Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,  $10 students and seniors

Please note our location and format: Park Hill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden Street, Denver, CO 80207; Social and refreshment time will be 6:30-7:15p.m., followed by lecture and discussion.


Facing Climate Change Through a Jungian Lens
a lecture by 
Jeffrey Kiehl
September 9th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. 

Human caused climate change has placed the planet in a precarious state. It is imperative that we address this situation as soon as possible for the longer we wait, the more we commit future generations to disruption. Yet there is great resistance to addressing this issue. Jungian psychology provides a unique perspective on the problem of climate change for it recognizes the importance of the unconscious in affecting our perception of and actions in the world. In this presentation, we explore how the structure and dynamics of unconscious processes relate to climate change and how these processes provide pathways to addressing the problem. We consider the archetypal presences that pervade our relationship with the natural world and how our collective disconnection from these archetypes has led to the myth of unbounded growth and exploitation of natural resources. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how to reconnect to the sacredness of Earth, which is essential to addressing the issue of climate change.

Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD is a Jungian analyst and climate scientist. He is an adjunct professor at University of California, Santa Cruz and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is a senior training analyst at the CG Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. Jeffrey lives in Santa Cruz, California.

War of the Ancient Dragon 
a lecture by 
Laurel Howe
October 7th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.
Already branded a bully and nearly expelled from first grade, six-year-old Randy is not happy about coming to therapy. But like most children, he cannot resist the sandtray. Randy conducts bloody wars in his sandplay process, burns fires, tortures helpless victims, and eventually turns a corner, discovering something “never before seen in the world.” He calls one of his wars The War of the Ancient Dragon, which hints at the uncanny alchemical content of his work, at times calling up the words and images of such “ancient philosophers” as Zosimos. Laurel Howe titled her book about Randy’s opus after this war. She will show us how Randy’s inner war fights itself out over time, gradually releasing Randy from its grip. This powerful healing process touches the heart and shows us the living archetypal patterns guiding the imagination of a vivacious little boy as he discovers a new attitude towards life.

Laurel Howe, M.A., CST-T, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst trained at the Centre for Research and Training in Depth Psychology, Zürich. She is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and an advisory board member of the Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association. For each copy of War of the Ancient Dragon: Transformation of Violence in Sandplay sold, two dollars are donated to the UNICEF fund for child refugees fleeing Syrian violence. 

Darkness Rising
a lecture by 
Stephen and Joyce Singular
November 11th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. 

In 1984, Stephen Singular began his book-writing career following the assassination of Denver talk show host Alan Berg by a band of neo-Nazis from the American Northwest. Talked to Death: The Life & Murder of Alan Berg explored the racial, political, and religious issues behind the killing. In 1990, Stephen and his wife, Joyce, met and formed a partnership in forensic journalism, with a female perspective now added to the work. Since then, they’ve written a dozen books about high-profile crimes occurring within the context of large social issues. In case after case, they’ve documented how an environment that supports angry rhetoric can eventually descend into violence. Their talk this evening will take you inside that process and show how these emotional dynamics have played out again and again in prominent murders or other major crimes. When the language of hatred becomes normalized, violence is waiting to erupt.

Stephen Singular has written 22 non-fiction books, many about high-profile crimes. Two were “New York Times” bestsellers and four have been made into films or television movies. Joyce Singular co-authored the last two books, including The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and The Epidemic Of Mass Violence Committed By American Youth, nominated for the 2015 Colorado Book Award for creative non-fiction. Their son, Eric, was instrumental in the research and writing of this book. 

The Annunciation: Transcendence Expressed Through Art from the Renaissance
a lecture by Kathryn Kuisle 
December 2nd, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. 

In this lecture I will explore the symbolism and depth of meaning in the long ago story of the Annunciation, when the angel appeared to Mary and she received a startling message.  This is a scene that many artists of the Renaissance period and later have painted in a variety of ways.  Several paintings will be shown as we look at how artists expressed the moment of “the annunciation” which Carl Jung spoke of as symbolizing an experience “that grips us or falls upon us as from above” possible in our own psychological work.

The story of the annunciation expresses transcendence.  I will discuss this topic and Jung’s concept of the transcendent function, a relationship between the conscious and the unconscious, and responses that the artists portray in these paintings.  As well as our responses to an experience of the transcendent.

Kathryn Kuisle, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst practicing in Colorado Springs and Denver.  She graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and holds a Ph.D. in analytical psychology from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.  She is on the Board and teaches at the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado.  As an affiliate faculty of Regis University, she teaches in the Masters in Counseling Program.  Her website is

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