Current 2019 Calendar

The Merchant of Graffiti - Shakespeare gets the treatment on Bankside, by Shakespearesmonkey on Flickr (CC)

March 22 & 23, 2019

Archetypal Shakespeare

Susan Rowland, Ph.D.

Friday Evening Presentation: Jung and Shakespeare the American: How Shakespeare helped to Archetypally Create Modern America Ten years after the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were to be found in… Stratford upon Avon, England, looking for America’s cultural founding father, William Shakespeare! For the next 150 years, Shakespeare would be the most performed author, popular amongst pioneers, cowboys, city slickers and politicians. What were the archetypes, characteristics, plots and preoccupations that Shakespeare brought to the new nation? Is Shakespeare relevant now in a time of profound cultural division? The lecture will explore the dreams of the “new” world brought to these shores in plays and rehearsed in performances and readings over the decades. Jung believed that some literature can compensate for cultural bias and/or foretell the future. What of Shakespeare for America now? Can the plays serve as an archetypal lens for discontents and confusion as well as glories, enthusiasm, idealism and ecstasy? Is there something Shakespearean still about what we aspire to, dread, or love? Finding climate change in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and crumbling masculinity in Hamlet, can Shakespeare still offer wisdom? This lecture tackles these and other questions for the new millennium.

Saturday Workshop: Comedic Ladies and Tragic Gentlemen: Entering the Magic and Alchemy of Shakespeare's People and Plots. Shakespeare like Jung expresses deep creation myths bound up with so called feminine and masculine modes of being. After exploring these large frameworks in both authors we will look at practical examples of comedy and tragedy as psychic forms of personal transformation. The workshop will then seek out Shakespearean archetypes in the participants by a short intuitive exercise. We will explore how a mask provided by a character in a play is actually a psychic revelation. Shakespeare’s comedic ladies and tragic gentlemen walk among us and exist in our own internal theaters. This is the alchemical theater that is both outside us on stage, and inside in our own many persons or archetypes. Shakespeare keeps on making America through us and the workshop will show how.

Susan Rowland, Ph.D. is Chair of MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and teaches on the doctoral program in Jungian psychology and Archetypal Studies. Author of nine books on C.G. Jung in relation to creativity, modernity and transdisciplinary studies, her new book is Remembering Dionysus: Revisioning Psychology and Literature in C. G. Jung and James Hillman (Routledge 2017). Rowland’s other books include Jung as a Writer (2005); Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002); C. G. Jung in the Humanities (2010) and The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung (2012). She is current President of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies ( and was founding Chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS 2003-6. Rowland was educated at the Universities of Oxford, London and Newcastle, and now lives in California, USA.

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 at 704.236.2337.

Baron Raimund von Stillfried [Public domain], Wikimedia Commons
Baron Raimund von Stillfried [Public domain], Wikimedia Commons

Postponed due to Hurricane Florence from September 14 & 15, 2018

New date: May 3 & 4, 2019

Marked: Tattoo as an Expression of Psyche

Karen Hodges, Jungian Analyst

Laura Buss, Tattoo Artist

Tattoo is a practice that is thousands of years old, appearing in virtually every corner of the world. The emerging story is one in which choosing, receiving, and wearing a tattoo can be a valuable part of what Jung called “living the symbolic life.” The rich and colorful visual imagery supporting this presentation ranges from the contemporary to that of 5,000 years ago, preserved in the glacial ice of the Alps.

Friday Evening Presentation: We’ll explore how wearing a tattoo may function as an expression of psyche in today’s world. What might the contemporary resurgence of tattoo mean in collective terms? The cultural complex that colors how we see it will be brought into focus through an exploration of tattoo’s deep roots in history. Laura Buss will draw on her 24 years of professional experience, bringing insights gleaned from a qualitative study she conducted with her own clients, encouraging them to reflect on their motivations and experiences with tattoo.

Saturday Workshop: Linking the Outer & the Inner Moment: Living with Visual Symbols. When Jung’s patients encountered psychologically resonant images in dreams or fantasy, he strongly encouraged them to embody those images in paint or clay or some other tangible form. This belonged to “living the symbolic life,” a concept whose meaning we’ll explore in this experiential workshop. Stories and images from the tattoo world will be shared, but the focus will be on participants’ identifying and creating a “tattoo” for themselves: a symbolic image of their own to live with, imagined (if not literally inscribed) on the skin. Art supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a clipboard, paper, and perhaps a favorite pencil or two. Not confident in your artistic skills? Don’t let that stop you. There will be plenty of visual imagery from the tattoo world available to draw upon - and guidance from Laura, with her long experience with customized tattoo design work.

Laura Buss is a tattoo artist with over 20 years of experience in the field. She founded and operates Authentic Tattoo in San Francisco. Laura is also a painter, whose works in oil have been shown in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Inspiration for her artwork across platforms includes the natural world, the human figure, and archeology. Her tattoo website is Her fine art website is

Karen Hodges, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice since 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a diplomate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. She has led seminars on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of psychology and the humanities. Currently, she writes and lectures on psyche's relationship with the natural world. For more information, see her website:

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 location.

Pricing: 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