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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.

Shadow Vows

Start Date:  Wednesday,

January 26th, 2021

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: $278

Early Bird Discount: $250

Circle Member:  $200

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.


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Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Nelson, Ph. D. is a Jungian scholar, teacher, published author, and public speaker. Elizabeth serves as core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director of Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where she has been teaching since 2003.  Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in depth psychology. As a professional writer and editor for more than 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles.

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.

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