Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies (JSSS)

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.-- Carl Jung


13 th  Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology

Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies

On Nature & the Feminine: Psychological & Cultural Reflections

Biographical Notes

Keynote Speaker

Mary-Jayne Rust is an ecopsychologist and psychotherapist of 35 year experience, inspired by trainings in art therapy, feminist psychotherapy and Jungian analysis. Journeys to Ladakh (on the Tibetan plateau) in the early 1990s alerted her to the seriousness of the ecological crisis, and its cultural, economic and spiritual roots. Alongside her therapy practice, she runs courses and lectures internationally on ecopsychology, a growing field of inquiry into the psychological dimensions of ecological crisis. Her publications can be found on www.mjrust.net, including Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis (Karnac, 2011). She grew up beside the sea and is wild about swimming. Now she lives and works beside ancient woodland in North London.

Alphabetical biographies of presenters

David Baker is a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute; B.A. and M.A. in theological studies. He is currently on the post-graduate faculty, Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. Past teaching assignments at Rollins College, the University of Central Florida and The Seattle School of Psychology & Theology. His private practice & management consultancy is in Winter Park, FL.

Robin Barre has a private psychotherapy practice and serves as a school-based counselor for K-12 students. She is completing her dissertation, a Heuristic Self-Search Inquiry of her teaching experiences in an alternative high school and how personal trauma and the trauma of her students intersected to create magic and mayhem.

Antonella Bell is a graduate student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. Her work explores how we can reconnect children to the natural world. Her professional background includes creating an award winning nature immersion program for children and teaching a non-traditional university course in the North Saskatchewan River valley.

Mary Ann Bencivengo is a doctoral student at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. Her focus is in myth in arts and humanities. She received her MFA in Poetry and BFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.

Carolyn H. Bray, Ph.D. is a member analyst of the San Francisco Jung Institute, a practicing psychologist, and an associate professor of Depth Psychology at Sonoma State University. As a researcher and lecturer, she has a long standing interest in archetypal images of the dynamic feminine represented in Hawaiian mythology.


Bonnie Bright, Ph.D., is the founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, DepthPsychologyList.com, and Depth Insights scholarly eZine. She earned M.A.s from Sonoma State University and Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is a certified archetypal pattern analyst via Assisi Institute. Her research interests include Jungian psychology, ecopsychology, Holotropic Breathwork, and shamanism.

Alison Brooks-Starks is an Edmonton-based educator and improviser. She has taught improv in diverse settings such as a united church camp, a philosophy camp and a camp for LGBTQ+ youth. Alison lets her unconscious act out every Friday night with a local improv company.

Marilyn DeMario holds a Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a teacher of creative non-fiction writing for many years before her retirement in 2002. Since then, she has pursued her interests in depth psychology, street photography, and classical literature. She has given numerous presentations at JSSS, IAJS, IASD, and the Art and Psyche Working Group.

Peter W. Demuth is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Evanston, Illinois and former Chief Forensic Psychologist at the Elgin Mental Health Center. He is a professional singer/songwriter of over 140 original songs. His areas of interest include dark adaptation, psychopathy, hypnosis, Jungian analysis, and music composition.

William Farrar is a member of IAJS and the current Faculty Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Estrella Mountain Community College. He created and designed the Psychology of Religion class that is currently used at a number of colleges in the Maricopa County Community College district.

Deborah Fausch discovered depth psychology in her late 20s when, as an architect, she was compelled by the world of dreams. After an academic career in architectural history and theory, she has recently returned to analytic psychology as a Candidate at the JPA, bringing together her interests in the psyche’s creative powers and in the physical environment.

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Matthew Fike is a Professor of English at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he teaches courses in the human experience, critical thinking, Shakespeare, and Renaissance literature.

Andrea Gaspar is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is also a student of the Jungian Studies Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.

Karen Harper LCSW is doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute and a psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville, TN. When not working, Karen communes with Nature and the Wild Feminine whenever possible.

Jane Hendrickson has a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology, Philosophy, and Mythology and M A. Mythology, Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Leadership Arts and Administration programs from Seattle Pacific University, MFA Art and Education from Chapman College, and BFA in printmaking from California State at Northridge. She has presented courses on the Labyrinth at Pima College.

Luke Hockley Ph.D. is Professor of Media Analysis at the University of Bedfordshire, UK and a State Registered Psychotherapist with the UKCP. His most recent publications include Somatic Cinema, and a co-edited collection, The Happiness Illusion: how the media sold us a fairytale.

Regan Holt has been a teacher for fifteen years. She has recently graduated with her M.Ed. through Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta specializing in Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies. She also participates in interdisciplinary research with Hope Studies Central.

Karen Jacobsen has 35 years of experience with eastern and western contemplative practices that include meditation retreat work ranging from periods of a few days or weeks to six months of silent retreat in rural Ontario and two years of retreat in rural Ireland. She is currently completing graduate studies at University of Alberta.

Marta Koonz is a depth psychologist, professional certified coach, and experienced facilitator. She has an M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute (Depth Psychology, with a focus in Jungian & Archetypal Studies), where she is pursuing her Ph.D. She specializes in designing and facilitating engaging learning opportunities for groups.

John B. Loghry, MA, MA, Ph.D., is a social worker, artist, and writer living in Oklahoma.

Michael Lukie is a Ph.D. student in the faculty of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta; B.Ed. (University of Winnipeg), BA, B.Sc., M.Ed. (University of Manitoba). He is a high school physics teacher at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is researching secondary student conceptions of understanding.

Linda Marshall is a student in the MA program, Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Inez Martinez, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, writes psychological criticism of literature. She is general editor of the Jungian Journal of Scholarly Studies.

Aaron Mason recently completed his coursework for the MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He is currently exploring next steps, including doctoral research.

Gabrielle Milanich has explored the eco-phenomenology of placial debris. She has lectured on ecopsychology, place, myth, Goethe, and poet, Robinson Jeffers, and offered workshops on nature writing, place, and the confluence of nature and art. An avid hiker and artist, she is often found in the mythic places of California.

Yvonne Nelson-Reid attends Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is currently working on her dissertation in the area of adolescent suicide attempts. Yvonne has a B.Ed. (University of Alberta), a M.A. (University of Calgary), and a M.A. (PGI), and is excited for the opportunity to revisit her first alma mater.

Petra Otero is a 5th Grade bilingual teacher in Chicago, Illinois and a doctoral student at National Louis University in the Curriculum and Social Inquiry program. Her research interests are in bringing curriculum theory and depth psychology together to address neglected conversations in Latino pedagogy.

Elisabeth Pizoni is a chemist who has been studying Jung for a very long time and loves his work. She took more than ten years of Jungian therapy that was very effective for her life and work.

Lisa A. Pounders is an artist, poet, creative consultant, and Jungian scholar living in Bend, Oregon. In 2014, she completed the MA in Engaged Humanities at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently working there towards her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.

Evangeline Rand has been a registered psychologist practicing in Edmonton for thirty five years. Deep involvement in psycho/physiological healing from trauma gave rise to her two early books - Recovering from Incest and Recovering Feminine Spirituality. For twenty-two years she was associate faculty member of the Doctor of Ministry Program at St. Stephen's Theological College.

Susan Rowland (Ph.D.) is Chair of MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. She is author of Jung as a Writer, Jung: A Feminist Revision,
C. G. Jung in the Humanities, The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung, and forthcoming The Sleuth and the Goddess in Women’s Detective Fiction. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cécile Rozuel is a Lecturer in business ethics at the University of Lancaster (UK). Her research involves exploring moral issues in organisations from the perspective of analytical psychology, notably examining how the ‘psyche's stuff’ affects ethical behaviour.

Gail Sajo is a doctoral candidate whose passion directly connects to the Northwest Territories and Alberta communities and the capacity of remote communities to bridge multiple challenges and live successful lives. Her children are professional musicians and educators. Her husband and two huskies travel with her and keep her centered.

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, was trained at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and also has a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is a member of the IAAP, APA, IAJS, and NMSJA and gives lectures and workshops. Her Jungian analytical practice is in Paradise Valley, Arizona. www.susanschwartzphd.com

Christina Stojanova is Associate Professor at the Department of Film, University of Regina. She is co-editor of the critical anthologies “Wittgenstein at the Movies” (Lexington Books, 2011) and “The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard” (W Laurier UP, 2014), and is the co-author of “The New Romanian Cinema” (Edinburgh UP, 2016)

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman is a doctoral student at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a professional artist and art historian who has published art in books, magazines, and calendars.

Chantel Thurman, M.A. is a naturalist, environmental educator and licensed psychotherapist. She is a member of the Washington Wolf Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary group working together to support gray wolf recovery. She is certified in wildlife track and sign interpretation and has been accepted by the New Mexico Seminar for Analytic Training.

Rinda West, PhD, is the author of Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land. She is a landscape designer in Chicago, having taught English at the college level for 35 odd – very odd – years. She is a member of the CGJI program committee and a frequent presenter.

Leanne Whitney, MA, Ph.D. (abd) teaches the reality of nonduality and is currently completing her dissertation, Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali. Her first publication is the final chapter in Brain, Mind, Cosmos: The Nature of Our Existence and the Universe (2014), a compilation of scientific papers edited by Deepak Chopra.

Karen Williams received her BA in Art and Design from the University of Alberta and her MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She lives in Edmonton where she is a Registered Psychologist who marries her love of art with Jungian Psychology to help her clients realize the greater potential.

Susan Wyatt, Ph.D. teaches research at Antioch University Los Angeles and has conducted workshops at Fielding Graduate University on elements of qualitative inquiry. Presentations at IAJS and JSSS conferences include “Research: the mythic standpoint,”, “Using nature as a model for inquiry,” and “Imagining research.”

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