The Wisdom of Fairytales (Talk and Discussion)

Fairytales paint a vivid picture of the path towards spiritual adulthood (individuation). Studying them can help us open to the wisdom of our unconscious psyche.

In this first group we'll talk about understanding fairytales from a Jungian Perspective. We'll also have a chance to introduce ourselves, and talk about what the group will look like going forward. There's no required reading, but if you're inspired you're welcome to read The Interpretation of Fairytales by Marie Louise Von Franz and/or the essay by Carl Jung listed below. We'll spend one or two meetings getting to know fairytales in general before we get started working with individual stories. If you have a collection of fairytales go through and find your favorites. At the end of the group I'll be gathering suggestions for stories you'd like to explore together.

Agenda

1. Introductions: In groups of three, talk about a fairytale image you've connected with and why.

2. Talk by Lee

3. Questions and discussion

4. At the end of the group, we'll talk about upcoming groups and I'll take suggestions for tales you'd like to read and look at together.

 

Other readings on Fairytales and Jungian Psychology:

Individuation in Fairytales Marie Louise Von Franz

The Phenomenology of the Spirit in Fairytales, Jung, Collected Works, Vol. 9, Sect. 1

The Blue Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang

The Complete Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm

Boundaries of the Soul June Singer  Great Intro to Jungian Psychology

Jung Podcast by John Betts (available online) Great intro to fairytales and other topics in Jungian Psychology.

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  • Judith A.

    It was good. I am looking forward to more of them.

    January 6, 2013

  • Linda P.

    Everything I had hoped it would be!

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent!!!

    January 5, 2013

  • Lynne A.

    It would be interesting at some point to hear from group members what fairytales they particular resonate to

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey -- I'm running late but will be there! Probably 10 +/- minutes late. Sorry about that!

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I have to miss this one. Buried in work. Hope to join you next time, very much! Have fun tonight...

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lee, I'm really excited to join in with your group. It feels like I'm at finally 'growing up' at 52. I think that's the individuation that Jung talks about. It's a trip. And I'm also excited to meet up with some folks that are doing classes/workshops for a living, because that's sort of the direction I feel like I'm going in. I appreciate seeing people living this out. Thanks, Lee! I appreciate you.
    Kirsten

    December 13, 2012

    • Lee S.

      Thanks so much Kirsten. I'm excited that so many people are interested in Fairytales. They've been a passion of mine for a long time and I'm looking forward to reengaging with them in a community.

      December 13, 2012

  • Judith A.

    Will each meeting cost $15?

    December 12, 2012

    • Judith A.

      Depends on how often we meet. I totally get you. I make my livelihood from giving classes as well. I think I will work on coming to your class on the 5th. I will be coming from giving a class on Sage-ing - and the timing seems like it will be perfect.

      December 12, 2012

    • Lee S.

      I'm glad Judith- hope to see you there.

      December 13, 2012

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