The Delicate Dance of Integrity
Santa Fe, November 1-4, 2018

Coined by the Quakers in the 1950’s, ‘’speaking truth to power” is not a new concept, but it has taken on new relevance in the turbulent post-truth era. Current debate seems most often framed by appeals to emotion disconnected to facts, and counteracting this troubling trend requires that we galvanize our courage to speak up, speak out, and be heard. As we witness increasing polarization, insults and sarcasm move us farther and farther from the cooperation needed to find solutions, and it is tempting to give up trying to be heard. With our future dependent on successful dialogue, we can no longer recoil from the challenge we face. Speaking up to powerful forces—and finding space for meaningful idea exchange—begins by standing in our integrity, speaking from our center, and listening with an open heart and mind. Never has there been a more urgent need for civil discourse about the problems facing our nation and the world. Civilization in Transition 7, sponsored by Jungian International Training in Zürich Foundation, explored and addressed possible ways to transcend the polarization in our lives and make a difference in the world. This was a perfect example of Jungian deep thought and reflection on the world around us.

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Archetypal Patterning and Archetypal Cosmology for the 21st Century
Richard Tarnas and Michael Conforti
Eranos, Ascona, Switzerland
July 22-27, 2018 (cancelled)

Seldom has an age been so profoundly in need of critical insight into the underlying forces at work in the human psyche and their role in shaping the historical moment the world finds itself in. We need what James Hillman called “an archetypal eye” with which to discern the patterns and powers that inform both the larger zeitgeist of the collective psyche and the unfolding experience and life challenges of each individual. For the archetypes that Jung helped the modern age become aware of are not just concepts, dry intellectual abstractions. They are powerful multidimensional forces that can overtake one’s state of consciousness, flood one with emotions, images, and somatic sensations, and possess an entire culture or epoch. Archetypal energies can be notoriously destructive, and yet they also hold the treasure of life’s deep meanings and purposes, and are responsible for the world’s greatest works of art and creative expression. It is with this sense of urgency on both the individual and global level that two of the foremost leaders in the fields of archetypal cosmology and archetypal patterning are coming together in the renowned cultural setting of Eranos in Ascona, Switzerland to offer a special week of presentations and discussions that engage some of the great issues of the day and explore the extraordinary resources of the archetypal perspective.

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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 illuminated our experience with rich lectures 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.  This was an amazing journey for all and an astonishing opportunity for me to explore my Sicilian roots.

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.