Welcome to the San Diego Friends of Jung


Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

—C. G. Jung

IN ORDER TO PROMOTE and better understand Jungian psychology and C. G. Jung's important contributions to the field, we present a regular schedule of lectures by renowned Jungian analysts and scholars.

San Diego Friends of Jung is a self-supporting, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation supported by members and operated entirely by volunteers. It was founded in San Diego in the early 1970’s.

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President’s Message

As you already know, our 2018-2019 season ended with a couple of surprises. For the first time in our over 40 year history, we were forced to cancel a lecture and it happened twice. In each case the scheduled speaker notified us of their inability to be here because of unpredictable emergencies.

We are excited to announce a new venue for the San Diego Friends of Jung Lectures and Workshops, the University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. The lectures will be held in the Sanctuary of the church that can comfortably accommodate 200 people. The Workshops will be held in the Fellowship Hall that has room for 300 people. There is a podium, public address system, and audio visual assistance via a technician from the facility. This venue will be a central location that can draw people from central, north, east and southern areas of the county.

There will be two lectures and workshops this season; one in the fall and one in the spring. We are pleased to announce the re-scheduling of Dr. Craig Stephenson, who is the Director for the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York City. His lecture will be presented on September 27, followed by a workshop on September 28. On March 27, we will present a lecture by Dr. Susan Rowland, followed by a workshop on March 28. She is the Chair of the MA Engaged Humanities at Pacifica Graduate Institute and was recommended to us by Dennis Slattery. We look forward to seeing you at these interesting events.

—Bette Kitnick, Board President

In Memorium

Robert A. Johnson

May 26, 1921–September 12, 2018

Robert A. Johnson, Jungian author and lecturer, died on September 12, 2018 in San Diego at the age of 97. Mr. Johnson was born in Portland, Oregon, on May 26, 1921. He pursued inner work since a near-death experience at the age of eleven. The tragic loss of a leg after being hit by an automobile provided his first glimpse of the Golden World, a realm that exists just beyond ordinary consciousness. Like Parsifal in the legendary myth of the Holy Grail, a spiritual quest in his early decades led Robert to improbable encounters with a variety of sages, saints and sinners, culminating in a meeting with the famed Swiss psychiatrist Jung. He attended the first classes offered at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied and worked with the pioneers of analytical psychology, including Carl Jung, Emma Jung, and Jolande Jacobi. He completed analytical training with Dr. Fritz Kunkel in Los Angeles and Dr. Toni Sussman in London. Robert also studied with J. Krishnamurti, with Soto Zen priest Maezumi Roshi, and at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India.

Johnson studied at the University of Oregon and Stanford University and in the 1950’s, Mr. Johnson established a practice in Analytical Psychology in Los Angeles with fellow Jung Institute graduate, Helen Luke. He closed the practice in 1963 and spent the next four years as a member of St. Gregory’s Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan, a Benedictine monastery of the Episcopal Church.

In 1968, Mr. Johnson moved to San Diego where he resumed his work as a Jungian analyst. He lectured at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, working closely with John A. Sanford, an Episcopal priest, Jungian analyst, author, and one of the founders of the San Diego Friends of Jung. Johnson’s first book, He: Understanding Masculine Psychology, was published in 1974. Over the next three decades, he published another dozen books that were translated into multiple languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. He lectured extensively, both domestically and internationally.

A memorial service was held on January 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego. Memorial donations may be made to the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy.

 Johnson was the author of many books including:

Lying with the Heavenly Woman

The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden

Owning Your Own Shadow



Inner Work




Living Your Unlived Life (2009)

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness (1999)

Balancing Heaven and Earth: A Memoir of Visions, Dreams and Realizations (1998)


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