The educational method... that will best meet the needs of the adult... will permit him to educate himself.
C. G. Jung
My Courses, Lectures and Workshops
Below are the Courses, Lectures and Workshops that I teach. If you are interested in having me teach or speak about these themes or others, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or give me a call 416-937-9459.
The Fundamentals of Jungian Psychology
A reading seminar offered for Analyst training candidates covering foundational concepts in the thought of C. G. Jung.
The Structure of the Psyche and Complex Theory
A public seminar exploring C. G. Jung's theory of the psyche and the concept of psychic complexes fundamental to understanding his approach to psychological functioning.
The Archetypal Symbolism of Animals
A lecture series exploring Jung's theory of instinct and archetype through a consideration of the symbolism and psychic significance of animals' appearance in our dreams, including the snake, the lion, the cat, the dog, the horse, and the bear.
Jung and Roman Catholicism: The Jung-White Correspondence
A lecture on the interface between Jungian thought and religious faith through a look at C. G. Jung's relationship to Roman Catholicism as evidenced in his correspondence with Father Victor White, O.P., a theologian who engaged with Jung on the philosophical and theological aspects of his psychological theory.
Jung in Philosophical Perspective
Aimed at Analyst training candidates, this seminar explores the philosophical underpinnings of C. G. Jung's theories about the psyche and human psychological functioning.
Sanctity and Individuation: Saint Francis of Assisi
There is so much more to Francis of Assisi than a graden statue saint, which we discover by following his quest for individuation.
C. G. Jung and Saint Ignatius of Loyola: C. G. Jung’s lectures on the process of Individuation and the Exercitiaspiritualia of St. Ignatius of Loyola
This lecture presents C. G. Jung's psychological approach to the Western religious traditions of meditation as a way of individuation by considering his lectures on a major work of Catholic spirituality, the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
Jung on Evil
C. G. Jung wrote a great deal about evil. This lecture looks at his approach to evil in comparison to other systems of conceptualization.
Symbolism of Hinduism
A lecture presenting the symbols of this major world faith, including their influence in modern-day India and Western society.
The Devil: An exploration through a Jungian lens
Jung wrote that "the devil remains an as appendix to psychology" although devils, demons and evil spirits exist in all countries and in every religion. This lecture presents a history of the Devil through the many forms the Devil has taken throughout history and C. G. Jung's writings about the Devil.
What's with all the Zombies? A Jungian exploration
Zombies have made a comeback. Once a popular subject for B-rated movies, zombies have grown in popularity in the early 21st century. For several seasons a very popular television series has pitted a group of survivors against the unrelenting attacks of hordes of zombies and several movies have featured zombies as title characters. This comes alongside the parallel popularity of Vampires. What is going on? Why this renewed fascination with the walking dead? We will explore these questions through a Jungian lens.
Jungians at the Opera: Britten's Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, arguably the best opera of the 20th century, was composed after World War II and provides a gripping psychological study of an English village by the sea. The evocative music of the opera personifies the unrelenting power and loneliness of the ocean, and reveals the life of an alienated fisherman with spellbinding drama. Britten said of the opera that it explored "a subject very close to my heart – the struggle of the individual against the masses. The more vicious the society, the more vicious the individual."
Jungians at the Opera: Lully's Persée
Persée (Perseus) is a lyric tragedy by Jean-Baptiste Lully, first performed in 1682 at the Paris Opera. As the title indicates it is an operatic treatment of the Perseus myth. Perseus is the first of the heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths of the Twelve Olympians. Perseus was a demi-god who killed Medusa and claimed Andromeda as his wife, having rescued her from a sea monster sent by Poseidon.
Ritual and Liminality
A seminar exploring the dual concepts of ritual and liminality and their importance in individuation.