The Fortunate Fall: How Leaning into Failure Can Lead to Transformation


Tuesday, October 1, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Christopher Cooper, MS

We live in a success-obsessed culture. “Failure is not an option” has become a creed and rallying cry. Toxic corporate cultures abound in which achievement is rewarded, while mistakes are not tolerated. Most of us were encouraged to lean into our strengths from an early age. Such a one-sided, unidimensional approach to life can, however, stunt our psychological growth and limit our potential. Our greatest gifts and treasures, it turns out, are not easily accessible, but lie hidden, like gems, in the shadowy depths of the self. It is only when we falter, fail, fall that we end up stumbling upon these hidden treasures, our innermost truths. In this lecture, we will explore different manifestations of the archetype of “The Fall” and how our imperfections can serve as a gateway to uncovering the richest aspects of our beings. 

Christopher Cooper, MS, is a recent graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York psychoanalytic training program. He also holds a Masters in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. In addition to his psychoanalytic pursuits, Chris is also a strategic planning executive who has worked for some of the world’s most respected advertising agencies, including Ogilvy, Ogilvy CommonHealth, Saatchi Wellness, Digitas, G2 and Wolff-Olins. His industry experience spans a diverse range of industry sectors, including health and wellness, specialty pharmaceuticals, hotel and hospitality, cable/MSO, and entertainment.

No reservations required, suggested contribution fee of $2.00. All are welcome.


Coniunctio in Christiana Morgan’s Visions

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12:30 – 1:30pm
Speaker: Ilona Melker, LCSW

Christiana Morgan analyzed with C.G. Jung in 1926. Her visions were contained in three volumes of manuscripts on which Jung’s four-year-long Visions Seminars were based.  In the visions the archetype of the dark, earthy, erotic and destructive aspects of the feminine were all present and Jung recognized this.   What Jung did not address in the seminars was that the direction of the visions was moving toward coniunctio, the uniting of the masculine with the feminine as opposites. Our visual explorations will be some unexplored images of coniunctio in the middle volume of Christiana’s manuscripts that Jung did not touch upon.

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.


The Alchemy of Journaling: Through Darkness to Light in the Red Book

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Susan Tiberghien

We will discuss how Jung went through darkness to light in his journey from 1913 to 1928 in The Red Book.  And how through our own journaling we also can make the same journey and find light in the darkness.

Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, has published three memoirs and the highly appreciated writing book, One Year to a Writing Life. Her more recent titles are Side by Side: Writing Your Love Storyand Footsteps: In Love with a Frenchman. Her latest book is Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung.  She teaches at C.G. Jung Centers, at the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences in the States and in Europe where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group and Conferences. Visit her at