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Letting Go New: Paradigms for Later Life

July 17–22, 2016

“Letting go” in later life can mean many things, but one of them is undeniable: we need to learn to let go of the myths that no longer work for us: that we are immortal, that we can control and have everything we want, that we can be young and healthy forever, and that there is certainty in the world. Later life is a time to let go of our personal baggage—of old attitudes and complexes that need to be retired. And as we let go, we open ourselves to new ways of thinking, feeling, and being.

Never before have people lived longer or had more choices of how they want to live. For many of us, later life has the potential for being a most productive and satisfying period. We can weed and prune- removing from our lives relationships and activities that no longer serve us and adding new ones that enrich us.

New research shows that the human brain can remain active and highly functional during our later years if we give it something to do. Neuroscientists have proved that the brain can continue to change and grow throughout the life cycle and is far more adaptable and  exible than was once thought. In short, our mental and spiritual health is often less a matter of fate than it is a matter of choice.

As we enter later life, we do have choices: we can focus on the losses associated with aging or we can choose to look at the potential gains and richness of this stage of our lives. We can either shrink from life or enlarge it and we can learn, change, and embrace creativity as we age.
Something new needs to emerge. This, according to Jung, is the Self, the person we left behind decades ago, the person we have always wanted to be—the person we were, in fact, born to be.

The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning, only its meaning and purpose are different.
—C. G. Jung

PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS

Holding On and Letting Go for Dear Life:
Choosing the Narratives That We Live By

Gary Trosclair

Monday July 18: Presentation
Jung suggested that in the second half of life, the ego needs to let go of control and defer to the Self, submitting to a principle greater than personal identity. Relinquishing old stories of a heroic ego is essential to the individuation process. Yet holding dear the values that bring us joy and meaning is essential as we enter new stages of life. In this presentation, we will explore these dynamics as two aspects of a vital and ever-changing ow of beliefs that keeps life fulfilling.

Tuesday July 19: Workshop
We will utilize simple exercises to recognize
and memorize the felt experience of holding on and letting go. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to choose from and utilize writing, drawing, and small-group sharing to identify the stories, personal as well as archetypal, that we need to hold on to or to let go of. rough these processes, we will connect body, heart, and mind to nurture wholeness and individuation.

Gary Trosclair, DMA, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst practicing in New York City and Westchester County, New York. He is the author of I’m Working On It in Therapy: How to Get the Most Out of Psychotherapy, described by Psych Central as “a fascinating look at self-growth, and one that’s useful whether or not you go to therapy.” Dr. Trosclair also writes regularly for the Huffington Post. He has served as director of training for the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, where he currently serves on the faculty, and is also on the faculty of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology.


 

The Paradox of Letting Go

Carol J. Zeitz

Monday July 18: Presentation
Letting go, like child’s play, is both a joyous and a perilous affair. Dr. Zeitz will explore the paradox that we encounter when faced with the demands of letting go in our later years—demands that invite us to revisit much of what we’ve come to accept as meaningful and meaning-making as we approach the reality of mortality and death. We will look at letting go as it relates to time and place and will explore the needs that we—like children—have for containment, as we learn to play at the edge.

Tuesday July 19: Workshop
At the same time that we are honing our individuality in fluid time, we are facing ourselves in place: the particular place where we and the world intertwine. We will look as carefully and closely as we dare, recognizing that reality will succeed us and that the reality of not knowing beckons at the threshold of the shimmering place we are used to calling “uncertainty.” Through lecture, poetry, and small- and large- group discussion, we will explore what it means to let ourselves go, containing as best we can the dance of meaning and nonexistence as the world goes on turning.

Carol J. Zeitz, PhD, has been in clinical practice and teaching for over 30 years, including 20 years at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she taught family systems and psychoanalytic material. More recently, she has taught at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, integrating Jungian and psychoanalytic thought. Her most recent study concerns reading Melanie Klein in relationship with Buddhist thought and practice. Dr. Zeitz holds MAs in special education and family therapy as well as a PhD in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.


 

“Later Life” Is Now

Ann Belford Ulanov

Wednesday July 20: Presentation
Later life can bring fuller awareness of all we have been and still might be. Remember Jung’s counsel in The Red Book: we should live the life that we still can live and think the thoughts that we still can think. A great boon of later life is living in the present because of the urgency of this period of our lives: we do not live forever; we must do it now. What do we let go from, and what do we let go to? What are the dangers of consciousness? What is the necessity of consciousness? What are the roles of the concentration of energy and of achieving the ease of living from the center?

Ann Belford Ulanov, PhD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City, a member of the Jungian Analytic Association, and former Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. An internationally known lecturer and prolific author, among her many articles and books are the highly acclaimed Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work; The Wisdom of the Psyche; The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness/ Deadness in the Self; The Living God and Our Living Psyche; Madness and Creativity; and Knots and Their Untying: Essays on Psychological Dilemmas.


 

Optional Evening Program

Release Techniques for the Body/Soul

Jeanne Bresciani

Wednesday, July 20:
Using movement-based exercises, Jeanne Bresciani, PhD, founder and artistic director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute, will help us wed action with contemplation as we embody some of Jung’s concepts in learning to “let go.”

Jeanne Bresciani, Ph.D., is Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute and director of its Certificate Program in Myth, Movement and Travel. Former faculty member at New York University, she has lectured, performed, and led workshops internationally, including at the British Museum, the Delphi Museum in Greece, and New York’s Lincoln Center. A former Fulbright Scholar, she performs internationally and is a choreographer and creator of festivals, specializing in dance, myth and movement studies.


 

The Alchemy of Renewal: Imagination and Creativity in Later Life

Sanford L. Drob

Thursday July 21: Morning Presentation
Later life can be a period of renewal, generativity, and wisdom. It is a period that forces us to confront such opposites as love and loss, order and chaos, life and death, and time and eternity—a time in our lives that inevitably brings limitations yet offers us the prospect of greater freedom. Jung held that such opposites be approached creatively, through the power of the imagination. Dr. Drob will illustrate how the imaginative as well as the concrete aspects of such arts as painting, poetry, and literature can lead us to an “alchemy” of renewal and wholeness that deepens our sense of identity yet connects us to what transcends our concrete earthly life

Thursday July 21: Afternoon Workshop
In this workshop, Dr. Drob will share aspects of his path as an artist, and participants will be encouraged to share their own imaginative productions and narratives about the place of the imagination and arts in their own life journey. Bring paper for writing; drawing paper and art materials will be provided.

Sanford L. Drob, PhD, is on the core faculty of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, and served for many years as director of psychological assessment and senior forensic psychologist at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He holds PhDs in philosophy and clinical psychology and is the author of four books on the interface between Jewish mysticism, theology, and philosophy, including Kabbalah and Postmodernism: A Dialogue; Kabbalistic Visions: C. G. Jung and Jewish Mysticism; and Reading the Red Book: A ematic Guide to C. G. Jung’s Liber Novus.


 

A New Paradigm for Later Life

Aryeh Maidenbaum

Friday July 22: Morning Presentation
As of the 2010 census, more than 42 million people in the U.S. were over the age of 65. More than 666,000 were older than 95, and more than 72,000 were older than 100. It is estimated that there will be more than 2.5 million over the age of 90 by 2050. These statistics are staggering when we realize how many of us have so many years ahead of us. How will we spend the next decades of our lives? As we leave the period of midlife, with its inherent challenges, growing older provides us with an opportunity to embark on a new journey to find meaning in this next phase. Although some of us may live to be centenarians, most of us have far fewer years ahead of us than behind us. It is a time to learn to live in the present as we accept the immediacy of this period.
In this presentation, Dr Maidenbaum will encourage us to continue our individuation process as we age by helping us to find a new paradigm for later life that includes generativity, insight, creativity and meaning.

Aryeh Maidenbaum, PhD, Director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. Among his publications are the articles “The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology,” “Sounds of Silence,” and “Psychological Types, Job Change, and Personal Growth,” and the collection of essays Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism. Moderator of an important conference on aging at the Library of Congress, Dr. Maidenbaum was also a faculty member at NYU for 18 years where he taught courses in Jungian psychology, and was a contributing author of Current Theories of Psychoanalysis.


 

Closing Session

Discussion and Dialogue

Aryeh Maidenbaum, Jan Bauer, Sanford Drob, Diana Rubin

Friday, July 22
During the second part of the morning, Dr. Maidenbaum will be joined by Jan Bauer, Sanford Drob, and Diana Rubin, as we review the week’s content and discuss new ways to live and be in the world and explore new paradigms for later life.

Jan Bauer, MA, is a Jungian analyst with degrees in literature from the Sorbonne and in adult education from Boston University. A graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, she lives and practices in Montreal and teaches Jung groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. Former chair of admissions and director of training for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, Ms. Bauer has written several works, including Alcoholism and Women and Impossible Love.


 

Diana Rubin, LCSW, in private practice in New York City and the Hudson Valley, specializes in working with creative and performing artists. For many years a staff psychotherapist at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health’s Institute for the Performing Artist, she has organized and led Jungian seminars and study tours for more than 20 years, and lectures and leads workshops on a variety of topics related to Jung, creativity, and the arts.