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Engage The Shadow with Tina Stromsted, James Hollis, Ashok Bedi and many others.

The Shadow is one of the central concepts in Carl Jung’s psychology. The Shadow refers to the undeveloped and hidden aspects of oneself that have either been repressed or never recognized.

What is the Shadow and how is it a part of our personal lives and society at large? What is the function of the Shadow? How can we recognize it in ourselves and learn its impact on our daily lives? What is the benefit of integrating the Shadow parts of ourselves for our personal life’s journey?

In this highly rated summit our knowledgeable group of teachers will shed light on the concept of the Shadow. You will learn many practical tools of how to engage with the Shadow. We will go into the personal as well as collective Shadow, the Shadow in relationships, and how the Shadow manifests in dreams.

In these sessions you will get the chance to:

  • Learn the concept of Shadow 
  • Explore  aspects of personal Shadow and how it shows up in day to day life
  • Learn about collective Shadow and its impact on society and the individual 
  • Recognize the Shadow in close relationships with others 
  • Gain awareness and practical tools to help you work with your own Shadow aspects

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9 World-class Jungian Analysts and depth psychology teachers

Day 1

James Hollis

James Hollis

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Introduction to the shadow

One of the contributions of Carl Jung is the idea of the shadow. The shadow refers to the parts of ourselves we are unaware of. Those parts of our own being often act independently of our wills and can be threatening to our ego.

In this summit session world famous Jungian Analyst James Hollis offers an introduction to the shadow. The shadow in itself is not the problem, but it is how it plays out. We need to ask ourselves what does the shadow make us do and what does it keep us from doing? 

As James Hollis will illustrate, shadow work helps us to become who we truly are by becoming ‘whole’. 

In this session you will discover:  

  • What the shadow is 
  • Why shadow work is oftentimes uncomfortable to the ego
  • The importance of learning about your shadow

About James Hollis 

James Hollis, Ph.D., is presently a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. He is also a Core Faculty Member at Jung Platform since 2016, and one of the best Jungian teachers of our age.

He was born in Springfield, Illinois, and graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and Drew University in 1967. He taught Humanities for 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82). He served as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center in Houston, Texas for many years, was Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington until 2019, and now serves on the JSW Board of Directors. He is a retired Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is Vice-President Emeritus of the Philemon Foundation. Additionally he is a Professor of Jungian Studies for Saybrook University of San Francisco/Houston. He lives with his wife Jill, an artist and retired therapist, in Washington, DC. Together they have three living children and eight grandchildren.

He has written a total of sixteen books and over fifty articles. The books have been translated into Swedish, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Korean, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Farsi, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, and Czech.

Polly Young-Eisendrath

Polly Young-Eisendrath

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Shadow in Relationships

This session Buddhist and Jungian Analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath explores ways to deal with the shadow in relationships. She talks about a method she has pioneered called Real Dialogue, which is an effective way to deal with conflict. We tend to dehumanize the other, make the other an enemy, and devalue another person’s perspective when we feel unseen or unheard. Real Dialogue helps us to be aware of these destructive tendencies we bring into a relationship when we are emotional. Polly’s method helps to create a mindful space so that a real dialogue can take place.

In this session you’ll discover:

  • How the Shadow appears in relationships
  • That creating a mindful space is allowing a real dialogue to take place
  • Three skills of Real Dialogue 

About Polly Young-Eisendrath

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and the founder and director of the Institute for Dialogue Therapy. She is past president of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies and a founding member of the Vermont Institute for Psychotherapies. She is the author, co-author, or editor of nineteen books, ranging from parenting, adult development, intimate and parental love, Buddhist theory, Jungian psychology to women’s development, couple therapy, couple development, and various paths to awakening/enlightenment from meditation to personal love. These books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her most recent works are The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance and Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path.

Dr. Young-Eisendrath is a lifelong Buddhist practitioner in Zen, Tibetan, and Vipassana lineages and brings decades of leadership in mindfulness practice within the Buddhist context as well as integrated into her clinical work.


Alexander von Schlieffen

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The Shadow in Astrology

Psychological astrology is a way to look at personality and its dynamics via the placement of the stars. Shadow work is a part of our personal evolution and there are many ways to address your personal shadow. One way is through studying your natal chart. Alexander von Schlieffen shares his discovery of the influence the North Node and the South Node have on shadow aspects in a person’s life depending on their location in one’s chart, planet relation and house they reside in. Alexander will expand on Pluto and its influence and direct connection to the Shadow. 

By understanding these areas of the chart we are able to clearly see the necessary actions or non-actions one must take to lead a life of transformation and personal growth.

Masterful astrology teacher Alexander von Schlieffen gives you practical suggestions on how to identify their placement in your chart and ways to understand how Shadow can affect your life.

In this session you’ll discover:

  • How the Shadow appears in astrology
  • The importance of Pluto and its connection to the Shadow
  • Knowing your charts nodes and understanding their relation to planets can transform your life

About Alexander von Schlieffen

Alexander von Schlieffen started studying astrology in 1991, after having been deeply impressed by the writings of the astrologer Thomas Ring. In 1996 he passed the examination of the Astrological Association of Germany (DAV) with excellence and became a teacher at the Astrology Center of Cologne. In the following years he lectured for various Astrology Institutes all over Europe. From 2001 – 2012 he was a regular tutor at the world renowned “Center for Psychological Astrology” (CPA) that was founded by Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas. Liz Greene mentored Alexander in astrology and published his first book “When chimpanzees dream astrology” in 2004. 

Alexander has been invited to Astrology conferences worldwide, such as the UK, Poland, South Africa and many more countries. He had his own Astrology show on TV and has written for several magazines, such as “Vanity Fair” and many others.

Alexander also studied painting at the Art academies in Vienna and Düsseldorf. His teachers were Gerhard Richter and AR Penck. His work has been exhibited all over Europe and he has done numerous commissions such as wall paintings and portraits. He is also a jazz musician. 

Day 2

Dariane Pictet

Dariane Pictet

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Shadow in Fairy Tales

This session with Jungian Analyst Dariane Pictet examines what we can learn about ourselves by reading fairy tales. Dariane will show that fairy tales contain deep lessons and can help us better understand human nature. Fairy tales give insight into the internal struggles we have in life and how this may play out in our own psychological development. They do also reveal dark sides of human nature, both individual and collective. 

In this session you’ll discover:

  • What fairy tales reveal when looked at through a Jungian lens 
  • What we can learn from fairy tales about the Shadow
  • How to do Shadow work based on fairy tales

About Dariane Pictet

Dariane is a Jungian Analyst born in Geneva, Switzerland. She attended Drama School in Paris, worked as a Poetry Editor then trained as a Psychotherapist. She has been in private practice in London for over twenty years, and nowadays she lives in a small village in the Alps. 

She lectures internationally, has a small online practice and supervises therapists in training. Dariane is a training / supervising analyst and lecturer at ISAPZURICH in Switzerland. She is a training analyst, seminar leader and supervisor at the Guild of Analytical Psychology, in London.

She was a Member of the Visiting Faculty of Regents University for six years where she was a lecturer, group facilitator and supervisor on the Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy. She also completed the Leadership Training of the Marion Woodman Foundation and facilitated BodySoulRhythms affiliated workshops with Marion and other colleagues.

In addition, she has published on various topics, amongst them are: ‘Movements of Soul in the Red Book’, ‘Silence in Christian Mysticism’, ‘Kali the Protective Mother and Destroyer’, and ‘Rumi, Poet of Heart’. Her interests include yoga, meditation, poetry,  Eastern philosophy and consciousness studies.

Craig Chalquist

Craig Chalquist

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The Shadow of Our Own Storytelling

In this session Depth Psychologist Craig Chalquist will illustrate the importance of storytelling, and how we live our stories. The stories we tell ourselves and others shape us more than we realize. They inform our behavior and our interactions with others as well as the world itself. We all tend to think of the key stories about ourselves and the world around us as solid truths, rather than fiction. And there we get stuck, in the literalizing of our own tales. This session explores why stories matter, how they shape our lives, and what the shadow aspect is of our own storytelling. Craig will end with some suggestions on how to get unstuck from our literalized truths by re-storying our lives.

In this session you’ll discover:

  • Human beings tell stories all the time that co-create our own realities
  • Why de-literalizing stories can help us live a more creative and fulfilling life
  • How to re-story consciously (type of shadow work)

About Craig Chalquist

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist and storyteller with a background in Family Systems Therapy. He teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he was formerly the associate provost. He has also presented at various Jungian institutes and societies. 

His interests include: storytelling, depth psychology, terra psychology and presence of place, ecopsychology and enchantivism and deep systemic change. The various interest areas are reflected in his many publications and lectures.

Tina Stromsted

Tina Stromsted

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Shadow and the Body

In this session one of our beloved teachers Tina Stromsted focuses on how the Shadow manifests itself in the body, especially in the case of trauma. She’ll explore how we can access and work with these embodied Shadow states. Stromsted gives us examples on how we can do depth healing work through embodiment where we meet the elements of trauma and shadow through dreams, embodied active imagination, dance/movement & the creative arts therapies. She also explores how there are shadow elements in our addictive habitual patterns (not simply substances but a way of life that affects us all and impacts the planet). Through engaging the body we can bring creativity in life, nurture sexuality, develop the conscious/sacred feminine toward the sacred marriage, and live a meaningful, soulful, bodyful life! 

In this session you’ll discover:

  • How trauma gets stored in the body and becomes a Shadow aspect
  • How embodied creative states can release the negative Shadow
  • How the body is an alchemical vessel where we can turn lead into gold

About Tina Stromsted

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., MFT, LPCC, BC-DMT, RSME/T is a Jungian psychoanalyst, Board Certified Dance/ Movement therapist, and Somatic psychotherapist and educator. She teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the Depth Psychology & Somatics Doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and as a core faculty member for the Marion Woodman Foundation. Past co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute in California, she was a founding faculty member of the Women’s Spirituality Program, and faculty in the Somatic Psychology, and Expressive Arts Therapy departments at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

With 40+ years of clinical experience in hospitals, community mental health, and in private practice, her numerous articles and book chapters explore the integration of body, psyche, soul, relationship, community, and nature in healing and transformation. She has been co-leading the PreCongress Day in Active Imagination in Movement sessions at the International Association for Analytical Psychology Congresses with analysts Joan Chodorow, Marion Woodman and colleagues for decades, and has presented at and organized many programs and conferences on Embodied Jung, BodySoul work, DreamDancing, Embodied Alchemy and other depth-oriented themes in international settings. Dr. Stromsted lectures and teaches at universities and healing centers in many parts of the world and her private practice in San Francisco.

Day 3


Ashok Bedi

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The Shadow and Addiction

Carl Jung was instrumental in the founding of Alcoholic Anonymous (A.A.), even if Jung himself only learned about this at the end of his life. Jung thought that an alcoholic was searching for a spiritual experience and found that on a lower level in the spirits of the drink. In this session Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi explores with us how the Shadow shows up in addictions. The dark Shadow almost completely overtakes a person who is under the spell of addiction. Bedi also shows how working with one’s Shadow is one of the ways out of the trap of addiction. A.A. is based on the 12 Steps program. Those working through addiction are facing deep Shadow work in the initial steps.   

In this session you’ll discover:

  • How the Shadow appears in addiction
  • How the spiritual side of a person has moved into the Shadow
  • Doing Shadow work is a way to get and stay sober

About Ashok Bedi

Ashok Bedi is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and a Training Analyst at the Jung Institute of Chicago. Trained in India, the UK, and the US, he is interested in the frontiers of spirituality and healing and where the mind, body, soul and spirit meet.

He is the author of many books, and regularly presents lectures and seminars on the topic of the spiritual and analytic dimensions of treatment, healing and personal growth. Nowadays he is the International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP) liaison person for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train and consult with the Jungian developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Bangalore.


Charlie Morley

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Shadow and (Lucid) Dreaming

In this session Charlie Morley, Buddhist and Lucid Dream Teacher, talks about ways to deal with your Shadow. First, he talks about how the Shadow appears in dreams and next he goes into Shadow work. In this talk he combines wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism with Western psychology. He will explain how to use lucid dreaming to help you befriend your Shadow and unlock the inner gold which is your creative potential. 

In this session you’ll discover:

  • How the Shadow appears in dreams
  • Ways to engage with the Shadow while awake
  • How to embrace the Shadow in lucid dreams

About Charlie Morley

Charlie Morley is a lucid dreaming teacher living in London. He has explored Tibetan Buddhism extensively and has received the ‘authorization to teach’ from his Buddhist teacher Lama Yeshe Rinpoche over a decade ago. He is the author of several books and helps people apply the power of (lucid) dreaming for psychological development.

Patricia Berry

Pat Berry

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A Critical Reflection on the Shadow

In this session Jungian Analyst and creative thinker Patricia Berry, is reflecting on Jung’s concept of the Shadow. She takes several intriguing positions on the Shadow. For example, she discovers what insights we gain when we take on the perspective of the Shadow itself.. She also looks at the Shadow when the sun shines directly above a person. In this case the person and the shadow are merging, while the person is not seeing their Shadow.  

In this session you’ll discover: 

  • Ways that Carl Jung might have looked at the Shadow that aren’t that well known
  • What it suggests when a person is merged with the Shadow
  • Everything in life has a Shadow, and perhaps even the Shadow itself

About Patricia Berry

Patricia Berry, Ph.D., is one of Depth Psychology’s best known and most innovative practitioners. A founder of Archetypal Psychology with James Hillman, her career spans over fifty years during which she has taught extensively, written numerous articles, worked in private practice, led supervision groups, and lectured internationally.

She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, received an M.A. from St. John’s College, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Dallas. She was the first Scholar in Residence at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 1992. Her book, Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology, is an essential text in the practice of Archetypal Psychology.

Pat has facilitated numerous case colloquia and taught seminars in working with images and dreams. Pat has been president of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts and The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is an adjunct professor at Meridian University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and currently resides in Carpinteria, CA, where she teaches part time at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is on the Executive committee of the IAAP  (International Association of Analytical Psychology) and consults online.

Machiel Klerk

Machiel Klerk

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Unveiling Shadow Aspects in Dreams

In this workshop Machiel will explore ways of engaging with the Shadow in dreams. One obvious way we meet Shadow figures is in our nightmares, and there is a lot of gold to mine out of this dark Shadow. Further, many dreams provide us with clues about our limiting beliefs, blindspots, and complexes. Dreams can be a psychological x-ray showing us what we didn’t know yet, and hardly could see otherwise. Join Machiel in unveiling, exploring and working with our Shadow in dreams. 

About Machiel Klerk

Machiel Klerk is a social entrepreneur, licensed mental health therapist, international speaker, dream worker, and published author.

He has been a mental health therapist since 2006, and currently has an online private practice. Machiel is fascinated by healing traditions. Next to obtaining a master’s degree on counseling psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, he studied extensively Jungian Psychology. He has traveled all over the world and studied many cultures and their healing and dream traditions, and in specific the African traditions as South Africa is the country of his birth.

Machiel has published a book ‘Dream Guidance’ with the respected HayHouse publishing company. The book is currently available through Amazon and Barnes & Nobles as a pre-order.

Machiel has given lectures and workshops in Europe, South Africa and North America about dreams and psychology. He also provides inspirational talks and workshops for companies on creativity, innovation and leadership. He has written several articles on dreams and released a course on Jung Platform.

Machiel has vocationally been guided by dreams when he founded the Jung Society of Utah and the online organization Jung Platform as a result of a night time dream. In appreciation for these contributions, he has received several awards from the local community.

He moved in his early youth from South Africa to the Netherlands, and lived a year in France during his teenage years. He backpacked a year through Asia and then moved in 2004 to the USA where he still lives and dreams.

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Machiel Klerk

Machiel Klerk

Jung Platform Founder

Machiel Klerk is a licensed mental health therapist, with a specialty in working with dreams. He is also an international speaker and dedicated social entrepreneur. Machiel has studied Jungian and depth psychology for more than 25 years.

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His resonance with Carl Jung first led him to the Jung Institute in Zurich for a summer program, and later to the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California where he obtained a Masters Degree and trained to become a psychotherapist. He also completed a three-year training program in depth psychology and dreamwork with Robert Bosnak.

Machiel has immersed himself in the World of Dream and has studied the significance and use of dreams in a wide variety of cultures. He’s taken the most valuable learnings and insights from ancient civilizations like the Greeks, African tribes, Buddhist monks, as well as more contemporary thought leaders in the field, distilled those learnings and developed his own style of working with dreams called Dream Dialogue. His audio lecture, Rumi and the World of Dream is one of the highest selling audio products on dreams. He has published articles and given workshops and lectures on dreams in Europe, Africa and North America. Based on a dream, Machiel founded the Jung Society of Utah and Jung Platform.

Machiel has published a book ‘Dream Guidance’ with the respected HayHouse publishing company. The book is currently available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Akke-Jean Klerk

Akke-Jeanne Klerk

Jung Platform Co-Founder

Akke-Jeanne is Jung Platform’s co-founder & VP Strategy Programs. Her background consists of a Master’s in Psychology, and several years of training in Jungian Analysis. She has offered training and coaching in a professional setting for over 10 years.

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In the past, she has worked for 8 years as a lecturer of psychology at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam.

She is the author of ‘Psychology of Heartbreak’ (in Dutch) and she provides Jungian coaching and training.

At Jung Platform, apart from daily management tasks, Akke-Jeanne identifies, develops and manages projects, like the development of courses and programs. She supports Jung Platform’s Teachers in fine-tuning their modules to ensure that our programs are always practically grounded. Akke-Jeanne is driven by a passion for depth psychology.

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Introduction to Personal Shadow Work

Teacher: Jung Platform
Format: PDF

This PDF contains a summary introduction to Shadow work and questions that help you explore your own Shadow.


Shadow Work Exercise

Teacher: Akke-Jeanne Klerk
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This Shadow exercise helps to recognize what shadow figures are active within your psyche.


Shadow and Dreamwork

Teacher: Machiel Klerk
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Machiel Klerk offers an exercise for dream guidance. Using his suggestions, you can engage with your Shadow. A great tool to work with your dreams.



PDF Transcripts of each summit session. In case you prefer to read the sessions, search for keywords, or enjoy highlighting parts that you want to remember, we offer a transcript for each session.


Video Recording of Unveiling Shadow Aspects in Dreams

Teacher: Machiel Klerk
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Video Recording of Unveiling Shadow Aspects in Dreams workshop with Machiel Klerk

Benefits of Shadow Work

The Summit is designed for everyone interested in personal growth and healing  through a deeper understanding of Shadow. 

At the end of the summit, you will:

Learn how to confront and embrace your  Shadow aspects

Have a clearer understanding of how Shadow affects relationship with other

Take away different tools and techniques of working with Shadow

Have an experiential encounter with Shadow figures in Dreams

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