Dreams: Approaching the Unconscious
Mar 15th, 2017 by ken

Dr. Lois E Wilkins, PhD, APRN, Vice President of the Kansas City Friends of Jung and owner of The Eagle’s Nest Holistic Mental Health, Inc., is offering a series of classes exploring Depth Psychology beginning in April 2017. For those needing CE, Certificates of Attendance will be provided after each session for 90 minutes of contact.

Depth Psychology is a holistic mind/body/spirit branch of analytical psychology. It is exquisitely tailored for the holistic practitioner and unique for those individuals seeking meaning. This series of twelve sessions will introduce the dynamics integral to understanding depth psychology. Session topics include:

April 6, 20: Dreams
May 4, 18: Modern-Day Applications of Ancient Myths
June 1, 15: Growing Down, as Contrasted to Growing Up
July 6, 20: Symbolism in the Media
September 7, 21: Individual Symbols
October 5, 19: Neuroscience and Memory

Dreams: Approaching the Unconscious
April 6 and 20, 2017, 9:30-11:00 AM


Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room C

Just as the physical body has self-regulating mechanisms to sustain stability, Psyche maintains balance through the use of imagery, the type of symbols often found in dreams. By the end of this first program, you will understand the significance of dreams to wellness/wholeness.

Download an electronic flyer in PDF

Call 785-766-9441 by March 30 to register. Future meeting venues may change, depending upon the number of registrants. Further information about the content of other classes in the series will be provided via email by request at this same telephone number, and they will be updated on the this website. With enough expressed interest, an evening session may be added.

Dr. Lois E. Wilkins, PhD, APRN is a Theorist, Depth Psychotherapist, Researcher and Consultant, and she has published numerous articles and poetry.

KC Library Talk | Carl Jung, the Unconscious Mind and Modern Art
Nov 7th, 2016 by ken

What do Carl Jung and Jackson Pollock have in common? Join curator Jan Schall in Gallery L2, then continue to the museum’s Spencer Art Reference Library to explore Jung’s dream imagery, as recorded in his Red Book.

November 12, 11am – 12pm

The event is free but required tickets to be reserved.

Click here for details.

Welcome to a new year of programs!
Sep 6th, 2016 by ken

Well, it’s that time of year again. The programs have been planned, the brochures are being printed and mailed, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again.

Download a PDF version of the brochure here.

Our first program is Friday, September 30, and the details can be found here.

America on the Couch 2016 Presidential Election Study Guide
Feb 25th, 2016 by ken

AmericaOnTheCouchPlease contact Ken Buch for more information about dates, places, and times.

From Pythia Peay, author of America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture and American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country (Lantern Books).

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am very pleased and excited to announce the upcoming March launch of my 2016 Presidential Election Study Guide. I don’t know about the rest of you, but as I watched the returns from the Iowa caucus, I could feel that strange mix of anxiety, fear, excitement, and hopeful anticipation that rises up in me during every Presidential election. For while we Americans may be divided by which party we belong to, or which candidate we support, we are all united in the myriad psychological responses—uncertainty over the fate of the country; helplessness against forces that loom larger than the individual voter; and overwhelmed by the relentless media coverage, and the knowledge required to sort through complex political issues—we all experience as we do our best to make our most informed choice for the next American president. And then there are the stresses that arise from the way politics can disrupt our relationships and even alienate us from close friends and family who don’t share our political views, party, or choice of candidate. Democracy asks a lot of us!

Because most of us are consumed by the day-to-day demands of life, some may even decide to disengage entirely from the whole messy, anxiety-inducing process. Flooded from within by our own intense emotional responses and unshakable convictions that defy reason or that swamp our conscious thinking, we may even decide to cut ourselves off from our own inner political selves and passion for civic engagement. As understandable as that is, it would be a great shame for citizens to disengage from the very election process that ensures the continuity of our American democracy, as flawed, messy, chaotic, imperfect, corruptible, and unpredictable as it is.

That is why I’m launching this Study Guide. Based on material drawn from my book, America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture, it is my hope that this collection of interviews with 37 clinical psychologists, political psychologists, psychoanalysts, and Jungian psychoanalysts offering their profound, learned, and unexpected insights—on violence, guns, mass shootings and Hiroshima; our crisis around alcohol and drug addiction and the need to understand the underlying cultural and unconscious forces at play; our beloved but rapidly deteriorating environment and the changes we face if we are to survive; the strengths and flaws of our capitalist economic system and our rampant consumerism; the dangerous but also the positive aspects of political polarization, and psychological perspectives on American presidents, and the presidency; and, last, the archetypes and myths underlying the democratic principles of individualism, independence, and freedom that define the American soul, as well as how these myths are evolving into the next century—may offer a more thoughtful, conscious way to navigate the months leading up to the election.

Because America on the Couch is such an “idea rich” book, the Study Guide also provides an ideal opportunity for people to join together in study groups in a way that can help them digest this sumptuous feast of perspectives, as well as providing them an intimate venue to experience the election, and to explore the enormous issues facing the American public as our historic experiment in democracy continues into the 21st century.

The Study Guide will launch on March 1st, when I will send out an email to those who have written to let me know they’d like to participate. It will begin with a selection from the introduction and the first half of Chapter One, “Violence in America,” along with questions that will generate discussion. April will focus on the second half of Chapter One; and then discussion questions for the following consecutive chapters will be sent out each month. The last Study Guide will be sent out in November, post-election, with special questions and selections so that group members can bring their process to closure.

Here is the schedule:
March 1: Introduction and the first half of Chapter One: Violence in America.
April 1: The second half of Violence in America
May 1: Chapter Two: Addicted America
June 1: Chapter Three: America’s Vanishing Environment
July 1: Chapter Four: A Poverty of Meaning: Capitalism and Consumerism
August 1: Summer break
September 1: Chapter Five: Politics, Presidents, Power and Polarization
October 1: Chapter Six: The Soul of America: These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls
November 1: Concluding Questions to help participants integrate their feelings and responses to the country’s choice of its next new President; what this significant shift will involve; saying goodbye to President Obama; and the inevitable feelings of victory for one side and loss for the other.

And here is a list, in alphabetical order, of the psychohistorians, psychologists, psychoanalysts, and Jungian analysts whose ideas we’ll be studying in America on the Couch, and who act as our guides on this Dante’s journey of exploration through the American psyche: Stephen Aizenstat, John Beebe, Bonnie Bright, Gary S. Bobroff, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Philip Cushman, Larry Decker, Raymond De Young, Edward Edinger, Michael Eigen, Stephen J. Foster, Charles Grob, Bud Harris PhD, A. Chris Heath, James Hillman, Judith V. Jordan, Donald Kalsched, Robert J. Langs, Linda Schierse Leonard, Harriet Lerner, Robert Jay Lifton, A. Thomas McLellan, Thomas Moore, Ginette Paris, Mary Pipher, Ernest Rossi, Andrew Samuels, Erel Shalit, June Singer, Thomas Singer, Lawrence H. Staples, Murray Stein, Charles B. Strozier, Paul Wachtel, Karen B. Walant, Marion Woodman, and Luigi Zoja.

As the Study Guide is based on America on the Couch, that book will be required reading; American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country is suggested, but not necessary. Please write to me directly at if you’d like to participate in this study guide and form a group, but can’t afford a copy of America on the Couch.

I look forward to your responses, and to reaching out and joining with those I know and those I don’t know, and to also participating with individuals and groups via email over the coming months!

With all my best regards,


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 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!

Podcast from Ken Buch’s Phoenix Presentation
Apr 30th, 2014 by ken

You may remember that, in March, I traveled to Phoenix to give a presentation to the Phoenix Friends of CG Jung. I had a wonderful time with some wonderful Jungians. The podcast of my Friday night lecture is now available here. It’s an updated and improved (in my opinion) version of the talk I gave here in KC last March. If you are interested in a copy of the slides that accompanied the talk, just shoot me an email and I’ll send them along. Enjoy!

Upcoming program
Feb 18th, 2014 by ken

Beyond Drawing

with Darlene Victoria de Lyon

Join us for a series of very special drawing exercises designed to take us “Beyond Drawing,” beyond our mechanical nature, our mechanical way of observing and processing impressions. Working with attention, observation, and focusing on the whole of one’s self as one fluid process will be the aim. These exercises help one to be in touch with what is most important when making art. It is a matter of which part of us is active and which is passive. Students will walk away with some valuable experiences to use in ones’ art and/or self-discovery practice.

All levels of drawing abilities are welcome. Feel free to bring a drawing board if you have one.

We will break for lunch and eat at Eden Alley (next door to the meeting room), Dutch treat.

March 22, 2014 from 9am – 3pm
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W 47th St, KC MO 64112

Contact Darlene at:

Regular: $70.00
Member: $55.00
Student: $55.00

*The price of the workshop includes a $5 materials fee.

Darlene Victoria de Lyon, a practicing Kansas City artist, holds a BFA in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has had one person shows and installations and has instructed all ages in making art. A former KC Friends of Jung board member, she co-led the popular workshop, “Experiencing Mandala” with Lisa Whitlow. She currently leads a study group, “Art: In Theory and in Practice.”


Aug 18th, 2013 by ken

Welcome to the new KC Friends of Jung website!

There are still a few little bugs and I still need to make some more tweaks but it’s mostly functional. Plus, since the brochures are being delivered, I wanted you all to be able to pre-register for our exciting programs we have lined up for you this year.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for September 15 — our kick-off with Susan Rowland.

Enjoy the new site and your feedback is very welcome.

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