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The Gods at Play: Archetypal Powers and Patterns in the Arts with Richard Tarnas

April  5 - 6, 2014

 

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The Gods at Play: Archetypal Powers and Patterns in the Arts with Richard Tarnas

There is no place without Gods and no activity that does not enact them.
                                                                                                  -James Hillman


As ancient poets and modern depth psychologists have long recognized, the arts represent an especially vivid expression of the archetypal principles that inform and inspire the human psyche. The aim of this weekend's program is to provide a rich interplay of entertainment and instruction, each enhancing and illuminating the other.

We'll focus especially on classic examples from music and comedy. Our approach will be facilitated by the combined lenses of depth psychology and archetypal astrology, which permit an extraordinarily precise focus on the specific archetypal complexes most prominently at work in a given individual, work of art, or cultural era. In the area of music, we will range from Bach and Puccini to the Beatles and Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Chrissie Hynde, Talking Heads, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morisette, and Nora Jones. In comedy, from Monty Python and Peter Sellers to Lily Tomlin and Woody Allen, Robin Williams, and Stephen Colbert. Video and audio clips of brilliant performances will be played as a basis for our analyses throughout the weekend.

Richard Tarnas, PhD, teaches at CIIS, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a best-selling history of Western thought widely used in universities; and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in England.


 
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Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:00AM-4:30PM
Sunday, April 6, 2014
10:00AM-1:00PM
CIIS Main Building
$180/$200/$220 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
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California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

 
 

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