Dear Jungian community,
We are sorry to announce that the lecture for this coming Friday evening (November 3) — “In Search of Philosopher’s Stones” — is cancelled. Our presenter Dr. Steve Parker, who lives in Alaska, has become seriously ill and cannot travel at this time. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be planning to attend, and join us in hoping for Steve’s recovery.


The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado
FALL 2017 Lecture Series

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


C.G. Jung in Africa: A Journey to the Innermost Self
 a lecture by Andreas Schweizer
September 8th, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.

Despite a not really encouraging I Ching C.G. Jung embarked a steamer heading for Mombasa in October 1925. His companions were George Beckwith and Peter Baynes. Later Ruth Bailey joined the threesome.

For Jung this journey was a major breakthrough in his life. Barbara Hannah, in her Jung biography, called his encounter with the Masai warrior “who had been waiting for [Jung] for five thousand years,” and with the gigantic herds of animals on the Athi Plains, grazing just as they have done “through hundreds of millions of years”, Jung’s two enlightenments in Africa.

Returning from his expedition, Jung suffered a huge cultural shock. He now realized what the white man has done to this world. In a seminar he sadly stated, “Wherever the white man went, there was hell for the other nations; one has to be outside to understand. The white man is a very beast devouring the earth, the whole world trembles at him.”

On Jung Africa left a never waning yearning for the return to the archaic world, the return to our soul.

Andreas Schweizer, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in Zürich. He studied theology and comparative religion as well as Egyptology with Prof. Erik Hornung in Basel. He has been a training analyst since 1986, first at the C.G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht and currently with ISAP-Zürich. He is president of the Psychology Club, founded in 1916 by C.G. Jung, and was for fourteen years president of the Eranos Conference in Ascona. He has published numerous essays and books, including The Sungod’s Journey through the Netherworld (Cornell University Press, 2010). His main current interest is in The Red Book.

Symptom and Symbol:  The Search for Meaning and Expansion of Consciousness in the Experience of Illness
a lecture by Nicholas Nossaman
October 6th, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.

The experience of being sick can vary from temporary indisposition to devastating chronic illness. The accompanying symptoms can be transitory and mild or unrelenting, long lasting, and tormenting.  Accordingly, meaninglessness and lack of control, with a resulting feeling of powerlessness, often accompanies the illness experience.  In this presentation we’ll try to look behind the curtain into the world of archetypes, and search beyond symptoms, to their potential symbolic meaning. Any success in this venture will help us gain consciousness and a measure of relief, as well as contributing to the individuation process.

Nicholas Nossaman, M.D., D.Ht. is a physician, closing in on his 50th year of general practice, specializing in homeopathic medicine. He has been immersed, as well, in Jungian studies since the early 70’s and has been fascinated by the kinship of depth psychology and homeopathy. He has written and presented about that kinship as well as the Jungian perspective on suffering and the symbolism of the labyrinth.

Intersecting Stories: A Jungian Musing on Mixed Race, Ethnicity and Religion
a lecture by Chris Chao
December 1st, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.

In Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung says: “Individuation means becoming a singular, homogeneous being, and, insofar as “individuality” embraces our innermost, last and

incomparable uniqueness, it also implies becoming one’s own self.”

As the demographic grows of people who are born into families that are made up of a mix of ethnicities, races and religions, what sorts of issues do they bring into our offices? What sorts of dreams do they have? How do they find their myth?

This talk will explore the cultural wounds, conflicts, strengths and resources that are found in the psyches of people from mixed backgrounds as they work to become a unique self.

Christine Chao, a licensed clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst in private practice in Denver. She is Director of Admissions for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. She is past clinical director and interim executive director of the Asian Pacific Center for Human Development, where she continues to consult and provide clinical supervision. Her interests include identity formation, ancestral altars in cultures around the world, and how Jungian work can help open “seats at the welcome table” for people from widely diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.



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.



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


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.


The Archetypal nature of History
a lecture by Jeffrey Raff
February 12th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

Some historians today have discovered that unconscious influences have a major impact on history. These influences represent evolutionary imperatives that can influence individual and collective choices, making people act for reasons they may not be aware of. These cultural imperatives may easily be compared to archetypes of the collective unconscious which Jungians have long suspected influence history in many ways. In this lecture I shall examine some of these archetypes and examine the way they create repeated patterns of behavior which can be noted in different historical periods. In addition, I shall use my own dreams and experiences to probe a deeper level of historical understanding, one that includes an alchemical perspective and a non-traditional and non-rational way of understanding the meaning of history.

Jeffrey Raff, Ph.D. is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and has been in private practice in Denver for forty years. He is currently the president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and is the author of four books, including Jung and the Alchemical Imagination and The Wedding of Sophia.

Discoveries in the Dark: Entering the Cave of the Unconscious
a lecture by Claudia Schmitt
March 4th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

The cave as an archetypal symbol leads one into the womb of the Great Mother and the realm of the unconscious. It is a symbol of paradox and numinosity. This is a place where gods have been born and prophets enlightened. In its space is emptiness and containment, a place of absolute darkness yet revelatory light. It has been a place of safety and hiding, but also of disorientation and death. In Greek it is koilos and means “hollow.” In this hollow are pure potential, possibility and oblivion. In utter and complete darkness the cave waits. Sometimes the hollow becomes a grave, a final resting place and a return to the great potential from whence all existence emerges. At other times this hollow brings forth creativity and new life. Ultimately in this space of potential, birth, death or rebirth, we encounter life’s psycho-dynamic tensions. In this lecture we will explore the many facets of the enigmatic cave experience.

Claudia C. Schmitt, M.Div. is the senior minister at Wheat Ridge Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ and a Training Candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. Claudia received her Master of Divinity Degree from the Iliff School of Theology and is a registered psychotherapist with the State of Colorado. 

Shame and Wild Geese
a lecture by Lois Vanderkooi
April 1st, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

The Dalai Lama has conversed with Western neuroscientists and meditation teachers over the years. It is reported that he was puzzled that many Westerners suffer from low self-esteem (in his words, a lack of compassion for oneself or self-directed contempt). In my view, this complex of unworthiness relates to archetypal shame and is found throughout time and probably all cultures. As the story goes, the Buddha faced it and claimed his worth before becoming enlightened. In modern times, it is the grist of much psychotherapy work as people seek wholeness and healing. In this talk, I will use Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese” and stories from Genesis to explore how this strong complex arises and can be addressed. My goal will be to sow some seeds of release from the subtle and maybe not so subtle trance of the inner critic through the poem and guided exercises.

Lois Vanderkooi, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Broomfield. In 1980, she read Jung’s autobiography, which resonated so deeply that she forsook a lawyer-sociologist career to pursue Jungian analysis and studies. She went on to receive a doctorate in psychology and also trained in Somatic Experiencing trauma work, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Biodynamic Cranial-Sacral Therapy. She is particularly interested in the integration of body, mind, and spirit in oneself and relationships through cultivation of mindfulness and non-violence. 

The Bad Mother
a lecture by Puddi Kullberg
May 13th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

In fairy tales it’s the wicked/mean/evil step-mother who often takes the rap. Perhaps it would be too traumatizing to tell the tale, “Once upon a time, the children’s mother convinced their father to take them out to the woods and abandon them.” Can we even approach “The Bad Mother”? In this presentation we’ll try to look at her in a more nuanced light than childhood terror can apprehend. We’ll see her from different angles, illustrated from Jung’s writings, literature and movies. We’ll consider her fate and (im)possible (?) redemption.

Puddi Kullberg, M.A., L.P.C. is a Jungian Analyst and has been a psychotherapist based in Colorado Springs for twenty years. She trained to become an analyst through the former Denver Jung Seminar of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, from which she graduated in 2012. She is now a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado where she teaches and participates in training. Puddi has been interested in “The Bad Mother” for many years because it was constellated decades ago in her own life and so she has had to struggle to come to terms with it. Of course, she has then had the experience of having clients for whom this is also an issue and so Puddi has seen “The Bad Mother” as though through a prism, as a many faceted phenomenon.

Change of venue for the upcoming Jung Society lecture

Please note: There has been a change of venue for the upcoming Jung Society lecture. For this lecture only, we will be meeting at the Messiah Lutheran Church at 1750 Colorado Blvd.
We are excited about this lecture: Dr. Charlotte Wolf will be speaking to us about the fairy tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in a lecture titled: “Enchantment and Excitement: Adventures with Schönwerth.” Schönwerth was a contemporary of the Grimm brothers who collected original fairy tales from the Upper Palatinate region of his native Bavaria, and Charlotte Wolf has published the first English translation of a selection of these tales, titled: Original Bavarian Folktales: A Schönwerth Selection.
Please join us on September 11 at the Messiah Lutheran Church. Details are below and in the attached flyer.

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again” ~ C.S. Lewis

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado
Enchantment and Excitement: Adventures with Schönwerth
a lecture by M. Charlotte Wolf

September 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm.
Messiah Lutheran Church,
1750 Colorado Boulevard
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

Widely known tales such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and “Rumpelstiltskin” collected by the Grimm Brothers in the early 19th century, have become part of everyday culture and shapers of identities in many Western countries. A contemporary of the Brothers Grimm, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth tirelessly collected the folklore, legends, and fairytales of “ordinary folk” in the Upper Palatinate region of his native Bavaria and published them in the 1850s in a three-volume scholarly work. The dual language book Original Bavarian Folktales: A Schönwerth Selection  by M. Charlotte Wolf is the first English-German edition of these tales. The stories are fascinating testimonies of the beliefs and lives of people in southeastern Germany in the 1800s and before. In this lecture, M. Charlotte Wolf will talk about Schönwerth and his work as a collector of stories as well as her personal connection to and work with these tales.

M. Charlotte Wolf, Ph.D., was born and raised in Germany, and has lived in the United States for almost twenty years. Her studies in these countries have resulted in a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Literature, Women’s Studies) and an M.A. in German. Highlights of her work as a translator include a collection of early to modern German crime stories, a collection of Bavarian folktales, a short story anthology, and a children’s book. She also holds a position as German teacher at a regional high school, where she is trying to instill a passion for German culture, language and literature in her students.

For further information, please contact The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado at (303) 575-1055
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September 11 – Dr. M. Charlotte Wolf: Enchantment and Excitement: Adventures with Schönwerth. The dual language book Original Bavarian Folktales: A Schönwerth Selection by M. Charlotte Wolf is the first English-German edition of the tales that were tirelessly collected from “ordinary folk” by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth during the 1800’s. The stories are fascinating testimonies of the beliefs and lives of people in southeastern Germany in the 1800s and before. In this lecture, Dr. Wolf will talk about Schönwerth and his work as a collector of stories as well as her personal connection to and work with these tales.

October 16 – Dr. Ursula Wirtz, Jungian Analyst: Trauma and Beyond; the Mystery of Transformation. Dr. Wirtz is a Jungian Analyst from Zürich, Switzerland and author of the acclaimed book, Trauma and Beyond: the Mystery of Transformation. In her presentation, she will explore the trauma of violence as existence in extremis, which undermines one’s trust in the world and in oneself.

November 6 – Kaitryn Wertz, M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst: Beyond Echo and Cassandra: Finding the Voice of Inner Authority. In this presentation, the Greek myths of Echo and Cassandra, lived by contemporary individuals and visible in Jungian analysis, will be used to illustrate the loss and recovery of the authentic inner voice. We will draw upon insights from Jungian psychology, as well as images from western alchemy and Kundalini yoga to explore how the voice of inner authority may develop.

December 4 – Dr. Mark Palmer, Psychologist and Jungian Training Candidate: Abandoning and Finding the Feminine in Grimms’ “The Twelve Huntsmen.” In this presentation, Dr. Palmer will take us through the process of loss and rediscovery of one’s connection to soul, as he interprets the beautiful fairy tale, “The Twelve Huntsmen.”

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado
Phone: (303) 575-1055
All lectures held at the Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street.