Friday Evening Lecture

The Red Book as Poetic Epic


September 14, 2018 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Presenter: Dennis Patrick Slatterly, Ph.D.
Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Inwood at Mockingbird 
$20.00 non-members (includes a complimentary reception with hors d'oeuvres and wine)
Jung’s epic poem is a spiritual journey in the tradition of Dante’s Divine Comedy and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Both may be considered comic epics, as is also true of Jung’s poem. He knew both of these epics well and in many instances used them as templates for his own journey. The lecture will reveal how Dante’s Divine Comedy was an inspiration for Jung in creating The Red Book. Jung's recorded journey into his own unconscious through a series of active imaginations, as well as his challenging search for “a new God image,” will be explored through The Red Book’s analogies with Dante’s 14th century epic poem, which similarly explored the contours of The Self as it sought the Divine.


Saturday Workshop

Riting Retreat: Jung’s The Red Book as an  Analogy of Our Own Pilgrimage


September 15, 2018 9:30 a.m.– noon

Presenter: Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.
Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Inwood at Mockingbird
$40.00 non-members (includes a complimentary continental breakfast)
By means of a particular series of “moments” in the journey recorded in The Red Book that we will read together, we will reflect on our own story and remember where analogous conditions and occasions have entered our lives. Jung’s journey offers us each a rich opportunity to see the deeper mythos in our particular unfolding narrative that comprises our life of lived meaning. In his epic Jung encourages us all: “Don’t ape me. You have your own mysteries.” Let this admonition be our guide.
If you own the Reader’s Edition of Jung’s poem, please bring it. I will furnish pages for those who do not own The Red Book. For this retreat, please bring pen and journal and leave laptops at home. Cursive writing offers a more meditative way "in" to reflection and meditation on the passages we will entertain. 

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He has been teaching for 45 years, the last 24 at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Mythological Studies Program. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 27 volumes, including 6 volumes of poetry and one co-authored novel. He has published more than 200 articles in books, magazines, journals and on-line sources.  His most recent publications include Our Daily Breach: Exploring Your Personal Myth in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and Pilgrimaging Beyond Belief: A Monastic Memoir. He is writing a book on Homer’s Odyssey as well as a co-edited volume on the Letters of Joseph Campbell, both for 2018 publication.