The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown. — C.G. Jung

2016-2017 Programs


October 21 & 22, 2016
Jung in the 21 st Century 
John Ryan Haule, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst, writer and lecturer

Time/Place: Friday Evening: 7:30 pm. Registration begins at 7 pm. Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road (see map).  Saturday, 9:00 am – 1 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Same building as above.

Cost: Friday evening - $10 members and students; $15 nonmembers. Saturday workshop - $40 members and students; $45 nonmembers. Partial scholarships are available, please contact the treasurer.

 THE PAST AND FUTURE OF JUNG… emerges from equal measures of pessimism and optimism over the future of Analytical Psychology, the “Zurich School” of psychoanalysis that C. G. Jung started a century ago and that I have practiced more than three decades. On the one hand, pessimism: psychoanalysis was a major cultural force in the twentieth century but has waned significantly in recent decades. Its standing as a “science” — once loudly proclaimed but always somewhat questionable — has become precarious with recent advances in brain research. Worse, within the world of psychoanalysis, Jung has generally been marginalized as a “mystic” who dispensed with science in favor of dubious superstitions. Despite such good reasons for pessimism, however, I am also optimistic. Recent developments in evolutionary biology show that the basic tenets of Analytical Psychology are amazingly “consilient” with the most recent scientific theories and the evidence that supports them. —from Jung in the 21st Century by John Ryan Haule, Ph.d.

Friday Evening Presentation: Jung was more deeply a scientist and more severely critical of science than most people know. His central passion was to show how psyche and cosmos mirror one another, being as much spiritual as material. The archetypes are evolutionary forms created by a cosmos that is in the business of experimenting with life. Our archetypal nature reflects our being part of the cosmos, the most conscious part. And the consciousness of the cosmos is the foundation of synchronicity. All of this is a serious and scientific 

John Ryan Haule

description of microcosm and macrocosm as well as the outline of a myth that we in the 21 st century can live. Psychology, Jung says, is about learning to see.

Saturday Workshop: Synchronicity as a Myth for Our Time, and Evidence that Biology and Physics Seem to be Feeling Their Way Toward the No


John Ryan Haule, PhD.  
has a Ph.D. in religious studies and a diploma from the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich. He has taught Jung’s Collected Works over 30 years in Boston and published eight books and many articles. Have a look at his website: www.jrhaule.net.tion of a Psychoid Field. The Saturday workshop will be an attempt to clarify some of the arguments in
Jung in the 21st Century. There will be a lot of time for discussion as well as some short presentations.



November 11 & 12, 2016
The Outer and Inner journey
with Phil Cousineau

Time/Place: Friday Evening: 7:30 pm. Registration begins at 7 pm. Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road 

Saturday, 9:00 am – 1 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Same building as above.

Cost: Friday evening - $10 members and students; $15 nonmembers. Saturday workshop - $40 members and students; $45 nonmembers. Partial scholarships are available, please contact the treasurer. 

Program Description:

In the spirit of the great German romantic poet Novalis, who wrote that the soul is there at the point where the inner and the outer worlds overlap, this weekend’s presentations will explore both realms, which sages have suggested over the ages, is required for the deepest and longest lasting forms of personal growth.  On Friday evening, we will explore the outer journey in the form of the 60,000-year-old tradition of pilgrimage, which aims at being a spiritually transformative journey to a sacred site. To complement the outer journey, on Saturday morning, we will delve into the inner journey, the realm of creative work, or soul work, where we encounter use our imagination to make order out of chaos, beauty out of terror, and turn meaningless into meaning. 

Friday: Archetypes of Sacred Travel: Activate Your Journey

For at least the last 60,000 years  human beings have embarked on many forms of sacred travel, from Australian aborigine Walkabouts to American Indian Vision Quests. All of these are rhapsodies on the theme of pilgrimage, which are transformative journeys to a sacred site. This colorful multimedia presentation is based on the seven stages of Phil Cousineau’s international bestselling book, The Art of Pilgrimage, which range from the Call to the Ordeal, the Vision to the Boon. Together, we will explore the revival of pilgrimage  — in both the sacred and secular sense — that has made the travel industry the number one business in the world. From the holy wells of Ireland to the holy walls of Jerusalem, the grave sites of Princess Diana in England to Jim Morrison in Paris, more and more people are finding that sacred travel can, as writer Pico Iyer writes, “saves us from a life of abstraction.”

Saturday: Fuel Your Creative Journey through Myths, Dreams & Movies

For my friend and mentor, the mythologist Joseph Campbell, the journey of the hero was the search for the Self through an encounter with the dark forces of the world and the imagination. The goal of which is not self-aggrandizement but the opportunity to bring a boon — a numinous world-changing gift — for the benefit of the community. The stages of such a journey also amplify what is required for every act of creativity. This morning workshop brings together these two models, based on my two books, The Hero’s Journey, and Stoking the Creative Fires, to help anyone who is stuck or confused with their own creative journey. Through the use of film clips, music, readings and discussion, we will also utilize practices and exercises to allow you to find out where you are in your creative journey — and to help you keep moving to completion and celebration.

Continue your journey with Phil on Sunday, November 13th by attending his day-long workshop hosted by Creative Pilgrimage entitled "The Creative Journey: As Seen through the Myth-Making Lens of the Movies". For registration details please contact Catherine Anderson at Cathy@CatherineAndersonStudio.com or go to this link 

Phil Cousineau is a writer, filmmaker, teacher, photographer, creativity consultant, and youth sports coach. He has published over thirty books, and written or cowritten over twenty-five documentary films. Currently, he is the host and cowriter of Global Spirit, which airs nationally on PBS and Link TV, guest host on New Dimensions Radio, and has consulted on mythology in the movies at Warner Brothers, Twentieth-Century Fox, and Pixar Studios. 





February 24 & 25, 2017
Our Annual Free Program!
Poetry: Messages from Charlotte’s Orphic Underworld
Area Poets

Time/Place: Friday Evening: 7:30 pm. Registration begins at 7 pm. Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road (see map). Saturday Morning, 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Doors open at  9:00 am. Same building as above.

Cost: This is a FREE Program (donations always welcome). 

“Poetic creation still remains an act of perfect spiritual freedom. Poetry remakes and prolongs language; every poetic language begins by being a secret language, that is, the creation of a personal universe, of a completely closed world.” If it is to be a work of art, however, the poet must translate this language of personal experience, illuminate its association to the collective, and extend it into the larger world, for “The purest poetic act seems to re-create language from an inner experience that, like the ecstasy of ‘primitives,’ reveals the essence of things.” —Mircea Eliade

This year we’re working with the theme of shamanism––of Orpheus in the Underworld––with poems that in some way speak to the Orphic or shamanistic role of the poet.  Poetry can be a creative response to an underworld journey––in whatever way the poet interprets the underworld (otherworld) and the journey.

As an added bonus to the reading, we’ll be making available the poets’ work and comments in a bound chapbook for a donation.

Friday Evening Readings:  Poets will introduce and read their work that embraces this theme. 

Saturday Morning:  We’ll host an open discussion for poets and interested CFJ members

Time/Place: Friday Evening: 7:30 pm. Registration begins at 7 pm. Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road (see map). Saturday Morning, 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Doors open at  9:00 am. Same building as above.

Cost: This is a FREE Program (donations always welcome). 




March 17 & 18, 2017
Living a Co-Hearant Life: Riting Myth, Mythic Writing
Dennis Slattery. Ph.D, author, teacher, lecturer

Time/Place: Friday Evening: 7:30 pm. Registration begins at 7 pm. Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road 

Saturday, 9:00 am – 1 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Same building as above.

Cost: Friday evening - $10 members and students; $15 nonmembers. Saturday workshop - $40 members and students; $45 nonmembers. Partial scholarships are available, please contact the treasurer. 

Friday: 17 March: 7:30-9:00

Living a Co-hearant Life: Its Importance for Our Time

A cohearant life is one that enjoys not the absence of conflict, strife, loss, grief and contradiction, but an accord of the pieces with some larger organic whole. Our lives cohear when we locate a balance and even a harmony between our interior life and the larger world outside us. I am spelling the word as I do to capture something of the voicing that occurs between the self that we are now and the one that we are called to be.

Saturday: 18 March: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Riting Personal Myth Retreat

I will select from a large assortment of writing meditations from my book, Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story (2012). We will also engage Haiku poetry writing and at least one body movement meditation to explore some of the deepest contours of our personal myth. As well as naming what qualities and attributes comprise our personal myth, we will engage meditative writing in long hand as a way into dimensions of ourselves that one might explore further after our time is done. Please bring no laptops; instead, come with a journal or notebook and a writing utensil.

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. has been teaching for 47 years, the last 23 at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 25 volumes, including 6 volumes of poetry and on coauthored novel with Charles Asher. He has also published over 200 article, book reviews and essays in newspapers, magazines, journals and on-line outlets. He has been riding motorcycles for 47 years and enjoys weekend morning rides with his two Sons whenever their schedules merge long enough for an outing.



April 28 & 29, 2017
What’s Your Hurry? Seeking the Archetype of Slow
Barbara Birge, Ph.D., LPC

Time/Place: Friday Evening: 7:30 pm. Registration begins at 7 pm. Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road (see map). Saturday, 9:00 am – 1 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Same building as above.

Cost: Friday evening - $10 members and students; $15 nonmembers. Saturday workshop - $40 members and students; $45 nonmembers. Partial scholarships are available, please contact the treasurer.

As James Hillman observed, our age is possessed by Hermes, who is not only the god of communication, but the one with wings on his feet. Indeed, acceleration has become pervasive in our lives, fueled all the more by our texts, IMs and tweets. We are hooked on speed, which raises the question: What’s its appeal? Hillman may have had the answer to this as well when he said, “Where there is speed, there is no feeling” (NASCAR drivers notwithstanding). Maybe moving quickly relieves us of troublesome emotions, but surely there’s a point at which we want to weigh the costs and benefits of our pace.

Friday Evening Presentation: We’ll explore the function of speed in our lives and consider archetypal presences who might show us another way of being. In particular, Aphrodite and Hephaestus, who at first glace seem mismatched in marriage, may have more in common than it appears. Together, they might show us how to engage more richly in experience by utilizing both attention and time.

Saturday Workshop: will offer the chance for personal discussion and experiential participation as we explore cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of downshifting with the help of Brenda Sorkin, Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Movement Intelligence Trainer and student of mythology. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Barbara Birge, PhD, LPC earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in its Depth Psychology program. In private practice as a psychotherapist in Charlotte for 25 years, she has offered diverse programs for Charlotte Friends of Jung and has served numerous terms on its board. With an initial career in advertising, she is well acquainted with the deadline-driven world of Hermes’ domain.