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Visitations of Dionysus, a workshop with Richard Tarnas

  • Saturday, September 23, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full time students

Registration is closed


This program will be recorded. 

Registration closes at 12:00pm EST the day before the program begins. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email.

In this workshop, we will explore the many-splendored nature of the Dionysus-Pluto archetype, surveying its evolution over time and providing vivid illustrations of the varieties of Plutonic-Dionysian experience drawn from film, music, and comedy. Because discerning the archetypes is not just a conceptual task of the intellect but requires our full humanity, with all our faculties working together—emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, somatic, intuitive—the arts are especially helpful in revealing the planetary gods in action. Video and audio clips of artistic performances will be introduced to serve as windows into some of the many ways these primordial energies can express themselves in different individuals and in different eras.

Richard Tarnas is professor emeritus of cultural history and psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He has taught courses in the history of ideas, archetypal studies, depth psychology, and religious evolution. He has also frequently lectured on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and was formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern widely used in universities. His second book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network and is the basis for the just released 10-episode documentary series The Changing of the Gods. He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and long served on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

RECORDINGS:  Due to the safety and security of the conversations in our workshops, we will NOT be recording this program. 

ZOOM LINK: The Zoom link can be found in your registration confirmation email. They will also be shared about 24 hours before the program start time. Registration closes before Zoom links are shared. If you do not receive your link 24 hours in advance, please reach out asap directly to

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior to the program.

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  any videos of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the presenter, 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. Thank you!


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