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.

Change of Mailing Address

November 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Change of Mailing Address

The Guild has a new mailing address, which will now be: Guild for Psychological Studies P.O. Box 178 Aptos, CA 95001.


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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What’s New

Upcoming Seminars

Solstice Weekend

to Welcome the Dark

At Four Springs

December 6-8, 2018

In this strange season when we are suspended between realization and expectation, may we be found honest with the darkness, more perceptive with the light.

Night Visions

J. L. Richardson

Join us for a quiet winter weekend of being, breathing and listening.

There will be art materials available, and opportunities for sharing.

Bring your journal.

Location: Four Springs, Middletown, CA

Dates: December 6 at 7:30 PM through December 8, 2019, at 1 PM.

Presented by Patricia Calcagno Stenger and the Casting Seeds group.

Fees: $390 plus a nonrefundable deposit of $50. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact: Patricia Calcagno Stenger at 707-537-1511 or pstenger@comcast.net

Register at https://guildsf.org/online-seminar-registration/

Hold the Date

“More to Tell”

April 6-9, 2020 at Bishop’s Ranch

We will find new ways to explore the “stories we tell” (or that tell us) and the personal and human connections to Soul.

More details soon.

Hold the Date

Integrity: The Human Side of Soul

June 13 – 21, 2020

A seminar by the Guild for Psychological Studies at Four Springs, California

Truth is the intent of soul and our lives are entangled in the desire of truth to become real. When soul grips us we have a choice: to respond to the call of integrity or not.

What difference does wrestling with the call of integrity make for us and for the world?

The invitation is to lay one’s totality on the line for the sake of truth, in order to find that you are not who you thought you were, but rather an embodiment of truth, blind-truth at first, seeking to be known and to become real. Staying true to truth is hazardous and dangerous, but it leads to profound transformation of us and our world.

By examining several human characters, biblical and historical, including such as Jacob’s wrestling with Esau, Job’s struggle with Yahweh, Francis Bacon’s stance against the cosmology of Medieval Christian Europe, and Carl Jung’s efforts to reframe the scientific rationality of late Modernity after the death of God, we will explore how integrity is where we are confronted by soul and where we in turn shape soul through the process of truth wrestling with truth.

More details about this seminar will come in early 2020.

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