|Going on a quest so often means
"seeking, not knowing what,"or "going, not knowing where,"
because necessity and yearning compel. |
a center in us which, if we could but open to it, would give us direction, strength,
wisdom and the capacity to live our creative potential. Connection with this source
gives our lives presence and vitality. Our creativity depends on it. The connection
is hard to attain and to maintain, yet we are forever seeking it. Like most truths,
this potential is hidden. It is the treasure hard to gain, but there are means
and methods for making contact with it and for keeping the channels open...
these five days we will use simple art materials to open and build channels to
the depths of the psyche, to what Jung calls the Self. No previous knowledge or
artistic skill is necessary. Just bring a wish to play and enjoy color. We will
use the medium of collage to reveal the guidance that can come from within ourselves.
This can be done non-verbally and unselfconsciously as we enjoy a "playshop"
built out of moments of playful discovery and confrontations with beauty. There
will be a time for movement sessions which will be integrated into the rest of
Participants are asked to write the story
of their lives as myth or fairy tale before they come to the playshop. This is
an important part of the preparation for the event and these stories will provide
a basis for revelations that may arise during the playshop.
we have known and done before has laid the foundation for what we can do and recognize
now. We are embarked on the River of Life. We need to learn navigation...sometimes
while stargazing, never forgetting that as long as we are human beings on this
earth we must be skillful navigators and well grounded on dry land. Earth is considered
the feminine, Sky the masculine. The dance of life is the marriage of the two.
is not an innocent act! It is the beginning of history and of the possibility
of evolution. It would be the end of innocence if, from the beginning, this creative
process did not happen over and over again. It always starts with innocence, the
fool's road, demanding the courage to take risks, to experiment with the unknown.
Karen Stefano is an artist and practicing psychotherapist.
has worked and trained with Jungian Analyst Dr. Edith Wallace for over
years. She is one of the few individuals qualified to continue this work
the tissue paper collage method developed Dr. Wallace. Karen has
groups in a variety of settings which include Gurdjieff/fourth
and median approaches. She has trained with Dr. Patrick
de Mare in median group
process and worked with Dr. Gordon Lawrence in
Social Dreaming Matrix. Karen
is co founder of the DuVersity a non profit
educational organization devoted
to building bridges between psychology and
Edith Wallace was born on March 6, 1909 and died
April 29, 2004. She was educated
in Europe and received her MD and PhD
before receiving her analytic training
with Dr. and Mrs. Jung. She later
studied with the spiritual teachers JG Bennett
and Shaikh Bawa Muhayiaddeen.
She was a practicing Jungian Analyst, published
author and prize winning
painter. She conducted workshops internationally,
communicating her unique
insight and approach to psychology, spirituality and
the creative life.