Section XII: The Transformative Power of Art
Track 6: Anima Mundi: Listening to the Art and Soul of Nature
The idea that the world itself may have a soul has become prominent again in various spheres of thought, including archetypal psychology, Gaia theory, eco-feminism, and consciousness studies. If the world does have a soul or psyche, might this psyche ‘speak’ in the same symbolic language and imagery as the personal or collective unconscious – through art and dreams? In this track, we’ll weave together discussions of Nature’s creativity and creative expression, pan-psychism/pan-experientialism, and more.
Schedule at a Glance:
Possible Sessions :
- Visions of the Black Madonna Calls us to Wisdom and Love (B. Tarwater)
- Anima Mundi: Panpsychism and panexperientialism (Group discussion)
- Crop Circles (G. Bobroff)
- Dreams and the Environment (S. Aizenstat)
- Earthrise in the Heart: The Rebirth of the Sacred in a Time of Collapse (C. Chalquist)
- Ecostalgia: Storienting the Displaced Psyche (Bonnie Bright)
- Living Water Farms (Sung Sohn)
Gary S. Bobroff, M.A. presents a visual consideration of this mysterious phenomenon within the context of modern psychological reality. Looking both at Crop Circles and the nature of the era into which they have arrived, he offers a framework for our own deeper consideration. Living in the moment of the death of one worldview and the birth of another, our culture suffers from an over-masculine inflation that has us alienated and imagining ourselves to be separate. Yet today, we are being presented with crises and mysteries that call us back toward closer participation with the world. Crop Circles—formed in living grain—exemplify the archetypal feminine nature of this moment’s change: a moral calling toward conscious, felt engagement with a dynamic, living mysterious world.
Rev. Bonnie Tarwater graduated from Claremont School of Theology, was ordained in 1999 and has served UU and UCC churches for over 15 years. Previously, she worked in the professional theater and received a MFA in theater from A.C.T. and a BA in Visual Art from UCSD. She has taught honoring dreams in many settings and leads dream groups at The Center for AWE, dedicated to the Arts, Wisdom and the Earth, a new home church she recently opened in San Diego. www.revbonnietarwater.com
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.
Gary S. Bobroff
Gary S. Bobroff, M.A., is the author of Crop Circles, Jung & the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine (North Atlantic Books, August 2014) – JungAndCropCircles.net. He has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, Canada and an M.A. in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He leads workshops and webinars and delivers the depth of Jungian approaches in an accessible, engaging, and visual-oriented form. He is the primary developer and facilitator of Our Archetypal Nature – ArchetypalNature.com.
Bonnie Bright is the principle and founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, an online community for everyone interested in how Jungian and depth psychologies are relevant to our cultural crisis and how they can orient us to find meaning in everyday life; Depth Insights, a media production company that offers a semi-annual scholarly ezine, radio podcasts, and educational webinars; and Depth Psychology List, a free-to-search database of Jungian and depth psychology-oriented practitioners.
Bonnie holds M.A. degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, where she also recently completed her Ph.D. with a dissertation on Culture Collapse Disorder.
She concluded a 2 ½ year training with African elder Malidoma Some´in Technologies of the Sacred, graduated from a 2-year certificate program in Archetypal Pattern Analysis via Assisi Institute, and has logged hundreds of hours toward becoming a certified practitioner in Holotropic Breathwork via Grof Transpersonal Training, and toward certification as an instructor in the Enneagram, a psycho-spiritual typology system, via the Enneagram Institute.
Bonnie has also conducted fieldwork excavating an archeological site of the Classic Maya in Belize. She currently makes her home in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Craig Chalquist, PhD
Craig Chalquist, PhD is department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches ecopsychology. He is Executive Editor of the Journal of Holistic Psychology and the author of several books, including those of the Animate California Trilogy and Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place, editor of Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. His website is Chalquist.com.
Sung Jacob Sohn
Sung Jacob Sohn was born in South Korea, where he spent the first half of his life. He spent the second half of his life working, learning, and teaching in the United States. Today, he resides in Claremont, California. Sung and his wife, Myra are currently engaged in two projects: Myra House: Holistic Living Center (Sep. 2001 to present) and Ecoterra Holistic Pharmacy (July 2007 to present).
At Myra House, intern-residents are enrolled in the Integrative and Health and Holistic Living program, which include taking care of the Living Water micro farm. Ecoterra is a natural medicine and compounding pharmacy in Claremont. The pharmacy provides organically grown herbs, bio-identical hormones, and holistic medicine.
Sung is the author of the book, The Sextet Love Story: A Perfect Love Story in Imperfect Society (Seoul, Korea: Youl Lin Publishing House-Korean Version, 2007, 279 pages. Myra House Press-Kindle ebook, 2011). He writes blogs for both Myra House (http://www.myrahouse.com/) and Living Water Farm (http://livingwaterfarm.tumblr.com/). Sung’s articles include, among others, “Why We Live In Community” (Korean, 2008), “SPACE FOLLOW SPIRIT-Quest for Holiness” (Korean, 2007), “Aesthetic of LOVE: A Commentary of Epistle to the Romans” (Korean, 2006), and “A Call to New Leadership for the Church: Partnership with Young Adults” (English, 2005).
Sung also reviewed Herb Greene’s book, PAINTING THE MENTAL CONTINUUM: Perception and the Meaning in the Making.(Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Hills Books, 2003: 284 pages).
Sung Jacob Sohn was a UMC minister and served the Pacific UMC asthe senior pastor, now is remaining as an independent clergy member. He has taught at the LA Korean Methodist Seminary. Sung’s academic study subjects are varies starting in Architecture and Art History at Tulane University (M. Arch, 1987) and UCLA (MA, 1997) and moved to religion, theology and spirituality at the Claremont School of Theology (M. Div, 2000) and (Ph. D, 2007).