Imprisonment and Individuation

A Lecture by Jean Connon Unda of Toronto

iday, April 17
7:30-10:00 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
Room MB 1.210
1450 rue Guy 
(Metro Guy/Concordia)
Members $12
Non-Members $15
Students & Senior Members $8

It is not unusual for the theme of imprisonment to arise in the individuation
process.  As one might expect, an expressed feeling of being imprisoned by

some situation­inner or outeris invariably accompanied by a longing for

liberation. And it may be the case that the person in question will have to

undergo a radical changein the form of a new attitudebefore they can

see a possibility of freeing themselves. Drawing on symbolic material 

including visual art, dreams and literature, this lecture will explore the

dynamic tensions between freedom and constraint and the potential for

imprisonment to serve as a crucible for transformation.

Life Yet to Live:

Individuation in the Film The Mother

A seminar with Jean Connon Unda 

Saturday, April 18 

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

The John Molson School of Business 

Room MB 2.130 

1450 rue Guy 

(Metro Guy/Concordia) 

Members $70 

Non-Members $90 

Students/Senior Members $50

In the film The Mother, a woman in her 60’s is catapulted into a painful crisis when her husband dies. She is faced with the challenge of transcending her one-sided mother identity in order to live forward.
In this seminar, we will explore the conflictsinner and outerthat manifest as she encounters previously split off aspects of her psyche and the stirrings of new life begin to disturb the habitual order of her world.
   In the particulars of this woman’s journey toward greater authenticity, vitality, and wholeness, we will discern some of the archetypal patterns and motifs in the developmental process that Jung called individuation, such as the breakdown of a too-small identity in order to make way for the emergence of a more comprehensive sense of self and the issue of sacrifice with no guarantees of how the future will unfold. 

Jean Connon Unda is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Toronto. Prior to her analytic training through OAJA, she worked as an adult educator and as a  psychotherapist. Living in Latin America deepened her appreciation of the challenges and rewards of relationship with the other, both in society and in oneself, and she is very interested in the resonanceand interplaybetween the processes of personal and social transformation.





Eternal Mind’s Eternal Recreation

                                    A Four-Part Reading Seminar

April 21, 30, May 7, 19   

Westmount Public Library

4574 Sherbrooke St. W.

6:30-8:30 p.m.

$40 for complete series


$12 for individual sessions

For Info and to pick up

readings, please call (514) 481-8664


     Tuesday, April 21

The Transformation Process In Jungian Theory and Practice 

 Our mistakes and failures often present us with the opportunity to learn something new about ourselves and our deeper unfulfilled needs. The transformation process that takes us from an outworn way of living to one more in tune with our inner needs is what many of us hunger for. Just how this might come about both psychologically and in real life is explored in tonight’s readings.


         Roman Rogulski 

has been passionately studying Jung, dreams and depth psychology for many years. After a long and successful career as a life insurance underwriter, he plans to devote more time to friends, family and the symbolic life.....

Thursday, April 30
         Transforming Our Relationship to Mother Earth

This is a critical time in the history of the earth, a time of the destruction of ecosystems and

of the extinction of species– the end of the Cenozoic Era.    

     Tonight’s readings articulate a new mythic consciousness of our profound connectedness to the Earth and of our conscious role in the Universe. We are led “to find hope where we might least have thought to look—within our hearts and souls, and in our interdependence with all life.”


    Molly Baker is a retired epidemiologist and a student of nature. 



Thursday, May 7

The Psyche In the Alembic: Jung and Alchemy


Jung’s interest in alchemy, that bizarre blend of early science, religion and spirituality, remains a mystery. Nevertheless, many Jungians attach great importance to the effect of alchemical lore on his psychology. We will explore that subject through a chapter of Jung’s autobiographical Memories, Dreams, Reflections, with some comments by Daryl Sharp of Toronto, just the person to cast a little light on a dark subject.


   Harvey Shepherd is co-president of the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal and the editor of Anglican Montreal.



 Tuesday, May 19


            Fierce Grace: Transformation as Ordeal
Like the shedding of a snake’s skin, the process of transformation can be long and painful. It often comes unbidden, through trauma, significant loss, or serious illness. How do we navigate our way through such experiences without falling apart or losing hope?



        Tonight’s readings include reflections on the topic from Kate Burns’s Paths to Transformation: From Initiation to Liberation, Ursula Wirtz’s Trauma and Beyond: The Mystery of Transformation, and Elizabeth Lesser’s Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow.

   Mary Harsany 

is co-president of the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal and maintains a private psychology practice in Westmount.