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Public Programs in Depth Psychology 2019

Naomi Lowinsky, Ph.D., Tracking the Wild Poem: On Poetry and Depth Psychology

Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

Saturday April 27, 2019, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 108, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Free admission, Donations accepted

$8 parking in Lot A next to Art Building, $5 parking in Lots E, F, G (download campus map)
In the very essence of poetry there is something indecent: a thing is brought forth which we didn’t know we had in us, so we blink our eyes, as if a tiger had sprung out and stood in the light, lashing his tail. Czeslaw Milosz, Ars Poetica


Long ago and far away—when time was a circle—the dream and the poem were kin. Poetry was conceived in the belly of the moon, close to the unconscious, where dreams live. In that time the shaman and the poet, the dancer and the drummer, the healer and the artist were one being, whose function was to invoke the gods and animal spirits, to dance and chant the collective myth, to retrieve lost souls.

Naomi Ruth Lowinsky’s poems emerge from that tradition. She believes poetry is one way we bring ourselves back into relation with the moon, animals, plants and ancestors. She believes, with Jung, that the “creative imagination is…the real ground of the psyche, the only immediate reality” (Letters V. I, p. 60). And she knows, from much personal experience, that poems are wild things. Milosz’ tiger springs out of the unconscious, with all the vitality and fierceness of that realm. This wild beauty, this dread creature, personifies the “reality of the psyche.” In this presentation Lowinsky will read some of her poems, describe her poetic process, and engage with participants in a discussion of how the poems work on them, and how they manifest concepts of Depth Psychology.

Naomi Lowinsky, Ph.D., is an analyst member of the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute, a frequent contributor to and poetry editor of Psychological Perspectives, and a widely published poet. Lowinsky’s fourth poetry collection is The Faust Woman Poems. Her chapbook, The Little House on Stilts Remembers, won the Blue Light Poetry Prize. Her new book of essays is The Rabbi, the Goddess and Jung: Getting the Word from Within. She has contributed chapters on poetry to The Unconscious Roots of Creativity, edited by Kathryn Madden, and to The Dream and Its Amplification, edited by Erel Shalit and Nancy Swift Furlotti. With Patricia Damery, she edited the volume Marked By Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way.



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Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, Ph.D., Goddesses in Pre- and Post-Patriarchal Culture

shoshana fershtman jd phd Saturday November 3, 2018, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 108, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Free admission, Donations accepted

$8 parking in Lot A next to Art Building, $5 parking in Lots E, F, G (download campus map)

We live in a time where patriarchal assumptions are being challenged and new perspectives are emerging. Yet the core assumptions of patriarchy are based on a denial of earlier histories in which Goddesses and other feminine archetypes were at the center of culture, and women were powerful leaders. Two of the core traditions upon which western civilization and patriarchy are based are the Judeo-Christian and the Greco-Roman. In this program, we explore the Goddesses that were strongly present in the pre-patriarchal phases of these traditions. We will also explore how engaging with these archetypes of feminine wisdom and power impact our own concepts of gender and power and the possible in our own time.

Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, J.D., Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Santa Rosa, an advanced candidate in the analyst training program at the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a member of the core faculty at Sonoma State’s masters in psychology in depth psychology program. In her earlier work as an attorney, she advocated on behalf of Native American tribes, and environmental and social justice activists. She is completing a book that integrates themes of intergenerational trauma and healing, Jewish mysticism and the Divine Feminine.


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