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Our programs are being offered online, via Zoom, until further notice due to COVID-19.

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Registration closes at NOON the day before the program begins.

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Friday, February 24  | 7:30 - 9:00pm, Eastern Time

Assenza di Compassione: Absence of Compassion, a lecture with Michael Conforti

Beginning in childhood, we are taught about the virtues of compassion, and we believe that compassion demonstrates a profound sense of empathy and the capacity to care deeply about another. Conversely, we see those lacking empathy as autistic, excessively narcissistic, and even psychopathic. 

But we would do well to remember that the archetypal and etymological roots of the word “compassion” refer to an act of "suffering together." It is defined as “the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another's suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering" (The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley).

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Saturday, February 25  |1:00 - 4:00pm, Eastern Time

Forgiveness: Living with Transgressions, Hoping for Redemption: A workshop Michael Conforti

Many years ago, I had the great honor of speaking with Elie Wiesel in a private interview.  When he asked what I would like to discuss, I mentioned the theme of forgiveness. He said that between two people, forgiveness is a relatively simple matter.  But, he explained, the hope of forgiving many people for their collective transgressions is not a personal issue but belongs “in God’s hand.”  It was an example of Wiesel’s brilliance that he could capture, in just a few words, the profundity of this deeply complicated issue of forgiveness. 

Forgiveness involves recognizing transgressive behavior that we have committed against others or that has been committed against us and our family.  The search to expiate guilt has been with us since the beginning of time, starting with the scapegoat, the sin-eater, and the confessor. Each speaks to the challenge of living with our transgressions and to the hope of expelling and exiling their disturbing contents. It is the universality of this seeking and fleeing that allows us to see that forgiveness exists within the Psyche as an archetypal imperative.

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Five Alternate Mondays, March 13 - May 22  | 7:30 - 9:30pm, Eastern Time

Eros: The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Course with Julie Bondanza

This semester will explore Eros, which can bring us to ecstatic heights or to the depths of despair, in five plays and novels. We will begin with the classic, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. We will follow this with Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. I’m still thinking of the fifth, either Hippolytus by Euripides or A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (both of which we have done in the past but are always worth a reread).

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Friday, March 17  | 7:30 - 9:00pm, Eastern Time

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The Finer Forge: Inner Work and the Alchemical Imagination, a lecture with Jason E. Smith

In the alchemical tradition, the great work to be performed was known as the opus. More than just a series of chemical operations, the opus was also understood as a spiritual work involving the deepest aspects of the alchemist’s own being. As Jung noted, the material worked on by the alchemist was “chiefly the data of his own unconscious.” The true forge of alchemy, in other words, was the human soul. Accordingly, it was understood that certain preparations and precautions were needed before one could undertake such a sacred work.

In this lecture, we will examine some original alchemical texts to discover the key aspects of the opus and to identify those personal qualities that the alchemists felt were necessary to cultivate as preparation for their work. We will discuss the relevance of these ideas for contemporary life, as well as for Jung’s concept of individuation. Further, we will try to discern the practical implications of this symbolic material for our own personal experience of the individuation process.

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Saturday, March 18  |1:00 - 4:00pm, Eastern Time

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The Fires of Transformation: Life as a Work as Art, a workshop with Jason E. Smith

The image of fire expresses an elemental force that can be both creative and destructive. When it is contained and focused, fire is transformative, enhancing what has been placed in it, such as in the shaping and strengthening of metal or in the cooking of food. Uncontained, fire can rage and incinerate, like wildfires consuming forests and homes. In this presentation, we will explore the symbol of fire through poetry, story, and myth. In particular, we will trace the role of this symbol as a psychological energy that is implicated in the creative life of the individual. This workshop will explore such questions as: What does it mean to live life “as if it were a work of art?” What prevents us from knowing and living our creative depths? What are the consequences of not living from these depths? In pondering these questions and encountering this powerful symbol, we will begin to uncover ways that we might connect with our own creative spark and fan it into a vitalizing and transforming flame.


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