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Growing, While Growing Older: A Seminar
April 15-22, 2018
County Kerry, Ireland

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C. S. Lewis

George Bernard Shaw is supposed to have said that youth is wasted on the young. As we grow older, many of us have come to identify with this statement, though few of us would want to have to relive the struggles of our youthful years. Nevertheless, growing older need not mean that we are in countdown mode and just marking time as best we can. Never before have people lived longer or had more choices of how they want to live. Barring ill health, later life has the potential for being a most productive and satisfying period, with emphasis on “growing,” rather than getting older.

Current research is showing more and more that the human brain can remain active and highly functional during our later years if we give it something to do. Our brains are resilient and continue to have the capacity to adapt, change, and grow. Validating Jung’s approach to the period that he refers to as the second half of life, neuroscience has proved that we can continue to change and grow throughout the life cycle. We have the potential to be far more adaptable and flexible in later life than most of us thought possible when we were younger.

From a Jungian perspective, our mental and spiritual health is often less a matter of fate than a matter of choice. As we grow older, we can choose to worry less about what others think of us and what they expect of us, and instead take pleasure in the personal freedom to develop in a way that was not possible when we were younger. If we continue to grow as we grow older, life can be a period of creativity and vibrancy, as well as an opportunity to redefine ourselves and a chance to learn new languages, embrace new hobbies and experiences, and integrate neglected aspects of our personalities.

As we grow older, we can make it a time of generativity, not stagnation. We can revisit previous passions, explore new interests, and do things just for the pleasure of it. Most important, it should also be a time to focus on ourselves, an opportunity to delve deeper inwardly, and a stage in life to examine our deeper, spiritual selves. During the course of our week together, through presentations and workshops, we will explore what we need to do to live consciously and creatively and continue to grow as we grow older.

Muckross Castle Killarney County Kerry | nyjung.org

 

Welcome to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
County Kerry is famous for its spectacular scenery, lakes, mountains, and renowned Killarney National Park, with 25,000 acres of forest and trails. We will be based in the lively and picturesque town of Killarney, with its famed Muckross House and Ross Castle. Our schedule will allow ample time to explore its many shops, restaurants, and pubs, where one can enjoy traditional Irish music.

Accommodations and Program Setting
The Killarney Park is a family-owned, 5-star, deluxe hotel. With each spacious room overlooking the hotel gardens, the historic town of Killarney, or the mountains beyond, it is superbly located at the edge of town and within easy walking distance of the town center as well as Killarney National Park. Amenities at the Killarney Park Hotel include outstanding cuisine, complimentary Internet access, indoor swimming pool, and a luxurious spa. It is considered one of the finest hotels in County Kerry.

Meals will be wonderful times to get to know one another 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 Killarney Park Hotel.

Our breaks will feature freshly brewed coffee, traditional Irish and herbal teas, and freshly baked scones. On Monday and Tuesday, we will lunch together at the elegant Killarney Park Hotel, where we will also enjoy festive gourmet opening and closing dinners. For meals on our own, Killarney has a multitude of charming restaurants, pubs, and cafés.

Program in Brief

Sunday, April 15

Arrival Killarney Park Hotel. Check in with time to relax, enjoy the hotel’s amenities, or stroll about Killarney
4:00 p.m. Orientation and an opportunity to get to know one another
7:30 p.m. Welcoming dinner (included)

Monday, April 16

7:00 a.m. Full Irish breakfast served daily
9:15 a.m. Aryeh Maidenbaum and Diana Rubin, Brief remarks
9:30 a.m. Lionel Corbett, Psychological and Spiritual Growth in Later Life: Possibilities and Potential
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops I

Lyn and Mathew Mather, Creative Imagination of the Heart
Pittman McGehee, Spirituality in the Fourth Quarter
Nóirín Ní Riain, “I never lose. I either win or learn” [Nelson Mandela] Exploring Mandela’s Wisdom
Sylvia Perera, Dreams: An Experiential Workshop

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

Lionel Corbett, Our Quest for Meaning in Later Life: Strategies and Suggestions
Christina Mulvey, Active Imagination in Later Life
Lyn and Mathew Mather, Creativity, Synchronicity, and Personal Mythmaking
Earl Collins, Getting a Heart of Wisdom: Harvesting the First Half of Life

Evening Free; dinner on our own

Tuesday, April 17

9:30 a.m. Pittman McGehee, My Ego Ain’t My Amigo Anymore: The Dynamic of the Ego/Self Axis as We Age
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops III

Earl Collins, Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes (from Benedict’s Rule)
Lionel Corbett, Our Quest for Meaning in Later Life: Strategies and Suggestions
Christina Mulvey, Music, Memory, and the Creative Self
Sylvia Perera, Growing, as We Grow Older: A Workshop for Women

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

Earl Collins, Getting a Heart of Wisdom: Harvesting the First Half of Life
Pittman McGehee, Spirituality in the Fourth Quarter
Nóirín Ní Riain, What Song Is Inside of You That Still Wants to Be Sung?
Sylvia Perera, Growing, as We Grow Older: A Workshop for Women

Evening Free; dinner on our own

Wednesday, April 18

9:30 a.m. Christina Mulvey, How Art, Music, and Poetry Can Enliven and Rejuvenate
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops V

Aryeh Maidenbaum, Challenges of Later Life: A Workshop for Men
Lyn and Mathew Mather, Creative Imagination of the Heart
Nóirín Ní Riain, What Song Is Inside of You That Still Wants to Be Sung?
Sylvia Perera, Dreams: An Experiential Workshop

Afternoon Free
8:00 p.m. Michael Gibbons, Mythic Landscapes and Seascapes in Ireland West

Thursday, April 19

Free Day Rest, enjoy the hotel’s spa and surroundings, OR, for those who have reserved their place in advance (optional), full-day outing to the Iveragh Peninsula

Friday, April 20

9:30 a.m. Earl Collins, “Since That Day I Emerged from the Labyrinth”: Going Out into Life’s Second Half (from Scottish poet Edwin Muir)
11:00 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:30 a.m. Workshops VI

Christina Mulvey, Active Imagination in Later Life
Pittman McGehee, Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
Lyn and Mathew Mather, Creativity, Synchronicity, and Personal Mythmaking
Lionel Corbett, Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationship in Later Life

Afternoon and evening: Free

Saturday, April 21

9:30 a.m. Nóirín Ní Riain, Poetics of Aging in Song and Story
10:30 a.m. Break for coffee, tea, and scones
11:00 p.m. Faculty panel and participant discussion; seminar closure
Afternoon: Free to relax, and/or enjoy wandering about Killarney town. Or, visit nearby Muckross House and Gardens (Victorian mansion set amidst the breathtaking scenery of Killarney’s lakes) for lunch and a tour of the house and gardens.
7:30 p.m. Festive closing dinner (included)

Sunday, April 22

Departures for Shannon and Dublin airports and Radisson Dublin Airport hotel.
Times and sign-up sheets to be posted!

*Please note: Daily schedule subject to change
Meals included: Full breakfast daily; all breaks for coffee and tea; lunches (April 16 and 17); welcoming and farewell dinners (April 15 and 21)
Location of workshops to be posted. Included in your packet: Orientation and workshop assignments.

Field Trip to the Iveragh Peninsula

Optional Thursday Outing
Guided by archaeologist Michael Gibbons, we will spend a full day traveling through one of Ireland’s most stirring landscapes with wild mountains and cliff-bound coasts. Along the way, we will visit monuments spanning thousands of years, visit a 6,000 year old bog, and learn of the hidden tresures that have been found in recent years. Participation entails walking moderate distances which will include uneven or slightly hilly terrain. For those preferring a less active outing, an additional optional trip will be offered.

Killarney Park County Kerry | nyjung.org

 

Faculty

Earl Collins, PhD, abbot of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, 2011–2016, studied philosophy and holds a doctorate in Byzantine mystical theology. A former monk of Glenstal Abbey, he studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich and was a professor of theology at the Benedictine University in Rome. Author of The Glenstal Book of Icons and Meeting Christ in His Mysteries, Dr. Collins is interested in the history of spirituality—particularly, the phenomenon of mysticism in Christianity and world religions.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Lyn Mather, MA, is an artist and a Jungian-oriented art therapist whose practice emphasizes active imagination, dream interpretation and eco-arts. She regularly facilitates workshops themed on the imaginal, the mythopoetic, and the symbolic. With her husband Mathew, she co-pioneered a certificate course on Jungian psychology with art therapy. A current project is “Art and Psyche Ireland,” a networking platform that focuses on the role of the emergent unconscious, the creative imagination, and process work.

 

Mathew Mather, PhD, is a graduate of the University of Essex, a lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design, and course director of the Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy. Dr. Mather regularly presents at international conferences, is a guest lecturer at ISAP-Zurich, and is interested in dream interpretation, synchronicity, art, alchemy, and astrology. He is the author of The Alchemical Mercurius: Esoteric Symbol of Jung’s Life and Works.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.