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.


Politics, Culture and the Play of the Opposites
a panel discussion with 
Jeffrey Raff, John Todd and Kaitryn Wertz
February 3rd, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

In times of political and cultural uncertainty it is easy to get confused and fearful. Having a deeper way of understanding events can be helpful sorting through the confusion and discovering for one self the correct response one needs to make to the changes occurring in society. Jungian psychology offers many tools for such understanding, one of which is the theory of the opposites. The members of the panel will discuss not only this theory but also what suggestions as Jungian Analysts they can offer for gaining clarity about the meaning of current events and possible reactions to them.

Jeffrey Raff, Ph.D. graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1976 and has been in private practice in Denver since then. He is the President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.
John Todd, Ph.D. graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is in private practice in Evergreen. He is a Board member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. 
Kaitryn Wertz, L.P.C. graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is in private practice in Broomfield. She is the Vice President of IRSJA and is a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. 

The Grieving Human Soul: The Grail Myth, Individuation and Masculine Psychology
  a lecture by Ken Schmitz
March 3rd, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

When we are living a life that separates us from our authentic self, our soul grieves for us. When our culture is living a life that splits, separates, and demonizes the other, our soul grieves for us.

This presentation will explore the wisdom of the Parzival myth and discuss it as a roadmap to Jung’s work on the individuation process, especially as applied to masculine psychology. We will also see in this myth hold values lessons that are relevant for our culture today. Emphasis will be on how we can learn to listen to the voice of our soul, who longs to be one with us.

The themes explored in this lecture will be beneficial for both women and men, therapist, analysts, and laypeople.

Ken Schmitz LCSW is a Jungian Based Clinical Social Worker.  His 30-year private psychotherapy practice in St. Paul, MN emphasized group work with men seeking to develop an inner life.  He is author of “Search for the Grail: A Man’s Guide for Developing an Inner Life.” He and his wife Judy have recently moved to the Colorado Springs area and are members of The Colorado Springs Jung Society.

Revisiting the Well at the Dawn of Life
a lecture by Nancy Furlotti
April 7th, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

For the Quiche Maya, the world has been created and destroyed four times as described in the Popol Vuh, their sacred book called The Dawn of Life. This exceptional creation myth from our own American soil lays out a template for a healthy reciprocal relationship between the human and transpersonal realms that remains an important reminder for us today as fear rises, migrations increase, Climate Change becomes a reality, and technology drags us along into its future. The collapse of the Maya civilization over a thousand years ago offers a timeless warning of what happens when we ignore our internal world and fall out of balance with the Gods and nature. It offers a much needed wake up call to help us find our way back to the well at the dawn of life to refresh our sense of purpose and meaning and reinstate balance so needed today.

Nancy Swift Furlotti, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She is past president of the Philemon Foundation and C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, where she trained. She is a founding member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado and a member of the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is on the board of the Foundation for Anthropological Research & Environmental Studies (FARES) and Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Archetypal Patterns and the Right-to-Life/Pro-Choice Movements
a lecture by Sandra Dixon
May 12th, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

This talk explores Jungian interpretation of qualitative research with pro-choice and anti-abortion activists. The intensity of the abortion controversy suggests from a Jungian point of view that the issue taps into unconscious feeling and archetypal energies. We would most expect the mother archetype and the child archetype to surface. What do interviews with and observations of activists suggest about how archetypal interpretations can help us frame their words and thoughts so that we can understand and move beyond rigid divisions? Is religious opposition to abortion fueled in part by the coming to consciousness of the Self through the child archetype? Is the wholeness of the woman also an intense concern of pro-choice activists, but drawing on different energies? Time will be reserved for group discussion of the research materials and ideas, which are still works in progress. The audience’s perspectives will be welcome.

Sandra Lee Dixon, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver. She studies long-term moral commitments, especially those that include religion.  Her work for the last decade has turned to investigation of such commitments in the activities of pro-life and anti-abortion partisans. She is interviewing people on both sides of the issue and spending time with them as they work on their cause.

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