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Jan 01, 2022 – May 31, 2022: Analysts in Training: Shamanic Dimensions of Psychotherapy

Fouteeen-week class, January through May, 2022. Faculty, C. G. Jung Institute of New York, NYC

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Nov 21, 2015: Case Supervision of Advanced Seminar

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Mar 07, 2015 – Mar 08, 2015: A Writing Retreat for Women

A Writing Retreat for Women: Matters of Sophia, and How Sophia Matters: Alchemical Mysteries of "First Woman" coming to life in Creative Process. A Writing Retreat for Women, to deepen our connection with soul and spirit, with Robin van Loben Sels and Monika Wikman.

Two full days of writing retreat to drop into meditative reflective processes and writing exercises.

Time: 9:30 – 4:30
Place: 1536 Bishops Lodge Road, Tesuque, New Mexico
Fee: $450.00
CEU's: 14
Lunches included, enrollment limited.

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May 02, 2014 – May 03, 2014: Writing Workshop with Monika Wikman, Ph.D.

"Writing for Psyche, Writing for Soul"
$400.00. Saturday lunch included.
For registration, contact Susan Steffy, 505-469-0430.

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Mar 28, 2014 – Apr 03, 2014: 14th Annual Jung in Ireland Seminar

Dream Gathering among participants and a Dream Weaving Presentation, also two experiential workshops working with the mytho-poetic imagination: "Poetry, Dreams, Memoir," and "Writing for Psyche, Writing for Soul."

Killarney Park Hotel, County Kerry, Ireland

The Three weeks of Jung in Ireland 2014 are sponsored by The New York Center for Jungian Studies.
Information and Registration: 845-256-0191

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Dec 11, 2013 – Dec 15, 2013: Healing Trauma: The Lost and Recovered Soul in Depth Psychotherapy

A Conference with Donald Kalsched on the Subject of his New Book: Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption

A 4-Day Conference for practicing psychotherapists in Santa Fe New Mexico
Sponsored by the Santa Fe Center for Alchemical Studies
December 11-15, 2013

Donald E. Kalsched, Ph.D.
Assisted by Monika Wikman, Ph.D., Thomas Elsner, J.D., M.A., and Robin van Loben Sels, Ph.D.

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According to C. G. Jung, the human personality has a transpersonal origin and essence.With the birth of each person, a spark of the Divine enters time-and-space-reality and through relationships that involve both joy and suffering, becomes embodied as a human soul (Winnicott's "personalization;" Jung's "individuation").

However when severe trauma strikes the developing psyche of a child, there is too little joy and too much suffering.The descent into ensouled personhood is unbearably painful for the immature ego, and an innocent core of the self splits off, retreating "God's world," i.e., into a deep layer of the unconscious that Jung referred to as the "collective" unconscious. There it continues to exist as a lost soul in suspended animation under a spell cast by the powers of the psyche's survival system.With the self thus divided, the trauma survivor feels "broken" or "unreal" and may even lose sight of the lost parts of the self, living a joyless, one-dimensional outer existence concerned more with survival than with true-self living.

Depth Psychotherapy offers the opportunity for renewed contact with the lost core of the self, and hence for renewed feeling-life, creativity, and relatedness.But the forces of repression resist this healing and are ready to wage a fierce battle for possession of the soul (see Blake's image of the Good and Evil Angels fighting for possession of a child).How this dramatic struggle between life-and anti-life forces comes out in the end often depends on the strength of connection between the analytic partners and whether their relationship can weather the many storms and stresses that threaten to de-rail the therapy venture or end it prematurely.

In this four day workshop we will explore these themes with the help of clinical examples, dreams, and illustrations from literature, art and contemporary film.Experiential process-groups will help ground the material.


Wednesday Afternoon Lecture: Images of the Lost Soul-Child in the Psychotherapy of Early Trauma
Thursday Lecture and Workshop: The Soul in Hell and its Liberation: Reflections on Clinical Depression in Light of Dante's Divine Comed
Friday Lecture, Film and Workshop: Innocence and its Violation in Childhood and in our American Culture
Saturday Lecture and Workshop: Trauma, Synchronicity and Paranormal Experiences in Analysis

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Nov 16, 2013: Case Supervision of Advanced Reading Seminar

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Aug 18, 2013 – Aug 23, 2013: XIX International Congress for Analytical Psychology

IRSJA (Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts) Delegate to the IAAP (International Association for Analytical Psychology) XIX International Congress for Analytical Psychology
Origins, Innovations and Controversies
Copenhagen, Denmark (Hosted by the Danish Society for Analytical Psychology)

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Sep 06, 2012 – Sep 08, 2012: Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche

Organized by Virginia Beane Rutter and Thomas Singer
Supported by the Petros M. Nomikos Foundation
Santorini, Greece

I will be offering an on-going project that I call Dreaming in Place, a project I've carried out in Ireland for several years, in India, in Switzerland at last summer's Jungian Odyssey, and in Truchas, New Mexico . . . this satisfies my urge to balance stimulating conscious material presented by high-energy people with offerings from psyche Herself, making room for a kind of group homage to the unconscious psyche that under-weaves all our lives, all the time, no matter who or where we are . . .

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Feb 27, 2012 – Mar 09, 2012: Commission on the Status of Women

Robin will serve as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women (NGO CSW56) at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Convention

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Jan 21, 2012: Case Supervision, Advanced Reading Seminar

Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Jan 11, 2012 – Mar 14, 2012: Dark, Down and In-going Goddesses

“Dark, Down and In-going Goddesses: Meditations of Pele, Medusa, Hecate, Aditi, Nao’tze, Kali, Innana, Persephone, and Others.”

An eight-week Wednesday evening participatory seminar, 6-8 pm beginning January 11 through March 14th.

Location: 1536 Bishops Lodge Road, Teseque, New Mexico 87574.

Contact Monika at or 505-989.7205. Limited Enrollment.

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Jun 18, 2011 – Jun 18, 2012: The Red Book: Mining the Unconscious: The Creative Path to Self Knowledge.

An exhibit and program sponsored by the Santa Fe Arts Commission. Santa Fe Convention Center, June 17 – August 26, “Ancestors and Spirits of the Dead,” 3:30-5:30 in the Community Room of The Santa Fe Public Library, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Apr 16, 2011: Myth Today: Angus, The Celtic God of Dreams

The C. G Jung Institute of Santa Fe Advanced Studies Seminar, “Myth Today: Angus, The Celtic God of Dreams,” 1:15-4:15 in the Hotel Saint Francis, 210 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Aengus, an old, Celtic, dream-like god, is also the god of all dreamers. A contemporary Scottish lullabye has “Dream Angus” “hurtlin’ through the heather,” flinging dreams to gods and people alike. Aengus is also Lord of Poets and Master of Love, and Emma Jung called him an elemental person of the psyche. W. B. Yeats wrote his enigmatic poem, The Song of Wandering Aengus, in 1897.

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Aug 17, 2010 – Aug 21, 2010: Ancestors and Spirits of the Dead

Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts,
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada

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Jun 18, 2010 – Jun 20, 2010: Body, Mind, and Soul

Dream Gathering, Dream Tending
Truchas Peaks Place, Truchas, New Mexico

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May 22, 2010 – May 29, 2010: Trust and Betrayal: Dawnings of Consciousness

Jungian Odyssey 2010: Trust and Betrayal: Dawnings of Consciousness
"Dream Aengus," Dream Gathering, Dream Tending
ISAP Zürich: The International School of Analytical Psychology

Hotel Rotschuo (near Lake Lucerne)
Gersau, Switzerland

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Apr 16, 2010: Jung in the World: Tension of the Opposites: Pursuing Paradox

Lecture: Dreamer, Poet, Lover - Storytelling and the Story of Aengus

The C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe Community Programs, Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

The Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marques, Santa Fe, NM

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Mar 15, 2010 – Mar 22, 2010: Exile and Return: The Landscape of Celtic Mythology

The New York Center for Jungian Studies
The Tenth Annual Jung in Ireland Conference Study Tour: "Exile and Return: The Landscape of Celtic Mythology"
"Dream Aengus," and Dream Gathering, Dream Tending
Discussions of the Voyage of Brendan and The Children of Lir

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle Bay, Ireland

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Nov 03, 2009 – Jan 12, 2010: A Dream In the World: A Women's Reading and Discussion Seminar

Led by Monika Wikman, Ph.D., and Robin van Loben Sels, Ph.D.

November 3, 17; December 1, 15; January 12, 26; 6:00-8:00 PM

1536 Bishops Lodge Road, Tesuque, New Mexico 87574

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Mar 26, 2009 – Apr 02, 2009: The Archetype of Home

The New York Center for Jungian Studies
The Ninth Annual Jung in Ireland Conference,

Dream Gatherings, and "Dreams as Inner Wanderings — How Do We Reach them?" also, Seminar, "Dream Aengus"

Dublin and County Galway
March 26 - April 2, 2009
Ballsbridge Court Hotel, Dublin, and Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Loch Corribe, County Galway

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Sep 01, 2008: Morning Reading Seminar

A morning Reading Seminar on "A Dream in the World" held in the Codroy Valley at St. Mary’s Hermitage: A Place of Solitude and Prayer, Doyles, Newfoundland, Canada.

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Mar 27, 2008 – Apr 03, 2008: Splitting, Reconciliation and Healing: Moving toward Wholeness in a Broken World

The New York Center for Jungian Studies: The Eighth Annual Jung in Ireland Conference

To be held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast (March 27-29) and the Red Castle Hotel on the Inishowen Penninsula, Donegal, (March 30-April 3).

Poetry and/or dream workshops, as were held in County Kerry, Ireland, March 2006, will also be held in Belfast and Donegal, Ireland, March 30-April 3, 2008.

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Feb 17, 2008: Dreams as Body Bulletins

Sponsored by the Boulder Friends of Jung
At the Twin Lakes Condominium Clubhouse, 4878 Twin Lakes Road, Boulder, Colorado

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Mar 23, 2006 – Mar 30, 2006: Sixth Annual Jung in Ireland

Hotel Europe, on Lough Leane, Killarney

Workshops: Poetry and Memory: Listening for the Soul’s Return; Poetics of Soul, Poetics of Spirit; Dreams and the Religious Imagination.

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Oct 17, 2004 – Oct 20, 2004: “Poetry and the Work of Understanding: Listening for the Soul’s Return,” plus workshops

Journey Into Wholeness, Brevard. North Carolina

“Understanding who we are is work of a special kind, a work of gathering insight and gleaning experience from a full engagement with the inchoate depths of our minds, hearts, bodies, and lives. While dreams may convey clues to our sense of self from the dark side of our being, poetry lives in a more day-lit and communal world. What does it mean to listen to poetry “for the soul’s return” — as opposed say, to the presence of the spirit?”

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May 28, 2004 – May 31, 2004: Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology

Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA

“Poetry and the Work of Understanding: Listening for the Soul’s Return.”

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Jul 28, 2000: Dream Workshops at The Individual and The Collective: An Interactive Dance of Life

Chico Hot Springs, Pray, Montana, Montana
Friends of Jung

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Sep 15, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000: Seminars in Depth Psychology

The Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Mt. Kisco, New York, in collaboration with The Center for Depth Psychology and Jungian Studies, Katonah, New York: A Program of Training in Psychoanalysis with a Specialty in Jungian Studies. On-going Dream Process Seminar, weekly group meetings, September through June.

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Mar 08, 1999 – Mar 11, 0199: Group Dream Seminars

Three small group dream seminars held with members of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts during The Inner World Of Trauma seminars arranged by the SAAJA, Rondebosch, Capetown, South Africa.

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Oct 01, 1993: “Dreams as Daily Bread"

Lecture for the Fairfield County Jung Society at Temenos Institute, Westport, Connecticut.

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Mar 26, 1993 – Mar 27, 1993: “The Dreaming Soul: Glimpses of Oneness”

Discovering the Oneness: Mind, Body, Spirit: An Exploration of Human Consciousness: Deepening the Interdisciplinary Dialogue

The Riverside Church, New York, New York
Sponsored by Institutes of Religion and Health, New York, New York.

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Jul 15, 1992 – Jul 19, 1992: Dreams in Clinical Practice: Jungian Contributions

A Summer Conference on Shelter Island, New York, presented by the Center for Advanced Studies in Depth Psychology. “The Image of the Patient in the Therapist’s Dream.”

“As supportive faculty, Robin’s background is in psychiatry and religion. She ran on-going dream seminars at Wainwright House for eight years and has held similar seminars in various Jungian training institutions throughout the country. She has a private practice in Katonah, New York, as well as New York City, and is also Co-Editor of Quadrant, the Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation in New York.”

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Nov 22, 1991 – Nov 24, 1991: “The Dream and the Outer World,” Lecture, and Workshop: Working Imaginatively with Dreams

Presented at Kosmos Jung-Cyclus, September 1991-June 1992, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Mar 22, 1991 – Mar 24, 1991: Psyche and Wilderness: A Series of Four Sunday Afternoon Seminars in Preparation for the Spirit of the Earth Conference

With Donald Kalsched and Robin van Loben Sels.

Discussion group, reported on by Donald Kalsched at the Plenary Session of Spirit of the Earth: A Conference Designed to Develop Concrete Responses to the Environmental Crisis

Sponsored by Wainwright House in cooperation with The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, at Wainwright House, Rye, New York.