Welcome to the C.G. Jung Foundation
Upcoming Summer Studies
July 6– 10, 2015
Jung felt that individuals continue to develop thoughout their lifespans. In our first program, we will view through the lens of analytical psychology those fundamental passages in life experience that contribute to a development of identity and consciousness. We will first receive an overview of life's transitions as seen through the concept of initiation. We will next explore various psychological passages through adolescence, parenting and mid-life and the transformation that each can bring. Finally, we will conclude the week with a discussion about the archetypal forces that shape our perception of aging in our culture.
July 13 – 17, 2015
In our second program, we will see how an understanding of the meaning of fairy tales can reveal archetypal patterns that illuminate our own development and affect our life choices. We will look at images of redemption, as described in Marie-Louise von Franz's classic works, and how they contribute to psychological growth. We will learn what fairy tales can tell us about the psychological tasks facing us as we mature. We will explore the development of masculine consciousness and the journey of the orphan toward wholeness. Finally, we will discuss the essential image of the Mother archetype and its role in the healing of the mother complex.
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.
5 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Instructor Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP
We will explore together the elements of Jungian psychology, including: archetype, collective unconscious, persona, shadow, anima and animus, self, consciousness, symbol, spirit, mother complex, father complex, typology, individuation, and inner marriage.
There will be fairy tales and other readings assigned for each class. There will be lively discussion with plenty of time for questions and each class is likely to be fun. These two semesters will be accessible to beginners. The readings and the discussion should also make the class interesting for students who have already taken other courses.
5 consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30–8.10 pm
Instructor Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD
We regret this class is sold out
Jung believed that "image is psyche" and thought of fantasy-images as being akin to poetic images. He considered mythopoesis an original language of the psyche. Freud famously stated: "Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me." The French philosopher of science and poetic imagination, Gaston Bachelard developed a unique phenomenological approach to poetic imagination that influenced James Hillman in the founding of archetypal psychology. We will explore Bachelard's framework for elemental and material imagination of air, water, earth and fire, space, dreams and reverie.
5 consecutive Thursdays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Instructor Fanny Brewster, PhD
Dreams contain imagery and words we sometimes recognize as expressions of spirituality. Jung spoke often about spiritual topics, as seen through his Collected Works. He also delved deeply into this important aspect of living in The Red Book. When we can recognize the essence of spirituality in our dreams, we are given a vision for creating a valued and depthful life. This class provides an exploration of spiritual themes in our dreams, and their influences and significance to our lives.
5 consecutive Mondays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Instructor Gary Brown LCSW LP
Through the lenses of Jungian psychology, we will look at the traditional Buddhist teaching of the 5 Buddha Families, a core schema of the way each of us sees the "world" in which we live.
The teachings of the Five Buddha Families form the basis of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, for which Dr. Jung wrote a psychological commentary as part of its first edition. He felt it was so important that he said later that, after discovering the book, he never traveled anywhere without it.
5 Wednesdays, 6:00–7:40 pm
Instructor Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP
See Part 1 description in Fall I semester. If you wish to take Part 2 without taking Part 1 first, please email the instructor.
5 Wednesdays, 6:30–8:10 pm
Instructor Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD
We regret this class is sold out
For anyone who works with human psyche, understanding of images and poetic metaphors and their transformative potential is essential. In the second part, we will use Bachelard's method to explore the territory of psychic "depth" as it is manifested on the "surface" of poetry, fantasy and dreams. With angelic assistance from poets ("words are angels" as Hillman puts it) we will follow Bachelard in his reverie toward childhood that "lives the images of reality in total imagination" to let the soul of things interact with the human soul.
5 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.
5 consecutive Mondays, 7:00–8:40 pm
Instructor David Rottman, MA
C.G. Jung's comments about the nature of love — love between men and women, love of oneself, parental love, love for one's fellow man, love's role in religion and in our concept of the divine — are expressed most revealingly in an informal manner in his many seminars. In this course, we will explore Jung's often challenging views on the formidable obstacles to love, on the nature of radical self-acceptance, on the thorny problem of love without understanding, and on power of love for transcendence. We will explore how Jung's ideas, rich with meaning and wisdom, contribute to our understanding of love.
5 consecutive Thursdays, 7:00–8:40 pm
Instructor Harry Fogarty, PhD
This will be a review of Jung and how LGBQT issues impact our understanding of Individuation and our own journeys. We will read Jung's work on the theory of the anima/animus vis-à-vis LGBQT dynamics. Some contemporary literature will also be drawn upon, e.g., Two Boys Kissing (a fiction for adolescents), Some Assembly Required (an autobiographical piece for adolescents), and Judith Halberstam's Queer Art of Failure.
There are a limited number of seats for this course.
Upcoming Tuesday Lunch Forums
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
A First Tuesday Lunch Forum presented by Leslie Stein, LLM
A sense of wonder, of awe, of unity, a vision, a powerful dream, a feeling of divine presence can never be explained rationally. Jung describes these experiences as the "real therapy." This lecture introduces Jung's ideas as to the place of these mystical experiences in analytical psychology.
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A day-long workshop led by Michael Conforti, PhD
We long for and are terrified to hear the voice of God. This voice provides such an honest commentary and reflection on how we are living and an intimation of a destiny waiting in potentia. So, too, is there an all-too-human need to silence this voice.
The dream reveals a truth about life and an inherent meaning not to be muted by individual perception and consciousness. Often the dream's a priori, archetypal meaning is eclipsed by our personal complexes and reactions to it, thus rending what is sacred and eternal to the secular and profane. Dreams from clinical practice, the Bible, and from historical figures will be presented to illustrate this theme.
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A day-long workshop led by Allan B. Chinen, MD
We will see that fairytales from different cultures converge on the same psychological and spiritual challenges of maturity. At midlife, these include coming to terms with the loss of youthful magic, balancing masculine or feminine, grappling with the shadow, and encountering the deep masculine (for men) and the deep feminine (for women). The elder years bring a new set of challenges – recognizing the return of magic, balancing ego and Self, learning wild wisdom, and, finally, illuminating society. These fairytales provide us with a map for the second half of life, handed down over generations – and it is a treasure map.
In this workshop, Dr. Chinen will retell these stories so participants can explore how the tales apply to life today. We will also use active imagination, fairy tale skits, and journaling – including writing a personal fairytale.
Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A day-long workshop led byJulie Bondanza, PhD
While it is extremely difficult to do, it is fundamentally important that we learn to accept and forgive ourselves. Guilt and shame, both debilitating emotions, suggest that something has been amiss and that further exploration is necessary.
In this daylong workshop, we will explore the mechanisms at work when self-forgiveness is needed and some ways of moving toward acceptance of responsibility when that is the issue, toward the release of guilt and shame, and ultimately toward self-acceptance.
Upcoming Trip to India
Vol XLV:1 Spring 2015
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