Current Lecture Schedule

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado
Spring 2018 Lecture Series

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.

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


Matter and Spirit: A Look at Psychology & Alchemy in the Process of Individuation

a lecture by Lara Newton 
February 2nd, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

C.G. Jung saw his psychological work as similar to that of the solitary alchemist, striving both to liberate spirit from matter and to imbue the inert matter with spirit, a cyclical process in which the transformative experience of individuation comes to life. In this lecture, Lara Newton will present and explore the psychological dimensions that alchemical imagery opens to us. She will discuss the alchemical process and some of the major operations from a depth psychological perspective, always recognizing that the container for this process is our human experience of the ever-evolving movement between matter and spirit. Throughout the presentation, dreams will be used to amplify and elucidate the alchemical images and process.

Lara Newton, M.A., is a Senior Diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Denver, Colorado. She is the Director of Training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the President of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado.  

The Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!

a lecture by John Todd
March 2nd, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

Jung often saw parallels between our relationship to the unconscious and our relationship to Nature. According to Jung, “Nature is not matter only, she is spirit. Were that not so, the only source of spirit would be human reason. It is the great achievement of Paracelsus to have elevated the “light of nature” to a principle…The lumen naturae is the natural spirit, whose strange and significant workings we can observe in the manifestations of the unconscious….” This lecture will be an exploration of the concept of the Lumen Naturae and its importance in Jungian theory as well as the “light bringers” who deliver its message, via clinical and mythological/fairy tale material.

John Todd, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Evergreen, Colorado. He graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is the Associate Director of Training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.

Poetics of the I Ching: Metaphor and the Book of Changes

a lecture by Gary Foster and Autumn Noelle Hall
April 6th, 2018

The ancient Chinese Oracle is at once a tool to trace the patterns of change in one’s own life and a guide for one’s personal psychic understanding. Learn how consulting the I Ching creates a confluence between the Inner and Outer sage, symbolically yielding poetry and meaning. Understand how to build one of 64 hexagrams and interpret the changes of the lines within, find the underlying pattern of change in the moment, and trace the creative movement of Yin and Yang in your life.

Gary Foster, MA-COMM, is a graduate of the Defense Language Instituted (DLI) in Monterey, California where he studied Chinese Mandarin. He later received his undergraduate degree in Asian Studies/Chinese and a Master’s degree in Communications. Gary worked for 33 years as a Chinese Linguist/Cryptanalyst and Intelligence Analyst/Consultant for the Department of Defense. He has travelled widely in Asia and brings over 40 years of I Ching practice and study to bear on his understanding of Asian culture and thought.

Autumn Noelle Hall is an honor graduate of DLI and served for 4 years as a Chinese linguist for the DOD. She is an internationally recognized Asian Short Form poet and is currently the Tanka Prose editor for Ribbons, the official print journal of the Tanka Society of  America. She and Gary have partnered for the last 10 years in furthering their mutual understanding of the I Ching.

The Use of the Misa in Andean Shamanism

a lecture by Deborah Bryon

 May 11th, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

The role of shaman can be found throughout ancient indigenous cultures including the p’aqos practicing in the Peruvian Andes. The p’aqois a specialist in ecstatic trance, a technician of the sacred. In altered states of consciousness, he or she communes with powers animating the world, often through the use of a misa, or medicine bundle. The misa is comprised of a configuration of q’uiyas or stones that together create an energetic network used for healing, deeper individual connection with the spirit world, or may focus on specific problems of the community. P’aqos work with different misas, depending on the specific purpose of the work. Dr Bryon will focus on the practices and traditions of the Peruvian misa, drawing comparisons between the misa and Jung’s process of active imagination.

There will be a workshop on Saturday in which Dr. Bryon will focus on the sacred practice of the Andean p’aqo.

(a workshop on May 12 will be open to the public. More information is to come.) 

Deborah Bryon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and senior Jungian Analyst in Denver, CO. She is also an artist member of Spark Gallery. Deborah has written books on the Inca Shamans, receives ongoing in-depth training with Q’ero shamans in Peru and has undergone a series of sacred initiations with them.