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Studio Sessions

Creative Learning Communities

Studio Sessions are a chance to be part of a small, on-line community that comes together for a 4 - 8 week season, to study a particular theme from both a depth psychological and creative perspective. This learning model prioritizes group discussion and creative engagement along with theoretical  study.

Group Enrollment is limited to 15 people and sessions tend to fill quickly.

Our Mothers, Our Selves

Our relationships with our mothers comprise some of the most psychologically complex and intertwined dynamics of our lives. In this 10 week Studio Sessions series, we will explore some of the archetypal feminine identities that are often repressed or ignored, but which may contain the key to genuine transformation in ourselves and in our relationships.  Some of the archetypal identities we will explore are:


- The Caged Bird

- The Muse

- The Rejected Lover

- The Bag Lady

- The Recluse

- The Revolutionary

- The Visionary

In this 10 week on-line series of studio sessions, we will explore some of the archetypal motifs of the mother-daughter relationship and how this affects self-identity through a process of both lecture and art making. Using the book, Meeting the Madwoman, by Linda Schierse Leonard, as a key text in addition to supporting material from Jung's Collected Works, Erich Neumann's, The Great Mother and Marion Woodman's writings, each week will focus on a specific theme in both the lecture portion and the art sharing portion of the session. Each 30 minute recorded studio session is focused on an illumination and amplification of themes from the text.  Follow each recorded session with a chapter from the Creative Resource guide for a deep engagement with this material.

Join Loralee Scott, MFA and Sandy Salzillo, LMHC, in this on-line community of women committed to a psychoanalytical and creative exploration of the archetypal dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship. 

Please note: Group size is limited to  ensure the integrity of engagement.

What's Included

* Ten live on-line lecture presentations that are recorded and available for your convenience

* Creative Resource Guide with additional books, films, Youtube links and creative prompts

*Private Facebook Forum for group discussions and postings


10 sessions plus the creative resource guide and join the private online forum with other women from around the country who have been a part of this creative learning community.  You can pay easily on-line with a credit card or via Paypal.  


Loralee Scott, MFA

Loralee is the Founder and Director of Seeing Red and former Executive Director of the Assisi Institute, where she designed, developed and delivered educational courses and conferences focused on a psychological understanding of creativity, trauma, and identity for professionals from around the world.  She is a certified MBTI Consultant, Archetypal Pattern Analyst and sought after public speaker. She has been a featured presenter at Jungian conferences in  Italy, Australia and Russia. Her graduate studies focused on the interdisciplinary links between Jungian psychology, brain science, creativity theory, and dance pedagogy. Her past artistic work includes a dance theater production focused on the global issue of human trafficking that resulted in the passage of anti-trafficking legislation. Loralee's work around this issue is featured  in an academic text published by Routledge: "Grief and The Expressive Arts"

Sandy Salzillo, LMHC, MA

Sandra has a BFA from UMASS Dartmouth. She was a professional illustrator for many years and is still actively involved in painting and printmaking. In 2001 she obtained a graduate degree in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University in Newport RI where she also received an Advanced Graduate Degree in Mental Health, along with a certification as an Expressive Arts Facilitator. Since 2005 Sandra has worked as a mental health clinician in The Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence RI, where she provides extended counseling as well as facilitates an Expressive Arts Therapy support group for women diagnosed with cancer. In 2009 Sandra received a certification as an Archetypal Pattern Analyst from the Assisi Institute in Brattleboro Vt. Along with maintaining a private practice, Sandra is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University as well as a senior faculty member of The Assisi Institute.

Shadow Vows

Start Date:  Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Number of Classes:  6

Frequency: Weekly - Wednesdays 

Time: Noon - 1:oo PM EST

Class Length:  1 hour

What You Receive:

- Weekly on-line learning community

- 30 minute teaching with faculty each week

- Teaching sessions are recorded for you to watch as often as you'd like

- 30 minute group discussion (Not recorded)

- Creative Resource Guide with films, books, Youtube videos and other material to engage with

- Private on-line forum for sharing and discussion

- Complimentary mentoring session with Elizabeth 

Studio Session Registration: 

Non-member: $250

Member:  $199

Studio Session Course Description 

By the time a marriage is in crisis, either or both of the partners often ask, What did I get myself into? and When was the beginning of the end? Such questions can torture them for weeks, months, and even years, as they struggle to live their wedding vows. Yet the beginning of the end frequently occurs long before vows were ever spoken because what was never spoken, and never fully understood, were the shadow vows—the unacknowledged assumptions, agreements, and obligations each person brought to their first date, and perhaps several first dates with an assortment of people. Such shadow vows bind the partners to each other and to the marriage in ways that are seldom seen or understood—until the pain of feeling trapped, crippled, or exhausted from trying to live by them forces its way into consciousness.

     In this six-week Studio Sessions series, Dr. Elizabeth Èowyn Nelson, author of Psyche's Knife (Chiron, 2012), shows how a much-loved, much-discussed tale in the Western tradition, Eros and Psyche, has something fresh to offer anyone interested in the vicissitudes of love. She presents a complex and compelling analysis of Psyche, who is far more than the simple, naïve young woman portrayed in conventional views of the story, and reads the tale in relation to Jung's essay "Marriage as a Psychological Relationship". Through examination of a key moment between the lovers, a more complex, more troubling, and ultimately more authentic understanding of the soul emerges.

    The sessions will offer a blend of theory and experiential work to stimulate participants’ thoughts, challenge their assumptions, and create a kind and loving space to question when and why they fall silent rather than speak up in personal relationships. We also borrow an idea from David Whyte to creatively explore the idea that marriage is a metaphor for other durable commitments in one’s life—to a job, an organization, a home, a community—and that shadow vows are present there, too. By the end of the four weeks, participants will be more fully and disturbingly aware of the invisible and unvoiced promises we make, which bind us as tenaciously as the vows we speak aloud.



Elizabeth Nelson, PhD

Elizabeth serves as core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director of Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where she has been teaching since 2003 and a Senior Faculty Member of The Sophia Center.  She lectures in a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, scholarly writing, and dissertation development along with classes in dream, literature, and cultural studies. Dr. Nelson’s own research interests focus on Jung’s concept of the shadow, gender, and power with a particular interest in how women discover and express a vibrant, embodied authority. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in depth psychology and has undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science, a Master’s degree in English Literature, and an abiding interest in feminist studies. As a professional writer and editor for more than 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles and works as a consultant for startup technology companies.

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