Psyche’s Stories: Wisdom from the Depths
for the Spirit of the Times

Oregon Friends of Jung, in partnership with The Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, continues our series of seminars designed to deepen your knowledge of Jungian psychology. You’ll have an opportunity to learn from and engage with Analysts who are experts in their fields.

Registration is now open for the Winter 2022 online seminar: Psyche’s Stories: Wisdom from the Depths for the Spirit of the Times. In keeping with our entire 2021-2022 Lecture series, the seminar will be held online, via Zoom Meeting. Attendance is limited to 15 participants.

Please see the seminar description below for details and registration information.

Psyche’s Stories: Wisdom from the Depths for the Spirit of the Times

C.G. Jung’s revelation of the mytho-poetic dimension of the human psyche, i.e., its story-making structure, gave credence to his hypothesis of the collective unconscious, its archetypal images and their healing intent.  In this seminar, we explore the wisdom hidden in the Scottish fairy tale Maol a Chliobain and in the ancient myth Amor and Psyche. Together, we will discover how these age-old stories can provide solace, meaning and guidance during times of upheaval and transition.

In Maol a Chliobain, we ask what it means to receive a mother’s blessing or curse; we feel into being tied to a rock and left behind; we recognize the pattern of moving into and out of a Giant’s laird without being caught…and then link these symbolic images to Jungian concepts such as the formation of one’s shadow and psychological complexes, the cultivation of one’s anima and animus, and the individuation process itself.   Our aim is to cultivate symbolic perception and apply it to everyday life.

In Amor and Psyche we behold Aphrodite, the great goddess of love and beauty, and wonder at the torture she makes Psyche endure for usurping her claim to being the most beautiful. We ponder whether there’s more to this story than Aphrodite’s jealous claim and whether the outrageous behavior of this Greek goddess, like that of many other Greek gods, actually has something of great importance to impart. Finally, we look for the reverberations of Amor and Psyche in modern stories and films to understand their hold on us and to identify new variations on the ancient themes.

Reading assignments and material will be made available to all participants in advance of the sessions.

Dates and Times

  • Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Schedule

Maol a Chliobain: A Scottish Fairytale

  • January 30, 2022 – Jenny Gordon
  • February 6 – Jenny Gordon
  • February 13 – Jenny Gordon

The Ancient Myth of Amor and Psyche

  • February 27 – Diana Oxley
  • March 6 – Diana Oxley
  • March 13 – Diana Oxley

Cost

  • 12 hours of instruction: $195 (OFJ members: $185)
  • Sorry, we are unable to offer refunds.
  • Continuing Education Credits are available, with one hour of CE credit for each hour of attendance. CEUs will be available for purchase, at a cost of $15, which will cover all CEUs earned over the six-session seminar.

Seminar Size

  • Attendance is limited to 15 people
  • If seminar fills, and you would like to be added to our wait-list, please write us at info@ofj.org. If you have any questions, please call 503-223-3080.

Seminar Leaders

Jenny Gordon, Ph.D., graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, in 1996, and returned to her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. For the past 25 years, she has supplemented her private practice by offering fairy tale seminars, dream group retreats, and lectures on topics as varied as music and climate change.  She is co-founder of Eugene Friends of Jung and a member of the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts.
Diana Oxley, Ph.D., LPC, received her diploma in Jungian psychotherapy from the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, in 2019 and has been in practice since 2015. She maintains an office in Multnomah Village and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts.

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