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Weekend Workshop

January 29–30, 2021

Live online format.

Participate in full-group presentations with an opportunity for questions and dialogue.

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Winter Programs Overview

The New York Center for Jungian Studies presents its winter online Jung programs — a weeklong seminar and weekend workshop. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to invite leading Jungian analysts, authors, and thinkers into your homes with two events:

January 29-30, 2021
Wisdom from Alchemy to Help Light the Way
A weekend with Monika Wikman and Thomas Elsner
Tuition: $150

Video replay will be available for one week following the event.

Certificates of attendance are available at a cost of $10 per certificate.

If you have questions feel free to email us anytime or call the office between the hours of 10am and 4pm Monday through Friday: 845-256-0191.

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About the Weeklong Seminar

Jung Mandala from the Red Book Endurance, Transformation and the Power of the Imagination

January 10-15, 2021

All the works of man have their origin in creative imagination.
—C.G. Jung

In some cultures, imagination is seen as a creative act parallel to the creation of the universe. Poets, artists, composers, writers, thinkers, and others share their vision—inviting us to enter the world of the imaginal, expand our consciousness, and find our own inspiration. Thus, the imagination can show us the way, give us inspiration and hope, and open us to the possibilities that abound. Transforming the imaginal into reality is an alchemical process that can be a catalyst for creativity and individuation.

This past year has tested all of us in ways we weren’t prepared for. The Coronavirus has given rise to fear of illness or death, mental health challenges, economic hardship, racial unrest, political divisiveness and a great disruption of our personal and professional lives. We have endured being separated from loved ones and community—but most of all, we have been in a constant state of ambiguity and uncertainty.

Many of the world’s greatest philosophers, creative artists, writers, and thinkers turned out their most important works during times of social and economic disruption, turmoil and stress. The psychiatrist Gerald Epstein writes that it is necessary to endure stressful and fearful situations as they are part of the Individuation process—not unlike rites of initiation. But how do we persevere when everything feels chaotic in this state of liminality? How do we keep heart, psyche, and soul alive?

Jung’s ideas supply no easy answers, but they can help us reframe our questions and change our perspective. From a Jungian perspective, dropping into an imaginal space through reflection, meditation, active imagination, creative expression, dreams, music, and more can help us cope and show us the way forward. Through the imagination, we can encourage something new as a result of holding the tension of our times. We can find the insights and energy to move forward and guide us toward transformation and a new narrative filled with hope and potential for ourselves and the planet.

With presentations by an outstanding, internationally recognized faculty of analysts and authors, these challenges will be the focus of the New York Center for Jungian Studies Winter Seminar. We invite you to join us for our weeklong seminar, or a special weekend presentation on Alchemy… or both.


Those who have attended our programs know how carefully we prepare the daily schedules and itineraries to provide a valuable and enriching experience. This winter, our live online format, via Zoom, will provide the opportunity to hear from a notable and outstanding faculty. We are confident that participants will find the material meaningful and personally enriching.

Sunday Evening, January 10  | 6:00–7:30 p.m. ET
Keynote Presentation


Transformation or Decline?
The Global Pandemic Crisis and Personal Second Half of Life Parallels

The second half of life is a prime concern of Jungian psychology. Individuals are shaped by family and cultural expectations; it is a liminal phase between "what was" and "what next?" An awareness of the passage of time makes real the potential time remaining. The coronavirus pandemic brought these issues to the forefront globally. When there are major life changes, losses and disruptions of life as usual, there is unrest in the psyche; depression and anxiety come to the surface. Whether personal or collectively, a crisis is a time of danger and opportunity.

In this presentation, Jean Shinoda Bolen will explore the questions: Are there symbols of transformation emerging? Will we go forward or regress? What about our creative and spiritual life and resources? Do we feel and heed what we may be called to do? The qualities that can see us through are "love, hope, perseverance, trust and gratitude."

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, an internationally known speaker and author of thirteen influential books which have been published in over one hundred foreign editions and include Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, The Millionth Circle, Like A Tree, Urgent Message From Mother, Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, and Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. Dr. Bolen is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a past Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She is a 2020-21 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree from Marquis Who’s Who.

Monday, January 11 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Transformations of Imagination in the Healing of Our Personal and Collective Trauma

A frightening, traumatic event such as the current Pandemic casts a deadly shadow—an “Umbra Mundi”—over the earth, confronting us with a reality that profoundly activates our imaginations. Desperate to make meaning out of this seemingly meaningless event, our imaginations can be driven by fear and apocalyptic anxieties. When hijacked by fear, the human imagination can lead to dark alternative realities and beliefs that we know as psychological defenses.

Donald Kalsched has been studying these defenses for many years in a special population of patients who have suffered from early childhood trauma. He believes that the current Corona Virus Pandemic has been a sufficient trauma to the collective psyche to sponsor a whole panoply of cultural defenses that we see re-wiring our imaginations and weakening our relationship to reality—the same thing that happens when trauma strikes an individual child.

Rescuing the imagination and turning it in a creative direction during a time of existential threat requires a particular kind of affective competence or emotional intelligence that can only come through the matrix of compassionate relationship. Participants will explore what this means in both personal relationships and in those collective relationships that take shape in our current cultural and political world.

Donald Kalsched, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the author of many journal articles and book chapters as well as two important books, The Inner World of Trauma; Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit and Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption, both of which have been translated into many languages. Dr. Kalsched is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, a training analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of early trauma and its treatment.

Tuesday, January 12  |  12:00 –1:30  & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Approaching the Threshold to the Creative Unconscious

Jung’s concept of the Shadow is often mistakenly understood — often described as a negative aspect of the unconscious. Yet in some of his writings, Jung describes the Shadow as containing both positive and negative aspects. The popular notion is that it is all bad or dark—that the material within us is rejected, unacceptable, even evil. But any feelings, values, or beliefs can be locked away in the Shadow—even our creative gifts, innate talents, and unlived dreams.

In this presentation, Connie Zweig will amplify the Shadow as the source of imagination and creativity, focusing on the first stage of the archetypal creative process: preparation. This will be followed by Opening the Portal to the Creative Unconscious, which uncovers the guardians at the gate, the shadow figures that block entry to the source of imagination and creativity. At this second stage of creativity, incubation, we meet the guardians using shadow-work, drawing, and writing to let go of the ego’s control and allow the portal to open. Participants are asked to have a pen or pencil and paper nearby.

Connie Zweig, PhD, is a writer, and retired Jungian-oriented  psychotherapist. In the past, she has contributed articles to Esquire magazine and the Los Angeles Times and holds a doctorate in Depth Psychology. Dr. Zweig has led seminars nationwide on meditation, spirituality, religious disillusionment and “shadow work.” She is co-author of Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow, and author of To Be A Woman, Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality, and the novel A Moth to the Flame: The Life Story of Sufi Poet Rumi. Her forthcoming book, The Inner Work of Age: How to Shift from Role to Soul, extends shadow-work into late life.

Wednesday, January 13 |  12:00–1:30  & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Staying Centered in the Eye of the Storm

Every fantasy represents the echoes of the present and the whispers of our past. Taken together, they engage the emergence of our future under the auspices of the archetype of the Self. The contents of the unconscious that are not transmuted as Self-structures are either projected onto an object, manifest as a dream, symptom or relational dynamic, and may spontaneously manifest as a creative fantasy and an image or a Mandala.

Using the timeless wisdom of the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Ashok Bedi will explore the contemplative method to incubate and amplify the imagination. The individuation potential of the image will be examined using Analytical, Neuroscience and Eastern perspectives. When a society is substantially out of balance from its spiritual core—as in the present global dynamic—the Collective psyche channels a compensatory image as vision or dream for the collective. Kandinsky’s Reciprocal Accord, Goethe’s Faust and Carl Jung’s Analytical Psychology are such examples of Visionary Art. Dr. Bedi’s presentation will conclude with a Mandala exercise by the participants.

Take a few minutes to listen to an impromptu and imaginative message from Ashok. Watch now…

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.

Thursday, January 14  |  12:00–1:30  & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
The Crack Where the Light Comes In

The path of individuation often opens consciously with stressful experiences that crack the identities we have inherited and/or managed to construct. Broken, we are forced to confront the pain of disruption, to examine the original complexes and defenses with which we structured our lives, and to discover the raw, new light pouring through the opened space. In the shards of the false-self personae, which we once clutched as identities, and the superego standards we obeyed to get us through, we may be forced—willing or not—to return to the fire. There we may discover the gold in newly opened imaginal sources and forms of relatedness with which to create innovative vessels of individual identity and fire-tested, Self-directed authenticity.

Sylvia Perera asks that you have paper, pen or pencil, and crayons or chalks nearby. Or, if you express yourself best in music or dance, you can use those forms as well.

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.

Friday, January 15  |  12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
A Time of Transformation on Earth

We are living through a time of great ordeals and radical changes that have already altered the world. Yet, even as eruptions in both nature and culture produce nightmare scenarios, something deep in the soul of humanity also responds to the upheaval of life. Certain rites of passage require that the world must seem upside down or about to end before a step into the unknown can stir the soul and inspire the dream of life to awaken again. In this presentation, Michael Meade will explore how changes at the level of the individual soul can generate the collective energy needed to transform the conditions of the world.

Michael Meade, DHL, is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He is the author of Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World, The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn’t End, and The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul. He is editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. He is also the creator of the Living Myth podcast. Meade is founder and Director of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.

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