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Jung Forum

Jung Forum
2007 - 2008 Season
Theme: Space and Place

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2007
"A Conversation with Marie-Louise von Franz"
Film Night
(Free admission)

Marie Louise von Franz is one of Jung's foremost colleagues who became instrumental in elucidating and expanding Jungian Psychology.  In the film she reveals her own inner and outer journey in "space and place" beginning with her high school years when she first met Jung and extending throughout her life.  The film is an excellent springboard for discussing Jungian concepts; alchemy, fairy tales, dreams and the significance that Nature and Home play in our bodily, psychic and spiritual evolution. This event is FREE of charge and open to all.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2007
A Jungian Approach to Vampires and Other Monsters
Presented by Dr. Urs Mehlin, Jungian Analyst, Zurich
(Special event pricing)

To be well-behaved, to be happy, healthy and nice, in short to be "normal" is probably what most of us average citizens try to be or become. However; there exists, like in everything, an "other side"; there are shadows, individually as well as collectively. And the more we try to ignore or to repress these shadows, the more they are likely to get out of control and to become autonomous. Monsters of different kinds are images of psychic realities, which are not compatible with culturally accepted norms. As good Jungians, we will try to establish a "monster typology" and then focus on one particularly fascinating figure: the Vampire. He (and she!) haunt for centuries not only through many countries and cultures, but also through dreams and nightmares, stories and pictures of our present time. By exposing the dark creatures to the light of consciousness, we will try to better understand their ambiguous fascination, their dangerous beauty and their archetypal meaning. We will also examine the consequences of individual and collective vampiric tendancies and temptations in different kinds of relatioships.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Exploring the Self-Ego Relationship: The Intimate Connection Between Inner and Outer Space and Place
Presented by Pearl Mindell, Jungian Analyst

Jung called the Self, 'the god within.” "It is the root upon which the experience and consciousness of an individual being arises as a secondary phenomenon." Using aspects of the Old Testament myth of Exodus and The New Testament Book of Luke, The Annunciation, we will explore how God Essence speaking to the Self called a whole people and an individual, Mary, to leave their old outer place and inner space to move on a true journey of individuation (wholeness). Responding to The Call resulted in the evolution of consciousness. We will see how these mythic journeys apply to us as a collective and as individuals.

Facilitated discussion to follow

CLICK HERE to download companion questions to this lecture.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Exploring Meaningful Architecture
Presented by Ernst von Meijenfeldt, Dutch Architect

Frank Lloyd Wright said: ‘The mother of art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our civilization’. From this perspective we can examine
architectural spaces in a different way. Not just as a functional and artisticexpression of a culture, but as a means for collective reflection. Looking in the architectural mirror we can begin to see some aspects of the soul of our civilization. Using various built examples from around the world we will try to identify what these outer architectural manifestations tell us about ourselves.

To move from the collective to the individual the speaker wants to share what inspires him. With an array of images he will present architectural spaces and places he considers meaningful and that in one way or another contribute to his personal architectural signature.

Both streams - what is moving in the architect’s interior and what is happening in the civilization at large – meet in everyday practice. This is the place where integration can take place. Using various of his projects with ONPA in the Edmonton area, such as the urban design plan for the Quarters (Downtown East), the Hole’s integrated garden lifestyle center, the Alberta Hospital Edmonton and the Mother Teresa School, we will take a closer look at the integration of the inner and outer journey.

Facilitated discussion to follow

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Land, Immigration, Psyche
Presented by Dr. Phyllis Marie Jensen, Jungian Analyst Candidate

Location: Grant MacEwan Downtown Campus, CN Conference Theatre
Earth has a soul, Jung says, and the spirit of the land is in us. What happens when we immigrate to new lands? Does "land spirit" stay in our ancestral home or do we carry it to the new land? To explore these questions, we will review Jung's writings on nature, explore the push/pull factors of immigration, and to assist in our understanding psyche and adaptation to the adopted country, we turn to developmental psychology and writings of Winnicott, Bowlby, and Ainsworth. We conclude with symbols of the West and Jung's advice on connecting with earth soul.Facilitated discussion to follow

There will be a companion workshop to this lecture:
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2008
Workshop "Migration & Identity"

Location: St Stephen's college 8810 112 Street, Edmonton on the University of Alberta Campus.

Members: $60 Non-members: $75 Student/senior: $45

In the workshop, we will tell our stories of migration. Then, using Jungian methods we will follow "Adriane's Thread" of our ancestral migrations and explore how these have contributed to our sense of self and identity.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2008
"Soul" and the City: From Jericho to Edmonton
Presented by John Hoedl, MA, Jungian Analyst

What is the psychological function of cities today? In ancient times, cities were often founded with great ritual and ceremony and considered to be, like the "world tree" or "great mountain", the center of the world. Thus the city helped us orientate ourselves, giving structure and form to the cosmos, and eventually became the container from which the growth of culture and consciousness on a collective level could be dramatically accelerated. And although the cities were built by human hands, the design or blueprint was thought to be divine. We see this in Revelations 21 when the "great city" Jerusalem "descended" out of heaven from God. In the 14th Century, St. Catherine of Siena wrote, "The city is the image of the soul". Jung likens the symbol of the city with that of the mother and the vessel and, ultimately, the Self. What is the city for us today? Is it still the image of the soul.., and if so, what about urban sprawl? This lecture will look at the historical and psychological evolution of the city from ancient times up to today, i.e., from the time periods of the mythical, the religious, and the technological. We will look at questions like, "How does one relate to one's city today?" "Do our cities help or hinder our psychological maturity or individuation?"

Facilitated discussion to follow

June 13-14, 2008
Special Lecture & Workshop by Sharon Butala

The Jung Forum is proud to present award-winning Canadian author Sharon Butala for a special lecture and workshop June 13 and 14, 2008. Mrs. Butala is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her classic The Perfection of the Morning was a #1 bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Fever, a short story collection, won the 1992 Authors’ Award for Paperback Fiction. She is a recipient of both the Marian Engel Award and the Order of Canada. She lives near Eastend, Saskatchewan. (Biographical excerpt from Harper Collins website)

Lecture: Prairie Soul
Friday, June 13, 2008, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Grant MacEwan City Centre CN Conference Theatre
(Rm 5-142) in the 105 Street Building, 10700-104 Avenue
Tickets: $20 Members $30 Non-Members

Workshop: Writing Our Memoirs
Saturday, June 14, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: St. Stephen’s College , 8810 -112 Street, Edmonton , on the University of Alberta Campus
Tickets: $130 Members, $165 Non-Members
Limited Registration