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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What’s New

Upcoming Seminars


DECEMBER 6 – 8, 2019


“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

Details for this seminar will follow next month.

The Casting Seeds Group

Wrestling with Truth

A seminar presented by the
Guild for Psychological Studies
September 28 – October 6, 2019

In our upside-down society, where media and technology are appropriating the whole world, and the very idea of truth is questioned, what will help us live meaningful lives in an age of pervasive anxiety?

Though it has waned and is no longer the guiding light of our civilization, the Judeo-Christian tradition has been the archetypal DNA of our collective soul. Unseen, it works still in the background of our lives.

After many decades of work with the historical Jesus, the Guild now turns its attention to consciousness, truth and the end of meaning. The death of God symbolizes a new status of consciousness that influences us all. What does the death of Meaning, a brand-new event in the history of the world, have to teach us?

What can we learn about what has happened to consciousness over the last three thousand years by taking a fresh psychological look at the Judeo-Christian tradition? How do Abraham, Moses, Job and Yahweh, along with Jesus Christ, illuminate the evolution of consciousness from a new soul perspective?

We will seek a new truth embedded in the teachings of Jesus that reflects the historical self-negating and self-transforming work of soul, which is truth ever recreating itself. As we wrestle with truth we wrestle with ourselves and engage with what is called soul-making, or making soul real.

The seminar process uses a modified Socratic method to guide group discussion. We honor the dignity of each individual to express themselves honestly and move at their own pace. Mutual respect will support us as we engage difficult truths and new perspectives.

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

Special Note: All applicants, please include a letter stating your interest in attending this seminar. If you are new to the Guild’s work, please tell us a little about yourself and your psychological and spiritual journey.

Location: Four Springs, Middletown CA
Leaders: Hal Childs, PhD, MFT and Patricia Calcagno Stenger, MA, MFT
Fee: $1495, plus a non-refundable fee of $50 with registration.

When: Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, October 6.
Scholarships and payment plans are available.
Contact for more information: Hal Childs, 415-573-2469; halchilds@gmail.com
Click here to register.

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