Welcome to the Central Coast Jung Society Website

"Facilitating conversations with psyche on the Central Coast of California"

The purpose of the Central Coast Jung Society is to meet as a group sharing a common interest in the philosophy, ideas, and practices inspired by Carl Gustav Jung. We aim to foster imagination and deepen our relationship with and experience of the psyche, and to encourage the individuation process in ourselves, our community and culture by means of lectures, workshops, seminars, media and social activities.

Meeting Information:

This year we will host four guest lectures on the following Sundays:
October 15, 2017, January 21, March 18, and May 20, 2018.
Presentations will run from 2 to 4pm. Doors open at 1:45pm.

Fellowship Hall at United Church of Christ, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo CA


*NEW* Membership dues are $40/year for members and $12/meeting for non-members.
Click here to download a membership application form.

Contact us:

If you have questions about the Central Coast Jung Society or wish to be added to the mailing list, please contact: Dorothy Pitkin, PhD, at Doriephd@yahoo.com.


We also have information about the Jung Library, which contains 1187 titles, and is housed at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA.

CCJS Events 2017-2018

∼ October 15, 2017 ∼

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Guest lecture by Lisa Holland

Lisa Holland will present an introduction to classical Jungian dream interpretation with examples, experiential exercises and the opportunity for questions and discussion. Topics touched upon will include the concept of "compensation", dream series versus single dreams, the import of context in interpretation, "big" dreams, as well as practical concerns such as remembering and recording dreams.


Lisa Holland, MS, LPCC, is a graduate of ISAPZurich (International School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich) and is an ISAPZurich participant and faculty member for the fall semester. A psychotherapist for over 25 years, she has also trained in mindfulness-centered, somatic (Hakomi) psychotherapy. Lisa has just opened a private practice in SLO County as a Jungian psychoanalyst (member of IAAP/AGAP), specializing in imagination, embodiment and trauma. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops in the USA and abroad and is currently working on a book on women's assertion, self-agency and the symbol of the spine based on the Grimm's fairy tale, "Maid Maleen". During the last decade she has lived in Spain, Switzerland and Italy. At present, she happily straddles both continents, residing in Atascadero, CA under the ancient oaks nine months of the year, and in Riva del Garda, Italy among the dancing olive trees the remaining three. Lisa can be contacted by phone at (805) 400-7735 or through her website at www.lisahollandtherapy.com.

∼January 21, 2018∼

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"Tending the Living Image" by Renée Coleman

DreamTending is a method of working with dreams that centers on a psychodynamic process of tending the living image. Rather than bringing dream images up into the light of waking-world experience, in order to make sense of them, the practice of DreamTending invites dreamers to enter into the dark, imaginal mystery of the dream itself, on its turf. Soul capacities for sensing are therefore called upon so that the dream's intelligence may be encountered and revealed in ongoing, dynamic ways. As we slowly feel our way along, offering dreams our senses and wholehearted attention, a mutual sense of trust is cultivated. We develop imaginal capacities even as we work; dreamer and dream-image each informed by the other. Thus we lend ourselves to the task of what the poet Keats called 'soul-making.' "I am certain of nothing," wrote Keats in a letter, "but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination."


Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, Renée Coleman, Ph.D., now lives in Santa Clarita, California, where she works at developing the art and practice of dream-centered living. Certified as a DreamTender in 1996, Renée earned her Mythological Studies doctorate (with an emphasis on Depth Psychology) from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2002. Tending dreams with individuals, couples, and groups, Renée endeavors to teach dreamers to navigate through the many twists and turns of the dream-time, using a holistic, embodied, and imaginal approach. Her first book, Icons of a Dreaming Heart: The Art and Practice of Dream-Centered Living is available on Amazon.

∼March 18, 2018∼

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"Approaching Dreams through Art" by Robert Pelfrey

Adopting a basically Jungian approach, artist Bob Pelfrey will share his personal approach to integrating dreams into his daily life. He will share two aspects of his dreamwork: first, keeping a daily dream journal for the past twenty-five years, which has involved recording more than twenty thousand dreams. Second, using the images recorded in these journals as the basic theme and focus in his artwork. In this talk, Mr. Pelfrey will also discuss the theme of the "nightmare", including comments on examples from his dream journal process.

Bob Pelfrey received his B.A. (Painting) from UCLA and his M.A. (Printmaking) from Cal State L.A. After teaching for three years at Webster College in St. Louis, he taught studio and art history classes at Cuesta from 1972 until his retirement in 2002. During this tenure he also taught a dream work seminar with Dr. Berta Parish. Bob currently hosts a twice-monthly dream seminar (open to the public) at St. Benedict's Episcopal church in Los Osos. His most recent art exhibit was a one-man show at the Steinberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo in 2014.

∼May 20, 2018∼

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Guest lecture by Laura Grace

Laura V. Grace will delve into the realm of nightmares blending Jungian and somatic perspectives. Combining Hillman's approach to disturbing dream images with a unique somatic experiential process, Laura will demonstrate how Jung's belief that "the symbols of the Self arise in the depths of the body" can lead to transformation. In this presentation, dreamers will learn how nightmares are the most powerful dreams they will ever experience and how frightening dream images are "supportive screams" from the unconscious.

Laura Grace, Ph.D. (c) is the founder of Love in Flight Interspiritual Society in San Luis Obispo, producer of the Central Coast Women's Symposium and Jungian practitioner in San Luis Obispo. As an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams Laura has taught more than two hundred courses on the transforming power of night-time dreams. Her Waking Dreaming™ and Somatic Dream Expression™ methodologies embody the soma/psyche/spirit connection and teaches dreamers how dream images, being alive in the body, can be used for healing and transformation. Laura is currently getting her doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute and just finished writing a book on dreams titled Dreams: Soul-Centered Living in the 21st Century, A Depth Psychological and Somatic Approach to Transformation. www.lauragrace.net, www.lifisslo.org, www.centralcoastwomen.com

Original page design by Bryant Smith. Adapted for CCJS by E. Rogers.
Photo of Montaña de Oro State Park, CA courtesy of E. Rogers.