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


Abstracts and Biographies of Presenters


Barton, David, G.

Psyche, Santa Fe, and the Earth

"Santa Fe" is a unique place with a unique, multicultural history that serves as a case study for earth-psyche relationships, but it is also an image that encompasses many of the problems and complexes of Western Civilization. C.G. Jung's trip to Taos Pueblo – and his problematic relationship to Native American culture – will be used to understand "Santa Fe" as a potentially healing image.

David G. Barton is Associate Professor of Humanities at Northern New Mexico College, where he also serves as director of an interdisciplinary program in psychology, indigenous study, and the humanities. Formerly he was the founding editor of The Salt Journal (now defunct) and executive director of The Salt Institute. He is currently completing a biography of Vaclav Havel.

Beck, Gustavo

Before the Catastrophe: Reflections on Animal Monstruosity, Monstruous Animality, and Human Failure in the Face of Global Warming

This paper explores the fantasy of humanity as a failed species that expresses its animality through an instinctive splitting from instinct. Using Jung’s observations on the relationship between archetype and instinct, Hillman’s idea of an animalized cosmos, and Giegerich’s notion of historical actuality, this essay explores global warming as an expression of the human tendency to self-destruct.

Gustavo Beck is Professor of Psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is a clinical psychologist and supervisor as well as a translator of books and essays on psychology and the humanities. He received his Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. His interests revolve around archetypal and post-Jungian thought, particularly its impact over contemporary social, cultural, and political issues.

Bencivengo, Mary

A Jungian Study of the Estuary: As Active Alchemical Earth, Psychoid Phenomena, and in Conjunction with Human Psyche

Earth’s ecological distress is not new news; however, estuaries are often “out of sight, out of mind”—residing “aside” consciousness—while vital to freshwater and food resources. These unique habitats where two bodies of water meet need to be preserved. Their distinct traits are herein explored with a Jungian lens.

Mary Bencivengo is a graduate student at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. She has a MFA in Poetry and a BFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University; she has studied piano, visual arts, and dance, and has taught English composition and preschool.

Bernstein, Jerome; Little Bear, Leroy; Lacourt, Jeanne

Dominion and Reciprocity: The Indigenous Mind and the Western Mind -- What Is Reality and What Difference Does It Make?

The Indigenous mind offers a clinical, spiritual and scientific compensation for the brilliant, but dissociated, Western mind. It holds potential for bringing an over-dominant left brain psyche into dialogue with its overshadowed right brain counterpart, necessary for spirit/soul connection, and connection with Earth. We will explore Quantum science and Jungian theory as the bridge for that reconnection.

Jerome S. Bernstein, M.A.P.C., NCPsyA., is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst in Santa Fe and a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of New York. Jerome has a forty-five year relationship with Navajo and Hopi peoples. His analytic work has been influenced by Navajo healing through his collaborative clinical work with a traditional Navajo medicine man and a Navajo cultural translator. He is the author of Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma (Routledge 2005) and is co-editor, with Philip Deloria, of C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions by Vine Deloria, Jr. (Spring Books: 2009). He is a senior training faculty with the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe and lectures internationally.

Jeanne Lacourt, MS, LPC, NCC, Ph.D. is a professor of American Indian Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, a licensed professional therapist in private practice, and a Jungian Analyst-in-Training with the IRSJA. She is from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Her current work explores the intersections of Indigenous and Jungian ideas.

Leroy Little Bear, Juris Doctor, is a member of the Small Robes Band of the Blood Indian Tribe of the Blackfoot confederacy, born  and raised on the Blood Indian Reserve. Before retirement, he was a professor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge Alberta, Canada. From January 1998 to June 1999,  he was Director of the Harvard University Native American Program.  He is the former Head of the Seed Graduate Institute which held a series of dialogues between Native and Western Scientists.  He has authored many articles including “A Concept of Native Title” which has been cited in a Canadian Supreme Court decision. He has co-authored books including Pathways to Self-Determination, Quest for Justice, and Governments in Conflict with Dr. Menno Boldt and Dr. Anthony Long. Current interests include the exploration of North American “Native Science and Western Science: Possibilities for a Powerful Collaboration.” He lectures on this and other topics internationally.

Blanchard, Margaret and Sowbel

Earth Inspired Creativity

In 1933, Jung said that "an artist....is a 'collective [person]--one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of [hu]mankind." Blanchard and Sowbel consider how poetry, fiction and art might recognize, express, andshift the earth’s relation to the psyche through their images of earth deities, oracles, and boustrophedons.

Margaret M. Blanchard, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, has written three books on intuition, two poetry books, and eight novels, including This Land and Water Spies.

Sb Sowbel, Ph.D., painter, poet, recipient of five art council grants is the faculty coordinator of the Assessment of Prior Learning Program at Goddard College.

Capelin, Joanna

The Rhizome: Exploring a Jungian Symbol for Psychoid Reality

Jungian work is needed to address how to have an emerging awareness of a connection to matter, thus the earth. Jung, outlining his hypothesis of the psychoid nature of archetypes, offers a sensibility in which one can symbolically ascertain this connection. This work offers the rhizome as earth-based structure capable of symbolically characterizing the psychoid principle.

Joanna Capelin holds a B.A. from The Colorado College in Social Theory and currently is enrolled in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ph.D. program in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology.

Courtney, Susan

Salt Consciousness

This research paper explores the psychoid realm through a presentation of the magnetic properties of alchemical salts alongside the electromagnetic resonance field of physical saltwater solutions of the body and estuary, suggesting that the saltwater environments of the person and the estuary are entwined, experienced as a body-earth consciousness.

Susan Courtney writes about her native, Pacific Northwest environment through a Jungian, alchemical lens in which body and soul are inseparable from the earth and sea.

Damery, Patricia

The Alchemy of Catastrophe: Climate Change, Spirit, and Matter

This talk explores the alchemy of the climate change crisis and the challenge the crisis offers to consciousness. Only through an evolving consciousness may we mitigate some of the most horrific impacts. Messiaen's work with Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park will be explored for clues of what the evolving consciousness might entail.

Patricia Damery is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She has managed a biodynamic organic Napa Valley ranch for sixteen years and published a book detailing her analytic training and simultaneous entry into Biodynamic farming: Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation.

Dargert, Guy

Cornwall: A Psychology of Place

We look at the cases of individuals living in the rich, historic, and mythic landscape of West Cornwall in the UK. We discover that there seems to be some correlation between the historical issues, mythology and geography of this place and those of the individuals who live here today.

Guy Dargert is an American born psychotherapist who lives in Cornwall UK. He is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University and consultant lecturer at the Peninsula College of Medicine. His book The Snake in the Clinic; Psychotherapy’s Role in Medicine and Healing was published by Karnac Books in February 2016.

De Armond, Isabelle

Journeying: Internal and External Landscapes

In individuation journeys, there is often an attraction to a place, which becomes a symbolic container for a transformation. The landscape may complement, reflect, and anticipate psychic states. Through the activation of the transcendent function and the intimate dialogue between a mirroring image and the psyche, landscape fosters psychic transformation.

Isabelle De Armond Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Berkeley and is clinical training at the C.G. Jung San Francisco Institute. After spending more than 20 years in clinical research, she obtained her psychology doctorate from Saybrook University. She also holds a medical degree from Rene Descartes University, Paris.

Deily, Scot and Wright, Cori

The Four Shields: A Map for Interacting with Growth and Decay in Ourselves and Nature

The potency and perils of archetypal forces intrinsically affect Psyche and Earth. We will explore a cyclical model, that mirrors Earth’s polarities of growth and decay with the tension of modern consciousness and chthonic psychic processes, and which imparts the soulful integration necessary for navigating current social and ecological crisis.

Scot Deily, LMSW, has been involved with rites of passage for the past two decades, guiding programs with various organizations including the School of Lost Borders. Scot is a clinical social worker in rural New Mexico and currently serves on a consulting team dedicated to cultivating more sustainable communities.

Cori Wright has been working in wilderness therapy and rites of passage for almost ten years. She is currently pursuing a master of science in somatic psychology and clinical mental health, and seeks ways to intertwine reflections of the wilderness, human embodiment, and clinical perspectives together.

De Mario, Marilyn

Independent Spirits: Finding your Landscape Even as Your Landscape Finds You

This presentation examines the later work of Georgia O'Keefe as it reflects her intimate relationship with her beloved New Mexican desert. As one of the most highly esteemed American artists of the 20th century, O'Keefe helped to define the nature of abstract expressionist art as a way of depicting her personal conversations with the animated landscape.

Marilyn De Mario holds a Ph.D. in English studies from the University of Pittsburgh where she primarily taught Creative Nonfiction Writing to undergraduate and graduate students. Since her retirement in the early 2000s, and her own unintended banishment to Columbia, South Carolina ( Georgia O'Keefe spent just one academic year here), she has indulged her twin interests in depth psychology and the visual arts.

Doherty, Ciuin

Imagination: A Portal to Personal and Planetary Individuation

This thesis draws on Jungian psychology, neuroscience, ecopsychology, and cosmology to uncover the role of the imagination in facilitating individuation at personal and planetary levels. It proposes that our imaginative faculties enable us to heal not only internal divisions, but also our profoundly damaging psychic separation from the Earth herself.

Ciuin Doherty is a trainee depth psychotherapist. Currently pursuing an MA in Counseling Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, he grew up in the wild, expansive landscapes of Ireland. This enchanting terrain provides the backdrop to his fascination with the dance between psyche and nature, soul and cosmos.

Drake, Victoria C.

Multitude: Solitude: Exploring Alchemical Constellations of the Artistic Process as Hermetic Mediator between Earth and Psyche

The alchemy of artistic process as a foregrounding mediatrix both between and for Earth and Psyche is the focus of this presentation using images of work by nature-grounded, visual artists, such as Sheppard Craige and David Jansheski.

Victoria Drake is a native Chicago writer, editor, photographer, teacher, global traveler, and mother to three teenage daughters. She currently serves with the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago in academic programming, teaching and curriculum development. She also owns and manages a working family farm in Central Illinois.

Dunlap, Peter

Learning how to gather together to become the people called for by our time

To respond to the ills of our time we can loosen and transform our large group identifications. Such learning can come out of group practices that show us how individual and group development is reciprocal. Such practices support Jung’s vision of forming a self-aware species-level consciousness, which he referred to as the "personification of the unconscious.”

He is engaged in research at the interface between Jung’s psychocultural and political thinking, group theory, and emotion-focused work in psychotherapy and groups. He currently leads a group for community leaders focused on cultivating activism with a psychological attitude. Peter is the author of Awakening Our Faith in the Future (Routledge, 2008).

Dziak, Jacqueline

Children’s Literature Exploring the Complex Nature Bond: The Case of The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree remains one of the most popular and divisive books in children’s literature. It is important to understand the story’s contested and ambiguous message and explore what happens to man’s psyche as he selfishly exploits the earth and to consider the detrimental psychological consequences.

Jacqueline Dziak is a graduate student at Pacifica Graduate Institute, pursuing her M.A. in Engages Humanities and the Creative Life, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. Jacqui is employed by Meredith Corporation, and is the Southwest Sales Director of The Parents Network.

Easter, Sandra

Ancestors in the Land

In a lecture in 1925 Jung stated that “the ancestors seem to be in the land.” The ancestors, present in the land, are a living presence in the psyche of its inhabitants. This dynamic relationship between the ancestors, the people and the land is part of our psychic landscape.

Sandra Easter received her MA in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She teaches at Pacifica Graduate Institute, maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara and offers workshops in ancestral soul work.

Eleftheriou, Silvia

Meeting with the Mother and the Necessity of Creative Expression

As women in the first half of life begin to develop a more conscious relationship to the feminine (i.e. connectivity to the Earth, matter), an authentic need for creative expression is uncovered. Although such expressions are often resisted by patriarchal cultures, they appear necessary in the process of reclaiming shadow.

Silvia Eleftheriou is a student in the MEd Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta. Her Master’s thesis explores the experiences of women in the first half of life developing a conscious relationship with the feminine, and the implications of these experiences for educational psychology and psychotherapeutic practice.

Fadina, Nadezda

Liminality and Representations of Earth in Cinematic Fairytales of Slavic Cultures

Some ancient fairytales provide us with samples of matriarchal narratives, closely connected to earth. Modern media adapted and appropriated ancient stories, taking deep roots in the hegemonies and discourses of contemporary cultures. Analysing adaptations of ancient Russian fairytales, the paper will demonstrate a transformative effect they can offer their audiences.

Nadezda Fadina is a London based media entrepreneur and academic. She holds a Master's degree in International Cinema and is currently completing her PhD, investigating gender, fairytales and animation. She teaches film at the University of Bedfordshire and Goldsmiths University of London. Her latest book is The Happiness Illusion - How the Media Sold us a Fairytale (with Luke Hockley).

Fidyk, Alexandra

Re-conceptualizing Research with Psyche

Exploring the Earth’s relations to Psyche must include critical examination of the historical paradigms which reflect human beings ways of knowing and ways of expressing such knowing. Are adequate and relevant questions asked when planning research design within the field of analytical psychology? What are they? Looking specifically at ontological, cosmological, and epistemological concerns, attention will be given to the centrality of the objective psyche and what its existence means for research.

Poet, philosopher, and psychotherapist, Alexandra Fidyk, Ph.D., weaves these threads pedagogically within her position as Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta. Her work is deeply influenced by her prairie roots – big skies, vast horizons, and the beat of the earth, as well as the fields of post-/Jungian psychology, Buddhist thought, hermeneutics, poetic inquiry, and curriculum theory.

Fike, Matthew

The Unus Mundus in Two Late Novels by Laurens van der Post

Laurens van der Post’s late novels A Story Like the Wind and A Far-Off Place depict the unity of matter, psyche, and spirit (the unus mundus). In this respect, the novels are Jungian allegory, and unity is central to van der Post’s prescription for what ails modern persons.

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.

Giraldo, Enrique

Earth as Place: linking Psyche and Earth in the City

As half of world’s populations lives on cities, Jungian work needs to address the city and its links to earth and psyche from a perspective that reverts the estrangement between them. Consequently this paper will explore the sense of place in cities and how it can earth our psyche.

Enrique Giraldo (MSc city design) is currently completing his MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He works as an urban designer, developer, writer and dreamer of urban ideas. His interest in the infinite expression of cities and its dwellers inspires his work.

Glock, Michael

The Modern Martian in Search of a Soul

When humans transcended biology and the singularity happened they lost connection to the numinous. A fictional narrative of a couple in search for soul on a barren Martian landscape. In a desperate search of their banks of facts, they recover Jung’s Collected Works, Volume 10, Civilization in Transition, and recognize they are at it again.

Michael Glock Ph.D., is committed to re-energizing humans “being” by mashing-up postmodern depth psychology and critical cultural philosophy with leading edge futurism and fictional storytelling. He is currently co-chair of the International Association of Jungian Studies. (IAJS).

Golding, Paul

Achilles at the Forefront of the Boy Crisis

This presentation addresses the unique problems of many boys being raised far from their optimal natural environment, defined as their Environment of Evolutionary Adaptation. The talk melds Jungian concepts and authors with empirical research from developmental psychology with notions of how nature is misused in arriving at this outcome of the “boy crisis.”

Paul Golding received a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica in 2012. He is currently the President of the Santa Fe Boys Educational Foundation and lectures widely on the need to frame the boy crisis as in infant mental health issue.

Grelock, Susan

Art & Animals: Psyche as a Voice for Animal Conservation

As more and more species are pushed into extinction, how does the creative force of Earth use the creative power of the unconscious to give voice to these disappearing species? This paper will examine how the significance of our relationship with other species is finding life in the arts.

Susan Grelock (MA) is a PhD candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Depth Psychology program. Her dissertation research is looking at how human interconnection with other animals is expressed in the arts. She has completed fieldwork at Wildcare wildlife rescue center in California and Mission: Wolf sanctuary in Colorado.

Guthrie, Leland

Chiasm and Communion: Jungian Phenomenology

Western Culture suffers from an illusion of separation between the mental and the physical, which is mirrored in the rift between Psyche and the Earth. Jungian phenomenology offers a way to heal this rift by returning to direct experiential encounter with the beings and presences of the physical and imaginal worlds.

Leland Guthrie is a Doctoral Student in the Clinical Psychology program at Duquesne University. Prior to this he lived in New Mexico where he worked as a fiber artist and studied the intersection of indigenous life ways and Indo-European culture. Leland’s current focus is the reconstellation of a unifying cultural mythos combining ecospychology, Jungian/Christian cosmology, and indigenous wisdom.

Hillis, Raymond

The Transcendent Function in Relation with the Natural World

Mind gets a lot more than pretty sunsets and lush forests from earth. It also inherits the dark, destructive processes that are essential forces within nature. We will explore ways of honoring those outer opposites so we can effectively accept and carry the “tension” between them within ourselves.

Raymond Hillis, Ph.D. taught human development from a Jungian perspective at California State University Los Angeles for 40 years. Since retiring in 2005 he has been guiding rites of passage fasts in the Southern Colorado Rockies and near Santa Fe (wildernessdreaming.com).

Hockley, Luke

Song of Ceylon

Song of Ceylon (1934) is a curious documentary. Rather than recording or commenting on a materialist condition instead it provides viewers with an experience of unconscious forces. In so doing the film is distinctive in offering a phenomenological account of psychic space through the depiction of the people and landscape of Ceylon.

Luke Hockley Ph.D. is Professor of Media Analysis at the University of Bedfordshire. His recent publications include The Happiness Illusion, Somatic Cinema and forthcoming is Jungian Film Studies: the Essential Guide with Helena Bassil-Morozow. He is UKCP Integrative Psychotherapist.

Holifield, Barbara

Psyche Within the Matrix of the Natural World: Restoration, Sustainability and Emergence

Highlights of a case show the way in which the natural world became central to a reorganization of an analysand’s inner world. The whole of the analysis is likened to an emergent ceremony with similar themes as of those found in the creation story and Beautyway ceremony of the Diné.

Barbara Holifield is an analyst member of the San Francisco Jung Institute. Immersion into wilderness deeply influences her practice. She is a professor at The California Institute of Integral Studies. Her writings explore the earth/psyche relationship and are published in The Jung Journal, Psychological Perspectives and The Body in Psychotherapy.

Kiehl, Jeffrey

Joining Heaven and Earth: A Jungian Perspective on Our Changing Planet

A description is provided of our current planetary crisis with focus on how quickly change is occurring and how these changes mirror those of earth’s deep past. Jungian psychology is used to understand why we have reached this state and how we can reconnect with earth.

Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD is a Jungian analyst and climate scientist. He has published over 140 articles in scientific journals. He is the author of the new book Facing Climate Change. (Columbia University Press) uniting climate science and Jungian psychology. He is a senior training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.

Koonz, Marta

Differentiating the Wheel: Connecting to Earth Through the Four Shields Medicine Wheel and Jung’s Psychological Types

This experiential workshop will explore the Four Shields medicine wheel and the eight mental functions of Jung’s psychological type. This exploration will allow us to consider how typology might be freshly conceived, reimagining the differentiation of the functions, their earthly connections, and their role in the journey towards wholeness.

Marta Koonz is a solutions consultant and certification trainer for CPP—the exclusive publisher of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. She has an M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology, with a focus in Jungian & Archetypal Studies. She is currently researching her dissertation on the individuation of psychological type.

Lall, Jean

Elemental Earth, from Empedocles to Bachelard and Jung

Earth, air, water and fire, the elements assumed by Western thought from the Presocratics to the dawn of the Enlightenment, engaged the attention of both Jung and Bachelard, who understood them as imaginal substances and psychic realities. How might the classical sense of ‘earth’ help ground our contemporary psychological and political work as citizens of planet Earth?

Jean Hinson Lall, M.A., is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and astrological consultant in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and an independent scholar focusing on traditional divination systems and the cosmological and divinatory aspects of depth psychology.

Levy, Lorraine

The Song of Songs as the Sacred Bonding in Psyche/Earth

Creative energy is often found through connection with the anima (female) energy and connection with nature through images or physical experience. My paper will examine the erotic animus (male) energy and nature images found in the biblical text of The Song of Songs.

Lorraine Levy MA is an ABA student of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a teacher at her local community college, working with students to achieve their educational goals and putting Psyche into psychology courses through dream, image, and qualitative methods. She models learning, taking art classes, learning Hebrew, and speaking at Jungian conferences.

Lukie, Michael Paul

An analysis of the projective dynamics involved within the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and Crimea

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine and Crimea is examined in this presentation from a number of depth psychological lenses. These include the scapegoat, the island, the ancient interplay of the good and evil archetype, and predator anxiety. The archetypal image of the "mother" is presented as a potential healing solution.

Michael Paul Lukie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta and is a secondary school physics teacher at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His doctoral research involves investigating students', teachers', and professors' conceptions about what it means to understand physics.

Maal, Nusa

Mommy-Tree: Reconnecting Children, Mother, and Earth through Ecopsychological Archetypally Revisioning Active Imagination

The imaginal Mommy Tree brings context to the child, the Mother Child Relationship, and his/her connection to all ancestors back to their roots in Earth. Mother Archetypes are supported for unifying transitions and disruptions happening in the nurturing of the child.

Executive coach, strategic communications consultant, Nusa Maal is a doctoral candidate in somatic depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, mother of two, and co-author of Mapping Inner Space. Nusa visually synthesized the Barcelona Parliament of World Religions, the first Post-911 NYC community dialogue, and NASA’s Challenger Crash.

Mahr, Greg

Jung, Panpsychism and de Chardin

Man’s exploitation of nature is based on materialism. Modern philosophical views like panpsychism accept the presence of consciousness as part of nature. Teilhard de Chardin proposes a panpsychist philosophical model that elucidates the connections between man and nature that Jung observed, as in the story of the scarab beetle.

Greg Mahr is a psychiatrist at Henry Ford Hospital with a longstanding interest in Jung. He has published several papers on the interface between philosophy and psychology, and is on faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Marshall, Linda

The Creative Unconscious As Healer of the Earth: A Personal Journey With the Archetypal Energies of Anima and Animus

This paper explores my own inner journey as a way of illustrating the necessity of a strong relationship with the archetypal energy of the anima as well as the animus, in order to connect the creative unconscious with the earth’s creative forces; and thus bring about healing to both.

Linda Marshall is a former chef who is now a ceramist, Jungian scholar, and lifelong explorer of her own inner journey. She recently completed her MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Mason, Aaron

Sacred Mudflesh Homes: Adobe, Alchemy, earth Consciousness

This presentation investigates the experience of touching earth as soil, clay, mud, and adobe (Santa Fe’s mandated building material). It will depart from Jungian theories, which suggest that Earth has consciousness. My focus is on life as emergent from earth. I ask how playing in the mud might critique, subvert, or transform Jung’s placement of human consciousness above nonhuman consciousness?

Aaron Mason earned his MA in Engaged Humanities from Pacifica Graduate Institute in May of 2015. Santa Fe is where he completed his undergraduate studies at St. John’s College. It is also where he got married in a then-illegal ceremony during a harvest moon at a haunted resort.

Miller, Barbara Helen

Exploring Encounters

Indigenous people have specific terms for what we in the West think of generally as ecology. The Sámi people participate in their environment and give expression to a living relationship.

Barbara Helen Miller was a cellist with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands for thirteen years. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Leiden University and authored Connecting and Correcting, A Case Study of Sami Healers in Porsanger. Since receiving a Diploma from C.G. Jung Institute Zürich, she has been in private practice and is currently an independent scholar, working in co-operation with the Research Group Circumpolar Cultures.

Mitchell, Robert

Nature and Spirit in Holistic Education: The Jungian Dilemma

Holistic education was conceived as a reaction to the excessive emphasis placed on rational consciousness by the European Enlightenment. Jung’s concept of individuation encompasses not only the mental but also sentient and imaginative modes of consciousness that suggest a “holistic” psyche. Jolanda Jacobi argues that individuation should be part of the developmental process, providing the rationale for the holistic paradigm in K-12 education.

Robert Mitchell is an independent scholar. A classroom teacher for 27 years, he brings Jungian concepts and holistic education together in his book, Nurturing the Souls of Our Children: Education and the Culture of Democracy. He lectures on the Culture of Democracy and the means to achieve and defend it.

Nakamara, Konoyu

Sailor Moon”: The Moon as Healing Power for the Earth

I discuss the popular Japanese anime Sailor Moon from the viewpoint of the feminine in Jungian terms. I also refer to the moon as a healing power for the earth, which is polluted by patriarchal culture.

Konoyu Nakamura, Ph.D., is a professor of clinical psychology at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan. She is also a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist working with clients in her own practice in Kyoto. She has contributed chapters to several English books dealing with Jungian studies.

Nelson, Elizabeth Eowyn

Awakening the Somatic Imagination in a Wounded World

A highly developed somatic imagination can help individuals recognize and respond to many forms of ecological illness in the world today. This presentation demonstrates, through case examples, how one can imagine the human body as an alembic in which right action transmutes the toxicity proffered by a fatigued, wounded ecosystem.

Elizabeth Nelson teaches research process, methodology, and dissertation development along with courses in dream, imagery, literature, and cultural studies. at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research interests include personal, cultural, and mythic expressions of the shadow, gender, and power. Her books include The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (with Joseph Coppin) and Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power.

Nelson-Reid, Yvonne

Adolescent Suicide: A Jungian Perspective Exploring the Earth/Psyche Connection

If, as Jung suggests, human existence should be rooted in the earth, then our disconnection from the earth may have grave ramifications, such as, adolescent suicide. I suggest re-connecting adolescents to the planet, engaging them in her care, reciprocally inviting nature to care for them, is of cardinal significance for the survival of both

Yvonne Nelson-Reid attends Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is currently a doctoral candidate and is working on her dissertation in the area of adolescent suicide attempts. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Yvonne hopes to begin her career as a university professor.

Norton, Sarah

Jung as a Modern Polar Explorer: Ice in the Red Book

In this paper we will join Jung as polar explorers in our current era of climate change. Icy images in the Red Book and modern artistic expressions of ice will be explored. As such, we begin to discover a telos of the Red book, and a voice for ice today.

Sarah D. Norton, M.A., is a PhD student at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the field of Depth Psychology with an emphasis on Jungian and Archetypal studies. She recently embarked on a polar exploration of her own writing her dissertation Arctic Mediums: An Exploration of Ice through Text, Nature, and Psyche.

O’Grady, Deborah

Inscape and Landscape: Audio-visual Presentation in Response to Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles

The St. Louis Symphony commissioned Deborah O’Grady, artistic photographer, to create images to accompany the performance of Olivier Messiaen’s great orchestral work, Des Canyons aux Etoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars). Messiaen was inspired by his visit the canyon lands of southern Utah in 1972, when they were uncrowded. Deborah O’Grady updates the story, linking it with our current ecological crisis. She explores through her stunning photography the inspirational landscapes as both the exterior/physical and interior/spiritual loci of experience, and marries that to the musical performance.

Deborah O’Grady, photographer, director, and video artist. Her work has been seen internationally in museums, galleries, and music venues. A plenary speaker at the Jungian Art and Psyche conferences in San Francisco and New York City, she serves on the board of ARAS and is founding chairperson of the San Francisco Friends of the (C. G.) Jung Institute. http://aras.org/sites/default/files/docs/00036OGrady.pdf.

Oropeza, Clara

Following Psyche and Tending Community: The Eco-Minded Diary Writing of Anaïs Nin

This paper posits that Anaïs Nin’s (1903-1977) diaries offer mytho-poetic insight into a personal myth, and an exploration of the eco-minded aspects of diary writing. Nin’s diaries record experiencing a vitality in the present and living moment of engaging nature, mystery and connectivity.

Clara Oropeza, PhD, is an English professor at SBCC where she teaches composition and literature courses. Her work has been published in Sagewoman, Inside English and Journal of Mythological Studies.

Otero, Petra S.

Grounded to the Earth: Beyond Classroom Walls

This paper connects Berry’s critique of the “industrial illusion” and Jung’s critique of how “rationalistic walls” prevent us from living fuller lives to inform the fragmented relationships present today in public schooling. The need to go beyond classroom “rationalistic” walls and grounding ourselves in a human-earth relationship will be addressed.

Petra S. Otero is a 5 th Grade bilingual teacher in Chicago, Illinois and a doctoral student at National Louis University. Her research interests are in bringing curriculum theory and depth psychology together to address neglected conversations in education, especially as they pertain to students of diverse cultures.

Parker, Jessica

Mind, Earth and Radiation: A Jungian Exploration of Nuclear Restoration of the Planet

If Jungian work is needed to address why the Earth is suffering from shadow projection, then corporate consciousness needs to understand how unconscious archetypes manifest and influence subjective actions often ending with disastrous consequence. My paper will explore corporate typology of nuclear leadership and the symbol that manifests renewal.

Jessica Parker studied Jungian and Archetypal Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. In her past career in nuclear, she participated in company research and development as Chair of the engineering work-life balance committee, serving also as a nuclear network corporate representative of work-life balance.

Peterson, Rebecca

As We Treat Our Dreams So We Treat Earth

Jung’s implied placement of human consciousness at the pinnacle of evolution abets Earth’s destruction. Together with Indigenous Knowledge, post-Jungian Embodied Dreamwork offer remediation. In bypassing the ego’s tendency to colonize the dream, dream images, like ecological systems, can self-organize to create new perspectives that help right our relationship with Earth.

Rebecca Lynn Peterson, MA, is an art therapist residing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She studied archetypal art therapy at the University of New Mexico. She is a doctoral student at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is training in Embodied Dreamwork with Jungian analyst Robert Bosnak.

<Pottenger, Dennis

Lone Mountain from the Orphan Asylum: Image, Earth, and the Death of Carleton Watkins


Dennis Pottenger is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Northern California. With his wife, Rebecca, he co-facilitates a Jungian Learning Circle that meets monthly to consider topics ranging from dreams, myth, fairy tales and psychology to the arts, culture, the environment, film, gender and sexuality, literature, politics, and spirituality.

Pounders, Lisa

The Loneliest Road in America”: A Poetic Inquiry into the Role of Art in Earth’s Relation to Psyche

Featuring an original poem, “The Loneliest Road in America,” my paper analyzes my creative process and the poem to propose that creativity is an archetypal carrier which renders art a psychoid phenomenon with the potential to expose the interrelated nature of all being, including psyche’s link to the earth.

Lisa Pounders is an artist, poet, and Jungian scholar. She holds an MA in Engaged Humanities with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently a second year Ph.D. student in the Depth Psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies Program.

Rohde-Brown, Juliet

The Image of the Desert: An Experiential Workshop

This experiential workshop invites participants into an interactive imaginal dialogue with segments of Camus’ work entitled The Adulterous Woman and from Jung’s chapter entitled The Desert in his Red Book . The image of the desert leads the workshop participants into individual and collective reflections of earth-human relations.

Psychologist Juliet Rohde-Brown is a core faculty member and the Director of Clinical Training in the clinical program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has written journal articles and presented on topics such as forgiveness in international academic and professional venues and she has a small private practice.

Rowland, Susan

Earthing the Web: the Digital Literary Art of Earth/Psyche with Joel Weishaus

If, Jungian work is needed to address why we do not respond to the suffering Earth, then digital media needs to shift from being part of the problem to being part of the solution. My paper will explore the digital literary art of Joel Weishaus as it Earths the Web.

Susan Rowland Ph.D. is Chair MA Engaged Humanities at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is author of books on Jung, literary theory, gender and the arts including The Ecocritical Psyche (2012), The Sleuth and the Goddess (2015) and Remembering Dionysus: Revisioning Psychology and Literature in C.G Jung and James Hillman (forthcoming).

Schouw, Lisa

Jungian Psychology and Theater Making: Collaborators in the Transformational Healing of Earth and Psyche

In the theater creators and audience recognise themselves in archetypal images that appear on stage. This paper will draw on my work as a clinical psychotherapist, educator, and creative practitioner to explore creative collaboration as a restorative tool for the transformative healing of individuals, our global community, and our planet.

Lisa Schouw (BCHC, CMCAPA) is completing her M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She currently works in Australia as a clinical psychotherapist, theater maker, singing and voice coach, singer/songwriter, and corporate trainer.

Schwartz, Susan E.

Encountering Wild Dog Pups

The wholeness of the personality depends on alignment with the instincts, body and earth. The example here shows relationship to self and others needs experiences of being with the earth.

Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Jungian analyst has taught IAAP Jungian Developing Groups in Poland and South Africa and participated in numerous conferences and lectures. She has articles in online journals and chapters in several Jungian books. Her private practice in Jungian psychology is in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Shaw, Jane

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy as a Route to Body-Psyche-Earth Consciousness

The body has been largely forgotten as a medium to connect with the earth. This paper proposes that craniosacral biodynamics brings consciousness to the body as matter, resulting in a conscious relationship between the body and the materiality of the earth as pure nature, supporting Jung’s notion of the psychoid principle.

Jane Shaw is a biodynamic craniosacral therapist with a clinical practice in Northern Ireland. She holds an MA from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently in her second year at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is studying depth psychology with an emphasis on Jungian and archetypal studies.

Sherry, Jay

Jung’s 1925 Visit to the Southwest Revisited

Jung’s 1925 visit needs to be seen within the context of a major migration of creative talent to the area. This paper will present new research about his visit and place it within the context of his development at a special moment in American cultural history.

Jay Sherry teaches history and psychology at Long Island University-Brooklyn. His book Carl Gustav Jung, Avant-garde Conservative (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) won a Gradiva Award. He is currently writing a book about the reception of Jungian psychology in the U.S. and its place in transatlantic modernism.

Silverstein, Matthew

Going Black: Dreaming Depth Psychology Forward

Despite advances in the field, depth psychology still is known for the same colonizing, white supremacist value system that is fueling our global ecological crisis. Jung spoke of his terror of “going black” while in Africa. Perhaps it is time to carry forward Jung’s work by “going black” together, engaging in community dream work regarding the lasting effects of racism.

Matthew Silverstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Hollywood, California specializing in integrative depth psychology, LGBTQ affirmative, and mindfulness based psychotherapy. He is a core faculty member at Antioch University Los Angeles, where he directs the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization within the Masters of Psychology Department.

Smith, Jennifer

The Earth as Psyche’s Alchemist and Amnesiac: Jung’s use of the Myth of Theseus and Peirithoos

My paper explores the illuminating myth of Theseus and Peirithoos, which Jung referred to in his writings, and how it illustrates the earth as an archetypal alchemist. Jung’s use of the myth also provides important insights into his relationship with Freud, the feminine, and his own individuation process.

Jennifer Degnan Smith (MA) is an MA/PhD student in Depth Psychology: Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has conducted post-graduate research into women and work-life balance, consulted with organizations to develop their employees and cultures, and taught Leadership and Organizational Behavior to MBA students.

Stey, Marie-Madeleine

Our Mother Earth

This paper is informed by research conducted at Rochester University showing that people who live in or look at nature are nicer and will discuss how the shamans’ relation to the earth informs their ethics. A comparison will be made with the Cathars’ understanding of the earth brought to light in studies of the Albigensian heresy and the moral conclusion of their convictions.

Marie-Madeleine Stey earned her Licence en Philologie Romane at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and her Ph.D. in Medieval French and Occitan Literature at the Ohio State University. She is a professor of languages at Capital University. Her research interests include shamanism and Jungian approach to French and Occitan Medieval as well as Francophone literature.

Taylor-Zimmerman, Heather

Foregrounding Psyche as Breath in the Earth as Carbon: How Trees and Rhizomes Keep Us Rooted in the Earth

Based on a close reading of trees as living texts and the most frequent motif in The Red Book, I apply a depth psychological lens to the soil science of ecologist Suzanne Simard, proposing that understanding the symbiotic relationship of trees and rhizomes is essential both psychologically and ecologically.

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman has a B. A. in Art History from The Evergreen State College and an M. A. in Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is a doctoral student. Heather is currently creating a museum exhibit for Weyerhaeuser Timber on carbon sequestration.

Thurman, Chantel

Fresh Sign, Ancient Trails: Exploring the Entangled Bank of Consciousness

Utilizing the ancient human activity of “tracking,” this presentation combines research from various disciplines with the author’s experiences tracking wildlife in order to presence both non-human and interspecific dimensions of psyche. Glimpses of a non-anthropocentric EarthPsyche will be sought where the tracks, dreams and destinies of species overlap and entangle.

Chantel Thurman is a naturalist, psychotherapist and environmental educator living in the Snoqualmie River Valley of Washington State. She is a longtime volunteer on conservation efforts related to the successful co-existence of Gray Wolves and humans, and is certified in Wildlife Track and Sign Interpretation through CyberTracker North America.

Varner, Vicky Jo

Peering at Our Ecology Myth through the Lens of Psychological Types and Generating Some Recommendations Therefrom

The Earth and its ecological plight can be viewed through the lens of typology, with each of the eight “functions of consciousness” contributing its unique perspective. A positive and collaborative interaction between them might stimulate leadership and promote the development of desperately needed remedies, restoring psychic wholeness to humanity overall.

Vicky Jo Varner, MA (Depth Psych) is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. A typologist for 20 years, she is a Professional Certified Coach with the ICF. She styles herself a Type Discovery Specialist, and guides remarkable individuals to identify and unfold their innate personality strengths.

Vaughn, Jonathan

Destinies of Earth: The American Indian Image and the Modern American Psyche as a Means to Survive the Age of Climate Change

If post-Jungians are to focus on Earth/Psyche relations then we must search for methods of survival, means to preserve both Earth and Psyche. My paper will propose such a method by examination of the American Indian image that is integral to and at the root of the modern American psyche.

Jonathan Vaughn (MPA) is an MA/PhD student in Depth Psychology – Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is an actor, writer, and photographer, as well as an experienced university administrator. His current research focuses on the psychology of place, particularly in the age of climate change.

Voth, Peggy

Eve’s Gift to Us, Adam’s Gift to Eve

The story of Adam and Eve will be presented through a psychological lens. Viewed as a narrative of Mind and Soul, the story of our first parents reveals gifts, not curses. Such a shift in emphasis holds the potential to alter attitudes toward our home called Earth.

Peggy Voth, MSW, Jungian Analyst, lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she conducts her private practice and contributes to the Calgary Jung Society. She is a member of ACSW, WCAJA and IAAP. Her creative explorations revolve around the wholesome embodiment and expression of the masculine and feminine principles in everyday life.

Walsh, Nanette

Practical Divinization for Ecologically Troubled Times

The paper aims to relate the creative forces of earth and creative forces of the unconscious in the context of theological discourse. It offers a new reading of Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount to uncover a surprisingly female orientation of the text of potential import for ecologically troubled times.

Nanette Walsh is founder and director the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) in New York City. She is currently engaged in graduate studies in Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. She received her MFA in 1982 in Art Media Studies.

Weiser, Lee

Earth Mandalas: The Squaring of the Circle



West, Rinda

Myth(s), Ritual(s), and Healing for the Earth

Sioux culture offers a contrast to Western capitalism in its psychology and its relation to the earth. This talk will look at the roles of ritual and myth in Sioux thought and as they are represented in the fiction of N. Scott Momaday.

Rinda West wrote Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land. Currently a landscape designer in Chicago, she has taught English at Oakton Community College, the University of Chicago, and Canterbury Christ Church University College. She serves on the program committee of the Chicago Jung Institute.

Whitney, Leanne

Psychophysical Being and Its Source: A Reconsideration of Jung’s Ontic Reality

The unconscious is more than a psychological concept for Jung; it is ontically real. In contrast Classical Yoga scholar Patañjali posited pure consciousness as the ontic reality. This presentation invites a reconsideration of the Jungian ontic reality, the conscious/unconscious dynamic, and the nondual nature of psychophysical Being.

Leanne Whitney earned her Ph.D. in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation was a comparison of the representations of consciousness in Jung’s depth psychology and Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. Leanne has studied the body-mind connection for over twenty-five years, and over the last fifteen, their interdependence with pure consciousness.

Whittle-Utter, Jonathan

Care for the Earth as Archetypal Emergence in the Christian Tradition

This paper explores the renewed emphasis of care for the Earth in the Christian tradition as an emerging archetypal shift toward Earth-centered psyche. Jung suggested that religious consciousness itself would continue to evolve toward greater psychic wholeness. The current trend toward environmental awareness in religious communities may represent just that.

Jonathan Whittle-Utter MA is a yoga teacher and holistic life coach serving the Los Angeles area, and an active participant in the local interfaith community. He is enrolled in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ph.D. program in depth psychology with emphasis in somatic studies, where he is developing a dissertation on neuroscience and imagination.

<Weishaus, Joel

Joel Weishaus became the Literary Editor of UC Berkeley’s student newspaper in 1964. In 1971, he edited On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing and translated Ch’an Buddhist Oxherding: A Reworking of the Zen Text. In the early 1980s, living in Santa Fe, he wrote the Introduction and Notes to Thomas Merton’s Woods, Shore, Desert and was the poetry editor of Santa Fe’s daily newspaper. Moving to Albuquerque in 1982, while working as a sculptor, Weishaus was an adjunct curator at University of New Mexico’s Fine Arts Museum, and a writer-in-residence at UNM’s Center for Southwest Research. He also was a feature writer for Artspace: A Journal of Contemporary Southwest Art.

In 2004, Joel Weishaus co-authored The Healing Spirit of Haiku with Jungian psychiatrist David Rosen and woodcut artist Arthur Okamura and, in 2014, published his collected poems, Feels Like Home Again. He has published over forty book reviews, essays, and critiques. He is presently Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Since the mid-1990s, he has been developing what he calls Digital Literary Art, which he archives, along with other work, at: www.cddc.vt.edu/host/weishaus/intro.htm.


Wing, Themis De la Pena

Education Without Edges: the art of Re-membering our Connectedness to Earth

Creation of alternative spaces for education in afterschool programs as a movement towards a consciousness of Earth/Psyche, through the lens of art and play, as the adequate knowledge to co-construct with children to achieve a quality of life in personal and collective ways.

Themis De la Pena Wing is a Doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Depth Psychology with emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Ecopsychology program. She graduated in applied mathematics and works in her software development company, Consucorp, founded in 1996, with clients related to education. Education is her theme of life.

Wyatt, Susan Jeanne

Emi Wada: Psyche in the Making

Designer Emi Wada has created costumes inspired by history, myths, dreams, and alchemy; fashioning timeless images from textile. This presentation will focus on her work for films such as Wudang, House of Flying Daggers, Dreams and a performance piece that envisions the mandala as a symbol of the Earth.

Susan Wyatt, Ph.D. recently retired from teaching research at Antioch University Los Angeles and plans on pursuing her inquiry as an independent scholar. She is a lifelong seamstress and was the costumer for her Chinese dance group.

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