JUNGIAN INTERNATIONAL TRAINING ZURICH FOUNDATION
presents

Civilization in Transition 8

PSYCHE & EARTH
A Relationship in Crisis

Rescheduled to 2021!

November 4–7, 2021
Hotel Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico

We are now painfully aware that we are destroying our shared and only home, and the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the dangers and fragility of our unsustainable way of life. Scientists have called the current geological epoch the Anthropocene—which began when human impact on Earth’s land, oceans, atmosphere, and ecosystems became significant. Even though we have had an inkling of the problem since the late 1800’s, consciousness is slow to dawn and behavior even slower to change. Evolution has predisposed us to respond more readily to local events, such as storms, fires, and floods, rather than to global trends, such as climate disruption and the sixth mass extinction.

We have gathered provocative and diverse thinkers, researchers, and writers in the fields of climate science, analytical psychology, eco-psychology, cultural ecology, deep ecology, environmental studies, and philosophy. Together we will explore the interconnection of all things, the personal and collective response to the climate crisis, the meaning of the pandemic, and the call to change that it has highlighted.

This conference provides an inter-active and proactive wake-up call to engagement, which begins from the moment you register with a minimal contribution to help us make this a carbon neutral conference. We aim to leave no carbon footprint from this conference, and each participant and presenter will play an active and important part in doing so.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a significant, stimulating, and provocative weekend.

Ours is the first generation to properly understand the damage we have been doing to our planetary household, and probably the last generation with a chance to do something transformative about it.
Kate Raworth

Conference Program

The conference will be held at Hotel Santa Fe in downtown Santa Fe. Owned by the Picuris Pueblo, the hotel will provide a warm and intimate environment for our gathering. Two pre-conference workshops will be held on Thursday from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM for an additional fee. The conference begins Thursday evening with a Welcome Dinner followed by a special Native American Blessing and Drumming by members of the Picuris Pueblo. Conference presentations will begin on Friday at 9:00 AM and end at 12:45 PM on Sunday with Conclusions, Debates, and Challenges with all presenters. Optional Social Dreaming Matrix sessions will be held Friday through Sunday mornings at no additional charge.

Thursday, November 4, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
Friday, November 5, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 6, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 7, 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM

$650

Conference fees include Thursday dinner, Friday lunch, Saturday lunch, and $25 carbon offset contribution. Continental breakfasts are included in hotel sleeping room rates.

Conference Presentations

GAIA, PSYCHE, AND DEEP ECOLOGY: A NEW AND NECESSARY WORLDVIEW with ANDREW FELLOWS

ANDREW FELLOWS

Hitherto unexplored synergies between Jungian psychology, systems dynamics, Gaia theory and deep ecology can prepare us to face the existential threat of the Anthropocene (including the Covid-19 pandemic), explain why we are currently failing to do so, and heal the schism between science and spirituality. They show how the shift of emphasis from development to individuation in our personal psychology translates into a now urgently needed metanoia away from our collective ecocidal anthropocentrism and denial through nostalgia, inertia and hubris.

These extraordinary parallels will be substantiated in the contexts of the dual-aspect monism developed by Pauli and Jung, in which mind and matter have a common origin in the unus mundus, and of Jung’s developmental theory, with its pivotal midlife enantiodromia. Their reinforcement by compelling new evidence for nonlocal consciousness, and their inspirational and transformational implications for individuals, society and our relationship with the world will be outlined. The resulting consilience lays the foundations of a radically different worldview with which to address global heating, the sixth mass extinction, and other unprecedented challenges of the Anthropocene epoch.

Lecture 1: A Psyche-Gaia Conjecture: The Interdependence of Our Inner and Outer Worlds
Lecture 2: Stuck at the Turning Point: Why We Understand the Danger but Fail to Act
Lecture 3: Frugal Individuation: A Way to Navigate the Anthropocene—Willingly!

CHANGING THE NARRATIVES THAT ARE CHANGING THE WORLD with LORI PYE

LORI PYE

If one understands the workings of the world, one can understand the workings of humankind.

—Paracelsus

The world’s entangled problems stem from the complexities of interrelated factors, but they all originate from human thought—from our psychology. Narratives of the psyche cannot be explored or understood through their psychological home alone; they must also be examined through their ecological home. The richness of ecological and psychological life requires the interplay of many kinds of beings and worlds. Ecopsychology advocates a curiosity and imagination into one’s psychological exploration of these same geographies. To understand that the human psyche is ecological is to grasp the idea that the same ecological processes that affect and shape Earth and its organisms’ complex narratives and behaviors affect and shape the complexity of human narratives and behaviors. It is precisely this obligatory relationship that requires us to examine the reality of human narratives and their exploitative practices. Explorations of the ecological psyche offer opportunity to change the narratives that are changing the world.

BEYOND MATERIALISM with YURIKO SATO

YURIKO SATO

Not long ago, we humans possessed less material things and used them with care for a long time by mending and fixing if possible. We tend to develop certain relationships and feelings towards things when we look after them for many years. In our time of materialism, however, the significance of things has been reduced to their utility and desirability. Things are mass-produced, sold, bought, and discarded in a short cycle, sometimes even unused. This cannot go on further without irreversibly damaging the natural world and exploiting socially and politically deprived people. Inwardly it is causing serious harm to our psyche.

In this lecture, Yuriko will present a worldview that has prevailed from the dawn of civilization until recently, in which everything in nature is endowed with spirit and interconnected. This worldview still exists without conflicting with modern science and technologies in some cultures of so-called developed countries, such as Japan. Becoming aware of this worldview could be an antidote to our dangerously anthropocentric Zeitgeist.

Friday Afternoon Seminars (choose one)

AN EXCURSION INTO THE ECOLOGICAL PSYCHE with LORI PYE

LORI PYE

The seminar will provide a basic overview of ecopsychology and its educative approach to unearthing narratives underpinning destructive practices. The objective for the session is to provide participants with actual experience of working ecologically with narrative and to get a basic understanding for how to change narrative and thus change behavior. Come prepared to get your hands in the soil as much as the soul as we engage in the workings of psyche’s ecosystem. Participants will work with each ecological process for how they underpin the psychology of a narrative. Dr. Pye aims to give participants practical assessment tools with which they can continue to explore psyche post the conference.

FACING CLIMATE CHAOS: A JUNGIAN PERSPECTIVE with JEFFREY KIEHL

JEFFREY KIEHL

Science provides us with unequivocal evidence that humans are altering Earth’s climate. Changes around the world are becoming more evident and are accelerating. We know what actions are required, which is to end our reliance on fossil fuels. Yet, we are acting far too slowly to address this challenge. In this presentation, Jeffrey will explore how Jungian psychology provides a unique and imaginative way to face climate chaos. Jung asked us to look to the unconscious for answers to challenging personal and collective issues. Using Jung’s dynamic model of the psyche he will describe the reasons for our lack of action and what could motivate us to action. He also explores the role cultural complexes have influenced the American psyche around climate chaos. He uses both archetypal images from film and alchemy to open ourselves to entirely new ways of dealing with climate chaos. We are living in a time of Kairos, which provides a tremendous opportunity for collective transformation. Using a Jungian lens, we can begin the work of this transformation.

Saturday Afternoon Seminars (choose one)

THE EMERGENCE OF CREATIVE AGGRESSION with JACQUELINE WEST

JACQUELINE WEST

In this presentation, Jacqueline West will urge each of us to learn to recognize the enactments of predatory narcissism in ourselves, in others, and in our nation. First, we’ll consider how prevalent the destructive forces of aggression are. Entranced by the trickster, we have consistently generated the engaging "story" of win OR lose, and have been rewarded with power and domination. Meanwhile, these archetypal forces of destruction have over-ridden and discounted the creative potential of aggression. Participants will take a look at the Fairytale "Bluebeard" in order to explore how we might enhance our capacity to engage raw predatory forces—and avoid enacting them. With a strong and flexible ego as the seat of consciousness, the value of creative aggression can emerge, and we can stand in effective opposition to destructive aggression and thus release ourselves from endless, unconscious win or lose entanglements—and defeats. Without this coniunctio, the eruptions of our destructive shadows may well leave us on a destroyed planet, at every level inhabited by the cruelest of the cruel—from viruses to demagogues.

AN EXCURSION INTO THE ECOLOGICAL PSYCHE with LORI PYE

LORI PYE

The seminar will provide a basic overview of ecopsychology and its educative approach to unearthing narratives underpinning destructive practices. The objective for the session is to provide participants with actual experience of working ecologically with narrative and to get a basic understanding for how to change narrative and thus change behavior. Come prepared to get your hands in the soil as much as the soul as we engage in the workings of psyche’s ecosystem. Participants will work with each ecological process for how they underpin the psychology of a narrative. Dr. Pye aims to give participants practical assessment tools with which they can continue to explore psyche post the conference.

SOCIAL DREAMING MATRIX: DREAMS LISTENING TO DREAMS (Optional) with JACQUELINE WEST AND FRANCES HATFIELD

JACQUELINE WEST AND FRANCES HATFIELD

Throughout human history, people have been telling dreams in community. This ancient lineage of dreams and dreaming carries great significance in many of the world's older cultures and this lineage is trying to find a voice in our modern world today. The Social Dreaming Matrix is an experimental container for sharing dreams and images arising from the deep psyche. This opportunity to share dreams, without interpretation, with a dream calling out its response through another dream or an image, helps us to see into each other and into ourselves in compelling and evocative ways. Sharing this process can seed our dreams and inner experiences for long periods to come, offering us inspiration and meaning. Optional social dreaming matrix sessions will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings before the program begins and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A Responsible Conference

We, the wealthiest 10% of the world’s population, are responsible for some 50% of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions and impacts due to human activity that are heating the planet at a rate of four Hiroshima atomic bombs per second. Since the industrial revolution we have been adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere much faster than they can be removed through natural processes. Our leaders are failing us, so it is up to each of us to do what we can to avert, or at least ameliorate, this crisis.

Fortunately, we know what to do—minimize our demand for goods and services and negate the impact of what remains by investing in projects that commensurately reduce greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere, a measure often called “carbon offsetting”. To bear active witness to the conference theme, we therefore aim to make this a “carbon-neutral” conference.

We have therefore estimated the emissions associated with conference presenter and participant travel, hotel energy use, and food production, and will invest in carbon offset projects in less developed countries via myclimate, which has been carefully chosen by ISAP and its parent body, AGAP for their own offsets. The rationale for this is scientific and economic—it makes no physical difference where offsets are implemented, and this achieves the maximum reductions per dollar invested. To this end, $25 has been incorporated into your registration fee. In this way, each of us can play an active and responsible part in fighting climate disruption.

JUNGIAN INTERNATIONAL TRAINING ZURICH FOUNDATION

The annual Civilization in Transition conference is sponsored by the Jungian International Training Zurich Foundation. Conference proceeds and the monies generated by the annual appeal support ISAPZURICH. The JITZ Foundation underwrites the cost of the Zurich lecture series for students, subsidizes the counseling center, and provides interest-free tuition loans to trainees as well as other direct support.

Jungian International Training Zurich is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Board members are Deborah Egger, Chair; Craig Stephenson, Co-chair; Robert Zieserl, Treasurer; Carol Brandt, Secretary; and Stefan Boethius, Finance.

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