James Palmer, Ph.D.

Bagdad Cafe: Integrating the Opposites

Friday, September 2, 2016   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free to Members         Non-members $15.00

A witty, offbeat comedy with winning performances by German actress Marianne Sagebrecht, Jack Palance, and C. C. H. Pounder—an oddball cast of characters. The setting is the Mojave Desert, the characters make up a most dysfunctional family/community, and there’s a cafe that can’t serve coffee. The soundtrack includes the haunting song “Calling You.”

James Palmer, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of Film Studies and a President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  After 43 years of teaching at CU and the past 16 years as director of the Conference on World Affairs, he is now doing R & R, writing and recreating. For many years he taught his favorite course – Jung, Film, and Literature – and a century ago, he graduated with an undergraduate degree in English from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in Film and Literature from Claremont Graduate School. His articles on Jung and film have appeared in several journals, including Spring, Psychological Perspectives, Literature/Film Quarterly and Jung Journal.

Susan Roberts

Susan Roberts, MS, MA, LCSW

Jung’s Abandoned Women: Helene Preiswerk, Sabina Spielrein, Toni Wolff and the Disavowal of the Creative Animus

Friday, October 7, 2016   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free to Members         Non-members $15.00

Location: Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305


Running parallel to the story of Jung’s life is a shadow narrative involving a string of women who played crucial roles in the birth of analytical psychology. Among the most important of these were Helene Preiswerk, Sabina Spielrein, and Toni Wolff.  It can be argued that each of these so-called “medial” women had a closer or more committed relationship to the unconscious than Jung himself and thus was able to serve as his guide as he began exploring this strange new territory.  Each lived outside the norms of collective society, was abandoned and betrayed by Jung, and ultimately came to a tragic end.

On this evening, we will consider the stories of these overlooked spiritual foremothers and explore their extraordinary relationships with the “creative animus” — a deeper dimension of woman that has often been associated with the Dark Feminine.  As represented by Kali, Persephone, or Erishkigal, this transformative element of the feminine has nothing to do with relating to a husband, a child, or any person for that matter, but about being in creative contact with the numinous unconscious.  Historically, women who embodied or lived in tune with this dimension have been feared and hated, excluded and marginalized, and even at times burned at the stake.

As Lawrence van der Post has written, Jung’s psychology was above all about reclaiming this “rejected, despised, deprived, and persecuted feminine” both in man and woman. Thus it was not surprising that women such as Preiswerk, Spielrein, and Wolff who were so closely in touch with this aspect would play such key roles in its development.  It is ironic and even tragic that Jung himself was ultimately unable to avoid wounding and exploiting these same individuals.  In seeking to understand the price these women paid and to honor the dignity with which they bore their fates, we hope to begin redeeming the “unquiet ghosts” of our abandoned psychological foremothers.  We offer this work in an attempt to liberate a suppressed feminine aspect of the divine that both women and men of today will need to access if they wish to undertake the journey of individuation.

Susan C. Roberts, MS, MA, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and Certified Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Boulder, Colorado.  A graduate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, she has been a psychotherapist for more than twenty years.  A long-time student of archetypal psychology and of the power of symbols to heal and guide, she seeks to support clients in the process of individuation through perception of their daimons and clarification of unconscious loyalties to family and larger collectives. She has a particular interest in the intersection of psyche and soma and of mind-body approaches to illness and healing.


 Martha Herrell

Martha Harrell, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

Beyond Psychology: Where Analysis, Spirituality and Quantum Physics Intersect

Friday, November 4, 2016   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free to Members         Non-members $15.00

Location: Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305


The world as we’ve known it is at a frightening crossroad.  Our institutions are corrupt, our religions polarized – some trying to kill the other off. The environment is under siege and nature is on a rampage.  Technology speeds past us as we stand lost. Most people in our modern society find themselves restless, afraid to be still or alone.  We as humans must find a different operating manual to survive on Planet Earth.

In this increasingly fragmented world we no longer know how to stand at the threshold of transformations we as humans must pass through. We’ve lost touch with rituals, which guide us in our own sacred journey, as we navigate crucial life sages.  Or mind, cut off from our body, cannot align with its inner self.  We seek to be saved externally, rather than be completed internally. Instead of aligning with the great forces that shape us, we voluntarily enter a rational scientific prison of our mind, not even aware of what we yearn for.  Come and explore a transformational journey into the miracle of being fully human.

Martha Harrell  Ph.D. is  a Diplomat Jungian Analyst who graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York.  She teaches with the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts, and is a Senior Analyst with the IRSJA. Martha’s original training was as a psychiatric nurse and she taught at Yale University for over 20 years.  She has a private practice in Lafayette Colorado.