Finding Wisdom in Aging and Loss

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Date(s) - 05/17/2019 - 05/18/2019
7:00 pm - 1:15 pm

First Community Church, Columbus, OH


Finding Wisdom in Aging & Loss

May 17-18, 2019, Columbus, OH

Friday night, 5/17, 7 – 9 pm: Turning toward Soul
Saturday, 5/18, 9 am – 1:15 pm: Harvesting the Gifts of Aging and Loss

This Friday evening and Saturday morning workshop is sponsored by the C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio, First Community Church, and the Burkhart Center. All events are at First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio. Each day includes presentation, discussion, ritual and experiential work. We’ll focus on both personal and mythological examples. You can attend only one day, but Saturday will build on Friday night’s presentation.

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$90 for Friday and Saturday. $100 for both days if registering after May 13, 2019. See below for cost of individual days. CEUs available with a $15 fee. 

Friday, May 17, 7 – 9 pm
Finding Wisdom in Aging and Loss: Turning toward Soul

 “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi

As we age, we lose what we counted on—people we love, jobs, homes, our health, and our belief that we’re in charge of life and can fix any problem. Using an example from my life, we’ll explore how turning toward loss leads to meaning and a new path toward Soul or Self.  We’ll discuss ancient mythological stories from the Sumerian Goddess Inanna and the pre-Christian European God of Rebirth, the Green Man, to find universal patterns in our unique losses.

Many tools help us move from loss to meaning and a renewed sense of wholeness: active imagination, dream exploration, creative expression, movement, and more. We’ll share a writing exercise and small group discussions to discover ways to work with personal and collective loss.

Cost: Members $35; Non members $45
2 CEUs available 


Saturday, May 18, 9 am – 1:15 pm
Harvesting the Gifts of Aging and Loss

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver

 The Hero’s Journey is an integral part of our culture: an ascending path toward light where the all-powerful hero conquers the enemy and brings home the treasure. But what about those challenges we can’t conquer with our will? In aging, grief, and illness, the heroic ego takes a back seat. When circumstances are beyond our control, we may feel depressed, helpless, and betrayed. A sense of darkness surrounds our broken sense of self. These unavoidable experiences can become Initiations of Descent and bring gifts of compassion and deeper levels of understanding.

In mythology, experiences of descent are symbolized by a journey to the Underworld or the Great Below where we are empowered through self-understanding, meaning, and inner strength that comes from facing life’s limitations. We’ll use four examples from Greek mythology to discuss ways of facing loss and finding wisdom in descent:

We’ll share small group discussions and writing exercises to explore tools to help us deal with inescapable losses and discover new and deeper layers of wisdom within.

Saturday cost: members $45; Non members $55
4 CEUs available

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