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The Jung Society provides the general public and the professional community with the insights and tools of analytical psychology and related disciplines. Through programs, classes, visiting speakers, partners in like organizations, and electronic media, the Jung Society provides a platform for communal discussion regarding the personal and professional issues that confront us. The tools that these programs provide assist individuals, relationships, and societies in a dialogue that enhances understanding the unconscious dynamics that course through personal lives, cultural problems, and historic patterns.

American Catastrophe: “I Can’t Breathe!”

In recent weeks we all watched a handcuffed, middle-aged black man slowly die, asphyxiated by a white policeman because of a twenty-dollar bill; we watched a young black man die by shot gun, having been chased by three white men (one a former policeman) in trucks because he was running in the “wrong” neighborhood; and we read about the killing of a young black woman awakened in her home at night and shot eight times by police who had broken into the wrong apartment.  Even more recently a black man, asleep in his car, was awakened and ultimately shot dead as he ran from white police.  And then there are the reports of five black men, found separately, hanging — each dead in a tree — all of which were officially declared “suspected suicides.”  We are shocked, sickened, disheartened, sad, distraught, and guilty.

As Jung wrote in After the Catastrophe, white people are “possessed” by feelings of superiority to people of color, and the crimes that we and our forebears have committed against our darker brothers and sisters are “legion.“

Our savage atrocities are uncountable.  In the unilluminated regions of our own souls, our felt superiority secretly thrives, fed by hidden shadows.  But then we see it, close up, on our screens, and we hear it.  We are horrified and shamed.  We suspect our own complicit guilt, our own evil, but how do we live with it?   

Dare we claim it?  And what if we dare not? 

Our profound immorality causes profound suffering, the depth of which we can imagine only barely.  Yet we cannot undo, cannot resurrect, cannot heal, or even compensate. We join our voices with those of protesters against what we have witnessed and finally confessed: Black lives matter; let them breathe!

~April Barrett, president

Jung Society of Washington

While we have learned so much from Jung's explorations of the human psyche, we are also aware that he, a Eurocentric man of his time, was not above racial stereotypes and cultural condescension.  We will continue to confess and explore such contradictions in our Society's educational offerings.

~Board of Directors

Jung Society of Washington

JSRS (Jungian Studies Reading Seminar)


Our Jungian Studies Reading Seminar is an(other) opportunity to study Jungian thought in depth, with a continuous cohort, over two years (or more). While some of the prior members of the Jung Studies Reading Seminar will be continuing with the program, the Jung Society opens up participation to new members for the next academic year program. Participation is open to anyone, regardless of background. 

This year (fall 2020 - spring 2021), the seminar will be held over Zoom. The curriculum will focus on Jungian classics. 

The seminar gathers monthly over the fall and spring to discuss assigned readings and material.  Licensed Jungian Analysts lead the seminar discussions. 

At the end of the two year cycle, a certificate of completion will be conferred (attendance is required for at least 6 out of 8 sessions per year).


Please review the syllabus below, with particular attention to the varying times the seminar will meet across the different months. Please note a few updates on the syllabus as of Aug 30th, including an October start.

JSRSYear6Syllabus_Updated as of Sept 12.pdf


$800 per semester, $1600 per year.


If you are interested in applying, we kindly request a (one-page) letter of interest, including why you are interested in Carl Jung, what is your previous experience with Jung, and a resume. 

For any questions, or to submit your application, please reach out to Natalia, at natalia@jung.org

Thank you!

2020 Fall PROGRAMS

Our programs are being offered online, via the Zoom platform, until further notice due to COVID-19.

Links will be sent out at least 24 hours before the program starts. If you have not received the Zoom link for a program you have paid for 24 hours before its start time, please reach out directly to natalia@jung.org , thank you.

You can take a look at our mini quick guide about Zoom here - HOW TO USE ZOOM

Please note, by agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or video of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the Jung Society of Washington, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!



Friday, Sept 25    |   7:30-9:00pm est

 THE DREAM AS A REFUGE IN A TIME OF TUMULT, a Lecture with This Jungian Life 

The psychic sonar of dreams detects what is under the surface of consciousness, providing information that helps us navigate rough personal and collective waters. Dreams are nightly soundings from the deep. They tell us about obstacles and help us chart a better course through the psychic seas. Using submitted dreams we will explore the objective psyche and listen for its wise guidance through difficult times. 


Saturday, Sept 26    |   10:00am - 1:00pm est

REHABILITATION OF THE FEELING FUNCTION, a Live Podcast with This Jungian Life 

Jung’s collaborator, Marie Louise von Franz, gave a brief but important talk in her final lecture that masterfully summarized Jung’s contributions to understanding the human experience. In C.G. Jung’s Rehabilitation of the Feeling Function in Our Civilization, she traces Jung’s critique of rationalism in modern culture and describes how this one sidedness has come at the expense of empathy and differentiated relatedness. She credits Jung with the resurrection of the feeling function and the principle of Eros. The trio from This Jungian Life will unpack the ideas in this essay in their usual accessible, conversational style.


Four Tuesdays, Oct 6  - Oct 27    |   7:30-9:30pm est

JUNE SINGER'S BOUNDARIES OF THE SOUL, a course with Phyllis LaPlante

June Singer, Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung’s Psychology (1994 edition)

Singer’s book is an excellent introduction to Jungian psychology and contains valuable information for psychotherapists with a Jungian perspective.

For this class, however, our focus will be on how we personally react to Jungian psychology, both theory and method. I hope that we all will learn something new about our own psyches. We will also discuss our ethical responsibilities to ourselves and to the world, particularly during this extraordinary time.

For the first class, please familiarize yourself with the Preface, Introduction, and Part One (1994 edition). I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the material.


Friday, Oct 23    |   7:30-9:00pm est

JUNG AND YOGA: A Unifying Paradigm, a lecture with Leanne Whitney

While working to find empirical evidence of the psyche’s religious function, Jung studied a variety of subjects, including orthodox and nonorthodox Hindu philosophy. In the Indian traditions Jung found comparable evidence to what he termed individuation, the central process of human development and the spiritual development of the personality. Consequently, he found Eastern philosophy and psychology, including Patañjali’s Classical Yoga, to be of tremendous value to his psychological research.


Saturday, Oct 24    |   10:00am-1:00pm est

JUNG AND YOGA: Entering Into the Heart Through Self-Study, a Workshop with Leanne Whitney

Within the Jungian tradition, coming to terms with the feeling-value of psychic contents, in addition to their intellectual value, is an indispensable prerequisite for wholeness. The value of our emotional and affective life is woven throughout Jung’s depth psychology. Jung emphasized that the purely intellectual attitude must be abandoned.

Revisioning and understanding our intellectual life and heart center are two strong bonds between Jungian-oriented depth psychology and Patañjali’s Classical Yoga.

In Patañjali’s world, the heart is a way to gain access to the nature of the mind. In sūtra 3.34 he stated, by concentration, meditation and absorption in the heart, knowledge of the mind is attained. In the orthodox Indian tradition, the heart is considered to be the seat of intelligence, with both Self and mind centered there.


Four weekends over a year,  starting October 31   |  10:30 - 2:30 est

CELTIC CALENDAR, CELTIC MYTH, a Day With Series with Kathryn Cook-Deegan and Elaine King

Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors

What they undertook to do

They brought to pass;

All things hang like a drop of dew

Upon a blade of grass.

 — W.B. Yeats

(Re)discover agency and resonance in these pandemic times by exploring a rhythmic ride with the ancient Celtic calendar. Over the course of the year – a 12 month period – set aside weekends for the 4 seasonal punctuation marks and celebrations of the mythic Gaelic year – Samhain (new year), Imbolc (early spring), Beltane (early summer) and Lughnasa (hot.hot.hot.) Be part of a virtual community, co-led by two psychotherapists committed to the (heart)work at hand, replete with thoughtful readings, in anticipation of shared reflections - bolstered by earth and nature. We explore inner landscapes affixed to a scaffolding of past days and times.


Friday, November 06   |   7:30 PM - 9:00 PM est

BEING PRESENT WITH THE DYING, An Evening With Joan Maxwell

In this time of Covid, the reality of death and dying is more openly discussed.  But for some the prospect of being with a dying friend or family member can bring up debilitating feelings of inadequacy and fear, sometimes so strong that they find excuses to stay away.  What do dying people want?  What gets in their way?  And what gets in our way?  How can we find a sufficiently quiet place within ourselves to enable us to be present to the dying person as a source of comfort?


Four Tuesdays, November 17 - December 08  |   7:00-8:30pm est

LIVING BETWEEN WORLDS: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times, A Course With James Hollis

As individuals, we often find ourselves in in-between times, somewhere between a world we knew, and a world that has not yet emerged.  These times are hours of crisis, disorientation, loss, and enormous anxiety.   Similarly cultures, eras, civilizations go through in-between times.   Ours is such a moment in history.    How can we recover our bearings, sustain dignity and integrity when things fall apart?   What abides amid such discontinuity?   Together we will reflect on what we may do to recover a sense of personal autonomy when our roadmap whirls from our grasp and leaves us confounded.


Saturday, November 21  |   10:00am-1:00pm est

THE RACIAL COMPLEX: Race, Racism and Cultural Complexes, a Day With Dr. Fanny Brewster

Just as the coloured man lives in your cities and even within your houses, so also he lives under your skin, subconsciously. Naturally it works both ways. Just as every Jew has a Christ complex, so every Negro has a white complex and every American (white) a Negro complex.

C.G. Jung Collected Works, Vol. 10, para 963.

As we encounter the issue of race and therefore racism, witnessing the constellation of cultural complexes in actions of racial violence, marching protests and global engagement, it appears important to visit the Jungian concept of psychological complexes. Jung’s early work on the “color”complex, what I have named the racial complex, has with few exceptions, not been reviewed and investigated for almost one hundred years. It appears that Jung’s early attempt to define ethnicity and culture within the context of a racial complex, had the hallmark of 19th-century colonial-influenced thinking. As we work within a 21st-century consciousness, we are required to deconstruct psychological theories that are relevant to Jungian psychology. Our work together allows us to question, inquire of and re-define both the interior unconscious space of complexes and the exterior relationship with “Other”, in deepening our understanding of racial relationships.


Friday, December 11   |   7:30-9:00pm est

Jung approached the reality of the psyche with reverence because he believed that we do not create our thoughts and forms of expression any more than if we created animals in the forest. They create us. The role of the ego, then, is to observe, respect, and dialogue with those intra-psychic “others” while holding fast to the maintenance of conscious life. This presentation will explore the forms which roll beneath the surface of our lives, and why our dialogue with them lifts us out of the mere surface features of our brief journey.



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