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Our programs are being offered online, via Zoom,

until further notice due to COVID-19.

Links will be in your registration confirmation email. They will also be sent out at least 12 hours before the program starts. If you have not received the Zoom link for a program you have paid for 12 hours before its start time, please reach out directly to, thank you.

Registration closes at NOON the day before the program begins.

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


Friday, March 1 | 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Eastern Time

An Evening With Francis Weller: An Apprentice with Sorrow: Tending the Losses of Everyday Life

Grief and loss touch us all, arriving at our door in many ways. It comes swirling on the winds of divorce, or the death of someone dear, or as an illness that alters the course of a life. For many of us, our grief is tied intimately to the ravages we witness daily to watersheds and forests, the disappearance of species, the silencing of languages, and the coarsening of culture. And yet our encounters with sorrow are often met with confusion, fear, and overwhelm. We are uncertain how to meet this difficult guest when it surfaces in our lives.  

This presentation will explore the elements of an Apprenticeship with Sorrow. It is through the rites of grief that we are, in turn, ripened as human beings. Grief invites gravity and depth into our world. Our work is to understand grief not only as an emotion but also as a core faculty of being human. This apprenticeship is, at heart, about the crafting of elders capable of meeting the pain and suffering of the world with a dignified and robust bearing. This is soul activism intended to foster deep cultural change. Cultivating the skills of grief work is critical in these days of wild uncertainty and rampant loss. We need to fortify our inner and outer connections not only to weather the storms but to be tempered by them. We do this work not solely for our own healing, but also to make us capable of responding to the critical needs of our times. 


Four Tuesdays, March 5 - 26 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Eastern Time

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The Symbol of the Grail: Parzival and the Path of Individuation, A Course with Jason E. Smith

"What the Holy Grail symbolizes is the highest spiritual fulfillment of a human life. Each life has some kind of high fulfillment, and each has its own gift from the Grail." 

~ Joseph Campbell

The epic tale of Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach is a story that resonates with a timeless power. It is a story of adventure and peril, failure and success, courage and compassion, and much more. It is also a unique retelling of the myth of the quest for the Holy Grail, a symbol that continues to capture the imagination today. The Grail is a symbol that speaks to our deepest spiritual longings and offers insight and hope for a world in which the traditional religious structures are in decline. 

In this course, we will explore several of the main themes of Wolfram’s Parzival. We will pay close attention to its rich symbolism and its connection with alchemical imagery. Through this examination we will discover the relevance of the Parzival myth to the modern experience of individuation. Finally, we will consider some of the ways such a tale might deepen the search for healing and meaning in our own psychological and spiritual lives. 


Friday, March 15 | 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Eastern Time

An Evening With Valeria Cespedes Musso: Marian Apparitions in Times of War and Conflict: a Depth-Psychological Approach to Understanding the Emergence of the Numinosum During Periods of Darkness

Carl Jung is known for introducing concepts, such as the collective unconscious and archetypes, but his legacy is one that also includes an openness to observing and understanding phenomena, such as collective visions and the uncanny. This interest can be traced back to his 1902 doctoral dissertation, “On the Psychology and Pathology of the So-called Occult Phenomena.” This openness allows us to explore and examine phenomena, such as Marian apparitions.

In my analysis of the Marian apparitions of Zeitoun that took place from 1968 to 1970, I offer an interdisciplinary, methodological approach, stemming widely from Jung’s works and from theories of the psyche proposed by him and by post-Jungians, to investigate visions of the Virgin Mary. Specifically, I draw on Jung’s theoretical model in Flying Saucers, which offers a structure to analyze numinous objects as constellated material that emerges out of the collective unconscious. Studies of Marian phenomenology show that the appearances are usually accompanied by a concatenation of events, such as social upheaval, economic crisis, and war. In this discussion, I present the findings of the application of this depth-psychological approach to the Zeitoun case, including the existential crisis leading up to the appearances (i.e. 1967 Arab-Israeli War), the significance of the apparitions, and the integration of the numinous symbol by Egyptian society. 


Friday, March 22 | 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Eastern Time

Jung's Philosophy in Context, a Lecture with Lionel Corbett

This lecture will place Jung’s thinking in the context of some of the major philosophical commitments that underpin contemporary theories of psychology and psychotherapy. Rather than compare Jung with other schools of thought on the basis of differences in clinical theory and technique, this lecture will describe Jung’s assumptions about the psyche, about human nature, and even about reality that underpin his theory and distinguish it from other approaches. 


Saturday, March 23 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Eastern Time

Jung's Philosophy in Context, a Workshop with Lionel Corbett

This workshop will describe how Jung’s approach to the psyche and to psychotherapy arises out of his philosophical commitments. I will show how his is a philosophy of idealism, and how he does not see the psyche as merely a product of the brain. I will discuss Jung’s rejection of metaphysics but how he also reveals his personal metaphysical beliefs, especially his monism, based on the idea of the unus mundus. I will show how Jung acknowledges a spiritual dimension to the psyche, in contrast to most other forms of psychology, especially in terms of his ideas about the Self and the objective psyche as a source of religious experience. I will discuss the debate about Jung’s status as a scientist. Finally, I will describe how Jung and Wolfgang Pauli tried but failed to find common ground between depth psychology and quantum mechanics based on their common interest in synchronicity.


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.  The Jung Society of Washington is not a therapeutic institution. We do not conduct therapy at all. We are not insured to manage therapeutic material in our programs, even if the presenter is a therapist. For this reason, it is important that people do not bring their personal issues into the discussions at our programsThank you!



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