November 24, 2017
Gary S. Bobroff
Gary Bobroff has a Master’s degree in Jungian-oriented psychology, and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy. He is the founder of JungianOnline.com, the developer and facilitator of Archetypal Nature, and author of Crop Circles, Jung & the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine
An Archetypal Approach to Politics 2017
Does our affiliation with certain archetypes effect our political preferences? How does being part of a group influence us? What happens when we identify with a candidate? How does shadow and denial influence politics? We’ll look at how Jung explored some of these questions and in particular how an archetypal view of human personality allows for insight into the basis of our political division
January 12, 2018
Matt Kelly, MA
M.A., B.Ed., Hon. B.A., Dip. Analytical Psych.
Jungian Analyst & Psychotherapist
“Adversity can deepen our happiness if we learn to live more consciously.”
Longing and Belonging: The Perils and Passions of Place
Matthew’s lecture will explore permutations of Belonging including the fantasies and realities of marriage, home, family, career, oneness with Nature, involvement in our community, at peace within oneself. The hour and a half lecture will juxtapose these fantasies and realities with varieties of Longing: questing for adventure, yearning for love, seeking wisdom and steadfast inner striving then go deeper into discovering how these archetypal opposites can enrich or impoverish our lives depending upon the attitude we hold toward their darker poles. What happens when our sense of Belonging turns to feeling trapped, and our Longing blinds us to the fullness of the present moment? These tensions will be explored through human stories, myths and lively discussion.
February 2, 2018
Becca S. Tarnas is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy and Religion department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her dissertation research is focused on the theoretical implications of the synchronicity between the Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien. She is also co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology.
The Synchronicity of the Two Red Books:Jung, Tolkien, and the Imaginal Realm
In the years directly preceding the First World War, both C. G. Jung and J. R. R. Tolkien independently began to undergo profound imaginal experiences. They had each stepped across a threshold and entered into another world, the realm of imagination, the world of fantasy. For Jung these initially spontaneous visionary experiences, which he later developed into a meditative technique called active imagination, were recorded in Liber Novus, usually referred to simply as The Red Book. The experiences narrated in The Red Book became the seeds from which nearly all Jung’s subsequent work flowered. For Tolkien this imaginal journey revealed to him the world of Middle-earth, whose stories and myths eventually led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings, a book he named within its own internal history The Red Book of Westmarch. Although they were working in different fields—psychology and philology, respectively—there are many synchronistic parallels between Jung’s and Tolkien’s Red Book periods: the style of the many works of art they produced at this time, the nature of their visions and dreams, and an underlying similarity in world view that emerged from their experiences. All these suggest the two men may at times have been treading parallel paths through the imaginal realm.
The revelations of this research bring to the surface questions about the nature of imagination and its relationship to the collective unconscious and perhaps a cosmic psyche, which in turn may hold deep implications for modernity’s assumptions of a disenchanted world. With Tolkien and Jung as preliminary guides, we are offered a return to the depths of an ensouled cosmos in which imagination saturates the very foundations of reality.
Workshop to follow, more info coming soon.
March 16, 2018
Toko-pa Turner is a writer, teacher and dreamworker. Blending the mystical tradition of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreamwork, she founded
the Dream School in 2001 from which hundreds of students have since graduated. Toko-pa has been interviewed by CNN News and BBC Radio and has a community of over 75,000 online readers. She is currently publishing a book on Belonging, which explores the themes of exile, embodiment and the search for belonging. Sometimes called a Midwife of the Psyche, Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reconciling paradox, and facilitating sacred grief and ritual practice
Dream Work and Living into Belonging
At the end of our lives, we will have spent almost 7 years dreaming. While we are asleep, complex symbols are narrated together in a sophisticated order to form our private myths. Yet every morning, we wake up with amnesia. This is not because we need an expert to interpret our dreams, but because we have forgotten our mother tongue; the language of symbols. In this evening talk, we will explore the mysterious world of Dreaming, how our psyche generates, grows through and is healed by images. We will explore how we came to be estranged from our dreams and, by following them, come out of the exile we feel into coherence. “Belonging spins itself out from the center of the Self in the form of dreams and synchronicity. These living images call the dreamer forward, step by step into an increasingly intimate conversation with our lives, and embodiment of the soul’s values until we find ourselves anchored in a meaningful life.
Workshop to follow, more info coming soon.
April 20, 2018
Jane Kepner, MDiv, PhD, trained as a Jungian Analyst at the CG Jung Institute, Zurich, and as a psychologist at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. . After having lived in US and European cities most of her life, she along with her musician husband, Gilbert, moved to a mountain wilderness.
Wilderness Within, Wilderness Without
In this lecture on the need to live in or close to wilderness Dr. Kepner uses the film “Into the Wild” to explore analytically one young man’s desperate attempt to heal a broken psyche through an experience of wilderness. Joseph Campbell’s themes of the archetypal heroic will be explored in light of current, changing conceptions of the archetype.
As wilderness disappears, what implications for Soul and psyche resound? How do we sustain our soulful connections to both inner and outer wilderness? What is an inner wilderness? How are inner and outer wilderness connected and in relationship to one another? Or not?
Comox Valley C.G. Jung Society:Our 2017-2018 Speaker Series continues into the Spring and features Jungian analysts, acclaimed authors, clinicians and musicians and is accessible to everyone. Come join us!
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”― C. G. Jung
The Comox Valley C.G. Jung Society
Start Time for All NIC evening lectures 7:00pm
Fees for Lectures
$15.00 for Members
$20.00 for Non-Members
Membership is now only $15 year (Sept to Jun)
Enrolment forms available at each lecture. Thank you for supporting the CV Jung Society!
*Location for all Lectures:
Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay BC
*unless otherwise announced.
Stan Hagen Theatre
North Island College
2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay BC V9N 8N6