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The Symbol of the Grail: Parzival and the Path of Individuation, A Course with Jason E. Smith

  • Tuesday, March 05, 2024
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, March 05, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full-time students

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This program WILL BE recorded.

Registration closes at NOON the day before the program begins. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email.

"What the Holy Grail symbolizes is the highest spiritual fulfillment of a human life. Each life has some kind of high fulfillment, and each has its own gift from the Grail." 

~ Joseph Campbell

The epic tale of Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach is a story that resonates with a timeless power. It is a story of adventure and peril, failure and success, courage and compassion, and much more. It is also a unique retelling of the myth of the quest for the Holy Grail, a symbol that continues to capture the imagination today. The Grail is a symbol that speaks to our deepest spiritual longings and offers insight and hope for a world in which the traditional religious structures are in decline. 

In this course, we will explore several of the main themes of Wolfram’s Parzival. We will pay close attention to its rich symbolism and its connection with alchemical imagery. Through this examination we will discover the relevance of the Parzival myth to the modern experience of individuation. Finally, we will consider some of the ways such a tale might deepen the search for healing and meaning in our own psychological and spiritual lives. 

Recommended reading:

Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach (The translation by Helen Mustard is suggested, though any translation is fine.)

The Grail Legend by Emma Jung & Marie-Louise von Franz

The Romance of the Grail by Joseph Campbell

Jason E. Smith is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. He is the creator and host of the podcast Digital Jung and the author of Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life (Chiron Publications). Jason is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston (now of New England) and serves as a training analyst and faculty member for the New England Institute.

RECORDINGS:  The recordings will be sent out 24-48 hours after each session has concluded. You will have 14 days to watch each of the recordings.  

ZOOM LINKS: Zoom links can be found in your registration confirmation email. If you sign up before 12:00pm EST (NOON) on Friday, the day before the program, you will receive your Zoom link by Friday at 4:00pm EST. If you do not receive your link 24 hours in advance, please reach out asap directly to HOWEVER, if you sign up AFTER 12:00pm (NOON), the day before the program, you will receive your zoom link by 10:00am EST the day of the program.

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior to the program.

By agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or  any videos of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the presenter, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!


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