All Fall 2023 programs will be offered online via Zoom with the exception of Psyche’s Lounge. Unless otherwise noted, all programs (excluding discussion groups & film nights) will be recorded and provided to registrants the week following the conclusion of the program. These recordings will only be available to view online (may not be downloaded for offline viewing) for a limited time and will only be shared with those who registered for the program in advance.
Workshops & Talks
The Way of the Dream: A Video Series Discussion Group2nd Saturday
The Way of the Dream: A Video Series Discussion Group
2nd Saturday of the Month | 10 am to 12 pm
Free for Members and Non-Members | Zoom Link Here
Facilitated by Susan Farwell & John Philson
The Way of the Dream is based on an extraordinary series of films made by Fraser Boa, who collected first-person accounts of dreams in street interviews with ordinary men and women in various parts of the world. He then asked the eminent psychoanalyst Marie-Louise von Franz to interpret these dreams on film, just as she would in a private analytical session. The resulting test is a primer explaining and demonstrating the art and science of dream analysis for the general public. The material covered includes dreams of men, dreams of women, what dreams tell us about ourselves and our relationships, the historical significance of dreams, and dreams about death and dying. Dr. von Franz concludes that one of the healthiest things people can do is to pay attention to their dreams: “Dreams show us how to find meaning in our lives, how to fulfill our own destiny, how to realize the greater potential of life within us.”
Each of the 8 sessions will begin with a showing of – on average, 1 1/4 hours of video, followed by discussion. There is a companion book of the same name – recommended but not required – from which passages may be read for addressing questions or issues with the video content.
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Family Photos: Portals to the Pastwith
Family Photos: Portals to the Past
with Patricia Reis
Sunday, December 10 | 2 – 4 pm
Held Online via Zoom
Members $30, Non-Members $40
This presentation will consider old family photographs as portals to the past. If we are lucky to possess them these relics convey layers of information about the people pictured. We can read into them a great deal, from their clothing, their physicality, their expressions. Not everyone has access to such documents.
“Refugees are divided into two categories: those who have photographs and those who have none.” This quote from a Bosnian refugee is cited by writer, Dubravka Ugrešić. She goes on to tell another vignette from the Bosnian war: When the war criminal Ratko Mladic was shelling Sarajevo from the surrounding hills, he saw through his rifle sights, the house of an acquaintance. He phoned this person and told him he was giving him five minutes to collect his “family albums” because he was going to blow the house up.
“The general,” Ugrešić writes, “who had been destroying the city for months, knew precisely how to annihilate memory. That is why he “generously” bestowed on his acquaintance life with the right to remembrance. Bare life and a few family photographs.”
A family portrait made in 1900 became the inspiration for my historical fiction, UNSETTLED (October 2023, Sybilline Press). I will describe the process of traveling from the photograph through a few obituaries and family stories to arrive at the characters and their secrets and stories.
I invite the participants to bring old family photographs for the discussion following the presentation.
Patricia Reis is a writer and published author and has worked for forty years as a psychotherapist. She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin in English Literature and an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Sculpture. In 1986, she earned an MA from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology and has a private psychotherapy practice. Patricia Reis has held positions as faculty, lecturer, and dissertation advisor and has mentored and facilitated many artists and writers in bringing their work to fruition. long with numerous essays, articles, and reviews, she has published six books, including Unsettled, (2023, Sybilline Press). A work of historical fiction, Unsettled is based on Reis’ immigrant ancestors who pioneered a farm in Iowa in 1900. She divides her time between Portland, Maine, and Nova Scotia.
(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Image by Alex Gray Death CaféFacilitated by Martha SpruceFridays, September 29th and December 15th |
Facilitated by Martha Spruce
Fridays, September 29th and December 15th | Starts at 7pm
Free to Members and Non-Members
Held Via Zoom | Zoom Link Here
“Death is psychologically as important as birth, and like it, is an integral part of life.” ~ C.G. Jung
Let’s gather together to talk about death. Not to grieve, not to seek therapeutic support, but simply to have a group-directed discussion with the broad intention to increase our awareness of death. Perhaps that greater awareness might help us to deeply appreciate our lives right now, right here. Death Cafes around the world give us all, young and old, an opportunity to talk about death without any agenda, advice, objective, or conclusion. We agree to respect each other’s viewpoints and confidentiality. Donations to the Jung Center are welcomed. You can find the Zoom link in the description above. The two discussion dates do not imply a progression of any theme and so you may attend one (or both) session(s). Covid has brought death very close to many of us. A Death Café may help us to become open to more acceptance and curiosity. Let’s refrain from trying to outsource death. It belongs to each of us, intimately.
Martha Spruce, the founder of Hearts & Hands Reiki, has been practicing and teaching Reiki in the mid-coast area for over 25 years. During that time, she has also cared for terminally ill people as a certified hospice volunteer and homecare provider. She has also volunteered as a certified pastoral chaplain at Mid Coast Hospital. Being with people who are dying has helped her to learn what death might give as well as what it takes.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seven Spiritual Practices for a
Seven Spiritual Practices for a Scientific Age: A Book Discussion Group
3rd Sunday of the Month | 10 am to 12 pm
Free for Members and Non-Members| Zoom Link Here
Facilitated by Jeff Pinette
This discussion group will explore the effects of spiritual practices through Rupert Sheldrake’s companion volume to Science and Spiritual Practices entitled Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work: Seven Spiritual Practices for a Scientific Age. In this sequel, Sheldrake looks at seven spiritual practices that are personally transformative and have scientifically measurable effects.
- The Spiritual Side of Sports
- Learning from Animals
- Cannabis, Psychedelics and Spiritual Openings
- Powers of Prayer
- Holy Days and Festivals
- Cultivating Good Habits, Avoiding Bad Habits, and Being Kind.
Sheldrake combines the latest scientific research with his knowledge of mystical traditions around the world and explains why these seven practices work. They give a greater sense of connectedness. They make people happier and healthier. He looks at their effects inside our brains, throughout our bodies, and on our relationships. He asks whether spiritual experiences are essentially illusory, or if they give us direct connections with realms of consciousness greater than our own.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. He is the author of more than eighty-five scientific papers and twelve books. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, and of Schumacher College in Devon, England.
In this discussion group, we’ll read the book together during each session with no reading assignments. This discussion group meets on the third Sunday of the month from 10:00 AM to Noon.
Jeffrey Pinnette is the facilitator for this discussion group. He is a long-term Jung Center member and current serves as co-chair of the Center’s Board and as the Program Committee chair. He lives in Topsham.
(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm