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Public Programs in Depth Psychology 2019

Shoshana Fershtman, Ph.D., The Angel of Memory: Healing from Collective Trauma and Rekindling the Jewish Soul

Saturday Nov 16, 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)

We will explore the Exodus as a mythopoetic healing story that teaches us how to reconnect with the sacred following personal and collective trauma. After our faith has been shattered, how do we begin to trust the ground of being? How do we overcome the voice of the internalized oppressor? How do we heal from trauma passed down unconsciously through generations? How do we begin to live a more expansive life?

Delving into kabbalistic and other Hebrew mystical texts we discover what this ancient wisdom imparts to us about how to move out of the exile created by trauma and towards the Promised Land of an ongoing relationship with the sacred. The presentation will draw on the work of Jewish Renewal, a psychospiritual postmodern and mystical approach to Judaism, as well as feminist theology and Jungian perspectives on Jewish ancestral memory and mythic imagination.

Shoshana Fershtman, J.D., Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in northern California, and an advanced candidate in the analyst training program at the CG Jung Institute in San Francisco. She has served as core faculty at Sonoma State University’s Masters’ Program in Depth Psychology and at Meridian University’s psychology graduate program. She is a member of the spiritual leadership team at Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati, California, and has spent many years studying Jewish mysticism with teachers and rabbis in the Jewish Renewal and Reconstructing Judaism movements. Dr. Fershtman has offered programs on healing from transgenerational trauma, the Divine Feminine in the Jewish Tradition, and on pre-patriarchal images of the feminine in Judaism and other western traditions. For more information, see

The October 12, 2019 presentation by Jacqueline Thurston on Egyptian Deities was cancelled due to the PG&E power outage that day and the campus closure. It is being rescheduled to February 8, 2020.

Naomi Ruth 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 Ruth 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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