THE WAY: A Film and Discussion
                        with Tom Kelly and Johanne Magnan

Friday, September 18

The John Molson School of Business

Room MB 3.210

1450 rue Guy

Metro Guy/Concordia

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Members $12, Non-Members $15

Students/Senior Members $8

The Camino de Santiago has been drawing pilgrims on spiritual quests since Roman times. The 2010 film The Way, starring Martin Sheen, was produced by his son, Emilio Estevez. It is about a father who travels to Spain to collect the body of his son who has died accidentally on the Camino de Santiago but ends up walking the trail to honour his dead son. It is a moving film about what is sacred to us. Ultimately the Camino is for and about people who are in search of a deeper meaning to their lives.

This film will be followed by a discussion with Jungian analyst and IAAP president Tom Kelly and physician Johanne Magnan.

Tom Kelly is a Jungian analyst practicing in Montreal. He is currently president of the IAAP.

Johanne Magnan is a family physician and supervisor and teacher of medical residents in the Family Practice Residency of Cité de la Santé in Laval.

She walked the French part of the Compostela in 2004 and will share her experiences.



The Red Book Salon

While many of us have heard of Jung’s famous Red Book (Liber Novus), a great many have still not read it. Given the central role the experiences described in it had on Jung and his subsequent writings, and given the generally acclaimed importance that it has for anyone interested in depth psychology, perhaps we ought to familiarize ourselves with the actual contents of this important text.

Following up on last year’s popular and successful Book Salon on The Lament of the Dead, a dedicated group of interested people will meet every two weeks (Tuesdays) to discuss, read and review the texts and images found in the Red Book. Space is limited to a first come, first served basis. 
     Please call Patricia at (514) 935-5060.

We are happy and sad to announce that we have filled the spaces for this salon.

However you will find below some info about an event that has been added to our program this season. 

Christina Becker will be talking about Jung and his Red Book experiences on October 30. 

This event replaces the Nathan Schwartz-Salant event which had to be cancelled.



                                                                    Dreams and the Eclipse of God:

                How Personal Complexes and Personal Meaning Often Silence the Archetypal Message in Dreams and Life

A lecture by Michael Conforti, Ph.D. of Mystic, Connecticut

Friday, October 2

7:30-10:00 p.m.

The John Molson School of Business

1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)

Room MB 3.270

Members $12, Non-Members $15

Students/Senior Members $8


To pray is to dream in league with God. – Abraham Joshua Heschel


    We long for and are terrified to hear the voice of God. This voice provides such an honest commentary and reflection on how we are living and an intimation of a 

    destiny waiting in potentia. So, too, is there an all-too-human need to silence this voice.

    In God’s warning to not make “graven images” and Rabbi Heschel’s frustration with our attempts to build a religion out of our personal preferences, we 

see an archetypal tendency to look away from God and the Self and to totemize personal needs and conscious biases.

    The dream reveals a truth about life and an inherent meaning not to be muted by individual perception and consciousness. Often the dream’s a priori

archetypal meaning is eclipsed by our personal complexes and reactions to it, thus rendering what is sacred and eternal to the secular and profane.


Dreams and the Eclipse of God:

A workshop with Michael Conforti

Saturday, October 3

9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The John Molson School of Business

1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)

Room MB 2.265

Members $70, Non-Members $90

Students/Senior Members $50 


This workshop will speak to the relationship between the archetypal and personal meaning of dream images, and the symbolic representation of archetypal and personal complexes in dreams and our associations to them. Dreams from clinical practice, the Bible, and from historical figures will be presented to illustrate this theme.

Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, author, and founder/director of the Assisi Institute.   Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He lectures nationally and internationally and is the author of Field, Form, and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature & PsycheThreshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings; and the forth-coming Hidden Presence: Complexes, Possessions, and Redemption.



                        Mystical Journey of the Soul to the Divine:

Jung’s Individuation Journey


                                                 A Lecture by Christina Becker of Toronto

Friday, October 30

7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

The John Molson School of Business

             Room MB 3.270

            1450 rue Guy

            (Metro Guy/Concordia)

Members $12

Non-Members $15

Students/Senior Members $8

This presentation will explore the spiritual aspects of Jung’s notion of human development, of individuation, or the process of soul-making. Jung maintained that wholeness—individuation—is unique to each individual. Analytical psychology offers a facilitated individuation process that may support an individual’s experience of his/her own unique relationship to a spiritual/religious realm. We can now study Jung’s descent into the unconscious and his experience of an inner spiritual/religious realm through the text and the images of his journal, Liber Novus, the Red Book.

Sonu Shamdasani, the editor and translator of The Red Book, likens Jung’s descent into the unconscious to experiences of William Blake and other visionaries. This presentation will explore soul and individuation while comparing Jung’s unique experiences with the reflections of the great mystics that preceded him. The talk will explore whether Jung was mystic or whether he accessed mystical experiences available to all humankind.



Christina Becker is a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst with a private practice in Toronto. She is the author of The Heart of the Matter: Individuation as an Ethical Process and a number of articles in the area of astrology and psychology.  She is a professional member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and Association of Graduate Analytical Psychologists, and a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.  Before she went into training to be a Jungian analyst, Christina had a successful career as a consultant and manager to the cultural and voluntary sector communities.  She is a principal in a family business, Becker Associates, which provides association management and consulting services to not-for-profit organizations.


Cheminer vers la joie 

Un Evènement Unique avec

Guy Corneau

vendredi, novembre 13
The John Molson School of Business
1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)
MB 1.210
7:30-10:00 p.m.
$20 pour tous

Cette programme se déroulera en français.


Prendre le chemin de la joie, tout de suite, maintenant, sans plus attendre. Voici la proposition de cette conférence assortie d’exercices pratiques qui viseront la transformation de nos états intérieurs et inviteront à une maîtrise de ces derniers. Le propos expliquera aussi comment et pourquoi l’expression au quotidien de nos talents et aptitudes est à même de réveiller la joie en nous. Car la joie sommeille en tout être et n’attend que notre présence aimante pour favoriser notre bonheur. 

Guy Corneau a reçu, en 1981, son diplôme de psychanalyste jungien de l’institut de psychologie analytique C. G. Jung de Zürich. Il a quitté la pratique privée afin de communiquer plus largement  par de nombreuses conférences publiques, de l'enseignement et de multiples tournées, notammant en Europe francophone, aux États-Unis, au Japon et au Brésil.

Il est auteur de plusieurs livres, inclus Père manquant, fils manqué (1989) et plus récemment Revivre! (2010). 

À travers les années, il a écrit de nombreuses chroniques pour des magazines et journaux en France et en Belgique tout comme ici au Québec et depuis 2015 pour un magazine espagnol.

Aujourd'hui, tout en continuant sa vie d'auteur et de conférencier, Guy Corneau tourne son regard vers son premier amour, le théâtre.




Soup nights


To encourage personal contact and stimulate informal discussion, there will be ONE soup night during the autumn term. On Friday evening, October 9, a week after the Dreams event, people who have attended this event (and possibly others) are invited to drop into the home of a member of the society for some soup (supplied), other food and drink (potluck) to chat about the previous weeks event. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m.

      Please call ahead to reserve at (514) 481-8664.





A Metaphor for Psychic Transformation/A Bridge Between Past and Future

A five-part reading seminar

Dates: Thursdays, October 29 – December 3

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Locale: TBA 

$50 for the complete series

$12 per evening


When I began to understand alchemy I realized that it represented the historical link with Gnosticism, and that a continuity therefore existed between past and present. Grounded in the natural philosophy of the Middle Ages, alchemy formed the bridge on the one hand into the past, to Gnosticism, and on the other into the future, to the modern psychology of the unconscious.

–C. G. Jung

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

For many people, alchemy is a long-obsolete forerunner of chemistry in which alchemists pursued ridiculous quests like trying to transform lead into gold. For Jung and others, however, the transformations that alchemists observed in their vessels were metaphors, largely unconscious, for changes in the soul. The language of colours that the alchemists described in the material in their flasks can be used today to describe stages of psychological transformation. Participants will discuss readings more or less focused on a differently coloured stage of transformation in the flask and in the psyche.

October 29

Getting Down and Dirty in the Psyche

For the alchemists, nigredo—blackening—was the earliest stage of the alchemical process, a process of putrefaction and mortification to prepare the prima materia collected from nature for further transformation We today can associated it with the shadow and, say, the black dogs of depression. Still, it would be a mistake to consider nigredo as only an early stage, to be left behind in quest of the bright and cheerful. In Jung’s day and in ours, black is also rich and beautiful. We will look at extracts from a recent book, The Black Sun, by Stanton Marlan, and Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis.

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

November 5

The Alchemical Blues

Transitions from Black to White often go through different colours.  Blue in particular has an affinity with each.  It's unsettling mysteriousness lends both the coolness of reflective distance and an energetic activation to the movement from event to experience.  As wind blows through blue, can projections be lessened, can we learn what hurts us and others and what in the end connects us all?  Tonight, in the spirit of William Gass who claims that  "all true alchemists ... change the world into words" we will explore Blue(s) through the writing of James Hillman, poetry and music.

Patricia Coon is Treasurer of the Montreal Jung Society. 

November 12

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Out of the ink black night of depression emerges the  reflective light of the moon. The dross is cooked, laying bare the silvery ash of scorched earth. The water of dew and tears reveals the whiteness of the opus. What is this albedo stage of our process of transformation? Tonight we will read James Hillman's exploration of the topic as well as peruse a few pages of Johannes Fabricius's book on alchemy.

Mary Harsany is co-president of the Montreal Jung Society. She has a private practice in Montreal.

November 26

Mad About Saffron: The Citrinitas Stage in Alchemy

Jung’s herculean undertaking to explore and make sense of the seemingly impenetrable world of alchemy is nothing short of remarkable, a foundation for others to build on.Jung noted that alchemists largely stopped referring to the Citrinitas stage in the 15th or 16th century and he too wrote very little else about it. Hillman provides some interesting comments about this.

Readings from Jung, Von Franz, Hillman and Edinger provide valuable insights into the alchemical process and offer much food for thought and discussion. 

Roman Rogulski is a long time student of Jung's approach to dreams and depth psychology. 

He recently retired from a long and rewarding career as an underwriter for the world's largest Life reinsurer to devote more time to what matters most.

December 3

Rubedo, and sulphur too

The Rubedo state is usually considered to be the culmination of the alchemical process.

        However the colour red is present in the very beginning as sulphur, of which far more is written than on rubedo.

We will look at both aspects of red and see what qualities manifest in each.

Murray Shugar is the editor of the Montreal Jung Society newsletter and its website.

    Being an Aries he is inordinately fond of red.




                                    Life is a Tango


A Christmas Dance Party 

Saturday, December 12

7-10 p.m.

MonTango, 5588A Sherbrooke St. W.

Admission $15


We will explore Argentine tango as a window to the soul at this festive pre-Christmas party, the second of our gatherings to be held at the MonTango studio (which recently celebrated its seventh anniversary).

Partners Andrea Shepherd (whose father is a member of our society’s executive) and Wolf Mercado will offer a dance performance as well as an introductory lesson in tango for those interested (no dance experience required). There may be some opportunity for discussion, and there will be refreshments.