We present a lecture or other event almost every month, between September and May. Below is our event schedule for 2017-2018.

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(Please note that there are no events scheduled for October 2017 and February 2018 and that our December Holiday Party will not be held.)

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Julie Sgarzi

Julie Sgarzi

Friday Lecture, September 15, 7:30 PM
Julie Sgarzi

Stuck Frozen, Immobilized: Finding Meaning in Psyche

WHAT IS HAPPENING when we feel utterly stuck—in our lives or on a project? Is there meaning in these feelings of paralysis that arise so frequently? What is needed to reawaken our energetic nature?

Inevitably, there are times when we each feel stuck—unable to live fully and connect with the creative nature of Psyche and the energies needed to animate and propel us into life. In this talk and discussion, we will investigate how Psyche immobilizes and frees, exploring the vital place of image and symbol in reconnecting with the unconscious and transforming what once was hopelessly stuck.

Julie Sgarzi, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in depth psychology, and lectures and writes on contemporary issues from a Jungian and depth-psychological perspective. She is a resident of both South Bristol, Maine and Los Angeles and a member of the Maine Jung Center’s Program Committee. Julie is a past board member of the Philemon Foundation and Opus Archives at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is also a Board member of Look What She Did! (www.lookwhatshedid.com —which captures stories by women about women who inspire them) where she spoke about Los Angeles Analyst Gilda Frantz.


Jerome Bernstein

Jerome Bernstein

Friday Lecture, November 3, 7:30 PM
Jerome Bernstein

Global Climate Change: The Dominion Psyche and the Psyche Left Behind

OUR CURRENT ISSUES with climate change are a symptom of the evolution of the Western psyche and its dissociation from spirit-—a spectrum of reality that is beyond the rational. This development of Western consciousness began with expulsion from the Garden of Eden. By contrast, the “psyche left behind” is much in evidence in native psyches, such as that of the Navajo.
Building on Jungian theory, Jerome Bernstein argues that the greater openness to trans-rational reality experienced by “Borderland personalities” allows new possibilities for understanding and healing confounding clinical and developmental enigmas. Bernstein sees the structure of our western psyche evolving in a way that is allowing our overspecialized ego to connect once again with its natural psychic roots in nature.

Saturday Workshop, November 4, 10–3
Jerome Bernstein

Global Climate Change: The Dominion Psyche and the Psyche Left Behind

OUR WORKSHOP DISCUSSION will elaborate the broad concept of “Borderland” consciousness, and how that palpable dimension of consciousness/reality is endeavoring to provide a compensation to the overspecialized “Dominion” psyche. The difficult challenge of establishing dialogue between the Dominion Psyche and the Psyche-Left-Behind (the Reciprocity Psyche) will be explored. Specific applications of Jung’s theories along with those of Quantum mechanics will be discussed. Attendee participation is strongly encouraged.

Jerome Bernstein, MA, NCPsyA, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. He provides lectures and seminars nationally and internationally on Borderland Consciousness and the psychic and clinical bridges between American Indian (and other indigenous groups) and western healing modalities.


Dennis Slattery

Dennis Slattery

Friday Lecture, January 19, 7:30 PM
Dennis Slattery

Being Called to a “Cohearant” Life

I did not know that I was living a myth, and even if I had known it, I would not have known what sort of myth was ordering my life without my knowledge.
—C. G. Jung, Symbols of Transformation.

THE WORD “cohearant” is intentionally misspelled to convey the sense of being called to a coherent life. There is no set or prescribed or predictable time in one’s life to be called; one must first hear the call, then respond to it. Some refuse the call. But it is certain that we are all called, not once but many times, to a work. This presentation will explore how this calling is connected to a mythic consciousness, to a patterned life of value and meaning.

Saturday Workshop, January 20, 10–3
Dennis Slattery

Exploring Your Personal Myth

THERE ARE A VARIETY of areas of life through which to explore one’s personal myth. Using several “Riting Meditations” from my book, Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story, we will engage in a series of writing meditations to bring each participant closer to some of the terms of one’s own mythos. We will write in long hand in journals, so do not bring laptops for this workshop. We will speak about the psychological benefits of long-hand writing over typing. I will not call on any participant to read but will invite members to do so if they choose. I also hope to bring a handful of copies of the above book for purchases so you can continue your exploration for months to come.

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. teaches in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria. He is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 27 volumes, including six volumes of poetry and one co-authored novel. He has also published over 200 articles in newspapers, magazines, journals and on line publications. He is finishing a book on Homer’s Odyssey, has contributed seven essays to a volume on the creative process and is co-editing the letters of Joseph Campbell. He offers riting personal myth retreats in the United States, Canada and Europe.


Janet Blaser

Janet Blaser

Friday Lecture, March 23, 7:30 PM
Janet Blaser

The Face of An Instinct: Animal Dream Symbolism

If every individual had a better relationship with the animal within, he would also set a higher value on life. Life would be the absolute, the supreme moral principle, and he would react instinctively against any institution or organization that had the power to destroy life on a large scale.
—Carl Jung, Civilization in Transition

WHEN AN ANIMALS APPEARS in a dream it brings an invitation to enter into its world, to connect with its nature. If we accept this invitation we may discover a new relationship to our often-neglected instincts. Becoming a modern individual necessitates a certain distance from the instincts. However, we can become one-sided, living mostly through the mind. This imbalance is a disconnection from one’s true nature, causing suffering from the loss of meaning.

The dream of the animal is the face of the instinct. The task is to interpret the animal as archetype and to apply its meaning to one’s process.  This class will be an exploration of animal symbolism through Jungian dream analysis.  

Janet Blaser, MA, MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist with offices in San Pedro and Santa Monica, CA. She is a graduate of Pacific Graduate Institute and has been in private practice for over ten years. She specializes in treating relationship issues, mood disorders, and child and adolescent issues. She acts as a guide and support to individuals seeking to resolve personal issues and engaging in the work of self-discovery.  Ms. Blaser received a certificate as a Jungian Analyst in 2016 from the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She is also certified as a Practitioner from Sandplay Therapists of America.

 


Katie Sanford

Katie Sanford

 

Friday Film, April 6, 7:30 PM

An Archetypal Journey into Life: a Film interview with Katie Sanford

FRIENDS OF JUNG will be honoring Katie Sanford’s 100th birthday with a showing of the documentary film interview with her, produced by the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. As told by Katie Sanford at age 98, this interview shares a life time struggle of survival in her journey through the shadow land of the psyche in search of healing the archetypal Mother wound. With the traumatic death of her mother, Katie’s developing personality split apart and, as a lost soul, she was left wandering through the wasteland of deadly conventionality. The neurotic suffering of a meaningless life led Katie to seek Jungian analysis in her early 30s, opening a pathway through the underworld of the psyche to a reconstructive relationship to the archetypal Great Mother, the very foundation of the feminine psyche, and her own authentic individuation process with all its creative challenges. Her formal education was interrupted by early marriage and pregnancy. At age 60 Katie returned to college to earn a BA degree in psychology and became certified as a Jungian analyst. Katie continues to be actively involved with the San Diego Friends of Jung as well as her personal practice and study group. During the interview Jungian analyst Katie Sanford shares her personal narrative, her psychic odyssey, and details of how Jungian analysis saved her life.

Following the film there will be a discussion with Jungian analyst Christofe Le Mouël. Dr. Le Mouël, PhD, is a quantum physicist who did research for several years in France and in Greece and also worked for the National Center for Nuclear Energy in Paris, France.  He moved to the United States in 2007 and is currently the executive director of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He has lectured on the connection of depth psychology and physics in Europe and in the United States.

Cost: $5 for members and non-members.


Evans Lansing Smith

Evans Lansing Smith

Friday Lecture, May 11, 7:30 PM
Evans Lansing Smith

The Grail Romances of the Middle Ages

THIS LECTURE WILL FOCUS on those archetypal figures from the Medieval Romances of Chrétien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and Gottfried von Strassburg that galvanized the interests of both C. G. and Emma Jung in the mythologies of the Grail. Since their writings on the subject, the Romances have remained central to Jungian discourse, as evidenced by the writings of Heinrich Zimmer, Marie-Louise von Franz, Edward Whitmont, and Robert Johnson. Using abundant slide images, the presentation focuses on the individuation process in the Romances—the movement from complex, to archetype, to images of the Grail and the divine feminine, a dynamic illustrated by detailed analysis of the stories of Yvain, Lancelot, Gawain, and Parzival.

Saturday Workshop, May 12, 10–3
Evans Lansing Smith

The Grail Romances of the Middle Ages

THE NOTED LITERARY CRITIC Howard Bloom once quipped that Freud was Shakespeare in prose. Following his lead, one might say that Jung is Wolfram von Eschenbach in prose. All the great themes of Jungian psychology are present in Eschenbach’s splendid poem, Parzival, of 1220, written some 800 years before depth psychology was born. It offers the most spectacular version of the Grail quest in all of European literature, along with some of the most sophisticated portrayals of love and the dynamics of the individuation process catalyzed by relationship. Joseph Campbell argued that Parzival was the single greatest poem of the Middle Ages, surpassing even Dante’s Divine Comedy. Campbell celebrated what he called the “secularized mythology” expounded by Eschenbach—meaning the interpretation of the great themes of myth as symbols of the psychological and spiritual growth of the individual—independent of ecclesiastical and political jurisdiction. Our workshop will focus on the archetypal images of that mythology in the Medieval Romances of both Wolfram and Chrétien of Troyes, whose works interested both C. G. and Emma Jung in the mythologies of the Grail.

Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D., is Core Faculty member and Chair of the Mythological Studies Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has degrees from Williams College, Antioch International, and The Claremont Graduate School, and is the author of ten books and numerous articles, with an emphasis on the mythologies of the underworld. He has taught at colleges in Switzerland, Maryland, Texas, and California. In the late 1970s, he traveled with Joseph Campbell on study tours of Northern France, Egypt, and Kenya, with a focus on the Arthurian Romances of the Middle Ages and the Mythologies of the Ancient World. His edition of Joseph Campbell’s writings on the Grail Romances will be published in November.