Earth Day Conference in San Francisco
Patricia Damery will be presenting at the following conference:
Listening to Earth / Listening to Psyche:
Old and New Pathways to Healing Our Relationship to the Earth
Saturday April 17, 2010 9:30 am – 5 pm
CE Credit: $15 CE Hours: 6
Approved for MD, PhD, MFT, LCSW, RN
Location: Unitarian Church 1187 Franklin St SF 94109
Reserve for this event with the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute.
Invoking the Divine in Psyche and Matter:
Analytical Psychology and Biodynamic Agriculture
Presented by: Patricia Damery
“We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future,” Thomas Berry asserted. “We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension. But this energy, in an ultimate sense, is ours not by domination but by invocation.”
Carl Jung approached the human psyche through invocation and active imagination, an approach similar to that of Rudolf Steiner’s to the earth through Biodynamic agriculture. Both men were deeply influenced by the scientific work and poetry of Wolfgang von Goethe. In this talk some of Goethe’s basic principles necessary for the kind of consciousness which apprehends these “dynamic forces needed to create the future,” will be presented, a consciousness that is at the heart of participatory science, and an experience of transcendence. Examples from analytical practice and farming will be cited and the biodynamic ritual of “stirring” described, which is at once a “setting of intention” and a prayer. Through this consciousness we are distinct and we are at one with creation, an individuating experience.
Growing up in small Midwestern farming community, presenter Patricia Damery witnessed the demise of the family farm through the aggressive forces of agribusiness, and, like most of her generation, left. Coming full circle, she returned to the land and farming when she married her husband Donald and joined him on his ranch. Her work with the psyche and the earth emphasizes feminine-based practice.
Patricia Damery, MA, is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and practices in Napa. With her husband Donald, she has also farmed biodynamically for ten years. Her forthcoming book Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation is to be published by Fisher King Press in the spring 2010. Her articles and poetry have appeared in the San Francisco Library Journal; Jung Journal; Psychological Perspectives, and Biodynamics: Working for Social Change Through Agriculture.
Also presenting at this event will be:
Jerome Bernstein on: Explorations of Borderland Consciousness
Johnson Dennison on: Balancing Navajo (Diné) Ceremonies with Western Medicine: Introducing Nature and the Spirit of the Holy People
Maria Ellen Chiaia on: Gaia Speaks and the Gods Enter
Naomi Ruth Lowinsky on: Because the Mountain is My Companion:Poetry of the Natural World