We present a lecture or other event almost every month, between September and May. Below is our event schedule for 2016-2017.
Check Event Locations for the locations of lectures, workshops, and other events.
(Please note that there are no events scheduled for October 2016 and February 2017.)
We invite you to join us.
Friday Lecture, September 16, 7:30 PM
Moon Goddess’ Symbolism Ancient and Modern
SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL mankind’s fascination with the mysterious light of the night sky has functioned as a gateway to the spiritual and imaginal realm, expanding human consciousness and bringing meaning to human experiences. The multifaceted symbolic representations of the moon played a decisive role in the initiation rites of the ancients. They also gave them meaningful access to the feminine realms of Eros and Lunar consciousness.
By studying the symbolic/psychological meaning and purpose of these rituals, C. G. Jung discovered their potential to operate as pathways into the depths of human consciousness, where he believed the ultimate solution to human suffering resides. He did this by identifying the similarity between the primordial images that appeared in the psyche of his patients and himself and those he had discovered in ancient texts. In this way, Jung unearthed a pattern that offered a symbolic and an empirical approach he named the individuation process.
In this presentation, I will share series of painted dreams and visions related to the Moon Goddess demonstrating the striking similarities between the ancient Mesopotamian and modern symbols. By understanding their symbolic meaning they can point our way to the mystery as they did for our ancestors.
Sheherezad Shashaani, M.A., is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist practicing in Santa Monica and Irvine. Born in Iran, she came to the U.S. in 1969. Since then, she has traveled between her native land and the U.S., earning an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with emphasis on Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her interest in Jungian psychology and the image-producing function of the psyche led her to travel extensively through her native land, study Persian mythology, and write her thesis on the ancient Persian Moon Goddess Anahita.
Friday Lecture, November 11, 7:30 PM
Gary S. Bobroff, M.A.
Our Archetypal Nature
TONI WOLFF, THE SWISS ANALYST and close colleague of Jung, revealed a pair of binary oppositions in the psyche. The “Archetypal Nature” program is a modernization of her system for men and women. Each of Wolff’s archetypes reveals a path by which we find fulfillment. They are eternal stories of identity, prisms through which we better our understanding of family and social roles. Given awareness, they can become a portal for generational healing. Consciously recognizing these polarities allows us to project less. We no longer imagine that everyone wants the same things that we do and we become better able give others what they really want. In this introductory lecture, Mr. Bobroff will illustrate Wolff’s system through film, television, mythology and culture. Both the Friday lecture and Saturday workshop are presented in a way that is accessible to audiences with no prior exposure to Jung or to the concept of archetypes.
Gary S. Bobroff, M.A. is the developer and lead facilitator of Archetypal Nature (www.ArchetypalNature.com). An international speaker, author and workshop leader, he presents in a visual, accessible and engaging form. He has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Canada and an M.A. in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. You can follow his in-depth Jungian writing on modern questions at www.GSBobroff.com.
Saturday Workshop, November 12, 10–3
Gary S. Bobroff, M.A.
Our Archetypal Nature
Mr. Bobroff fleshes out the unique insights into personality that Toni Wolff discovered. Using film, television, and historic and pop culture examples, he illustrates the qualities that define each archetype and the polarities between them. Together we’ll explore the inherent tensions in society, looking at the nature of our relationships to: collective belonging and family; creativity, individuality and Eros; application, self-sufficiency and prowess; comprehension, problem-solving and imagination. Bobroff will point out the possible shadow aspects and highlight the best qualities of each archetype. Attendees will be encouraged to reflect and share their discoveries.
Please note: This workshop will be held at the Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar, CA 92014, 858-259-8155. Directions.
Saturday Party, December 17, 6-9 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar
Annual Holiday Dinner and “Inner Talents” Show
WE INVITE ALL members and friends to join us for good food and fellowship at our annual Holiday Dinner. Again this year we invite members and friends to present their inner “talents” to enliven and inspire us on this occasion. Defined as “a characteristic, feature, aptitude or disposition,” the talents we invite you to share are those discovered or developed in your personal individuation process. Artwork, music, poetry, spoken word, video or other outer expressions of inner work will be presented in seven minute segments, and artwork will be on display throughout the night. If you would like to make a presentation of your inner work, please send an e-mail by November 10, 2016, briefly explaining your presentation, to email@example.com.
For dinner, please bring a potluck dish to serve 6-8 people. Beverages and desserts will be provided by the Friends of Jung Board. The evening will also include our annual meeting and election of officers. Nominations for the Board of Directors must be submitted in writing by November 10, 2016. If you are on our email list, a notice for the holiday party and election will be sent to you a month before your vote is due. You may respond to this email with your choices of candidate. Nominations can also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting.
Friday Lecture, January 28, 7:30 PM
The Role of Love in the Right Use of Power
CARL JUNG CAPTURES the ambivalence we feel about the exercise of power within loving relationships in this provocative statement: “Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking” (1943, par. 78). This is not true. Worse, it encourages us to ignore, overlook, or disguise issues of power in love relationships or, when we find ourselves engaged in a power struggle with a husband or wife, a child, a sibling, parent, or friend, to believe there’s something wrong with us or that love is absent. Quite the opposite: This lecture proposes that almost nothing reveals character more dramatically than the way we exercise power within love. Then exercising power comes a skillful art because we are obligated to ask bigger questions that include: What am I creating? Who am I serving? and How will I live with the consequences of my choices?
Elizabeth Nelson is a member of the core faculty and is Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has developed and teaches the research curriculum as well as offering courses in dreams, literature, writing, and cultural studies. Dr. Nelson is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (Spring Publications, 2005, coauthored with Joseph Coppin) and Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012). A professional writer and editor for more than 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles.
Saturday Workshop, January 29, 10–3
The Role of Love in the Right Use of Power
SATURDAY'S WORKSHOP prompts participants to explore the personal relevance of Jung’s statement about love and power. Over the course of the day we will explore a select group of styles of power, many of them described by James Hillman (2006), including control, influence, resistance, persuasion, decisiveness, clarity, charisma, and tyranny, to observe how they manifest in both subtle and overt ways at home and at work. The exploration will include dyad and small group work as well as whole-group discussion in a playful, experimental atmosphere. By the end of the day, participants will have greater insight into what styles of power they use most often, which styles are less familiar, and have far greater insight into the ambivalence many of us feel when we imagine the intersection of love and power in our most cherished relationships.
NOTE: The location for this workshop will be the Del Mar Library, located at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014. Directions.
Friday Lecture, March 24, 7:30 PM
John Porterfield, M.F.T.
The Living Psyche: A Jungian Analysis in Pictures
The psyche consists essentially of images. It is a series of images in the truest sense…a structure that is throughout full of meaning and purpose.
—C. G. Jung
EDWARD EDINGER, who died in 1998, was a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, a founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, and a senior analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. His book The Living Psyche: A Jungian Analysis in Pictures (Chiron Publications, 1989) is based on Edinger’s ten years of providing analysis for Lloyd Burlingame, a top designer of sets, costumes and lighting for 44 Broadway shows and national operas of the 60’s and 70’s. Burlingame painted hundreds of watercolor pictures from his dreams in the course of his analysis with Edinger. The 104 paintings in this book, along with the commentaries from Burlingame and Dr. Edinger, provide a rare opportunity to experience the work of an artist and the reality of the living psyche. The paintings touch on all the major themes of the analysis and constitute a remarkable record of analytic experience that ranged from the heights to the depths, from the infernal to the sublime.
In this presentation we will examine 30 powerful paintings that provide an arc and overview of the analytic work, demonstrating the purpose and meaning to be found in a depth analysis. These paintings show how the psyche evolves when the ego seriously engages with and responds to the images and themes presented in dream material and through active imagination.
John Porterfield, M.F.T. and Jungian Analyst, maintains a private practice in the San Fernando Valley, working with individuals and couples. He is a Training Analyst and past President of the C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. Prior to this, Porterfield was a writer for daytime television and wrote story projections, outlines and scripts for more than five hundred televised episodes.
Friday Lecture, April 21, 7:30 PM
Darwin and Nietzsche, Jung and Joyce
IN 1873 CHARLES DARWIN published his most critical edition of On the Origin of the Species. Friedrich Nietzsche, born 1844, would respond to the import of this work by proclaiming, among other things that “God is dead.” Carl Jung, born 1875, and James Joyce, born 1882, would engage both Darwin and Nietzsche as they explored what it is to be human in a post-Darwinian world.
We will spend some time with Jung and Joyce, turn-of-the-century geniuses, as they creatively respond to questions like: How does humankind now find meaning? What transformation is now required of humankind? What experiences ground that transformation? What is humankind’s relationship to transcendence now?
Frank Dowling’s academic career entailed fourteen years of study (after one year of college) while becoming a Jesuit priest. He received Master’s degrees in Philosophy, Education, and Theology. Early on he developed a love for Shakespeare and James Joyce and he has pursued this love all his life. Twenty-five years ago he underwent five years of Jungian analysis and since then has tried to let Jung lead him on an inner journey of experience and study. Frank has done several presentations for the San Diego Friends of Jung and one for the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.
Friday Film, May 19, 7:30 PM
Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames
A film by Adam Greydon Reid
2009, 83 minutes
Powerful and insightful, this documentary provides a close up look at the life of renowned Jungian Analyst and author, Marion Woodman. With honesty and her trademark wit, Woodman shares the mysteries of her own soul’s journey and reveals a series of psychological “deaths” and “Rebirths” that made her one of the wisest and most authentic women of the twentieth century. The film features stunning animation from Academy Award winning artist, Faith Hubley, and dialogue and insight from author and mystic, Andrew Harvey. Marion weaves her inner and outer lives together and transmits the core truth of what it is to be human.