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.

You are invited to use the menus at the top of each page to explore the seminars we offer, read about upcoming events, learn more about the people of the Guild, view a growing collection of resources, and find out how you can participate in or contribute to the Guild’s work. You can use the Contacts link or links throughout many other pages to ask questions about the Guild in general or any particular seminar. Don’t forget to browse the boxes on the right side of the home page to see the latest Guild news.

Looking Forward … Upcoming Seminars

October 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Looking Forward … Upcoming Seminars

The Guild has been experiencing something of a hiatus (at least on the West coast), but this is about to change. Seminars are planned for this December and then April and September 2019. For more details, see What’s New / Upcoming Seminars and watch for further details!


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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The Stories We Tell

April 15 – 18 , 2019
Bishop’s Ranch Healdsburg, CA

There are stories that reside within each of us. Perhaps they come into conversation as an anecdote or are retold around the holiday dinner table. They may be awakened by an image, song, or movie character. Often linked to experiences in the past, they seem to carry within them an indelible “truth” about who we are.

By the third grade, I realized that I was an odd duck.
Or, I came into a big family so I do well in groups.
Or, When my father died, I stopped believing in God.
Or, I am just not a creative person…

What are the stories that have formed our sense of self? How have they influenced us, possibly from behind the scenes? Perhaps we need to hear them through their own voices. Who or what authors our “history”? Do these stories have their own intentions? If so, do those intentions support or stifle the becoming of our true self?

In this seminar we will become our own listeners, allowing the stories to tell their own tales. Welcoming what has become history, we will invite Knowing to unfold itself through reflection, imagining, art, body awareness, and sharing. Through this process, space may be discovered that allows new and different stories, along with their insights, to emerge.

We listen for answers to the question: Who do I think I am?

Leaders: Manuel Costa, M.A. LMFT
Jennifer Morgan Mansfield, M.A.
Patricia Calcagno Stenger, M.A. LMFT
When: Mon, April 15 (dinner) through
Thurs, April 18 (lunch)
Cost: $500.00 plus $50.00 registration
fee. Scholarships available.

For more information about the seminar, contact pstenger@comcast.net

Click here to register.

“New Records”

Would it be possible to transcend the theological and historical approaches to the Jesus story, and in the process, find a new story that creates us while we ourselves are the story tellers? Perhaps we are the tail- eating serpent as we deconstruct ourselves and re-create ourselves in the midst of our unfolding stories. What new values are emerging in the 21 st century? Are the Records (the study of the historical gospel Jesus for truth relevant to us today) dead or alive, or are they dead and alive?

In the fall of 2019 (Sept 27 – Oct 6), there will be a “new Records” seminar in which we will undertake such an exploration. Whether you have never been to a Records seminar or have been to many you are invited.

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