The Forest, the Witch, and Pan: Psyche’s need for Wilderness and Enchantment

Held via Zoom
Ryan Maher, LCPC
CEUs: 2

*Limited space remaining!

Humans have long been captivated by the forest and its creatures – both living and mythic. What is it about forests that captures our imagination and what can forests teach us about our own nature and place in the world? In this presentation, we journey deep into the forest to meet some of the more elusive creatures that reside beyond the reaches of ordinary life and civilization. Through art, film, journaling, and discussion, we explore manifestations of the witch and the Greek god Pan and how these archetypal figures help us to understand our own inner wilderness, fears, and relationship to the natural world. Employing Jung’s technique of active imagination we will engage the archetypal forest in a quest for enchantment, meaning, and insight.

About the Instructor
Ryan is a licensed psychotherapist based in the Seattle area and is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he concentrated his study on the treatment of trauma. Ryan works with individuals and couples navigating significant life changes, personal and relational conflicts, and feelings of purposelessness/lack of meaning. As a certified yoga teacher, Ryan has over 15 years of experience working with the mind-body relationship. He completed a two-year post-graduate program in Jungian Psychotherapy and is a certified hypnotherapist. Ryan is a member of the Breathe Network, the American Counseling Association, and the National Board of Certified Counselors. He is also an affiliate member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on faculty at the C.G. Jung Center in Evanston, IL. For more information, please visit: www.theinnerworldtherapy.com

Recommended Reading
*The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power by Barbara Walker
**Provided excerpts of: Pan and the Nightmare by James Hillman & Dreamtime: Concerning the Boundary between Wilderness and Civilization by Hans Peter Duerr

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks during this time of limited office use.

Expressive Art & Non-expressive Meditation: A Rebirth & Renewal Workshop*

Held via Zoom
Sensei Mui & Charlotta Koppanyi
CEUs: 3

Recognizing that all beings are processes of becoming, the Buddha taught rebirth. To become something, there must be transformation, i.e., rebirth, which is fueled by cause and effect. How we transform depends on our ways of thinking. Habitual thinking leads to familiar results while creative thinking leads to new results. What we put in our mind determines how we think about and act upon our situations. Through unskillful living we fall into perpetual cycles of stress and suffering. Skillful transformation transcends our habitual cycles. Deliberate transformative actions of thought, speech and activity support an effortless life. Meditation practices, under a qualified instructor, are helpful to put this process of transformation into action by allowing us to deconstruct the box we’ve put ourselves in. When freedom is accessed, creativity becomes our method and guide to making life practical and artful.

The workshop includes meditation instructions and practice from Sensei Mui and use of artistic expression guided by Charlotta Koppanyi, MSc. A Jungian perspective will be utilized to help us find and explore our place in Samsara, the “Great Wandering” through life.

*Please have art supplies available to participate in the artistic part of the workshop (at minimum, have paper and pencil handy).

About the Instructors
After multiple tours of duty in Vietnam as a combat medic, Sensei Mui was ordained in Thailand as a Buddhist monk in the Forest Tradition practicing for ten years. He eventually took a Doctorate in Buddhist Studies (DBS) at the Pāli Institute in Sri Lanka, returning to the United States he was later awarded a PhD in psycholinguistics. During the past fifty years, Sensei has studied and been ordained in multiple Buddhist disciplines yet always filtering these teachings through the lens of the original teachings. Sensei acts as a Buddhist therapist utilizing meditation as a tool to foster emotional and cognitive well-being. He works with both individuals and groups in both private and corporate settings.

Charlotta Koppanyi holds an MS in Psychology and a BA in Contemporary Religion from Stockholm University and has studied Jungian psychology since the 90’s. In 1994-1995, she studied at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Her master’s thesis discussed the hero myth in leadership roles and organizations, and she currently teaches art to seniors in Evanston and works for a non-profit organization.

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks during this time of limited office use.

Writing Your Spiritual Journey

Held via Zoom
Ellen Blum Barish
CEUs: 2

*Limited to 20 participants. 

C.G. Jung believed that human beings have a “religious instinct.” He believed that the goal of psychotherapy wasn’t only about adapting to social and cultural values, but also a chance for profound spiritual development. How do you define your spiritual life? Whether you are atheist, agnostic, spiritual or mystical, full of faith or full of doubt or some of both, what does this look and feel like for you? Finding the words for the spiritual side of your life  – or lack thereof – offers the chance for powerful personal growth. In this session, we’ll explore expressions of spiritual life through a variety of short readings from writers of personal essays and spiritual memoirs. We’ll talk about different ways to articulate our spiritual lives and look at ways to get our thoughts into words for ourselves and/or our loved ones or others.

About the Instructor
Ellen Blum Barish is the author of the recently released spiritual memoir Seven Springs and her essay collection, Views from the Home Office Window: On Motherhood, Family and Life. Her essays have appeared in a variety of literary publications and her literary publication Thread earned four notables in Best American Essays. She teaches writing at Northwestern University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s in journalism and has taught at StoryStudio Chicago, Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Ragdale and privately through workshops and coaching. For more about her background, workshop schedules and coaching, go to www.ellenblumbarish.com.

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks during this time of limited office use.

Reflective Writing for Life Enrichment: An Introduction to the Progoff Intensive Journal® Method

Held via Zoom
Carolyn Kelley Williams
CEUs: 3

*Limited to 20 participants. 

The Intensive Journal® Method is a nationally recognized technique for self-discovery and self-reflection that uses writing exercises.  Created by Ira Progoff, PhD, in the mid-1960’s, this technique is now taught by certified instructors.

As the first American to complete his doctoral dissertation on the work of Dr. Jung, Dr. Progoff was invited by Dr. Jung to study with him in Switzerland in the early 1950s.  Dr. Progoff’s work in Depth Psychology culminated in the Intensive Journal method.  While distinctly his own method, Jung’s influence on Progoff was significant as evidenced by the inclusion of the concept of the unique seed potential of each person, the importance of the spiritual dimension in overall psychological growth and the power of symbols and imagery in one’s search for meaning.

This program provides an introduction to the Intensive Journal method, which utilizes an integrated system of writing exercises for self-awareness.  This method can be used to gain insights into personal relationships, career/interests, body/health, major events, dreams, and meaning in life.  It may also be useful for working through transitions, reducing stress, and resolving issues.

The unique workshop atmosphere is critical for the method’s success.  You work privately to feel safe to write without censorship.  You are not writing your life story but rather writing what comes from within.  The instructor will provide a program overview, including the major rules for using the method and the underlying principles of holistic Depth Psychology.  You will be guided through sample exercises to experience how the method works.

About the Instructor
Carolyn (Kelley) Williams is a certified instructor leading Intensive Journal workshops for 30 years primarily in the Midwest, including at the C.G. Jung Center in Evanston.   Prior to relocating to the greater Phoenix area, Kelley served as Senior Editor of Publications in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, and Managing Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics.  Kelley is a published poet, stained glass artist, and former president of the American Medical Writers’ Association.

“Intensive Journal” is a registered trademark of Jon Progoff and is used under license by Dialogue House, the headquarters for the Intensive Journal program.   For more information, see www.intensivejournal.org or read At a Journal Workshop by Ira Progoff, PhD. By registering you are agreeing to allow the Center to share your registration information with Dialogue House, which may provide occasional updates about future programs.

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks during this time of limited office use.