Exploring Our Shadows Through the Psychology of Fame
February 28 – March 4, 2022
February 28 – March 4, 2022
with John W. Price Ph.D., LPC
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Carl Jung believed the shadow to be the neglected, and often personified, parts of the self that we prefer to keep hidden from both ourselves and others. We begin a conscious relationship with these mysterious inner partners by seeing how our experiences of the “other,” are often extensions of our self. In some strange way, it seems we may enter our inner space by exploring the forces that move us in our outer space. Thus, when we look to the collective, we may reveal doors and windows that take us within. In our worldwide culture, the famous and the powerful — royalty, religious figures, celebrity figures, political leaders – placed on the pedestals of the divine, reveal an excessively over-valued reflection of both the positive and the negative qualities we sense or desire in ourselves. This is called shadow projection.

In this workshop, uncovering the root of these questions is the very quest we are on — to recognize that often what we seek “out there” is found within and that the unlived parts of us often carry a heavy burden whether we know it or not. Reflecting upon and integrating these beautiful segments of our bodies, minds, and souls offers us an invitation to a broader and more expansive life, greater awareness and presence with the nature of our personal experience, and the depths of the patterns and forces encountered in the human experience.

To explore and deepen your relationship with the ideas of how shadow projection and fame intertwine, we will work with practices like…

  • guided self-analysis
  • journaling
  • group discussion
  • active imagining
  • lecture and study
  • film

Join John for an unforgettable week of walking the philosophical path of the scholar and the seeker, and the deep work of cultivating a practice in yourself that will help open your eyes to how these various psychological concepts and ideas are expressed in our broader culture, all while soaking in the incredible opening and healing energy of the land and sea.

Recommended reading: Meeting the Shadow, edited by Connie Zweig.

John W. Price

John W. Price

John W. Price Ph.D., LPC is a depth psychotherapist, podcast host of The Sacred Speaks, co-founder of The Center for the Healing Arts and Sciences, musician, and teacher.

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Workshop Schedule

Mon 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue, Thu 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wed 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tue, Wed, Thu 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Tue, Thu 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

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COVID Update

All guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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