Summer Intensive: Creation and Destruction – Tending the Garden of the Soul, June 14th & 15th, 2019

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This event finished on 15 June 2019

           “What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?”  ~ Antonio Machado

The poet Antonio Machado’s cry is a lament for the neglected state of the soul in the modern world. These days it can often feel like we are everywhere confronted with the forces of destruction — the potentially catastrophic damage to the environment, the numbing regularity of mass shootings, the rise of the voices of hate and division in our politics both nationally and around the world. The question at the heart of this year’s Summer Intensive will be, ‘How can we confront the challenges of our time — both individually and collectively — without giving in to despair and hopelessness?’

For Jungian Psychology, when creative gifts and impulses remain unrealized and undeveloped they can turn into destructive forces in the psyche. This suggests that creativity is a crucial counterforce against destructive energies. As Marie-Louise von Franz writes:  “Nothing but new, creative, ‘redemptive’ archetypal conceptions, brought up from the depths, can stop the development toward a catastrophe.”

In this year’s program, four experienced analysts take up the theme of Creation and Destruction and explore it through the lenses of Spirituality, Psychology, Personal Creativity, and the Environment. Through these different perspectives we will explore the relationship between creation and destruction, considering the possibility of personal and collective responses to some of the more pressing issues of our time. We will seek to discern the unique contribution that a Jungian approach can bring to today’s challenges, asking the question: How can we best tend the garden of the soul in our own backyards and around the world?



Friday, June 14th: 9AM – 12:30PM

Stuart Sherman

Kabbalism provides a profound and containing myth expressive of the experience of fragmentation and wholeness.  Known in part as ‘the breaking of the vessels’ and the consequent work of ‘repair,’ consideration of this cosmogonic myth can be instructive when undertaking a work of psychological depth.  In this seminar we will first review some salient features and imagery which inform this kabbalistic myth, and the historical context which gave rise to it. Subsequently, we will explore the manner in which analogous imagery presented itself in select visions and dreams of Jung’s early and later life. We will pay particular attention to the complicated affective components attendant to the eruption of such imagery, and their possible meanings or interpretations.  Finally, we will have an opportunity to view and discuss present-day casework in which can be seen symbols expressive of a psychological process of breaking and repair. Importantly, as clinicians we consider suggestions on how to effectively meet and help contain such affect-images when they arise. Throughout the seminar, we are guided by Jung’s simply stated yet central observations that mythology is psychology writ large, and that symbols are the best possible expression of a relatively unknown and inarticulate experience.


12:30 pm – 2 pm  LUNCH (a list of restaurants in the neighborhood will be provided)


Friday, June 14th: 2PM – 5:30PM

Brian Skea

Most of Jung’s writings represent the creative outcome of his grappling with the dynamics involved in reconciling the opposites within the psyche. In his early work, Transformations and Symbols of the Libido (1912), revised as Symbols of Transformation (1956), Jung defined two kinds of thinking: directed rational thinking versus introverted fantasy thinking. The creative process involves a coniunctio between these two types of thinking, scientific discovery perhaps biased towards the former, poetry or art towards the latter. Jung was well aware of the possible destructive outcome of the clash of opposites within the individual, for example psychosis, where the rational ego is overwhelmed by non-rational delusions and affects. He was also aware of the possible destructive outcome of interpersonal coniunctios, such as the breakdown of his previously idealized relationship with Freud. In this talk, we will examine Jung’s interpretation of the fantasies of Miss Frank Miller, an American woman he had never met. While she saw her work as a contribution to the study of the creative subliminal unconscious, Jung saw the dangerous possibility of impending psychosis. Jung later in 1925 realized he had in fact been analyzing his own fantasy thinking, his anima, projected onto Miss Miller. We will reflect on the possible creative versus destructive consequences of introverted fantasy for women like Frank Miller and men like Carl Jung.


Saturday, June 15th: 9AM – 12:30PM

Teresa Arendell

“I see enormous stretches devastated, enormous stretches of the earth. But, thank God, it’s not the whole planet.” ~~ Jung 1961

Jung’s vision, occurring just days before his death, depicted widescale destruction. His response was gratitude that the desolation was not all-encompassing. Life – the creative impulse – continued. We live in a time of estrangement. We assault Nature, even as our knowledge about the state of the Earth, broadens. Our crisis is psychological and spiritual. We disregard our interconnectedness with all life. We fear, despair, grieve; we experience the dark night of the soul. Yet, we realize that the story is not static: Psyche is dynamic, fluid, emergent. A new story struggles to be born, one in which we strive for wholeness and redefine our relationship with the planet. In the dance between the energies of creativity and destructiveness, light and dark, union and separation, we find hope and confidence in the human capacity to grow, to become more conscious and conscientious. In this session we discuss the relevance of Jungian thought and practice in our era,consider clinical material and intrapsychic processes as presented through dreams, and explore tales of the far Northeastern Native Americans” (Wabanaki), depicting creation and destruction, destruction and creation. We imagine an Earth ethic, valuing, as did Jung, “the kinship of all things.”


12:30 pm – 2 pm  LUNCH


Saturday, June 15th: 2PM – 5:30PM

Jason E. Smith

“We must not forget that only a very few people are artists in life; that the art of life is the most distinguished and rarest of all the arts. Whoever succeeded in draining the whole cup with grace?” — C.G. Jung

“The meaning of life is to build a life as if it were a work of art.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel

The image of fire expresses an elemental force that can be both creative and destructive. When it is contained and focused, fire is transformative, enhancing what has been placed in it, such as in the shaping and strengthening of metal or in the cooking of food. Uncontained, fire can rage and incinerate, like the wildfires consuming forests and homes. In this presentation, we will explore the symbol of fire through poetry, story, and myth. In particular, we will trace the role of this symbol as a psychological energy that is implicated in the creative life of the individual. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, we will explore such questions as: What does it mean to live life “as if it were a work of art?” What prevents us from knowing and living our creative depths? What are the consequences of not living from these depths? In pondering these questions and encountering this powerful symbol we will begin to uncover ways that we might connect with our own creative spark and fan it into a vitalizing and transforming flame.


Summer Intensive Faculty:


Teresa Arendell, Ph.D., is a Maine-based Jungian analyst who trained at the C. G. Jung Institute – Boston. A college professor in sociology for over three decades, she’s held multiple postdoctoral fellowships. She’s taught and offered lectures and seminars and served on committees at the the C.G. Jung Institute – Boston, Brunswick Maine Jung Center,  and other Jungian associations. She’s published widely in studies of families, genders, sexualities, aging, and research aimed at gleaning people’s lived experiences.  She’s working on a book-length manuscript in which she explores the significance of Jungian thought and practice in the human impacts of, and responses to, the devastation caused by global warming. She delights in her life in Maine, family, and professional activities. She seeks openness to and equanimity in the vagaries of life.


Stuart J. Sherman, MSW., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute – Boston, and a certified Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Nashua, NH. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Training Board, and is a Training Committee member of the C.G. Jung Institute – Boston.  He has taught various seminars and has led public programs on topics of Jungian theory and practice.   He is the past President of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts and a current member of NESJA.  Stuart is licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


Brian Skea, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, trained in Pittsburgh with the IRSJA, and at the New York Jung Institute, graduating in 1992.  He has a private practice in Brewster on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and is a member of the teaching faculty, past President and current Curriculum Coordinator of the Training Board of the C.G. Jung Institute – Boston.
Brian was a founding member and past president of the Pittsburgh Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He has presented papers on trauma and dissociation, and has published several book reviews and papers in this field, including “Jung, Spielrein and Nash, Three Beautiful Minds” in Terror, Violence and the Impulse to Destroy, ed. John Beebe (2003) Daimon Verlag, and “Sabina Spielrein: Out from the Shadow of Jung and Freud,” JAP, 2006, Vol 51, 527-552.


Jason E. Smith, MA., is a Jungian psychoanalyst based in the beautiful Cape Ann region of Boston’s North Shore. His areas of focus include dreamwork, depression, trauma, and spiritual development. With over 15 years of clinical experience, Jason has worked in many settings.  He has led career counseling groups and offered individual career counseling from a Jungian perspective; he has facilitated dream groups and taught classes and workshops on dream interpretation; he has run a support group for hospice workers; and he has provided mental health and substance abuse counseling to low income individuals in a community clinic setting. He currently serves as the President of the Training Board of the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston.



Cost: $250 (student cost: $125)
11 MHC and NASW CEUs offered
Location: C.G. Jung Institute – Boston, 21 Hartford St, Newton, MA 02461


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