January 11, 2020 ~ Synchronicity, Complexity, and the Psychoid Imagination: Examples from Ecology and Artistic Intuition

Joseph Cambroy, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

Program Description*:

Morning Session:
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sarah Room in Piper Hall,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

(10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break)

In the morning we will begin by reviewing the application of complexity theory, developed in the late 20th century, to Jungian concepts such as archetypes and synchronicity.  The role of the psychoid layer of archetypal reality will be explored from this vantage point and applied first to recent research in ecological systems. Participants will have some opportunities to discuss their own experiences of wonder to enrich personal comprehension of these ideas.  We will look at a number of examples from the history of culture where artisans or artists were able to represent profound knowledge of highly complex natural phenomena well ahead of any scientific understanding. 


(12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch $15.00)


Afternoon Session:
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sarah Room in Piper Hall,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

(2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break)

In the afternoon, the content will guide us towards the articulation, amplification and exploration of the way these phenomena have been approached historically through the arts and more recently how the field in ecology. 

This presentation is designed to help you:

1) Describe the value of reformulating concepts from Analytical Psychology in terms of contemporary complexity theory.

2) Demonstrate the notion of the psychoid archetype both historically and in modern applications such as ecological systems.

3) Analyze the capacity of some artists to give representations to profound, though hidden aspects of reality through their art.

4) Explain the Jungian concept of archetypes.

5) Explain  the concepts of synchronicity and the psychoid unconscious.


Speaker’s Bio:

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D. is the incoming President for Pacifica Graduate Institute; he is the Past President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; has served as the U.D. Editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on various editorial boards. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; and former President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston. Dr. Cambray is a Jungian analyst now living in the Santa Barbara area of California. His numerous publications include the book based on Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe and a volume edited with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology.  He has published numerous papers in a range of international journals.


* The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 5.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.


CEU recipients must be registered for the full day program in order to receive the 5.0 credits. Lunch at The Franciscan Renewal center is $15.00.