The Mystery School: Psychology and Psychedelics Content Page

An 8-week lecture & workshop series on the

intersection of Jungian psychology and psychedelics

This course starts on the 8th of June, 2024. All of the lecture and workshop dates and links are posted below. Please note all lectures and workshops will be recorded and made available on this page to view afterwards.  There is a private Facebook Forum that supports this course, please follow the link to join: to be provided.

Course Information

JUNE 8, 2024

Lecture 1: Psychedelics, Mystical Experience, and Psychoanalysis

presented by Leslie Stein

The promise of a breakthrough with psychedelics is inferred by its similarity to a mystical experience. However, the key to the effectiveness of both, of their capacity to alter the conscious position, depends on the degree of receptivity of the subject. If that is lacking, it is nothing more than an interesting, transient experience. Psychoanalysis, more so than psychedelics, seeks to create the situation for consciousness to be altered through a long process of relativizing the egoAre the two compatible and should psychoanalysis consider the use of psychedelics in particular cases?

Leslie Stein is a Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Sydney, Australia. He is the author or editor of 13 books of which the following are relevant to this topic: Editor with L. Corbett, Psychedelics and Individuation: Essays by Jungian Analysts; Editor, Eastern Practices and Individuation, Essays by Jungian Analysts; Editor with D. Rickles, Varieties of Nothingness; Working with Mystical Experiences in Psychoanalysis: Opening to the Numinous; The Self in Jungian Psychology: Theory and Clinical Practice; Becoming Whole: Jung’s Equation for Realizing God; and the two novels: The Journey of Adam Kadmon: A Novel; The Psychoanalysis of Dr Seele.   

Lecture 1 Details:

Date:   Saturday, June 8, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:  90 minutes – Lecture & Discussion

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Meeting ID: 870 8827 3847
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JUNE 15, 2024

Lecture 2: The Intersection of Active Imagination and the Use of Psychedelics.

presented by Felicia Matto-Shepard

In this lecture, I am presenting on the intersection of Active Imagination and the use of psychedelics. Both are methods for bridging ordinary and non-ordinary consciousness. Symbols are the “bridging” language. I will discuss how I use active imagination practices both during a psychedelic experience and in the integrative process following. I will emphasize the use of process art as an integrative tool. In simple ways, I will make this talk experiential – i.e. beginning with an ego-softening meditation, inviting people to doodle/sketch as they listen.

Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT is a Jungian Analyst, artist and a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco practicing in Petaluma, CA. She works at the threshold where nonverbal experience is transformed into image and language. She facilitates Alchemical Art workshops utilizing creative processes such as art making, ritual and movement. licia holds a Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research from California Institute of Integral Studies and is trained in the use of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, as well as MDMA Assisted Therapy at MAPS.  Felicia is a teaching faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and past faculty member in the Depth Psychology Master’s Program at Sonoma State University.  She offers lectures, workshops and analytic training internationally.

Lecture 2 Details:

Date:   Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:  90 minutes – Lecture & Discussion

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June 22, 2024

Lecture 3: Ketamine and Analytic Process: The Combination Method

presented by Linda Carter

This presentation reflects on portals that open into the unconscious leading to numinous experiences. Hypothesis: Ketamine may assist by anesthetizing the “trauma complex,” allowing for positive altered states of consciousness. Brief early history of active imagination, pharmacology of ketamine and benefits of interconnection evident in clinical cases will be reviewed. We witnessed dramatic rapid relief of depressive and dissociative symptoms, along with diminishment in suicidal ideation that had been unrelieved by psychotherapy and/or antidepressant trials. Previously unreachable parts became accessible and transference/countertransference dynamics could be engaged and discussed. Further, some described a sense of “belonging” to the universe as a whole, reminiscent of Jung’s collective unconscious, to be differentiated from “attachment,” which is more related to personal interactions.  Even after the first infusion, some patients felt less fragmented and overwhelmed with a greater feeling of cohesion. Ketamine appeared to open portals into unconscious healthy aspects that had been foreclosed upon by what we call the trauma complex amongst those suffering under the enormous duress of protracted, unremitting symptoms. The synthesizing effects of the ketamine/analysis combination (hereafter referred to as the combination method) has extended the durability with our patients, very much in keeping with Jungian notions of integration moving toward an emergent sense of Self, hard won. 

Benefits and cautions about ketamine use will be reviewed along with perspectives on how this intervention can be coordinated with analytic practice. Jung’s concerns will be reviewed. For example, in discussions about mescalin and LSD, Jung expressed caution about quick fixes and lack of integration between the conscious and unconscious that take time and commitment to bring together. I think here of ketamine infusions with brief post-journey counseling not within an analytic container and ongoing relationship to help synthesize and find meaning in these complex experiences. In letter to Fr. Victor White, Jung says that he does not know the difference between mescalin and LSD. On one hand, perhaps he feels that his methods of dream analysis

Linda Carter MSN, CS, IAAP (USA), is a nurse/Jungian analyst practicing in Carpinteria, California; graduate of Georgetown, Yale and the C. G. Jung Institute-Boston; JAP Book Review Editor, US Editor-in-Chief, Arts and Culture Editor; chair/founder, Art and Psyche Working Group, winner of two Gradiva Awards (NAAP); article “Amazing Grace” short-listed for Gradiva. lcarter20@earthlink.net 

 

Lecture 3 Details:

Date:   Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:  90 minutes – Lecture & Discussion

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JUNE 29, 2022

Workshop 1: Preparing for psychedelic experiences (2hrs)

presented by Carlos Hernandez and Johann Mynhardt

In this presentation and workshop we will discuss the differences and similarities between a traditional approach and a Western psychotherapeutic approach to psychedelic healing. We look at the need to create a suitable container for psychedelic experiences and explore various approaches of preparation both traditional and Western. We will then workshop some of these ideas.
Carlos Hernandez is a transpersonal psychotherapist with more than 15 years of experience working with non-ordinary states of consciousness in therapeutic settings. His work is inspired by his love of God and nature. Trained as an Ayahuasquero and having completed a Post-graduate specialisation in psychedelic-assisted therapies Carlos’ work could be summarised as an integration of Amazonian traditional healing and Transpersonal psychology. Through his years of clinical experience, he has observed that profound and transformational healing processes happen when there is a deepened connection to the Highest Self. He believes it is from this source that healing and meaning can flow.
Johann Mynhardt is a facilitator, mentor and course creator at The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies. He first encountered Jung’s ideas in his early twenties while pursuing interests in comparative religion, philosophy and related subjects. He has taken initiation into Bwiti – a syncretistic mystical religion originated in West Africa and centred on the use of the psychoactive root-bark Iboga. He has also explored the healing potential of other psychedelics and traditional medicines such as Kambo, Ayahuasca, Psilocybin and MDMA. His interest centres on integration of these experiences and how to utilize active imagination in a similar manner to facilitate “soul retrieval”, or shadow integration.

Workshop 1 Details – note workshops are 2 hours in length:

Date:   Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:   2 hours 

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Meeting ID: 870 8827 3847
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JULY 6, 2024

Lecture 4: The psycholytic approach to psychedelic assisted psychotherapy

presented by Marcel van den Akker, Phd

In the past a distinction has been made between the American approach to psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and the European approach. The American approach being more in favor of the use of a full or heroic dose to facilitate psychedelic experiences of an archetypal nature. The European approach being more in favor of a low or medium dose which tends to facilitate experiences associated with the personal unconscious. In the presentation I would like to address the psycholytic approach and explore its application in Jungian analysis.

Marcel van den Akker, PhD is a Jungian Analyst and registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist in private practice in The Netherlands. He is a former Graduate Analyst at the ISAP Zurich.  During the last couple of years he has been exploring the benefits of psilocybin use in his clinical work and for his personal process.

Lecture 4 Details:

Date:   Saturday, July 6, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:  90 minutes – Lecture & Discussion

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JULY 13, 2024

Lecture 5: The Path to the Transcendent Function: Dreams, Visions and Psychedelics

presented by Nancy Furlotti

In this presentation, I give examples of dreams that feel like psychedelic experiences, Jung’s visions that do also and actual psychedelic experiences of mine and others showing the similarities between the three experiences. Then I delve into the neuroscience of the brain and how it is affected during these three experiences— very similar brain pathways. I discuss how to work with the images to integrate the experiences to further the Individuation process. Psychedelics, dreams and visions set the stage for the transcendent function— to allow a new point of view to enter consciousness. I also discuss potential dangers in using psychedelics. 

Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD is a Jungian Analyst living in Aspen, Colorado. She is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and a founding member and past president of the Philemon Foundation. She is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Interregional Association of Jungian Analysts. She is on the boards of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, the National Asian Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Mercurius Prize Committee. She has written numerous articles, edited a number of books, including with the late Erel Shalit, The Dream and Its Amplification. Dr. Furlotti lectures internationally on Jungian topics such as dreams, mythology, trauma, the feminine and the environment. Her recent book, The Splendor of the Maya: A Journey into the Shadows at the Dawn of Creation, will be published soon as part of the Fay Lectures. Her company, Recollections, LLC, edits and publishes first generation Jungian’s unpublished writings, most recently Erich Neumann’s two volume manuscript, The Roots of Jewish Consciousness, published in English and Hebrew.

Lecture 5 Details:

Date:   Saturday, July 6, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:  90 minutes – Lecture & Discussion

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JULY 20, 2024

Lecture 6: Psychedelics & the Soul: Myth, Depth Psychology & the Psychedelic Experience

presented by Simon Yugler/span>

Psychedelics are not about improving mental health, having a better day at the office, or boosting productivity. Amid the collective effervescence of the “psychedelic renaissance,” what if something is getting lost? The tradition of Jungian depth psychology can offer much to the nascent field of psychedelic therapy because of its unique methods for understanding and exploring the symbolic language of the soul as it is expressed through myth, dreams and altered states of consciousness. Join psychedelic facilitator, depth psychotherapist, and author Simon Yugler as he explores the liminal crossroads between these two fields, and how through their intersection, they might both be changed. 

With a masters in depth counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Simon Yugler is an internationally experienced psychedelic therapist, educator, and the author of the book, Psychedelics & the Soul: A Mythic Guide to Psychedelic Healing, Depth Psychology, and Cultural Repair. He has taught for five psychedelic facilitator training programs including Naropa University and Inner Trek. Simon draws on his diverse experience traveling across the world and learning from Indigenous cultures, including the Shipibo ayahuasca tradition and the Native American Church. For a year-and-a-half he routinely served as a retreat leader with MycoMeditations, a leading psilocybin therapy retreat center in Jamaica. Prior to becoming a therapist, he served as an experiential educator and guide, leading immersive study-abroad journeys for young adults across 10 countries. Based on the land now called Portland, Oregon, Simon is passionate about helping his clients navigate the liminal wilds of the soul.

Lecture 6 Details:

Date:   Saturday, July 20, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:  90 minutes – Lecture & Discussion

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Meeting ID: 870 8827 3847
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Note:  The live lecture is recorded for those that may not be able to attend live.  The recording is usually posted within 24 hours after the session took place.

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JULY 27, 2024

presented by Johann Mynhardt and Carlos Hernandez

In this presentation and workshop we will discuss approaches to integrating psychedelic experience, in particular those experiences that have a challenging or traumatic character. We discuss the role of abreaction (the reliving or re-telling of traumatic experience) as well as Jungian approaches such as re-symbolization, the role of meaning and the possible use of active imagination as a tool. We will workshop some of these ideas.

Carlos Hernandez is a transpersonal psychotherapist with more than 15 years of experience working with non-ordinary states of consciousness in therapeutic settings. His work is inspired by his love of God and nature. Trained as an Ayahuasquero and having completed a Post-graduate specialisation in psychedelic-assisted therapies Carlos’ work could be summarised as an integration of Amazonian traditional healing and Transpersonal psychology. Through his years of clinical experience, he has observed that profound and transformational healing processes happen when there is a deepened connection to the Highest Self. He believes it is from this source that healing and meaning can flow.
Johann Mynhardt is a facilitator, mentor and course creator at The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies. He first encountered Jung’s ideas in his early twenties while pursuing interests in comparative religion, philosophy and related subjects. He has taken initiation into Bwiti – a syncretistic mystical religion originated in West Africa and centred on the use of the psychoactive root-bark Iboga. He has also explored the healing potential of other psychedelics and traditional medicines such as Kambo, Ayahuasca, Psilocybin and MDMA. His interest centres on integration of these experiences and how to utilize active imagination in a similar manner to facilitate “soul retrieval”, or shadow integration.

Workshop 2 Details – note workshops are 2 hours in length:

Date:   Saturday, July 27, 2024
Time:   4 pm Johannesburg, 3:00 pm London; 10:00 am New York*
Duration:   2 hours 

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Meeting ID: 870 8827 3847
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