Log in

a container for the psyche in an uncertain world

Log in

THE MYSTIC HEART, Melanie Starr Costello

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
  • 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library


  • Members who are either over 65 or are full time students with ID

Registration is closed

Five Wednesdays


Melanie Starr Costello

In this course we will explore intersections between stages of psychological maturation and the interior journey, as depicted by celebrated mystics. Our discussions will center upon assigned readings from C.G. Jung in combination with selections from the classics in western spirituality. Featured authors include Meister Eckhart, Hadewijch of Brabant, John of the Cross, and the modern mystic Cynthia Bourgeault.

Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, historian, and Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice off Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. A former Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge press. Currently her work explores archetypal currents running through the collective psyche in our times - a topic she takes up in her workshops on the Stranger, Aging, and Spirituality, and on Dream Cosmologies.


5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016


Our offices are closed due to COVID-19.

You can reach us with any questions regarding programs at


Our library is currently closed due to COVD-19. Please email to checkout a book. 




The Jung Society of Washington is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, a nonprofit educational institution. Our IRS form 990 is available upon request. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
Images of mandalas throughout this site were created by Carl Jung's patients between the years 1926 and 1945.
Privacy Policy
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software