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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Wound and Healing, Consciousness and Love

 “Love contains and transforms that which has not been loved.

           A thing is recognized only to the extent it is loved.”

                                                             —St. Augustine

We are born whole, rich with possibilities. But as we grow and adapt to a harsh world our life is narrowed and restricted. We are wounded by parents, friends, teachers, others. We develop defenses to cope and survive and become cut off from the deep abundance and meaning of our true self.

Deep in our core the longing for healing and wholeness awakens. We know somehow life could be fuller, freer, more abundant and joyful. The questions emerge:

What is healing? Is the healing of deep wounds truly possible?

What is the healing process? How are consciousness and love related to healing?

The life and teachings of Jesus reflect a person who understands the mysterious process of healing, and his teachings reveal the way of the wounded-healer. In this seminar we will seek to awaken the archetype of the wounded-healer that lies at the heart of each of us. We approach the teachings of the historical Jesus through the lens of the depth psychology of C. G. Jung to explore the possibility of our own healing in depth. For Jung the wound itself is the teacher, and when we face our wounds with courage and compassion we discover the gold at the heart of what has been rejected.

             “The meaning and purpose of a problem seems to lie not in its solution but in our working at it incessantly.”

C. G. Jung

The seminar process uses a modified Socratic method to guide group discussion. We honor the dignity of each individual to express their truth and move at their own pace. Mutual respect will support us in our quest to discover the gifts within our depths.

Our work together will be enriched by the use of non-verbal approaches: meditation, expressive arts, music, body movement and awareness, and silence.

This seminar meets the qualifications for 30 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approved provider #PCE 1829. Please include an additional $15 for the CEU certificate.

Participants will:

  • Understand wounding as an inevitable aspect of life.

  • Understand how defenses help us cope with wounds.

  • Learn how to work with the wounded-healer archetype.

  • Develop attitudes and practices that support healing and discover the freedom that lies within the wound itself.

  • Explore the integration of spiritual and psychological perspectives on wounding-healing as a universal process.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:00am - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 1:00pm
Four Springs, Middletown, California
Hal Childs, PhD, MFT and Patricia Calcagno Stenger, MA, MFT
$1,475. Include a non-refundable fee of $50 with registration. Limited scholarships are available and payment plans are available.

Music and Poetry on Monte Bello

 with Maureen Draper and Nils Peterson


Oh give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to
think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the
springing of the year. -- Robert Frost
Spring and so much juice and joy--lilacs and blossomy
trees, hummingbirds and bluebirds in the branches.
Take an afternoon off to stroll in the garden, lie under
the piano, or sit and daydream. Nils will read his poems
and those of Frost, Whitman, and Rumi. Maureen will
play the music of Bach, Schubert, Debussy, and
Scriabin. We’ll end with wine and refreshments to
celebrate the world being born again. Please join us.
TIME: Saturday, April 26, from l:00 to 4:30, with
refreshments following. Please plan to arrive by 12:45
to choose a seat.
PLACE: The Draper home, 18800 Monte Bello Road,
Cupertino, 95014. Take Foothill Expressway exit from
Hwy 280*; turn west toward the hills and continue on
Foothill for approx. 3 miles to Monte Bello Road, just
after the quarry and opposite the reservoir. Drive to the
very end of MB Rd (about 5 miles) and after entering
the open gate on the left turn immediately right onto
gravel road alongside vineyard. You will soon see
parking above the house. Allow 45 minutes from Palo
Alto and San Jose and just over an hour from San
*coming from the north, this is the last of the three Los
Altos exits, and from the south, the exit immediately
after Hwy 85
TO RESERVE: Send a check for $40.00 to Maureen
Draper, address above. Space is limited. but consider
your place confirmed, unless you hear otherwise. For
further information, 408-867-3453 or email Nils Peterson
Note: this is not a Guild seminar. Please register with Maureen Draper as indicated above.

In the April 2014 Threshing Floor ...

 It's spring and our thoughts turn to ... art, music, and poetry! The April Threshing Floor includes two events that invite you to spend part of your day with these cultural riches. There is also news of proposals approved by the Board, and two upcoming summer seminars--one at Four Springs and one in the Washington, D.C. area.

Art as Elixir

Save Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:30- 4:00 (including lunch) to rediscover how art can enliven each moment of your day. What is an Elixir?  In Alchemy, it was something that could change another material into gold or could lengthen life.  What was it that gave Renoir and Matisse  inspiration even when they could no longer walk. The magic of color and delight in what we see can make a difference in what life can bring so give your self a day for exploration. 

     The main focus of the day will be how art can act as an elixir so that being in the moment aware of the beauty around us can enhance our lives. To have this happen we will look at what keeps us from doing this i.e. are we so caught up in our worries and problems that we aren't "in the moment"? Are we thinking only of the past or future and aren't present to the time we are in?   Do we have a narrow idea of what beauty can be? How can we change what we do and how we see or hear so that we are present to the beauty  around us?

The morning will include poetry by William Stafford, Ted Kooser, Nils Peterson, Mary Oliver and others, music from Brahms, Scriabin, and others, the art of Matisse, Renoir, Monet, Bonnard , O’Keeffe  and others. 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 9:30am - 4:00pm
San Francisco.
Sue Renfrew and Barbara Barnard.
$50 plus $5.00 registration.

Art Walk with Georgia O'Keeffe at the De Young Museum

This is an opportunity for art lovers to gather informally, and through experiencing the art directly and conversation, to explore the psychological significance of a particular artist for ourselves and culture.

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George
You are invited, on April 27th, to join us for another Guild Art Walk at the de Young Museum to enjoy the bold color and strong design of a famous American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Her face is as well known as her work. Many know her powerful paintings of her beloved Southwest, but will find this exhibit filled with handsome paintings of nature. Yes, her flowers are there, but her delight in the experience of sky and earth in Northern New York State bring an added dimension that is exciting. Too often, to her great sadness, critics have focused on the sensual interpretation of her work and overlooked its spiritual significance. We will ask what her work evokes in us, and what of soul her work expresses.
After we view the art we offer the option to gather in the museum cafeteria for more conversation.

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 9:15am - 12:00pm
De Young Museum, San Francisco Meet at the main entrance to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park
Hal Childs and Sue Renfrew
$15 registration plus admission to the de Young Museum on the day of the event. The group is limited to a total of 8 so register promptly if you are interested!
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