Fear, Anger and Discontent in Challenging Times

Jung Winter Online Weeklong Seminar 

January 9-14, 2022

When there is a lightness in the darkness which comprehends
the darkness, darkness no longer prevails.

— C.G. Jung


These turbulent times have brought a plethora of challenges to our everyday routines and long-term plans. For many, they have upended relationships, family life, careers, our sense of belonging, and more. From climate change wreaking havoc with drought, fire, flood, catastrophic storms, and unendurable heat to rifts in our democracy, the world-wide pandemic, the rise in subversive ideology, a deluge of misinformation, and civil unrest, many of us find ourselves dealing with familiar emotions that we had thought were behind us.

The uncertainty and heartache bring with it feelings of fear of the unknown, of losing our health or our lives, of letting go of what we know and what we have. A natural, powerful, and primitive human emotion, fear can empower or hinder our individuation process. Anger can be a source of creative energy, serving as a catalyst to help us move forward in life and further our individuation process. It can also impair our judgement and behavior, lead to personal derailment and societal fragmentation, and create a toxic and unrelenting downward spiral. Consequently, many of us are feeling discontent, perhaps thwarted in our ambitions, stuck, even lost. We might be overwhelmed, falling further into despair and loss of self. Or we might be moved or inspired by these extreme circumstances, spurring us on to reimagine our future and reinvent ourselves.

Though these are the things life is made of, there are times when the magnitude or the multitude of challenges produce a tectonic shift. Such is this time of profound transformation for the individual, society, and planet. This is nothing less than an intense rite of passage wherein we are being asked to meet this moment with all that we have learned and all that we are capable of.


Those who have attended our programs know how carefully we prepare the daily schedules and itineraries to provide a valuable and enriching experience. 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, January 9 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. ET
Keynote Presentation:
Waiting for Rubedo: A Pale Society Fosters Greed and Aggression

Jung had a message that was similar to that of Thoreau’s sentiment that the modern person “has no time to be anything but a machine,” and needs to be less tamed by an unnatural lifestyle. The satisfactions of many people today, including the wealthy and powerful, are bloodless and ultimately unsatisfying, and so many are desperate to acquire and horde at the expense of the not so wealthy. We measure our success as a society by the amount of shallow comforts we have and don’t have the taste or vitality to look for deep, soulful happiness. Most people, then, are discontent, in need of vitality, solid pleasures, and the power to be themselves. As medicine for our discontent, Jung recommended the restoration of our animal nature, necessary orgiastic experiences and intimacy with the natural world

Thomas Moore, Ph.D., is the author of the number one bestseller Care of the Soul and twenty-five other books. He is a musician, a psychotherapist and family man. His most recent book is Soul Therapy: The Art and Craft of Caring Conversations. He also teaches a year-long series of courses online called Soul Psychology.

Program Details

Seminar Week
January 9-14, 2022

A weeklong seminar with Thomas Moore, Margaret Klenck, Joe Cambray, Lori Pye, Cynthia Anne Hale, and Richard Tarnas

Tuition: $345
(after December 28, 2021: $395)

Weekend Workshop
January 21–22, 2022

A Weekend with Michael Meade

Tuition: $125
(after December 28, 2021: $150)

Continuing Education Credits and Certificates of Attendance Available

CE credits are available for both programs at an additional cost of $60 per certificate: 16.5 CE credits for the weeklong seminar: Fear, Anger, and Discontent in Challenging Times and 5 CE credits for the A Time for Descent Weekend with Michael Meade.

Certificates of attendance are available at a cost of $10 per certificate for those who do not require Continuing Education Credits.

Find details here.

If you have questions feel free to email us anytime or call the office between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday: 845-256-0191.

Monday, January 10 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
The Spirit of the Times, The Spirit of the Depths

In 1913, Jung found himself in chaos: He had broken with Freud; he was having visions of rivers of blood running through Europe; he was in a deep depression yet a period of creativity. Personally and collectively, things were falling apart—a little like our troubled and troubling world today. Jung discovered ways to come to terms with the unfathomable, the dangerous, the terrifying. We will look to him for guidance as we wonder what the Spirit of the Depths and the Spirit of the Times are asking of us. 

Margaret Klenck, MDiv, LP, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, she is past president of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York, where she teaches and supervises trainees. Margaret 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.

Tuesday, January 11 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Reconsidering Individuation in the 21st Century: When Archetypal Patterns Shift

The past several years have been marked by upheavals and accelerating change impacting all of us. The disruptions and uncertainties at societal and global scales point to a shift or transformation in the archetypal patterns emerging in the collective unconscious, as well as manifesting in our individual lives. The figure of the hero, as the basis of ego identity, is declining while appreciation of interconnectedness as what sustains the psyche has become more manifest. How can we best find our way through these times? An archetypal systems approach will be offered from which we can explore a reimagining of Jung’s notion of individuation.

Joe Cambray, Ph.D., is President-CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute; he is Past-President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; and has served as the U.S. Editor for The Journal of Analytical Psychology. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. Joe is also a Jungian analyst living in the Santa Barbara area of California. His numerous publications include Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, a newly edited volume, with Leslie Sawin, Research in Analytical Psychology: Applications from Scientific, Historical, and (Cross)-Cultural Research. He has published numerous papers in a range of international journals.

Wednesday, January 12 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
The Ecology and Psychology of Composting Our Feelings of Despair

The climate of the times may be heavy with fear, anger, and discontent, yet underpinning these states we find an environment of feeling despair. Yet, it is important to understand that this environment of despair is not a static state; it is a process of transformation, a turning over or a change in direction. In ecological composting processes, matter is always being turned over, such that the environment completely changes. In psychological composting, one can use ecological processes to turn feelings of despair over, such that something in our psyche completely changes. In both ecology and psychology, composting is a decay and renewal process of transformation. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the process of composting, the ecological process of energy as it relates to composting, and will explore the ecology of psychological decomposition-recomposition processes through writing and small group sharing. In this presentation, we will explore the rich ecological metaphors and processes of composting and its relationship to the healing process of psychotherapy.

Lori Pye, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Viridis Graduate Institute whose focus is Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities. As an environmental activist and executive director for international marine nonprofits, Lori worked with numerous NGOs to co-develop the Eastern Tropical Pacific Biological Seascape Corridor with the Ministers of the Environment from Latin and South America. She has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals promoting the field of ecological psychology. She serves on the Editorial Board for Ecopsychology Journal. Forthcoming textbook: Fundamentals of Ecological Psychology, Routledge in 2022.

Thursday, January 13 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Listening from a Depth Perspective: Illuminating Different Realities

Opposing world views can collide during turbulent times, with seemingly steady relationships becoming distant or even fractured. We wonder how others can see things so differently. Listening multi-dimensionally, that is, from a depth perspective, illuminates vastly different realities. Ultimately, this kind of listening can create openings with greater potential for emotional well-being and even for change. Cynthia will discuss themes of these times drawn from clinical practice, dreams, and daily life. She will offer ways to listen sensitively to individual, collective, and archetypal levels of consciousness with the hope of strengthening our capacity to hold ambiguity.

Cynthia Anne Hale, Ph.D., LCSW, has explored the connections between inner and outer experiences as an educator, author, and a psychotherapist for over thirty years, emphasizing a relational and sociopolitical context. Her book, The Red Place: Transforming Past Traumas through Relationships, is about the healing potential of empathic connection. Dr. Hale has worked in higher education to facilitate strategic change, most recently at Reiss-Davis Graduate School. As a professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute, she led studies of the school’s multi-faceted perceptions and needs, including an institute-wide dream study. She has taught courses in archetypal and depth psychologies, clinical practice, and qualitative research methods, and has given talks in the U.S. and England. 

Friday, January 14 | 12:00–1:30 & 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Is Humankind Undergoing a Collective Initiatory Crisis? The Moral Drama of Our Time

We seem to be living at the end of an era. The past and the future are converging in our time with extraordinary force. So much is at stake. We are facing a threshold of fundamental collective transformation that bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, in near-death experiences, in spiritual crises, and in certain critical stages of the individuation process. Can we find a place of equilibrium, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and radical change? What is the role of hope in such a time? And finally, what is the role of “heroic” communities such as Jungian centers and associations that carry principles and a vision of the good sharply different from the mainstream modern world view? For each of us to navigate our own way in life during this dramatic age of human history and Earth evolution requires sources of insight that go beyond simple strategies for just getting ahead or coping with life. This presentation will offer glimpses of a larger context and frame of reference to help us access those deeper moral and spiritual sources through which we can understand our time, re-imagine our lives, and find new resilience.

Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He teaches courses in depth psychology, the history of philosophy, and religious evolution. He frequently lectures on archetypal studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute and was formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen. The author of two books, The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche, he is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served on the Board of Governors for the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

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