This season we will present lectures and workshops in September 2019 and March 2020

Please note that our Lectures and Workshops will be held at a new location:

University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. See Event Locations for details.

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A Message from the
Friends of Jung Program Committee

How did you learn about San Diego Friends of Jung?
• Have you been a member since the founding of the organization in the early 1970s and the first days with meetings at the Front Street office and bookstore or lectures at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral?
• Did you come to a lecture because you knew the speaker or learned that one of your professors from Pacifica Graduate Institute was going to present a talk or workshop?
• Have you been studying psychology and found yourself curious about the unconscious and psychological types?
However you learned about FOJ you have discovered that we are an “all volunteer organization” whose Statement of Purpose is: “to advance the ideas and teaching of psychiatrist, philosopher and writer Carl G. Jung to the San Diego area through educational programs and maintaining a lending library.”

We need you to spread the word about San Diego Friends of Jung to your family members, friends, co-workers, fellow students, and like-minded searchers of individuation and the unconscious. You could help us by:
• contacting news organizations;
• posting the Newsletter in coffee shops and libraries;
• contacting psychology departments and instructors via email or mail to inform them and ask them to inform students about the FOJ programs;
• posting on Facebook and other social media platforms about upcoming speakers and their topics.

There are many connections between the psychology of Jung and other modern psychological teachings. One of the members of San Diego Friends of Jung shared her suggestions for publicizing FOJ as follows:
“I think that the main idea I have regarding publicity is creating a way to bridge between Jung and main stream psychology. So many of Jung’s ideas and understanding of the psyche are part of modern theories and yet few people know or understand this. If we want more people to participate in our organization they need to understand how Jung’s work is part of something that they are already a part of, such as the Myers-Briggs and Typology. This will create a way for us to advertise in different psychology schools and invite faculty and students to participate in our lectures...”

What are your ideas for spreading the word about Friends of Jung? We look forward to your creative connections and for bringing new members to the lectures and workshops in the future.


Lecture and Workshop Schedule
Fall 2019 to Spring 2020


Craig Stephenson

Craig Stephenson

Friday Lecture, September 27, 2019, 7:30 PM
Craig Stephenson

A Jungian Interpretation of Grimm’s“Bearskin”: A Soldier’s Story of Trauma and Transcendence

THE BROTHERS GRIMM took up a story by Grimmelshausen, the 17th century German writer, and combined it with a traditional folktale to create “Bearskin,” the story of a soldier who returns from a war, no longer has a job, and finds himself bargaining for his life with a cloven-hoofed trickster. In their version, the soldier puts on the devil’s green jacket which will provide him with money during a seven-year trial, but over the green jacket he must wear an odious bearskin cloak. The Brothers Grimm’s revised story chronicles the test of endurance that the protagonist must undergo in order to re-enter human society. The lecture will connect the Grimm’s narrative to current issues about PTSD and combat trauma.

Saturday Workshop, September 28, 2019, 10–3
Craig Stephenson

Gérard de Nerva and Aurélia

The French Romantic poet Gérard de Nerval explored the irrational with lucidity and craft, and Carl Gustav Jung regarded those explorations as a work of “extraordinary magnitude”. Like the German poet-philosophers Novalis and Goethe, Nerval rejected the rationalist universalism of the Enlightenment and privileged instead the individual subjective imagination as a way of fathoming the divine to reconnect with what the Romantics called the life principle. During the years of his greatest creativity, Nerval suffered from madness, for which he was institutionalized eight times, sometimes for extended periods. Eventually, at the request of his physician, Dr. Emile Blanche, he wrote his memoir Aurélia in an ambivalent attempt to emerge from these psychotic episodes. In Aurélia, Nerval acknowledges the value of his medical treatment and, at the same time, asserts that his doctor’s psychiatric strategies and scientific vocabulary relegate his visionary convictions to a mental illness from which he may be released only by atoning. He published the first part of Aurélia in La Revue de Paris in January 1855. The second part and then the entire book were published after his death in that same year.

Almost a century later, in 1945, Jung delivered a lecture on Aurélia at the Psychological Club in Zürich. World War II had only just ended, and Jung, at seventy years of age, was recovering from a long illness. In his lecture, Jung introduced listeners to the importance of Nerval’s text. Contrasting an orthodox psychoanalytic interpretation with his own synthetic approach to the unconscious, Jung explained why Nerval was not able to make use of his visionary experiences in his own life. At the same time, Jung emphasized the validity of Nerval’s visions, differentiating a psychology of a work of art separate from the psychology of the artist. The lecture suggests how reading Nerval influenced Jung’s own experiments with active imagination and the writing of The Red Book: Liber Novus. It provides a new key to understanding Jung’s argument about the importance of symbolism in modern thought.

Participants will be introduced briefly to the biography of Nerval and his memoir, Aurélia. Then, details from Jung’s (until now unpublished) lecture will be introduced and discussed.

Craig E Stephenson Ph.D./L.P. is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institut Zürich, the Institut für Psychodrama auf der Grundlage der Jungschen Psychologie, Zumikon, and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. His books include Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (2009/2016), Anteros: A Forgotten Myth (2011), Jung and Moreno: Essays on the Theatre of Human Nature (2013), and Ages of Anxiety: Jung’s Types as Inspiration for Poetry, Music and Dance (2016). For the Philemon Foundation he edited On Psychological and Visionary Art: Notes from C. G. Jung’s Lecture on Gérard de Nerval’s Aurélia (2015). He serves as Director of Training for the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, New York City. 


Susan Rowland

Susan Rowland

Friday Lecture, March 27, 2020, 7:30 PM
Susan Rowland

Jung and the Re-unification of Art and Science

RATHER THAN AN AVENUE in scholarship, my lecture shows that C. G. Jung’s pioneering psychology of the creative imagination is central to restoring the lost connection of art and science in ways that address the current climate crisis as well as the psychological splits within the modern person. Including Jung’s The Red Book as a work of arts-based research, means that the promises of transdisciplinarity begun by quantum science can be revealed in this new alchemy.

saturday workshop, March 28, 2020, 10–3
Susan Rowland

Re-Uniting Art and Science

WE WILL EXPLORE and try out forms of Jungian framed art-and-science or modern alchemy or Jungian arts-based research together. I will begin by showing that The Collected Works itself, by styles and by content, brings together science and art. Such a grounding in Jung’s writing will enable us to follow him on the quest by: researching history by performing Shakespeare; the feminine in research via Jungian literary criticism and the novel; researching climate change by active imagination and lastly, two examples of Jungian arts-based research: poetic inquiry in The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico; researching the feminine margins in the detective novel, Murder by Alchemy: A Mary Wandwalker Mystery.

Susan Rowland, Ph.D., is Co-Chair of MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and teaches on the doctoral program in Jungian psychology and Archetypal Studies. Author of nine books on C.G. Jung in relation to creativity, modernity and transdisciplinary studies, her new book is Jungian Literary Criticism: The Essential Guide (Routledge 2019). Rowland’s other books include Jung as a Writer (2005); Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002); C. G. Jung in the Humanities (2010) and The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung (2012). As well as teaching and researching, she was also founding Chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS 2003-6. She was educated in the UK at the Universities of Oxford, London and Newcastle, and now lives in California, USA, where she writes the Mary Wandwalker Mysteries.The Secret Life and Death of Sisyphus