August 26, 2017
1:00 pm CDT - 4:00 pm CDT
Instructor: Laura McGrew
Fairy tales invite us into the archetypal realm, insisting that we allow our individual stories to become universal. This workshop will focus on gaining an understanding of the archetypal underpinnings present in this tale. In their ‘once upon a time’ reality, fairy tales show us how the personal and the impersonal worlds weave in and out of each other, uniting us to the past, present, and future. Marie Louise von Franz said that, “to approach the meaning of a fairy tale is like stalking a very evasive stag.” And further, she defined these tales as ‘collective dreams offered as compensations for the tendency in humans towards forgetfulness.” As we move through this tale, we shall discover if it holds relevancy for us today, yesterday or tomorrow.
In reflecting on the fairy tale, “The Frog King,” how many times have we been influenced by the cultural norm which dictates that we ‘understand’ another’s demands and comply with them while disregarding our emotional reaction? Do we wonder what might be the purposive factor when strange things begin to occur internally or have we owned our dishonesty when we make a promise we have no intention of fulfilling?
Together we will explore these and other themes in a seminar style workshop where we will all actively participate, hopefully have some fun, and perhaps gain a few personal insights along the way.
About the Instructor
Laura has been an analyst for over 25 years, and practices in Evanston and Chicago. Laura received a B.A. in 1963 in Liberal Arts from Northwestern University where she studied English Literature. She went on to receive her M.A. in 1978 in Communication Science at Governors State University, where she specialized in groups: Theories and Practice. In 1989, she received her Diploma as a Jungian Analyst from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and went on to become an active member of the Institute, eventually becoming Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Institute in 1994. When the Institute separated into two entities, she became chair of the Board of the newly named “C.G. Jung Center”, and now serves as a Board member Emeritus. In addition to serving on the Board, Laura volunteers at the Clinic, and presents Public Programs at the Jung Center.