“American Icarus” and “America on the Couch” with Pythia Peay
Dec 11th, 2015 by ken

Pythia PeayProspero’s & The KC Friends of Jung are excited to announce a reading and discussion by PYTHIA PEAY, Depth journalist on psychology, spirituality and the American psyche. Her work has appeared in: the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Utne, KC Star, The Plain Dealer, New Woman and others. A native Kansas Citian, Peay will read from and discuss her two new books:

“AMERICAN ICARUS: A Memoir of Father and Country” (Lantern Books, 2015)

“AMERICA ON THE COUCH: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture” (Lantern Books, 2015) – a collection of 37 interviews with some of the world’s leading psychologists, including Robert Jay Lifton, Michael Eigen, Judith V. Jordan, and James Hillman.

Click here for all the details.

Peay’s talk will touch upon the iconic American life of her Greatest Generation father, Joe Carroll: a charismatic Irish charmer who overcame a childhood marked by poverty and a Dickensian twist-of-fate to fly the globe during World War II, and then for the Kansas City-based airline, TWA—while also raising four children with his Argentine-born wife, and farming 200 acres of farmland located in Oak Grove. But Joe was also an incurable alcoholic who struggled in the everyday world of family and intimate relationships. After his death, she set out on a quest to understand the sources of his suffering, interviewing family members, psychologists, and railroad, aviation and Air Force historians. She will read two Christmas-themed selections from this book.

Peay will also read several selections from her interviews with psychologists in America on the Couch that touch on current events, such as addiction, the environment, immigration, gun violence, and the soul of America.

Click here for all the details.

There will be limited copies of both books at the event for purchase so please consider purchasing copies and bringing them with you for Pythia to sign. Both books can be purchased on Amazon. Also, the publisher is offering a 15% discount if you purchase directly through them: you can call Lantern Books at 703.661.1594 to receive the discount.

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Carl Greer: “Change Your Story, Change Your Life”
Nov 5th, 2015 by ken

CarlGreer2-SMThis weekend we are pleased to host Carl Greer. His lecture and workshop revolve around his book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life.

Carl Greer is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner. He received his PhD from Columbia University and was on their faculty teaching finance and management in their graduate school of business. He moved to Chicago to work for an oil company and, after focusing on business for many years, he earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and then became a Jungian analyst.

The shamanic work he does is drawn from a blend of North American and South American indigenous trainings and is influenced by Jungian analytical psychology. He has trained with Peruvian shamans and through Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s Healing the Light Body School, where he has been on staff. He has worked with shamans in South America, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ethiopia, and Outer Mongolia. Carl Greer is involved in various businesses and charities, teaches at the Jung Institute in Chicago, is on the staff of the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center, and holds workshops on Jungian and shamanic topics.

I hope to see you there!

Jung in the Heartland Conference
Aug 20th, 2015 by ken

The C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis will hold its fourth Jung in the Heartland Conference September 10-13, 2015, at King’s House Retreat Center in Belleville, IL.  The theme of the conference is “The Altar of the Earth.”

The keynote speaker will be Monika Wikman, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst from Santa Fe, NM, author of Pregnant Darkness.  Other speakers will be Belden Lane, Ph.D., St. Louis, MO, author and nature mystic, and Mary Ryan, MA, a counselor and teacher who uses film to illustrate her lectures.  Mary lives in Springfield, IL

This conference will include an art exhibition organized around the theme, “The Altar of the Earth.” In 2014 the St. Louis Society featured a writing contest on the topic of “Honoring the Altar of the Earth.”  The three top winners of the contest will present their essays at the Artists’ and Authors’ Reception, 7:00 pm, September 12, 2015.  The reception is open to the public for a nominal fee.  The Society has published a book of the finest contest entries and the book will be available at the conference.

For more information or to register for the conference or reception, visit or call (314) 533-6809.

An introduction to our April 24th program
Apr 13th, 2015 by ken

An introduction to our March 27th program
Mar 3rd, 2015 by ken

An introduction to our Feb 27th workshop
Feb 4th, 2015 by ken

Rick Childs and Papal Infallibility tonight
Oct 3rd, 2014 by ken

Don’t forget that we have Rick Childs speaking tonight at the Roeland Park Community Center. The title of his talk is “Papal Infallibility: the problem of irreconcilable religious certainties.” All the details along with a map showing the location are here.

Hope to see you tonight!

A visit to Jung’s home
Sep 15th, 2014 by ken

This Friday is our 2014/15 program year kick-off. We are very pleased to have Greg Rieke, FOJ president emeritus, sharing with us about his trip to Jung’s home in Kusnacht. You can read all the details here.

Please note that this event is at the Roeland Park Community Center. Here is a map to the location. There is plenty of off-street parking next to the building.

Also, there will be a social and fellowship time after Greg’s presentation. I hope you’ll stay and join us as we rekindle old friendships and start making new ones.

If you could ask him one question
Sep 15th, 2014 by david

As I look forward to Greg Rieke’s Sept. 19 presentation about his visit to C.G. Jung’s home, I wonder:  What would it be like to actually visit with Jung now, if he came back in holographic form — like Jodie Foster’s father in in the movie “Contact”?

If I could ask him just one question, what would I ask?  That’s an easy question for me, since my feature documentary film, “What Is Synchronicity?” is almost complete.  I would ask for his feedback about my film.  Based on responses I’ve received from previewers of the film, I hope for a favorable review.  Nonetheless, I also hear my father complex saying something like, “(Jung) had better like it.  I worked my butt off for years making it.”  He might chuckle, and maybe he would say that I left a lot of material on the cutting room floor.  I would say, “OK, I know. I’m on it.  That’s material for the sequel!”

Further, I wonder what Jung would want from his visit here.  Would he long to be here now to more completely explore certain issues?  Would he be better equipped to explain certain things to us?  The cultural times limited his ability to approach the controversial subject of synchronicity when he was alive.  He would probably love the discussion and interest generated by the subject since then.  Of course, what we do with Jung’s ideas is up to us; and what his ideas want with us has a life of its own, too.

What question would you pose to Jung if you could?  Or what do you think he would ask you?
Please share your questions below, and come see what Greg discovered during his visit to Jung’s home.

Board member David Strabala, LCSW

Archetypal Astrology
Jul 15th, 2014 by ken

Dr. Keiron Le Grice, one of Pacifica’s newest core faculty members, is an expert on the subject of archetypal astrology. In his teaching, Dr. Le Grice situates archetypal astrology in the work of C. G. Jung and James Hillman. He teaches in the new Jungian and Archetypal Studies Doctoral program, including many courses on archetypes, vocation, synchronicity, and alchemy. Dr. Le Grice is the author of The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology and his newest publication The Rebirth of the Hero: Mythology as a Guide to Spiritual Transformation.

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