WHO WE ARE
We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to exploring the ideas of C.G. Jung and those who have been inspired by him. Since 1974, we have been presenting Friday Talks and Saturday Workshops in Portland led by Jungian analysts and scholars from around the world. We welcome lay and professional people in all stages of life and with varying levels of familiarity with Jung’s work. Non-members are welcome at all of our programs.
The purpose of the Oregon Friends of C. G. Jung (OFCGJ) is to further the knowledge of and interest in Jungian psychology. OFCGJ recognizes it as worthwhile for individuals pursuing their own psychological development to come together regularly for personal growth and fellowship.
In the early 1970s, an era of emerging social consciousness and individual exploration, fifty people responded to an advertisement in a small, local newspaper, The Lake Oswego Review, and gathered under a shade tree in the backyard of founder, Dottie Kyle, to share ideas about Jungian psychology. They were hungry for discussion and community. Oregon Friends of Jung was born out of this gathering of seekers.
Before long, those early OFCGJ members began inviting leading Jungians to Portland as a way of nourishing themselves and serving the community. Programs with Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Edward Edinger, Joseph Wheelwright, Marion Woodman, Jean Bolen, Anthony Stevens, and Thomas Moore attracted attendees from around the state, and beyond.
Oregon Friends of Jung is a 300-member volunteer organization, supported by a lay Board and an Executive Director, and dedicated to carrying on the intent of those early organizers. We are committed to the following:
- Presenting fresh and innovative Jungian ideas, delivered by speakers with expertise, depth and integrity
- Making programs and our extensive library available to our community
- Running our organization in a way that respects the individuation process of our members
When we invite speakers from across the United States, Europe, and around the world, we ask them, “Where is your work taking you now? What’s giving you energy?” Presenters (most of whom are analysts) respond with enthusiasm, often proposing a more evolved approach compared to what they’ve presented elsewhere. Some speakers prepare new material especially for us. Their fresh ideas and thoughtful insights bring a palpable energy to the weekends, and help us draw audiences of 200 or more to our Friday evening presentations.
All of our Friday Talks and Saturday workshops are open to the greater community. We consciously provide a range of topics and experiences, aware that our attendees’ individual typologies, familiarity with Jungian ideas, and personal interests generate engagement and a variety of thoughtful responses to our annual eight-weekend season of programs. As a lay organization, we draw diverse audiences from a wide spectrum of professions, including a sizeable minority of members in the helping professions. Speakers have often commented on the stimulating, heartfelt quality of audience questions posed during interactive segments of the Talks and Workshops.
As Oregon Friends of Jung continues to serve our community, we remain conscious of the vision of our founders: to humbly and with few organizational trappings, offer serious Jungian discourse to individuals who are searching for consciousness and meaning in their personal lives and in the world.
CARL JUNG AND RACISM
Racism in Jung’s writing and ideas was brought to light as early as 1988 by Dr. Farhad Dalal. In the last years, several Jungian organizations have for the first time publicly acknowledged their failures in seriously addressing these racist ideas and the harm that they have caused. The Oregon Friends of C.G. Jung owns our part in this failure. We disavow the racist ideas in Jung’s writings, recognize the pain they have caused, as well as how our failure in adequately addressing them has created a barrier for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to engage with OFJ and the wider Jungian community.
The board of the Oregon Friends of Jung is committed to the ongoing work of being an anti-racist organization. We commit to deepening our understanding and enlarging our consciousness of racism in the face of personal and collective trauma. We believe Jung’s concept of psyche provides us a framework to illuminate our individual and cultural shadow, reclaim the projections we put on others, and begin to heal our personal and societal complexes. We welcome your input and will stay in communication as we examine our racial shadow and its implications, and work to better live our values of equity and inclusion, as individuals and as an organization.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board members come from all walks of life, united in their interest in promoting the spirit of inquiry which was the hallmark of Jung’s work. These are the current board members:
- Warren Buss
- Jolinda Osborne
- Brian Lanahan
- Gina Altamura
- Aviva Brown
- Andrew Conner
- Katharyn Waterfield
- Eric Griswold