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Psychology Spirituality Engaged Activism Diversity


Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:30 am - 2:30 pm in the Cooperage

Depth Psychology Work in the World: A Saturday Retreat


Saturday April 12, 2014, 9 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
The Cooperage, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.
Attendance is free but must register at Eventbrite
This event is co-sponsored by the Depth Psychology MA program
$5 parking in Lot J (download campus map)

Join us for a soulful retreat on bringing depth psychology work into the world. This is an experiential retreat in which we'll set up a liminal field with the goal of hearing and sharing ways to bring deep self into work in the world. We'll attend to our own deep self as we listen to creative and innovative presenters who have been successful in establishing distinctive and unique ways of working in the world. We'll hear about their on-going practices to keep connection to deep self, how they have met inner and outer challenges, and how they have navigated setbacks and successes in their journey. We'll work and share in the large group and small dyads or triads as well.

Our presenters include Starhawk, an activist around earth-based practices and spirituality; Felicia Matto-Shepard, an innovative depth-oriented workshop facilitator; and Rio Olesky, an astrologer and teacher.

Come prepared to share | to be moved | to be inspired in the field we will all create. Coffee and croissants from 9 - 9:30 a.m.


Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is a global justice activist and organizer who conducts Earth Activist trainings and whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, and her newest book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups.

Felicia Matto-Shepard is a psychotherapist who brings a background in dreamwork, work with the dying and the bereaved, shamanism, and art, movement and dance to facilitate her work with personal transformation. She is a candidate in training to be a Jungian Analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco, and leads workshops and couples retreats with her husband, Jim Matto-Shepard.

Rio Olesky

Rio Olesky is a professional astrologer who teaches at the Santa Rosa Junior College, writes monthly columns for local and national publications, and speaks on radio and television talk shows. He has been a practitioner of Kriya Yoga since 1975 and brings a spiritual focus to his work.

Attendance is free but register through Eventbrite so that we have enough seating and refreshments.

Please bring an object that represents your vision of your deep self work in the world. We'll make a central mandala of the objects to serve as an orienting focus for our day.

We'll have lunch in conversation, so bring a bag lunch and dine with us outdoors or inside. Iced tea and lemonade provided as liquid refreshment in the afternoon. No time to pack a lunch? Olivers Market on E. Cotati Avenue has a wonderful deli for take-out, and they open at 7 a.m. Come at 9 a.m. for coffee, croissants and conversation.

Don't know anyone?..... just introduce yourself with a story of how you come to be here, and connections will unfold. The program begins promptly at 9:30 am.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 9am - 6 pm in the Cooperage

Join us to hear Dr. Tom Cheetham and Commonweal President Dr. Michael Lerner explore the links between Spirituality and Psychology

C G Jung Henri Corbin James Hillman

Thomas Cheetham, PhD, A Thursday Conference Exploring the Spiritual Imagination in the Work of Henri Corbin, C. G. Jung and James Hillman

Thomas Cheetham PhD Michael Lerner

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Sonoma State University

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door
$5 parking in Lots E, F, G or $8 in Lot A (download campus map)

Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a visionary Protestant theologian and a ground-breaking scholar and translator of Islamic mysticism. His understanding of the Imagination as the fundamental creative principle in the world is urgently needed in our pluralistic and interconnected global society. Corbin taught in Paris and Tehran and lectured annually at the Eranos Conferences from 1949 to 1978. He was a friend and colleague of C.G. Jung and shared his view of the significance of the active imagination in human life as well as his profound grasp of the importance of alchemy for religious psychology.

Corbin's works have had a lasting impact on a wide variety of scholars of religion, visionary thinkers and artists. James Hillman ranked Corbin, Freud and Jung together as the foundational figures in the development of archetypal psychology. Corbin's great book Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the great monotheisms. His life was devoted to the struggle to liberate the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of religious diversity and makes a profound contribution to psychology, spirituality and liberal theology in the contemporary world.

Tom Cheetham, Ph.D, holds degrees in philosophy and biology. He is the author of four books on Henry Corbin and the implications of his work for our understanding of ourselves and the world. The most recent is All the World an Icon: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings. He compiled the Bibliography of Archetypal Psychology for James Hillman's Archetypal Psychology: A Brief Account and is editing On Melancholy, a collection of Hillman's seminars on the meaning of depression in modern society. He has lectured extensively on Corbin's work in Europe and the US. He and his wife have two grown children and live in rural Maine.

Michael Lerner, Ph.D, is president and co-founder of Commonweal in Bolinas, California, whose internationally recogized programs, with their focus on healing and resilience, address health, environmental, educational and justice issues worldwide. The recipient of a McArthur Prize Fellowship for his contributions to public health, Lerner is president of the Jennifer Altman Foundation and the Barbara Smith Fund; co-founder and chair of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C.; past chair of the Consultative Group on Biodiversity; co-founder and chair emeritus of the Health and Environmental Funders Network; and serves on the boards of Global Greengrants in Boulder and the Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco. He is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer.

Commonweal's signature programs include the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, an internationally recognized support program for cancer patients, depicted in the documentary, Wounded Healers, part of Bill Moyers' prize-winning PBS series, Healing and the Mind; the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, offering "Healer's Art" programs in 70 medical schools; the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, engaging 4500 partners in 90 countries in environmental health science dialogue; and The New School at Commonweal, offering free live conversations and podcasts with thought leaders of our time.


Thurs Feb 21, 2013, 1 - 3 pm, Stevenson 3042

Jeremy Taylor, Ph.D., Dream Work -- An Ancient Tradition in Contemporary Times

Jeremy Taylor

Dr. Taylor discusses the current state of research into the phenomenology of dreams and dreaming, and our general understanding of the function of dreaming in our lives. We'll pay particular attention to lucid dreams, visitation dreams, and dreams of creative inspiration, as well as some of the ways dreams reflect and stimulate the evolution of consciousness, both individual and collective. There are many implications of the basic ways most of us remember our dreams. We tend to report dreams as if they follow the logic and time sense we have in waking life, but dream experiences can be quite different from our habitual ways of keeping track, particularly with regard to our waking experience of the passage of time.

One of the greatest services that Depth Psychology can offer the world as a whole is to provide glimpses of the structures and energies of the collective unconscious, and how they influence and shape our lives, both asleep and awake. Dreams are an expression of this inner world and deserve our attention and our understanding.

Dr. Jeremy Taylor is co-founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and the author of four books on dreams: The Wisdom of Your Dreams; DreamWork: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Power in Dreams; Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill; and The Living Labyrinth. He blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective.

Past Presentations

Friday Sept 23, 2011 | 10 am- 1 pm, The Cooperage

Martin Shaw, The Mythic Imagination and Storytelling

Martin Shaw

Join Martin for a morning of myth, imagination, and storytelling.

Martin Shaw is a mythologist, storyteller and award-winning wilderness Rites-of-Passage guide. Author of A branch from the lightning tree: Ecstatic myth and the grace in wildness (June 2011 White Cloud Press), he works internationally and is visiting lecturer on Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Leadership Programme at Templeton College, Oxford. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story, he has a weekly blogspot at . Also see and

Friday Nov 4, 2011

Maureen Murdock, Memoir and Myth

Maureen Murdock, PhD

In writing and telling our stories, we come to know the deeper pattern of our lives. Perhaps the popularity of memoir in our culture today reflects its mythic power. Myth can be seen as an ordering principle that gives coherence to the way our memories unfold, and the mythic themes of family relationships, quest for identity, love and betrayal, personal sacrifice, and death dominate contemporary memoir writing. This lecture explores the mythic themes in memoir and the elements of memoir writing. We will do an in-class writing exercise.

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a depth psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, former Chair and Core Faculty of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and adjunct faculty in the Sonoma State Depth Psychology Program. She is the author of The Heroine's Journey, as well as the newly revised Fathers' Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine's Journey Workbook; and editor of Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life. She gives lectures and workshops internationally.

This lecture series is a Sonoma State Instructionally Related Activities Program and is free and open to all

Past Presentations in 2010-11

Wednesday Sept 15, 2010 | 12-1 pm Stevenson 3042

Adam Cohen, Ph.D., Arizona State University: There are Many Forms of Culture--Including Religion

Adam Cohen, Ph.D.

The study of culture in psychology has focused mainly on ethnic or national differences in individualism and collectivism, or independent versus interdependent self-construal. However, there are many forms of cultural variation, and this session focuses on religion as a form of culture. This has many basic science and clinical implications. I discuss differences in the moral status of positive and negative thoughts, what it means to be religious, and some clinical implications of these.

Adam Cohen's research interests fuse cultural, social, and personality psychology. He's interested in how religious differences function as cultural differences, affecting domains such as religious identity and motivation, well-being, moral judgment, forgiveness, and the like. He's also interested in applying evolutionary theory to religion.

Friday Oct 1, 2010 | 12 - 1:30 pm Stevenson 1002

Cassandra Light, The Fisher-King: Engagement and Conversation

Cassandra Light

The focus of this presentation is the story of the Fisher King. The presenter and audience will explore the question of how we are called to serve the Grail King, and how can we use this powerful story and symbol to meet our individual and collective wastelands. We will look at how being wounded compels a person, both in myth and in real life, to begin an individual adventure, and how wisdom unfolds during this adventure. Cassandra will share her thinking about the synthesis of many wise voices, and how this synthesis brings meaning to the spiritual psychology of the 21st century.

Cassandra Light is a multi-media artist who founded Way of the Doll, an art school providing a year-long process in sculpture, dream work, ritual and psychological inner work. Author of Way of the Doll, Cassandra's current work focuses on personal development, dream work, conflict resolution, and the healing of Eros in men and women.

Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010 | 12-1 pm Stevenson 3042

Richard Miller, Ph.D. The Ease of Being: Embodying Spirituality and Psychology in Everyday Life with Integrative Restoration

Richard Miller, PhD

Integrative Restoration (iRest Yoga Nidra) is an evidence-based transformative health practice developed by Dr. Miller that leads to psychological, physical, and spiritual healing. Derived from meditation, it teaches mastery and calming skills useful in difficult situations. It is being used with wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Brook Army Medical Center, and Veterans medical centers for veterans with PTSD; as well as with people who are homeless, chemically dependent, and with sleep issues; and with children and college students. It is a treatment modality for veterans experiencing chronic pain used by the Department of Defense. Dr. Miller discusses the practice, reviews current research, and leads an experiential session.

Richard Miller, Ph.D., author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing, is a psychologist and contemporary teacher of nondualism whose teachings emphasize spiritual awakening and psychological integration. He is co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, and a founding board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and the Baumann Institute, dedicated to understanding the impact of pure Awareness on well-being. Richard serves as a consultant researching the Yoga Nidra protocol that he’s developed (Integrative Restoration – iRest) with soldiers, veterans, students, kids, the homeless, and people experiencing issues such as PTSD, substance abuse, sleep disorders, and chronic pain. Richard leads retreats worldwide with a focus on enlightened living in daily life.

Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 | 12-1 pm Salazar 2016

Starhawk, Rooting Spirit in Nature

Starhawk, image by Bert

In a world of global warming, natural disasters, and rapid environmental collapse, we desperately need to reconceive our relationship to the natural world if we are to survive. Earth-based spirituality teaches that Nature is sacred, and by working with her, we can connect with enormous powers of regeneration and healing. But to do so requires a shift in our way of thinking, acting, and living. We stand at a crossroads, perhaps the most crucial in human history. In this talk, based on her latest book, The Earth Path, Starhawk gives examples of solutions to some of our pressing environmental problems and offers a ritual of hope, strength, and renewal.

Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement; Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery; and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk's newest book is a picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 | 12-1 pm Stevenson 3042

Joseph Rowe & Catherine Braslavsky, Music as a Healing Art

Joseph Rowe

Renowned throughout Europe as the Braslavsky Ensemble, Joseph Rowe and Catherine Braslavsky will lead an interactive class on music, chant and psychology. They have produced five cds of world music and have performed under the patronage of the French government for the past decade. Their programs celebrate the diversity of Mediteranean faiths during the Middle Ages--from Hildegard of Bingen to Sufi and Coptic chants. Their Natural Chant workshops are designed to connect participants to the healing capacities of sound and spirit. NO prior musical training is needed.

Joseph Rowe is a religious scholar, translator, musician and music therapist. He has translated Jean Yves Leloup's work on the Gnostic Gospels of Mary Magdalene, Thomas and Philip, as well as renowned spiritual authors such as Henry Corbin, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. His theatrical performance for the Braslavsky Ensemble interweave music, poetry and sacred texts. Partly inspired by his study with Bill Douglas, he has developed his own system of exercises called Holorhythm, a synthesis of body movements, vocalizations, percussion, speech, and meditation, which help unlock the gates to deep listening, inner and outer attention, and creativity. He teaches workshops worldwide and sees individual clients in France and abroad.

Catherine Braslavsky is a member of the renowned Braslavsky Ensemble. Her voice has been acclaimed as "transcendent" and "magical." A Paris magazine wrote of her, "Through chant, she plunges to the source, and speaks to us of the very foundations of humanity.

Friday March 4 | 10:30 am - 1 pm Stevenson 1002

Luisah Teish, A Cast of Cowries: Storytelling as Sacred Practice

Luisah Teisch

This presentation introduces students to the Orature--the mythology, folklore and poetry--found in the divinatory systems of the Ifa and the Dilloggun of the African Diaspora. This tradition interprets the characters and deities as forces in nature and in human nature, and it presents the art of storytelling as spiritual enactment. Students are asked to identify similar materials from their own cultures and are invited to write and perform their own story, prayer, or poem.

Luisah Teish is a writer, teacher, performance artist and ritual events consultant. She is the author of a women's spiritual classic, Jambalaya: The natural woman's book of personal charms and practical rituals. She teaches ritual theater, ecomythology and women's rites of passage at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Monday, April 25 | 1 - 4:30 pm in Stevenson 3042 (seating limited)

Fariba Bogzaran, The Practice of Dream Re-Entry

Thursday April 28 | 10 am - 12 pm Stevenson 3042

Robert Waggoner, Are Lucid Dreamers Encountering an Inner Self?

Robert Waggoner


The study of lucid dreams shows that many qualities associated with consciousness are experienced in lucid dreams: responsiveness, creativity, affect, and so on. The observed qualities do not seem archaic, instinctual, random, or chaotic; rather, they seem many degrees more creative than the conscious self.

This presentation explores the nature of the origin of creativity within the lucid dream. My hypothesis is that a larger, more creative awareness exists “behind the dream.” In the lucid dreaming technique I've developed I ignore dream figures, objects, and settings, and simply shout my questions and requests to the awareness behind the dream. The apparent awareness behind the dream exhibits more than creativity and responsiveness, it demonstrates the qualities that Carl Jung characterizes as an inner awareness: perception, apperception, affectivity, memory, imagination, reflection, judgment. Lucid dreaming may be the tool for science to confirm the existence of a “second psychic system,” an inner self which Jung called “revolutionary in its significance."

Robert Waggoner is a lucid dreamer since 1975, and he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams. He is the author of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self; co-editor of the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming, the online Lucid Dream Exchange. In 2009-10 he hosted a regular program on Iowa Public Radio discussing dreams and lucid dreams, and was consulted by ABC as a dream expert on the movie Inception. Robert is a former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. He speaks internationally and has presented at Iowa State University, University of Washington, Evergreen State College and Sonoma State.

Tuesday May 3 | 12 noon - 1 pm, Stevenson 3042

Daniel Helminiak, Sexuality and Spirituality: Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Integration

Daniel Helminiak, PhD

This PowerPoint presentation explores the role of sexual self-acceptance in spiritual growth. A fully psychological understanding of spirituality is the key to Daniel’s approach. Then six ever broader themes illustrate the connection between sexuality and spirituality, starting with orgasm and solo sex and moving to the couple, broader society, the cosmos, and—opening onto traditional views—also God and union with God. Time for Q & A will help unpack this delicate topic. This offering is a compass for navigating today's changing sexual mores in a burgeoning global society.

Daniel A. Helminiak is Professor in the humanistic and transpersonal Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches Human Sexuality each semester. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Rome, he holds PhDs in both theology and human development and specializes in the psychology of religion. He is known most widely for the international best seller What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality (1994, 2000) and has authored scores of articles on spirituality and religion and other books, including Spiritual Development (1987), The Human Core of Spirituality (1996), Religion and the Human Sciences (1998), Meditation without Myth (2005), Sex and the Sacred (2006), The Transcended Christian (2007), Spirituality for Our Global Community (2008), and, just completed, "God" in the Brain, an integration of neuroscience, psychology, spiritualogy, and theology. His website is

Friday May 6| 12 - 1 pm in Stevenson 3042 (seating limited)

Erika Rosenberg, Meditation and Emotion: Observations from the Interface of Science, Teaching, Practice

Erika Rosenberg, PhD

As a scientist who studies meditation and a long-time teacher and practitioner of meditation, I share my experience of having a foot in both worlds. I discuss how the practice and teaching of meditation can inform scientific questions and research methodologies, and how experience with science can inform meditation teaching and practice. In both areas my emphasis is on the emotions, as I seek to understand how emotions unfold within the individual, how they affect behavior and thought, and how working with them rather than against them can promote balance and well-being.

Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D. has been practicing meditation for over 20 years. She teaches meditation courses and workshops for working with emotions in daily life at the Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies in Berkeley, and is a researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis, where she investigates how intensive meditation affects cognition, emotion, and neurophysiology. She has helped develop a secular compassion- training program with Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. She recently taught this 8-week compassion-training program at Google and has presented it to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is co-author of Psychology: Making Connections, and co-editor of What the Face Reveals.




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