Presenting the 21st Annual

Jung in Ireland

Rich in history, alive with impeccable natural beauty, and steeped in mythology, Ireland once again provides the setting for our spring travel programs.

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Welcome

We are pleased to be able to return to Ireland and continue our annual tradition of Jung in Ireland programs. March 20–26 at Glenstal Abbey for The Mystery of Hope and Resilience, and March 27–April 3 in County Galway for our annual seminar, Confronting Our Personal and Family Ghosts. For the 21st time we look forward to welcoming participants from around the world in an exploration of C.G. Jung’s work and related themes.

Rich in history, alive with impeccable natural beauty and steeped in mythology, Ireland provides a magical, inspiring setting. Open to individuals from all fields as well as mental health professionals, our programs provide an extraordinary opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with participants from diverse backgrounds and to interact with the dynamic monks of Glenstal Abbey and internationally known Jungian analysts and authors.

A combination of inspired content, magical settings, superb accommodations, and gourmet meals provide an unforgettable experience, and a unique and meaningful learning vacation.

We invite you to join us for one or both unique programs and experience the magical setting of Ireland!

—Aryeh Maidenbaum and Diana Rubin, Directors, New York Center for Jungian Studies

Two Weeklong Programs

Stay for both weeks and get an extra night on us.

Register for both programs and your overnight accommodations at the Connemara Coast Hotel on April 3 is free, along with transportation from Limerick to Galway.

March 20–26, 2023
County Limerick
A Special Program with the Monks of Glenstal Abbey
The Mystery of Hope and Resilience

Once again we return to the extraordinary Glenstal Abbey, set amidst 500 magnificent acres of farmland, forest, lakes and streams. Join the Abbey’s monks — Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Mark Patrick Hederman, and Simon Sleeman — along with a notable faculty of Jungian analysts and authors, including John Hill, Tom Elsner, Sylvia Brinton Perera, Joanne Wieland-Burston, Monika Wikman, and musical performance by Nóírin Ní Riain. Meet participants interested in exploring the psychology and ideas of C.G. Jung, and enjoy Ireland’s unparalleled hospitality.

March 27–April 3, 2023
County Galway
Annual Seminar
Confronting Our Personal
and Family Ghosts

Our 22nd annual Jung in Ireland seminar will meet on the shores of Galway Bay, along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Spend the week with Joe Cambray, Mary Dougherty, Marlene Frantz, Aryeh Maidenbaum, Sylvia Brinton Perera, Diana Rubin, David Schoen, and Dennis Patrick Slattery. We will explore our personal story as a journey of self-discovery through a unique combination of presentations and experiential workshops — revealing the hidden archetypes in ourselves that are waiting to be liberated. 

The Mystery of Hope and Resilience

March 20–26, 2023 | County Limerick
A Special Program with the Monks of Glenstal Abbey

Once again we return to the extraordinary Glenstal Abbey set amidst 500 magnificent acres of farmland, forest, lakes and streams. Join the Abbey’s monks along with a notable faculty of Jungian analysts and authors, including John Hill, Tom Elsner, Sylvia Brinton Perera, Joanne Wieland-Burston, Monika Wikman, and musical performance by Noirin Ni Riain. Meet like-minded participants interested in exploring the psychology and ideas of C.G. Jung, and enjoy Ireland’s unparalleled hospitality.

Program Overview

“Hope” is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words
And never stops at all.
—Emily Dickinson

Why is it that one individual can survive a trauma or tragedy and eventually be able to thrive while another loses hope, may be emotionally paralyzed, and remains depressed? This seminar will explore this enigma of hope and resilience with the intention of trying to understand the phenomenon and identify whether resilience and hope are inborn or if they can be developed. As parent, teacher, therapist, or mentor, can we nurture these qualities in ourselves and others?

These past few years have brought us all many challenges. Through it, many of us have struggled with finding hope and maintaining our resilience. Decades ago, C.G. Jung also recognized that we live in political, economic, and spiritually distressing times. For Jung, the hope of humans and the world at large depended ultimately on the inner work individuals do in their most intimate inner world. This work not only gives greater meaning to our lives, it connects us to an inner Self, capable of transcending our personal obstacles and collective anxieties. Thus, even in the extreme environment of a Nazi concentration camp, existential psychologist Viktor Frankl saw that individuals who could find meaning or hope stood a better chance of survival than those who lacked these things. James Hollis concurs that through the paths of inner exploration — the tools of depth psychology, classical literature, philosophy, dream work, art, and myth, we gain access to our “locus of knowing” — a wellspring of deep resilience beyond the ego, always available to guide us back to the imperatives of our soul.

Though many of the challenges of our times are unique, the path through for us — personally and collectively — will always rely on our capacity for creativity, wisdom, and connection to a reality larger than ourselves. Research indicates that hope—the implication that there is the possibility of a better future — can help us manage stress and anxiety and cope with adversity. It contributes to our well-being and happiness and motivates positive action. The body of evidence shows that hope is the mindset that drives resilient behaviors.

Through a combination of presentation by our faculty and the monks of Glenstal Abbey, we will draw on the potential we all have to find hope and meaning and to foster our resilience for the challenging days ahead.

 

Confronting Our Personal and Family Ghosts

Annual Seminar
March 27–April 3, 2023 | County Galway

Our 21st annual Jung in Ireland seminar will meet on the shores of Galway Bay, along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Spend the week with Joe Cambray, Mary Dougherty, Marlene Frantz, David Schoen, Dennis Patrick Slattery, and Sylvia Brinton Perera. We will explore our personal story as a journey of self-discovery through a unique combination of presentations and experiential workshops — revealing the hidden archetypes in ourselves that are waiting to be libera

Program Overview

James Hollis writes “how different the world would be if each parent could say to the child: ‘Who you are is terrific, all you are meant to be. And who you are, as you are, is loved by all of us.’ Then, Hollis goes on to say that “Such persons would be able to make difficult decisions, mindful always of the impact on others, but also determined to live the life intended by the gods who brought us here.”
—James Hollis, Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives

Life asks of us a simple task — to discover who we are and become our best selves. That seems simple on the face of it, but there is much to navigate on the road to this becoming. There are the circumstances of the time and place that we are born into, the concentric circles of people around us, the influence of the culture we find ourselves in, and the diverging ideas we are subjected to. There are the unseen influences of our ancestors, the direct or indirect impact of our family narratives, and our own inherent beliefs that hold us back or propel us forward.

Jungian psychology offers us a look back and a path forward so that we may let go of expectations, heal from childhood trauma, and begin to imagine our true destiny. Mythology offers up images and stories that ignite our imagination and lead us to an understanding of life’s possibilities. With these and other tools, we can explore our personal story as a journey of self-discovery. Or, as Michael Meade says, we can discover the hidden archetypes in ourselves that are waiting to be liberated.

This is an opportunity that is there for all of us, but we must actively engage our interior in order to find our particular path and our unique truth. Only then can we discover the insights and energy to move forward and be guided toward transformation and a new narrative filled with hope and potential for ourselves and the planet.

Special Arrangements for attending both programs:

For those participating in both the Glenstal and Seminar programs, overnight accommodations will be provided at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on March 26 and transportation included to the Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway on March 27. 

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