Here are the talks and workshops that happened at the Monterey Friends of CG Jung.

Alchemy, and the Tree of Life —with Eva Rider, MA, LMFT

We find ourselves living in a time of unprecedented dissolution and change. How do we orient ourselves in time and space as our known reality is dissolving and shifting on personal, cultural and global levels? How do we bridge the worlds of Spirit and Matter and find pathways to integrate, balance and bring meaning in these times? Applying a Jungian lens to the ancient glyph of the Tree of Life and its Hermetic underpinnings illuminates the process of transmutation we…

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Object Relations Theory: An Overview of Fairbairn and Kernberg —with Pablo de Amesti Davanzo, MA, MD

Object relations refers to interpersonal relations. Technically, the term object, first used by Sigmund Freud in a context of early mother-child relations, refers to the significant person that is the object or target of someone’s drives. Ronald Fairbairn and Otto Kernbergare two psychoanalysts who have explored the meaning of object as the inner residue of past relationships that shape a person’s interactions in general and with a clinician in the psychoanalytic setting. The purpose of this talk is to offer an introduction to the theoretical framework…

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The Shadows of America’s God—with John Dotson

To introduce tonight's theme, John will recount key elements of his Southern Appalachian ancestry and specifically childhood years at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Mt Carmel, Tennessee.Given that personal context, we will take up the work of Jungian analyst Fanny Brewster in her book Archetypal Grief: Slavery's Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss and the work of evangelical historian Mark A. Noll in his book America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. In our discussion, we will aim for deeper understanding of evangelical Christian perspectives—and the shadows thereof—in today's politics. 

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Wine: a Mindful Approach—with Grégory Brun

Wine is a cultural product anchored in history and deeply impacted by the places where it originates. In a globalized world, it has become central in the local movement, promising to be an “antidote to nowhereness.” Wine is also a vehicle for communion (religious or not). What is at play when we consume wine? Is there something beyond the complex sensory perceptions and the altering effect of alcohol? To apply some Jungian terminology, are some unconscious contents activated and projections at play while the “nectar of the gods” is consumed? This evening,…

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A Tale of Two Cultures: American Cultural Complexes and Climate Change —with Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD

Of all the major developed countries in the world, the United States has resisted unified action on climate change for decades. In fact, it is the only country where the scientific facts of climate science are still not accepted by a significant number of citizens, including a major political party. Social science studies indicate strong polarization around the issue of climate change within the US. In this presentation, Jeffrey will summarize the current state of polarization around American’s perceptions of…

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