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Growing Older: Navigating Uncharted Waters
April 9–16, 2016
County Galway, Ireland

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“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”—Robert Frost

We invite you to register, and participate in a seminar designed to help us explore the new opportunities and challenges we face as we grow older. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from, and interact, with noted authors, analysts — a chance to reflect on both past and future while still living consciously and moving ahead in life. Join us at the deluxe Connemara Coast Hotel in County Galway — located against a backdrop of the magical Aran Islands, and with spectacular views of Galway Bay awaiting us each morning.

For most of us, the onset of “later life” catches us by surprise, and happens sooner than we expected. To paraphrase and adapt Jung’s famous quote, “invited or not,” the period we call “later life” is either coming or here already. And if not entered into consciously, this transition period, this time of physiological and psychological change can turn into a crisis or a “meltdown.” On the other hand, it can be the perfect time to connect with what’s most important as we move forward into the next phase of our lives. It is a precious time and a precious opportunity to review, reflect, re-vision, and reorient our lives to engage with what’s most meaningful to us.

SETTING & ACCOMODATIONS

Connemara Coast Hotel, County Galway
Overlooking Galway Bay, the lovely Connemara Coast Hotel is magnificently set along a rugged coastline edged with golden beaches. Located just six miles west of Galway City, our seminar site offers old fashioned Irish hospitality, excellent cuisine that features the best of local seafoods; a modern, fully equipped health club and spa; indoor and outdoor jacuzzis; and a large indoor swimming pool. Against a backdrop of the magical Aran Islands, with many rooms affording a view of Galway Bay, the Connemara Coast Hotel provides a picturesque and ideal setting for our program.

Meals will be wonderful times to get to know each other and interact with presenters. Every day will begin with a hearty, full Irish breakfast, complemented by a wide selection of fresh fruit, local Irish cheeses, and fresh breads. Those who have been with us before know what a treat is in store with gourmet meals and outstanding Irish service at the Connemara Coast Hotel.

Our breaks will feature fresh brewed coffee, traditional Irish and herbal teas, and freshly baked scones. On Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we will lunch together at the elegant Connemara Coast Hotel where we will also enjoy festive gourmet opening and closing dinners. For meals on our own, Galway City has a multitude of charming restaurants, pubs, and cafes.

Growing Older

According to many schools of psychology, the development of our personality takes shape between birth and adolescence—or early adulthood at the latest. However, for Jung, our development does not remain fixed and is capable of continued growth. As he describes it, we can, and should, keep developing and individuating throughout our life cycle. The important point to remember is that during any major shift in our development, life does not continue as it has always been. We must be ready to make changes and adapt if we are to remain psychologically and physically healthy.

Recent research has shown that the human brain can remain active, creative, and highly functional during our later years. Too often, we forget that our mental and spiritual health is less a matter of fate than it is a matter of choice. We can either shrink from life, or enlarge it by engaging the passions of our soul, mining the richness of our true Self, and living the life we truly want to live.

The importance of self-reflection and personal growth is paramount at any stage of our lives but is all the more so as we move into our later years, when we should ask ourselves, in different ways than we might have before: What is the meaning of our lives? What has it been until now, and what will it take to remain true to our Self and find meaning in our lives during this later stage?

Through a combination of presentations, workshops, sharing, dialogue, and discussion led by a distinguished and experienced faculty, the focus of this seminar will be to help us explore this vital and all important period of our lives.

DAILY SCHEDULE*

Saturday, April 9

Arrival Connemara Coast Hotel. Check in, with time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.
5:30 p.m. Orientation and an opportunity to get to know one another
7:30 p.m. Festive Opening Dinner (included)

Sunday, April 10

7:00 a.m. Full Irish Breakfast served daily
9:00 a.m. Diana Rubin and Aryeh Maidenbaum: Introduction and overview of our week
9:30 a.m. J. Pittman McGehee, Growing Down: A New Direction for Later Life
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Monika Wikman, Celtic Myths on Aging and Beyond
1:00 p.m. Break for lunch (included)
2:30 p.m. Workshops I

  • Lionel Corbett, Aging in Mythology, Folklore and Dreams
  • Nóirín Ní Riain, Maireann croi eadtrom I bhafd — A Happy Heart Lives Forever (Irish proverb)
  • Monika Wikman, Transforming Perspective Lights the Journey: Celtic Myth of the Silver Branch

Monday, April 11

9:30 a.m. Lionel Corbett, Discovering Meaning and Spirituality in Later Life
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops II

  • Ashok Bedi, Resilience Training for Mind, Body and Soul at the Dusk of Life
  • Sylvia Perera, Circling, Dreaming, Aging
  • Monika Wikman, Growing, While Growing Older: A Workshop for Women

Afternoon Free to rest or explore Galway on our own
Evening Special presentation by Michael Gibbons: Storm Archaeology on the Connemara Coast (optional)

Tuesday, April 12

Free day to rest, enjoy the hotel’s spa, and/or explore the mystical Aran Islands, personally guided by Michael Gibbons — one of Ireland’s leading archaeologists.

Wednesday, April 13

9:30 a.m. Ashok Bedi, Profiles in Aging: Jungian, Eastern and Neuroscience Perspectives
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops III

  • Lionel Corbett, Intimacy and Sexuality in Later Life
  • Sylvia Perera, Circling, Dreaming, Aging
  • Nóirín Ní Riain, Maireann croi eadtrom I bhafd – A Happy Heart Lives Forever (Irish proverb)

1:00 p.m. Break for lunch (included)
2:30 p.m. Workshops IV

  • Ashok Bedi, Engaging the Inner Anchorite­—Transcendent Function for Timeless Wisdom of the Aging Process
  • J. Pittman McGehee, Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
  • Christina Mulvey, A Different Kind of Hero’s Journey: Finding the Courage to Age Well

Thursday, April 14

9:30 a.m. Workshops V

  • Lionel Corbett, Individuation in Later Life: Possibilities and Potentials
  • J. Pittman McGehee, Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
  • Nóirín Ní Riain, The Happy Heart is True (Brigid of Ireland, 4th century)

11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops VI

  • J. Pittman McGehee, Love with Patina on It
  • Christina Mulvey, Age as a Place of Freedom to Explore and Complete Your Unlived Life
  • Sylvia Perera, The Old King and Queen in Irish Tradition

1:00 p.m. Break for lunch (included)
2:30 p.m. Workshops VII

  • Ashok Bedi, Resilience Training for Mind, Body and Soul at the Dusk of Life
  • Aryeh Maidenbaum & Lionel Corbett, Growing, While Growing Older: A Workshop for Men
  • Christina Mulvey, A Different Kind of Hero’s Journey: Finding the Courage to Age Well

Friday, April 15

9:30 a.m. Christina Mulvey, Artists and Writers Aging Creatively: A Source of Inspiration
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Nóirín Ní Riain, We Don’t Stop Playing Because We Grow Old, We Grow Old Because We Stop Playing (George Bernard Shaw): A Presentation in Story, Poetry, and Listener Interaction
12:30 p.m. Faculty panel and participant discussion; seminar closure
Afternoon Free to rest, relax, walk, enjoy our hotel’s amenities, or explore Galway and vicinity on our own.
Evening Festive, closing dinner (included)

Saturday, April 16

Departures for Dublin Airport.

*Please Note: Daily schedule subject to change. Included in cost of program: full Irish breakfast daily; all breaks for coffee, tea, and scones; lunches on April 10, 13, and 14; welcoming dinner on April 9 and farewell dinner April 15.

Optional Tuesday Outing to the Aran Islands

Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s leading archaeologists, will personally lead us on an all day outing to the magnificent Aran Islands, which includes its most famous site, Dun Aengus — a 3,000-year-old, 14-acre, cliff-edge fortress. Situated at the mouth of Galway Bay off the south Connemara Coast, the Aran Islands are still largely Gaelic speaking and among the most beautiful islands on Europe’s west coast.
Our outing will include travel by coach and ferry from Galway, a walk to Dun Aengus, and lunch along the way. The trip will be limited to 36 people; details and more information will be sent following registration for the seminar.

Faculty

Ashok Bedi, MD, Jungian psychoanalyst and board-certified psychiatrist, is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in psychological medicine and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Training analyst and faculty member of the Jung Institute in Chicago and in private practice in Milwaukee, Dr. Bedi is the author of many publications, including Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes; Retire Your Family Karma: Decode Your Family Pattern and Find Your Soul Path; and Path to the Soul.

 

Lionel Corbett trained in psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Chicago. His primary interests are in the religious function of the psyche and in the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. Dr Corbett is a core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the author of Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion; The Religious Function of the Psyche; and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.

 

Nóirín Ní Riain, PhD, has shared the stage with internationally known musicians and lecturers and introduced addresses of the Dalai Lama. A theologian, musicologist, and recording artist, she was awarded the first doctorate in theology from the University of Limerick. Her publications include her many music CDs; an autobiography, Listen with the Ear of the Heart, and Theosony: Towards a Theology of Listening. The subject of a major documentary by Irish national television, Nóirín currently lives at the Benedictine Monastery of Glenstal Abbey.

 

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.

 

Christina Mulvey, a graduate of the Jung Institute in Zurich, lectures on a range of subjects in Ireland, the UK, Canada, the US, and Switzerland. Her analytic practice in County Wicklow, Ireland, includes individual and group work as well as supervision and the training of psychotherapists. She is especially interested in the application of art, literature, and music to the analytic process while her engagement with, and love of, horses is an important aspect of both her life and profession. Christina’s publications include The Wool Gatherer, the Poetry of Analysis.

 

Sylvia Brinton Perera, MA, an internationally known Jungian analyst, lives, practices, writes, and teaches in New York and Vermont. Faculty and board member of the Jung Institute of New York, she lectures and leads workshops internationally. Her publications include Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women; The Scapegoat Complex: Toward a Mythology of Shadow and Guilt; Dreams, A Portal to the Source; Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction: An Archetypal Perspective; and The Irish Bull God: Image of Multiform and Integral Masculinity.

 

Monika Wikman, PhD, is a Jungian Analyst and Astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has contributed articles and poems to numerous journals. Internationally, Dr. Wikman leads retreats for inner renewal through the activation of the subtle body realms and lectures on mythology, dreams, wellness, alchemy, and creativity. A graduate of the Jung-Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, she has taught in the graduate department at California State University and currently has a private practice in Tesuque, New Mexico.

 

J. Pittman McGehee, DD, lecturer and educator in psychology and religion, is a widely published author, poet, and essayist. A practicing Jungian analyst in Austin, Texas, he was formerly Carolyn Fay Adjunct Lecturer in Analytical Psychology at the University of Houston, and faculty member at the Jung Institute in Zurich. His many publications include The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are, Raising Lazarus: The Science of Healing the Soul, and The Paradox of Love.

 

Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s most respected archaeologists, is highly acclaimed for his ongoing fieldwork in Connemara. A popular presenter, he has lectured worldwide, including at Oxford, Cambridge, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian. Author of Connemara: Visions of Iar Chonnacht, as well as numerous articles and reports, he is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Croagh Patrick archaeological research team, and the Heritage Council of Ireland.