Course Offerings for Fall 2015

***Don’t forget the special event: Saturday, August 15th!***

We will have a special personal tour of the current show at the St Johnsbury Athenaeum “Martha’s Mandala: An Exhibit of Paintings, Sketches and Jung-Related Memorabilia,” led by Patty Oliver-Smith, the granddaughter of Martha Bacon, the artist who created the paintings and sketches.

Women’s Herstory, Thursdays, 9/3,10/1,11/5,12/3; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $90 (for all 9 sessions); to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

This 9-month, student-generated course offers a survey of 10,000 years of women’s experience, via reading and discussion of nine books, supplemented with some of the seminal essays and articles by prominent feminists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Interested students should come to the first meeting having read Woman’s Evolution, by Evelyn Reed. Led by Sue Mehrtens

Jung on Aging: Wednesdays, 9/9,16,23,30; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909.

Analytical psychology—Jung’s version of depth soul work—is unique among psychotherapeutic schools in its positive attitude toward old age and the aging process. Jung felt that people should live into life right up to the moment of death and he laid out a process for doing so that draws on personality type, personal talents, creative expression and a variety of life experiences that foster soul connection and anticipation of life after life. In this course we read Jung’s work on the stages of life, along with several other short works by older Jungian analysts who draw on their own experience of aging. In-class activities include multiple thought-provoking exercises. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. This course provides 8 hours of instruction suitable for CEUs.

Techniques for Transformation, Saturdays, 9/12,19; 9AM to 5PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

Jung loved to laugh and regarded a good sense of humor as crucial to mental health. Medical doctor that he was, Jung felt a daily “laughsitive” was crucial. In this rendition of the course we join synchronicity with laughter to provide insights into personal problems and current life situations, so as to strength trust in both our inner guidance and the sympatheia of the Universe. Students should come to this course with specific questions about which they want insight and guidance. Readings by Jung and other important Jungians (e.g. Jean Shinoda Bolen, Marie-Louise von Franz, Robert Hopcke) provide students with different perspectives on synchronicity and how to use it. Led by Sue Mehrtens

Jungian Bible Study Workshop I, Wednesdays, 10/7,14,21,28; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury VT; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

This course introduces students to a Jungian approach to handling the Bible, including such topics as allegorical and metaphorical thinking, non-literal interpretation, analysis of key Biblical archetypes, and how we are living the parables that Jesus presented to his listeners. No prior familiarity with the Bible, Judaism or Christianity is necessary. Led by Sue Mehrtens

Quick Fix Techniques for Reducing Stress, Saturday, 10/10; 9-11:30AM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury VT; $35; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

This workshop gives participants new ways to look at and deal with stress. It includes a variety of exercises participants can take away from the workshop for daily practice. The program includes a slideshow, exercises and discussion. Led by Susan Ackerman, astrologer and teacher. Susan gave this workshop to the Women’s Health Conference in New Hampshire to 98 delighted participants this past April.

Sacred Geometry Workshop, Saturday, 10/17; 10-11AM; Working with the Major Arcana, 1-2:15PM; Working with the Minor Arcana, 3-4:15PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury VT; $50 each, or all 3 for $125; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

Sacred Geometry studies the ratios and proportions of natural forms and their reflections in art, architecture and music. It is a study of the whole and its parts through relationship of form and spatial order. Contemplation of these geometric patterns reveals a mathematical elegance in the creative process of the unfolding universe. In this workshop fundamental ideas of sacred geometry will be described, followed by questions and answers, sharing and discussion. Participants may experience a new understanding of the unfolding of life forms built on geometric structure, along with inspiration, a sense of wonder and awe, and a deeper connection to the creative force. The two afternoon workshops are on Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot, which uses the Tarot to reflect on the past, and find clarity and consciousness in the present, and move into the future with intention and an allowing of the unfolding of the life path. The Major Arcana is used as a tool for contemplation of the archetypal symbols, via Katenia’s original Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot cards. Participants will have the opportunity to connect privately with the images and ask questions at any time. Divided into 4 elemental suits which reflect details in daily human experience, the Minor Arcana can also symbolize other species and life forms. This workshop aims to remind participants of our connectedness with other life forms and what we may learn from them. Led by Katenia Keller, a performance and visual artist and author of the Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot, a five-year painting and writing project. Her work has been shown at various galleries and public spaces, including Colby College and the C.G. Jung Center for Analytical Psychology, Brunswick ME. Katenia will be available on Sunday for private half-hour readings, from 10AM to Noon, and 1-3PM.

Jungian Bible Study Workshop II, Wednesdays, 11/4,11,18; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury VT; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

This 3-session workshop focuses on the sayings of Jesus (especially those regarded by conventional interpreters as “difficult”) and on Jesus’ inversion of the value system of Western Civilization. Particular attention is given to how students of Jung perceive the esoteric wisdom in the New Testament. No prior familiarity with either the Bible or Christianity is required. Led by Sue Mehrtens

How Your Jungian Archetypes Are the Key to Your Happiness and Joy!, Tuesday, 11/10; 6-8PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury VT; free; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

Cornelia believes that unhappy individuals have not connected fully to all of their archetypes. As a result, they are not expressing themselves completely. Some aspect of their soul is craving expression. Recognizing and engaging one’s archetypes creates a direct path to happiness. According to author Marci Shimoff “happy people recover more quickly from setbacks, are one-third less likely to get sick, live an average of nine years longer, earn on average $1 million more over their lifetimes, are more successful and have better relationships.” Led by Cornelia Ward, an intuitive counselor, spiritual teacher and ANGEL THERAPY PRACTITIONER® and Angel Card Reader®.