"A good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure. You are called to new horizons."
– Joseph Campbell
From a depth psychological perspective all products of the human imagination have an archetypal basis, including the most sublime art, ingenious ideas and cathartic social movements.
Appreciating how archetypes move within and structure our lives can awaken a wellspring of creativity and ingenuity in our work. For an individual’s creative potential and calling to bloom, it is necessary to have a vital, dialectical engagement with the archetypal realm. Yet how can this be cultivated?
This 5 week intensive course extends and supplements the weekend seminar ‘How Psyche Speaks’ and builds on the previous course Career as a Journey of Soul: Introduction to a depth psychological approach to vocation (CJS1). In this new course, we will look at ways in which understanding Jung’s concept of archetypes and archetypal patterns can enable individuals to make more conscious vocational choices that are profoundly resonant and potentially healing to the psyché, or soul.
Reading from key works and drawing upon selected myths and films as a gateway into the imagination and the unconscious, participants will deepen their understanding of Jung’s theory of archetypes, and their relevance for perceiving the source, trajectory and fulfilment of vocation, as a calling from the psyché or soul. We will look at ways by which individuals can gain insight into their particular archetypal pattern(s) or ‘personal myth’, with a view to illuminating their larger calling.
In a small group format, this course employs a fun mix of stimulating lectures, readings, real-life stories, films, reflective work, narrative activities and online discussion, to address topics including
- Identifying one’s dominant and shadow archetypes and understanding how these relate to vocation
- The effect of archetypal fields in occupations and workplace cultures
- The significance of the split archetype for revivifying one’s work in the helping professions
- Incorporating an archetypal approach in career development and vocational guidance – benefits and risks.
In addition, this course will examine the relevance of the ancient Platonic idea of a daimon, or what the Romans called the genius, as a soul companion who guides an individual vocationally. “Anyone with a vocation hears the voice of the inner man: he is called. That is why the legends say that he possesses a private daimon who counsels him and whose mandates he must obey.” (Jung CW17, para. 299). In recent years the idea of the daimon has been revived by James Hillman and Donald Kalsched in psychotherapeutic practice as a hybrid form of existence within the mytho-poetic world, participating in both material and spiritual reality. We will explore how childhood recollections can hold the key to connecting with one’s daimon, as well as the paradoxes and difficulties that arise when attending to one’s daimon as a vocational guide.
Each week includes a lecture/ presentation, readings from selected authors, activities and online discussion with personal feedback from the instructor. A reading list of books will be provided on registration.
Online and face-to-face seminar format
The online format is so convenient as you can work each week at a time and place to suit you. Students are frequently surprised by how conducive the online space can be for personal reflection, connection with others and soulwork. Each online course is limited to 8 participants to ensure personal attention from the instructor, Dr. Suzanne Cremen.
We also learn and are enriched by being with others in community. So this online course commences with an intensive weekend residential seminar in Melbourne on How Psyche Speaks: Archetypal & Mythic Perspectives for Life & Work. The seminar is presented by the wonderful Dr Glen Slater and Dr Safron Rossi, from the Pacifica Graduate Institute (USA). Through engagement with imagination, metaphor and myth, and discussion of films and contemporary events, this seminar explores how archetypal patterns appear in life to provide a means by which we may join individual calling and the larger meanings of human existence.
Participants then continue their exploration of the seminar themes in the online course discussions.
Will this course and seminar be beneficial for me?
This program will particularly suit individuals who appreciate metaphor and imagination as modes of comprehension, and wish to further their understanding of archetypal psychology. It's recommended that you have completed the Career as a Journey of Soul course first, for an introduction to both Jungian psychology and career development.
If you’ve achieved a degree of proficiency or success at work, but
- feel yourself turning towards soul-making — what the Romantic poet John Keats and the archetypal psychologist James Hillman described as a process by which life and work deepens into meaning
- desire to tap a larger source of creative inspiration and imaginative potential in your work
- are seeking a sound approach to depth psychology with personal and professional applications
then this course and seminar will benefit you.
The required reading and level at which our courses are taught is designed for adults with a tertiary education (any discipline). To ensure the program is suitable for your needs, course participants are requested to complete an online application form.
Suzanne Cremen PhD (La Trobe), MA Depth Psychology, MA Humanities & Mythological Studies (Pacifica, USA), LLB, BA (UNSW)
Please contact Suzanne if you have any questions.
What people have said about our past courses:
“I LOVED this course. Over the past 20 years I have had many questions in relation to my vocation and various careers and for me this questioning has created its fair share of worry and concern. After completing this course I felt more at peace with my vocational exploration and discovered ways to approach my exploration in a more imaginative way, thank you so much Suzanne!" – Rochelle, Artist and Academic Researcher
“Career as a Journey of Soul provides a unique, inspiring and personalised approach to vocational calling. The lectures are beautifully presented and jam-packed with rich, thought-provoking material. Suzanne provides intuitive and beautiful commentary that invites new perspectives and shifts in self-understanding. I also really benefited from hearing other people’s journeys and could hear so many aspects of my own story reflected back. The course material and Suzanne’s commentary has really opened up new avenues of vocational exploration for me and I’m so pleased! A superb and highly recommended course.” – Alex, Psychologist
"Initially, I wondered if I would really get anything out of this course – if I may be repeating a career / vocation exploration pathway similar to things I had done in the past. But this course provided me with new information and knowledge around the concept of vocation, and the phases and pathways in life. I found great value in the reading material provided and viewing vocation from a completely different perspective. I gained much greater insight into myself and my intrinsic behaviour through the depth psychological process. I feel much more at peace, and have much more clarity about how my career can form an extension of my soul's vocation." – Josie, Learning and Development Consultant
"I have loved this course! The lectures, readings and discussions have carried me across an ocean of new understanding, and despite having not one but two dreams of being on a boat that is capsizing, I've managed to keep my head above water. Thank-you Suzanne, for bringing this course material to us all in such a dynamic and stimulating format, and for all of your thoughtful comments along the way. Thank-you, too, to the other members of the course who have witnessed the movements of my soul." – Sarah, Psychiatrist
To ensure personal attention, class size is limited to 8. The online course is limited to residents of Australia and New Zealand. Partial scholarships are available for people who have would benefit from this work and are unable to attend for financial reasons. If this applies to you, please indicate your situation on the application form.
To register, please complete the online application form and make payment below.
Full rate (including 2 day seminar with Drs Glen Slater and Safron Rossi with 5 week online course) AU$975.
Concession and Jung Society member rate (including 2 day seminar with Drs Glen Slater and Safron Rossi with 5 week online course) AU$925.
Pay by Direct Deposit (preferred method):
BSB: 313 140 (Bank Australia, Kew, Victoria)
Account number: 14073170
Account name: eContent t/a Life Artistry
or Credit Card/ PayPal:
- $65 fee per cancellation received by 31 August 2017
- $100 fee per cancellation received from 1 September 2017
- Prorata refund per cancellation (less $100 fee) to 8 October 2017
- No refund available after 8 October 2017
Accommodation is usually available at University College or nearby Colleges (International House, Ormond College, Queens College).
Other options for accommodation that are close to University College include:
Check their websites to see which meets your preferences.
We have also arranged a seminar discount with Vibe Hotel, 441 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC - 15 minutes walk or tram to seminar. Check the daily rate or request a 'University of Melbourne discount': tel. +61-3-9380 9222; firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many accommodation options in Melbourne city, which is about 20 minutes on a tram from the seminar venue.