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Public Programs in Depth Psychology 2012

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D. Nature-based Soul Encounter: A Day with Bill Plotkin

Bill Plotkin, PhD Sunday Feb 12, 2012, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This workshop is full.
Donations (checks made out to Sonoma State University | Memo line: Depth Psychology) enable us to continue to offer inspiring programs such as this
($30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); registration at the door the morning of the event)
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

What do we mean by "soul" and "underworld," by "nature," by "Spirit" or "Mystery" (or even "God")? What's the relationship between all of these? What does it mean to be an initiated human adult, how do we become one, why are there so few in the Western world, and what does this have to do with our current urgent need for cultural transformation? What's the difference between psychological healing, psychological wholing, and the initiatory journey to soul? We'll explore these realms and others through discussion, poetry, and experiential practices on the land.

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural transformation. As founder of western Colorado's Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide. In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a "call to adventure," leading him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook) and Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (a nature-based stage model of human development through the entire lifespan)


Kate Donohue, PhD, REAT, Death Dances Around My Bed: Frida Kahlo and the Archetype of Death

Kate Donahue PhD REAT Saturday March 17, 2012, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stevenson 1002, Sonoma State University

Donations (checks made out to Sonoma State University | Memo line: Depth Psychology) enable us to continue to offer inspiring programs such as this
($30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); registration at the door the morning of the event)
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Free parking in Lots A, J, E, F (download campus map)

"Death dances around my bed."

Frida Kahlo's words about her death dance became a vivid portrait of how our unwanted agonies can be our greatest teachers. This presentation uses a Jungian expressive arts therapy lens to explore the intimate relationship between Frida Kahlo's art and the Archetypal Death, as Kahlo's paintings illuminate her life story and illustrate how her artistic images were her psyche's voice.

Frida Kahlo suffered from childhood polio and was gravely injured at the age of 18 in a bus accident which confined her to her bed for a year. Kahlo's life was marked by numerous surgeries, infertility, partner infidelity, and she turned from a medical career to art. For Kahlo, life and death existed simultaneously from her birth till her death, a paradox that compelled her to create images of her bloody and golden body. She boldly painted her reality with its pain, losses, and betrayals: the shadow usually hidden was revealed; and in her later years a metamorphosis took place on her canvas.

Frida imagined herself wearing a Mexican death mask, a symbol of being born of a dead (depressed) mother. Her death mask became a symbol of all her family complexes. Through a deep appreciation of her Mexican and Aztec motherculture, Frida felt connected to Coatlique, the Aztec goddess of death, destruction, dismemberment and life. Her intense relationship with her husband Diego Rivera, the Mexican muralist, intensified her bond with her motherculture, which opened her to more archetypal images in her art. Kahlo's later paintings and self-portraits changed dramatically as life started to leave her body. In her later art we may see the ego and archetype and manifestations of the self and Self.

Participants will be invited to express their experience through inner-directed somatic, visual and poetic active imagination processes. We will close with a group discussion.

Kate Donohue, Ph.D., R.E.A.T. is a founding faculty member of the Expressive Arts Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, coordinates the expressive Arts Therapy group supervision there, and is a founding member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association board and a Professional Standards Board Member. Kate conducts supervision workshops and Jungian oriented expressive arts consultation groups. Dance and painting inform all her expressive arts therapy and supervision.

Tina Stromsted, PhD, MFT, BC-DTR,. Awakening Soul's Body: The Dance of Three

Tina Stromsted, PhD, MFT, BC-DTR Saturday April 14, 2012, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
PE 1, Sonoma State University
This workshop is full.
Donations (checks made out to Sonoma State University \ Memo line: Depth Psychology) enable us to continue to offer inspiring programs such as this
($60 fee for 6 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); pre-registration required)
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Free parking in Lots G, H, M, E, F (download campus map)

This workshop invites participants to explore the nonverbal underpinnings of psychotherapy through direct experience of bodily-felt sensations, imagination, emotions, and physical action. Authentic movement, an embodied form of C.G. Jung's active imagination method, provides a simple, yet powerful, vehicle for self-knowing, bridging body and psyche through expressive movement.

"The Dance of Three" is a further application of Authentic Movement developed by Marion Woodman in her BodySoul Rhythms approach. It involves a primary mover, an engaged responder, and a reflective witness, each exploring the dynamics of their relationship. This approach can enhance the ability to be present, with oneself and with another, in a more vital, increasingly conscious relationship, inviting a level of perception of self and other that evokes deep respect and empathy.

Recent advances in developmental neuroscience point to the right brain's receptivity to nonverbal elements such as facial expression, voice tone, movement, affect, music, imagery and the play of symbols in dreams and poetry. From our earliest beginnings, empathic relating by the other is an essential component in the formation of the self. Affective mirroring and embodied presence provide a foundation for the development of consciousness in the cells, and a sense of well being and belonging in the world. Sensitivity to the body can allow therapists to attend to this language as it arises in our clients, and in ourselves, hearing the soul's call and working with the obstacles to its fulfillment.

This didactic and experiential workshop will provide a temenos for attending to gestures that arise from the depths of the body, expressing the soul. Through respectful inner listening, moving, witnessing, drawing and writing we will support the unfolding of a source that informs the self, relationship, and the natural world. No experience in dance is necessary, only curiosity and a bit of courage to open to the unknown.

The day's schedule is as follows:

10 am - 1 pm: Brief lecture followed by a warmup and introduction to the experiential work.

1 - 2 pm: Brown bag lunch, beautiful outdoor spaces on campus for relaxation.

2 - 5 pm: Movement exploration.

While we do not charge for our Public Programs, donations (checks made out to Sonoma State University) enable us to continue to offer inspiring programs such as these.

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., M.F.T., BC-DTR, is a Jungian analyst, somatic psychotherapist, and Board-certified dance therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. Past co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley and a founding member of the Women's Spirituality program at CIIS, she teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, in the Depth Psychology/Somatics Doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, with Marion Woodman and her team in BodySoul Rhythms Leadership Intensives, and at other universities and healing centers internationally. With roots in theater and dance, and thirty-five years of clinical experience, her publications explore the integration of body, mind, psyche and soul in healing and transformation. .

Richard Stein, MD, The Works of Henri Corbin: Jung's Psychology and Persian Sufism

Richard Stein MD Saturday Sept 29, 2012, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 108, Sonoma State University
Donations accepted
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
$30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door the morning of the event
Free parking in Lot A next to the Art Building (download campus map)

Some thirty-five years ago, I dreamed that my analyst, Dr. Joseph Henderson, was entirely green – skin, hair, eyes. He suggested that I read something Jung had written about “the green man,” but he could not remember where it was. Back at my office, I found it on the next page of Symbols of Transformation, which I was reading at the time. Over the decades since, other synchronicities have kept me intrigued with the curious figure of Khidr in Sufi mysticism.

More recently, I have begun to study the work of Henry Corbin (1903-1978), a French scholar at the Sorbonne, who delved deeply into the roots of Persian Sufism of the 12th to 13th centuries. Corbin was a regular speaker at the Eranos Lectures and thus knew Jung. He introduced the idea of the mundus imaginalis into Jungian psychology and showed us that active imagination is many centuries old in Persia. Corbin’s critique of Jung is both respectful and insightful, and adds a spiritual dimension to depth psychology from an unexpected source. The talk will include tentative questions about Corbin’s views on Christianity, Islam, and Jung’s theory of the shadow, with time for discussion.

Richard Stein, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst who has been in private practice in San Francisco for 35 years. His experience in India in the early 1970's led him to a lifelong exploration of the spiritual as well as clinical dimensions of Jungian depth psychology. He has taught for years in the analytic training as well as the public programs at the Jung Institute in San Francisco, as well as other training centers. His study of the parallels and differences between Jung and Sri Aurobindo has been expanded by explorations in shamanism, Sufism, and the kabbalah.

Exploring Archetypal Psychology and the Work of James Hillman with the Films of Mark Kidel, Saturday Oct 20

DaliGirlatWindow Saturday Oct 20, 2012, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 108, Sonoma State University
Free admission, Donations accepted, checks to SSU
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
$30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door, checks to IIHS
Free parking in Lot A (download campus map)

The renowned English filmmaker Mark Kidel started working with archetypal psychologist James Hillman after a weekend seminar on “Animals in Myth, Dreams and Fairy Tales.” We’ll view several of Kidel's award-winning films. “Kind of Blue” is a lyrical film essay on melancholia and the necessity of going inward. “The Architecture of the Imagination” is a series of films exploring the links between architectural images such as the door, window, bridge, and tower, and their psychological meanings. Interviews with Hillman are contained in the films, as well as the gorgeous images and haunting resonant music that are Kidel's signatures.

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Richard Katz, PhD, Synergy, Healing and Empowerment: Insights from Indigenous Wisdom

Dick Katz PhD Saturday Nov 10, 2012, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stevenson 1002, Sonoma State University
Donations accepted
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
$30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door the morning of the event
Free parking in Lot A, E, F, G (download campus map)

Too often in Western-oriented health care, the valuable resource of healing is in scarce supply, with access favoring those with prestige and power. The hunting-gathering Ju/’hoansi of the Kalahari Desert provide a perspective of special evolutionary significance, as they offer an alternative healing model based on synergy. 

With their spiritually infused healing dance occupying the central ritual of community life, the Ju/’hoansi demonstrate how synergy can be released to make healing resources expanding, renewable and increasingly available. When synergy prevails in a community, the whole available healing network is greater than the sum of the parts, as what is good for one is good for all. With the release of synergy, those previously denied access to healing are empowered, and they become active participants in the generation and utilization of valuable healing resources.

After telling the story of this Ju/’hoan healing dance and delineating the model of synergy it expresses, we will ask how we can apply Ju/’hoan teachings about synergy and healing to our contemporary Western-oriented approach to health so that we can create a more effective and socially just way of caring and healing.

Dick Katz, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus, First Nations University of Canada, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan. He has dedicated over 40 years to the respectful exchange of knowledge between Indigenous and Western approaches to healing and spiritual growth. After receiving his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard he worked with Indigenous healers and elders around the world, including the hunting-gathering Ju/’hoansi of the Kalahari Desert, the Fijians of the South Pacific, and the Cree and Saulteaux First Nations of Saskatchewan. His efforts to develop therapeutic services sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal people has helped generate models of best practice for Western clinicians. He is the author of six books on culture and healing, including the classic Boiling Energy: Community Healing Among the Kalahari Kung; Nobody’s Child; and most recently, Synergy, Healing and Empowerment: Insights from Cultural Diversity

Coming in 2013:

Hold the Date: Thursday April 11, 2013: Tom Cheetham, Author of 4 books exploring Henri Corbin's work and translations of the sacred texts of Persian Sufism

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Public Programs

Naomi LowinskyHear Dr. Naomi Lowinsky speak on the wild source of poetry on Sat April 27, 10am - 1 pm in Art 108.

Information Meeting

LabyrinthLearn about the Psychology M.A. in Depth Psychology degree at the Information Meeting on SatMarch 9, 2-4 pm in Stevenson Hall 3042.

Applications for Fall 2019

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