Jungian Writing Workshops and Study Seminars

 
 

During this annual series we meet on eight Wednesday evenings for intensive study of a Jungian book or theme, and related writing explorations.

 

Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have any background in the work of C. G. Jung.

Past topics have included Marion Woodman’s The Pregnant Virgin, and Addiction to Perfection, James Hillman’s The Soul’s Code, Helen Luke’s The Way of Woman, Kaleidoscope, and Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On, Taking Jung Personally, The Way of the Dream, Jungian Women and the Journey of the Soul, along with other Jungian themes and topics.

Psyche’s Circle
September 24, 2017 until May 6, 2018

Psyche's Circle is a monthly study seminar series that focusses on specific Jungian books and topics. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive details of upcoming series.



Participant Reflections

I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully and as carefully as you can – in some beautifully bound book…. Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book and turn over the pages and for you it will be your church – your cathedral – the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal. If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them – then you will lose your soul – for in that book is your soul.
— C. G. Jung

“Marlene's strength as a teacher shines. She conducts her courses with genuine grace and obvious passion, and her ability to guide a diverse group through both Jung and Luke, is inspirational! Even months later, I still find myself thinking about selections of Helen Luke's writing, guiding my inner journey as well as the relevance of myths in my life. I have been awakened to Jung's dream work, and had such fun learning about personality types. All of it enlightens and strengthens my understanding of self and the unconscious. We were guided with wisdom through moments of deep sharing within a circle of warm intimacy and respect. Our written musings allow opportunity to connect and be heard. The depth of topics explored, supported by Marlene's prompting and insights continue to guide my thinking, writing, and understanding of life on a daily basis.”  (KBB)

"Each spring I look forward to Marlene's Annual Jungian Series. Getting personal with Jung himself or discovering the words and ideas of Jungians such as Helen Luke, Marian Woodman and James Hillman with a circle of like-minded women under Marlene's thoughtful guidance is the ultimate way to greet the burgeoning of the season and life's renewal."  (BB)


The word in modern woman must become flesh within her own psyche by conscious creative work through her imagination, undertaken in partnership with the animus who relates her to her hitherto unconscious powers of discrimination. The form of this work no one can dictate. It must be discovered by the individual herself…a task demanding immense courage and perseverance.
— Helen Luke

“I appreciated Marlene’s skillful guidance through the dense intellectual maze of Helen Luke’s writing and the focus she gave to our discussions and writing. Marlene offered us a safe contained space and compassionate acceptance of the shared expressions of our deeper selves through our writing. There was also a heartfelt joy and sense of connection in reading Helen Luke’s writing and discussing the wisdom of her life experience with other women seeking to find their truth.”  (SH)

“Revisiting personal hidden secrets and buried truths, exploring new vulnerabilities and awakening deeper into the unconscious, the teachings of the Jungian Writing Series have given me enhanced spaciousness within myself, allowing me to acknowledge more of my true nature and see my neuroses for what they are. Marlene’s gifts in teaching are the presencing of a safe place, a setting free of judgement, an atmosphere deep in listening, and a heartfelt relationship respectful to each student’s process. Marlene’s generous Jungian teaching includes her personal undertaking in her life’s work, the voices and writings of many esteemed Jungian therapists and authors, colleagues, and mentors, who all contribute to the learning and integration of one’s own true nature in this writing series. The intimate class supported me to lean into courage, step bravely into new territory, and find the strength to take risks in bringing forward my inner world into words both on paper, and in my reading voice. Jung speaks of the ocular experience of putting thoughts down for the eyes to witness. Something happens in this ‘simple’ process. It was a profound moment of alchemy for me. To quote from Anthony Storr’s Introduction to The Essential Jung, ‘By paying attention to the voice within, the individual achieves a new synthesis between conscious and unconscious, a sense of calm and detachment, and a realization of the meaning of life.’ To Marlene, I am forever grateful for the opening of this door in my life.” (CT)


My soul where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you – are you there? After long years of long wandering, I have come to you again. Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?
— C. G. Jung

“To quote Helen Luke, ‘Each of us has a well of images within, which are the saving reality and from which may be born the individual myth carrying the meaning of a life.’ Thank you Marlene, for gently and gracefully shepherding us through the many workshops I have attended. You carefully create the space within these workshops, to share our unique experiences through writing and discussion. I am continually moved by the depth of our shared experience throughout, and I am especially moved by the discovery of the beauty and the mystery within our own individual images, leading us closer to our unique selves. I am forever grateful.”  (CM)