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Christina Becker MBA, Dipl. Analytical Psychology (Zurich)
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Challice Well - Private Practice of Christina Becker - Jungian Analyst
I hope this email finds you well and the summer has been a good one. During the last several months, I have been reflecting on the notion of Soul and Soul-Making in preparation for a number of Fall workshops.  Soul-Making was James Hillman's word for Jung's concept of Individuation.  i am becoming quite partial to this term.  It captures something of the process that we dive into as we subject our experience to subjective psychological reflection. 

A number of things that I wanted to share with you today;  I hope you will find interesting.  To the left of this page, you will find links to my latest blog posts. 

Topics in this Newsletter 
Moon, The Symbol of the Soul
Developing the Inner Teacher 
The Soul of Nature and the Nature of Soul 
Social Media 

Moon, The Symbol of the Soul Retreat - September 2015   

It is not too late to register for the Moon and the Soul Retreat on September 18 to 20, 2015 weekend.  I am so happy to be working again with  Julie Simmons, astrologer as part of our ongoing exploration astrology and Jungian psychology.   
The astrological Moon is where we incarnate into life.  The Soul is that mysterious substance that is hard to define;  and the image of the Moon portrays many different levels of the human soul and captures our relationship to the archetypal mother, the inner child, the body, and food.  

Please join us in this fascinating journey into soul.  
If you are interested let me know at: cj@cjbecker.com or telephone 416-483-4317

Dates and Times:
Friday, September 18th ,7 PM – 10 PM
Saturday September 19th, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday September 20th, 10 AM – 5 pm

Optional Dream circle at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday
Location: East End of Toronto. 

Cost:  $275.00 (+ HST (13%) and Paypal fee (.03%). To register,  click here.   
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Developing the Inner Teacher: Facilitation from the Inside Out  - November 2015 - Salome Schwartz and Process Work   

This workshop explores working more creatively with ourselves and others: at home or at work. We all are potentially wise and creative when approaching challenging or stagnant situations. We will learn awareness skills that allow us to tap into creative insights that are embedded in our experiences, bodies, dreams and imagination.

Through guidance from our deep and subtle experiences, we can cultivate our inner teacher and find renewed ways of awakening and getting along with the richness and complexity in ourselves and others.

Date and Times: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
Saturday, November 21, 2015 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
Sunday, November 22, 2015 : 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Cost:  $495 including lunch. (Credit card, cheque or e-mail transfer accepted.)

For more information or to register, contact Sharlene Friedman at 416-588-2471 orsharlene@beingbalance.ca.
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The Soul of Nature / Nature of Soul Retreat - December  2015   

Beaty Popescu and I continue our exploration on the gateways to the divine with our third weekend spiritual retreat at the Bethany Center in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The theme of this retreat will be the nature of soul and the soul of nature. As in previous workshops, there will be a balance of presentation, group discussion, focused exercises, retreat time and sharing.  The main intention of the weekend is to deepen participants’ ways of connecting with the divine. 

Dates and Times:
Friday, December 4 ,7 PM – 10 PM
Saturday December 5, 9:00 am – 5:00  pm
Sunday December 6, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Contact the Bethany Center, Sisters of St Martha, Antigonish  for registration.  Please contact me if you have any other questions.  
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Social Media    

I have been quite active on social media over the last several months. This is where I post quotations or other material that I find very interesting or helpful to me in my own process and hopefully to others. My focus is to post material that links spirituality with the process of individuation and soul-making.  I also post links to the latest blog posts there.  

If you would like to keep abreast of my current thinking and explorations, I invite you to follow me on Twitter orFacebook .  
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Thanks for reading.
Warm Regards

Christina Becker

Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture and Spring Journal Books

The 2015 Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology
Photo courtesy of ZÜRICHFOTO.CH
Craig E. Stephenson with 
Victoria Harmandjieva
"Jung’s Types in W. H. Auden’s
The Age of Anxiety 
and Leonard Bernstein’s
Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety
Oct 9-10, 2015 | Zurich, Switzerland
Friday , October 9
Reception, Lecture & Three-Course Dinner
at the historic Zunfthaus zur Saffran
Limmatquai 54
Saturday, October 10
Lectures, Break, & Discussion
at the Lavatersaal at St.Peter's Church
St. Peter-Hofstatt 6
About the Zurich Lecture Series
The Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology was established in 2009 by the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich (ISAPZURICH) and Spring Journal Books to present annually new work by a distinguished scholar who has previously offered innovative contributions to the field of Analytical Psychology by either:
  • bringing analytical psychology into meaningful dialogue with other scientific, artistic, and academic disciplines;
  • showing how analytical psychology can lead to a better understanding of contemporary global concerns relating to the environment, politics, religion; or
  • expanding the concepts of analytical psychology as they are applied clinically
Each year, the selected lecturer delivers 4 lectures over a 2-day period in Zurich based on a previously unpublished book-length work. This book is then published by Spring Journal Books in a book series of which Nancy Cater, Ph.D., and Murray Stein, Ph.D., are the series editors.
About the 2015 Zurich Lectures
Jung’s Types in W. H. Auden’s The Age of Anxiety and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety
In New York in 1944, the English poet W. H. Auden began working on a long piece, The Age of Anxiety. He structured this dramatic work about four strangers in a New York bar as an examination of the effects of wartime events on inner consciousness. He modeled the four characters on the descriptions of the four conscious functions of the personality described by Jung in Psychological Types (1921). Setting his psychological narrative on All Souls’ Day, Auden plunges readers into a reckoning with the post-traumatic disordering experience of war and searches for a way to dialogue with the dead as inner collective memory. He pushes the narrative towards the emergence of a complexity that philosophy and the science of mind would now define as irreducible, something greater than the sum of its parts.

Craig Stephenson explains how Jung’s typology provided a compass with which Auden could chart his responses to the war: his return to his religious faith, his travels in Germany interviewing civilians for the United States Strategic Bombing Survey in 1945, and his decision to become an American citizen (or as he preferred to say, a citizen of New York City). Critically reading Jung, Auden worked consciously and poetically in The Age of Anxietyto “take up the Cross of the Instant” in order to “free the future and fulfill the past”. 

In 1948, Leonard Bernstein took up the challenges he found in Auden’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poem and extrapolated creatively from its typological voices, dramatic structures and archetypal motifs to compose his second symphony. In turn, Bernstein’s music inspired choreography, first by Jerome Robbins (1950) and later by John Neumeier and the Hamburg Ballet (1979).

In this Zurich Lecture Series, Stephenson offers an introduction to Jung’s types in Auden’s poem and the symphony it inspired. Victoria Harmandjieva and a colleague will perform the symphony, transcribed for two pianos. With words and music, Stephenson explores the use of Jung’s types in The Age of Anxiety and considers the significance in our time of these creative responses to Jung’s theory.
Craig E. Stephenson: The 2015 Zurich Lecturer
Craig E. Stephenson, Ph.D. is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich (Küsnacht), the Institut für Psychodrama auf der Grundlage der Jungschen Psychologie, Zumikon, and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. His books include Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (Routledge, 2009) and Anteros: A Forgotten Myth (Routledge, 2011). He translated from the French Luigi Aurigemma’s book, Jungian Perspectives (University of Scranton Press, 2007) and edited a collection of essays on psychodrama titledJung and Moreno: Essays on the Theatre of Human Nature (Routledge, 2013). He served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Graduate Analytical Psychologists (AGAP) and currently serves on the board of directors of the Philemon Foundation. 
Craig E. Stephenson
Craig E. Stephenson, 
Jungian analyst, France
Victoria Harmandjieva
Victoria Harmandjieva, is a concert pianist who completed post-graduate studies in contemporary music interpretation at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. She participates in the prestigious music festivals at Aix-en-Provence, Présence, and Manca. In 2003, she founded the company AlterEgoProject to create spaces for modern music and art. She has collaborated with Olivier Balazuc on L’Enfant et la Nuit(CD book, Gallimard, 2012), with Alberto Manguel onTriptych-Lux (2013) and with Manguel and the Ensemble Musicatreize on the musical theatre piece,Babel After The War (2014). Presently, she is working with Le Reflet Theatre on her project “Eulogy to Bitterness” (May 2015 in Vevey, Switzerland). 
Victoria Harmandjieva
Victoria Harmandjieva, 
concert pianist, Switzerland
Site of the Event
Zunfthaus Saffran
Zunfthaus zur Saffran
Limmatquai 54
The opening lecture and dinner on Friday, October 9 will be held at the Zunfthaus zur Saffran, the home not only of the oldest Guild in Zurich but also the first to have its own location. The original Guild built its own house in 1417. The present three-storey Guild House building at Limatquai 54 was built between 1719 and 1723 in the Regency style, an early form of Rococo, and stands in a row of five medieval buildings facing Zurich's City Council Hall. It is a special privilege to celebrate the Zurich Lecture Series at this historic location.
Friday, October 9, 6:00 pm: Reception;
6:30pm: Lecture; 7:30-9:00pm: Three-Course Dinner. Location: the historic Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Limmatquai 54, Zürich.
Lavatersaal at St.Peter's Church
St. Peter-Hofstatt 6
More lectures will follow on Saturday, October 10 at the Lavatersaal located at St. Peter's Church. The Lavatersaal is in a classic 18th century building that belongs to St. Peter's Church, which boasts the largest clock face in Europe. The house is named after Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), a good friend of Goethe's and whom Goethe visited several times at this location.
Saturday, October 10, 10:00am-12:00 Noon: Lecture and Discussion; 12:00 Noon-2:00pm: lunch; 2:00pm-4:00pm: Lecture and Discussion. Location: Lavatersaal at St. Peter's Church, St. Peter-Hofstatt 6, Zurich.
Registration & Suggestions for Your Stay in Zurich
More information on registration and suggestions for your stay in Zurich can be located on the ISAPZURICH website athttp://www.isapzurich.com/index.php/lang-en/zurich-lectures/registration.html.
To the Zurich Lecture Series
October 12-13, 2015
LECTURES: Monday 12 October - Tuesday 13 October
Advance Registration Not Required
Payment in Swiss Francs (Cash) at the Door
Entry Fee Per Lecture, Swiss Francs 30.00
ISAP Students & Faculty Gratis
10:00 – Doris Lier, Lic. phil.
“Good and Evil – Entering the Forbidden Door”
Exploring the notions of “good” and “evil” by using the motif of the forbidden door in fairy tales, novels and dreams
14:00 – Penelope Yungblut, MA
“Creativity, Anxiety and Play”
What gives rise to creativity and what stands in the way of our giving expression to it?
16:00 – Karen A. Smyers, PhD
“Living the Opposites – Archetypal Hints from Ancient Egypt”
The key role of the opposites in Jungian psychology explored using images from ancient Egyptian myth, religion and society.
10:00 – John Hill, MA
“On Playing Roles in The Red Book”
How the Red Book roles inspired Jung’s own individuation process and how they created the fundamental tenets of analytical psychology.
14:00 – Panel with Murray Stein, PhD, moderator 
“Religious extremism and violence” 
A panel discussion with Vered Arbit, MA, Bernard Sartorius, lic.theol., and Murray Stein, PhD, as moderator, on Jewish, Islamic and Christian manifestations of these phenomena.
16:00 – Judith Harris, MA
“Jung – A Life in Dreams”
A walk through key turning points in Jung’s life as seen in the manifestation of the unconscious in his dreams.
Other Books in the Zurich Lecture Series
John Hill (Zurich)
Paul Bishop (UK)
Josephine Evetts-Secker (UK)
Ursula Wirtz (Zurich)
Trauma and Beyond:
The Mystery of Transformation
Registration & Suggestions for Your Stay in Zurich
More information on registration and suggestions for your stay in Zurich can be located on the ISAPZURICH website athttp://www.isapzurich.com/index.php/lang-en/zurich-lectures/registration.html.
Upcoming Zurich Lecturers
Paul Brutsche
To learn more about this series and other Spring publications,
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Dear Friends of The Dorian Centre,

Music and Sound will be ringing through the spaces of The Dorian Centre this month! We are featuring two events in this regard: Firstly, we are pleased to introduce our first Chanting and Meditation evening with two very special musicians who have been leading and performing chants on three different continents for many years. We are also introducing a Monthly Sound Healing Circle featuring the voice. Details below...

Check out our website - www.centredoriancentre.com - for listings of our many therapies available on an on-going basis. And please note the address where all events take place:

The Dorian Centre for the Healing Arts 
Queen Elizabeth Health Complex - 6th floor 
2100 Marlowe (enter on 2111 Northcliffe for weekend evening programs) 
Montreal (N.D.G.) H4A 3lA

We hope to see you soon!

Shelley Snow 

An Evening of Chanting and Meditation


Join us for a special evening of Kirtan chanting and meditation with our guests, Roselyn Journeaux and Charles Deschênes. Kirtan (from the Sanskrit word meaning “to sing”) is a folk form arising from the Bhakti movement in 15th century India. The Bhaktis wrote ecstatic love poems to the divine, and these poems were then sung in call and response fashion. Known as Kirtans, this form of chanting has been re-discovered in modern times *. Combining group singing with harmonium and drum, Roselyn and Charles create a heart opening atmosphere, giving space for inner discoveries, voice development and more.

▪ History of Kirtan courtesy of Dave Stringer, at


Roselyn Journeaux, recording artist since 16 years old is a warm and heartfelt singer with 20+ years experience in varied music styles, including, opera, jazz and Kirtan. Born in Australia, she trained in the United Kingdom and Canada, and has performed in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Charles Deschênes first went to India in a spiritual quest more than 30 years ago. Over the years he experienced and developed the art of chanting (kirtan), as well as the science of tablas and other Indian musical instruments. The refined musicality of his drum playing enhances the participant's experience of devotion and brings them to new unexpected heights.

Both Rosalyn and Charles have played at ashrams, meditation and yoga centres in Europe, India, the United States and Canada.

Date: Saturday November 22nd 
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Cost: $20

To reserve your place: info@centredoriancentre.com or call: (514) 679-0398

Monthly Sound Healing Circle


Sound Healing is the use of sound as a form of vibration that can favorably impact our bodies and minds in many ways. In this monthly group, the focus will be on developing and using the voice to engage in making sound in many forms. Our intention will be to bring balance, harmony, insight, spiritual connection, mental calm and more, into our lives. Group 'toning', in which open vowel sounds are vocalized on the length of the elongated breath, will be a major vehicle for this work. An aesthetically beautiful and powerful experience, group toning truly demonstrates the enormous potential of sound as an important tool for mind-body health and well-being.

Shelley Snow, Ph.D., M.T.A., is a psychotherapist, music therapist and the founder and director of The Dorian Centre. She conducted the first major study by a music therapist on sound healing for her doctoral research in 2011. She has been exploring this field for many years, has led workshops on sound internationally, and is currently collaborating with neuroscientists at McGill University on a study of toning. She has incorporated work with sound into her Music Psychotherapy work and conducts Sound Therapy at the Centre.

Date of 1st group: Sunday, November 30th 
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm 
Cost: $20

For more information or to reserve your place, please emailinfo@centredoriancentre.com or call (514) 679-0398.

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