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

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  •  October 23, 2021
     1:00 pm CDT - 3:00 pm CDT

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:

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.



This event will be hosted online through Zoom.
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