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    • 13 Mar 2017
    • 08 May 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

    5 Alternate Mondays, Beginning March 13th

    (3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8)


    Julie Bondanza

    For this five-week course, we will read in order: Silence by Shusaku Endo (the movie is also worth seeing), Night, by Elie Weisel, and a short reading, Yosi Rakover Talks to God by Zvi Kolitz. Also, if you haven't read it, Job, translated by Steven Mitchell is not necessary, but informs the discussion. The Visionist, by Rachel Urquhart, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston and perhaps 1984 by George Orwell (please check in later on this).

    Julie Bondanza, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate Jungian analyst who trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where she was Director of Training, a job she also held with the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts. She has taught extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, as well as for various Jung societies across the country. Presently she serves the board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and continues to serve as its program chair, a post she has held for many years. Dr. Bondanza practices in Takoma Park and lives in Washington, D.C.
    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 17 May 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • The Library at the Jung Society, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20016
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    Six Wednesdays starting April 5th (4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10 and 5/17)

    Book Exploration

    April Barrett 

    From the backmatter: The roots of all of the creative-art psychotherapies (art, dance, music, drama, poetry) can be traced to C.G. Jung's early work on active imagination. Herein, Joan Chodorow offers a collection of Jung's writings on active imagination. Jung developed this concept between 1913 and 1916, following his break with Freud. During this time, he experienced intense inner turmoil, suffering from lethargy and fear; his moods threatened to overwhelm him. He searched for a method to heal himself and decided to engage with the impulses and images of his unconscious. It was through the rediscovery of the symbolic play of his childhood that Jung was able to reconnect with his creative spirit. In a 1925 seminar and again in his memoirs, he tells the remarkable story of his experiments during this time that led to his self-healing. Jung learned to develop an ongoing relationship with his lively creative spirit through the power of imagination and fantasies. He termed this therapeutic method "Active Imagination."                                                                                                                                                                 This method, based on the natural healing function of the imagination and its many expressions, Joan Chodorow clearly presents in texts set in the proper context. Her discussion of Jung's writings and ideas is interwoven with contributions from other Jungian authors and artists.                                                                                                                   This course is a book exploration.

    April Barrett is in service to the dissemination of Jung's thought through her participation and training with the Creative Initiative Foundation, the Guild for Psychological Studies, and the Jung Society of Washington, for which she is program co-director and secretary/treasurer of the board.
    • 20 Apr 2017
    • 18 May 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • The Library at the Jung Society, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016

    Five Thursdays, beginning April 20th (4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 and 5/18)


    Tim Lyons

    Too many still look outward, some believing in the illusion of victory and of victorious power, others in treaties and laws, and others again in the overthrow of the existing order.  But still too few look inward, to their own selves, and still fewer ask themselves whether the ends of human society might not be best served if each man tried to abolish the old order in himself.                       -C.G. Jung (c.1918)

    Alchemy provided a symbolic blueprint for the foundation of Jung’s psychology, the individuation process. The goal of alchemy is the sacred marriage, the coniunctio. The greatest catalyst for this transformative process comes through self-awareness within the interactive field of human relationships, both personal and public.  In the alchemical text, Rosarium Philosophorum, the experience of this mystery of union, death, and resurrection is depicted by the king and queen in the bath. This 16th-century image represents the potential to transmute chaos into synergy in relationships: in couples,  families, with yourself, therapeutic  partners, with the boss, and even electoral candidates. Jung states, “The factors that come together in the coniunctio are conceived as opposites, either confronting one another in enmity or attracting one another in love.”             

                In the present frustrating political climate of Capitol Hill, it is said that 80 percent of “man” hours go to election and 20 percent go to legislation, a process mired in partisan politics. These partisan emotional states are the result of the same wounding, incestuous, and codependent experiences of childhood that undermine connections in adult relationships.  In an attempt to get needs met, find approval, and bolster self worth from external sources, these wounds get projected into the container of the relationship, create chaos and alienation, and seduce us away from self-reflection and self-care.    

                   In order to attain the highest degree of conjunction, the prima materia —what Jung calls “the unknown substance that carries the projection of the autonomous psychic content”— must be extracted from the sacred bath. Jung says of this procedure: “in the unconscious are hidden those ‘sparks of light’ (scintillae), the archetypes, from which a higher meaning can be extracted. The magnet that attracts the hidden thing is the Self.”  In this course we will explore the dynamics of human relationships and how they relate to the alchemical marriage. Through this process we can discover a revelatory model for transmuting the chemistry of divisive relationships into a lifelong sacred marriage with the ‘inner’ Self. This in turn, can create vital and mutually productive relationships in our ‘outer’ world.  


    Tim Lyons, LICSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Capitol Hill and Silver Spring. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism and yoga for many years, and has given lectures and classes on Jung and Eastern Spirituality at the Jung Society of Washington. He is also an architect, has written for the Washington Post, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution.
    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C., 20016
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    Friday, April 28th


    Susan Tiberghien 

    My path is not your path; therefore I cannot teach you.  The way is within us . . . .     -C.G. Jung, The Red Book

    In this workshop we will look at how wellbeing has been understood throughout the centuries, from Aristotle to today.  How did Jung approach the subject?  We will read passages from Memories, Dreams, Reflections and from The Red Book.  With the focus on spiritual wellbeing, we will consider four possible paths – listening to dreams, awakening to synchronicity, practicing active imagination, appreciating beauty.  There will be excerpts from contemporary authors and guided writing exercises.  In so doing we will create our own path to spiritual wellbeing. 

    Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, has published three memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Footsteps-A European Album, and the highly appreciated writing book,  One Year to a Writing Life, plus two new titles published in 2015: Side by Side: Writing Your Love Story andFootsteps:  In Love with a Frenchman. She has been teaching writing workshops for close to twenty years at C.G. Jung Centers, at the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences in the States and in Europe where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group, an association of 250 English-language writers. Find her at

    • 05 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Library at the Jung Society, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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    Friday, May 5th

    An Evening With...

    Beverly Fourier

    During February's Women's March on the National Mall, Beverly posted on Facebook pictures of female allegorical figures that overlook or surround our National Mall. These images are often not noticed because they are on a symbolic plane that operates on the unconscious. Beverly will place these figures in a historical and political context, and will explain their hopeful symbolic meanings, such as compassion, tolerance, wisdom, and justice. She will discuss other surprising feminine imagery in our capital city in some of our museums and churches, and how these images are related to Jungian archetypes and ideas.

    Beverly Fourier has been a member of the Wisewoman Group that has met at the Jung Society since October 2001, a group that has focused on the feminine. Over the past two decades she has studied the myths and images of women and goddesses through the ages and in different cultures. Her talks have been on the ancient goddesses of the Middle East, Old Europe, African goddesses, and also on a new archetype that she calls the Fierce Venus, currently undergoing a backlash. As a foreign-service spouse, she lived in Iran, Communist Poland, and the former Soviet Union. She presented a talk called "Goddesses in Washington D.C." in February 2009, and this talk is an updated version. Beverly has an undergraduate degree from Boston University, which included a year at the Sorbonne, and graduate degrees from Stanford University and the George Washington University.

    A request to all program participants to be mindful that some people in the room may be very sensitive to perfumes and other fragrances, so much so that they may be forced to leave; we ask, therefore, that you kindly not wear them to our programs.

    • 12 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Library at the Jung Society, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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    Friday, May 12th

    An Evening With...

    Annilee Oppenheimer

    Fairy tales have captivated the imaginations of humans around the world for generations.  They are symbolic stories that contain universal themes that offer healing insights about dynamics of the psyche.  We will view and discuss the film Once Upon A Loss:   A New Look at Cinderella, produced and directed by Carolyn Russell Stonewell.  Unlike the Disney version of Cinderella, this film shows that this fairy tale is much more than a rags-to-riches story about "getting the prince."  Based on the Grimms' version of the fairy tale, this film presents Cinderella as a story that conveys essential wisdom about recovering from loss.  Using this film as a springboard for discussion, we will take a fresh look at the Cinderella narrative to explore what it tells us about navigating the psychological journey out of despair into a stronger and more authentic sense of self. 


    A retired lawyer, Annilee Oppenheimer enjoys exploring dreams, poetry, music, archetypal symbolism, storytelling, and active imagination as vehicles to make connections – both with our deepest selves and with others.  She is a Haden Institute certified dream group leader, and she leads dream groups.

    • 20 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
    • 19

    Saturday, May 20th

    Exploring the Feminine Through Dreams and Dream Art

    Led by Janet Fox

    Today we will discuss how to honors dreams through art, to create with heated, pigmented bees' wax, often layering in fibrous and colorful papers, fabric, ink, and found materials. After selecting a dream, we will focus on something calling out for our attention. Shifting into the "artist's flow," we often loses track of time while intuitively painting, carving, scraping, filling, smoothing, and buffing, building fabulous contrasts and texture, and honoring the dream. Reflecting on the completed art provides even more insight and further honors the dream.

    Janet Fox is originally from the Midwest. She began painting in the late 1990's, studying under Indianapolis- and D.C.- area artists. For many years, she has explored dreams on her own and in small groups. Janet is an active member of the Montgomery Art Association and a member of International Encaustic Artists. In addition to painting, she is a freelance writer, editor, content and project support professional. Her art blog, including stories about her art, are on her website:;, 301-448-2215 Gallery Artist in Gallery 209, at Artist & Makers 2, 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852.


    The Wisewoman group meets at 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. in the Jung Society of Washington library at the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20016. Please arrive early so the session can begin promptly at 2:00. The doors open at 1:30 so participants can have an opportunity to meet & greet before the session. Please use the Hawthorne Place entrance. The Jung Society has moved an on-line registration and to Paypal, so please register and pay on line. If there are problems with registering on line, please bring $5.00 cash or check.

    • 02 Jun 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Wesley Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

    Friday, June 2nd



    What makes Jung's work last, even marking the 142nd anniversary of his birth, so that his ideas continue to inspire clinicians and people seeking their deepest selves? We will focus on the 'something more' that imbues Jung's writing that expresses our desire to connect with meaning that exists beyond human effort, and conveys a sense of belonging from finding the emotional purpose of our lives. Such focus takes us to the site where transforming occurs, to facing the least developed parts of ourselves where "evil stares at us coldly" (The Red Book) and we discover our particular contributions.

    Ann Belford Ulanov, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in New York City, Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Religion Union Theological Seminary and author of twenty-two books.

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Wesley Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

    Saturday, June 3rd

    The Jung Memorial Workshop, by

    Ann Ulanov

    In these turbulent times, projecting our inward affects and thoughts onto other people and other groups increases divisions among us, and saps energy from within us. Yet projecting is a natural psychic function. Return to its basic meanings can soften added stress and contribute positive expansion of our freedom of feeling and thought and of communication with neighbors near and far. We will explore six types of projection and relate each to the something more we reach in finding our personal path and contributing to life with others and to the life that lives itself through us.

    Ann Belford Ulanov, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in New York City, Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Religion Union Theological Seminary and author of twenty-two books.

    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 27 Jun 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • The Sanctuary Room, Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016

    Four Tuesdays, beginning June 7th (6/6, 6/13, 6/20 and 6/27)


    James Hollis

    The purpose of art is art, not to produce argument or analysis.   Nonetheless, poets who are humans first also wonder about the large questions of life.   This course will address four philosophical questions and illustrate some responses poets have embodied in their work.  The questions are:  why are we here; what is our obligation to the natural order, does the universe make sense, how are we best to conduct our lives?

    Upon registration, class participants will be electronically sent the thirteen poems we will be reading.

    James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author of fourteen books.

Jung Society of Washington

5200 Cathedral Ave., NW Washington 20016


Executive Director - James Hollis, Ph.D.

President - Erminia Scarcella, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.

Office and Library Hours:

Weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

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Directions: The Jung Society of Washington is located in the educational building of the Palisades Community Church. From MacArthur Blvd., turn east (away from the Potomac River) onto Cathedral at the light between Loughboro and Arizona.  We are accessible via the Metro D6 bus line.  Entrance to the Jung Society library and office is from the side street, Hawthorne Place.

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