February 12, 2016
7:00 pm CST - 9:00 pm CST
Instructor: Mary Ellen O’Hare-Lavin
Research tells us that we can expect to live longer than our ancestors. To stay current with modern life expectancy, we need new archetypal stories to help us better understand our relationships as we age. The stories we have of youthful love such as Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Isolde, are not always appropriate for today’s aging community. Even the Greeks and Romans cannot be counted on for there are few happy couples in ancient mythology to give us a healthy template for mature love. Through the ancient myth of Baucis and Philemon as told by Ovid, we will be taken through a healthy, loving relationship and discuss what this can mean in the lives of older people.
About the Instructor
Mary Ellen O’Hare-Lavin earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has lectured in the United States and Ireland about intimacy, alchemy, addiction, typology, women’s spirituality, corporate relationships using Jung’s theory of psychic energy and Jung’s Red Book. Mary Ellen has a private psychotherapy practice in Wilmette.
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