Upcoming Courses for Winter Term 2019

Upcoming Courses for Winter Term 2019


Women’s Health and Healing, Thursdays, 1/3,2/7 & 3/7; 7-9PM; 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $90; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

Jung’s brand of psychology is especially popular with women, and many Jungian analysts are women. In this course we read nine books written by women analysts focused on the ways Jung’s psychology addresses the lives of women and their challenges. All the books for the course are provided to participants. Our January book is World Weary Woman by Cara Barker; for February, The Sacred Prostitute, by Nancy Qualls-Corbet; and for March, Conscious Femininity by Marion Woodman; 18 CEUs are available for therapists.


Introduction to Meditation, Saturdays, 1/5,12,19,26th; 2-4PM (snow day, 3/2, 2PM); 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

This course provides a basic orientation to one of the most essential practices of the spiritual journey. Called “receptive prayer,” “contemplation,” “sitting,” zazen, and “the art of inner listening,” meditation offers manifold benefits to the spiritual seeker. We consider some of the schools of meditation as we work with over a dozen techniques drawn from Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Tibetan and zen traditions. Because the purpose of the course is to equip students with this most valuable tool, the format is much more experiential than intellectual, although some readings are discussed and a lengthy bibliography is provided. The goal is both to inform and to immerse participants in meditation and to encourage the development of a regular, daily practice. Led by Sue Mehrtens.


Finding Security in a Tumultuous World, Wednesdays, 1/9,16,23,30, 7-9PM (snow day 2/6); 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

How can we feel safe and secure in a world that seems to get “curiouser and curiouser”

(to use Alice’s term as she wandered through wonderland) with every passing day? This experiential workshop addresses this question with over a dozen exercises, techniques and practices to help participants achieve an abiding locus of security. Led by Sue Mehrtens


Introduction to Dream Work, Thursdays, 1/10,17,24,31, 7-9PM (snow day, 2/1); 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

Being offered by popular request, this workshop introduces a wide array of psychological theories that underpin the study of dreams, and explores the methods, experiences, and applications of dream work, drawing upon our historical and cultural heritage. Students are required to maintain a dream journal, and to attempt analysis of their own dreams and those of their classmates. Hands-on experience in dream interpretation is stressed. Led by Sue Mehrtens


Critical Thinking in a Time of Confusion, 1st Tuesday of Feb, Mar, April, May (2/5,3/5,4/2,5/7, 7-9PM); 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

With our media now full of “fake news” and “alternate realities,” slippery slope arguments, red herrings, faulty analogies, scare tactics and “phishing,” how are we ever to determine what is true from what is false? This course, created by student requests, presents multiple techniques we can use to evaluate what we hear and see. In addition to multiple exercises, a variety of readings from current sources is provided to give participants hands-on practice in applying what we discuss. Created by Richmond Shreve and Sue Mehrtens; led by Sue Mehrtens. Students will have available a book by Richmond they can download from the Internet.


Mandala Workshop, Wednesdays, 2/13,20,27 & 3/6 (snow day 3/13); 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

A contemplative hands-on workshop designed to introduce participants to the powerful spiritual effect that results in the process of crafting a mandala. The various types of mandalas and cross-cultural use of mandalas will be explored, along with the alchemical operations associated with different mandala images. All the tools and media necessary to create mandalas will be provided. Prospective students are advised that, to maximize the benefits of this workshop, considerable time must be devoted to out-of-class homework consisting of creating or coloring an array of mandalas. Led by Sue Mehrtens


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