Program Calendar 2021


Due to Covid-19 we will be replacing our public meetings with Zoom Video Conference Meetings until further notice.

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- The Board of Directors


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November Meeting w November 14, 2021 from 2-5 PM w 

Individuation, the Search for Enlightenment, and the Religious Function of the Psyche


Pat Katsky, Ph.D.

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Jung described the process of individuation as a manifestation of the religious function of the psyche, the archetypally based human drive to find meaning in one’s life and develop a relationship with a larger unity beyond one’s ego consciousness. In the individuation process, this search occurs with the aid of the wisdom contained in the center of knowing he called the Self, and is characterized by the occurrence of numinous experiences through, for example, dreams, images, synchronicities, moments of attunement with the natural world, in relationship, and in meditative experiences. Over the course of a lifetime, individuals following this path develop a spiritual autobiography composed of the significant moments of contacting this larger awareness. 


We’ll look at this process, and explore the experiences of Western individuals whose individuation journeys have led to engagement with Eastern spiritual practices.

Pat Katsky, Ph.D. is a member of the San Francisco Jung institute and formerly was a member of the Los Angeles Jung Institute. She is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and serves regularly on the reviewing and certifying boards of the San Francisco and Los Angeles Jung Institutes. She has been a core faculty member at Pacifica for almost 20 years. Her main research interest is in the religious function of the psyche.


September Meeting w September 12, 2021 from 2-5 PM w

Modern Day Alchemy: Art Making and Transformation


Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT 

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When an image arrives in a dream or reverie, it is often covered in a veil of mystery.  It's vitally might be palpable, but its meaning is elusive.  To explore the image, we can follow the practices of the alchemist: Spend time with the image, observe its properties, experiment, listen, refine and observe, inside and out. In this way, that which has been sensed but not known can emerge into the light of awareness and be integrated into being, aiding the seeker the path of individuation.  

We will reflect on questions such as, “What is an image?”  “Why engage an image?” and “How might we engage with images?”  Matto-Shepard will present on the use and value of art making in psychological transformation based on material from her personal process, as well as works by her students.  Between didactic sections, participants will take time in brief creative practices for personal exploration.  Through attention to emotion, sensation, and reverie, the makers can work to birth and explore images. Matto-Shepard will present on the use and value of art making in psychological transformation based on material from her personal process, as well as works by her students.  

Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT, is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She has a private practice in Petaluma, CA, serving teens and adults, as well as offering Alchemical Art classes and workshops exploring image, archetype and the creative impulse in her Petaluma studio.


July Meeting w July 11, 2021 from 2-5 PM w 

The Mystical Exodus in Jungian Perspective: 

Transforming Trauma and the Wellsprings of Renewal 


Shoshana Fershtman, JD, PhD 


The Biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt is an archetypal map of healing from trauma and reconnecting with the sacred in the wake of catastrophic loss. Reflecting on this sacred story through the lens of kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and Jungian theory, we explore how the journey out of constricted consciousness created by trauma is transformed. We begin to move out of the state of exile, or the ego’s disconnection from the Self, as we are awakened through the eros of the Feminine, inviting us into a larger consciousness that includes the mythic imagination.

We will explore core kabbalistic teachings and reflect on the impact of collective trauma on the transmission of Jewish mythic imagination in our time. How do we begin to trust again after our faith has been shattered? The role of the Shekhinah, the Sacred Feminine, in kabbalah is central in transforming trauma through restoring our capacities for feeling and embodiment, creativity and trust. Feminine archetypes in the Exodus story will be highlighted. 

Shoshana Fershtman, JD, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and psychologist in Sonoma County, California. She is a member analyst and teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She served as core faculty at the Sonoma State University’s graduate program in Depth Psychology, and has offered workshops on Jewish mysticism, transgenerational trauma, and the Divine Feminine. She has studied Jewish mysticism for several decades. Her work as an attorney focused on environmental, social justice and indigenous rights. 

More information about the book is available here:

The Mystical Exodus in Jungian Perspective: Transforming Trauma and the Wellsprings of Renewal by Shoshana Fershtman


Previous Programs

June Meeting w June 13, 2021 from 2-5 PM w 

Sheltering Grief: Living through the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco


A Group Presentation with 
Analysts and Candidates from the SF Jung Institute

This presentation/discussion is part of a continuing dialogue begun two years ago when a group of analysts and candidates broke from their self-imposed isolation to discuss the experience of living through the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco in the 1980s. Many of us, then or soon to be, affiliated with the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco were impacted by the crisis. However, there has little recorded institutional narrative incorporating the memory of that time. Our experiences constitute some of the stories that have been omitted from the history of our institute. During the height of the epidemic, many of us found ourselves stranded in a reality that was beyond comprehension. An unconscious collusion of silence has led to a reluctance to put words to our anguish and perpetuated our felt invisibility. This group of seven has had the unexpected experience of creating our own narrative of long held grief and pain. A year ago, we began sharing that with the San Francisco Jung institute community. We view this presentation as a means to locate others who have felt similarly lost. At the same time, we are currently experiencing another trauma of cataclysmic proportions. For many of us, sheltering in place, has brought home the need to find safe shelter and expression of our collective grief, past and present

Michael BalaMFT, is an analyst member of the San Francisco C. G. Jung Institute and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Since the early 1980s, he has worked on AIDS in the community and in his therapy practice. Michael has taught depth psychology at San Francisco Bay Area colleges and universities. Michael has published in The Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, Cahiers Jungiens de Psychanalyse; and in Kudos magazine. 


Scott Carollo, MFTis an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is in private practice in San Francisco.  


QiRe Ching, LCSW, served as co-chair of the direct services committee of the Asian/Pacific Islander AIDS Coalition and was a founding board member of the Gay Asian/Pacific Alliance Community HIV Project, through which he facilitated a support group for Asian/Pacific Islander men with HIV. QiRe Ching is a analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco, and teaches in the candidate training program.


Claire Costello, RN, PhD
Claire provided home-based psychotherapy to men, their families, and their health care providers as
 they struggled to survive AIDS during the early AIDS San Francisco. She wrote her dissertation on Religion, Spirituality, and AIDS-Related Bereavement. Claire delivered several papers to the Jungian community in 2008 (IAAP and IAJS), 2012 (IAJS), and 2015 (CNASJA) around the themes of the early AIDS crisis as initiation into personal, collective, cultural and global individuation and the transformation of consciousness. Claire realizes that her relationships with her patients with AIDS evolved her being as nothing else. Claire is an adult and child analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, works in private practice, and with Kaiser Permanente, Marin Cardiology.


Paul Fishman, MD

Beginning in 1979 at the start of his medical training, Paul Fishman saw men becoming ill from what would a few years later briefly be known as GRID, Gay Related Immune Deficiency, and soon thereafter, as AIDS. Continuing through his psychiatry residency into private practice, he has worked with patients spanning the rainbow spectrum that is the Bay Area, including some who have died, some who are long term survivors, some who have recently sero-converted, and all others who, though not infected themselves, have been touched by the epidemic. At the start of his analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute in 1992, his brother-in-law succumbed, the lifesaving protease inhibitors finally coming online just a moment too late for Roy. Paul is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco where he consults to the candidate group process curriculum and serves on the certifying committee. He is in private practice in San Francisco, California and is director of mental health services at University of California Hastings College of the Law. 


Jeffrey Moulton Benevedes, PhD

Jeffrey Moulton Benevedes, PhD is a member analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and worked in AIDS patient care, research, service delivery, in San Francisco throughout the AIDS epidemic. He is the current Editor-in–Chief of the Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche. He maintains private practices and San Francisco and Palm Desert.


May Meeting w May 9, 2021 from 2-5 PM w 

Social Dreaming Matrix 2021


Barbara Holifield, MSW, and Margaret Skinner, MSW

The Social Dreaming Matrix reflects an archetypal process of being with dreams in community, historically used in indigenous communities, emerging in the psychoanalytic tradition during the rise of the Third Reich. Diverging from the common approach of understanding dreams as only pertaining to the inner life of the dreamer, the intention of a Social Dreaming Matrix is to bring attention to bear on the enormous effect of cultural and political forces on the individual and the collective. 

In the midst of the intense immediacy of these forces and the pressures they exert on the psyche, the Social Dreaming Matrix allows us to gain access to the creative, collective and cultural unconscious to that which is otherwise difficult to bring to language, to feel or to even think clearly about regarding the social context in which we live.


In this session dreams will be shared without interpretation. Dreamers will be invited to share the emotions, images and associations that arise for them. As a group our listening perspective will tune to hear how these give voice to our individual diversity, the group-as-a whole unfolding in the social context in which we live.

Barbara Holifield, MSW

Barbara Holifield, MSW, is a training analyst member of the San Francisco Jung Institute and an adjunct professor at The California Institute of Integral Studies. She works extensively with the psychophysiology of trauma and teaches Authentic Movement internationally. Her interest and writings explore the relationship of trauma, body, earth, self and our participation with the dream of the earth and have been published in The Jung JournalPsychological Perspectives, The Body in Psychotherapy and Authentic Movement: Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved.


Margaret Skinner MSW

Margaret Skinner, MSW, is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She works with adults and couples as well as offering consultation to therapists in her psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California. She has taught at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA and The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA. Margaret specializes in the treatment of many types of trauma and couples psychotherapy. Political activism has always been an important aspect of her work as well.


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TRANSFORMATIONS:  Nearing the End of Life:  Dreams and Visions

Phyllis Stowell, MA PhD

Nearing the end of life, there is an urgency to attend to what comes to us demanding attention, something we ignore at our peril. Transformations by way of a dialogue with multiple versions of the analyst and most powerful of all, with what comes from the Unconscious in synchronicities, dreams and visions describes when this process is recognized and submitted to.  It is similar to the creative process, in necessary focus and receptivity but very different in intention. What began for me as a dangerous, chaotic driven state in time resolved in a life-altering, sensuous, visionary experience.

Phyllis Stowell has an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State (University) and a PhD in Poetry and Depth Psychology from the Union Institute and University.  She is Professor Emerita from Saint Mary’s College and Founding Member of the SMC Master of Fine Arts. She is the former Chair of the Friends of the San Francisco Jung Institute.


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Jung Embodied: Active Imagination in Movement 
Tina Stromsted PhD

About this Event


“If we can reconcile ourselves to the mysterious truth that the spirit is the life of the body seen from within, and the body the outward manifestation of the life of the spirit— the two being really one— then we can understand why the striving to transcend the present level of consciousness through acceptance of the unconscious must give the body its due.”


Jung, C.G. (1928). ‘The spiritual problems of modern man’. CW 10, para. 195)

In our gathering, we'll explore inner-directed movement as a way to bridge the realms of conscious and unconscious, body and psyche, instinct and spirit, affect and image, memory and emergence. 

Our session begins with how Jung discovered Active Imagination, an overview of the four steps of this approach, and how to integrate our learnings into everyday life. We’ll explore how one of Jung’s early patients embodied this process and learn about other key pioneers in integrating the body in healing, including Mary Starks Whitehouse who pioneered the Authentic Movement approach. We discuss how dreams images, symbols, and body symptoms can be used as starting points for movement and explore different polarities in the body and the importance of recognizing “the Shadow." 


Tina will share an inspiring story about how Jungian Analyst and author, Marion Woodman, used natural movement and dream symbols to heal from her kidney disease and “addiction to perfection.” Then you’ll be guided through a brief exploration of active imagination in movement so you can gently dip into your inner world through your body, and see what you discover for yourself!


Through presentation, guided embodied exploration, drawing and reflection this workshop will explore dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the living body in analysis, healing, and transformation.


In preparation, I invite you to let a healing image come to mind - something comforting, warming, or sacred that’s meaningful for you – from a dream, from nature, or perhaps an object on your altar, or something from your daily life. Says Jung, “My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you - are you there? I have returned, I am here again.” Please join us as we welcome psyche’s body, working with the healing energies of the creative imagination in conscious embodiment. No experience in dance is necessary, only curiosity and openness to engage the unknown. 


Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., LMFT, LPCC, BC-DMT, RSME/T is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco where she teaches candidates, clinic interns, and Extended Education programs for the public. 


A Dance/ Movement therapist, Somatic psychotherapist and educator, she also teaches in the Depth Psychology & Somatics Doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and as a core faculty member for the Marion Woodman Foundation. 


Past co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute in California, she was a founding faculty member of the Women’s Spirituality Program, and faculty in the Somatic Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy departments at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and in the Somatics Psychology doctoral program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. 


With 40+ years of clinical experience in hospitals, community mental health, and in private practice, her numerous articles, webinars, and book chapters explore the integration of body, psyche, soul, relationship, community, and nature in healing and transformation. Dr. Stromsted lectures and teaches at universities and healing centers in many parts of the world. Her private practice for individual Jungian analysis, body-oriented/movement psychotherapy, and consultation is in San Francisco.


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Encountering the Trickster

David Richo, PhD, MFT

Lowly characters continually humble imperious ones. The trickster is the archetype of that comeuppance. We have certainly noticed in our own lives how persons and events keep coming along to depose our ego’s arrogance, to show us how little in control we really are, to strip us of our imaginary entitlements, to disrupt our best laid schemes. Such people and events are trickster visits to us, more assisting forces on our path. The trickster is the ego demolitions expert who helps us become more realistic about our psychological limitations and ultimately our spiritual limitlessness. He leads us to border crossings where we are tricked into finding our own wholeness. This is an energy within ourselves and within the universe that humbles us, topples our ego, upsets our plans, demonstrates to us how little our wishes matter, and dissolves the forms that no longer serve us though we may be clinging to them for dear life. Comfort and routine are the two sworn enemies of our lively energy, and the trickster battles these enemies on our behalf. His visits may feel like plagues but they can be positive when we work with them.

David Richo, PhD, MFTis a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in his work with the intention of integrating the psychological and the spiritual. His books and workshops include attention to Buddhist and Christian spiritual practices.


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Astrology, Dreams, and the Manifestation of Archetypes 

Greg Bogart, PhD, MFT

Greg will return to APC on November 15 to present material from his recent books—Dreamwork in Holistic Psychotherapy of Depression, and Astrology’s Higher Octaves: New Dimensions of a Healing Art. These books explore astrology and dreamwork as natural antidepressants whose uplifting influence is keenly needed during the present challenging times. 

C. G. Jung, in addition to pioneering archetypal and mythological interpretation of dreams, also extensively researched the astrological birthmap and used it as a diagnostic aid in clinical practice. Greg’s talk links these two interests and shows how we can consummate the marriage of astrology and depth psychology by joining the practices of dream analysis and chart interpretation. 


We’ll note how dream symbols reflect the symbolism of our natal and transiting planets, and how planetary symbolism illuminates deeper levels of meaning in dreams. Greg describes the healing effects of alignment with our natal chart structure, current planetary transits, and the direction revealed by the unconscious through dream images.


Both dreams and astrological symbols deliver momentous and truthful messages that show us clear steps forward for transformations at crucial transitions.


Within the workshop’s time constraints, a few participants will have the opportunity to briefly share a dream along with their natal chart and transits. Please bring a copy of a recent dream and your natal chart, if you have one. The presenter can also easily cast and display a chart for you during the workshop. 


Greg Bogart, PhD., MFT, is a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area and has taught and practiced astrology professionally for 40 years. Currently he is a lecturer in psychology at Sonoma State University, where he teaches courses on depth psychology, Jungian dreamwork, mythology, and the psychology of yoga. Previously he taught in the Counseling Psychology, East-West Psychology, and Community Mental Health programs at California Institute of Integral Studies, at John F. Kennedy University, and Dominican University. His other books include Dreamwork and Self-HealingAstrology and Spiritual AwakeningPlanets in Therapy: Predictive Technique and the Art of CounselingIn the Company of Sages; and Astrology and Meditation: The Fearless Contemplation of ChangeYou can contact Greg at 510-594-4329.

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September 2020 Meeting

Vocational Dreams and Synchronistic Phenomena
Steven Herrman, PhD, MFT

What are vocational dreams? Who has had a vocational dream? Probably everyone in Jungian analysis, or who has studied Jung deeply enough, has had a vocational dream of some kind or another, whether one is aware of it or not. Vocational dreams serve a pragmatic function of clarification in the domain of practical career decision making or confirmation of a life’s calling. Steven will be speaking about how dreams can become part of your psychophysical experience, your actual vocational reality. He will draw upon ideas from Jungian psychology and will focus particularly on C. G. Jung’s theory of synchronicity. When one taps into a vocational dream at a deep enough level it can touch a corresponding chord in the transpersonal psyche, and when this happens, it may sometimes create a reshuffling of environmental events where things may begin to happen that are beyond probability and constellate instances of meaningful chance, or acausal coincidence.

Synchronicity is an acausal connecting principle in the universe that provides empirical evidence that there is a hidden correspondence between deep, underlying archetypal nuclei in the psyche and outer events that just happen to us and are sometimes baffling. They can startle us and leave us with a feeling of something numinous, something that leaves one feeling like there is a sense of the holy present, within and without. Jung used the term “numinous” during his seventh and last trip to the United States in his lectures on “Psychology and Religion” at Yale University in 1937 to clarify what he meant by religious experience. The presenter will offer various techniques for accessing the vocational archetype in the human psyche. 


Steven Herrmann, PhD, MFT, is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of six books, over forty papers and several book chapters. Vocational dreams is a subject that has been very close to the presenter’s personal and professional interests for over forty years. He started studying vocational dreams by coincidence. When studying for his BA degree in “Depth Psychology and Religion” at U.C. Santa Cruz during the 1980-1982 school term, Steven taught Jung’s theories of dream interpretation to students who were in the process of trying to see if they could confirm their vocations through their dream life. The aim of the course “Birth of a Poet” was to look at dreams over time and see if the student could verify his or her vocation by examining calling symbols in their dream journals. The class was taught by the poet-in-residence, William Everson and Steven served as the poet’s TA. Steven taught for Bill and later they continued to deepen their conversations about the subject of vocation. These conversations became the transcript for the book Steven co-authored with Bill: William Everson: The Shaman’s Call. Steven has a private practice in Montclair, Oakland, where he sees children, adolescents, couples, and adults.


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Encountering the Other:  The White Shadow


Karen Naifeh, Ph.D.

How do we who identify as White and unconsciously express attitudes, writings, actions that are offensive to the Other? There are embedded forms of racism and thereby oppression that members of the dominant group learn not to see, to keep in the shadows. What forces keep unconscious racial bias alive and active in our societies? One answer lies in a culture’s shadow. 


This presentation will utilize writings of Jung, and post-Jungians such as Kimbles, Singer, and Brewster, as well as examples from philosophy, relational psychoanalysis, film and literature that depict culture’s shadow. The relationship of culture’s shadow to Jung’s “geology” of the personality as diagrammed in one of his 1925 lectures will be explored, and the connection of culture’s shadow to archetypal evil and to the formation of negative cultural complexes. These explorations are directed toward new ways of understanding the creation and maintenance of the sense of Other in the psyche, furthering the work of bringing culture’s shadow into consciousness.   


Karen Naifeh, Ph.D., is the other co-chair of the ad hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity and an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She holds doctorate degrees in medical physiology and in clinical psychology. She teaches candidates in the GCJISF's analytic training program and clinic internship program, and supervises doctoral interns in the Institute Clinic. She is a clinical supervisor at the Women's Therapy Center in Berkeley.


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Home and Soul:  The Yellow Brick Road


Robin Eve Greenberg, MA, MFT

Robin Eve Greenberg will explore the complexity of home, how it relates to the body and the imagination, and is a developmental and archetypal journey. Home is a place where one lives, yet home is also a feeling inside, a yearning, and remembrance. It is something to grow into and grow out of. It is an experience of exile and refuge, of coming apart and reorganization. Home is found in relationship to somatic awareness, to inner listening, and to improvisation. Home is imagery, an oneiric dream. Homelessness and the refugee, personal and cultural walls to keep out danger, and opening doors for sanctuary, are part of the rich landscape related to homecoming, hope, and the longing to belong. Home lives in the natural surround and in the personal, cultural, and collective unconscious. Home is a multiplicity of meanings, and has inner and outer architecture. The subject of home will be contemplated through imagery, lecture, discussion, and experiences of active imagination. Creativity and Jung’s process of engaging with the unconscious, "active imagination"—opening to the unconscious and actively engaging with what comes up—is a journey home, with a capital H, and is an experience of soul-making.

Robin Eve GreenbergMA, MFT, is a Jungian analyst and member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She holds a master of arts in dance and a master of arts in psychology with a specialization in somatic psychology. Robin teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects related to the art of psychotherapy, creativity, and opening to the imagination. She is an adjunct faculty professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and at John F. Kennedy University, and is an associate editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. Robin has a private practice with offices in San Francisco and Kensington, California. Website:


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Earth Angel and the Tohu Bohu


Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, PhD

At times I feel as if I am spread out all over the landscape…and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons." - C.G. Jung


Earth is our Home, our Mother, our Rock of Ages, our Tree of Life, our Beloved—the source of all of our blessings. She holds us in our dwellings, shapes us through the places we love. We shape Her with our maker’s hands, our tool–making human nature. We farm, garden, weed, prune. 


But in our restless quest for new worlds and treasure we exploit and abuse our Earth—pave over Her fertile soil, clear cut Her habitat, destroy Her diversity of species, remove Her mountain tops, mine Her sacred underworlds, slaughter her whales and her elephants. Our erotic relationship with Earth has been severed. We forget She is alive, forget She has a soul. We’ve turned Her into a fury. Weather is Her language. She bellows at us in hurricanes, blizzards, warming oceans, melting glaciers, drought, fires. She is the Angel bearing terrible tidings.


This presentation is an updated version of the final chapter of Lowinsky’s book, The Rabbi, the Goddess and Jung. She will speak—in stories and poems, enhanced by images and music—of her own struggle to respond to Earth Angel and the Tohu Bohu. A dream guides her, as does a walk in the woods.


Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, PhD, is an analyst member of the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute, a frequent contributor to and poetry editor of Psychological Perspectives, and the author of The The Rabbi, the Goddess and Jung. She is a widely published poet and winner of the Blue Light Poetry Contest.


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The Power of Coincidence on the Spiritual Path


David Richo, PhD, MFT and Brother Jude Hill, SSF, PhD, IAAP 

A series of unusual events or a combination of similar happenings may not be mere coincidence. Synchronicity is the meaningful coincidence or connection of events that can set the course of our life. They can guide us, warn us, and confirm us on our life’s path. Drawing on Jung’s concept of synchronicity—and combining insights from psychology and Buddhism—we explore how synchronicity, i.e., meaningful coincidences operate in our daily lives, in our intimate relationships, and in our creative endeavors. 

Based on Dave’s book: The Power of Coincidence (Shambhala).

David Richo, PhD, MFT, is a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in his work with the intention of integrating the psychological and the spiritual. His books and workshops include attention to Buddhist and Christian spiritual practices.

Brother Jude Hill, SSF, PhD, IAAP has been an Episcopal Franciscan Friar in England and the United States for almost 40 years. He trained as an analyst in London with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists founded by Baroness Vera von der Heydt who was his tutor. He is an Associate Priest at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King in San Francisco and combines Analytical Psychology and Spirituality in his work as a priest, spiritual director and retreat conductor. 


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Transpersonal Psychology/Psychiatry Through the Lens of Huichol Shamanism
Bruce Scotton, MD

Dr. Scotton will explain the general theoretical framework and discoveries of transpersonal psychology and psychiatry. He will then look into the world and healing as lived and taught by the Huichol People of Southern Mexico.

Bruce Scotton M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst in private practice in San Francisco and Corte Madera for over forty years. he has held a number of positions such as Inpatient Unit Psychiatrist at UCSF, Psychiatric Director of a halfway house in the city, Psychiatric Consultant for St. Mary’s Spine Center, and contract psychiatrist for California Department of Corrections. He has been interested in the connection of cultures and their spirituality to psychiatry and mental health since childhood when he was fortunate to have connections with Pueblo people through his grandparents in Albuquerque and working in a hospital in Liberia.  He studied Hinduism and Buddhism for about twenty years, joining and learning from a few groups in both religions.  Constantly looking for the right teacher he met the Dalai Lama, Swami Muktananda, Swami Atmananda, Thaungpulu Sayadaw, Tashi Gyaltsen, Mother Teresa, Eknath Eswaren, Krishnamurti, Rabbi Zalman Schachter, Bishop James Pike and others but none was right.  Then he was amazingly fortunate to cross paths with a sister-brother pair of traditional Wirarika medicine people, Jaichima and Rutury.  He has studied with them now for nearly 30 years.  

Anniversary Celebration

Special Guests! Good food and readings from our archives!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Jung Institute of San Francisco

2040 Gough Street

San Francisco, CA 94109


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Robert Tyminski

“A Discussion of Male Alienation from a Contemporary Jungian Perspective”

Dr. Tyminski will speak about various forms of male alienation that are seen clinically and culturally. One of the main areas for this to appear is in cyberspace, often through violent video games, but also in social media, cyberbullying, and extremist websites. Our discussion will highlight the risks of too much screen usage, and it will amplify an archetypal element of extreme male alienation that becomes preoccupied with destructive fantasies, frequently with apocalyptic themes. We will address how Jung's anima/animus theory squares with contemporary gender theories. This talk will refer to Dr. Tyminski's new book Male Alienation at the Crossroads of Identity, Culture and Cyberspace.


Robert Tyminski is an adult and child analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a past President (2014-16). He teaches in the Institute’s analytic training program, and he has taught at Pacifica Graduate School and at UCSF. He discusses some of his work with immigrants and refugees in his new book, just published by Routledge, Male Alienation at the Crossroads of Identity, Culture and Cyberspace. His previous book The Psychology of Theft and Loss: Stolen and Fleecedcame out in 2014. He is a 2016 winner of the Michael Fordham Prize from the Journal of Analytical Psychology.


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The Mystery Rites of Dionysos


Frances Hatfield

Artifacts of rites and symbols belonging to the god Dionysos extend back into the sixth millennium BCE, and forward into the first centuries of the current era. Evidence suggests that his worship was entwined with that of the primordial Great Goddess, and many ancient writers testified to the close correspondence between Dionysian mysteries and those of the Egyptian Osiris. Well into classical times and beyond, his rites promised to teach initiates that death was not a curse but a blessing.  In this presentation we will explore these connections and others in their relevance for understanding our own processes of initiation and individuation, in which we approach functional immortality by means of our conscious suffering, experiences of ecstasy, and personal encounter with the Divine. 

Frances Hatfield, PhD, LMFT, is a poet and an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she has taught in the Training and Extended Education Programs. She also teaches "Poetry Alchemy" with poet Joan Logghe at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Her first book of poems, Rudiments of Flight, won the 2014 Gradiva Award for Poetry from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She has a private practice in Santa Cruz.  


wSeptember 2019 Meetingw

Goddesses in Pre- and Post- Patriarchal Culture


C. Shoshana Rosenblum Fershtman


We live in a time where patriarchal assumptions are being challenged and new perspectives are emerging. Core assumptions of patriarchy are based on a denial of earlier histories in which Goddesses and other feminine archetypes were at the center of culture, and women were leaders. 


Two of the core traditions upon which western civilization and patriarchy are based are the Judeo-Christian and the Greco-Roman. In this program, we will explore the Goddesses that were strongly present in the pre-patriarchal phases of these traditions. The program will draw on perspectives from Jungian theorists including Erich Neumann, Esther Harding, Christine Downing and Anne Baring and Jules Cashford, mythologist Robert Graves, as well as on the groundbreaking (literally!) anthropological work of Marija Gimbutas and Raphael Patai’s work on the Hebrew Goddess.


Dr. Shoshana Fershtman will also share personal insights and images gathered from recent trips to Greece, Eleusis, and the Minoan archeological sites in Crete and Santorini.


We will also explore how engaging with Goddesses and other archetypes of feminine wisdom invite us to explore our own internalized concepts of gender and to reimagine new possibilities in our own lives and for succeeding generations.


C. Shoshana Rosenblum Fershtman, JD, PhDis a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Rosa, California and an advanced candidate in the analyst training program at the CG Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a member of the core faculty at Sonoma State’s Masters in Depth Psychology program. She received her AB in History from UC Berkeley, her JD from UCLA Law School, and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Imaginal Studies in Petaluma, where she subsequently served as a member of the core faculty. In her earlier work as an attorney, she advocated on behalf of Native American tribes, and environmental and social justice activists. She has recently completed a book that integrates themes of intergenerational trauma and healing, Jewish mysticism and the Divine Feminine.

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June Meeting

Annual APC-SF Picnic 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Unexpected Pieces of our Hearts: How Synchronicity Shapes the Stories of our Families


Robert H. Hopcke, LMFT

Jung's concept of synchronicity or meaningful chance is one of his most engaging and familiar. In this lecture, Rob Hopcke will be presenting the four aspects of synchronistic events that make up Jung's thoughts on this phenomena in order to place this notion within the overall context of Jung's theories on analytical psychology.  Using his own recent research on synchronistic events within family and love relationships specifically, Rob will be using these stories to show how synchronicity operates through the archetype of "family" unconsciously to create wholeness in our lives through what seems at first to us like random chance.

Robert H. Hopcke has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Berkeley, California since 1986.  Along with his numerous articles and reviews published throughout the world, he is the author of the national best-seller, There Are No Accidents:  Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives, which has been translated into over a dozen languages, most recently followed by his latest work, There are No Accidents in Love:  Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Families.  He has lectured and run workshops around the country on the concept of meaningful coincidence for the past two decades, has appeared on Strange Universe and The Other Side, along with numerous other TV and radio interviews on the topic, and most recently he was featured in David Strabala's documentary film, What is Synchronicity? released two years ago.

Beyond his work in the field of synchronicity, Rob's other writings include some now standard scholarly reference works within the field of analytical psychology, including Jung, Jungians and HomosexualityMen's Dreams, Men's HealingA Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung; and The Persona:  Where Sacred Meets Profane, and for a number of years he taught on the faculty of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, now Sofia University, in Palo Alto, California, in the areas of Jungian psychology, human sexuality and spiritual direction.  

Copies of There are No Accidents in Love:  Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Families and Robert's other books will be available for purchase.


May Meeting w Special Event

The View from Roma: Contemporary Observations 
on Matriarchal Consciousness

John Beebe, MD and Francis Lu, MD

Saturday, May 11, 2019

View from Roma: Contemporary Observations on Matriarchal Consciousness with John Beebe, MD and Francis Lu, MD

*Includes a full-length viewing of the film Roma.*

From the beginning of his career, Alfonso Cuarón has distinguished himself as a director of cinema by his astonishing ability to place people and telling images of their situations on the canvas of the wide screen. There is probably no filmmaker alive who has a more unerring knack for composing individual shots and then creating movement within them so that the story is told from inside the situation rather than in a logocentric way that privileges cause and effect, motivation and consequence. Cuarón has specialized in letting meaning emerge from image. 

Roma is an autobiographical film. The title refers to the district of Mexico City where Cuaróngrew up in a dysfunctional family struggling to keep its emotional head above water, saved by the steady matriarchal presence of their Mixtecan maid. The watchful eye of Cleo, the domestic worker, becomes the consciousness that informs Cuaron’s camera in this, his masterpiece to date. The film won him three 2018 Academy Awards, for direction and for cinematography, as well as receiving the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Viewed from the standpoint of analytical psychology, Roma give us a chance to see what Erich Neumann first called “matriarchal consciousness” in action. This aspect of the feminine is not the Great Mother of the unconscious, nor the compensatory mother complex of the neurotic adult unconsciously reacting to the abandonment of the psyche by patriarchy. Matriarchal consciousness is, rather, a true alternative to patriarchal consciousness, one equally capable of individuation, that is, of evolving its own insights and learning how to navigate psychological reality with holistic vision. This consciousness has the psychological integrity to consider the needs of the whole and the instinctive agency to act upon what it knows. 

In this daylong presentation, Dr. Beebe and Dr. Lu hope to foster our own mindful viewing of Cuarón’s new classic, so that the shared experience of watching can become a collective meditation on contemporary prospects for the soul in a world increasingly one-sided and abandoned to its fate. To enable us to see Roma as Cuarón intended, we will show the film in its entirety on 4K Blu-ray video projection and 5.1 sound equipment brought by Dr. Lu.

Dr. John Beebe is a Jungian analyst and past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. His books include Integrity in Depth and Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type: The reservoir of consciousness. He is co-author, with Virginia Apperson, of The Presence of the Feminine in Film.

Dr. Francis Lu is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at UC Davis. Since 1987 he has led 35 seminars at Esalen exploring film and the transpersonal. 


wApril 2019 Meetingw

Emma Maria Jung-Rauschenbach: Case Study of the Wise Old Woman Spirit 


Susan K. Faron, Ph.D. Diplomate Jungian Analyst 

In Civilization in Transition, Jung writes:


...but today religion leads back to the Middle Ages, back

to that soul-destroying unrelatedness from which came all the fearful barbarities of war. 

Too much soul is reserved for God, too little for man.


But God himself cannot flourish if a man’s soul is starved. The feminine psyche responds to this hunger, for

 it is the function of Eros to unite what Logos has sundered.

                                                                                                                                                            (Jung, C.G., 1970, CW 10, para. 275, p. 132-133)


From Susan K. Faron, P.h.D.:

My study is about Jung’s and von Franz's writings about the archetype of the Wise Old Man and how it led to my discovery of the Wise Old Woman spirit. 


Arising out of our human development, the Wise Old Woman spirit is a wisdom figure and divine feminine critically needed in today's world.  It is noteworthy, that the feminine resides in men, as well, and is just as much significance to them as it is for women.


Perhaps she can be thought of as the feminine in both women and men at last having a “metaphysical representation in the Christian God-image,” of which Jung speaks. Thus, this exploration is of a spiritual nature and can be thought of as a response to Jung’s own question:  “Are we related to the Infinite or not?”  Emma Jung, C.G. Jung’s wife, serves as an example of a woman whose life reveals the presence of the Wise Old Woman spirit—we might say, her life offers quintessential expressions of the Wise Old Woman spirit.


Susan K. Faron is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst, completing her training in 2017 at the Research and Training Centre in Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. The heart of her training at the Centre was the discovery and exploration of the Wise Old Woman spirit and is born out of classical Jungian thought.  


Since the mid-nineties in particular, multiple appearances of the Wise Old Woman spirit occurred in her dreams, while the outer world grew increasingly violent.  By the time Dr. Faron began training in Switzerland in 2007, dreams and visions directed her to the Wise Old Woman spirit, which, in turn led to an interview with Andreas Jung, one of C.G. and Emma Jung’s grandsons. 

Dr. Faron holds a deep passion for Jungian psychology and feels that her own development serves as the best foundation for doing psychotherapy with others. She presented her dissertation, The Impact of the Professional Socialization Process on Clinical Psychology Graduate Students' Perceptions of Their Parents, at the California State Psychological Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.  Dr. Faron also presented, The Rose:  Interpretation of a Fairy Tale,at the San Francisco Analytical Psychology Club in 2012 and has taught at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP-Berkeley) and Chapman University. Currently, she is working with an editor in preparation for a book on the Wise Old Woman spirit.


wMarch 2019 Meetingw

The Wise Old Woman Spirit: Help as a Partnership 


Susan K. Faron, Ph.D. Diplomate Jungian Analyst 

Meetings are free for members. A door donation of $10 is suggested for guests.


wFebruary 2019 Meetingw

Jung, Astrology, and Dreams: An Experiential Workshop 

Greg Bogart, Ph.D. LMFT.

C. G. Jung was an avid astrologer who cast a birth chart for many of his patients, in addition to analyzing their dreams. He approached astrology as a mythological language, where the planets symbolize the central archetypes, timeless patterns of transformation that are also portrayed in dream images, characters, and narratives. This presentation will explore how astrology allows us to recognize, and anticipate, the appearance of specific archetypes in dreams and daily life. We will consider how dreams and astrology are both expressions of the unconscious that can guide and influence our emotional, relational, vocational, and spiritual evolution. We will experience how dreams reflect the symbolism of natal and transiting planets, and how astrological symbols irradiate dreams with deeper levels of meaning. Decoding the messages of dreams and planetary symbols together intensifies our emotional life, spotlights current tasks, and awakens creative energies within us. Participants are invited to bring a typed version of a recent dream, preferably one that is not too long, and a copy of their natal chart. It is also possible for the presenter to quickly cast a natal chart based on the date, time, and place of birth. We will spend the afternoon engaged in some lively process work examining the connection between planetary archetypes and dream imagery and narratives.

Greg Bogart, Ph.D. LMFT, is in private practice in Berkeley and teaches in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University, where he teaches courses on Myth, Dream & Symbol, Psychology of Yoga, Transitions in Adult Development, and Depth-Oriented Psychotherapies.  His books Dreamwork and Self-Healing and Dreamwork in Holistic Psychotherapy of Depression (both published by Routledge) document the clinical efficacy of Jungian dream analysis. He is also the author of Astrology and Spiritual Awakening; Planets in Therapy: Predictive Technique and the Art of Counseling; and In The Company of Sages. 

You can contact Greg at 510-594-4329, Websites:, and



wJanuary 2019 Meetingw


Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco Annual Holiday Party

Please bring your favorite sweet or savory treats to share.

In addition to the festivities, we will also be holding the election of APC officers for the 2019 year.

We look forward to seeing you – old-timers and newcomers alike!


November 2018 Meeting

The Shadow and Integrating our Spiritual and Psychological Work


David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.

We all contain creative qualities and powers that we have kept hidden out of fear and self-doubt. Our Shadow includes all that we abhor about ourselves and all the wonderful attributes that we have disavowed or denied. We project the negativities onto others as strong dislike. We project our own positive potential onto others as awe and admiration. We do not have to keep projecting our own powers onto others but can reclaim them and use them mindfully and imaginatively. Then foes become allies; dark angles become archways of light. We learn to hold ourselves with loving-kindness. We learn to act lovingly toward others whose dark sides may be disturbing us. We learn to work through fears and projections. 

David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader. He teaches at a variety of places including Esalen and Spirit Rock Buddhist Center. He shares his time between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California. Dave combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work. His book is Shadow Dance (Shambhala, 1999). The website for books, CD’s, and events is 


.The Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco and herchurch present:

Mary Magdalene: Archetype of Every Woman


Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D. 

Using Toni Wolff's influential framework, participants will explore the image of Mary Magdalene across the centuries through artwork, music and story as she encompasses the totality of the human journey into spiritual and psychological awakening. 

Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., is a passionate scholar: a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning.  A faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Kayleen also teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University.  Educated at Smith College, Mills College, the San Francisco Conservatory, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of California, Kayleen wrote her Ph.D dissertation on Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art and Culture. Kayleen has been a guest presenter and lecturer on Mary Magdalene at Oxford University in England, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology Conference in Italy, the Houston Jung Institute, Chartres Cathedral in France, Grace Cathedral, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Chapman University and the San Francisco Opera. The Creative Director and Resident Mythologist for the Mythica Foundation for Education, Contemplation and the Arts, Kayleen leads workshops and retreats throughout the country and offers a pilgrimage to sacred sites in Europe every year.


The Importance of Anima Mundi in the World Today:
Psychology and Alchemy


Stacy Hassen, Ph.D. 

Alchemy of the Soul. Celebrating the evolving mystery of the inner life and steeped in the depths of the alchemical tradition, the essence of our being transforms like seeds within the earth. Drawing upon the ancient tradition of Alchemy, this talk will explore the catalyst, process and the matter that awakens the individual and World Soul. 

Stacy Hassen received her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA in 2009 with her dissertation: The Alchemy of Re-finding the Light in the World Soul. Curator of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, Stacy teaches for the C. G. Jung Institute, gives presentations and talks on ARAS, The Book of Symbols, and Alchemy.



Jung’s Apprentice – Remembering my Father


Diana Baynes Jansen

About the Speaker

Diana Baynes Jansen, a Jungian-oriented analytical psychotherapist and Sandplgy Therapist with a practice in the North of England. She is the author of Jung’s Apprentice, a biography of her father Helton Godwin Baynes. Also known as Peter Baynes, met Jung in the 1920’s and studied and worked with him. He became his chief assistant in Zurich and accompanied Jung on his journey to Africa in 1925 and was significant in the early world of Analytical Psychology. Peter was instrumental in the establishment of Analytical Psychology in London and the United Kingdom. He died in 1943. 

Her book, Jung’s Apprentice:  A Biography of Helton Godwin Baynes includes previously unpublished correspondence between Baynes and Jung as well as extracts from Baynes’ journal while in analysis with Jung.    

Diana Baynes Jansen is the youngest of Baynes’ six children and the child of Peter Baynes's later years.  It has been her life-long quest to get to know the father who has profoundly affected her life and who died when was only six years old.  


"Artwork and the Unconscious: Jung and Art 
Brother Jude Hill, SSF, PhD, IAAP"

Jung and Art
While spending a semester at the Jung Institute Zurich, I was privileged to help archive a vast quantity of paintings produced by Jung and by his patients that were to go into a city bank for safety. I came to realize how important art was to Jung and to his work with his patients. In my own analytical practice, I have always encouraged people to contact the deeper artistic side of the psyche to help unfold their own personal myth and relationship to the Self.

Experiential Workshop
In this workshop I plan to say a little about Jung’s thoughts on Art, as well as reflect on our own projections onto a painting and what they can reveal to us. For this we will see a collection of pictures produced by a nun in analysis. Each participants will also engage in the process by producing a picture in the workshop and have time to reflect on their own experience. 

Brother Jude Hill, SSF, PhD, IAAP has been an Episcopal Franciscan Friar in England and the United States for almost 40 years. He trained as an analyst in London with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists founded by Baroness Vera von der Heydt who was his tutor. He is an Associate Priest at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King in San Francisco and combines Analytical Psychology and Spirituality in his work as a priest, spiritual director and retreat conductor.


"Meditative Practice as a Pathway in Active Imagination" 
Carolyn Grassi

Meditative Practice as a Pathway in Active Imagination with Carolyn Grassi.

During our time together, I’ll outline a meditative process of responding via writing as an example of a pathway in active imagination. Mention will be made of artists, mystics, educators who responded meditatively to the “Spirit,” the inner voice, the unconscious or higher Self. I’ll briefly refer to the following “practitioners”, whom in my view as meditative examples, can offer you encouragement: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Caravaggio, Donatello, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Simone de Beauvoir and John Dewey. Each is uniquely individual, while sharing a deep connection. 

We will have time for a simple writing exercise as a way of learning the structure of meditative responding. Such is offered as a guide or tool for a simple meditative practice. Please bring a photo, painting or poem of personal significance and a pen and paper.

Carolyn Grassi has practiced Ignatian and Zen meditation. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College (CUNY) and of San Jose State University M.A. and M.P.A./thesis: “Individual Freedom in Hegel’s Philosophy”. After teaching in California Community colleges, she turned full-time to poetry. Carolyn studied with Robert Hass, Galway Kinnell, Robert Bly, Louise Clifton. Her poetry books are: “Journey To Chartres”, “Transparencies”, “Heart and Soul”, and with her late husband, Biblical scholar Joseph Grassi, “Mary Magdalene and the Women in Jesus’s Life.” She leads creative writing workshops. In 1991 she offered a weekend on “Brunnhilde of Wagner’s “Ring” for the SF Jung Institute.


Psychedelic Experience Without Drugs
Jim Eyerman, MD, DLFAPA, Integrative Holistic Psychiatry

There will be a short presentation on the range of psychedelic/mystical/mythopoetic/Archetypal experiences. A short experiential session will follow the talk and then we will share and discuss the experiences.

Jim’s background in his own words: “My introduction to non-ordinary states of consciousness and transpersonal psychology began with a Near Death Experience at age 16 when my Karmann Ghia convertible hit an oil slick and flipped onto its roof. In college, as a member of the SDS, I was attracted to the beat poet, turned Trappist monk, turned war resister, Thomas Merton. Merton sent me a note — “READ JUNG AND LEARN TO MEDITATE." While in medical school in 1970, I was doing research at Massachusetts General Hospital on artificial intelligence (AI) simulations of psychiatric disorders; a lab friend gave me Stan Grof's LSD psychotherapy papers. They provided a Western framework for the non-dual experiences I was having while reading Krishnamurti’s The Only Revolution. Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, psychopharmacology, and Holotropic Breathwork have remained my lifetime focus.”


wNovember 2017 Meetingw

Destined Meetings: Synchronicity and Archetypal Meaning in Therapy
Yvonne Smith Klitsner, PhD, MFT

The commonly experienced striking biographical parallels and uncannily shared dreams and images that occur in therapy are increasingly recognized as playing a potent role in the clinical process. These synchronicities with the seemingly random coming together of a patient with a therapist can help to constellate a numinous container for healing and transformation in both therapist and patient. One of the most remarkable categories of synchronicities in the clinical context comprises astrological factors—in particular, shared natal aspects, mutual connections between natal planets, interpersonally relevant transits, and significant correlations involving the chart of the first session. Case examples and astrological chart comparisons will be presented with both psychological and astrological analysis. Please join this discussion of the archetypal dynamics informing the therapeutic relationship and process.

Yvonne Smith Klitsner, PhD, MFT, is an advanced analytic candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She practices in San Francisco and Marin County, CA with both adults and couples. Yvonne has presented her integration of psychotherapy and astrology at several conferences including the" North-South Conference of Jungian Analysts and Candidates" and "Synchronicity, Matter and Psyche".


wOctober 2017 Meetingw

The Power of Metaphor to Connect with the Divine and Unlock Creative Genius
Kim Hermanson, PhD

Many of us make decisions and navigate through the world in a pre-verbal, metaphoric way. Whether it’s a career path, a place to live or a decision about who to marry, we will choose the one that “feels right”—the career that feels inspiring and expansive, the house that feels lighter, the person who brightens our spirits. These decisions were made through our body’s ability to metaphorically connect with universal creative energies that are much wiser than we are. Yet metaphor continues to be fundamentally misunderstood as a linguistic device. Metaphor is much, much more than that. At a deep level, metaphor shifts our vibratory energy, alters how we perceive the world, and aligns us with deep soul wisdom. Deeply working with metaphor is a direct path to mystical experience and connection with the Divine. Metaphor opens a potent way of knowing that we haven’t had access to in our culture.

Kim Hermanson, PhD is an author and transformative coach known for her skill in quickly shifting people out of spiritual and psychological difficulties into a place of profound beauty, healing and creative flow. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and has taught at University of California Berkeley, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and Esalen Institute. She is the author of Getting Messy: Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination and Sky’s the Limit: The Art of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey. In addition to her own publications, she has co-authored book chapters and articles with New York Time bestselling author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and other books.


wSeptember 2017 Meetingw

Working with Dreams in an Era of Increasing Anxiety

a Presentation with

Laura St. Claire

Whenever anyone shares a dream, those of us who are privileged to hear it have no choice but to imagine our own versions of the dreamer's original narrative. For this reason alone, all work exploring dreams is projective, whether or not the people involved acknowledge this consciously. Currently, we are all plunged into a collective situation that is unprecedented, and for that reason, among others, is an invitation to increasing anxiety and uncertainty. We will gather to discuss our dreams remembered from sleep with particular attention to the collective, archetypal, transpersonal energy patterns that help shape our dreams, as well as our waking lives.

Laura St. Claire is a certified as a Dream Worker through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream work (MIPD) by Dr. Jeremy Taylor, and a member of the Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). She has completed the On-Line Facilitator training for the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), and served as a Unity Prayer Chaplin for three years. Like Charles Fillmore (one of the founders of the Unity Church), Laura believe dreams come from our own Department of Inner Vision. As a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University's Holistic Studies program, Laura has spread the word about the benefits, problem-solving and stress manageme nt tools dreams bring to our life. For over ten years, she has enjoyed working with people and groups of ages, from age four to eighty-plus! In addition, Laura has studied Dream Tending with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, and Active Dreaming with Robert Moss. Laura also brings a love for and experience with Improv Theater to dream work. Dreams and Improv stay alive in the present tense. Dreams offer many creative actions one can take to bring dreams to waking life.


Laura St.Claire can be found at:


June 2017 Annual Picnic and Meeting

The Orphan: Alone Yet at One with Oneself in the World

Audrey Punnett, PhD

     This presentation is based on Dr. Audrey Punnett’s book (2014), The Orphan: A Journey Towards WholenessThe lecture will focus on the experience of being alone and being at one with oneself in the world.  The journey toward wholeness is accomplished by paying attention to the archetypal images that come to us through dreams, active imagination and making time for imagining.  Dr. Punnett will use excerpts from her book to illustrate the connection between psyche and spirit through the archetypal image of the orphan. 

     Audrey Punnett, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, and holds diplomas in child, adolescent and adult analysis from the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich. She is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco where she is past chair of the Infant, Child & Adolescent Training Committee (iCAT). Dr. Punnett is a registered play therapist, supervisor (RPT-S) and teaching member (CST-T) of Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) and International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). She is the past president of the board of trustees of STA. Dr. Punnett has published in peer-reviewed Journals and she teaches nationally and internationally.  Her book, The Orphan: A Journey Towards Wholeness was published by Fisher King Press (  An edited volume, Jungian Child Analysis, will be published this fall.  Dr. Punnett is an Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF-Fresno, Department of Psychiatry, and maintains a private practice in Fresno, California.


April 2017 Meeting

at the APC-SF Library
2411 Octavia Street #1
San Francisco, CA 94109

(Located near the south corner of Broadway and Octavia Street)

Active Imagination, Shamanic Journeying and Ally Work


Carol McRae, Jungian Analyst

Carol will give a description of active imagination and shamanic journeying and the specific development within the overlap of these two realms of Ally Work, a form of journeying-active imagination described in a book by Denver Jungian Analyst Jeff Raff, “The Practice of Ally Work”.  Carol will lead the group in several experiential exercises to give the group an experience of this work.  Carol will drum as the group journeys.  The group will pay attention to how each individual prepares for the journey and what the various experiences are in it to give a sense of the variety possible in this form of active imagination and its deep connection to the wisdom of our souls


Carol McRae is a Jungian Analyst with the Jung Institute of San Francisco and in private practice in San Francisco and Fairfax.  She teaches in the public and public professional programs as well as for the interns and candidates at the Institute.  Her teaching usually centers around Ally work, active imagination, non-rational modes of work in analysis and shamanic and Jungian overlaps with each other.  She also is part of a group of analysts teaching Jungian perspectives on environmental concerns and climate change.  She is and has been on many of the committees at the Institute.  At present she is Chair of Admissions for the candidate training program. 


wMarch 2017 Meetingw

at the APC-SF Library
2411 Octavia Street #1
San Francisco, CA 94109

(Located near the south corner of Broadway and Octavia Street)

The Mystery Rites of Dionysus


Frances Hatfield, PhD, LMFT

Artifacts of rites and symbols belonging to the god Dionysus extend back into the sixth millennium BCE, and forward into the first centuries of the current era. Evidence suggests that his worship was entwined with that of the primordial Great Goddess, and many ancient writers testified to the close correspondence between Dionysian mysteries and those of the Egyptian Osiris. Well into classical times and beyond, his rites promised to teach initiates that death was not a curse but a blessing.  In this presentation we will explore these connections and others in their relevance for understanding our own processes of initiation and individuation, in which we approach functional immortality by means of our conscious suffering, experiences of ecstasy, and personal encounter with the Divine. 

Frances Hatfield, PhD, LMFT, is a poet and an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she has taught in the Training and Extended Education Programs. She also teaches "Poetry Alchemy" with poet Joan Logghe at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Her first book of poems, Rudiments of Flight, won the 2014 Gradiva Award for Poetry from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She has a private practice in Santa Cruz. 


wFebruary 2017 Meetingw

SF-APC and Herchurch, San Francisco are proud 
to co-sponsor the following special event.
Matthew Fox presents 
"Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: 
Transforming Evil in Soul and Society"


Please join The Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco and Herchurch for a remarkable afternoon of music and conversation with

speaker Matthew Fox. Fox will be presenting on his book "Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society".

This work "challenges traditional perceptions of good and evil by offering a new theology that lays the groundwork for a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature". The book, with a forward by Deepak Chopra, illustrates Fox's vision that the flesh, contrary to mainstream church doctrine, is the sacred grounding of the spirit. By blending the wisdoms of East and West, presenting commentary on the seven chakras and crafting a blueprint for social change, Fox points the way to live while eloquently revealing the means to confront evil both within and without.  
-From the back cover. 

Matthew Fox, internationally acclaimed theologian and spiritual maverick, has spent the past forty years revolutionizing Christian theology by challenging the religious patriarchy. His vision of a creation-centered spirituality advocates for compassion, for justice and for a re-sacralizing of the earth. He has written more than thirty books, which have sold over 1.5 million copies translated into fifty-nine languages. 

Originally a Catholic priest, Fox was expelled from the Dominican order for his revolutionary views of liberation theology and creation spirituality. He went on to found and reinvent graduate school education programs for masters and doctor of ministry students and programs for inner city youth by putting creativity first. In 1976 he founded the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality in Chicago, Illinois, which he later moved to Holy Names College in Oakland. After this program disbanded, he founded the University of Creation Spirituality which operated for nine years. 

Fox is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Peace Award, the Humanities Award of the Sufi International Association of Sufism, the Tikkun Ethics Award, and the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey of Sherbourn, Massachusetts. Other recipients of this award include the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardinal, and Rosa Parks. Fox is currently a visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and lives in Oakland, California. His website is:


wNovember 2016 Meetingw

A Presentation on Fairy Tales


Frances Slocumb, Ph.D.

 From Frances,

Reading and interpreting fairy tales, so central to Jung and early Jungians, seems to have vanished.  I welcome the opportunity to revisit this rich ground with you.  Fairy tales mirror deep truths about the general human condition, reflecting essential archetypal bare-bones structures of the psyche.  Exposure to fairy tales has a mysteriously healing effect, seemingly beyond words and cognition.  Familiarity with fairy tales can bring deeper empathy, tolerance, and appreciation not only for ourselves and our own complexes, but for individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and cultures.  While interpretation of a tale is usually a major opus, we will enter the process together and see where it takes us in our three hours together.  If you wish to prepare, read yourself a Grimm's tale or two at bedtime, and/or bring along your favorite fairy tale from childhood.  Together we'll enter the long ago and far away............

Frances Gilliam Slocumb, Ph.D., Research Psychoanalyst, was certified as a Jungian Analyst in Zurich in 1986.  An analyst member of the Jung Institute of San Francisco and The InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts, where she teaches and supervises, she is in private practice in Berkeley, Ca.  A tenured professor in Virginia, she has also served on the faculty of clinical and organizational psychology doctoral programs in California.  She presents lectures and workshops nationally and internationally on various aspects/stories of the multifaceted goddess Iris: psychopomp, bridge, rainbow, the only goddess who cares about humans, also imaged as Lady Alchemy, the subtle body, and feminine spirit.  Having written a thesis in 1972 on neurofeedback, she enjoys her continuing study of neuroscience.  In addition she served for many years on the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis.  


Prior Programs 2016

February 28, 2016: "The Gods at Play: Archetypes and the Arts in the Light of Synchronicity and Astrology"
Presented by Richard Tarnas

Prior Programs 2015

November 8, 2015: "Dreamwork through an Existential Lens"
Presented by Greg Bogart, PhD, LMFT

October 18, 2015: “Stress and Jungian Psychology'”
Presented by Lera Welch 

September 13, 2015: An Experiential Workshop with Hal Childs

April 12, 2015: "Light at the Door: Healing through the Liminal Space of Creative Art."
Presented by James Eyerman, MD 

March 8, 2015:  Reading Rilke:  Selections from the "Duino Elegies."
Presented by Fred McEnroe  

February 8, 2015:  "Mary Magdalene and The Sacred Feminine"                                        
A talk by Dr. Beverly Allen

January 11, 2015: “APC-SF 75th Anniversary Celebration”

Prior Programs 2014

November 9, 2014: “The Constant Gardener”
presented by Frances McCormack

October 19, 2014: “Visionary Dreams about the Future”
presented by Meredith Sabini, Ph.D. (in Berkeley)

September 13, 2014: “Sacred Selfishness: The Value of 'No'”
presented by Hal Childs, Ph.D., MFT

Prior Programs 2013

(unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 2PM)
Both members and non-members are invited.  A donation of $10.00 for non-members is requested.

[Usually 2nd Sunday each month, 2pm to 5 pm

Sunday, October 6, 2013: 
BOOK — "Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the
Paradox of Sexual Freedom"

presented by Leslie Bell, MSW, Ph.D.

Sunday, November 10, 2013: 
BOOK — "The Soul's Ministrations: An Imaginal
Journey Through Crisis"
presented by Marianne Tauber, Ph.D.

Sunday, January 12, 2014: “APC-SF 74th Anniversary Celebration”

Sunday, February 9, 2014:

"The Wounded-Healer: An Experiential Process”
presented by Hal Childs, Ph.D., MFT

Sunday, March 9, 2014: 
 “Dreamwork in Holistic Psychotherapy of Depression
presented by Greg Bogart, Ph.D., MFT