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

2017-2018 Programs

September 29 & 30, 2017    
Living the Examined Life
James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst
How do you define “growing up”? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks—a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw and that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path.

Friday Evening Presentation:
Living More Fully in the Shadow of Mortality. Jung observed that “Life is a short pause between two great mysteries.” That fact is not in dispute; what matters then, is how we live that pause. E. M. Forster observed that the two who could most illumine us, the corpse and the baby, are not talking. Given that mortality frames our journey, how might we live it more fully, not defined by fear, morbidity, and denial? What attitudes and practices allow us to live more fully? And what psychological maturation brings us to experience this short pause as rich with meaning?

Note: If you want any of James’ books autographed, please bring them, as none will be for sale on site.

Saturday Workshop: Living the Examined Life: Steps to the Recovery of a Personal Journey. Tiny, dependent, and at the mercy of the world around us, we all have to adapt, adjust, bury, deny, split-off and repress, and thereby lose contact with our own sovereignty and natural source of guidance. The core project of the second half of life is the recovery of that source. This program/workshop will focus on twenty-one steps we may take toward the recovery of our personal journey.

James Hollis, PhD. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Washington, D. C. where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington. He is also the author of fourteen books and one forthcoming in 2018 titled The Examined Life.

Time/Place: Friday Evening:
Come early to register, doors open at 6:45 pm, program begins at 7:30 pm at Carolinas Medical Center Health Care Auditorium, Main Campus—see map on back page for directions and parking. Saturday: 9:00 am – 1 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road (see map).

Friday evening - $10 members and students; $15 non-members. Saturday workshop - $40 members and students; $45 non-members. Partial scholarships are available, please contact the treasurer at 704.236.2337

November 10 & 11, 2017
Psyche and Image:
The Wonder and Danger of Aesthetic Experience
Mary Antonia Wood, Ph.D.

Why do aesthetic encounters arrest our sensibilities, stopping us in our tracks with wonder—and just as often with fear? Over 2400 years ago, Plato recognized the superior, yet potentially dangerous power of poetry created by the poet seized by a type of “divine mania.” For Jung, the arts were a vital source of inspiration; he felt “driven” by his own creative daimon, yet he strongly rejected the label of “art” for his own creative expression. The topic of aesthetic response has always been contentious territory claimed by critics, philosophers, psychologists, artists, and most recently by neuroscientists. Governments too have sought to have their say as to what is acceptable in aesthetic experience, mostly with the aim of limiting the imagination as a means of control. In this weekend’s events, we will travel deeply into the mysteries of what the Greeks called aisthetikos. Our guides will include Socrates and Solange, Hillman and Heidegger, Kandinsky and Coltrane among others.

Friday Evening Presentation: This multi-media talk will feature both contentious and interconnected insights on the mystery and power of aesthetic experience from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, from Jung and Hillman through contemporary aesthetic dialogue and cutting-edge neuroaesthetic studies.

Saturday Workshop: This experiential half-day workshop will offer personal and communal engagement with what makes an artwork or an experience aesthetically significant. Through a rich variety of examples including dance, film, music and poetry, we will explore and perhaps even revision our approaches to what moves us. Creative exercises will include short written reflections and a collage-making session highlighting the elements of “ritual” and “chance” in aesthetic experience.

Mary Antonia Wood, Ph.D. is an instructor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and currently the acting chair of the Engaged Humanities and Creative Life program. In addition, she is the founder of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice that supports artists and creators of all types. Through one-on-one consultations, group workshops and classes, Wood assists creative individuals who desire a stronger and more authentic connection to the deepest archetypal sources of creativity. Wood has been working as a visual artist for over twenty years, working in a variety of media. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been collected by both public institutions and individuals. Wood received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute where her thesis was entitled, “The Archetypal Artist: Re-imagining Artistic Expression at the Crossroads of Fate and Free Will.” In addition to mentoring fellow artists, Wood is currently at work on a book for creators of all types based on her doctoral and post-doctoral research on the archetypal forces that shape a creative life.

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 at 704.236.2337.

February 16 & 17, 2018
Our Annual Free Program for Members!
Reservations Needed (see details below)
Star-bless’d, Star-cross’d:
A Valentine Weekend of Poetry, Music and Art
Various Presenters

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs / Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; / Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. / What is it else? A madness most discreet, / A choking gall, and a preserving sweet
. ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Infatuation or delusion, fling to lifetime love, magic and misery, we bring you a Valentine celebration using poetry, music and myth from world cultures. Revel in the ecstatic and complexity of love and romance.

Friday Evening: In a departure from our usual programs, International House Doorways Women’s Group hosts us in their auditorium with co-hosts, The Charlotte Center for Literary Arts (Charlotte Lit) and music by The Bechtler Ensemble. We’ll indulge in this exploration with poems that are both universal to love and unique to each culture. We begin with wine and light hors d’oeuvres appetizers followed by a performance of poetry and music by Larry Sorkin reading, Tanja Bechtler cello, Bob Teixeira guitar. Original paintings by Terry Thirion inspired by the poems will be displayed for sale to raise funds for the International House Doorways Women’s Group.

Saturday Morning: We have made such a glorious holiday of romantic love, but it’s still up to us to find and nourish it in our psyche. Kathie Collins, board member, poet and mythologist, and Larry Sorkin, poet, will use classic myths along with poems and multiple approaches including dialogue, journaling and meditation toward inspiring our soul’s need to give life to love and offer support in its losses.

Time/Place: Friday Evening: Doors open at 6:30 pm in the International House Auditorium at 1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 (see map). Saturday Morning: 9:00 am – 1 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am at Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209 at the corner of Seneca and Park Road (see map).


Important! Reservations are needed for Friday night's program at International House for a limited number of  free tickets for  this season's members. Write or call 704-236-2337 for tickets which will be held at the door. Click here to purchase tickets if you're not a paid up member.

Friday night is free for current members of Charlotte Friends of Jung or Charlotte Lit. Non-members are welcome for $20 as part of a fundraising campaign for The International House Doorways Women’s Group. Saturday’s program is free to all.

March 16 & 17, 2018
Chaos Monsters in our Current Lives
Carolyn Bates, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

The current Zeitgeist of discontent in our culture carries ripe opportunities for fantasies of the Apocalypse. The ground of long-known security has cracked beneath us, foundations have shifted, and we have encountered Chaos Monsters rushing towards us, not content to slumber in ancient times. We meet "monsters" at key moments in the process of psychological growth. Jung considered that monsters bring us vital messages and warnings regarding the psychological status quo.

Friday Evening Presentation: We Have Met the Apocalypse, and It Is Us. Jung would remind us that it is just at such moments, when we cannot believe what is upon us, that we have the chance to examine the meaning of a monster’s appearance on the scene. When the monster of the apocalypse appears – in our individual, family, work, and cultural psyche—what messages might that monster carry toward us? Can its arrival be understood in such a way that renders it less frightening? If, like St. Francis, we sit and dialogue with the marauding, monstrous wolf at the door, can reconciliation come of that contemplative relating? We may well see some part of ourselves mirrored in the apocalyptic monster that would shed light on our next step of psychological individuation.

Saturday Workshop: Meeting the Monster under the Bed: Archetypal Expressions of the Other reflected in Film, Dreams, and Culture. The dark creatures that haunt the imaginations of children, the threatening strangers, terrifying killers, and vicious animals that move through the dreams of adults, the terrors encountered in agedness—we fear and avoid our monsters. These images appear terrifying because they represent a fundamental otherness within us, something tapping at the windows of our consciousness, pressing to be integrated so that our own psychological development may proceed. Using lecture, film clips, and group discussion, we will explore how threatening, ominous, and frightening images and experiences present us with valuable opportunities for individuation. Participants will discuss their experiences of the subjective sense of the “monstrous” in their lives. We will draw on historical examples of monstrosity to clarify the tasks at hand when encountering it in our personal lives, and in our encounters with the collective.

Carolyn Bates, Ph.D. is a psychologist and diplomate Jungian analyst who lives and practices in Austin, Texas. In addition to her analytic practice, she currently serves as President of the Texas Seminar of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts training institute. She offers presentations, workshops, and classes on dream interpretation, the symbolism of pilgrimage, the feminine archetype in dreams and fairy tales, and the phenomenon of synchronicity and trauma in the collective.

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 at 704.236.2337. 

April 27 & 28, 2018
Buddha's Mind, Christ’s Heart, Jung’s Dream:
A Reorientation
Randall Mishoe, D.Min. Jungian Analyst

Reorientation: a fresh orientation; a changed set of attitudes and beliefs.

At a time not unlike the chaotic time in which we are living, Carl Jung found himself lost. He would be swamped by a series of dreams and visions. Not knowing how to understand the frightening images, he feared he was becoming insane. Only after the outbreak of World War I did he realize the disturbance was not his alone, but rather a condition in which individuals and nations had become trapped. “I realized,” Jung later said, “I was stuck in ‘the spirit of the times’ and did not know how to escape.” Having little else to lean on, Jung turned to his dreams and the synchronistic events that led him to discover the “symbols of wholeness” in the lives of Buddha and Christ. From that deep descent into his unconscious, he returned to describe his life and psychological path informed by what he referred to in his Red Book as “the spirit of the depths.”

Friday Evening Presentation: This seminar will consider Jung’s movement from “the spirit of the times” to “the spirit of the depths.”

Saturday Workshop: An experiential presentation will extend the ideas of Friday evening to include the role of “alchemical transformation” in Jung’s thought and process. We will consider the nature of psychic energy, libido, and the flow of energy in individuals and groups. Also, as a part of the morning’s experience, we will learn a form of Chinese Chi Kung, an ancient approach to psychic energy in spiritual formation, healing, as well as the martial arts. No prior experience is necessary.

Randall Mishoe, D.Min. Jungian Analyst has been a university minister, pastor, and psychotherapist in private practice for the past 25 years in Charlotte. He is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology, the New England Society of Jungian Analysts, the North Carolina Association of Pastoral Counselors, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, as well as the North Carolina Society of Jungian Analysts (elected President in September, 2006). Dr. Mishoe serves as adjunct faculty member at the C.G.Jung Institute-Boston, where he was the Analyst Director of the Summer Intensive for 10 years.

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.