Jung Association of Western Mass

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The Jung Association of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) was founded December 6, 1996. It is a volunteer-run association open to all persons interested in the life, work and ideas of Carl Gustav Jung and those who have come after him.

It has remained true to its original two part goal of offering to the public the theory, concepts and practical application of Analytical Psychology while providing the local area Jungian analysts a forum to present their ideas, their work, and themselves. The Jung Association of Western Mass can anticipate many more years of exciting and meaningful community service to the local Western Mass area in the advancement of Analytical Psychology.

Its purpose is educational and presents information about analytical psychology in accordance with the history and method originated by C.G. Jung through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, social events and the blog/e-journal.

All lectures will take place on the 1st Friday of the month (except for SEPTEMBER ( Friday 9/11), and JANUARY (Sunday 1/10)). All lectures will take place in Seelye Hall Rm# 106 at Smith College (except for SEPTEMBER and APRIL which will take place in Hillyer Graham Hall in the Fine Arts Building at Smith College). All lectures will take place at 7:00pm, ending ~9:00pm (except for JANUARY Sunday 1/10 1pm-4pm). Directions are on our website, or you can click here for a Google map.

A voluntary contribution of $10.00 is requested and appreciated as voluntary contributions are our only source of support.

These presentations are made possible with the generous support of Smith College and its College Relations Office

2015-2016 Lecture Schedule

September 11, 2015
Dancing in the Flames: Marion Woodman Film and Panel
NOTE: For this lecture we will meet in Hillyer Graham Hall in the Fine Arts Building, Smith College 
This powerful, provocative, and insightful film explores the transformational life of one of the West’s most important wisdom keepers. It sends a clarion call to a planet in the midst of “a shedding of its outworn skin.” Renowned Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman is celebrated for her work on feminine psychology and addiction, but her words and her wisdom speak to nearly everyone. 
Jungian Analysts Anita Greene, Thayer Greene, and Karen Smyers will lead a discussion with the audience following the film.
October 2, 2015
David Stephenson Bond: Living Myth: Personal Meaning as a Way of Life
This lecture explores the dilemma of how to live life creatively at a time when the dominant myths of our culture are losing their power to give meaning to our lives. Using C. G. Jung’s idea of discovering a “personal myth” we will reflect on the psychology of mythic imagination as a force in both culture and individual life. This lecture offers insights into the possibilities of cultural renewal and individual meaning through the restoration of the imagination.
David Stephenson Bond, Jungian analyst (IAAP) practices in Methuen, MA and is the author of Living Myth (1993), The Archetype of Renewal (2003), and the novels Healing Lily (2010) and My Stranger (2012).
November 6, 2015
Penny Tarasuk: Accepting Psyche’s Gift – The Dream

“I have found an exceptionally wonderful place where pilgrims come to reap the benefits of the waters…”


Dreams help guide during the first half of life in slaying of the dragon of unconsciousness, leaving “home,” establishing the outer world of love, work, play, and glimpses of the numinous. The second half requires that we must attend the marriage within and accept the necessity of surrendering the heroic attitude of the ego complex and reliance on the material world. If attended, dreams help in the development of a symbolic life, deepen our sense of meaning, and can assist in bringing life to conclusion.
Penelope Tarasuk, Jungian Analyst (IAAP), has been working for 40 years in the United States and abroad focusing on dreams, active imagination, nature, creativity, trauma, and body in spiritual development.
December 4, 2015
Thayer Greene: Psychic Transformation in the Analytic Process
Jung advanced his experiential thesis that there are within each individual potentials for transformation toward the wholeness of the individual personality. Such transformations occur within many life contexts including the analytic relationship. Using many examples, Thayer will explore the stages in embodied psychic transformation (i.e. individuation) mediated by the Jungian vision and method.
Thayer Greene, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) is a graduate of the Jung Institute of New York, and a training analyst at the Jung Institute of Boston. He has a private practice in Amherst. 
January 10, 2016Sunday 1-4PM (NOTE DAY CHANGE – NOT FRIDAY)
Erica Lorentz: Introduction to Alchemical Symbols of Transformation
We will explore some processes and symbols in alchemy, the ancient discipline that sought to transform our inner mundane prima materia into a substance of great psychological and spiritual value. At the end of the Red Book, Jung discovered that the rich symbolic system of the alchemists described his own experiential method of active imagination and his theory of individuation. Alchemical prints and film clips will illustrate the relevance of these symbols today.
Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., L.P.C., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) has a private practice in Northampton, MA and is the President of the Jung Association of Western MA. She is a training analyst and on the Training Board of the Jung Institute of Boston and has lectured and facilitated workshops throughout the US and Canada.
February 5, 2016
Anita Greene: The Embodied Unconscious
Using an embodied approach to the unconscious one can be more fully present not only to the images that bubble up but to the emotional impact and challenge to our ego’s sense of identity. Jungians are often accused of getting lost in the world of symbolic images. Jung, speaking to himself as well as to his disciples, warned, “Whatever you experience outside of the body, in a dream for instance, is not experienced unless you take it into the body, because the body means the here and now.” Using clinical examples Anita shall show how we can incorporate the image through sensory imagination.
Anita Greene, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) and Rubenfeld Synergist is a graduate of the Jung Institute of New York and teaches at the Jung Institute of Boston. She has a private practice in Amherst.
March 4, 2016
Russell Holmes: Michelangelo – The Three Pietas
When he was 23 years old, Michelangelo was commissioned to sculpt the religious image of Mary holding the body of her dead son for the tomb of a French cardinal. This Roman pieta is the sculpture with which we are all familiar. In his late middle age, he took up the image again in a pieta which he planned for his own tomb – the Florentine pieta. He was working on his final Milan pieta until several days before he died. This lecture will discuss the pietas in their historical, religious and symbolic contexts in the progressive expansion of an image from the genius of Michelangelo Buonaroti.
Russell Holmes, Jungian Analyst (IAAP), is a member of NESJA (New England Society of Jungian Analysts).
April 1, 2016
John Ryan Haule: Jung in the 21st Century
NOTE: For this lecture we will meet in Hillyer Graham Hall in the Fine Arts Building, Smith College
Jung was more deeply a scientist and more severely critical of science than most people know. His central passion was to show how psyche and cosmos mirror one another, being as much spiritual as material. The archetypes align psychology with evolution and synchronicity and lay the groundwork for a myth that is not only spiritually satisfying, but necessary in a time of climate change. Psychology, Jung says, is about learning to see.
John Ryan Haule, Jungian Analyst (IAAP) has a Ph.D. in religious studies and a diploma from the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich. He has taught Jung’s Collected Works for over 30 years in Boston and published eight books and many articles. Website:jrhaule.net
May 6, 2016
Sarah Jackson: The Female Hero – from Ancient Myth to Modern Cinema
All the classic heroes described by Jung, Campbell, Graves, Auden, Kerenyi are either semi-divine or human men, and most of the literature on heroes focuses on male warriors, despite the fact that both ordinary and extraordinary women have been doing heroic things for centuries. In this lecture/discussion, we will examine a new group of female heroes who have been emerging in contemporary films, beginning with Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” [2000] and ending with “The Homesman”, “Divergent” and “Insurgent”, all released in 2015.
Sarah Jackson, MFA MA LP, is a NY licensed Jungian analyst (IAAP) and artist. She has been in private practice in Great Barrington MA since 1990.

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