Greetings, thank you for visiting.
I start with a short announcement for my new online course, Through Darkness to Light, The Alchemy of Writing, which is now live at the Jung Society of Washington.
The course is more than appropriate today, as we look for light in our beleagured world. I now have recorded three courses at the Jung Society of Washington, Journaling to the Soul, Seeing Beauty with Words, and Through Darkness to Light. The courses are each an hour and half long, not counting the writing exercises. You may follow them as you wish, one part at a time, returning or continuing, with written transcripts and a bulletin board for questions. The courses are part of the 'gold' that I have found in a long life of study, reading, reflection, and teaching.
In the spring I will return to the Jung Institutes / Societies in Boston, NYC, and Washington DC., working with the topic, Rekindling the Soul, Active Imagination. From Plato to Ibn Arabi, to Henri Corbin and CG Jung, the imagination has opened the way to wholeness, to discovering our true selves. Then in July, I will give a writing workshop at Jung on The Hudson in line with this summer's theme Letting Go, Letting In, Letting Be.
I am extremely grateful to the vast Jungian family for their support and friendship. This brings me to my two most recent books, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung, and Circling to the Center, An Invitation to Silent Prayer, both published by Chiron Publications in Ashville, North Carolina. The latter book is a 20th Anniversary Edition, with an Afterward which updates my spiritual journey, opening the confines of my own darkness and finding atonement in the "hidden wholeness"of creation.
The ground of this Jungian work is my writing. Both careers started in my fifties, after raising six children. My writing career, the seven books I have published, has been nourished by my participation in the International Women's Writing Guild. In the fall I gave four webinars for IWWG, titled Narratives of the Unconscious. Our stories are in the dark. How do we access them? And when we find them and craft them, how do we share them?
This spring, I will also return to IWWG to give a workshop in the Boston retreat, Women Writing to the World, and again in July for their summer conference which will be at Endicot College in Beverly MA on the ocean. I will work with story and active imagination. All the dates are listed in the column to the left.
Here in Geneva, I continue to participate and teach at the Geneva Writrrs Group, the international Association of English language writers that I founded and directed for twenty-five years. In May, I will give a workshop on narratives of the unconscious at their biennial conference.
I close with a passage -- the last paragraph -- from the Afterword of Circling to the Center, Invitation to Silent Prayer.
"Nourished by my prayer, by my reading and writing, and by the steadfast love of the dear man I married over sixty years ago and the family we created, I approach a growing wholeness. Each morning, I ask to close the door of my small study. The space becomes a mandala. I sit in silent prayer. Sometimes I look out at the trees, the lake. Sometimes there is the unresolved. Sometimes the spark flares. Each afternoon I open the door to the multi-layered world around me The circles multiply, the mandala expands. Sometimes I am lantern."