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Moving Toward Wholeness

Date October 14-17, 2010
Location Laurel Ridge Conference and Retreat Center, in North Carolina

Featured Presentations and Presenters
(* indicates Jungian Analyst)

The Books of Night and Day
Learning from Bishop Synesius of Cyrene How to Practice Dreamwork as Real Church
Robert Moss

We have direct access to sacred knowledge, in our dreams. Our dreams are a personal oracle that reveals the future and helps us prepare for it. We must not let anyone tell us what our dreams mean or stand between us and the direct experience of the sacred that is available in dreaming. We want to pay attention to signs from the world around us in the knowledge that everything in the universe is interconnected and constantly interweaving. We need to journal both our dreams and our waking experiences in our Books of Night and Day.

These insights come from a fifth-century bishop of the church, Synesius of Cyrene, whose treatise On Dream is one of the wisest books ever written on how to work with dreams and synchronicity. We can learn from him how to practice dreamwork as real church, and move beyond the sad situation Jung evoked when he said that “one of the main functions of formalized religion is to protect people against a direct experience of God.”

Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination
Robert Moss

In this fun, high-energy program we'll learn techniques for empowering and healing our lives, every day, through dreams, coincidence and imagination.

Dreaming, we have access to rich sources of healing and creativity. In our dreams, we are coached on how to handle challenges and opportunities that lie in the future; we become time travelers and communicate with spiritual teachers and allies.

Coincidence may be a signal from a deeper world, and a chance encounter may be an amazing opportunity. By monitoring the play of coincidence, we awaken to a hidden logic of events, and gain access to extraordinary counsel. Synchronicity opens paths we never noticed before, and draws new people and events towards us according to our passions and our willingness to go with the flow.

Through the practice of imagination, we can help to heal our bodies and move towards the manifestation of our heart’s desires. As Tagore said, with a poet’s insight, “the stronger the imagination, the less imaginary the results.”

 

Robert MossRobert Moss is the pioneer of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of shamanism and modern dreamwork. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and a lively online dream school. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, journalist and independent scholar. His seven books on dreaming and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination and The Secret History of Dreaming. His novels include his cycle of the Iroquois: Fire Along the Sky, The Firekeeper and The Interpreter. His website is www.mossdreams.com.

 

Edge of the Forest
Muriel E. McMahon*

In this lecture, Jungian analyst and First Nations Elder, Muriel McMahon discusses how the roots of Ancient wisdom, born from all traditions, remind us of our place in the cycle of Life. To awaken we must journey to the Edge of the Forest, and acknowledge the grief which clouds our vision, tightens our throats, and sits heavy on our hearts. We must re-member how to sit together, and through ceremony, open our eyes, throats, and hearts to the wisdom of the Ancient Ones who are ever with us and ever praying for us.
 

Muriel E. McMahonMuriel E. McMahon* www.murielmcmahon.com is an analyst, teacher, and Elder in the Algonkin, Kipawa First Nations tradition. Raised as an Irish Catholic in small town Ontario, CANADA, counselled out of the Sisters of Providence, schooled in English Literature and psychology, retired from a successful career as a high school guidance counsellor/vice principal, trained as a Jungian analyst in Zurich Switzerland, she is currently in private practice in Guelph, ON. CANADA. Her connections to her indigenous roots (Celtic and Native), her professional pursuits, her creative writing, her daily walks along the Speed River with her dog Shadow, her full family life with her husband parenting three adult sons, and her Jungian analytical practice affirm her belief that the “tribal unconscious” and the “primitive psyche” can lead all of us back home to the Sacred Fire of the Great Peace. She is passionate about dreams and community building and is a ardent supporter of the work of Soul of the Mother www.soulofthemother.org.

 

Carl Jung and Christianity
The Rev. John L. Martin, D. Min.

In this lecture, John will lead us in an exploration of the role of symbol in Carl Jung’s understanding of religious faith. In so doing, he will provide a lens through which we will be enabled to view a post-modern alternative to the traditional approaches one finds in the Christian churches of today.

Rev. John MartinDr. Martin is a retired Presbyterian (USA) minister. He is a former board chair and one among the favorite presenters and teachers at "Journey into Wholeness." Along with his wife, Carolyn, he teaches the very popular Journey Conferences Pre-conference event: "Language of the Soul" seminar, which they have been teaching and refining for more than twenty years.

 

 


Journey Conferences seeks to provide genuine conversation and the sharing of varied experiences in the context of supportive community to aid individual persons and our world in moving toward wholeness. The conference program offerings have been welcomed in consideration of their potential value to this effort. Beyond that, the inclusion of any particular offering or event is not intended to imply any unqualified endorsement by Journey Conferences or its management. We encourage each participant to make their own evaluations.


Workshops and Special Events

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Workshops

 

The Spiritual Warrior Within
Muriel E. McMahon*

In this workshop, Jungian Analyst and Indigenous Elder, Muriel McMahon will offer Traditional teachings and Ceremony to awaken the Spiritual Warrior. The focus will be on the “Council Fire” within the spiritual warrior. Through Traditional stories, dreams, and ceremony we will rediscover the rhythm of our interconnectedness, which is a basic pattern revealed within all faiths. Embodied Spirit can awaken and can be brought to bear on all of life's challenges. Muriel will invite us to find our Sacred Place and develop a renewed relationship with Nature. By listening, praying, and asking important questions, the sacred interconnectedness of all living things can be made manifest.

 

Dreaming with the Departed
Robert Moss

A Seneca Indian prophet observed that “the dimension that divides the living from the dead is exactly as wide as the edge of a maple leaf.”

In this important workshop, we’ll learn that:  

  • Dream encounters with the departed are entirely natural.

  • Dreaming is the easiest form of communication with the Other Side, and it gives us a direct line.

  • Dreams of the departed give us first-hand knowledge of life beyond death.

  • Departed friends or ancestors may come to play the role of personal angels, passing on life-helping counsel and psychic information.

  • Dreams show us when the departed need help from us, because they are lost or confused, mired in old addictions and attachments – or do not even realize that they have died.

  • Dreamwork with the dying can help prepare them for the big journey and provides clarity and courage for approaching the last stages of life as an opportunity for growth, resolving unfinished business and healing old wounds.

 

Jung and Play
Mary Alice Long, Ph.D*

Jung said, "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative
mind plays with the objects it loves."

Jung knew how to play. Even as an elder, Jung could still sit for hours at the lakeside where he built his retreat and play with a stick on the sandy shore, creating small rivulets for the water to travel.

Play is relaxing. It energizes us. For most of us play is fun, even joyful. Play and your burdens feel lighter and doorways open to new possibilities. Play goes even deeper.

Jung wrote: "... without playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable." As Jungian Analyst Joan Chodorow notes: "All the creative arts therapies can trace their roots to Jung’s early contribution." (in the areas of active imagination, play, and creativity).

In this workshop we will explore how Jung's playful relationship with the inner world opened up the vast world of the collective unconscious. As we observe play as a factor both in the natural world and in the ways that we as individuals create through our own playful forms and expression, we will discover how we each are called to our own playful exploration.

Mary Alice Long, Ph.D.Mary Alice Long, Ph.D. is a Jungian-oriented therapist, play consultant, and writer. Mary Alice earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is currently researching Jung’s life work in the development of analytical psychology with a focus on how play allows access to portals of transformation. Mary Alice is the director of Play=Peace devoted to inquiry through an ethic of play.
 

 

 

Mandala: A Tool for Inner Work
Dorothy Campbell B.Sc.N. , M.P.N. ,*

Jung believed that the mandala is a symbol of the Self for the Western person. Making a mandala often brings us to a sense of wholeness, or reveals a side of ourselves of which we are not conscious. In this workshop each person will create a mandala with simple drawing materials. One does not need drawing skills for this endeavor; a kind of attentive meditative scribbling within the mandala circle can beautifully reveal aspects of oneself. A sense of calmness and fulfillment is often the result. It is a tool that we can return to again and again for balance, wholeness and self-discovery. We will spend time as a group looking and learning from the individual mandalas, on a voluntary basis.

Dorothy Campbell is a Jungian analyst, graduated from the International School of Analytical Psychology-Zurich. She received her B.Sc. in Nursing from McGill University, Montreal, and her Masters in Psychosocial Nursing from the University of Washington, Seattle. Before completing her Masters, she worked in an acute care medicine. As an advanced practice psychiatric nurse she worked extensively in adolescent psychiatry. She also has held positions in large city hospitals, as the director of a counseling program, and as a psychiatric nursing liaison, working with individual patients, and with staff in individual and group situations. She also attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as a full time student in painting and drawing for three years; she has continued over the years, to pursue her interest in painting.

 

Transformation Through Inner Revelation
Janice Davin M.Ed., M.A. in Oral Traditions

“The psyche is...a door that opens upon the human world from a world beyond, allowing unknown and mysterious powers to act upon man.” (C.G. Jung, Psychology and Literature)

From her forty-third year until her death at eighty

-one, Hildegard of Bingen (1098- 1179) experienced a series of inner visions that transformed this unknown woman into a celebrated visionary, prophet, preacher, author (theology, natural history, and medicine), composer of liturgical hymns, and foundress of two monasteries. Her life provides a dramatic and well-documented example of the power of active imagination as it contributes to the process of individuation.

In this workshop, we will view and discuss Hildegard’s “visions” in order to infer how they enabled her to follow her unique, personal destiny. We will explore the intriguing parallels with Jung's journey and the  need to consult and cooperate with the unconscious in order to realize our full potential. Then we will invite the unconscious to reveal itself to us by participating in a ritual that includes storytelling, guided meditation, and inner dialogue. Through active imagination we will seek transformation that leads us to a more personal destiny.

“Every faithful soul is a throne of God if it reverences God wisely.” -Hildegard

Janice DavinJanice Davin is an educator in private practice, a professional storyteller, and a former nun. She received her B.A. from St Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Md., her M.Ed. from UNC-Greensboro, and her M.A. in Oral Traditions from the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Janice has taught in parochial and public schools and has served as the Director of Christian Education. Currently, Janice performs stories and leads workshops and retreats for churches, organizations, schools, retirement communities, and festivals.

 

Art and Yoga: Bringing in Awareness through the Mandala-Lotus Experience
Caroline S. Garrett, MFA, Registered Yoga

Mandala forms fascinated Carl Jung from the beginning of his career. Jung wrote, “My mandalas were cryptograms…. in which I was the self—that is, my whole being, actively at work. To be sure, at first I could only dimly understand them; but they seemed to me highly significant, and I guarded them like precious pearls.” 

Jung’s quest to understand the process of individuation is reflected in his attraction to the art of mandala-symbolism and the discipline of yoga.  During yoga practice, the mind and body transform into a laboratory of self-discovery, often stirring up chaos.  

The Mandala-Lotus experience of art and yoga helps bring purpose and beauty from this chaos.   In this experiential workshop, we will utilize yogic breathing and a few traditional yogic postures, modifiable for those needing to remain seated to facilitate each person's creation of their own mandala.  Teacher
 

Caroline S. Garrett, (www.mandala-lotus.com), is a facilitator of the mandala process developed by Dr. Judith Cornell, aka. Rajita Sivananda, author of Mandalas: Luminous Symbols of Healing. As an artist, (www.carolinesgarrett.com), she has served as a professor of studio art in several colleges and universities. She creates mandalas, writes stories, illustrates, and practices yoga. Ms. Garrett teaches Vinyasa-flow yoga at the Anahata Yoga Center in Williamsburg,VA and is certified through Yoga Alliance.

 

 

THE PERFECT DANCE: Understanding Relationships
Theresa A. Yuschok (Lawrence) and Lee S. Lawrence

Inevitably, relationships will trigger our unconscious issues. When we learn to  pause to reflect and 'dance,' interpersonal interactions may be a catalyst to our self-understanding and growth, rather than a ballistic fight, scared avoidance, or a frozen morass.  Lee and Terry Lawrence will highlight the concepts from Jung's essay The Psychology of the Transference from his Collected Works Volume 16, William Stafford's poem "A Ritual to Read One Another", and Harville Hendricks'  book Getting The Love You Want.   Active Imagination, role plays, and other experiential exercises will dramatize the intrapsychic and interpersonal dance which can bring joy and wisdom.

Theresa A. Yuschok (Lawrence) is a psychiatrist with a long-standing interest in Jungian psychology. She is President of the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle (www.jungnc.org), Director of the Durham VA Medical Center Mental Health Clinic, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Chapel Hill.

 



Lee S. Lawrence, a former tax law professor, CPA, forensic accountant and litigation consultant, leads workshops on the mind-body-spirit interface as a medical-psychological intuitive. His website is www.thescienceofthesoul.com.
 

 

The Inner Marriage: Love, Relationships and the Search for Wholeness
Benig Mauger

Fundamental to our spiritual growth is a sense of inner wholeness--the very essence of the Inner Marriage. For many of us, our love relationships reflect this search for inner wholeness. In this era of increased emotional isolation and fractured relationships our search for love has become urgent. When our sense of separation is more deeply felt, something within us cries out for the touch of the divine, for a higher force that can help us heal. Love, with its ability to take us into the transcendent, can do this. But despite knowing that love lies within, we still seek it outside of ourselves. This means, for example, that when the one we love leaves us, we are heartbroken. We are not only bereft of him or her, but also of love. The Inner Marriage, our sense of wholeness, becomes even more elusive. Considering love as both a human and divine passion and using the myth of Amor and Psyche to illustrate the journey to the Inner Marriage, we will explore how our love relationships reflect our inner drive to wholeness and how a love wound can be an initiation with its own unique opportunities for soul growth.

Benig Mauger www.soul-connections.com  is a Jungian psychotherapist, poet, speaker and author from Ireland. Well known in her native land and Europe, she now lives part of the year in Florida and is beginning to expand her work in the U.S. In 1986 she established the Holistic Birth Centre in London and is regarded as a pioneer in pre- and perinatal psychology in recognizing the spiritual aspects of birth and how the birth experience affects the journey through life. Founder member of IAPA (Irish Analytical Psychology Association), Benig later also founded Soul Connections, which aims to restore soul to everyday living.

She is author of numerous books and articles. some of which have been published in the USA, Britain, Russia, Germany, Australia and Greece.

 

The Enneagram and Centering Prayer: Complementary Tools to Uncover and Transform Shadow Qualities of the Unconscious
David Grinstead, MA, CH

The Enneagram and Centering Prayer can both be tools for transformation of the Shadow Archetype.  In this workshop we will explore how the Enneagram can be used to uncover shadow qualities of personal unconscious motivations, deeply rooted influences, and prejudices.   Then we will learn how, via a consistent practice of Centering Prayer, these shadow qualities can be brought more directly into conscious awareness and transformed into positive motivations, influences, attitudes, and behaviors.

David Grinstead, MA, CHDavid Grinstead, MA, CH, (www.becomplete.org) is a Clinical Hypnotist and adjunct faculty member at The Leadership Trust®   David completed his post-graduate training in clinical hypnosis and general psychology at North Central University in Prescott, AZ. He earned a M.A. in Transpersonal Studies with a concentration in Archetypal Studies from Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, VA, and received a B.A. in Behavioral Science from High Point University. Others areas of specialty include certification as an Enneagram Trainer by the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University of Chicago, and as a T’ai Chi instructor from the Silk Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan.

After 30 years as a Fortune 500 marketing and advertising executive in the newspaper and broadcast media industries, David decided to follow a path that would allow others to benefit from his executive management and sales experience within both a spiritual and life skills context. 

The Annunciation and The Original Face: A Depth Psychological Approach
Mariann Burke, RSCJU*

Jung wrote that if he were to choose a religious image to describe the Individuation process, he would choose the Annunciation. Twentieth century artist, Frederich Franck in his sculpture of Mary, The Original Face, was inspired by the Buddhist koan, “What is your original face before you were born?” In this workshop these two images will be explored in an imaginative way with reference to our personal soul’s journey to the creative Source of All, our psychic “birth.” While generally in Christianity the Annunciation has been presented as historical, we will consider it’s message as happening now. We shall explore some symbols in Fra Angelico’s Annunciation as inner realities: The Angel, Mary, Virgin, Virgin Birth, Dove, etc. In Jung’s view such images open the way to what lies beyond them and to the wellsprings of soul.

Mariann Burke, RSCJ is a Jungian analyst living in Newton, MA. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, Andover-Newton Theological School and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Her publications include “Mary as Archetype,” Advent and Psychic Birth (1993) and more recently, Re-Imagining Mary,

A Journey through Art to the Feminine Self (2009). She is on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute, Boston.

 

 

Dreams & Spiritual Growth
The Rev. John P. Bingham, M.A., MDiv

This workshop will focus on the spiritual dimension of wholeness, emphasizing how dreams can stimulate spiritual growth. Dreams are able to promote spiritual growth because their images and messages connect the dreamer with a reality that is greater than the ego’s. This greater reality reaches out to us, changes us, heals us, and wants relationship with us.  A six-step model of spiritual growth will be offered along with dreams that are reflective of each step.

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring a dream of their own that illustrates God touching or leading or transforming their lives. Sharing of the dream will be voluntary.

The Rev. John P. Bingham, M.A., MDiv.,  is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Northern California and a California licensed marriage and family therapist. He studied at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He was on staff in San Diego with the Rev. Jack Sanford and analyst Robert Johnson. They mentored him in his understanding of Jung and Christianity. He was rector of St. Luke’s, Monrovia, California shortly after the Rev. Morton Kelsey. John is the author of two books, Inner Treasure, Psychological Reflections on the Teachings of Jesus (Dove Publications, Pecos, New Mexico) and God and Dreams: Is There a Connection? (Resource Books, Eugene, Oregon). His web-site is http://www.binghambooks.com.

 

The Self’s Evolving Revelation: Exploring the Mandelbrot set as a Newly Emerged Symbol of the Self.
Dr. J. Linn Mackey

Jung suggested new symbols could emerge.  We will explore the possibility that a new symbol that illuminates our confrontations with the collective unconscious and the Self has emerged from the new science of chaos and fractals.  We will use exercises to encounter the self-organizing capacity of fractals and visually experience the beautiful, never ending, and colorful forms of the Mandelbrot Set.

Dr. J. Linn Mackey is Emeritus Professor, Appalachian State University. He earned  a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and a Masters Degree in Social Ecology. After teaching Chemistry for half his career, he moved into Interdisciplinary Studies.  He has a long time interest in Jung’s work, which he incorporated  into courses.  His passion is learning and writing about the places where spirituality, Jungian psychology and science intersect. In addition to publications in chemistry, he has papers published in Issues In Integrative Studies and Jung Journal. He is currently a Board Member of The C. G. Jung Society of The Triangle.

 

 

Jung’s Red Book and the Prospect for a New God Image Emerging in the 21st Century.
Earl Mackey

Sonu Shamdasani, the editor of the Red Book, suggests that one of its primary goals is to focus on the future religious development of the West.  Together in this interactive workshop, we will explore the riches of the Red Book using music, imagery and poetry as well as lecture and discussion to follow Jung's fascinating journey to a new god image for the 21st Century.

Earl Mackey was trained as a lawyer and spent his professional career in public policy formulation, higher education and ethics reform. He has had a lifetime interest in the work of C. G. Jung. His current focus is on the intersection of depth psychology and emergent cultural trends in books, film, and the new science. A frequent lecturer on topics of  Jungian Psychology, Earl  has served multiple terms on the Board of the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota, Florida where he conducts a continuing film program.    

 

 

 

Grace and the Transcendent Function 
Donnamarie Flanagan, LCSW*

Carl Jung was a school boy when his young mind was tortured by the urge to think an unthinkable thought. He was an established professional man when he faced the despair of having no myth or rational system by which to live his life. In both instances, a healing symbol came by what he could only call grace. He was later to call the symbol maker, the transcendent function. One could not prove, he said, that it did not come into being at the instigation of God’s will.
   When rationality is impotent to reconcile opposites within us, when our best sacrifice leaves something wanting, grace transcends the gap.

At a previous Journey Conference, we examined: "Longing and the Transcendent Function."  Now, we will consider the transcendent function as the work of grace, and grace as the gift within the transcendent function.

Donnamarie Flanagan, LCSW, is a Jungian Analyst, a member of the faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, she is past Director of Training. Her abiding interest is in the field of longing between the personal self and the Self from which it came. She has a private practice in Lafayette, Indiana.  

 

 

Coming Home to Ourselves: Tara and the Black Madonna
Rachael Wooten, Ph.D.*

In our era, interconnectedness is increasingly emphasized in spiritual, educational, environmental, and political contexts.  Throughout history, many religious traditions have spoken about our relationship with all parts of the known universe. In the Lakota language, the phrase “Mitakouye Oisin,” (we are all related) is used in ceremony as well in daily greetings–a reminder to care for all our relations.  In Judaism, the Shema, reflects the core philosophy of the Jewish tradition, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One.”  The vast diversity of the world is all contained in the One.

Depth Psychology contributes to this emerging conversation through the concept of the drive towards wholeness. Jung taught that the human psyche was by nature dissociative.  These days we speak of disparate parts of ourselves, each part having conflicting needs or fears. Our wish for wholeness requires time and space for all these parts to co-exist in calmer emotional states.

Je Tsongkapa, the great 14th century Tibetan Buddhist master wrote, “The human body at peace with itself is more precious than the rarest gem.”  Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, speaks of meditation as “bringing the lost parts home.”  In their tradition, Tara, the female Buddha, has emerged as one of the most beloved meditation deities. She represents the Feminine Source who offers solace, containment, and protection in this process.

Together we will explore teachings about Tara and other representations of the Feminine Divine, such as the Black Madonna, through story, discussion, ritual and practice.  We will build a sacred container, create a modern practice based on ancient wisdom, and have a break from the busy lives we lead–even the busyness of the conference!  We will seek an embodied experience of peace by welcoming all parts of ourselves, allowing inner conflicts to subside, claiming a moment of rest.

Please bring sacred objects to help create altars.

Rachael Wooten, Ph.D., is a North Carolina Jungian analyst and psychologist who has practiced psychotherapy for almost 35 years. She graduated from the Jung Institute in Zurich in 1999.  For more than a decade, she has been teaching Tibetan Buddhist meditation, having received many Tara initiations over several years from her teacher, Lodro Tulku Rinpoche.   Rachael assisted Lodro Rinpoche in translating the practices of the Twenty-one Taras from Tibetan into English. She is currently writing a book synthesizing the wisdom from these ancient practices with other wisdom traditions as well as current psychological practice. 

A life-long feminist, Rachael has worked tirelessly on behalf of women through community organizing, her therapy practice, spiritual life and teaching, writing and political action.    

 

The Mysticism of Kabbalah:  The Connection to Jung and a Kabbalistic/Jungian Framework for Dreamwork
Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW

The word Kabbalah comes from the Hebrew word “to receive.”   These teachings of Jewish mysticism provide a view of both the outer cosmos and of our inner relationship with it.  It has been embraced by some non-Jews, and is a close cousin to its Christian counterpart, Gnosticism, albeit with some significant differences.  There has been a growing mainstream interest in the Kabbalah that spans the range from pop culture (think Madonna) to deep spiritual and mystical study of the texts, and from personal theology to embracing the shamanistic aspects of Merchava (Chariot) Kabbalah.
 
A closer connection between Jung’s works and Kabbalistic thought has emerged in recent years.  His reliance on Kabbalistic symbols and ideas is perhaps even stronger than are his influences from Gnoticism and alchemy.  Many of the major elements of Kabbalistic thought appear as important concepts in Jung’s work.
 
This workshop will examine some of the major themes of contemporary Kabbalah both as a study of creation and as a personal pathway for the journey of the soul and our relationship with the universe and purpose in life.
 
Among them are the Ten Sephirot of the Tree of Life (Etz Chaim), Tzimtzum and Shevarim (the Divine Contraction and the Breaking of the Vessels),  the Four Worlds and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).  
 
We will then explore the overlap between Jungian and Kabbalistic ideas and symbols.  A four-step method (created by the presenter) for deep dreamwork based on the four layers of Kabbalist reading of the sacred book of the Torah will be introduced.
 

Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW is a spiritual and body/mind psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer based in Watertown, MA.  A presenter at the International Association for the Study of Dreams and numerous other venues, she has lectured widely on “Dreaming Through the Lens of Kabbalah”, “Healing From Trauma through the GAIA* Method of Dreamwork (Guided Interactive Imagination Approach), “Integrating Energy Psychology in Psychotherapy”, and “Healing Trauma through an Integrated Body/Mind/Spirit Approach” among others.  A student of the Enneagram, Jung, shamanism, intuitive practice, and mystical traditions, she has been running dream circles for 18 years and has been a member of a personal dream circle for almost 30 years. Her research, trainings, and writings on group work, dream work, spirituality, and trauma treatment have appeared in numerous professional journals, book chapters, and audiotapes. A training manual she authored on trauma treatment is coming out later this year.  Linda was a Professor of Clinical Social Work at Boston University for 20 years, and now is devoting her time to her clinical and consulting practice, her family, her garden, her dreamwork, and her writing projects.

 


Special Events

Sacred Fire Ceremony
Muriel E. McMahon*

A North American Hopi prophesy teaches:

Great Spirit gathered the peoples of this earth together… He said to the human beings, "I'm going to send you to four directions and over time I'm going to change you to four colors, but I'm going to give you some teachings and you will call these the Original Teachings and when you come back together with each other you will share these Original Teachings so that you can live and have peace on earth, and a great civilization will come about."

As we all know, the legacy of colonialism on Turtle Island (North America) is a painful one. Sensitivities to sharing original teachings and sacred knowledge must be understood within this context. Once understood, the healing and the sharing can truly begin. In this Sacred Fire Ceremony, First Nations Elder and Jungian analyst, Muriel McMahon will invite us to use ritual to open to the wisdom of the Ancestors. She will offer Original Teachings that the Ancient Ones sitting around the Council Fire of the Creator and are ever praying for us and with us. Using the ceremonial protocol of a Sacred Fire, Muriel will arrange us as a tribe and invite us to reclaim our place in the Medicine Wheel.

There is a ceremonial protocol that will be offered upon registration.


DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE
Akal Dev Sharonne with musician Mark Smith

The Dances of Universal Peace were the vision of a Sufi master named Samuel Lewis and began as a Sufi practice. Over the years they have come to embrace all the major spiritual traditions of the world. By chanting sacred phrases to the accompaniment of simple movement, we give them body and communal form, moving together and inwardly into a Sacred and Transpersonal space. No dance experience is necessary; all movements are taught.

Akal Dev Sharonne has been leading Dances since 1989. Having been introduced to the Dances by Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute, she brought the Dances to North Carolina following her first summer at Omega. Since then, she has led Dances in the Triangle area of NC, in Charlotte, at the Abode of the Message, at the Omega Institute, and at several college campuses. She initiated a monthly Dance circle in Boone, NC, in 1998, where she currently lives.

 

Mark Smith has had thirty years experience with the music and healing qualities of chants and songs from many  traditional and contemporary sources.  He leads chanting at churches, retreats, and social action gatherings.

 

 

Pre-breakfast Ritual Sharing of Bread and Wine 

On Friday and Saturday Mornings before breakfast, everyone is invited to  A Ritual Sharing of Bread and Wine with reflections offered by The Rev. John L. Martin, D. Min. (see pic and bio above)  and  The Rev. Kathy Campbell.

Rev. Kathy Campbell has been engaged in ministry in higher education for more than 25 years serving on six campuses.  Currently, she is the Pastor of  Crossnore Presbyterian Church, in Crossnore NC.  Kathy received her B.A. from Warren Wilson College and her M.Div from Duke Divinity School.  An important focus in her ministry has been the Global Community Center, which brings to  Lees-McRae College campus global spiritual leaders who have committed their lives to peace and justice--including the Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Arun Gandhi. The Global Community Center also sponsors global partnership experiences in Mexico, Guatemala, India, New Zealand, and Ireland. 

Dr. Art HunkinsBorn into a musical family Dr. Art Hunkins began composing at an early age He studied violin, piano and later cello at Oberlin College, composition and cello in Paris. He mastered in composition at Ohio University and earned his DMA at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hunkins was founder and director of the UNC-Greensboro Electronic Music Studios until his retirement in 1997. Many of his recent compositions are for real-time, live performance Csound, a software synthesis language, and are available his website: www.arthunkins.com.

Most of his works are meditative and somewhat mystical in character. Art will be offering his music as prelude and/or during some of the ritual gatherings.

 

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