|Exploring the Gifts and Opportunities of Mid-Life:A Jungian Perspective
Free Talk at Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library
258 A Street, Ashland, Oregon
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
|Shadow, Defense Mechanisms & Self-love
Free talk: Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Workshop: Sunday, October 25, 2008
|Exploring Shadow through Film
Tuesday evenings, April 7-14-21-28, 2009 from 6:30 - 9:30
|Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:30 - 10 pm
EXPLORING RELATIONSHIP THROUGH FILM
SCREENING & DISCUSSION OF THE FILM "AMY'S O"
|Embracing the Dark Night of the Soul
OPENING ART SHOW RECEPTION WITH SPEAKER MARLA ESTES
Saturday, October 3rd, 6:30 pm
Talent Art Gallery, 108 S. Market, Talent, Oregon
|Exploring the Masculine: Inner and Outer
“The thousand & one statements that are made every day – “Isn’t that just like a
man…women are more sensitive than men” – have to be swept from the mind like
tattered autumn leaves from the garden path before it is possible to think clearly
at all.” – Margaret Mead (1949)
Our relationships with the other sex start from the inside; within each of us exists
templates, or archetypes, created by early personal & collective conditioning
(family, society, school, religious institutions, trauma). In order to change the
outside, our inner landscape needs to change. Through these classes we explore
which templates are in operation within each one of us, & see if there are ways that
we can open up to a broader spectrum of our experience of maleness, using film as
the main way into these questions.
The other component of our exploration will be in which ways masculine traits
exist inside of us. Jungians offer the thought that the feminine brings us into the
depths & the masculine shows us how to get things done out in the world. (This isn't
about which gender we are ~ it's about how we use masculine & feminine
principles inside of ourselves). We'll have a look at who the male inside of us is, how
he helps or hinders us in the world, & how we project him outside
|The Global Forum: Asking the Great Questions of Life
R. Lang, R. Moeschl, J. Excell, Roy Kindell, Ed Hirsch, Marla Estes, Steve Scholl
Sunday, October 18th ~Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth Street
|Exploring Relationship through Film
Many of us want to move into new paradigms of love & relationship. How might
we wean ourselves from the myth of romantic love? How can we keep the beauty
of romance & yet break the spell of its illusion? How might we drop projections &
expectation of the Other? How can we move away from family of origin issues in
our marriages? How can we grow as individuals in our relationships? How can we
get over what John Bradshaw calls "Post-Romantic Stress Disorder"? How does the
"Battle of the Sexes" play into our relationships? What does the statement 'only
those who are already married can actually get married' mean? What is the
relationship between love, loss & dependency? How do affairs fit in? These are
some of the mysteries that we will be exploring in this class.
|EXPLORING THE UNLIVED LIFE
All of us have a long black bag we drag behind us filled with all the aspects of
ourselves that weren't safe to show or that were rejected by our growing-up
environment. This is called our "shadow." Some of us think of the shadow as the
evil or bad parts of ourselves, parts that we want to be rid of. But to be whole we
need to integrate all of our facets & embrace all that we are. For instance, anger
is an emotion that, particularly for women, is discouraged by our culture. Yet
there is a lot of power and ability in the constructive use of anger. Many of us
have put our creativity in the black bag; we may have been shamed or found
"not good enough" when we were young. And it takes a lot of energy to keep the
shadow hidden, like a beach ball that you try to hold under water.
Which parts of you have remained in your "shadow"?
Through this one and a half day workshop, explore parts of yourself that may be
unlived, hidden or repressed through creating art and discussion.
|The Battle of the Sexes: Dead or Alive
Is the Battle of the Sexes really over? Do we give lip service to how things should
be, but keep the “Battle” alive unconsciously? How does it show up in our personal
relationships? What can we do to create something new?
Join Our Conversation to Explore These Questions
“As we began to look at all our personal concerns from a global perspective, we
could see that the patterns of control, denial & projection that sabotage intimate
relationships are the very patterns that endanger the world. To change these
patterns is to change not just our social lives but our relationship to the planet.”
|Who Does She Think She Is?
Film Screening, Art Exhibit and Discussion
Friday, Sept 24th, 2010, 6:30 - 9:00
RCC/SOU Presentation Hall, 101 S. Bartlett, Medford Admission Free
|Exploring the Chaos of Relationship
"By refusing chaos, we are in danger of losing eros too" ~ James Hillman
Delve into the mystery of dynamics of relationship in this 6-session course
Facilitators Dr. Zan E. Nix and Marla Estes, M.A.
|Exploring Fathers and Sons through Film
"What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the
unveiled secret of the father." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
For men, whether you're a father, a son, or both, this class will allow you to
explore the dynamics that have been (or still are) alive for you. For women,
whether you are a sister, wife, mother or daughter, this class will give you an
opportunity to explore men’s experience.
One Saturday per month, 1 to 6pm
Oct 12~ Nov 16~ Dec 21~ Jan 18~ Feb 15~Mar 15~ Apr 19~ May 17~ Jun 14
9 sessions: $450 (or $400 if paid before Oct 1st) ~ payment plan available
|Exploring Transitions through Film For Women
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.
Passages mark the end of something, but they also forecast a new beginning.
In a small group of women, using discussion, exercises and an inspiring film,
explore the hopes and fears of your current transition, whether it be through
divorce, loss, job change, empty nest or any change of life stage.
"This workshop was one of the best one day-ers that I've ever been to; your
attention to detail & all the layers and levels of working with shadow, both
personal & collective, was superb. " ~ Jack Leishman, Ashland, OR
"Ms. Estes is exceedingly learned in the psychology of relationships and personal
development which renders her guidance at once both scholarly and intimately
personal. The experience is deep; it's moving, and it's informative. It definitely
creates an opening for important breakthroughs to new levels..."
~ R.N., Ashland, Oregon
"Marla’s work is both transcendental and practical, profound and down to earth."
~ S.L. Ashland, Oregon
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|Nurture & Nourish Workshop
with co-facilitator Sarah Swales, Certified Yoga Teacher
"Treat your body so well that your soul has pleasure living in it."
* What truly nourishes you? * What obstacles do you face in nourishing yourself?
* How can you feed yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually?
Through yoga, film, discussion & self-inquiry, explore these questions & more.
Nutritious snacks and lunch included.
Friday, September 20th, 6:30 to 9:30 ~ Saturday, 9:30 to 5:30, September 21st
$110 (or $95 if paid before Sept 5th)
|Exploring Mothers & Daughters through Film
"When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who
helped me give birth to myself." ~ N. Friday
There are two kinds of mothers: too much and too little (or both!). Whether you
are a mother, a daughter, or both, join us in exploring Mother/Daughter
relationships through film & discussion in an intimate group of 10 women.
Sundays 1 – 6 pm: Oct 6 ~ Nov 3 ~ Dec 8 ~ Jan 5 ~ Feb 2 ~ Mar 2 ~ Apr 13 ~
May 4 ~ June 8
9 sessions: $450 ($400 if paid before Sept 25th) ~ payment plan available
|Exploring Dying as a Way to Live More Fully
“How Shall I Live, Knowing I Will Die?" ~ Wayne Muller
In this ongoing group, explore your relationship to life, death & dying through
film, discussion & self-inquiry
|Want to explore your inner life more deeply?
Free Informative Talk about the School of the Examined Life
and its upcoming classes. Meet the faculty!
Wednesday, Sept 18th, 7 to 8:30 at the Ashland Public Library
|Finding Your Voice with co-facilitator Heather Hutton
"The hardest times for me was not when people challenged what I said, but when I
felt my voice was not heard." ~ Carol Gilligan
In this one and one-half day workshop, we'll "find our voices" thru film, discussion,
movement and song. No prior singing experience necessary.
Friday, Sept 27th, 6 to 9:30pm & Saturday, Sept 28th, 10am to 6pm
$120 (or $95 if paid before Sept 20th)
Using Film to Move Beyond Black & White Thinking
with co-facilitator Greg Jemsek
We will explore the extremes of doubt & certainty when we watch powerful films
together. Can we learn to see things from new perspectives when we are impacted
by what we see on the screen?
6 sessions: First Saturdays, October 2013 to March 2014, 10 am to 5 pm
$590 ($540 if paid before Sept 10th) ~ payment plan available
|Death Cafe with co-facilitator Laurel Miller
At Death Cafes (www.deathcafe.com) people come together in a relaxed and safe
setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat cake, with no intention of leading
participants towards any particular conclusion, product or course of action.
The objective of Death Café: "To increase awareness of death with a view to
helping people make the most of their (finite) lives."
A Death Cafe does not constitute a bereavement support or grief counseling
setting, especially not for people who have experienced a very recent and/or
traumatic loss or death. This is partly in an effort to sustain Death Cafes as
comfortable, relaxed and openly exploratory spaces.
Weds, Oct 9th ~ 7 to 9pm ~ Preregistration necessary ~ limited to 12 participants
Suggested Donaton: $5-10
|A One-Day Introduction to the School of the Examined Life
"The unexamined life is not worth living." ~ Socrates
Using film discussion & self-inquiry, we will ponder what it is to live as a fully
feeling human being, exploring some of the emotions that we may push aside.
Sunday, October 13th ~ 10 am to 6 pm
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $30
|EXPLORING THE EMPTY NEST THROUGH FILM
FUNDRAISER FOR THE ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
The empty nest stage gives us the opportunity ~ and the challenge ~ for the
relationship between parent & child to become more separate and yet,
paradoxically, more connected.
Join us to view & discuss Doug Block's documentary "The Kids Grow Up"
Wednesday, October 16th, 6 to 9 pm (doors open 5:45)
SOU Hannon Library, 3rd Floor ~ $10-20 sliding scale; all proceeds go to AIFF
|Exploring Fathers & Daughters through Film
"As a daughter grows up, her emotional & spiritual growth is deeply affected by
her relationship to her father. He is the first masculine figure in her life & is a
prime shaper of the way she relates to the masculine side of herself & ultimately
to men." ~ Linda Schierse Leonard
The father-daughter relationship can reverberate all throughout our lifetime. In
this class, we will explore variations of this bond through film & discussion.
Appropriate for both men & women.
Sundays, 1 to 6pm: Oct 20~ Nov 17~ Dec 22~ Jan 19~ Feb 16~ Mar 16~ Apr 20~
May 18 ~ June 15
9 sessions: $450 (or $400 if paid before Oct 5th) ~ payment plan available
|One-Day Workshop in Portland, Oregon
Saturday, November 9th
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|Exploring Soul through Film & Art
with Art Therapist Delaine Due
Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th
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|Women & Money
Sunday, October 27th
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