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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Nourishing the Soul XX

This year’s Nourishing the Soul will talk about story, the ones we’re told and the ones we tell. It will be wide-ranging, from myth to Shakespeare, from Homer to Barthelme, from fairy tales to urban legend. We think storytelling is the most human of activities. It helps make us who we are, tells us where we are, and gives us some sense of where we want to be. Each night the dreamer visits us with his wild tales. All our stories are, in a way, a way of catching up.

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:30pm - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:00pm
Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, California.
Nils Peterson, Maureen Draper, and Sue Renfrew.
$50 non-refundable registration fee plus $600 tuition for a total of $650. Scholarships are available.

Living in the Future


We already live in the future. There has never been a time like this in world history. Smart phones that advise us, 3D printers, Google glasses, drones, robots--and soon, self-driving cars. Our institutions, social conventions, and even our language struggle to keep up with the pace of technological change. Meanwhile, money flows in invisible rivers and seemingly vanishes into thin air. The very basis of our economy is shifting like an earthquake fault. What does it all mean? How does it affect us? Do we even have a future?

Responses born of fear or blind optimism cannot help us. Only by finding a new consciousness can we respond creatively to change that comes on such a scale, and at such a pace. In our work together we will choose to meet the future as a "portentous guest" (Jung). We will explore what happens when we invite this guest into our reflection. Beginning with our personal experience and ideas about the future, we will use discussion, art, movement, and dialog to allow the characteristic phenomena of our time to have their own voice Through engaging with these voices, we will search out a creative attitude that can carry the future into our daily lives.

We will meet on  two Sundays (March 8 and 22, 2015), from 9:30-4:30 with an hour for our lunch.


Sun, 03/08/2015 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sun, 03/22/2015 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sue Renfrew's home in San Francisco. Please bring a bag lunch.
Harry Henderson and Jennie Larson.
$100 plus $15 with registration. Scholarships are available for students or others with limited means.

Report from Berlin 2014: Is there a modern soul?

The International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority (ISPDI) held its second international conference in Berlin during July 2014. The theme was “The Psychological Difference,” a central concept in Wolfgang Giegerich’s exploration of a psychology with soul.

Three Guild leaders attended the conference, Hal Childs, Harry Henderson and Faith Mason. Join us for a day exploring some of the central concepts and implications in a new understanding of a psychology that deepens and extends Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious.

The day will include presentations with time for conversation and dialogue. We will also attempt an experiential group process exploring an ancient text from the Gospel of Thomas and a modern “text” from Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, from the point of view of soul.


Hal Childs, PhD, MFT: “A brief history of the psychological difference.”

Harry Henderson: “The Psychological Difference as Perspective and Tool.”

Faith Mason, MA, MFT: “The Psychological Difference: So what? Why bother?”


Date: February 7, 2015 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30 Please bring your own lunch as there are no eating facilities near by.


Sat, 02/07/2015 - 10:00am - 3:30pm
Elizabeth Bremer’s home, Lafayette CA This location is easily accessible by BART, and we will run a shuttle from the Lafayette BART station. Driving directions will be sent upon registration.
Hal Childs, PhD, MFT. Harry Henderson Faith Mason, MA, MFT.
$50 plus $15 with registration.

Wisdom, the Mother of Jesus

MORE FIRE FOR LIFE invites you to a special one day seminar led by Guild leader, John Lee, from Denver, Colorado.

Have you ever imagined living out of a center that guides --

when one's day is clouded with obligations?
when the heart is struggling with conflicting rules?
when the soul is weary?
There is such a center. Her name is Holy Wisdom. She is the "breath of awareness" beneath our struggles, "the dance before the Lord" at the beginning of all creating, the one who sets a table and invites us into her house," the heartbeat of Jesus' life, and the one who calls out to us from the "gates" of our lives.
Our day together we will seek to recognize and appropriate her presence, her whispers, her guidance. Resources will include The Records of the Life of Jesus and related resources.
"In the thick of life at its shabbiest and most exciting, in the routine of daily marketing and the struggles of ordinary people to survive --it is there that Wisdom Woman extends her invitation." Kathleen O'Connor, The Wisdom Literature
"The recurring theme throughout the Kingdom tradition is Wisdom...." Margaret Barker, The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom of God
On Saturday, January 31, 2015
From 1:00 tp 8:00pm--including pot luck feast
At the Petersons': 418 California St., Campbell, CA
Fee: $40.00
Please register with Linda Davidge
Include what you will bring to the feast.

In the January 2015 Threshing Floor ...

 Happy New Year to all! In this issue of The Threshing Floor we reflect on our "Bleak Winter" Solstice seminar at Four Springs, and look forward to coming events such as "Report from Berlin" in February and next summer's long seminar with its intriguing title "The Inevitable Gravity of Beautiful Trouble." Other articles include an invitation to an upcoming art exhibit by Lisa Yount, illustrated with two of her recent works.


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