Thursday, January 15, 2015

Celibacy and Soul: Exploring the Depths of Chastity

Just Published by Fisher King Press

Celibacy and Soul: Exploring the Depths of Chastity

by Susan J. Pollard "

In Celibacy and Soul, Jungian analyst Susan Pollard presents us with a rich and moving reflection on the meaning of a life of spiritual celibacy. Drawing on many sources (psychology, philosophy, mysticism, mythology, poetry) she offers us an encompassing, multicultural perspective on what is nowadays a poorly understood choice of life. An honest, courageous, and deeply helpful book for anyone faced with the challenges of chaste celibacy." — Diane Cousineau Brutsche, Ph.D., Jungian training and supervising analyst, International School for Analytical Psychology Zurich.

 "What wisdom and guidance is needed here! Celibacy and Soul. And here you have it! Good spirituality, good psychology, and lived experience are all growing together in one lovely fi eld of honest and divine love. is book is indeed ‘singular beauty’ and a gift to our humanity!" —Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self.

"Dr. Susan Pollard offers something very special with this work. At a time when spiritually-focused celibacy is so little understood she brings an exceptional depth of focus and understanding to what can, indeed, be an immensely positive, life-affirming choice. Her skills as a Jungian analyst, and the depth of her own journey as a religious sister and as a Christian scholar, come together superbly here to make a book that will be widely and perhaps surprisingly relevant both within Christian circles and beyond them." — Stephanie Dowrick, Ph.D., author of Seeking the Sacred and In the Company of Rilke.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Carl Jung & Teilhard de Chardin: A Weekend Retreat with Fred Gustafson

What: The Writings of Carl Jung & Teilhard de Chardin: A Weekend Retreat,
When: Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015,
Where: Siena Retreat Center, Racine, Wisconsin
Who: Fred Gustafson, presenter

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Jung shook the world with profound views on the human psyche and on evolution as a means of social unification. Jung was a psychologist who used science to explore the religious depths of the human soul through mythology, world religions, dreams, and human behavior. Chardin used a lens of religion in the scientific fields of paleontology, geology, and physics, as he explored a deeper and relevant understanding of evolution. One went deeply into soul and found matter; the other went deeply into matter and found soul. Though each began from different intellectual platforms, they crisscrossed into the other's territory of inquiry and related their ideas to include the full scope of humanity. Explore in this weekend retreat the impact of these two great 20th century thinkers for our times and for your life.

Frederick R. Gustafson, Jr., DMin, is Jungian analyst and ordained Lutheran minister. Fred serves as an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners and Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.

Fred Gustafson is the author of several books, and he is the editor of the forthcoming Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and C.G. Jung: Side by Side, an anthology written by authors from different backgrounds, sharing how the lives of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Gustav Jung impacted them personally and/or how they understand the relevance of these two men for our present times. Contributors to this fourth volume of the Fisher King Review include: John Dourley, Peter Dunlap, Barbara Faris, Matthew Fox, Fred R. Gustafson, John Giannini, Richard W. Hanhardt, Robert Henderson, Steven B. Herrmann, Jane A. Kelley, Jon Magnuson, Francisco (Paco) Martorell, Stan V. McDaniel, Dennis L. Merritt, and Laura A. Weber.

Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.,
Racine, WI, 53402
(262) 898-2590
Cost: $225 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations and meals.
Retreat begins 7pm on Friday and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

News Release: Just Published 'A Jungian Life' by Thomas B. Kirsch

"Tom Kirsch is one of the core creators of the Jungian world as we find it today. His knowledge of the history, the issues and the personalities is second to none. We knew that Kirsch is kind, empathic, related—and responsible for a raft of interesting publications. Maybe we—or some of us—did not know how frank, penetrating, controversial, and insightful an observer of professional political process he is. At times, the book takes no prisoners. Every Jungian analyst, candidate and scholar simply must read this book. But the way in Kirsch situates his first-person narratives against the backdrop of world politics—in Russia, China, South Africa, and Latin America, for example—makes this memoir worthy of serious attention from non-Jungian thinkers and practitioners." —Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex

"Tom Kirsch's unique life as a Jungian spans much of the history of analytical psychology which he both witnessed first hand and helped shape. His gifts of seasoned insight, finely tuned feeling and a keen eye for specific historic detail makes this volume a rare and significant contribution." — Tom Singer, M.D., Jungian analyst, editor of The Cultural Complex

"In our age of sophisticated internet technology, where communications tend to brevity and lack literary sophistication, Tom Kirsch’s memoir, A Jungian Life, is a breath of fresh air, and a precious gem for the Jungian community. Kirsch traces with mastery and sensitivity his life as a Jungian analyst from family origins close to Jung developing into a lively lacework of connections within the Jungian world from both well-established Societies to the burgeoning of new groups across the world interested in Jungian psychology. He balances well the relationship between the personal and the professional offering the reader thought-provoking opportunities to read between the lines for common themes including the shadow of our theoretical controversies and the personal disagreements within our profession. It is a moving, revealing and well-written memoir and I recommend it highly to all those who wish to know more about our ancestors and their effects on the development of the theory and practice of Jungian psychology." —Jan Wiener, Director of Training, Society of Analytical Psychology, London and Vice-President, IAAP 2010-2013

From conception until the present, C.G. Jung, his ideas, and analytical psychology itself have been a central thread of Thomas B. Kirsch’s life. His parents, James and Hilde Kirsch, were in analysis with C.G, Jung when he was born, and he was imaged to be the product of a successful analysis. At an early age, Dr. Kirsch was introduced to many of the first-generation analysts who surrounded C.G. Jung, and over time became acquainted with them. Later, in his roles with the IAAP, he gained a broad knowledge of the developments in analytical psychology, and through both his early family history and in his later professional life, Dr. Kirsch worked closely with many analysts who were integral in forming the foundations of analytical psychology.

Dr. Kirsch graduated from Yale Medical School in 1961, did his residency in psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and then spent two years with the National Institute of Mental Health in San Francisco. He completed his Jungian training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in 1968. In 1976 Dr. Kirsch became president of the Jung institute in San Francisco, and in 1977 he was elected second vice president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, or IAAP, the professional organization of Jungian analysts around the world. As vice president and then president of the IAAP for eighteen years, he traveled the world and was able to meet Jungian analysts from many different countries. This position allowed him to serve a missionary function of sorts in new areas like China, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, and other former Soviet Eastern Bloc countries. In A Jungian Life, Thomas B. Kirsch reflects upon his entire existence which has been intimately involved with C.G. Jung and analytical psychology.

Friday, October 10, 2014

News Release: Sea Glass - A Jungian Analysts Exploration of Individuation and Suffering

Advance Press Release for October 18, 2014

With great pleasure, Fisher King Press presents:

Sea Glass: A Jungian Analyst's Exploration of Individuation and Suffering

by Gilda Frantz

"Gilda Frantz knows first hand about difficult childhoods, early widowhood, aging, death of a beloved grandchild, and closeness to the end of life. She knows about suffering and the creativity and soul growth that can go hand in hand. These are themes in her own life and in her observations of others. Sea Glass is an apt metaphor for this book—to discover why requires reading it. "
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses in Everywoman, Goddesses in Older Women, and Close to the Bone.

"Frantz shows us that individuation is much more than the distillation of consciousness within the confines of a long and dream-filled analysis. Rather, growth of awareness is revealed to occur in what cannot be contained, in the self that endures when illusions break down. Sea Glass pieces together many such moments in the life of its author. Taken together, they let us see the analyst she has become through the eyes of the person she has always been."
—John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth.

"You could be listening to the storyteller by the fire, or to your favorite aunt at the kitchen table—the one who always makes you laugh—so vital and engaging is the narrative voice in Sea Glass. In fact, you are reading the gathered writings of Gilda Frantz, a beloved Jungian elder in the classical tradition. Frantz is on intimate terms with the gods and their myths. She has personal experience of alchemy, individuation, dreams, and the creative process, all of which she describes in accessible and lively language."
—Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, author of  The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way and The Motherline: Every Woman’s Journey to Find Her Female Roots.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing Retreats with Dennis Patrick Slattery

Writing Retreats with Fisher King Press author Dennis Patrick Slattery, author of: Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Riting Retreat, Greater Cincinnati Friends of Jung. More Information:

December 5-7, 2014: Riting Personal Myth Retreat. The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. More Information:

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, and a growing list of alternative titles.

San Luis Obispo Poetry Reading by Brian Landis

On Sunday, October 5th, 2014 Fisher King Press author Brian Landis will be reading from Feathered Ladder, a collection of poetry by Brian Landis and Dennis Patrick Slattery.

WHERE: The Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo, 1531 Monterey Street, across from Frank's.

WITH: Laura Moll, environmental sculptor / David Stroup, large format photographs / Craig Kincaid, acoustic music.

Fisher King Press publishes an eclectic mix of worthy books including 
Jungian Psychological Perspectives, Cutting-Edge Fiction, Poetry, 
and a growing list of alternative titles. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Title Alert: Faith by Michael Eigen

Faith by Michael Eigen

An exploration of psychoanalytic faith and, more generally, the role of faith in the therapeutic process. In his earlier work, Eigen distinguished faith from beliefs used to organize it, the latter at once bringing people together and creating violent oppositions - belief as a defense against faith. In this new work, Eigen dives into faith experience itself and shares what he finds.

Faith spans many dimensions. The opening chapters focus on variations of faith, beginning with nature, sleep, beauty, goodness, the opening-closing of the human face, and the paradox of the growth of faith through pain and shattering. Accounts of faith in the author’s life lead to creative readings of Winnicott followed by meditations on evil. A chapter is devoted to teaching and learning Bion, who called faith the psychoanalytic attitude (or called the psychoanalytic attitude Faith). Another chapter discusses variants of everyday mystical participation and a climactic moment in the Zohar, a principal part of the Kabbalah. The book ends with interviews involving the author’s development as a psychotherapist-psychoanalyst, his views on mental health and society today, followed by a note on faith-work.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Earth Angel and Writing the Spirit of Place in Cleveland

Presenter - Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

Lecture - Earth Angel and the Tohu Bohu
9/19/14 | 7 to 9 p.m.

Earth is our Home, our Mother, our Rock of Ages, our Tree of Life, our Beloved – the source of all of our blessings. But in our restless quest for new worlds and treasure we exploit and abuse our Earth. We forget She is alive, forget She has a soul. How do we reckon our human nature with Nature? How do we suffer our grief, guilt and fear about what we have wrought without becoming paralyzed? Naomi Ruth Lowinsky will speak – in stories and poems – of her own struggle to respond to Earth Angel and the Rising Tides.

Seminar - Writing the Spirit of Place
9/20/14 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’ve turned our Beloved Earth into a fury. Weather is Her language. She bellows at us in hurricanes, tsunamis, warming oceans, melting glaciers, tornados and fires. How do we rebuild our erotic relationship with Earth, our reverence, our awe? In this daylong workshop, we will write our way back to our primordial love of Earth, back to the places that have shaped us as dwellers and as pilgrims – our own earthly inheritance. Ideal for those who write and those who want to write. Bring a notebook and pen.