Events

Events

The C. G. Jung Institute Presents:

Earth Day Weekend: Saturday, April 23, 2016 & Sunday, April 24, 2016

Our Bodies, Our Earth:Dreaming Evolution Forward

  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Institute

FACULTY: Patricia Damery, MA, MFT; Frances Hatfield, PhD, LMFT, Barbara Holifield, MSW, MFT; Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, PhD; Carol McRae, PhD; Leah Shelleda, PhD

 

“The facts of nature cannot in the long run be violated. Penetrating and seeping through everything like water, they will undermine any system that fails to take them into account.” — C.G. Jung

The full implications of this prophetic statement unfold before us, day after day, in ever more terrifying proportions. What does analytical psychology offer to the imperilled earth and its inhabitants in such a time? From a Jungian perspective, ecopsychology explores the reality of the Unus Mundus, the interpenetration and ultimate unity of all realms of microcosm and macrocosm as reflected in the human experience of life on earth. This perspective considers each human consciousness as a coniunctio of personal and collective, human and non-human, self and other, known and unknown, and therefore as a pivotal point for the possibility of change.
This conference in celebration of Earth Day invites participants to explore mythic, experiential, and poetic approaches to facilitate a deeper and more conscious relationship with all of life within and without, with a view to becoming, individually and collectively, agents for healing the effects of centuries of violation of the facts of nature.
 
Dancing with Dionysos
Frances Hatfield, PhD, LMFT
Thousands of years before we could gaze at the earth from space, the ancient Greeks directly perceived the earth as a living divinity. In sacred rituals that included wild mountain dancing,oribasia, participants apprehended, in states of ecstasy, the unity of all being. Celebrated in the wild, with ritual gear inherited from the still more ancient Mountain Mother in Crete, votaries of the god Dionysos entered into a state of mystical union that transformed each into a Bakkhos or a Bakkha, that is, into the god himself. Not only were the human participants transformed, however: Euripides makes the startling assertion that “the whole mountain and its beasts were as god-possessed as they were, and with their motion all things moved.”
Such practices and faculties of perception and knowledge were outlawed or largely forgotten in the Age of Zeus, superseded by the power of his divine thunderbolt, which has rewired our brains, revisioned the world in abstract and literal terms, and dominated our planet to the brink of ruin. Have we lost the capacity to apprehend the Unus Mundus? Or is it now reawakening in the body of Metis, the great goddess of wisdom deep in our embodied psyches, whom Zeus swallowed to prevent her from giving birth to his successor?
Using ancient texts and images from Minoan Crete, Ancient Greece, and nearby cultures, we will attempt to see through and behind the archetypal lens of Zeus-Apollo into other ways of knowing, and re-member our way forward as Metis’ children inaugurating a new age.
The Serpent and the Alley
Patricia Damery, MA, MFT, and Carol McRae, PhD 
We will explore the meaning and experience of the Ally, a spirit guide unique to each human being, and its relationship to the archetype of the serpent, as a source of guidance and wisdom outside the rational mind. We will consider the basis of this work in alchemy, focusing on Parcelsus’ concept of the spagyric, that process in which substances are separated, purified by taking them down to their essences, and then “married” back together, forming a new consciousness.  We will focus on this process with Lilith as the serpent in the Garden of Eden, who speaks the language of the plants and animals. We will investigate times when serpent energy was acknowledged and worked with, particularly that period in our own country when the Serpent Mound in Ohio was built. The building of this mound reflected a period demonstrating man’s ability to live in balance with the cosmos and the earth. We will discuss the fall from this knowledge and the importance of its being married back into our (purified) rational thinking.
Significant time will be spent accessing this language of plants and animals through drawing, drumming, and dialoging with the Ally. Circle work at the end will be sharing the inner connections we have made with special focus on deepening our connection with the earth.
Moving with and Moved by Earth
Barbara Holifield, MSW, MFT
Using Authentic Movement, an embodied approach to active imagination, we will explore our experiences of deep intimacy with the land.  From the earliest of times, arising from the relationship between psyche and the land, rituals have emerged: gestures, dance and silent communion. These acts, whether arising from the individual or the collective, ensoul the land and reciprocally guide the soul of the person and culture.  This act of ensoulment transforms a utilitarian perspective of the earth as the “environment” into that which is living and sacred. In our time, there is a critical necessity to find and express this kind of sustained reciprocity with the natural world. Perhaps nowhere is this more important than in our urban centers. In this workshop, focusing on our experienced body as medium, we will simultaneously open to the natural world about us and into the fertile wild of the creative unconscious within, invoke the cultural unconscious and open to the potential of its imaginative expression, weaving what is known from one’s own ancestral roots with what is to be found as we move with and allow ourselves to be moved by the earth.
No experience with movement is necessary only a willingness to be with the unknown.
For registration, use this link:  Our Bodies, Our Earth: Dreaming Evolution Forward