Cultural Practice of Image in Poetry, Art and Psychology

Continuing Education: Spring 2020

10 Wednesdays, 6:45 – 8:25 pm
Beginning March 4, 2020 (except April 8th)
Instructor:  Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD

Jung’s opus is a testimony to the power and importance of images for the human psyche and our culture. For Jung, psyche consists essentially of images which “have a quality of consciousness.” Since his confrontation with the unconscious in The Red Book, Jung worked ceaselessly to develop psychology rooted in the soul.  The Modern Man Search for the Soul is essentially a quest to notice spontaneously emerging images, to express and value them, and dialogue with and otherwise engage them.  This encounter with non-ego images as persons is transformative to the ego, which increasingly becomes aware of itself as an image and individuates in the process. 

To deepen our appreciation of the mytho-poesis, myth and image making capacity of the psyche, we will further study contributions of the French philosopher of science and poetic imagination—Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962).  Through reading and discussion of his exploration of elemental imagination we will deepen our understanding and appreciation of images and their roles in our lives. 

Our journey will aim at the notion of, in the words of James Hillman, the imaginal ego, that is, the ego that sees itself as an image, which is open to engage other images non-defensively, and to be transformed by them. The practice of the image in many forms will aim towards the common ground that the Jungian psychoanalyst Michael Vannoy Adams calls imaginology--the study of the imagination.  Location: TBA

Note:  This course had a very limited enrollment and is Sold Out.


William Baker, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is currently on the faculty at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, the William Alanson White Institute, and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts and serves as a member of the editorial staff at the Journal of Analytical Psychology.

Harry W. Fogarty, MDiv, PhD, LP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in NYC.  He is a faculty member of the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts and a former Lecturer in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. 

Ilona Melker, LCSW, is a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Certified Sandplay Therapist.  She has taught and lectured at the C.G. Jung Foundation and at national conferences.  She has contributed to professional journals.  She is in private practice in Manhattan and Princeton, New Jersey.

Maria Taveras, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  She is also an award-winning creator of Dream Art.  She creates art from images in her own dreams and is the recipient of two Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for her Dream Art.  Her Dream Art has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, London, Montreal, and Cape Town.  

David Walczyk, EdD, LP, NCPsyA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in NYC. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the C.G. Jung Institute of NY. He is an award-winning educator, award-winning designer, a writer, and public speaker. He has lectured both domestically and internationally and is on the faculty of New York University.

Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City.  He received his doctorate from the New School for Social Research.