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 21, 2018, January 20, March 17, and May 19 , 2019.
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 2018-2019

∼ October 21, 2018 ∼

Guest lecture by Torrey Byles

The kind of money of the modern era is different from earlier forms found in ancient Greece, China and other civilizations. It is a unique combination of the sovereign power of state coupled with "private-sector banks." This specific architecture developed in Europe and in combination with Europe's revolutionary discovery that the earth was not the center of the cosmos, it set off a secular revolution in science, commerce and personal freedom & dignity that has produced unprecedented material prosperity, new human living practices and democratic forms of governance that continues today.

Yet this combination and its secular outlook came at a heavy price. It created only half a heaven on earth. It denied the mystery of consciousness and existence, dismissed ultimate meaningfulness, and reduced human relations to calculated instrumental use-value and personal-gain strategies. Today's global civilization, in using this monetary architecture, finds itself at a crossroads where these very same secular notions and practices that created the prosperity and personal power are the very same things that threaten to destroy it. The only way forward is to "see through" this outlook and its practices. Such a possibility comes out of the great boon of what came to be called "depth psychology" and its revolutionary orthogonal approach to growth, self realization in community.

Economist and Dream Group Facilitator, Torrey Byles, recounts important developments in modern world culture that points to this unprecedented and perilous moment in history. He shows how the current crisis comes out of the period of Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries Europe, and how, from dissident thinkers of that period who rebelled against the rationalism and "disenchantment of the cosmos", indeed point to paths of resolution for today. In addition to saints and shamans of non-European traditions, Torrey draws from Western philosophers and economists as well, including Freud, Jung, Max Weber, JM Keynes, Schumpeter, Wittgenstein, Richard Tarnas, James Hillman, Ken Wilber, John Searle, Jane Jacobs, Elinor Ostrom, Faye Duchin, and Charles Taylor.


Torrey Byles' almost forty-year career has been that of an economist, business analyst, journalist and spiritual seeker. He began in China learning Mandarin Chinese, while covering the economic "little dragons" and the opening of China. Later in Silicon Valley he started his own industry-analysis company and helped companies to re-engineer supply chains with electronic commerce systems. Then, in his 40s, he experienced a crisis in outlook, and closed his consultancy to study dreams, the wisdom traditions of the world and to meditate and hike. He ultimately moved to Oregon where he was effective as an economist of local, regional economies, his last official office there being head of the SOU Market Research Institute of Oregon's SBDC. Torrey has a BA in economics from UCSD, a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern Oregon University (SOU), and several professional certificates including Dream Group Facilitation from the Marin Institute of Projective Dreamwork (Jeremy & Kathryn Taylor), Operations Research from Stanford University, and Econometric Modeling from the Implan Group. He currently resides in Morro Bay, CA.

∼January 20, 2019∼

Guest lecture by Azarm Ghareman - "Contemporary Issues through Depth Psychological Lens"


Founded on the works of Freud & Jung, Depth Psychology includes the schools of thought that follow them (e.g. Object Relations, etc.). It emphasizes the role of the unconscious and pays special attention to symbols, dreams, and metaphors in accessing the unconscious. (Why do we dream in symbols anyway?) In this presentation, I will attempt to
a) Discuss the benefits of Depth approach versus other modalities.
b) Review some of Jung's key concepts (e.g. shadow, archetype, masculine, feminine) and show how our fundamental misunderstanding of these concepts leads us into personal and global conflict.
c) Explain "Three levels of not knowing" and show how we may benefit from it in our daily interactions with others.
d) Invite the audience to apply the above concepts to contemporary issues that particularly interest them: fear of aging/death, relationships and heartbreak, immigration, spirituality, etc.

Azarm Ghareman photo


Dr. Azarm Ghareman is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Luis Obispo, California. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California, and has conducted many professional training workshops. She also holds advanced degrees in chemistry and business administration. Her clinical interests include Cultural Individuation, Cross-Cultural Issues, Masculine/Feminine Integration in Therapy, Business/Science/Psychology Overlap. She is the author of: Longing for a Land: A Persian Woman's Story of Individuation, Soul of Word, Soul of World: Persian Poets Make an Offering to the West, and Six Life Secrets of Content Women: A Guide for Emotional Self-Care. For more information, visit www.mazdaconnections.com


∼ March 17, 2019 ∼

Guest lecture by Lisa Holland - "A Practical Introduction to Active Imagination as Explored Through Essential Elements of C.G. Jung's Red Book"

Lisa Holland photo

Despite all indications of outer success, at midlife and after his break with Freud, CG Jung underwent a deeply disorienting and painful period, fraught with a loss of meaning, a sense of soullessness and even fear for his own sanity. Jung's courageous and devoted response to this harrowing period of his life ultimately resulted in the Red Book, an inner journey that took three years to experience and record and over 16 years to translate, transcribe and illustrate. This profoundly personal exploration became the bedrock upon which all Jung's later theory of Analytical Psychology was built, including the technique that he would eventually term, "Active Imagination".

Questions that we will explore together include:

  • What did Jung mean by "imagination" and by "active" versus "passive" imagination?
  • What differentiates active imagination from escapism or avoidance of reality?
  • Why are ethics and active imagination so tightly intertwined for Jung?
  • How can we bring "firm ground underfoot" to "so much fantasy"?
  • How can we enjoy this "form of play" while keeping in mind von Franz's warning that this form of play is a "bloody serious" one?
  • When are the conditions ripe for engaging in the process of active imagination and when might it be contraindicated?
  • Where does one begin with his or her first experiences of active imagination?
  • Where might one become stuck and how might she or he respond to these obstacles?


Lisa Holland, MS, LPCC, is a graduate of ISAPZurich (International School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich) and is an ISAPZurich participant and faculty member. A psychotherapist for over 25 years, she has also trained in mindfulness-centered, somatic (Hakomi) psychotherapy and more recently studied and implemented Neurofeedback into her practice, a powerful form of computer-assisted biofeedback that supports and strengthens central nervous system stability and regulation.

Lisa works in private practice in SLO County as a Jungian psychoanalyst (member of IAAP/AGAP), specializing in imagination, embodiment, trauma and the gifts and challenges pertaining to the second half of life. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops in the USA and abroad and is currently preparing a presentation for the 2019 annual Jungian Odyssey conference to take place in Lucerne, Switzerland in May. Here at home, she is organizing a 6-week Women's group on the topic of Cultivating Soulfulness, to begin in late February. Lisa can be contacted by phone at (805) 400-7735 or through her website at www.lisahollandtherapy.com.

∼May 19, 2019∼

Guest lecture by Bob Pelfrey


An update to Central Coast Jung Society members: Since I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Pacifica's international conference on "Art and Psyche: the Illuminated Imagination" in early April, I want to update and clarify my theme for our May 19th meeting. The conference was a truly inspirational experience, due in large part to the fact that the UCSB art gallery exhibited several dozen of Jung's original artworks- paintings, drawings, sculptures- along with his ultimate artwork, the Red Book itself. What becomes vividly clear is that Jung's Red Book paintings don't just illustrate the descriptions and narratives in the text; they also add their own details, depth, and affective coloring to the complex narrative of Jung's famous "experiment with the unconscious" and his subsequent development of Analytic Psychology. Moreover, there are also experiences and ideas in the Red Book that are only represented in terms of painted images. I will use slides to show how Jung's experience with spontaneous mandala images, for instance, form a stunning sequence in the Red Book that is rendered only as a series of incredibly beautiful painted images-viz., with no accompanying commentary or captions. I will also show slides of paintings, drawings and sculptures which Jung created independently, that is, strictly "as art". These independent artworks are equally fascinating, and equally integral to a full understanding of both Jung's biography and of his approach to the psyche. Hopefully, this presentation on "Jung the artist" will help clarify and affirm why Jung insisted that "Psyche is image, and image is psyche".
Bob Pelfrey photo

Bob Pelfrey received his B.A. (painting) from UCLA and his M.A. (printmaking) from Cal State L.A. He taught studio, art history, and humanities class at Cuesta from 1972 until his full retirement in 2012. While at Cuesta he published an art appreciation textbook- "Art and Mass Media"- which reflects his ongoing interest in exploring the dynamic between images, culture, and art.

During his teaching career, Bob shifted his primary interest to dreams. By maintaining a daily dream journal over the past twenty-five years, he has been able to use dream images as both a source of personal insight and transformation as well as the creative inspiration for his art work, which he has exhibited regularly in local galleries. While at Cuesta he also partnered with Dr. Berta Parrish to help Cuesta students encounter their own dreams in a creative way by co-teaching a seminar in dreamwork techniques.

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