Visiting Scholars: 2005
Craig Chalquist, MS, PhD Psychology Steps Outside: Toward a Science of Sacred Geography
Although depth psychology has focused from its inception on what has been pushed to the margins of culture and consciousness--symptom, instinct, suffering, fantasy, dream--its scope of inquiry has not been broadened to include the nonhuman subjectivities all around us. Nor has it developed a methodology for listening deeply to what our ancestors took for granted: the presence or voice of place as it echoes into human psychological life.
What would a methodology that takes the ensouled world at its nonhuman word look like? How would it illuminate the deep connections between sufferings of people and sufferings of the surround? What might it tell us about the parallels between personal complexes and apartment complexes, congested freeways and garbled communications, polluted beaches and darkened moods? Why has every culture in history but ours insisted that everything is "full of gods" and the Earth an animated abode? These are some of the questions to be examined in this presentation on terrapsychology, the study of the soul of place.
Craig Chalquist, M.S., Ph.D., is an ecological depth psychologist who has developed a methodology for working with the interplay of earth, human history, and collective and personal experience. His fieldwork in the Mission counties of California took him up and down the historic El Camino Real to study what he calls the return of the ecohistorically repressed. He is the author of The Tears of Llorona, an examination of the shadow side of California´s swift and brutal colonization; and the forthcoming Terrapsychology: A New (and Ancient) Paradigm for Engaging the World´s Soul (SUNY Press, 2006).
Virginia Beane Rutter, MA The Mask of Dionysos: Possession & Healing
The ancient Greeks made a distinction between Zoeinfinite, enduring lifeand bios characterized or individual life. Twice-born Dionysos is the archetype of Zoe, indestructible life. Dismembered and reconstituted, surrounded by women, he is the giver of wine, a healer who also causes madness, an ecstatic lover, and "eater of raw flesh." Psychologically, what does it mean to honor this god of paradox?
When the archetype of Dionysos erupts in the psyche of a woman or man, the individual´s fate is deeply impacted by the ensuing encounter. In this seminar, we will discuss the Dionysian mysteries in Greece to amplify clinical material. Slides will be shown to bring the archetype alive in ../i.
Virginia Beane Rutter, M.A., is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco who writes and teaches. Her books include Woman Changing Woman: Feminine Psychology Re-Conceived through Myth and Experience.
Karlyn Ward, PhD Anchored in the Heart: Redeeming the Dark Feminine
This seminar draws on literature from the Song of Songs, the Gnostic text The Gospel of Mary, as well as current works; on ../i ancient to present; and on music from ancient Greece to contemporary times, to explore the figure of the long-repressed but powerful archetype of the dark feminine, an archetype of transformation. The dark, hidden, positive feminine will be accessed through the figure of Mary Magdalene, long associated with the Black Madonna, and great goddess figures such as Isis and the feminine Wisdom, Sophia.
Some of the story of this archetypal presence has reached popular awareness through novels such as The DaVinci Code. What is the meaning of its popularity? How does it fit in with scholarly psychological, theological, and alternative studies? What do we know, and how is this challenging information relevant to women, men, and the collective culture?
Karlyn M. Ward, Ph.D., LCSW, BCD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Mill Valley and an analyst member of The C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco, She has taught at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. A musician, she is trained in the Bonny Method of using music clinically to access the unconscious, and is a Fellow in the Association for Music and Imagery. Her book Sounding the Depths: Psyche and Music is in process. She has given numerous seminars on music and psyche and on redeeming the dark feminine in the U.S and in France.
Geri Olson, Ph.D. The Doll: Protection, Healing, Power & Play
Dolls have been a part of human existence for 25,000 years. From fertility rituals to child´s play, they have a central role in understanding the needs and values of a culture. This seminar includes a slide presentation on the psychological role of dolls in several cultures, and a chance to explore how the doll process can be integrated into self-exploration processes. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to make a small doll using a variety of techniques, and to explore its symbolic meanings. Please note that this seminar offers an optional additional hour from 2-3 pm for individual and group exploration of the meaning of the doll.
Geri Olson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University where she teaches in the area of creativity and expressive arts. She has integrated the doll process into her work for 25 years and is currently working on a doll project that has reached 400 K-12 students.
Alan Siegel, Ph.D. Dreams and Life Passages
At lifes turning points, our dreams and our nightmares offer an inner source of wisdom that can provide guidance, help us recover from trauma, and lead us to new and creative solutions. This seminar explores the patterns and recurring dreams which occur during life transitions such as marriage, pregnancy, separation and divorce, midlife, illness and injury, trauma and grief. Topics include posttraumatic nightmares, universal dreams and how they manifest during key life passages, the use of dreams for creative and spiritual inspiration, and techniques for exploring the meaning of dreams.
Alan Siegel, Ph.D., is the author of Dream Wisdom: Uncovering Lifes Answers in your Dreams. He is a Past-President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams; Assistant Clinical Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of Clinical Science; and Adjunct Faculty at Alliant Universitys California School of Professional Psychology. His research and writings on dreams have been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN, and NPR, and his commentary on Post-9/11 nightmares were featured on NBCs Today Show. Dr. Siegel practices psychotherapy and assessment in Berkeley and San Francisco.
Maniko Dru Dadigan Developing Resonance Awareness: A Whole Person Approach to Voice & Self-Expression
This experiential seminar is an introduction to a whole-person approach to voice that recognizes its essential linking with heart, mind, body, and soul. We review the physiology of the human voice and the breath as they relate to the core body centers of belly, heart and head, and experience our own resonance through the body centers. We track, name, map and connect the ../i, memories, sensations and emotions that arise, and learn how to further expand and expound, ground and integrate these experiences.
To deepen and expand our experience we also participate in the singing of Mantras. This is a way of introducing what is known to mystics in the East as seed sounds sounds that activate the universe and through which consciousness becomes manifest in form. Mantras are profoundly archetypal and open doors to magical worlds; they have the potential to connect us to the very source of consciousness. We name for ourselves the states of being that are invoked through this timeless meditation discipline. By practicing awareness, attention, and articulation of these dimensions in ourselves, we begin to understand our unique individuality, the relationship with our soul essence, and how we can experience ourselves more fully.
Maniko Dru Dadigan devotes herself to bridging the wisdom of music and its structure of sound with meditation and healing practices. She has been writing songs and performing for over 25 years, has produced and recorded three CDs of original material, and collaborated with artists such as cellist David Darling, award winner composer & keyboardist Kit Walker, and Mantra singer Deva Premal. Ms. Dadigan offers private sessions in voice & self-expression in Marin County, as well as conducts workshops on voice & self-expression, transformational & ecstatic singing, meditation, and creativity & healing in the US, Europe and Asia.