Guild for Psychological Studies


For over fifty years, the Guild for Psychological Studies has conducted seminars that bring together the depth psychology of Carl Jung, the Records of the Life of Jesus (Synoptic Gospels), the Hebrew Scriptures, and material drawn from myth, poetry, world religions, and the evolving images of modern culture and science. Using a process based on Socratic inquiry and dialog, seminar participants carefully attend to images and feelings, discover connections between the personal and collective psyche, and often find a new commitment to the deep and unfolding truth that has been called the Self or Soul.

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We are soul's refugees!

Refugee, Exile, Wanderer, Pilgrim


NOTE CHANGE TO 7 DAYS: June 25 to July 1

Soul has given birth to itself in a new historical form, leaving behind mythology and religion and a cosmos populated by the great gods and goddesses. We, as humankind, are now a kind of refugee of soul’s own making, forced out of our traditional home of Meaning. Now that the old Idea, once so precious, orienting and true, has become lifeless, flat and empty...what new truth is soul asking us to face today?

We did not choose to be born into this time. And yet here we are. We did not consciously choose the home of our childhood, and yet there we were. Growing up, were you ever at home at home? Are you even at home in this world, or does the feeling of not quite fitting in whisper in the background? Our body requires a concrete home with a real address, but what about soul’s home? Perhaps now soul is Exile, Refugee, Wanderer and Pilgrim all at once—what is asked of us in order to live into a new truth when truth is not settled, but on the road?

Is the Wanderer at home in their wandering? If the traditional forms of Meaning have dissolved, then what is the Pilgrim seeking? What are the wounds of Exile and Refugee that need to be faced? Which of these four images resonates with you at this time of your life?

The Judeo-Christian myth, poetry, contemporary reality, soul-psychology and our deep experience will guide our exploration of what is required to be human in our time of soul as refugee, exile, wanderer, pilgrim.

The Guild’s seminar method includes guided group discussion, silence, journal work, expressive arts, body awareness and movement, oriented to aid deep listening and response to what life and soul are asking of us now.

Please include a letter stating why you wish to attend and any pertinent information about prior study and experience around spiritual issues.

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:00am - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 1:30pm
Four Springs, Middletown CA.
Hal Childs, PhD, MFT, Patricia Calcagno Stenger, MA, MFT, and Harry Henderson
$1114 plus a non-refundable deposit of $50 with registration. Limited scholarships and payment plans are available.

Poetic Potpourri in the May Threshing Floor!

 May brings bursts of wildflowers where showers had been. For us, the May Threshing Floor brings poems thoughtful, ruefull, wondering, wandering, and much more.

Nourishing the Soul: 2017 Dates

 The dates for Nourishing the Soul for 2017 have been set. The seminar will be from Monday April 3 at 5:30 PM to Thursday April 6, 2017.

A full notice will be published when more information is available.


Life's Collage in the April Threshing Floor

 The April issue of the Threshing Floor invites you to explore the art of Pierre Bonnard with Sue Renfrew and reports on the recent Soul Collage workshop hosted by Elizabeth Bremer. Also reflections on home, the scope of love, and other topics, and information about the summer seminars here and in Washington DC.

Bonnard's Gift: an Art Day with Sue Renfew

What I hope to do is to capture his warmth, his wit and the glory of his art. There are extremely few examples of his work in San Francisco, and so this is an exhibit that will be spoken of for years. Where would color be without him?  I see the day beginning at 9:30 and ending at 4 with  lunch provided. In the morning, we will begin with a tour  of his work ( I have over 30 examples), taking a note pad to jot down our quick responses, and then gather in the living room to talk about the experience. Also, I hope to shed light on why he is seen as a postimpressionist and to use his statements on art in my questions.  (We will have a break at 10:30 and lunch at 12:30.) In the afternoon, we have a brief time of movement and then there will be two hours for everyone to use any of the art materials available. As in other seminars, we will return to share our experience  with the group. What i have discovered in these art days is how many people find they can enjoy what they have created and have continued doing art without a critic on their shoulder from then on. The magic of color, and delight in what we see can make a difference in what life can bring us.
This seminar is generously supported by a sponsorship donation, allowing it to be offered at a low fee.

 Note: participants will need to attend the exhibit "Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia" at the Legion of Honor on their own, prior to the seminar. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 9:30am - 4:00pm
Sue Renfrew's home in San Francisco.
Sue Renfrew
$50 plus a non-refundable registration fee of $15.
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