06oct(oct 6)9:30 am(oct 6)9:30 amEvent OverFall Weekend 2018 - "Natural Cycles, Natural Symbols: Individuation as Ecology" (WORKSHOP)with Melanie Starr CostelloCurtis Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Members $40, Non-Members $50 By aligning psycho-spiritual maturation with the natural process, our program envisages individuation as a path that embraces the inextricable relationship between life and death principles, and assents
Members $40, Non-Members $50
By aligning psycho-spiritual maturation with the natural process, our program envisages individuation as a path that embraces the inextricable relationship between life and death principles, and assents to Creation as mystery. We will confront dominant cultural constructs that alienate us from the body and obstruct psyche’s connection with the non-human world. In hopes of redress, we will construct an alternative model of consciousness, envisaging a nature-based symbolic attitude that reconnects us with our roots in nature—conjoining mind, soul, and cosmos.
During Saturday’s workshop, Dr. Costello will lead a life-review meditation to promote awareness of the link between maturation of consciousness and our acceptance of natural cycles. We will then discuss the varied archetypal energies that have informed our identities and our chosen place in the world.
We consider questions such as: What is the purpose of longevity? What is wisdom? We will conclude by reconstructing our portrait of the individuated person, elucidating the nature-based dimensions of social, family and spiritual life.
Throughout the weekend, we will use images, stories, and dream analysis to throw light on the archetypal forces—both fierce and generative—that promote psycho-spiritual maturation. Special attention will be given to the recurrence of cosmological and elemental themes in dreams of individuals undergoing life transition.
Bio: Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, historian, and senior Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute-Zurich and earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. She formerly served as Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was a Trustee for the Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research in Washington, D.C. and is currently Director of Education for the Jungian Analysts of Washington, a member of the Board of the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York and a training analyst for the C. G. Jung Institute-Zurich. Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, aging and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge Press.
(Saturday) 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011