Photo: view of mountains and upper and lower lakes in Killarney National Park, County Kerry.

County Kerry
October 10–17, 2021

Overview & Invitation

The New York Center for Jungian Studies, founded in 1991 by Aryeh Maidenbaum and Diana Rubin, offers seminars, workshops, and study tours in extraordinary settings. This year, we are proud to celebrate our 20th year of Jung in Ireland — two decades of captivating participants from around the world in an exploration of the psychology and ideas of C.G. Jung.

Rich in history, alive with impeccable natural beauty, and steeped in mythology, Ireland provides a unique setting. The program, open to individuals from all fields, as well as mental health professionals, provide an exceptional opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with participants from diverse backgrounds and engage with internationally known Jungian analysts and authors.

Join us and experience a combination of inspired content, superb accommodations, and gourmet meals — all in the alchemical and magical setting of Ireland.

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

Everything living dreams of Individuation, for everything strives towards its own wholeness.
—C.G. Jung

Program

Our Undiscovered Self: Awakening the Genie Within

There is an energy source within us capable of removing obstacles to our individual growth as well as opening new, inspiring paths in our lives. We can tap into that source — the Genie Within, who can help us discover an authentic dimension of who we are inwardly and enable us to become that individual. The Undiscovered Self, a core principle of C.G. Jung’s work, is where the Genie resides, a transcendent and unrealized aspect of our psyche.

Finding this Undiscovered Self will reveal the unconscious parts of our psyche that we have lost touch with — a neglected potential waiting to be tapped. The goal of this seminar is to help us get in touch with the powerful forces within. These forces will enhance our personal as well as professional lives.

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of being, is the only end in life.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

What and who is this Genie within that helps us discover the true Self? The Genie is the alchemist within that turns lead into gold and helps us discover the parts of ourselves — our souls — that have always been there, hidden, neglected, or undeveloped.
We might call this Genie a transcendent part of the psyche that can overcome complexes and conflicts to create a new, individuated entity that holds our opposites. When we can find the courage to trust the inner Self, our unconscious, to listen to our dreams and pay attention to our daydreams, the Genie will emerge. When we knock on those doors, the Genie answers. We begin to trust that long-neglected voice to carve out a new, emerging sense of Self. Our dreams, complexes, fears, relationships, and aspirations are among the many paths to explore as we set out on this road.

How can we rid ourselves of the constant voices around us and listen to our true, authentic voice? How can we summon the Genie? How do we carefully and constructively ignite the energy needed to evolve untapped potential so that we can live more rewarding, fulfilling lives?

“Our Undiscovered Self: Awakening the Genie Within” will explore this compelling, life-changing theme through presentations, group discussions, and workshops. Participants will gain insights into how to begin and sustain the Self-discovery path. While it is a lifelong mission to nurture a relationship with the hidden Self, that mission begins with an understanding of the process.

Setting

Welcome to Killarney, County Kerry. A favorite destination of Sir Walter Scott and Queen Victoria, Killarney is surrounded by a beautiful, unspoiled verdant landscape of lakes, forests, and mountains, including Killarney National Park — with 25,000 acres of forest and trails. Additionally, a short distance from this picturesque town is the famed Muckross House and the Ross Castle. Our schedule will allow ample time to explore Killarney’s many shops and to also enjoy its vibrant pub scene where one can enjoy traditional Irish music.

Accommodations & Seminar Site The Killarney Park is a deluxe, family-owned, five-star 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 to both the town center and Killarney National Park. Amenities at the Killarney Park Hotel include outstanding cuisine, complimentary Internet access, an 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 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 your own, Killarney has a multitude of charming restaurants, pubs, and cafés.

Meals included: Full breakfast daily; all breaks for coffee and tea; two lunches (October 11 &12 ); welcoming and farewell dinners (October 10 & 16).

Schedule

Sunday, October 10

Arrive at the Killarney Park Hotel. Check in with time to relax, enjoy the hotel’s amenities, or stroll about Killarney

5:00 p.m. Orientation and an opportunity to get to know one another, followed by a festive, Welcoming dinner (included)


Monday, October 11

7:00 a.m. Full Irish breakfast served daily

9:15 a.m. Aryeh Maidenbaum and Diana Rubin, Introductory remarks

9:30 a.m. John Hill, Jung’s Red Book: Inspiration for Individuation

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

11:30 a.m. Sylvia Perera, Dark Places of Wisdom that Release the Genie Within

1:00 p.m. Break for lunch (included)

2:30- 4:00 p.m. Workshops I

  • Ashok Bedi, A Subjective Path to the Soul: The Inner Path
  • Veronica Goodchild, Pilgrimage as Renewal and Self Discovery
  • Erik Goodwyn, Listening to Our Inner Voices
  • Margaret Klenck, Encounters with the Celtic Imagination

Evening: Free; dinner on our own


Tuesday October 12

9:30 a.m. Erik Goodwyn, The Inner Alchemical Process in Our Everyday Lives

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

11:30 a.m. Workshops II

  • Ashok Bedi, An Objective Path to the Soul: The Outer Path
  • Margaret Klenck, Finding Your Three Questions for the Wish Granter
  • Lyn Mather and Mathew Mather, Synchronicity and the Undiscovered Self
  • Sylvia Perera, Working with Dreams: An Experiential Workshop (limited to 15 participants)

1:00 p.m. Break for lunch (included)

2:30- 4:00 p.m. Workshops III

  • Veronica Goodchild, Finding Our Inner Guide to Authenticity Between Our Personal Psyche and World
  • Erik Goodwyn, Listening to Our Inner Voices
  • Lyn Mather and Mathew Mather, Dreams, Images, and the Transcendent Function
  • John Hill, Jung’s Alchemical Struggle with Joyce: Finding the Self in Otherness

Evening: Free; dinner on our own

 


Wednesday October 13

9:30 a.m. Veronica Goodchild, Inner Genie: Where to Find Inspiration in Nature and Mother Earth

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

11:30 a.m. Workshops IV

  • John Hill, The Spirit in the Bottle: A Fairy Tale Drama
  • Margaret Klenck, Finding Your Three Questions for the Wish Granter
  • Lyn Mather and Mathew Mather, Dreams, Images, and the Transcendent Function
  • Sylvia Perera, Working with Dreams: An Experiential Workshop (limited to 15 participants)

1:00 p.m. Break for lunch on our own

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Michael Gibbons, The Sacred Mountains and Islands of the Peninsulas in South-West Ireland

Evening: Free; dinner on our own


Thursday October 14

Free day or Optional Outing
A free day to rest, explore Killarney and surroundings on our own, and /or enjoy the hotel’s amenities. For those who have reserved their place in advance there will be an optional full-day outing to the Dingle Peninsula, led by Michael Gibbons.

Explore the Dingle Peninsula
Optional outing with Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s leading archaeologists, will guide us on a day long field trip to the Dingle Peninsula, a veritable outdoor museum packed with European and Irish archaeology. During the day, we will explore monastic landscapes packed with beehive huts and early churches in addition to seeing cliff-edge forts and the Blasket Islands, famed for their unique literary heritage.

Friday October 15

9:30 a.m. Margaret Klenck, Celtic Tales of Desire, Awakening, and Discovery

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

11:30 a.m. Workshops V

  • Veronica Goodchild, Finding Our Inner Guide to Authenticity Between Our Personal Psyche and World
  • Aryeh Maidenbaum, Gazing Behind the Curtain: A Workshop for Men
  • Lyn Mather and Mathew Mather, Synchronicity and the Undiscovered Self
  • Sylvia Perera, Working with Dreams: An Experiential Workshop (limited to 15 participants)

1:00 p.m. Break for Lunch on our own

3:00- 4:30 p.m. Workshops VI

  • Ashok Bedi, An Objective Path to the Soul: The Inner Path
  • Erik Goodwyn, Channeling Our Complexes and Conflicts as Part of Our Growth
  • John Hill, The Spirit in the Bottle: A Fairy Tale Drama
  • Diana Rubin, Finding Our Inner Voice: A Workshop for Women (limited to 18 participants)

Evening: Free; dinner on our own


Saturday October 16

9:30 a.m. Ashok Bedi, Discover Your Inner Divine Twin

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

11:30 a.m. Faculty and participant discussion; seminar closure

Afternoon: Free to relax and, enjoy wandering about Killarney, and/or visiting sites of interest on our own

7:30 p.m. Festive closing dinner and music - celebrating 20 years of Jung in Ireland (included)


Sunday October 17

Departures for Dublin airport and Radisson Dublin Airport hotel. Time of departure and sign-up sheet will be posted.

Please note: Daily schedule subject to change

Faculty

Ashok Bedi, MD, is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Bedi is also a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His books include The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Crossing the Healing Zone, 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. He is the liaison for the IAAP for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to teach, train and consult with the Jungian Developing groups at several centers including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Along with his wife Usha, he leads an annual “Jungian Encounter with the Soul of India” study group to several centers in India.


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.


Veronica Goodchild, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she was a core faculty member for over sixteen years. Among the courses she taught were Jungian Psychology, Alchemy, and Depth Psychology and the Sacred. An affiliate member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, Dr. Goodchild has trained at the Jung-Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology and has been a practicing Jungian psychotherapist for more than thrity-five years. Her publications include Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries; Dark Shadows of Love; and Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century.


Erik Goodwyn, MD, holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics, a master’s in anatomy and neurobiology, and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. Currently on the faculty of the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Goodwyn is the author of The Neurobiology of the Gods. An officer in the US Air Force for seven years, he has researched and written on the dreams of soldiers in combat zones as well as authored articles combining archetype theory with cognitive anthropology.


John Hill, MA, earned a diploma in analytical psychology from the Jung Institute of Zurich, where he served for many years as training analyst, and degrees in philosophy from the University of Dublin and Catholic University. He has a private practice in Zurich and is a training analyst at ISAP-Zurich. Born and raised in Ireland and a graduate of the Glenstal Abbey School, he has published, among others works, “Celtic Myth,” “Dreams,” “Christian Mysticism,” and At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging.


Margaret Klenck, MDiv, LP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, she is president of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York, where she teaches and supervises trainees. Ms. Klenck has lectured and taught nationally and internationally. Her most recent publications are two books in which she is a featured interviewee: Visible Mind: Movies, Modernity and the Unconscious, by Christopher Hauke; and There’s a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak, by Jonathan Cott. Before becoming an analyst, Ms. Klenck had a 20-year acting career, appearing on stage, television, and film.


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.


Aryeh Maidenbaum, PhD, Jungian analyst, is co-director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies. His publications include the articles The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology; Sounds of Silence; Psychological Types, Job Change, and Personal Growth, Anti-Semitism: the Jungian Dilemma, as well as being the editor of, and contributor to, the book Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism. Additionally, Dr. Maidenbaum, in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, organizes and leads Jewish Heritage Travel programs throughout the world.


Sylvia Brinton Perera, MA, is a renowned Jungian analyst who lives, practices, and works in New York City and Burlington, Vermont. She is a faculty member of the New York Jung Institute and she lectures and has led workshops internationally. Her notable publications include Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women, The Scapegoat Complex: Towards 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.


Diana Rubin, LCSW, co-director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies, has organized and led Jungian Seminars and Study Tours for over 25 years. She currently has a private psychotherapy practice in New York City and New Paltz, New York, where she works with individuals and groups. A former staff psychotherapist at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health’s Institute for the Performing Artist, her special interest is in the interface of psychotherapy and the creative process.

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