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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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Fire Update

October 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Fire Update

Many of us have of course been concerned about our Guild members and facilities and how they might have been affected by the wildfires. So far, the fire does not seem to be getting closer to Four Springs. However the Angela Center, where we’ve had a number of our summer seminars, has apparently been destroyed or badly damaged and their website says they are closed “for the foreseeable future.” Guild people in the Santa Rosa area are OK, including Patricia and George Stenger, Lynne Anne Forest, and Rosemary Hayes (the latter two were evacuated from their senior housing).


Anxiety and Joy

July 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Anxiety and Joy

We’ve just finished our Anxiety and Joy seminar at the Angela Center in Santa Rosa. We had a rather large group with diverse backgrounds, including several younger folks. Using a variety of texts ranging from Gospel parables and stories to the Parsifal legend and the Serenity Prayer we included practical techniques for dealing with anxiety and deep intuitions into the mysterious connection between these two primal human experiences.

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SAVE THE DATE! JULY 7 – 15, 2018

2018 Guild for Transformational Studies Summer Seminar:
Roslyn Retreat Center
Richmond, Virginia

Every two years, Hal Childs (PhD, MDiv, MFT) and Patricia Stenger (MFT) from the Guild for Psychological Studies in California, guide a 9-day retreat through St. Mark’s Church on Capitol Hill. Between July 7 and July 15, the seminar for 2018 will explore Anxiety and Joy. These seminars are spiritual in nature rather than religious, honoring all who want to grow in their truth.

Anxiety steals the breath — it disorients us in the middle of the night or overwhelms us in the middle of normal daily activities.  We may feel powerless in its presence or embarrassed that the experience of anxiety compels us toward unwanted behaviors.  How are we to face anxiety and its manifestations?  What is anxiety and what does it have to tell us about itself?

Jakob Boehme says, “The Holy Spirit leads us by anxiety to a new birth.” What might this mean? Perhaps anxiety itself is the push of the new being.  What orientation of heart and mind might be needed to explore the creativity that is within anxiety? What might be the relationship between the disturbing symptoms we experience and freedom and joy?

In this seminar, we will use discussion, art, play dialogues, movement, music, silence and above all our own experience and self-reflection to explore what Soul/Life/Self has to teach us about the many sides of anxiety.  Participation in any of these activities is voluntary. There will be ample free time to explore, hike, and gather with other participants.

All applicants new to Guild seminars are asked to accompany their application with a letter stating why they wish to attend and any pertinent information about prior study and experience around spiritual issues. No prior experience is needed to attend. You are asked only to bring yourself to a circle of seekers to come to a fuller expression of your own truth.

For a registration form and additional information, please contact Susan Thompson at susanlynnthompson@gmail.com. We will accept 18 participants to keep the circle small and early registration ensures you have a spot. Partial scholarships are available. Please indicate your interest in a scholarship to both Betty Foster (bettywesfoster@earthlink.net) and Susan Thompson (susanlynnthompson@gmail.com).

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