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(Saturday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME
Workshop: Saturday, June 3, 10 am - 5 pm MEMBERS $65, NON-MEMBERS $75 | There is no
Workshop: Saturday, June 3, 10 am – 5 pm
MEMBERS $65, NON-MEMBERS $75 | REGISTER HERE
There is no place without Gods and no activity that does not enact them.
– James Hillman, Re-Visioning
As ancient poets and modern depth psychologists have long recognized, the arts represent an especially vivid expression of the archetypal principles that inform and inspire the human psyche. The aim of this workshop is to provide a rich interplay of artistic entertainment and psychological instruction, each enhancing and illuminating the other.
The capacity to discern archetypes – the cultivation of what James Hillman called an “archetypal eye” – requires not only our thinking but our emotional intelligence, imagination, aesthetic intuition, moral sensibility, relational capacity, our physical body: our whole being. Because the arts engage all these dimensions of the human sensibility, this workshop will use representative works of art, great and small, as windows into the archetypal character of different eras and individuals and into the archetypes themselves.
We’ll focus especially on major examples from music and comedy. Music provides perhaps the most profound and direct expression of the archetypal psyche, reaching back to the earliest origins of human culture, capable of touching the depths of our souls. Comedy is ancient as well: the Trickster, whether in the individual psyche, in a tribe or a royal court, or commenting on a presidential campaign, is crucial to the self-regulating and regenerative play of the whole. It is the agent of the unconscious, rebelling against the conventional rulers, speaking the truth from below.
Our approach will be facilitated by the combined lenses of depth psychology and archetypal astrology, which permit an extraordinarily precise focus on the specific archetypal complexes most prominently at work in a given individual, work of art, or cultural era. Video and audio clips of brilliant performances will be played as a basis for our analyses throughout the workshop.
Richard Tarnas is a professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He frequently lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and was formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern widely used in universities. His second book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network, and is the basis for the upcoming documentary film Changing of the Gods. He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served for many years on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.