Fall 2001 Programming

October 6, 2001: Maryhill Museum of Art Lecture

The Work of R.H. Ives Gammell: A Psychological Journey in the Columbia River Gorge

In May of 1995, Oregon Friends of C. G. Jung, in collaboration with the R.H. Ives Gammell Studios Trust and Maryhill Museum, presented a special side lecture in Portland, The Poem and the Painter: A Psychological Journey. The following day, participants traveled to Maryhill Museum for a tour/lecture of the exhibit The Hound of Heaven: The Vision of R.H. Gammell. Central to the tour was a discussion of the influence of C.G. Jung upon Gammell’s work.

Presently, a larger exhibit, Transcending Vision: R.H. Ives Gammell, continues at Maryhill until November 15, 2001.

A special lecture: R.H. Ives Gammell and Carl Jung, is given at 2pm, October 6, 2001. The presenters are Elizabeth Ives Hunter, god-daughter of R.H. Ives Gammell, and Brigid Boardman, Ph.D., English scholar and author of two books about Francis Thompson, who wrote The Hound of Heaven.

R.H. Ives Gammell and Carl Jung

October 19-20, 2001: Sylvia Brinton Perera

Lecture: In Ireland and Wales many ancient rituals and myths of the cult of sacred waters survived into modern times. The holy wells have been seen as sources of fertility, regeneration, deepened and expanded vision, sovereignty initiations, and healing. This lecture, through words and images, will be an exploration of some of the symbolism of these rites and their relevance for contemporary Jungian therapy.

Workshop: Celtic Well Rites. Making an imaginal journey to the healing wellspring, we will discover how the ancient rituals can attune us to the source. We will experientially consider how the eight-fold well rites may apply to the healing of our own and our client’s complexes.


Sylvia Brinton Perera, M.A., is a Jungian analyst who lives, practices, and writes in New York. Originally trained as an art historian, she earned her M.A. in psychology. She worked in a city hospital and then at a university counseling center before graduating from the C.G. Jung Institute in New York. She lectures around the country and in Europe and co-leads study trips to Ireland. Her publications include Descent to the Goddess: An Initiation for WomenThe Scapegoat Complex: Towards a Mythology of Shadow and Guilt;Dreams, a Portal to the SourceCeltic Queen Maeve and Addiction: An Archetypal Perspective; and Mythic Rites in Modern Therapy (forthcoming).

Gifts of the Celtic Wellsprings

November 9-10, 2001: Virginia Beane Rutter

Lecture: For 2,000 years the Eleusinian mysteries, core of spiritual meaning in ancient Greece, were celebrated at the end of harvest. They were enacted for men and women who chose to undergo initiatory processes leading to personal transformation through contact with a divine source of life. Today, the archetype of initiation is often enacted through our pursuit of Jung’s "unconscious core of meaning" in depth psychology. This evening will be a kathodos (downgoing) experience into this rite. Through a slide presentation intertwining archaeological and psychological images, we will encounter facets of known material on the mysteries. As symbolic initiates, we will follow in the footsteps of the grieving Demeter, from the initial purification and sacrifice, through the processional walk from Athens to Eleusis, to the final ecstatic vision at the temple.

Workshop: This day is deemed anodos (uprising) when we bring light to what was gleaned from the dark of ritual descent. Those who received initiation together at Eleusis were called adelphi (sister) and adelphos(brother) because participation in the mysteries led to familiarity. The initiates were encouraged to seek each other to connect, discuss, and amplify their understanding of the sacred mysteries. In this spirit, participants are invited to share images, dreams, or experiences which reveal the living quality of the mysteries. Please wear comfortable clothes, bring an initiatory dream, an altar object, and pen and paper. We will share a harvest meal at midday and close with a sacramental blessing.


Virginia Beane Rutter, M.S., is a Jungian analyst practicing in Mill Valley, California. She received her analytic training in both Zurich and San Francisco and holds Masters degrees in Art History and Counseling Psychology. Her passion for Greece, ancient and modern, is reflected in her work as a clinician, teacher, and writer. She is the author of three books: Woman Changing Woman: Feminine Psychology Re-Conceived Through Myth and Experience (Harper 1993), Celebrating Girls: Nurturing and Empowering Our Daughters (Conari Press 1996), and Embracing Persephone: How to Be the Mother You Want for the Daughters You Cherish (Conari Press 2001).

The Eleusinian Mysteries: Vision Into the Abyss of the Seed

December 7-8, 2001: James Hollis

Lecture: Can we create our lives, or does life create us?

How is it that we are free but create such repetitive patterns?

How does fate collide with destiny and catch us in between?

What are the sources of those replications, and what are the insights we need to maximize such freedom as we may have?

In this lecture, Dr. Hollis will explore these questions which haunt the modern who, wishing freedom, creates repetition, yet longs for an authentic journey.

Workshop: A series of interactive questions will lead to journaling designed to lift up and out of the unconscious one’s value issues, blockages, and places for growth.


James Hollis, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston, Texas where he also has continued his private practice as a Jungian analyst. In 1982, he became a Diplomat Graduate of the C.G. Institute of Zurich, Switzerland. He is a Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and Co-Founder of the Philadelphia Jung Institute where he served as a past Director of Training. Dr. Hollis spent twenty-six years as a tenured Professor of Humanities at various colleges, retiring in 1989. He is the author of 50 articles, reviews, and books, including The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning at Mid-LifeTracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life,The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other; and Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path.

Creating a Life