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

Check Event Locations for the locations of lectures, workshops, and other events.

(Please note that there are no events scheduled for October 2018 and February 2019 and that our December Holiday Party will not be held.)

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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 2018-2019.


Lecture and Workshop Schedule
Fall 2018 to Spring 2019


Sara Dennis

Sara Dennis

Friday Lecture, September 28, 7:30 PM
Sara Dennis

The Call of the Rainmaker

WE SEEM TO BE IN A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY. What do we do when our typical shelters of safety no longer appear to protect us or hold back our fears of disaster? I will be looking at how we retain hope and what each of us as individuals can do when chaos reigns. In exploring these questions, I use my dreams, poems and reflections as well as the wisdom of C. G. Jung and Marie-Louis von Franz who also lived through times of great confusion.

I explore the value of “the detour,” in Jung’s words, and the hopeful signs of a new feminine thread to guide us home. In discovering the wisdom of the rainmaker story, there is hope that each of us can stay connected to the whole, where a new Weltanschauung may emerge.

Sara Dennis, Psy. D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Analyst who is a graduate of Fuller School of Psychology and has been in private practice for over 25 years, with an office in South Pasadena, CA. She specializes in working with people who are stuck in their lives, who are depressed, or who have had traumatic life experiences. She works with people’s dreams and uses sand play in her practice with children and adults. She has lectured on dreams, typology and sand play, and published in Psychological Perspectives.



Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau

Friday Lecture, November 2, 7:30 PM
Phil Cousineau

The Secret Life and Death of Sisyphus

Surely, Sisyphus was an idealist, wasn’t he?  
— C. G. Jung, from a letter to Hans Schmid Gusisan

THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS is one of the most well-known, yet misunderstood and under appreciated stories from classical times. Since antiquity the image of the condemned King of Corinth putting his shoulder to the boulder for the rest of eternity has been used as a cautionary tale. But a closer look reveals insights into the archetypal struggle between life and death, as well as invaluable glimpses into the dynamics of the creative struggle.

Through a blend of slides, movie clips, political cartoons, and classical references (Homer, Sophocles, Ovid), this lecture will explore Jung’s themes in the Sisyphean mythos, such as the struggle for consciousness, the enigma of human suffering, and the urge to transcendence. To bring us into modern times, we will explore Rollo May’s belief that the myth of Sisyphus is an antidote to the isolating and despairing American Myth of Success (as in The Great Gatsby), and the philosopher Albert Camus’ bold conclusion (at the end of his essay, “The Myth of Sisyphus”) that “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must consider Sisyphus happy.”

Saturday Workshop, November 3, 10–3
Phil Cousineau

The Sisyphean Approach to Life-Long Creativity

All mythical figures correspond to inner psychological experience.
— C. G. Jung

AS JUNG'S WORK The Red Book became a vital symbol of the soul’s renewal out of the destruction of World War I, the French philosopher and Resistance leader Albert Camus’ essay, “The Myth of Sisyphus” represents the indomitable strength of the human spirit during World War II. We will explore the surprising richness of archetypal images contained in the Sisyphus story— from Hades and Persephone to Odysseus and Penelope—emphasizing their relevance to the necessity and inevitability of the creative struggle when the goal is not only truth and originality, but also commitment to discipline and devotion to the task.

Through a combination of slides, movie clips, discussion, and writing exercises, we will explore the soul-making aspects of creativity and provide participants with a series of lifelong practices designed to elicit what F. Scott Fitzgerald called “the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle,” including newfound meaning and the joy of creating something that will contribute to the common weal.

Phil Cousineau is a writer, teacher, editor, independent scholar, documentary filmmaker, travel leader, youth sports coach, and storyteller. His life-long fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him on many journeys in a search of what the ancients called the soul of the world. He lectures frequently around the world and has published over 35 nonfiction books, including the best-seller The Art of Pilgrimage and Stoking the Creative Fires, and the upcoming novel, The Lost Notebooks of Sisyphus. He has more than 25 script writing credits to his name, including The Hero’s Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell, and the Oscar-nominated Forever Activists: Stories from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. His work on mythology in the modern world includes interviews for Warner Brothers, Twentieth-Century Fox, the BBC, CNN-International, and a four-part series for the Smithsonian Channel and Major League Baseball. Currently he is host of “Global Spirit,” which airs on PBS and Link TV, and streams on the web at www.globalspirit.tv.

John Beebe

John Beebe

Friday Lecture, January 25, 7:30 PM
John Beebe

Constructing Cultural Attitudes Through Psychological Types

C. G. JUNG'S THEORY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPE offers us tremendous insight into ourselves and others, yet people who are identical in type may still approach the world with very different attitudes and assumptions. How we make sense of the world seems to involve emotional investments and intellectual frameworks that tie to, but also go beyond, type.

Joseph Henderson, a co-author with Jung of Man and His Symbols, worked on this problem in his Cultural Attitudes in Psychological Perspective. Henderson observed that different people reference different cultural values as they engage with the world around them. He called these the social attitude, the religious attitude, the philosophical attitude, the aesthetic attitude, and, a relative latecomer that informed much of Jung’s work, the psychological attitude.

Using illustrative clips from recent and classic films, John Beebe will lead us in exploring these orientations toward what is offered already by our culture. Participants will take away a new way of observing and understanding themselves and others.


Saturday Workshop, January 26, 10–3
John Beebe

Cultural Attitudes as Creative Adaptations to Challenging Circumstances

IN THIS WORKSHOP, we’ll look at our cultural attitudes in depth and explore how they impact our lives and relationships. We’ll also look at the interplay between psychological type and cultural attitudes. Dr. Beebe will lead us in exploring the implications of the cultural attitudes for therapy and we’ll also explore whether it is possible or desirable to try to develop the attitudes that we do not naturally prefer and whether we should work in parenting or therapy to foster the development of the cultural attitudes.

Using examples of his own as well as examples volunteered by participants, Dr. Beebe will demonstrate what it means to do psychotherapy employing each of the different cultural attitudes. We’ll use some additional film clips to learn to identify and respond to the cultural attitudes, appreciating their power and noting their limitations.

John Beebe is a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy. He is the author of Integrity in Depth and Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type, co-author, with Virginia Apperson, of The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and co-editor, with Ernst Falzeder, of The Question of Psychological Types. Beebe’s eight-function, eight-archetype model of type is widely studied and applied in the field. He has spearheaded a Jungian typological approach to the analysis of film.


Craig Stephenson

Craig Stephenson

We are sorry to announce that the Friday lecture and Saturday workshop by Craig Stephenson has been cancelled. Any fees already paid will be refunded.

Friday Lecture, March 15, 7:30 PM
Craig Stephenson

A Jungian Interpretation of Grimms' "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 Grimms’ narrative to current issues about PTSD and combat trauma.


Saturday Workshop, March 16, 10–3
Craig Stephenson

A Jungian Interpretation of Grimms' "Bearskin": A Soldier's Story of Trauma and Transcendence

THE GRIMMS' TALE, “Bearskin,” recounts how a discharged soldier returns home to a hardhearted society. It is a tale of betrayal and bankruptcy, of a moment when soldiering on no longer works, and of possibilities opening within long, slow and lonely processes of transformation. This workshop is suitable for anyone keen on exploring the tale through movement, art, enactment, and quiet reflection. We will warm up, enact, and then discuss the story “Bearskin”. Please wear comfortable clothing for moving.

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.We

Julie Sgarzi

Julie Sgarzi

We are sorry to announce that the Friday lecture by Julie Sgarzi has been cancelled as of April 3 due to her illness. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Friday Lecture, April 5, 7:30 PM
Julie Sgarzi

Eros at Your Table

WELCOME EROS, the god of relationship and life-spirit, into your home as an invisible yet inspiring guest. During this time together, we will explore the “erotic” archetype as embodied in the divine Eros, when all the senses are fully integrated and awakened in service to the intentional cultivation of hospitality, relationship, and a celebration of beauty. The myth of Philemon and Baucis will serve as a grounding thread for the evening, as we discuss the alchemy that exists in preparing and sharing a meal with friends, family or even strangers. We will explore how imagination, generosity, and ambience combine to transform ordinary moments into rich, sensuous opportunities to feast with the gods, when inspired by the presence of Eros and Psyche.

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 and the Los Angeles Analytical Psychology Club. 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!, a video archive of women telling the stories of amazing women who inspire them. Julie spoke about Los Angeles Analyst Gilda Frantz (www.lookwhatshedid.com).