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Archive of Past Events



September 9, 2016
Lecture:Pacha Mama: Reflections on Eros in Nature”
Brad TePaske, Jungian Analyst

October 14, 2016
Panel Discussion: Three Jungian Analysts on our Political Environment
Lyn Cowan – A Psychological Mini-Survey:  Observations, Speculations, and Dread
John Desteian – Descent (Dissent and Decent) to Democracy
Jim Michel What the Ancient Greeks Knew about Our Election (The Bacchae, a play by Euripides)

October 29, 2016
Salon: “Holy Wisdom and the Lament of the Dead”
Gerry Kegler, Karen Ilvedson, Susan Armington

November 18, 2016
Panel Discussion: Film interview with Marie Von Franz, “The Way of the Dream”
Panelists: Peggy Hanson, Jungian Analyst,
Laraine Kurisko and Stuart Potter, Analysts in Training

December 9, 2016
Lecture: Godfather Death (or How I Started to Worry and Hate the Election
John Desteian J.D., L.P., Jungian Analyst

January 14, 21, 28, 2017
Class: Introduction to Understanding Jung: A Survey of Basic Jungian Theory
Judith Savage, Jungian Analyst

January 27, 2017
Salon & MJA Annual Meeting
Salon: Vic Mansfield 101
Jim Klein

February 24, 2017
Salon:Lost in Translation: How English Translations in Greek Works Miss the Mark”
Cathy Gnatek

March 10, 2017
An Evening of Senex & Puer
Salon:Something Amazing! Visions of the Puer Eternus
Shawn Nygaard

“Soul Free: An Archetypal Tribute to George Michael”
Shane Nygaard
7:00 PM–9:00 PM Carnegie Hall, Macalester College, St. Paul

March 24, 2017
Salon: “The Anima Archetype in the Lyrics of Bob Dylan”
Stuart Potter, Analyst-in-Training

April 7, 2017
Lecture: “Interpreting Antigone”
Christine Downing, Jungian Analyst

April 29-30, 2017
Lecture and Workshop: “The Artist’s Guide to Archetypes”
The Art of Creative Storytelling
Jim Curtan, Retreat Leader

May 12, 2017
Lecture:Archetypal Themes in the Music of the Beatles, Wagner and Classical Music” Ronald Schenk, Jungian Analyst
7:00–9:00 PM



September 11, 2015: LECTURE: Lyn Cowan, Ph.D. “Eros Rules! Enjoy!”

September 25, 2015: SALON: Stuart Potter “Relationship & Individuation”

October 23/24, 2015: LECTURE/WORKSHOP: Jim Curtan “Archetypal America”

November 20, 2015: SALON: Shane M. Nygaard & Shawn Nygaard “A Night of Eternity”
Shane M. Nygaard: “Kings of the Past: Archetypes & the Ancestors”
Shawn Nygaard: “The Mystic Chords of Memory”

December 11, 2015: SALON: James Michel “To Forgive or Not to Forgive”

January 16, 23, 30, 2016: CLASS: John A. Desteian, J.D., L.P. “Dreams, Complexes, Archetypal Motifs, Individuation”

January 22, 2015: SALON: Jim Klein “Jung’s Concept of the Six-Fold Conversation”  Followed by Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Jung Association, 8:20 PM until 9:00 PM

February 26, 2015: SALON: Lou Sagert “Reading and Understanding Wolfgang Giergrich”

April 8, 2016: LECTURE: Constance Romero, LPC, LMFT, Jungian Analyst, “The Play’s the Thing: A Jungian Approach to the Theater”

April 16, 23, 30, 2016: CLASS: John A. Desteian, J.D., L.P. “Dreams, Complexes, Archetypal Motifs, Individuation”

May 13, 2016: LECTURE: Janet Muff, MSN, RN, “Alchemy as Autobiography—A Personal Journey”



SEPTEMBER 12, 2014: LECTURE: “The Question of Archetypes” George Hogenson, Ph.D., LCSW, Jungian Analyst

OCTOBER 24, 2014 : SALON: “Relationship in Jungian Terms” Stuart Potter

NOVEMBER 21, 2014: SALON: “The Myth that Jung Built: The Death and Rebirth of God in the Western Worldview”  David Thompson, PsyD, LP

DECEMBER 5, 2014: LECTURE: “What is a Mature Spirituality?” James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

DECEMBER 6, 2014: WORKSHOP: “Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives” James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

DECEMBER 19, 2014: SALON: Showing the film “Ensoulment–A Diverse Analysis of the Feminine in Western Culture.”  Discussion following the film led by Lou Sagert

JANUARY 10, 17, & 24, 2015: CLASS: “Travelogue: A Short History of Psychological Ideas from Day One to the Present Moment”  Lyn Cowan, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

JANUARY 30, 2015: SALON: “Jung, Pauli & Synchronicity”  Jim Klein, PhD

FEBRUARY, 27 2015: SALON: “Individuation in Seasons of Desire” Evelyn Klein, MS

MARCH 20, 2015: SALON: “Myth-making, Poetry, and Northern Ireland” Robert Roddy, MD

APRIL 10, 2015: LECTURE: “Jung’s Speculative Remark: Reflections on his statement, ‘I am only that!’” Greg Mogenson, M.A., Jungian Analyst

MAY 8, 2015: LECTURE: “The Good Shepherd – Archetypal Image of the Helping Professions”
David L. Miller, Ph.D.



LECTURE: “The Atalanta Fugiens: A Personal Encounter”

Janet Muff, MSN, RN, Jungian Analyst

Each alchemical manuscript represents a particular individual’s intimate conversation with Nature in all its many forms – Mother Nature, human nature, his or her own nature, and the nature of situations and circumstances. And yet for me – and no doubt for many of you as well – the ideas of alchemy and alchemical manuscripts have always seemed obscure, confusing, and often irrelevant to my everyday life.

In this presentation, I will share with you what changed all that: my personal conversation with one such manuscript over the past 20 years – the Atalanta Fugiens. During that time the events of my life have helped me to understand the principles of alchemy and the alchemical process as they are arrayed in this manuscript; and the Atalanta Fugiens has helped me to understand and find meaning in the sometimes obscure, confusing, and often painful events of my life.

Janet Muff, MSN, RN, is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in South Pasadena. She teaches and supervises candidates in the Jung Institute Training Program. She is a senior analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has several areas of interest in the field of psychology, but pride of place goes to alchemy and specifically to the Atalanta Fugiens, which she has been studying for nearly twenty years.


SALON: “Embodied Imagination: Authentic Movement and the Dances Within”

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, MA-MFT, MFA, LMFT, Fulbright Scholar 2011-2012

Life begins with movement. Throughout our lives, movement is the way we continually experience and express our wholeness and aliveness. Our movements also reveal less conscious aspects of who we are. By embodying and unfolding these ‘inner dances’ we can discover their hidden meanings as well as explore how they can be more fully integrated into our daily lives.

In this salon two Jungian movement approaches- Authentic Movement (including the work of Joan Chodorow) and Mindell Processwork (developed by Arnold Mindell), will be introduced and experienced. We will explore the ways that body awareness, movement and dance can be used to connect us to our creative imagination, as a path of self awareness and as a process for fully embodying the wholeness of who we are becoming. We will also look at the ways that neurological research supports these older embodied approaches. This salon will include both conversations and direct (but optional) guided experiences. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, moveable clothing.

For Jung, exploring and integrating less conscious expressions of who we are help us become more fully whole and integrated. A rich and ever-present source for these deeper expressions is our body and its dances. Come listen to your body, discover your dances and join in!!!

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb has worked with movement, Authentic Movement, creative expression, healing and ritual for over 40 years. Her deepest passion and curiosity is discovering how creative expression, embodiment and awareness can support growth and transformation. She is also board certified dance/movement therapist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in Mindell ProcessWork, Laban Movement Analysis Somatics/Body Therapies, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She teaches at the University of Minnesota and has extensive diversity expertise and multicultural experience. She recently returned from a semester teaching at Tallinn University in Tallinn, Estonia, as a Fulbright Scholar (2011). Barbara was also a member of MJA’s Board of Directors and Vice-President, Chair-Lecture/Workshop Committee between 1993 and 1998.


LECTURE: “‘Melancholia’: Film and Discussion of the ‘Archetype of the Apocalypse’ Looking Through a Jungian Lens – What Does the Apocalypse Mean Psychologically?”

Ronnie Landau, Jungian Psychoanalyst

This lecture and presentation will begin with a brief description of depth psychologist Carl Jung’s perspective of the archetype of the Apocalypse. The Greek root of the word is Apokalypsis and means “revelation” and “uncovering what has remained hidden.” Perhaps you may agree that the notion of the “apocalypse” seems to be gathering more energy in our modern collective psyches as reflected in film, books, and real life events including the trauma of 9/11. With the brilliant artistic assistance of the filmmaker Lars von Trier, we will review scenes from his recent film “Melancholia”. This lecture and discussion will focus on amplifications of the various meanings of apocalyptic symbology used in Lars’s film. We will examine together the degree to which we all tend to fear change and to project impending disaster and catastrophe. We will ponder the necessity to psychologically consider both an inter-psychic and collective perspective, i.e. inner and outer, in order to enlarge our consciousness as to the value that the archetype of Apocalypse may play in our evolution and individuation. Please come prepared to participate in an experiential evening as well as lecture.

Ronnie Landau, MA, LPC, is a Certified Jungian Psychoanalyst and is a senior training analyst with the Inter- Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts where she received her certification. She is the past President of PAJA and is currently serving as the Director of Training. She is also the past Secretary on the Executive Board of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Ms. Landau has taught and lectured on dream theory throughout the United States. She has also taught Transference-Countertransference dynamics in analysis throughout the U.S. as well as Zurich, Switzerland along with The Holocaust: Through a Jungian Perspective. She is the author of The Queen of Sheba and Her Hairy Legs, The Exile and Redemption of the Erotic Feminine in Western Monotheism and Jungian Process. She is currently lecturing on Psychopathy, What makes a Psychopath?


SALON: “A Night of Night”

Part 1: The Art of Darkness
Shane M. Nygaard

Centuries ago, the stars and patterns in the night sky stirred the imagination of the Babylonians, inspiring them to create what we know today as astrology. The Greeks named the star-filled night sky Nyx, the primordial Goddess of Night, who stood at the gates of creation. Endless romantic odes and interludes have been born under the light of night’s luminous silvery Moon. And images of Night surround us in popular culture, with endless epic portrayals of the battle between Light and Dark. In “The ‘Art of Darkness,” we’ll explore the Night and the Darkness, consider what night consciousness is as distinctly different than the predominant day consciousness, and as Wendell Berry wrote, find how the dark, too, blooms and sings, as we travel by dark feet and dark wings.

Shane M. Nygaard, After earning his B.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Minnesota, Shane is currently back at the UMN pursuing a degree in Psychology. Inspired by learning about Archetypes from studying with Caroline Myss, he is an official certified Archetype Consultant through her CMED Institute in Chicago, IL. His work with Archetypes includes Archetype Casting for Actors, presented to actors in Minneapolis, and The Supernatural in Popular Culture for the Minnesota Jung Association (MJA). He is also Editor of the MJA’s journal Elements.

 Part II: The Life of Death
Shawn Nygaard

The archetype of Death is an entrance into mystery, perhaps not as grave and grievous as the reputation which precedes it. As described by the wizard Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring: “The grey rain curtain of this world rolls back and all turns to silver glass.” In this intriguing presentation, Shawn Nygaard explores this other side of the other side, through images and stories from myth and popular culture.

Shawn Nygaard is a graduate of Caroline Myss’s “Sacred Contracts” course at her CMED Institute in Chicago, including an in-depth study of the nature of archetypes and the archetypal nature of life. He is a practicing archetypal astrologer living in the Twin Cities, MN, where he writes about and teaches classes on astrology, symbolism and archetypes. He has an affinity for giraffes. Shawn writes The Night Ride blog, and can be contacted at


FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
LECTURE: “Synchronicity and its Larger Implications”

Richard Tarnas, PhD

“The latest comment about ‘Synchronicity’ is that it cannot be accepted because it shakes the security of our scientific foundations, as if this were not exactly the goal I am aiming at . . . .”  C. G. Jung, 1955, letter to R. F. C. Hull

“The highway’s made for gamblers, better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence . . .”  Bob Dylan

Jung’s concept of synchronicity represents one of the most strenuous efforts of the twentieth century to construct a bridge across the chasm between spirit and matter, self and world, psyche and cosmos. The concept has been widely embraced in popular culture. Synchronicities play no small role in the way many individuals make sense of their lives. In the face of the disenchanted modern world view, the search for a ground of purpose and meaning that transcends human subjectivity has become an urgent spiritual priority. For many today, synchronicities are directly relevant to this search, and are frequently experienced as provocative, though often elusive, signs that such deeper structures of meaning and purpose do exist.

Synchronistic phenomena have also had a unique impact in the intellectual world, having been cited by physicists as posing a major challenge to the philosophical foundations of modern science, as well as by religious scholars as holding deep implications for the contemporary psychology of religion. In this evening’s presentation, Richard Tarnas will summarize the origin and history of the concept in Jung’s work, discuss the experiential dimension of synchronistic events, analyze the new understanding of causality these presuppose, and address their larger metaphysical and perhaps evolutionary implications.

Richard Tarnas is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He also lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and is on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view widely used as a text in universities, and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network.


WORKSHOP: “The Comic Genius: An Archetypal Perspective”
Richard Tarnas, PhD

In this entertaining workshop we will explore comic creativity and the increasingly significant role that comedy plays in cultural and political life today. Drawing on a graduate seminar that Professor Tarnas taught with John Cleese at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2009, we will examine comedy from several overlapping approaches – depth psychology, archetypal astrology, and cultural history. We will consider major figures in the history of modern comedy from Monty Python, Nichols and May, Peter Sellers, and Woody Allen to Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, Louis CK, and Stephen Colbert. Video clips of brilliantly funny performances will be viewed as a basis for the analysis. A major focus will be on understanding how different archetypal complexes distinctively shape comedy and reflect specific elements in comic creativity, in the individual comic’s internal dynamics, and in the larger culture. Like a jester at a royal court, the role of the Trickster archetype in a society and in the personal psyche plays a critical role in the healthy evolution of the whole.

Richard Tarnas is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He also lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and is on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view widely used as a text in universities, and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network.


FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014
LECTURE: “The Psychopath: What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

Lyn Cowan, PhD, Jungian Analyst

From Shakespeare (and before) to the DSM-V (and beyond), the figure of the psychopath has been terrifying, fascinating, and incomprehensible. But this figure occupies a significant place in the human psyche, certainly destructive but perhaps also providing psychological self-protection. And we ignore it at our peril, because the psychopath is not only out there in the newspaper headlines as serial killer and ponzi scheme swindler, it is also in each of us. This presentation will look at how recognition of the psychopath has evolved in the field of psychology through the last three centuries, how psychopathic behaviors and attitudes mirror some of our cultures most cherished values, and why it is important that we each come to know the psychopath within ourselves.

Lyn Cowan, Ph.D., has been a practicing Jungian analyst since 1980. She recently returned to the Twin Cities from Houston, Texas, where she taught at the C.G. Jung Education Center of Houston. She served as Director of Training of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for six years, is a past president of the Society, and was a Professor of Psychology for 10 years at Argosy University in Minnesota. Her books include Tracking the White Rabbit: A Subversive View of Modern Culture, Masochism: A Jungian View, and Portrait of the Blue Lady: The Character of Melancholy.


FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
LECTURE: “The Role of the Red Book in the Evolution of Jung’s Typology”

John Beebe,MD, Jungian Analyst

The Red Book takes us into the world of a midlife crisis, vividly opening up a series of encounters with figures of Jung’s unconscious. Jung undertook these explorations not merely as a psychological experiment but because it felt imperative to him that he reconnect with the soul that had become lost to him in the course of his professional development. What Jung probably did not foresee was that the harrowing work of engaging personally with his unconscious complexes would have the additional benefit of unsticking an intellectual problem that he had been struggling with for several years — the question of different types of consciousness. In this talk, Dr. Beebe will show how the soul figure that Jung met, and the quality of their interaction, paved Jung’s way to the next major work that he would publish: Psychological Types.

John Beebe, a senior analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy. He is the author of Integrity in Depth, co-author of The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and co-editor of The Question of Psychological Types. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has written about psychological types for numerous books and journals including Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis, Jungian Analysis, Jungian Psychoanalysis, The Journal of Analytical Psychology, Jung Journal, Psychological Perspectives, and Theory & Psychology. Beebe’s eight-function, eight-archetype model of type is widely studied and applied in the field. In addition, he has spearheaded a Jungian typological approach to the analysis of film.