Welcome to the C.G. Jung Foundation
Upcoming Summer Studies
July 11– 15, 2016
This program gets at the heart and soul of Jungian psychology: the responsibility each one of us has to chart that life course to growth and what he called Individuation, the finding of our unique Self. But, as Jung well knew, this path is inevitably full of potholes, diversions, and false signage. In this week, we will look at our complexes and blind spots to understand how they impact our actions and our mind-body balance. We will look to dreams, myths and Jung's conversations with Elijah and Salome in The Red Book to get a sense of how archetypal forces prevent intimacy.
We will dig deeper into this archetype of intimacy by exploring the complex daughter/father relationship in the poetry of Sylvia Plath and in fairy tales. Through the study of legends and fairy tales we will examine ranges of emotional intimacy in marriage, family life and friendships. We conclude the week by exploring the opposite pole of intimacy—loneliness, and the delicate dance between these states as we attempt to experience intimacy and grow in our own right.
July 18 – 22, 2016
Program 2 examines the cost of our being human or, put another way, our suffering and redemption. We will look at both Western psychological and Buddhist approaches to love and loss. Central to our discussion will be an examination of the arc of love from desire, to romance, to harmful idealizations we project on those we "love."
We will look at suffering not only as a burden but, as Jung suggested, a blessing. As Plotinus wrote almost two thousand years ago, our soul contains the ingredients of its own renewal. We will explore suffering in story, poetry, music and film. We will go broad in our cultural examples but always from a Jungian perspective.
We continue our reflection on the price of being human by thinking about self-betrayal and self-forgiveness, those missteps on the way to what Jung called Individuation or the coming to our true Self. The works of Shakespeare will broaden our discussion and our understanding of the human condition.
In some respects, it is both right and inevitable that the week should conclude with an examination of what it means to live our destiny, our meaning and our personal journey. What we have learned during the week will inform the existential and epistemological question. We will go to contemporary and historical Biblical biography to better understand the cost of this human journey.
Five consecutive Tuesdays, 7.00–8:30 pm, Eastern Time, USA.
Instructor Maxson J. McDowell, PhD
We don't know where dreams come from but, from experience, we know their purpose. They show us the next possible step in our developing consciousness. They show us the next possible step in our developing consciousness. They warn us if we are going astray, encourage us if we need it, and offer penetrating insights into our confusion. To interpret dreams we need to integrate different ways of knowing: we have to be disciplined and logical but also emotional and feeling; we have to use creative intuition and we have to use our body and its sensations.
This class is fun. Expect to participate actively. We combine our insights and feel success when the class as a whole recognizes an answer and feels a deepening of consciousness.
Each evening is like a detective story. We interpret knowing only the dreamer's age and gender. When finished, we compare our interpretation with other information about the dreamer. This checks the validity of the technique.
Upcoming Advanced Seminars
September 2 – December 16
Instructor:Mark Seides, PhD, LP
This course will explore the role of the image, and the development of a symbolic attitude, in Jungian analytic theory and therapy. Jung primarily investigated the image from a Spirit perspective, amplifying their inherited, historical roots, and demonstrating the universal, objective meanings they provide to our one sided awareness.
In this course, we will attend to the other, less investigated aspect of the image: its energetic charge and inherent potential to liberate and redirect the individual's complexed psychic energies, moving us towards feelings, behaviors, and values that correspond to the meanings of the Spirit aspect of the archetypal image.
The concept of symbolic body work, and its relationship to a symbolic attitude will be introduced, and persons interested in the body's role in analytic psychotherapy are encouraged to attend.
Feb 3 – May 11
Instructor:Leslie Stein, LLM
All mystical experience confounds rational understanding. When it occurs, it is overwhelming, inexplicable, and daunting. These experiences take many forms: a vision, a flash of clarity as to the existence of a divine force, a powerful dream of archetypal figures, a feeling of unity of all things, a beneficent experience of peace. Jung calls these "numinous" experiences, preferring not to use the word mystical. For most, these numinous experiences are mere oddities, perhaps frightening, outside the reach of conventional religion and, as they are fleeting, we return to the comfort of our ego structure, no longer interested. Yet, they have a profound role in psychoanalysis. Jung writes:
… the approach to the numinous is the real therapy and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experiences you are released from the curse of pathology.
The purpose of this Advanced Seminar is to explore the role of mystical experiences in our lives and in psychoanalysis. There is no single expert on all matters mystical, so the Seminar is to be a collaboration, where participants put away easy answers and open to the mystery of what lies outside what we know. The course will draw on readings from Jung, William James, Sri Aurobindo, Neumann, Kalsched, and others.
3 Saturdays: February 13, March 12, April 9; and Sunday, May 8 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Instructor Julie Bondanza, PhD
This course examines closely the idea of the tragic and its place in art and mythology as well as in human lives. An understanding of the tragic helps us to see that for all the pain and misery that tragedy brings, there is also often a sense of triumph of the human spirit in the face of individual catastrophe.
In the first class, we will read the classical Greeks. In the second class, we will read the three great tragedies of Shakespeare. In the third class, we will read several European tragedians. Finally, we will read the work of four Americans.
5 consecutive Mondays, 6:00–7.40 pm
Instructor Gary Brown, LCSW, LP
One of the oldest historical images, The Wheel of Life, also called The Wheel of Becoming, is said to have been painted under the direction of the Buddha himself. We will discover how the Buddhadharma proposes we can get off this wheel and onto the Wheel of Being, a mandala of Three Blessings, understanding illumination, blissful satisfaction, and loving-kindness.
Although this course is may be considered a follow-on to the Fall 2015 course Five Buddha Families, it also stands alone.
5 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Instructor Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP
We will interpret legends from Scotland, Siberia, Melanesia, and Palestine, each of which relates the adventure of a female shaman. A woman confronts a demon (sometimes a male hidden in the underworld), overcomes his destructive power, and thus brings fertility, or health, or wealth back to the community.
All of this is relevant to the psychology of women, and to men who are interested in their own feminine side. These stories help us both to understand the feminine and to see how feminine power supports a relationship between lovers.
5 consecutive Mondays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Instructor Ilona Melker, LCSW
In our dreams, we often dialogue with dream figures in dreamscapes. These dialogues can continue even after we awaken, allowing us to explore the meaning of the dreamscapes as we continue to engage with our dreams. In this course, we will learn about the basic structure of dreams from a Jungian perspective and some of the various approaches to dream work within the Jungian analytical community. We will also practice dialoguing with and interpreting our dreams. This course is experiential and we will share dreams, so please bring a dream for the class.
5 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Instructor Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD
We have not yet passed through the Age of Anxiety when we have entered the Age of Memory. From "What was the name of the movie that we saw last week?" to "Let's Google it": the fears of loss of memory and prosthetic ways to "restore" it, are familiar to us, of a certain age.
In this course we will explore the phenomena of memory both on the collective and individual level and try to see through them to their symbolic underpinnings.
5 consecutive Mondays, 7:00–8:40 pm
Instructor David Rottman, MA
Complexes interfere with what we want and need in love, in work and careers, in family life, and in relationships of all kinds. Jung says that they steal our very life from us — and yet he says that working on complexes is our path to wholeness and that every complex has a divine core. In this course, we will explore how complexes manifest in the outer world (in behavior), and in the inner world (in our feelings, emotions and attitudes). We will focus special attention on Jung's ideas of how people can "mitigate" the influence of complexes to achieve fulfillment.
5 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30–8.10 pm
Instructor Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD
Jung saw the loss of childhood memories as a symptom of a deeper loss — the loss of primitive psyche that inspired his quest for the recovery of the archetypal world. We will focus on the contribution of forgetting to memory and imagination. We will travel through the landscapes of "lost memories" guided by two literary angels: Winfried Georg Sebald and Zbigniew Herbert. Sebald, a German writer, in Emigrants, Rings of Saturn and Austerlitz created a unique, evocative, atmospheric world of memory. Herbert, a Polish poet, follows his Cartesian alter-ego, Mr. Cogito, on his solitary "almost metaphysical adventures" through the Mediterranean world and his reflections on the soul.
5 consecutive Thursdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Instructor Barbara Barry
Many individuals who strive for a greater self-knowledge keep journals. Most often these journals are recorded in the written language. However, Jung was particularly attuned to the place images play in the life of the psych telling us that "the psyche consists of essentially images…full of meaning and purpose."
This class is instructive and experiential. Participants will learn techniques for eliciting images and learn how to give them visual expression using a simple painting approach in journal form. No art experience or skill is necessary, only the desire to explore how a journal beyond words can enrich one's life.
Upcoming Tuesday Lunch Forums
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
A First Tuesday Lunch Forum presented by Susan Tiberghien
How did C.G. Jung pursue his inner images? Here begins the story of The Red Book. How did Jung elicit and listen to the visions and images that were overwhelming him, the process that he later named active imagination? We will read dialogues that Jung conducted with his images and at paintings he did to illustrate them. We will see how to pursue our own images, and in so doing we will hope to find a new spring of life.
Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A day-long workshop led by Fanny Brewster, Ph.D., M.F.A.
Our human wanderings in search of Soul, the faith to believe in what we find, and the courage to live a spiritual life, are as present for us today as for Jung a century ago. Our spiritual understanding evolves and deepens, as we grow in understanding the guiding messages being sent to us from our dreams. How can we make use of these messages?
During the workshop, we will explore the elements of our dreams including the archetypal, and the spiritual imagery and themes that emerge from these dreams. According to Jung, dreaming gives us one of the best opportunities to discover our deepest secrets, desires and despairs. Let us learn how to more deeply love our spiritual dreams and make them objects of our daily consideration.
Saturday, March 12th, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A day-long workshop led by William Ventimiglia, DMin, IAAP
What gives a human life value in the dynamic tension between ego ambition on the one hand and realistic limitation on the other? Or to pose our questions a little differently: Do our individual efforts to live up to our own potential— however great or however limited our natural gifts and real-world circumstances may be— really count for much in the great scheme of things?
Through lecture and discussion, we will have an opportunity to engage with this eternal searching after our personal raison d'etre.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
A day-long workshop led by Jane Selinske, EdD, LCSW, LP, MT-BC
The process of active imagination was discovered by C.G. Jung during his descent into the most difficult and creative period of his life as a way to further the integration of his conscious and unconscious psyche.
Images and symbols will be explored through Imaginal Techniques such as drawing, symbol amplification, personal associations to images and by also learning to apply Jung's tenet of the significance of the objective nature of the psyche.
Overall, the group will experience that Active Imagination and using Imaginal Techniques can assist an individual in their quest for healing, wholeness and individuation.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
A day-long workshop led by Hugh Marr, PhD
Participants will explore from a Jungian perspective the nature of trauma and its effects on the psyche. The main focus will be on recovery, resilience and transformation. We will examine and reflect on the narrative inside this archetype of trauma by listening to and telling life stories about trauma and healing. We will examine how "altering" story in a kind of psychological retelling can help in our transformation as we work our way out of trauma.
Upcoming Trip to India
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