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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 01, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • 12


  • Members who are Seniors over 65 and Full-Time Students


How dream images can guide our paths toward a fuller and more meaningful life? In Part II of Psychology and Alchemy, C.G. Jung uses a dream series of a young man to illustrate the unconscious processes at work.

Jung writes, “As manifestations of conscious processes the dreams rotate or circumambulate round the centre, drawing closer to it as the amplifications increase in distinctness and in scope.”

This unfolding process leads the dreamer toward a new personality center that Jung calls the “self.” Throughout this dream-series study, Jung focuses on the archetypal symbols of unity known as mandala symbolism. How are mandala symbols shown to be present in the initial dreams and throughout the individuation process?

In this course we will focus on the mandala symbolism in a dream series, the psychic process as seen through the dream images, and the individual dream symbolism in relation to alchemy.

Reading: Psychology and Alchemy, CW 12, Part II. Course format is "read and discuss". 

Cathryn Polonchak,  L.C.S.W., is a certified Jungian Analyst and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of West Virginia.  She has a private practice in the Shepherdstown and the Charles Town/Harpers Ferry areas of West Virginia.  In addition to her membership in JAWA, Cathryn is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts (PAJA), the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA), the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  She was the past Director of Seminar for PAJA.  She is interested in the interface between body and mind, particularly at the psyche-soma level of trauma.


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. 

5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
CALL: 202-237-8109
EMAIL: jungsociety@jung.org

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
EMAIL: junglibrary@jung.org

BY CAR: From MacArthur Blvd., turn east (away from the Potomac River) onto Cathedral at the light between Loughboro and Arizona. 

Parking is available in the streets.
Entrance to the Jung Society library and office is from the side street, Hawthorne Place.

The Jung Society of Washington is a nonprofit educational institution. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
Images of mandalas throughout this site were created by Carl Jung's patients between the years 1926 and 1945.
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