.00, at the door

The Greek philosopher Plato believed that music exists for the purpose of creating harmony between the various aspects of ourselves. In this program, Annilee will lead an exploration on how music can be an ally in our path to health and wholeness.

Annilee Oppenheimer is a retired lawyer. She enjoys exploring dreams, poetry, music, archetypal symbolism, storytelling, and active imagination as vehicles to make connections -- both with her deepest self and with others."


 

Sondra GellerBegins April 23 - Six Thursdays

Course
PERSONAL MYTH AND FAIRYTALE: A Jungian Experience, Sondra Geller
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members in adv; $175.00, general, $125.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

We will focus on the healing power of telling our personal stories using active imagination, drawing and gesture. We humans seem to be hard wired to create stories as a way of trying to make sense of things both personal and collective. This urge to understand and explain the world we live in gave rise to world mythologies and stories of all kinds. Jungian Analysis depends upon the patient telling his or her stories. It is how we make ourselves known to the analyst. It is also how we begin to be able to objectify and understand our complexes. As James Hollis frames it, What are the stories we tell and what are the stories that tell us? We are at once teller and witness. The Class will be experiential. Participants are asked to bring the story of their life written as a personal myth or fairytale. Example, and there are many: Once upon a time", Long ago and far away. Open any book of mythology or fairytale to get some ideas.

This class returns by request . Please come to the class with two copies of your story, double spaced and limited to two double-spaced pages. The group will be small to allow each participant a chance to tell their story during the six weeks.

Sondra Geller, MA, ATR-BC, LPC is a Jungian Analyst, a Board Certified Art Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is in private practice in Chevy Chase, Md. She lectures and gives workshops for The George Washington University Art Therapy Master's Program, Philadelphia Jung Institute/PAJA, the Jung Society of Washington, and the C.G. Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland. Her focus is on Making Art in the Presence of the Analyst, Jung and Aging, Jung and the Creative Process, and Jungian Art Therapy. Sandy was recently guest co-editor of a special issue of Psychological Perspectives, "Aging and Individuation," and she presented a paper entitled "Sparking the Creative in Older Adults" at a Conference by the same name, sponsored by Psychological Perspectives and the Jung Institute of L.A..

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Begins April 29
- Five Wednesdays

Book Exploration
ALCHEMICAL ACTIVE IMAGINATION, Marie-Louise Von Franz , April Barrett
7:30pm – 9:30 p.m., The Jung Society Library
Fees: $50.00, member; $75.00, general

[Marie-Louise] "Von Franz has a re- markable gift for interpret- ing and demysti- fying the difficult symbolism of religious visions, ancient myths, and fairy tales of the common folk. Whether explaining the psychic complexities of gender or racial conflict, or the survival value of our connection to other animals, von Franz is perhaps unsurpassed as the archetypal Jungian."- Library Journal

Although alchemy is popularly regarded as the science that sought to transmute base physical matter, many of the medieval alchemists were more interested in developing a discipline that would lead to the psychological and spiritual transformation of the individual. C. G. Jung discovered in his study of alchemical texts a symbolic and imaginal language that expressed many of his own insights into psychological processes. In this book, Marie-Louise von Franz examines a text by the sixteenth-century alchemist and physician Gerhard Dorn in order to show the relationship of alchemy to the concepts and techniques of analytical psychology. In particular, she shows that the alchemists practiced a kind of meditation similar to Jung's technique of active imagination, which enables one to dialogue with the unconscious archetypal elements in the psyche. Originally delivered as a series of lectures at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, the book opens therapeutic insights into the relations among spirit, soul, and body in the practice of active imagination.

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 co-director, executive director, and secretary/treasurer of the board.

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Begins May 5 - Five Tuesdays


Course

Mythology and Poetry of the Sacred Marriage: Hierosgamos and the Marriage Archetype, Bonnie Damron
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, members in adv; $150.00, general, $100.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.



Bella pax, vulnus dulce, suave malum [a warring peace, a sweet wound, a mild evil] -
John Gowe

Carl Jung called this archetype Mysterium Coniunctionis. Joseph Campbell called it “an ordeal,” as in a spiritual test. Penelope and Odysseus’ marriage, with its twenty years of struggle, suffering, and hardship, is the embodiment of this great ordeal. Song of Songs celebrates its mystery. For the people of Sumer, the heirosgamos was the central ritual and symbol of their religion. Human beings have celebrated the mystical union of opposites since our memory runneth not to the contrary, and always in the great poems and songs of the world. Beyond that, I am curious regarding where we find the Sacred Marriage in life as we live it today. Join me as we explore some of the best-loved myths and poems about the hierosgamos and the marriage archetype. I conceive of this course as a workshop. Let’s dig in and create it together, using a “beginner’s mind,” as my exploration into the hierosgamos is by no means a finished work. As Jung writes, much of what we can know is provisional, there is so much to learn.

Bonnie L. Damron, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a Jungian-Oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Northern Virginia. Bonnie is a clinician, cultural anthropologist, artist, and storyteller. She teaches courses in mythology, fairy tales, Shakespeare, the Greek Classics, and readings in the writings of C. G. Jung. She also leads contemplative retreats, and conducts study tours in Crete. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Catholic University, a Doctorate Degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, and is currently enrolled in the Two Year Pattern Analyst Certificate Program at the Assisi Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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May 08 - Friday

An Evening With Julie Bondanza

PICTURING MARY: Woman, Mother, Idea, Julie Bondanza
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $20.00, members in adv; $25.00, general, $15.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

"Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea " is the title of a beautiful exhibit of paintings of Mary at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. This Evening With Julie Bondanza will include images from the exhibit as well as others that elucidate Mary as an archetypal image of the feminine - both as goddess and as woman. The National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibit ends on April 12, 2015.

Julie Bondanza, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate Jungian analyst who trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where she was Director of Training, a job she also held with the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts. She has taught extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Washington, as well as for various Jung societies across the country. Presently she serves the board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and continues to serve as its program chair, a post she has held for many years. Dr. Bondanza practices in Takoma Park and lives in Washington, D.C.

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May 15 - Friday

Lecture

THE SOUL IN ANGUISH: Psychological and Spiritual Approaches to Suffering, Lionel Corbett
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Venue to be announced
Fees: $20.00, all

Thoreau said that many people are living “lives of quiet desperation” and that “an unconscious despair is concealed under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.” This lecture will discuss the problem of suffering, the effects of suffering on the personality, and a variety of approaches to suffering found in depth psychology. The lecture will look at ways to find meaning in suffering, times when suffering can be seen as an initiatory process into a new level of consciousness, and the process of radical acceptance of suffering in situations in which it cannot be changed. We will also look at some of the traditional spiritual approaches to suffering and contrast these with a psychological approach.

Lionel Corbett trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is currently on the core faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of The Religious Function of the Psyche, Psyche and the Sacred, and The Sacred Cauldron as well as various professional articles. His main interest is in the religious function of the psyche and the ways in which this function expresses itself through the structures of personality.



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May 16 - Saturday

Workshop

PAINFUL EMOTIONS: A Depth-Psychological Approach, Lionel Corbett
10:00 am - 3:00 p.m., Venue to be announced
$50.00, members; $75.00, general $40.00 full-time student members and senior members over 65

Thoreau said that many people are living “lives of quiet desperation” and that “an unconscious despair is concealed under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.” This lecture will discuss the problem of suffering, the effects of suffering on the personality, and a variety of approaches to suffering found in depth psychology. The lecture will look at ways to find meaning in suffering, times when suffering can be seen as an initiatory process into a new level of consciousness, and the process of radical acceptance of suffering in situations in which it cannot be changed. We will also look at some of the traditional spiritual approaches to suffering and contrast these with a psychological approach.

Lionel Corbett trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He is currently on the core faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of The Religious Function of the Psyche, Psyche and the Sacred, and The Sacred Cauldron as well as various professional articles. His main interest is in the religious function of the psyche and the ways in which this function expresses itself through the structures of personality.

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WisewomenMay 23 - Saturday

Women's Discussion Group
Are We Transforming, Margaret Placentra Johnston

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $5.00, at the door

There are books about how our society is moving in a forward direction and which suggest that a planetary transformation is on the horizon. Margaret will present some of these arguments seek the participant’s perspective on whether the transformation concept is valid.

Margaret Johnston, a practicing Optometrist, is also an author. She discussed her first book, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind at a Wisewoman session. Margaret is laying the groundwork for her second book which is now in its formative stage.



June 5 - Friday

Jung Memorial Lecture

CULTURAL ATTITUDES, John Beebe
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., The Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
Fees: $25.00, all

C.G. Jung’s theory of psychological types offers us tremendous insight into ourselves and others, yet people who are identical in type may still approach the world with very different attitudes and assumptions. How we make sense of the world seems to involve emotional investments and intellectual frameworks that tie to, but also go beyond, type.

Joseph Henderson, one of the founders of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a co-author, with Jung, of Man and His Symbols, worked on this problem in his book, Cultural Attitudes in Psychological Perspective. Henderson observed that different people reference different values generic to culture as they engage with the world around them. He called these the social attitude, the religious attitude, the philosophical attitude, the aesthetic attitude, and, a relative latecomer that informed much of Jung’s work, the psychological attitude.

Using illustrative clips from recent and classic films, John Beebe will lead us in exploring these orientations toward what is offered already by our culture. Participants will take away a new way of observing and understanding themselves and others.

John Beebe, a senior analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy. He is the author of Integrity in Depth, co-author of The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and co-editor of The Question of Psychological Types. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has written about psychological types for numerous books and journals including Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis, Jungian Analysis, Jungian Psychoanalysis, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Jung Journal, Psychological Perspectives, and Theory & Psychology. Beebe’s eight-function, eight-archetype model of type is widely studied and applied in the field. In addition, he has spearheaded a Jungian typological approach to the analysis of film.


June 6 - Saturday

Jung Memorial Workshop

CULTURAL ATTITUDES, John Beebe
10:00 am - 3:00 p.m., The Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
Fees:
$50.00, members; $75.00, general $40.00 full-time student members and senior members over 65

In this workshop, we’ll look at our cultural attitudes in depth and explore how they impact our lives and relationships. We’ll also look at the interplay between psychological type and cultural attitudes. Dr. Beebe will lead us in exploring the implications of the cultural attitudes for therapy. We’ll also explore whether it is possible or desirable to try to develop the attitudes that we do not naturally prefer and ask whether we should be working in parenting or therapy to foster the development of the cultural attitudes.

Using case examples of his own as well as examples volunteered by participants, Dr. Beebe will demonstrate what it means to do psychotherapy employing each of the different cultural attitudes that Joseph Henderson identified. As in the Friday-night lecture, we’ll use some additional film clips to learn to identify and respond to the cultural attitudes, appreciating their power and noting their limitations.

John Beebe, a senior analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy. He is the author of Integrity in Depth, co-author of The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and co-editor of The Question of Psychological Types. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has written about psychological types for numerous books and journals including Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis, Jungian Analysis, Jungian Psychoanalysis, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Jung Journal, Psychological Perspectives, and Theory & Psychology. Beebe’s eight-function, eight-archetype model of type is widely studied and applied in the field. In addition, he has spearheaded a Jungian typological approach to the analysis of film.

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