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ARCHETYPAL EXPLORATIONS: Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, a course by James Hollis

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
  • The Sanctuary Room, Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016


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



Perhaps no poet went deeper into the caverns of the human soul, pursued its haunting questions, and articulated its deepest needs than Rainer Maria Rilke. Born the same year as Jung, he explores similar questions of meaning, the same compelling mysteries as the depth psychologist. In this class we will share some of Rilke’s most intensely felt lyrics and discuss his suggestive insights. 

Reading: Upon registration, the texts will be sent to the student electronically. Please print them out or use an electronic version in class. A limited number of copies will be available each night in class.

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 sixteen books.


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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