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PERSONAL MYTH AND FAIRYTALE: A Jungian Experience, Sondra Geller

  • Thursday, April 23, 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
  • 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library


  • Members who are Seniors over 65 and Students with ID

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Six Thursdays


Sondra Geller

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..


The Jung Society of Washington is dedicated to nourishing the human spirit and to serving the longing that comes to us in our dreams and in moments of hardship, imagination, struggle, and creativity.  We support the exploration of our own psychic depths and the primal impulse for personality integration that Dr. Carl Gustav Jung called "individuation".  With a psychological lens, we deepen the discussion of social issues, history, and current events.  We encourage the development of greater self-awareness and creative expression—individually, in relationships, and within the community. 

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