The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
C. G. Jung
Our 2020 -2021 Season: “Nature and Human Nature: Psyche’s ‘Thin Thread’ and the Fabric of Life”
We look forward to hosting two wonderful speakers, Jungian Analyst Jeffrey Kiehl in March 2021 and Jungian Analyst Nancy Furlotti in April 2021. We are seeking possibilities for earlier additional speakers, so please check back for details and updates.
In the meantime, we are pleased to also announce that we will be opening an EFJ Message Board, a web-based space where we can share and support each other as we transit through these epic times. We will provide the link and details when it is ready. “We are all in this together” embodies how we mutually benefit with collective wisdom, insights, encouragement and care. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Nature and Imagination: Finding the Spirit of the Depths within the Spirit of the Times
Jeffrey T. Kiehl, PhD
Lecture: March 5, 2021
We find ourselves living in unprecedented times in terms of global environmental and social disruption. Our separation from the natural world has led to catastrophic changes in Earth’s climate system, accompanied by human colonization of the non-human world. To address the symptoms of the spirit of the times requires us to plumb the depths of psyche. Jung’s Red Book portrays his experiences with these depths, which contain vivid images of the natural world. Thus, Jung’s exploration of the inner world enriched his connections to the outer world. By reconnecting to the spirit of the depths, we ensoul our presence in the world, thus healing our split with the natural world. In this presentation, we explore images of nature in the Red Book and how these images open us to the soul of our lived world. By imagining the enfolded Anima Mundi, the world soul, we unfold it in the spirit of the times.
Workshop: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Alchemical Ecopsychology recognizes the deep, subtle interconnectedness of psyche and matter though combining the sacred, psychological practices of alchemy with the discipline of ecopsychology. Through the union of these two subjects, one ancient the other relatively new, we discover a path to not only understanding how life interacts with the environment, but how life and environment are inherently sacred. Of equal importance is transforming this understanding into embodied experience. A core concept within Alchemical Ecopsychology is that of cycles, in which processes both material and psychological manifest in the form of dynamic patterns. By working imaginatively with these patterns, we deepen our relationship with our surrounding environment and rediscover the sacred dimensions in nature.
Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and senior training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an adjunct faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches a course on Ecopsychology. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. Jeffrey has presented on various Jungian topics at national and international conferences. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
Registration information for our Zoom presentation will be forthcoming.