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HOME AND THE AFFIRMATION OF LIFE: Archetypal Energies in a Time of Dislocation, a course with Mark Napack

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • 5 sessions
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom
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  • Members who are Seniors over 65 and Full-Time Students


Five Tuesdays

May 19, 26  |  June 2, 9, 23

When the world that has been our home has been turned upside down, the archetype of home remains. The archetype of home makes itself felt as certain "homing" possibilities, a readiness and capacity to make home, no matter what the circumstances.

In this course, we shall address our current predicament in terms of the homing energies at play in the midst of our dislocations. We may be "Wandering between two worlds, one dead, / The other powerless to be born" (Matthew Arnold), but there is a creative home-building energy still present, if we can know how to engage and respond to it.

In our group psycho-educational process, we shall be supported by Jungian analyst John Hill's, At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging. In addition to being a finely written introduction to Jungian psychology, this book discusses the archetype of home in various contexts, from the personal to the world at large. In order to help our imaginations further orient themselves, we shall also look at a great and soulful work of literature which mirrors back to us the archetype. Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago is a profound, symbolic, and allegorical-mythic affirmation of life (zhivago means life in Russian) and the relatedness of the homing archetype in a time of radical dislocation.

Suggested Readings (our first class will be an introduction):

John Hill, At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging.

Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago.

Mark Napack, M.A., S.T.L., M.S., studied archetypal patterns in comparative literature at Columbia University, after which he applied Jungian theory to the redemption motif in medieval theology for his thesis at Fordham University.  He further studied Jung, psychology, and the history of religion at Loyola and Catholic Universities. A long-time graduate and college instructor, Mark has presented at international conferences and his work has appeared in scholarly journals and books in English and French. Mark Napack, LCPC, is also a Jungian-informed psychotherapist in North Bethesda, MD.

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