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About the Event
The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology is an 80-year-old nonprofit Quaker organization which explores spiritual growth and the journey to wholeness through in-depth psychology, specifically Jungian psychology, and other body-soul integration work. The Washington Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology is FCRP’s sister offspring, a smaller conference that began in 1977 and meets over President’s Day weekend in February.
Both FCRP and WFCRP endeavor to discern how the inner landscape of the spirit can be enriched by a better understanding of the unconscious and our emotional makeup. The work, we hope, can contribute to a more focused and well-grounded spiritual and embodied path in our everyday lives.
The Alchemy of an Extraordinary Year and Its Potential for Personal Transformation is the theme of FCRP’s May conference.
The Planning Committee met many times virtually in the last twelve months to consider how we might help Friends sort through the pain, fear, uncertainty, and trauma of this exceptional year in which we all lost something, including a sense of safety. Taking guidance from George Fox and the words of C.G. Jung, with this conference we are endeavoring “to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness.”
Our speakers this year are Marian Dunlea and Monika Wikman, well-known Jungian analysts and authors, whose lives and work are testaments to the Jungian principle that the greatest treasures are found in the darkest corners. Both understand that the chemistry of the body is not altered through thinking alone, that authentic transformation happens at the cellular level. Whether we are trapped by default neural pathways, or by our inability to see beyond the ego “I” to the greater universe—the dark in which we find ourselves can be fertile ground for alchemical reconstitution. For the schedule of events, please click here:
Marian Dunlea’s Plenary Talks
- BodyDreaming: The Universe of the Nervous System, Alchemy for Our Time
- BodyDreaming: At Home in Our Matter--Attunement and Titration Uncover the Numen of the Living Body
Monika Wikman’s Plenary Talks
- The Alchemical Journey Through the Underworld
- Discovering the Soul’s True Aim in Chaos
Marian Dunlea, M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, is a Jungian analyst and somatics practitioner who has led international workshops on integrating body, mind, and soul for 25 years. She is head of training for BodySoul Europe, part of the Marion Woodman Foundation. Her new book, BodyDreaming in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: An Embodied Therapeutic Approach (Routledge, 2019), received both the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis Gradiva Award and the International Association for Jungian Studies Best Book Award in 2019. Monika Wikman, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and astrologer and author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness (Nicolas Hays, 2004). She has lectured and conducted workshops nationally and internationally, including at the Center for Alchemical Studies, her non-profit project under org, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A graduate of the Jung–Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, Dr. Wikman has done research on dreams of the dying at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and taught at California State University, Los Angeles. To read more about our speakers and conference topics, click here. To see the full schedule of events, click here. To visit our website, click fcrp.quaker.org. Conference Fees The price for the three days of events which include four plenary lectures, and three meetings with the interest group of your choice, as well as TWO bonus deep relaxation modules, is $85. For participants on fixed incomes or students to whom this amount presents a burden, you can also register for $65 OR $45. If for some reason, you cannot afford $45, we have scholarship help THANKS TO THE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS OF SEVERAL MEMBERS. If you need to take advantage of our scholarship fund, your fee is just $10. The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology is an all-volunteer organization. Your donations help us keep the cost affordable to all, including our long-standing scholarship program.
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