Introducing The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz: Fairytales, Visions, and the Afterlife
February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022 (Thursdays)
2:00-4:00pm (Pacific Time)
All sessions offered live via Zoom. For those who cannot participate live, each session will be recorded for later viewing.
$250 Pacifica Student Rate
$295 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
$395 General Rate
$25.00 CECs (12 CEC hours)*
*Live attendance at all Zoom sessions is required for verification of CEC hours (no partial CEC Certificates are offered). Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs
TheCollected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28 volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. The first volume, Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Profane and Magical Worlds, released on her 106th birthday, January 4th, 2021 and is to be followed by 27 more volumes over the next 10 years. Volume 2 looks at the hero’s journey, while Volume 3 explores the maiden’s quest. Steven Buser is one of two General Editor’s in TheCollected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz. Dr. Buser will take us through a history of the project, an overview of von Franz’s life and work, as well as a deep dive into the first 3 volumes of this foundational material. We will further explore material from upcoming volumes including her work on the visions of Niklaus von Flue, the visions of Perpetua, and death and the afterlife.
Who is this course for?
People interested in Marie-Louise von Franz, her work, and her extraordinary life.
Those wishing a deeper knowledge of the secrets within fairytales, alchemy, and the mystery of death.
Analysts, psychotherapists, and those with a hunger for the archetypal world.
Areas covered in the course will include:
An overview of von Franz’s life and work
A history and overview of the evolving project of her collected works.
A deep dive into her work on fairytales, particularly her early writings.
A method for the interpretation of fairytales.
The four primary archetypal figures in fairytales.
Primary male and female tetralogies.
The hero and heroine’s journey in fairytales.
Transcendent transformations within alchemy
The mysteries of death, life after death, and the diamond body.
Overview of weekly topics:
An overview of the life of Marie-Louise von Franz and the project of bringing together her collected works. Volumes 1 and 2 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz will be reviewed.
Exploring the heroine’s path in fairytales. (Volume 3 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz)
A method for interpretation of fairytales (Volume 8 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz)
The visions of Niklaus von Flue (Volume 6 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz)
The visions of Perpetua (Volume 6 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz)
Death, dreams of those near death, and an exploration of the afterlife (Volume 21 in The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz)
As a result of attending this program, participants will:
Demonstrate a knowledge of the 4 primary archetypal figures in narratives and how a client’s unconscious interacts with such material.
Describe the clinical effects of a smothering chthonic maternal image.
Explain how a particular ending within a narrative correlates to the level of psychological development of individuals.
Explain how a longed-for marriage within a narrative correlates to the transcendent function with the psyche.
Discuss how interpretation of a narrative can aid in the individuation of a client.
Compare different narratives and demonstrate an understanding of their core meaning.
Discuss how historical and cultural symbols effect the unconscious process within an individual.
List the stages of change and transformation within an individual and how they correlate to historical symbols.
Describe how unconscious images towards the end of a client’s life assist in a sense of acceptance and reduced anxiety.
Discuss how a belief in the afterlife assists (or hinders) clients near the end of their life.
About Marie-Louise von Franz
At the age of eighteen, while still in high school, Marie-Louise von Franz met Carl Jung at his Bolingen Tower. She later described this as the most decisive encounter of her life. She entered analysis with him months later, completed her doctorate in classical philology and began seeing her first analysands soon after. She was wholeheartedly dedicated to the unconscious, both in her own life and that of her analysands. She developed a far-reaching expertise in fairytales, alchemy, synchronicity and numbers. She is estimated to have personally analyzed over 65,000 dreams. She was a prolific writer and a highly sought-after teacher. Listening to von Franz lecture was a numinous experience. I thought God was speaking. She seemed to know everything. In an amazing fashion and without a text, she ranged over history West and East, mythology, philosophy, anthropology, and a host of other specialized areas. Never in my training had I heard such far-reaching and profound reflections. (Murray Stein, PhD)
Books Referenced / Recommended:
Volume 1 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz: Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Profane and Magical Worlds, Chiron Publications, 2021
Volume 2 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz: Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Hero’s Journey, Chiron Publications, 2021
Volume 3 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz: Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Maiden’s Quest, Chiron Publications, 2021
Volume 6 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz: Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Maiden’s Quest, Chiron Publications, 2022
3 Clinical Goals:
Gain an understanding of how myth and narrative relate to struggles with our inner personalities.
Relate interpersonal growth and individuation with myth and narrative.
Explore psychological concepts of interior shadow and anima and how they relate to improved psychological functioning.
Steven Buser, MD, trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the two-year Clinical Training Program at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. He has worked for over 30 years in psychiatry with a focus on Jungian oriented psychotherapy. He currently works in the field of addiction medicine and serves as Publisher of Chiron Publications. He, along with fellow publisher Leonard Cruz, are the General Editors of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, a 28-volume series.
Hosted Online via Zoom
Full refunds for registrations will be provided up to 14 days prior to an event. Cancellations made 13-6 days prior will receive a 50% refund. There is no refund for registrations made within 5 days of your arrival or if you do not show up or leave a program or event early. The Retreat at Pacifica reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In this instance, you will be refunded in full.
Continuing Education Credit
This program meets qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.
This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 12 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177). Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
Full-day attendance is required to receive a certificate.
CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.
For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.