CCJS Events 2016-2017

∼ October 16, 2016∼

Discussion on "The American Shadow and the Upcoming Elections"


We hope to stimulate a deep discussion among those who attend. We do not have a single presenter for this topic, but all have reflections and concerns about the present and the future. Using concepts and archetypes from Jung's works, we can explore this topic together.


∼ January 15, 2017 ∼

Selden Edwards photo

Guest lecture by Dr. Selden Edwards

In 2008, the novel about time travel to 1897 Vienna that Selden Edwards had been writing and rewriting for thirty years was "discovered" by a major publisher and became a national bestseller, translated into nine languages, and some thirty major reviews, an "overnight success." That debut novel The Little Book featured Sigmund Freud as a main character. Four years later, the WWI part of his story, The Lost Prince, came out to similar reception, this time featuring Carl Jung in a central role. He is currently working on the third leg of his trilogy, the WWII part, now featuring Joseph Campbell. The talk will center on Mr. Edwards's second novel, The Lost Prince, and the significance of his long-lived fascination with Jung, archetypal psychology, and the collective unconscious.


∼March 19, 2017∼

Guest lecture by Dr. Tim LaSalle - "Ecocide: the Collective Human Psyche and Its' Relationship to Earth's Future"


A facilitated group exploration of where we find ourselves while living our lives in/on a planet that we have put at risk, and what is our soul/psyche asking of us now? Come ready to participate fully.


Tim LaSalle photo  

∼May 21, 2017∼

b.r. ETJA photo

Performance by b.r. ETJA -

People who have a creative side and do not live it out are most disagreeable clients. They make a mountain out of a molehill, fuss about unnecessary things, are too passionately in love with somebody who is not worth so much attention, and so on. There is a kind of floating charge of energy in them which is not attached to its right object and therefore tends to apply exaggerated dynamism to the wrong situation.
― Marie-Louise von Franz, Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales

Marie Louise von Franz is an intriguing figure. As Jung's successor at the Jung Institute in Switzerland, she interpreted and shaped his teachings, as well as brought forth original research of her own. My interest in her began through viewing Way of the Dream, a filmed series of interviews with her by Jungian analyst, Fraser Boa (brother to Marion Woodman). Her charisma and eccentric affect captured my attention as well as her prescient psycho-logical commentary on dreams and the shadow. She combines formidable intellect and down to earth commonsense on all questions Jungian.

I am currently writing a novel, The Last Dream, a futuristic tale about the necessity of dream for the world's salvation. I began this work 2 years ago, writing in fits and starts. It is the struggle of my life to dis-embody the dis-agreeable client that she names in the quote! I conceived the idea that by bringing Marie Louise von Franz's voice alive in performance, she would help me through the difficulty of the writing, as well as allow me share her wisdom with others. Her voice is one that can help us in these dark days.

The performance will run between 25 - 45 minutes with time after for questions and feedback.



Biosketches of Guest Lecturers

Selden Edwards grew up on a farm in the Sacramento Valley, graduated from Princeton, and spent a forty-year career as an English teacher and private-school headmaster. He also holds an MA in education from Stanford and a doctorate in myth and depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more information, please visit the following: Website:, Wikipedia page:, General summary:, and NPR review (Maureen Corrigan):

Dr. Timothy J. LaSalle is an international speaker on regenerative organic agriculture. Tim LaSalle championed his science-based hope for a regenerative food system that will mitigate climate change by sequestering 100% of the current emissions as well as provide the only real sustainable method to feeding a growing world population. While serving as a professor at California Polytechnic State University, he also became involved with the California Agricultural Leadership Program. LaSalle soon became its CEO, where he arranged educational leadership programs in more than 80 countries with heads of state, ministers, community leaders, and became exposed and a student of many of humanity's global challenges. This exposure, especially to global ecological decline, birthed the dreams, internal tension, and questions of what is the larger human impulse to destroy that which sustains life. In partial pursuit of this passion, LaSalle turned to depth psychology to include the unconscious realms of humanities relationship with creation and titled his dissertation Awakening to Ecocide. He continues to work in the world contributing towards a more conscious relationship with Earth. This has led to previously serving as the first CEO of Rodale Institute, Executive Director of the Northwest Earth Institute an international organization dedicated to grassroots movements, Executive Director of the Allan Savory Center for Holistic Management, an international non-profit who mission is to restore and regenerate deteriorating landscapes, and he was consultant, advisor, and research coordinator for the Howard Buffett Foundation in Africa on soils and food security for smallholder farmers. He is currently working for International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative – Chico State University, and the California Association of Food Banks sourcing protein for the state's food insecure.
For Tim LaSalle's resume, click here. For abstract of his dissertation, click here.

Etja works with creativity, art and healing. Her work integrates dreams and image with an artistic practice in painting, performance, and writing. She has exhibited across the U.S. and is in private collections. The GENESIS Series, paintings based on the first book of the Bible was exhibited at the Borowsky Gallery in Philadelphia. Her play, boxWINDOWdoor was performed in 2010, and staged at the Hollywood Fringe Theatre in 2010, 2011, and 2012, winning 'Best in Show' in 2010. She produced and performed in PRAYER: A Song Cycle in Los Angeles, and Seattle in 2014. She is currently working on fiction, a new visual art series incorporating word and image and expanding her private guidance practice using the tools of practical mysticism. She is a dreamworker, an Embodied Imagination© Coach, a Continuum Practitioner and a practitioner of Tarotpy©. Her past work can be found under her former pseudonym, Evelyn Stettin.


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