Rick Taylor studied religion and psychology at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. His journey has been partly that of trying to integrate the two in his life. Traditional religion and orthodox psychology both left him cold. In Jungian psychology, however, he found a language that resonated with his soul. Rick and his wife, Janet, recently relocated to Estes Park from the Houston area where, since 1997, he attended regular classes under Jungian teacher, James Hollis. He was an active participant in many programs sponsored by the C.G. Jung Education Center in Houston, served as a member of their curriculum committee, and helped start a new community of folks interested in Jung’s ideas in his hometown.
Mary Hassler, B.S.
Mary has a B.S. from Illinois State University and owns her own bookkeeping business. Mary is experienced in psychic healing and intuition and enjoys learning about Jungian psychology.
Stephen Foster, MA, LPC, graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA) and a member of the IAAP. His book Risky Business: A Jungian view of environmental disasters and the Nature Archetype, investigated the psychology of environmental problems, and archetypes related to our interactions with nature. He further explored these pressing issues in the co-edited 2012 issue of the Spring Journal: Environmental Disasters and Collective Trauma. He has presented in the US and Canada on this topic, and conducted workshops on the Nature Archetype. Stephen is also interested in and lectures on Alchemical imagery in films, tarot, interpretations of fairy tales, addiction and trauma and hiking the mountains of Colorado. He is a founding member of Boulder Friends of Jung and has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.
While practicing as a Jungian Analyst, he is also an environmental consultant and owns his own consulting firm in Colorado. He received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Imperial College, London and was a post-doctoral fellow in toxicology and cancer research. He also worked on the resolution of scientific and technical disputes at the Harvard Law School’s Program on negotiation. Following this, he embarked on a 25-year professional career in the environmental consulting industry. Stephen is a nationally recognized expert in indoor air quality and in the vapor intrusion of chemicals into homes. He has worked on many controversial, high profile oil spills and refinery clean ups.
Ann Vermeer, M.A., RYT-500, is the Vice President of Viridis Graduate Institute: Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities and is a certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher. She offers individual instruction and yoga classes and through Chiron Therapeutic Yoga in Longmont where she engages practices and philosophies from yoga, depth psychology, and ecopsychology to discover new, creative narratives that foster self-healing and wholeness. Ann received her M.A. in Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2007 and is a Doctoral candidate in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities at Viridis Graduate Institute. A former telecommunications executive, she has had success working in both executive and organizational development using Jung’s theories to evolve corporate culture and promote authentic leadership. Ann is also a founding member of Viridis Graduate Institute.
I first heard the name Carl Jung while bumming through Europe on a shoestring budget during the summer of 1957. I was visiting a friend of a friend at Oxford University and Jung’s name came up during a drunken pub conversation about personality types. I was fascinated. And, yes, drunk!
When I returned to the University of Wisconsin for another two years to get my teaching degree, I worked at changing my identity from the naive small-town Wisconsin girl I’d always been to a Bohemian intellectual luminary who’d traveled abroad. With that goal in mind, I read a few magazine articles about Jung and gave a speech about his dream theories for one of my classes. I knew nothing, of course, but made the kind of impression I wanted to make, probably due mostly to the Beatnik “rags” I’d purchased from out of a VW bus the day before.
When graduated, I taught English, Speech and Theatre to high school students near Madison while my husband finished law school, and then later in Chicago and Columbus, Georgia. Teaching became a problem when I realized that my husband’s career would require many transfers (23 in 54 years of marriage) so while living in Yokohama, Japan and feeling inspired by Eastern mysticism during the early 1970s, I took some correspondence courses in journalism and published most of what I wrote about the Japanese culture in both Japanese and American magazines and newspapers.
When we transferred to Chappaqua, New York in 1974, I was asked by Westchester Magazine to write an article about psychoanalyst Montigue Ullman’s work as founder of the Dream Laboratory at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He was fascinating, and I felt honored when he invited me to participate in his dream sharing group in his home, near Chappaqua. I enjoyed this weekly experience for over three years, and have been an informal student of Jungian philosophy ever since.
An Ira Progoff life-review workshop at the Jung Center of Houston, for instance, inspired me to enthusiastically keep a journal and use active imagination as a tool for communicating with my unconscious. I’ve since then published three coming-of-age memoirs based upon these entries. And while living in Austin and participating in the Jung Society there, I was a member of a study group, lead by Jungian analyst Charles Dominey, dedicated to reading Jung’s Collected Works. Also while in Austin, I facilitated dream workshops for members of a writer’s organization called Story Circle Network and I gave weekly presentations about possible dream meanings to guests at the Lake Austin Spa Resort.
I’ve lived in Boulder for over ten years and continue to wonder why it took me so long to discover the Boulder Friends of Jung. I’m looking forward to whatever enlightenment this new experience will provide and hope that as a Board member, I find challenging ways to contribute.
Born in Buffalo, NY, where my mother was a social worker and my father worked in a chemical lab doing R & D. After graduation from high school in Chappaqua, NY, I traveled in Europe and Africa for 18 months. I was awarded a bachelor degree with a double major at Antioch College in social work and education. The work/study program at Antioch had me working in education research, curriculum development, community organizing and student teaching. I married and settled in Boulder for 5 years during a road trip to San Francisco. In 1983 I moved to Costa Rica to teach language arts at an international school and earn a Master’s of Business Administration from National University. In 1988 I moved into a four-generational household in Maine with my daughter, where I taught public school and worked for L.L. Bean. I also participated in a dream group that was guided by a Jungian analyst with the Maine Jung Center in Brunswick. I returned to the Boulder area in 2004 after a bike trip to Cuba. I started volunteering at KGNU in 2007, creating a show that features the work of local non-profits, called Dot Org. I have interviewed over 900 organizations and the show still airs bi-weekly. I free-lance reported for Free Speech Radio News and worked for Eat Your Radio before I became Membership Director in spring of 2011 at KGNU, Boulder Community Broadcast Assoc., Inc
Last summer, my husband and I made a quick decision (supported by synchronicity) to move to Colorado and support our daughter and her young family. Iowa City, Iowa had been our home for 38 years and we both had created careers and a Jungian community there which we loved; I worked as a couple’s therapist, after serving 18 years at the University of Iowa as a counselor and organizational consultant, and my husband opened a gallery through his work as a goldsmith. We have been thrilled to discover and join Boulder Friends of Jung, and experience the very warm welcome of the members at the Friday night lectures and Saturday book discussion. (Oct, 2016)
Boulder Friends of Jung
6525 Gunpark, Suite 370-183
Boulder, CO, 80301