We are  pleased that the Nashville Jung Circle is hosting noted Jungian author, speaker, and analyst Dr. James Hollis here in Nashville the weekend of May 12th and 13th.  Both events will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 37203.

“Hauntings:  Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives”
Friday, May 12th
Christ Church Cathedral
6:30 reception, 7 p.m. lecture 

Price: $15 members, $20 non-members
Pay at the door – no advance registration

Understanding how the voices of parents, ancestors, and the culture shaped our personalities and continue to “haunt” our present lives, in order to gain more consciousness and personal freedom.  Based on Hollis’ book Hauntings. 

“Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding our Darker Selves”
Saturday, May 13th
Workshop 8 am – Noon
Price:  $35 members, $40 non-members
Seating is limited, so advance registration is required.  

Through lecture, experiential exercises, and discussion Dr. Hollis will help us understand Jung’s concept of the shadow. Topics include how projection of unconscious shadow material causes injury to self and others, on a personal as well as societal level, and how we might work to make conscious and integrate our shadow aspects.

Please register by mailing the registration form and a check, made out to Nashville Jung Circle, along with your name, email address, phone number, and amount enclosed, to: 

Nashville Jung Circle
c/o Adele Tyler
P.O. Box 121227
Nashville, TN 37212

Reservations will be taken in the order received and confirmed after receiving your check.  After we receive your check, you will get an email confirmation of your reservation.  If there are no spaces left, your name will be added to the waiting list.  

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We invite you to renew your membership to the Nashville Jung Circle or become a new member by paying your 2017 dues.  Membership benefits include discounts to ticketed events, like the Hollis lecture/workshop in May, as well an invitation to members-only social events twice a year.   Membership dues for 2017 are $25 for regular members and $15 for students and may be paid online, using paypal, in person at our next event, or by mailing your check to:

Nashville Jung Circle
110 30th Avenue North
Suite 1
Nashville, TN 37203


Past events have been wonderful opportunities to meet and visit with like-minded people in our Nashville Jungian community.  Our next members- only social gathering will be Sunday afternoon, June 4th.

Please join as a member or renew your membership for 2017,  by May15th to receive an invitation!  

2017 dues:   $25 regular membership, $15 students

In addition, donations are most appreciated, are tax deductible, and will help to grow the offerings of the Nashville Jung Circle

You may join and pay dues  and/or donations online, at, or mail your name, address, email address, and phone number along with your check, made out to Nashville Jung Circle, to:

Attn: Nashville Jung Circle
110 30th Avenue North
Suite 1
Nashville, TN 37203

by Judi Draper

In preparation for our visit from noted author and Jungian Analyst, James Hollis, Ph.D.,  on May l2th and l3th, the Nashville Jung Circle has been hosting a series of free book discussion groups at the Green Hills Library Meeting Room.

On Feb. l9th, Adele Tyler, co-chair of the Nashville Jung Circle, led a well-organized discussion on Hollis' book Hauntings:  Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives. In this work, Hollis guides us through an examination of the invisible forces that move through us and offers a way to understand them psychologically. He suggests we must examine and "go through" these energies within ourselves, although we often do not understand them.   This requires courage to be willing to go to unfamiliar places within.   On page 133:  "...We have to walk out into that abyss of the unknown and find that something supports us even when nothing supports us.  In continuing to undertake that risk there is more spiritual freedom, more amplitude of soul, than we could ever have imagined.   But, that is where we are meant to be, living not as fugitives, but as mariners on a tenebrous sea, going through to a richer place."

On March l9th, Dan Tyler (accomplished Nashville songwriter and long-time student of Jung) led the discussion of Under Saturn's Shadow:  The Wounding and Healing of Men.  In this book, Hollis identifies eight secrets men carry and offers seven strategies for healing. We were pleased to have so many in attendance, and especially men! There seemed to be a lot of energy for sharing, inquiry, and reflection.  We are aware that there was some expression of interest in a "follow up" for further discussion. If you are one of those who would like an opportunity for this, email We could help to organize such if there is sufficient interest. 

On April, 9th, again led by Adele Tyler, we discussed Hollis' book, Why Good People Do Bad Things.  In this work, Hollis suggests that the "Shadow" within our psyche contains aspects of which we are unaware. This can lead to a disparity between our professed or conscious values and our actual behaviors in everyday life. It important to note that contrary to popular myth, the Shadow contains favorable as well as unfavorable aspects that are reflected in personality. That which we do not know about ourselves could be considered "Shadow".  Hollis examines this dynamic both at individual and societal levels.  Again, there was much discussion and inquiry as we continue to support one another in our efforts toward deeper understanding.

Hollis' work is beautiful to read. His references to literature, clear insights, and reflections, informed by a lifetime of astute observation, enable him to describe so elegantly the struggles we all experience as we move toward more meaningful lives. Please find below an excerpt from Under Saturn's Shadow:   

 "...when individuals walk out from under the shadow of Saturn, when they reject collective expectations and seek their own path, then justice returns....But, each of us is obliged to find it, first in our own hearts, and then on the long road ahead."

Hollis ends the book with this poignant quote from Thomas McGrath, in “Epitaph”

"Traveller, you have come a long way led by that star.
But, the kingdom of the wish is at the other end of the night.
May you fair well companero; let us journey together joyfully
Living on catastrophe, eating the pure light."

We are looking forward to our third Hollis book discussion, led by Adele, on April 9th, his book Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves.  The "Shadow" within our psyche contains aspects of which we are unaware, which leads to a disparity between our professed or conscious values and our actual behaviors in everyday life. Hollis looks at this challenge at an individual level as well as a societal level. We look forward to another stimulating discussion as we inquire together and support one another in our efforts toward deeper understanding.

Dr. James Hollis
by Michael Whitney
The Nashville Jung Circle is pleased to be presenting Dr. James Hollis on May 12th and 13th. Author and analyst Hollis has a beautiful and powerful way of expressing the inner struggles most all of us go through in our life time.  As C. G. Jung said, “The great events of world history are, at bottom, profoundly unimportant. In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual.”* Finding wholeness through facing one’s own shadow isn’t easy work. Dr. Hollis provides a wonderful guide to the perplexed. Those attending will receive insight for their own inner challenges and struggles. James Hollis speaking live in Nashville will be an event not to miss.
From my own personal experience, during the production of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles’ Film Project, (1976-1980) and as the producer the feature length documentary, Matter of Heart, (1980 -1985), I find that Dr. James Hollis brings a currency of a contemporary insight into Jung’s work. I can tell you that Nashville is in for a real treat.
*C.G. Jung 1934  C.W. 10, para. 315