Nashville Jung Circle Winter 2019 Newsletter

As the new year begins the Nashville Jung Circle is pleased to continue offering opportunities for education and community related to the teachings of Carl Jung.  In addition to hosting live events in Nashville, we will continue to keep our community informed about online learning opportunities and live events hosted by other Jungian groups around the southeast. 

We hope you will join with us, as a member and/or as a participant at our monthly events, to help make 2019 another year of growth
for the Nashville Jung Circle! 


  1. Upcoming Events  -  Winter/Spring,  2019

  2. 2019 Membership - Joining and Renewing

  3. Online Learning Opportunities - Depth Psychology Alliance

  4. Board Member Spotlight:  Michael Whitney

Winter/Spring 2019

Sunday, January 13th -Sheri Kling, PhD, speaker
Sunday, January 27th - Map of the Soul book discussion, part 2
Sunday, February 10th - Aphrodite, by Chelsea Wakefield, book discussion
Sunday, March 10th - Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty by Chelsea Wakefield, book discussion              

all Sunday events to be held 2:30-4:30 pm at the Green Hills Library
3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville, TN 37215

see details below 

2:30 - 4:30 pm

" Imaginal: Dying and Rising in Story and Song"
Sheri D. Kling, PhD

From the stories of Jonah in the belly of the whale or Persephone in the Underworld to Star Wars, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings, the journey to individuation and wholeness always includes a stop in wilderness places we'd rather not visit. But sometimes we don’t have a choice. And whether it's divorce, illness, or any of life's darkest challenges, sometimes the events in our lives place us firmly on that path through the dark woods.

This music-driven presentation uses the ancient Sumerian wisdom story of the Descent of Inanna as the backdrop for a personal journey through the wilderness. Drawing on Jungian wisdom woven with uplifting music and personal experience, Kling shows us that the story never ends in the darkness. And just like the caterpillar, if we are willing to see the process through the murky “soup” of those “imaginal cells,” we will emerge as a beautiful butterfly, reborn into new life.

Sheri D. Kling is a theologian who serves as Associate Dean of the School of Theology and Executive Director of the Beecken Center of the University of the South, as well as a faculty member of the Haden Institute, a visiting lecturer with Palacky University (Czech Republic), and a singer, songwriter, guitarist and essayist.  Her website is 

2:30 - 4:30 pm
Map of the Soul  book discussion, part 2

led by Dan Tyler

This book discussion will cover the important final four chapters in Map of the Soul, a classic book on Jung's body of work by the renowned Jungian analyst, writer, and teacher Murray Stein.

Please join us as we discuss “The Way to the Deep Interior” (Anima and Animus, chapter 6); “The Psyche’s Transcendent Center and Wholeness" (The Self, chapter 7); “Emergence of the  Self”(Individuation, chapter 8); and “Of Time and Eternity” (Synchronicity, chapter 9).   Dan Tyler, who has been a student of Jungian psychology for over twenty years, will lead the discussion and offered the following about the importance of this book: 

The body of intellectual work Carl Jung produced is as daunting in scope and scale as it is important in its impact and influence. Eighteen volumes of the Collected Works, in addition to his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, are evidence of his prolific output, almost without equal in the annals of scholarship.

To explore and understand this vast expanse of material, we need a guide – someone who has gone before us and done the hard work of analyzing and synthesizing Jung’s challenging theories. Dr. Murray Stein, a prominent Jungian analyst and movement leader, has provided us such a service with his classic book Jung’s Map Of The Soul. Published in 1998, the book is now in its twelfth printing and has established itself as a favorite resource among students of Jung.

We hope you will join us on Sunday, January 27th!

Chelsea Wakefield Book Discussions :
Sunday, February 10th - In Search of Aphrodite
 Sunday,  March 10th - Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty

These two Sunday afternoon book discussions (see details above) will familiarize our Nashville Jung Circle participants with Dr. Chelsea Wakefield's work, in preparation for her visit to the Nashville Jung Circle in April.  Feel free to come whether or not you have read the books, to learn more about this woman and her topics of interest.

The books can be ordered through amazon.


Friday, April 5th, 2019 evening lecture:
"Individuation in the Context of Relationship"

Saturday, April 6, 2019 half-day workshop:
"Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty"

Blakemore United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN

details on both events and registration will be announced in February

2019 Membership & Renewals

The Nashville Jung Circle continues to grow its community and activities, and membership dues are the main source of financial support for this volunteer-led organization. Memberships run through the calendar year and must be renewed by paying annual dues to keep your membership active.

Joining as a member or renewing your membership for 2019 will help us continue to offer free monthly events as well as bring in nationally-known speakers. Other membership benefits include:

  • discounts on paid events

  • invitations to twice-yearly members’ only social gatherings

2019 Membership dues are:

-$35 regular member

-$20 student member

Memberships can be paid via PayPal or credit card on our website. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your contact information (name, address, phone, email address) and check to:

Nashville Jung Circle

c/o Dr. Florene Johns

413 East Iris Drive

Nashville, TN 37204

Donations are much appreciated and are tax deductible. To make a donation, click on the “Donations” link in our menu above.

Thank you for your support!


A number of online classes are offered through the online organization Depth Psychology Alliance on various aspects of Jungian psychology, as well as other topics related to depth psychology.  Offerings include Introduction to Depth Psychology, Jung and Dreams, Applied Jungian Psychology, Jung and Alchemy, and Using Jung’s Typology to Navigate the Individuation Journey.  All of these courses offer a free introductory class.

Most classes are taught by James Newell, Ph.D, who is an educator, counselor, personal coach, professional musician, and the director of the Depth Psychology Alliance. James earned his master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and Theology from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, with a focus on Jungian psychology. He earned his doctorate in History of Religions from the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion. James teaches online courses in world religions for Central Michigan University, Excelsior College, Thomas Edison State University, and other schools. For the past several years he has been developing a certification program in depth psychology offered through the Depth Psychology Alliance.

For more information on these courses, as well as discussion groups, blogs, and articles, visit the website at:



Michael Whitney is a founding board member of the Nashville Jung Circle, serving since the group’s inception in 2015 and currently acting as treasurer.  In his youth Michael was a classical guitar artist and teacher, recipient of the AFI Independent Filmmakers Grant and for sixteen years he has worked as a financial advisor.  He and his family moved to Nashville in the mid 1990’s, where he advises clients about retirement planning.   In addition to the Nashville Jung Circle, Michael is active as a founder of and adviser for Intersection Music, Circle of Friends, Family of Abraham, and the Faith and Culture Center’s A Seat at the Table (ASATT) program.   He has been a student of Jungian psychology since the early 1970’s. 

I grew up in Southern California along the Pacific Ocean and always felt that in Los Angeles we were at the furthest point West looking east toward to the Eastern cultures and wisdom traditions. As a child I was surrounded by these influences - familiar names within the Whitney family at that time included Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Satchidananda, as well as family heroes Albert Schweitzer and Carl Jung. My uncle, filmmaker James Whitney, considered travelling to India to study with Sri Ramana Maharshi. Jiddu Krisnamurti was an annual speaker in Ojai and at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, near my home.  In addition, I was intrigued also by Chinese martial arts and Zen Buddhism and the writings of D.T. Suzuki and Alan Watts. From these childhood experiences I gained exposure to a wide range of eastern religions and cultures.

Through my brother, Mark Whitney, I became involved in a project of the Los Angeles Jung Institute to create a film archive of Jung and his colleagues. Mark was working in the studio of the painter Sam Francis, who was active in the local Jungian community in Los Angeles and very close to both Hilda and James Kirsch, founders of the Los Angeles Jung Institute.  Through these contacts, Sam became involved at the beginning of the Jung documentary project and requested that Mark Whitney, who had been filming Sam painting, be the cameraman for the archive.  Mark then asked me to join the project doing the sound recording.

The Jung Film Project covered early 1970s through the mid 1980s. We produced forty hours of documentary film of all of the then-living Jungian analysts, friends and neighbors of Jung.  At the completion of the Jung Institute Film Project, we embarked on creating the Jung documentary “Matter of Heart “ from four to five distinct content threads in our archive footage.  I took over the role of producing the feature length documentary, my brother Mark was the director and film editor and George Wagner the executive producer. Suzanne Wagner and Sam Francis were the content consultants. “Matter of Heart” premiered at New York City’s Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall in 1985 and has continued to have wide circulation over the years.  A showing of the film was the first event, in 1987, of the Nashville Jung Society, which is the forerunner of the Nashville Jung Circle.

Mark and I had a remarkable experience with Dieter Bauman, Jung’s grandson. We had breakfast together sitting outside Jung’s tower at Bollingen, Switzerland.  After breakfast we went inside the tower and as we climbed up and got into the main circular room, it was not a surprise to see mandala paintings that Jung himself had done on the interior walls of the tower were very similar to the images that my Uncle Jim have used his film “Yantra.”

A central influence for me from my contact with Jung’s thinking has been the notion that we all start with an individual responsibility to understand our own behavior.  Jung states: “The great events of world history are, at bottom, profoundly unimportant.  In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual.”

In my Nashville community activities, I always feel informed with that recognition, be it with the Nashville Jung Circle, Intersection Music, Circle of Friends, Family of Abraham or A Seat at the Table (ASATT).  Getting together and sharing a meal at ASATT all point toward the validity being together and appreciating that our commonalities far out way our differences.

Michael Whitney