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Friday, May 3, 2024 | 7 PM – 9 PM (Central)

Location: First Congregational Church UCC, 6510 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 (fully accessible) OR via Zoom link

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Live Your Own Life by James Hollis

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Grabbed By Persephone / Consoled By Demeter: Presentation & Symposium on the Greek Myth of Persephone and Demeter (April 28, 2023)

During this Friday night event, Lou Galloway-Zapiain led attendees in an in-person program designed for mythologists in general, those with specific interest in the Persephone / Demeter myth, those students of Jung seeking to understand more fully the workings of archetypes, and those who work with populations dealing with trauma as a result of displacement or sudden upheaval in life.

The presentation focused on how the 3,000-year-old myth manifested itself to touch the lives of immigrants and refugees in 2022. It revolved around two intertwined, present-day stories. One story tells of Persephone’s calling upon an English as a Second Language teacher, guiding him to present her myth to his class of immigrants and refugees. The second story told the challenges he met to present this complex story to his students of limited English proficiency.

Society Vice President Francesca “Cheska” Ferrentelli noted that “Lou’s presentation was fantastic, particularly as he discussed his process in creating the program. The dramatic reading was very effective, the audience was really engaged,” and attendees called the program heartfelt, inspiring, and healing.

Lou Galloway-Zapiain

​A lifelong student of mythology and intercultural connections, Lou Galloway-Zapiain has lived in and traveled to over 40 countries on six continents. His travels have focused on exploring indigenous people’s spirituality and mythology, cultural similarities, and “off the beaten path” adventure. He has 45 years experience as a classroom teacher of world history, world cultures, and English as a Second Language.

​Lou is a founding member of the ManKind Project – St. Louis. Over the past 30 years, he has led and assisted with workshops, trainings, and retreats based on the fundamentals of Depth Psychology and personal growth development.

A Jungian Analysis of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo: A Toy Rabbit’s Path Toward Individuation With Francesca “Cheska” Ferrentelli, Ph.D. (March 3, 2023)

During this Friday night event, Dr. Francesca “Cheska” Ferrentelli told the story The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane — one of Kate DiCamillo’s rich, powerful, and moving middle-grade reader books whose highly archetypal themes are akin to modern-day fairy tales — and discussed it from a Jungian and archetypal perspective. She then presented participants with study questions before they moved to breakout rooms to discuss their findings.

Later, everyone came back together in the larger group, where individuals were welcomed to share their thoughts.

By the end of the evening’s event, participants were able to

  1. Understand the concepts of archetypes, persona, shadow, and individuation.
  2. Discuss their ideas about these concepts and how they are alive in the story.
  3. Name some of the characters and demonstrate how they fit into these concepts.

Francesca “Cheska” Ferrentelli, Ph.D., is a Jungian-influenced psychotherapist, mythologist, author, and storyteller in St. Louis, Missouri. In her private practice, she specializes in trauma, eating disorders, addictions, adult children of alcoholics, and EMDR therapy. She received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2003, and her M.A. in Professional Psychology from Lindenwood University in 1993. Dr. Ferrentelli has served on the board of the C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis since 2007 and currently serves as Vice President. She has led multiple study groups for the St. Louis Jung Society. Her children’s book, The Zebra and the Black Pony, was released in 2020.

James Hollis Zoom Lecture — Necessary Fictions: Therapy as the Critique of “Stories” (February 24, 2023)

The evening of Friday, February 24, lecture participants joined the Society as James Hollis invited them to consider how stories — provisional, localized, and often created at an early stage of our history — become defining narratives, and how therapy can be understood as the identification of and critical analysis of our operative or “meta-stories.”

Until these “narrative interpretations” can be smoked out, we remain their captives. Through a series of questions, Dr. Hollis encouraged participants to examine the stories they have been serving, then engage the stories that honor what wants to unfold from within.

Attendees were incredibly moved by this lecture, and much discussion unfolded among board members and Friends of the Society in the week that followed. A board member shared that it was “a thought-provoking and enlightening evening…[with a] man who continues to share his wisdom with us all” and noted that the opportunity to dialogue directly with Dr. Hollis “revealed his laser-like focus to get to the heart of the matter.”

James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst in Washington, DC, and author of sixteen books, the latest being The Broken Mirror: Refracted Visions of Ourselves.

Dr. Hollis was born in Springfield, Illinois, and graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and Drew University in 1967. He taught Humanities for 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977–82). He is presently a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center in Houston, Texas, for many years and was Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington until 2019, and now serves on the JSW Board of Directors.

He is a retired Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is Vice-President Emeritus of the Philemon Foundation. Additionally, he is a Professor of Jungian Studies for Saybrook University of San Francisco/Houston.

He lives with his wife, Jill, an artist and retired therapist, in Washington, D.C. Together they have three living children and eight grandchildren.

He has written a total of sixteen books. The books have been translated into Swedish, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Korean, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Farsi, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Serbian, and Czech.

Martha Peacock Lecture & Workshop (December 2–3, 2022)

The evening of Friday, December 2, lecture participants joined the Society as Martha Peacock led an in-depth exploration of the value of memoir writing as a step on the path to what Jung called the individuation process. To give the audience a taste of memoir writing, they were asked to reflect and write personally about the three stages of alchemy:

  • Nigredo: the dark night of the soul that often includes suffering and grief
  • Albedo: an awakening of the spirit, a shift in consciousness that can bring a new perspective after a long torment of darkness
  • Rubedo: an integration of the dark night of the soul and a re-entry into the world as a changed individual

The Saturday workshop combined Jung’s meditation technique, active imagination, as a tool for writing — or any creative endeavor — with further discussion of alchemy, its images, symbols and definitions, and how they may relate to an individual’s life. This stimulated participants’ memories and thoughts and helped them sink deeper into their personal writing as they dove into the alchemical stages of calcinatio, solutio, coagulatio, sublimatio, mortificatio, separatio, and/or coniunctio. They also discussed ways to amplify personal writing to make it more interesting to the reader. Time was given for private writing and discussion through breakout rooms and collectively as a group.

After the events, Society President Sandy Cooper noted that the events were “richly challenging” and “powerful.”

Martha Peacock, Ph.D., received her masters and doctorate degrees in mythological studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her educational training lends itself well to digging down deep to the perennial root of unquestioned thoughts and behaviors in order to unearth fresh perspectives.