Winter-Spring 2013-2014

 The Book Club Salon (NEW)


This winter our new Book Club Salon will be discussing James Hillman’s book The Force of Character: And the Lasting Life.

    Is there more to aging than staving off the inevitable?  In delightful contrast to treadmills and sudoku, James Hillman finds that character gives both sense and purpose to the changes of aging.   

    Could it be that following curiosity, letting go of old ideas and risking transgressions is to late years what the individual calling of the daimon is to early years?

    T. S. Eliot suggests that the old ought to be explorers.  If you, or someone you know, is setting out on the adventure of slowness, consider reading this book and joining us to discuss some of these odd ideas.

Our first scheduled evening, Feb, 15, was cancelled and so the series has been changed to the following dates:

Wednesdays, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26

7:00-9:00 p.m.

There is no fee but registration is required.

For more information call (514) 485-0263.  

The book is available from and @$13.00.



   “The Inheritance of Dreams:”

  Film Evening


Thursday, January 23

Westmount Public Library

4574 Sherbrooke St. W.

6:008:30 p.m.

Film will begin at 6:45.

Refreshments will be served.

There will be some discussion of the film with

Harvey Shepherd and Murray Shugar.

Donations are welcome.

Jung's conception of archetypes is illustrated by the collective myths that are shared by different cultures throughout the world; these myths make up the collective unconscious.
Please join us for a splendid film journey into the world of C. G. Jung. This second part of Stephen Segaller’s 1989 three-part series, “The Wisdom of the Dream,” is entitled “The Inheritance of Dreams,” and it shows Jung on his various voyages. These include encounters with the Elgonyi in Africa and his 1923 visit to the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest where he met the chief Mountain Lake. There he witnessed the chants, dances, and rituals of these people. He also visited the Navaho and observed their healing ceremonies.
The film also explores the Arthurian myth in England.
In the light of these ancient cultures and their myths, the film-maker concludes by asking whether science is our present myth.



        C. G. Jung’s Warning about Faith:

The Psychological Danger of Belief

A lecture by David L. Miller of Syracuse, N.Y.


Friday, February 7
7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
Room MB 3.210
1450 rue Guy
(Metro Guy/Concordia)
Members $12
Non-Members $15
Students/Senior Members $8

If it was not obvious earlier, it has become dramatically apparent since the experiences of 9/11 that religious belief can be dangerous to the health of the body politic. However, 87 years before the tragic events of 2001, C. G. Jung had observed that belief is dangerous, not only in the socio-political domain, but also to the psyche. In the recently published Red Book, from a section likely written in 1914 when he was 39 years old, Jung says forthrightly: “I believe that it is better in our time if belief is weak ... It is dangerous to believe too much.” 
This presentation will inquire into what Jung may have meant by these strong words. It will explore his warning about the psychological danger of belief, connecting Jung’s view to a growing contemporary literature that seeks to separate belief from authentic faith.



       C. G. Jung’s Warning about Faith:

The Psychological Danger of Belief

A half-day seminar with David L. Miller of Syracuse, N.Y.


Saturday, February 8
10:00 a.m.-1 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
Room MB 3.255
1450 rue Guy
(Metro Guy/Concordia)
Members $35
Non-Members $45
Students/Senior Members $25

During this seminar, Dr. Miller will review five recent books on problems concerning belief.  These include James Carse’s The Religious Case Against Belief and Julia Kristeva’s The Incredible Need to Believe.
     After presenting the arguments of these contemporary thinkers, Dr. Miller will lead a discussion with the group concerning how the insights from these works impact upon C. G. Jung’s assertion in The Red Book that belief is psychologically dangerous. Perspectives from the fields of religion, philosophy, sociology, literary theory and culture criticism will be petitioned for psychotherapeutic insights into the relation of belief to psychological healing.
David L. Miller is Professor of Religion, Emeritus, at Syracuse University and retired core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Among his numerous articles and books are Gods and Games: Towards a Theology of Play (recently reissued as an ebook) and The New Polytheism: Rebirth of the Gods and Goddesses (Spring, 1981).


Beyond The Talking Cure:

Some Alternative Healing Practices

Saturday, March 22

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

John Molson School of Business

Room MB 3.435

1450 rue Guy

Metro Guy/Concordia

Members $70, Non-Members $90

Senior Members/Students $50


As a complement to this year’s recurrent theme, this day will present four different approaches to healing. From the healing power of sound (Shelley Snow), to the cathartic effects of drama, (Stephen Snow), to the phenomenon of sickening (Mathieu Langlais), to Traditional Chinese Medicine’s “Five Elements Cycle” (Artemis Papert), we will explore how the Mind/Body paradigm can be experienced.

  The day will conclude with a discussion among the speakers on their various therapeutic approaches to physical and psychological health. Conference participants will be invited to share their points-of-view.



Breakdown and Breakthrough

in Creative Depression

A lecture by Kathryn Madden, Ph.D. of New York


Friday, April 11

7:30–10:00 p.m.

John Molson School of Business

Room MB 3.210

1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)

Members $12, Non-Members $15

Senior Members/Students $8


In the US alone, approximately one in ten persons is diagnosed with depression. Analytical psychologist Carl Jung, through his own experience, understood that there is a form of “creative depression” that has purpose. When our centre loses hold—breaking down—there is a viable possibility that we eventually break-through to an experience of greater integration and wholeness.

From Jung’s perspective, we will talk about how to differentiate creative depression from other forms of depression. When is depression creative? When is a person in psychological danger of dissolving into a psychosis? Is there a spiritual aspect to depression?


Igniting the Imagination

in the Place of Stlllness

A seminar with Kathryn Madden


Saturday, April 12

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

John Molson School of Business

Room MB 3.255

1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)

Members $70, Non-Members $90

Senior Members/Students $50


The workshop will focus upon how the language of dream work, imagery, symbol, alchemy and artistic expression help us to work in relationship to creative depression.

  A guided meditation exercise inducing our bodily-felt experience into a gentle trance state will introduce a way to begin to open up repressed or frozen inner states.


Kathryn Madden, Ph.D., is a licensed psychoanalyst of Jungian/psychodynamic focus in private practice in New York City. She teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary of Columbia University. Kathryn is the Editor-in-Chief of Quadrant and the author of Dark Light of the Soul. (Lindisfarne Books, 2008)


The Wounded Healer

A Four-Week Reading Seminar


Dates: April/May (TBA)

Westmount Public Library

4574 Sherbrooke St W.

6:30-8:30 p.m.

$40 for the seminar

$12 for individual sessions

This year has revolved, somewhat inadvertently,  around the theme of healing and the wounded 

healer. We will devote this four-week reading seminar to exploring in more depth this ancient and contemporary subject.

Reading seminars afford a prolonged period for the study, in greater depth, of the subject at 
hand. They also provide an informal setting in which to discuss many aspects of this intriguing 
Among the issues to be addresses are shamanism, mythological perspectives and the appearance of this archetypal motif in clinical settings.


Soul Collage

With Joan Palmer


Date:  May 24, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Registration required.

For more information and registration call (514) 485-0263

Soul Collage is a deeply satisfying, nurturing self-discovery process combining imagery with

imagination and intuition. With the simple tools of images, scissors and glue, you will create cards that tap into your inner creative self. Artistic skills are not required, only the willingness to open to the images that find you. Take home the collage cards you create and allow your self-discovery to continue.

*Time to complete 2-4 collages cards (the beginnings of your personal Soul Collage deck.)
*An invitation to tap into your inner wisdom by learning the process of how the cards are speaking to you
*An opportunity to connect with others in a relaxed and playful atmosphere. A time out for you to nourish your soul.

JOAN PALMER's successful 25 year Human Resource consulting practice has been shifting to primarily career and life planning where the focus is on "movement" and "change".  In addition, she teaches at Burlington College, leads workshops and assists at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

        Joan trained as a Soul Collage facilitator with Seena Frost, creator of Soul Collage, in California and is a certified Kripalu DansKinetics instructor.  Her degree and Graduate studies in Psychology are from the University of Vermont.

         Soul Collage combines the many parts of Joan including the part that likes to have fun, to create, to be in circles of connection and the part that is always looking for and at the meaning of life.