Please join us for monthly events this fall,
all to be held at
the Green Hills Library meeting room
3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN 37215

These events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 3rd, 2-4 pm:  Owning Your Own Shadow Book Discussion
As a follow-up to the May James Hollis workshop on the shadow, there will be a discussion of Owning Your Own Shadow, by noted Jungian writer Robert Johnson.  This book, a classic in Jungian psychology, is a quick and easy read but full of wisdom on recognizing and working with the personal shadow.  In addition, there will be Hollis' questions for reflection.  Led by Gretchen Watts and Michael Whitney. 

Sunday, October 8th, 2-4pm:   Learning to Communicate with Your Dreams.
Every morning dreams offer us wisdom and guidance.   If we want to receive these precious gifts, we must learn to speak the language of dreams: a language of symbol and metaphor.  In thisworkshop participants will work with one of their own dreams to bring its messages to light.  Please bring a dream, adrawing book, a box of colored markers or crayons, and a pen.
Led by Linda Odom.

Sunday, November 19th, 2-4 pm:  Jung's Psychological Types and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Many people are familiar with the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) without knowing Jung's theories that this famous personality indicator is based on.  Certified MBTI consultant Adele Tyler will discuss Jung's 1923 book Psychological Types, the MBTI,  and how these theories might be put to use in one's personal and professional life. 


We are excited to announce two events planned for early 2018
Sunday, February 18th, 2-4 pm - Dr. Cynthia Candelaria, Jungian analyst from Philadelphia, will present a talk on fairy tales.
 Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th -  Dr. James Hollis returns for a lecture, "Living More Fully in the Presence of Mortality" on Friday night and a Saturdayworkshop, "Living the Examined Life: Tasks for the Second Half of Life."



What is "depth psychology," and how does it differ from other forms of psychological theory and practice? And, how can depth psychology recover a sense of purpose, greater dignity of soul, and revitalized personal authority?

This recent video by Dr. James Hollis is a short and helpful explanation of the field of depth psychology, founded by Jung, Freud, and others.


Most of us have not had the opportunity to study Jung’s work in an academic setting, for courses on Jung are few, far between, and/or expensive, like the renowned programs at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.  But there are many opportunities to learn about Jungian psychology available online, some for free or a small charge, including the two highlighted below, which offer an online community as well as education.           From the website home page: 
Welcome to the Asheville Jung Center
We began the center in 2008 with a simple video lecture by Dr. Murray Stein between Asheville, North Carolina and Zürich, Switzerland. Many other renowned Jungian analysts have presented seminars as well. These talks are routinely watched live from dozens of countries and include opportunities to speak directly with the presenters. Recorded versions are available, usually within days of the talk as well as transcripts, DVDs and continuing education certificates. You can even join our subscription service, JUNGFLIX, and watch an unlimited number of videos for a modest monthly price.                From the website:
 Depth Psychology Alliance is an online community for everyone interested in Depth and Jungian Psychology. Find global discussions, events, blogs, videos, study groups, and more.   A hub for "all things Depth Psychology," with over 4900 members, Depth Psychology Alliance is FREE to join. Simply sign UP or sign IN to comment or post. 


Gayle Prillaman, Ed. S., has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of TN, a master’s degree in Special Education for the Blind and Early Childhood from the University of Virginia, and an Ed. S. in Psychology and Human Development from Vanderbilt University. She retired six years ago after teaching the Blind and Visually Impaired for thirty eight years as well as training teachers at the university level. Over the span of her career she taught in Virginia, upstate New York, Arizona, and Tennessee.  She has been married to her husband for 36 years and they have two adult children. Gayle completed the two-year Dream Leader program at the Haden Institute in December 2016. She facilitated a Dream Group at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, TN from 2006-2016. She currently serves as Secretary of the Nashville Jung Circle.

My curiosity about about what motivates human behavior began in childhood as a result of being a part of two large extended families in a small town in Virginia. So many relatives and strong personalities in a confined location made for interesting observations about human behavior.  My interest in spiritual matters developed early as well, but was not satisfied by the Southern Baptist traditions I encountered in the 1960’s. College psychology courses in behavioral psychology were disappointing, so I turned to the study of cross cultural spiritual traditions and philosophy to help me frame and make meaning from my own experiences. I have also taken advantage of any opportunity to travel over the years. I have been particularly influenced by my time living in southern Arizona and working on numerous Native American reservations as well as the deeply spiritual experience of living in the southwestern desert. I learned in my early 30’s that the desert was/is my spiritual “home” and began to understand the Native American concept of sacred places at a personal level. When life circumstances required leaving Arizona and moving back to urban middle TN, I began seeing a spiritual director and was introduced to Carl Jung directly through dream work as part of my own spiritual direction and inner work. Working with my own dreamswas a revelation to me! Prior to this I only knew of Jung through books, not through the direct experience of working with my own dreams. The wisdom of dreams continues to guide and accompany me along my life’s path. I consider dream work my most important spiritual discipline. I refer to over twenty years of dream journals;  they never disappoint when I look back for patterns or specific images that continue to offer insight, balance, and wisdom for my individuation journey. Now that I am retired, I am claiming time to explore creative expression of latent energies and interests through metal work and jewelry design, quilting, photography, water color and pastels, and poetry. I have studied the Enneagram during the past three years and find it a very rich source for inner work. I am increasingly drawn to spend as much time as possible in the deep quiet of wilderness areas and in my garden. For many years I have had to travel to attend Jungian conferences and workshops, so I am thrilled to be a part of our own Nashville Jung Circle. This is a very important offering to our middle TN community.