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The Greeks in Sicily
with chris downing
Sicily, April 28-May 12, 2018

Like Turkey, and much of Italy, Sicily was part of Magna Graecia, Greater Greece. Between the 8th and 6th centuries BCE the Greeks established colonies there, bringing with them their language, and religious and cultural traditions. On this two-week trip with 32 participants around the island of Sicily  we visited Siracusa, Ortygia, Enna, Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, Palermo, Monreale, Mt. Etna, Taormina, and back to Siracusa for a Greek Tragedy in the ancient Greek Theatre built in the 5th Century BC. Chris lectured along the way, elaborating on the stories and myths associated with the temples dedicated to Athena, Apollo, Hera, Olympian Zeus, and the Dioscuri, as well as the myths about Heracles, Actaeon, Perseus, and other Greek heroes represented on the friezes that once decorated those temples.  

  The Spirit of the Place at Eranos

Pacifica at Eranos in Zürich and Ascona, Switzerland, 2008, 2009, and 2013

The tradition of depth psychology has a deep intellectual legacy. Through an enduring lineage of writers, thinkers, philosphers, and teachers, it reverberates within the places they gathered. Mircea Eliade, James Hillman, Joseph Campbell, Marie-Louise Von Franz, Karl Kerényi, and Henri Corbin—were drawn to the mountains, valleys, and the lakes of Switzerland and nortern Italy…to Zürich and to Ascona, the home of Eranos. In honor of that legacy we embarked on an 11-day pilgrimage from Zürich to the village of Ascona, exploring the origins, history, and significance of the life and work of C.G. Jung. Our tour guide was Robert Hinshaw, Jungian analyst and long-time resident of Switzerland. The Legacy Tour began with four days in Zürich and the surrounding areas with visits to important sites in Jung’s life, including the Psychology Club, the Jung Institute, Jung’s house in Küsnacht, the Burghölzli Clinic, and others. We explored the picturesque Swiss village of Einsiedeln, birthplace of Paracelsus, location of Daimon Verlag, and the home of the Benedictine Monastary and the Black Madonna. We then traveled south through the Alps to Ascona—on the shores of Lake Maggiore—for five days of lectures, discussion, dream circles, and culture at Eranos. After each of these Legacy Tours, we held a week-long intensive at Eranos featuring a prominent Pacifica faculty member. These projects came to represent the crown jewels in my repertoire of endeavors.


XVII International Congress for Analytical Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, 2007

Every three years, the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) holds an international congress in a selected city around the world. It is a gathering for all Jungian analysts, candidates in training programs, and scholars to come together to share current ideas, connect with colleagues, and experience the culture of the place. In 2007, South Africa held its first congress with the program seeking to accent the fullness and diversity of our multiple encounters as they touch upon the archetypal, scientific, developmental, religious, political, sociological, and imaginal aspects of the work. The project, taking almost three years to accomplish, was a logistical challenge and a most stimulating and engaging experience.