Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Navajo Reservation

The Glittering World of the Navajo: Adapting the Wisdom of Navajo Healing to Jungian Clinical Practice

September 6 – 10, 2011

A Four Day Clinical Seminar at Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation

This seminar is limited to a maximum of 25 people

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Navajo ReservationThis
four day seminar, which will begin and end with a traditional Navajo ceremony,
is designed for Jungian analysts in active clinical practice.  The seminar will focus on exploring
clinical insights and developing techniques for use as analysts in our clinical
practice.  Mornings will be spent
with lectures/talks/stories by a Navajo medicine man and a Navajo cultural
translator who will focus on Navajo philosophy and cultural perspectives.  Navajo Traditional Medicine, and
balancing Diné (Navajo) ceremonies with western medicine will be discussed. The
Navajo concept of Hózhó, loosely translated as, “Beauty” and “Harmony” through
the restoration of psychic balance, will be explored as it might appear in our
own consulting rooms.  Hózhó is at
the core of all Navajo healing ceremonies.

Afternoon sessions will be led by Jerome S. Bernstein, a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Jerome Bernstein has a forty year relationship with Navajo and Hopi cultures.  His analytic work has been influenced by Navajo healing through his collaborative work with Johnson Dennison, a traditional Navajo medicine man.  He is the author of Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma (Routledge 2005) and is co-Editor, along with Philip Deloria, of the groundbreaking book, C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions by Vine Deloria, Jr. (Spring Books: 2009).

Canyon de Chelly is a holy place for the Navajo people, both in this, the Fourth  World (which they call “the Glittering World”) and in their cosmology.  A tour of the Canyon led by a resident guide is an integral part of the seminar.  The Canyon tour will be led by Adam Teller, a resident of Canyon de Chelly, whose family roots date back to the Long Walk of 1864 and the ultimate return of the Diné, to their homeland, one of many stories which Adam will share.

Some of the areas of clinical focus in the seminar as we explore western and indigenous approaches to healing will be: mind-body dialogue and mind-body language; somatic dreaming, working with symbol, particularly dream symbols, on the body level; trauma as a source of transformation; environmental illness; Borderland consciousness; healing the psyche’s relationship with nature; and where the collective unconscious appears to be taking psyche and how that evolution is being manifested in our analytic consulting rooms.  All participants will be asked to bring clinical material from their own practices.

Seminar Cost: $1,800/person (this fee includes all seminars, 4 nights lodging at the Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly, four lunches, and the tour of Canyon de Chelly.)  Rooms at the Holiday Inn include king-size and double accommodations (2 double beds).  The room rate is the same for either.  Registrants can reduce costs by room sharing.

Travel: You are responsible for your travel arrangements into either Albuquerque, New Mexico or Phoenix, Arizona.  Airport pickup and delivery is not provided. Please plan on renting a car; carpooling is encouraged. The conference administrator will facilitate car rental sharing for conference registrants.  There are two routes, one from the Albuquerque airport and one from the Phoenix airport.  Please see enclosed maps with driving instructions.

Directions from the Phoenix, Arizona Airport  directions
Directions from Albuquerque, New Mexico Airport http://mapq.st/gxNE7b

     Food: Individuals will be responsible for their breakfast and dinner costs. Lunch will be provided for all seminars and the tour of Canyon de Chelly. There are two other restaurants in the area besides the one at the Holiday Inn. There is also a supermarket in town.

Participants: This seminar is limited to Jungian Analysts with an active clinical practice.

Ceremony:  Costs related to the ceremonies at the beginning and end of the seminar, from the Navajo perspective, are considered part of the individual connection to the medicine man and the individual seeking ceremony.  From the Navajo perspective such “costs” are really offerings to the medicine man to intercede with the Holy People on behalf of the patient or the one being blessed.  Therefore individual offerings to the medicine man for this purpose are separate from the costs of the seminar.  Detailed information will be provided those who register for the seminar.

    All registration must be for the full seminar and all components.  No registration for individual seminars or events will be accepted.

Optional Tour:  A Tour of Monument Valley is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday September 10th.  Cost is $90 per person (minimum of 10 people). This tour will be guided by LeRoy Teeasyatoh, son of a medicine man, who will lead a cultural landscape tour of the “Valley within the Rocks”. He will share stories of the history, myths and legends of the Diné people. You will need to have transportation to the Monument Valley Park.  For directions to the park
click on:  Directions Monument Valley

Registration Deadline is June 30, 2011. Checks are payable to Jerome S. Bernstein.   A deposit of $300.00 is required at the time of registration. We do not take credit cards.
Full conference fee is payable no later than July 31, 2011.

Individuals wishing to register for the seminar should complete the following form, and send it to:
Susannah Garrett
Conference Administrator
456 B Amado Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

A full Seminar schedule along with other information pertaining to weather, cultural considerations while in Navajoland, clothing, etc., will be provided for conference attendees.  All conference registrations and deposits must be received by no later than June 30, 2012.  However, be advised that this Four Day Seminar is limited to 25 attendees.
The Glittering World of the Navajo: Adapting the Wisdom of Navajo Healing to Jungian Clinical Practice


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