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New Book by Lois Wilkins

Support both the author and the Kansas City Friends of Jung

April program has been cancelled

Due to the current CoVid-19/Coronavirus situation in Kansas City, our April program has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. We will make an announcement about our May programs in a few weeks as we see how the situation develops.

Stay safe and well.

A special offer from the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, an internationally recognized quarterly publication of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is offering friends of our organization a 25% discount on new subscriptions. The offer ends March 31, 2020.

Jung Journal explores the intersection of Jungian psychology with contemporary culture, politics, and arts. To learn about the journal and about this offer, click

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season!

We are putting together the full line-up for this season and have our first program scheduled: a book launch event with local author Bob Sandford. The program will be next month, October 11, at the Roeland Park Community Center. Click here for all the details.

Gary V. Hartman Memorial Lecture


Gary V Hartman
January 5, 1947 – May 23, 2017


A long time I have lived with you
And now we must be going
Separately to be together.
Perhaps I shall be the wind
To blur your smooth waters
So that you do not see your face too much.
Perhaps I shall be the star
To guide your uncertain wings
So that you have direction in the night.
Perhaps I shall be the fire
To separate your thoughts
So that you do not give up.
Perhaps I shall be the rain
To open up the earth
So that your seed may fall.
Perhaps I shall be the snow
To let your blossoms sleep
So that you may bloom in spring.
Perhaps I shall be the stream
To play a song on the rock
So that you are not alone.
Perhaps I shall be a new mountain
So that you always have a home.

Wood, Nancy.  Many Winters: Prose and Poetry of the Pueblos. Santa Fe: William Gannon. 1984.  p.71.


In 1979, Gary V. Hartman presented a lecture on fairy tales to a group of people in Kansas City.  This group would continue on to become the Kansas City Fiends of Jung and Gary would continue his close association with them as a teacher, on many levels, until his passing. In tribute to the tremendous devotion he showed to the Kansas City Friends of Jung and to the Jungian community at large there will be an annual Gary V. Hartman Memorial Lecture beginning with the 2017-18 program year.  Gary’s support through the years will be greatly missed and we are pleased to have the opportunity to honor his legacy.  If you would like to give to this annual memorial lecture in honor of Gary, you may either mail a check to the Kansas City Friends of Jung at PO Box 32795, Kansas City, Missouri, 64171 or use the link to PayPal below.


Gary V. Hartman, 1947 – 2017

In Memory Of

Gary V. Hartman

1947 – 2017

Gary was born on January 5, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas, the eldest child of Gerald Vincent Hartman, a medical missionary doctor, and Gertie Magdalene Hartman.  He grew up on the mission field in the Philippines and India.  Gary graduated from Woodstock School in Uttarakhand, India, in 1964.  He received a BA degree from Kansas State University in 1969, an MA degree in Modern Language Arts from KSU in 1971, and graduated as a diplomate from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1978.  Gary began his analytic practice at the Educational Center in St. Louis in 1979.  He was the analyst founder in 1987 for the Kansas City Friends of Jung which remains a resource for Jungian and post-Jungian studies in the Kansas City community.  His articles and translations have appeared in numerous analytical journals including Spring, Quadrant, and on the C.G. Jung Homepage.  At the time of his death, he was counseling analysands and providing Jungian study groups in Fayetteville, Arkansas, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, and DeSoto and Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to his professional pursuits, he was an award-winning Master Gardener and volunteer for the water lily gardens at both the St. Louis, Missouri, Botanical Gardens and Powell Gardens.  Gary is survived by his two children, Emily Green of Columbia, Missouri, and Adrian Hartman of St. Louis, Missouri, his three grandchildren, Lily and Laurel Green and Adelaide Hartman, his brother Greg Hartman of Olathe, Kansas, and his sister Glenda Poliner of San Diego, California.  Gary’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service at the Powell Gardens Chapel on Sunday, June 4th at 1:30 PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kansas City Friends of Jung, Powell Gardens, or the Missouri Botanical Gardens.


Dreams: Approaching the Unconscious

Dr. Lois E Wilkins, PhD, APRN, Vice President of the Kansas City Friends of Jung and owner of The Eagle’s Nest Holistic Mental Health, Inc., is offering a series of classes exploring Depth Psychology beginning in April 2017. For those needing CE, Certificates of Attendance will be provided after each session for 90 minutes of contact.

Depth Psychology is a holistic mind/body/spirit branch of analytical psychology. It is exquisitely tailored for the holistic practitioner and unique for those individuals seeking meaning. This series of twelve sessions will introduce the dynamics integral to understanding depth psychology. Session topics include:

April 6, 20: Dreams
May 4, 18: Modern-Day Applications of Ancient Myths
June 1, 15: Growing Down, as Contrasted to Growing Up
July 6, 20: Symbolism in the Media
September 7, 21: Individual Symbols
October 5, 19: Neuroscience and Memory

Dreams: Approaching the Unconscious
April 6 and 20, 2017, 9:30-11:00 AM


Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room C

Just as the physical body has self-regulating mechanisms to sustain stability, Psyche maintains balance through the use of imagery, the type of symbols often found in dreams. By the end of this first program, you will understand the significance of dreams to wellness/wholeness.

Download an electronic flyer in PDF

Call 785-766-9441 by March 30 to register. Future meeting venues may change, depending upon the number of registrants. Further information about the content of other classes in the series will be provided via email by request at this same telephone number, and they will be updated on the this website. With enough expressed interest, an evening session may be added.

Dr. Lois E. Wilkins, PhD, APRN is a Theorist, Depth Psychotherapist, Researcher and Consultant, and she has published numerous articles and poetry.

KC Library Talk | Carl Jung, the Unconscious Mind and Modern Art

What do Carl Jung and Jackson Pollock have in common? Join curator Jan Schall in Gallery L2, then continue to the museum’s Spencer Art Reference Library to explore Jung’s dream imagery, as recorded in his Red Book.

November 12, 11am – 12pm

The event is free but required tickets to be reserved.

Click here for details.

Welcome to a new year of programs!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The programs have been planned, the brochures are being printed and mailed, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again.

Download a PDF version of the brochure here.

Our first program is Friday, September 30, and the details can be found here.

America on the Couch 2016 Presidential Election Study Guide

AmericaOnTheCouchPlease contact Ken Buch for more information about dates, places, and times.

From Pythia Peay, author of America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture and American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country (Lantern Books).

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am very pleased and excited to announce the upcoming March launch of my 2016 Presidential Election Study Guide. I don’t know about the rest of you, but as I watched the returns from the Iowa caucus, I could feel that strange mix of anxiety, fear, excitement, and hopeful anticipation that rises up in me during every Presidential election. For while we Americans may be divided by which party we belong to, or which candidate we support, we are all united in the myriad psychological responses—uncertainty over the fate of the country; helplessness against forces that loom larger than the individual voter; and overwhelmed by the relentless media coverage, and the knowledge required to sort through complex political issues—we all experience as we do our best to make our most informed choice for the next American president. And then there are the stresses that arise from the way politics can disrupt our relationships and even alienate us from close friends and family who don’t share our political views, party, or choice of candidate. Democracy asks a lot of us!

Because most of us are consumed by the day-to-day demands of life, some may even decide to disengage entirely from the whole messy, anxiety-inducing process. Flooded from within by our own intense emotional responses and unshakable convictions that defy reason or that swamp our conscious thinking, we may even decide to cut ourselves off from our own inner political selves and passion for civic engagement. As understandable as that is, it would be a great shame for citizens to disengage from the very election process that ensures the continuity of our American democracy, as flawed, messy, chaotic, imperfect, corruptible, and unpredictable as it is.

That is why I’m launching this Study Guide. Based on material drawn from my book, America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture, it is my hope that this collection of interviews with 37 clinical psychologists, political psychologists, psychoanalysts, and Jungian psychoanalysts offering their profound, learned, and unexpected insights—on violence, guns, mass shootings and Hiroshima; our crisis around alcohol and drug addiction and the need to understand the underlying cultural and unconscious forces at play; our beloved but rapidly deteriorating environment and the changes we face if we are to survive; the strengths and flaws of our capitalist economic system and our rampant consumerism; the dangerous but also the positive aspects of political polarization, and psychological perspectives on American presidents, and the presidency; and, last, the archetypes and myths underlying the democratic principles of individualism, independence, and freedom that define the American soul, as well as how these myths are evolving into the next century—may offer a more thoughtful, conscious way to navigate the months leading up to the election.

Because America on the Couch is such an “idea rich” book, the Study Guide also provides an ideal opportunity for people to join together in study groups in a way that can help them digest this sumptuous feast of perspectives, as well as providing them an intimate venue to experience the election, and to explore the enormous issues facing the American public as our historic experiment in democracy continues into the 21st century.

The Study Guide will launch on March 1st, when I will send out an email to those who have written to let me know they’d like to participate. It will begin with a selection from the introduction and the first half of Chapter One, “Violence in America,” along with questions that will generate discussion. April will focus on the second half of Chapter One; and then discussion questions for the following consecutive chapters will be sent out each month. The last Study Guide will be sent out in November, post-election, with special questions and selections so that group members can bring their process to closure.

Here is the schedule:
March 1: Introduction and the first half of Chapter One: Violence in America.
April 1: The second half of Violence in America
May 1: Chapter Two: Addicted America
June 1: Chapter Three: America’s Vanishing Environment
July 1: Chapter Four: A Poverty of Meaning: Capitalism and Consumerism
August 1: Summer break
September 1: Chapter Five: Politics, Presidents, Power and Polarization
October 1: Chapter Six: The Soul of America: These are the Times that Try Men’s Souls
November 1: Concluding Questions to help participants integrate their feelings and responses to the country’s choice of its next new President; what this significant shift will involve; saying goodbye to President Obama; and the inevitable feelings of victory for one side and loss for the other.

And here is a list, in alphabetical order, of the psychohistorians, psychologists, psychoanalysts, and Jungian analysts whose ideas we’ll be studying in America on the Couch, and who act as our guides on this Dante’s journey of exploration through the American psyche: Stephen Aizenstat, John Beebe, Bonnie Bright, Gary S. Bobroff, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Philip Cushman, Larry Decker, Raymond De Young, Edward Edinger, Michael Eigen, Stephen J. Foster, Charles Grob, Bud Harris PhD, A. Chris Heath, James Hillman, Judith V. Jordan, Donald Kalsched, Robert J. Langs, Linda Schierse Leonard, Harriet Lerner, Robert Jay Lifton, A. Thomas McLellan, Thomas Moore, Ginette Paris, Mary Pipher, Ernest Rossi, Andrew Samuels, Erel Shalit, June Singer, Thomas Singer, Lawrence H. Staples, Murray Stein, Charles B. Strozier, Paul Wachtel, Karen B. Walant, Marion Woodman, and Luigi Zoja.

As the Study Guide is based on America on the Couch, that book will be required reading; American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country is suggested, but not necessary. Please write to me directly at if you’d like to participate in this study guide and form a group, but can’t afford a copy of America on the Couch.

I look forward to your responses, and to reaching out and joining with those I know and those I don’t know, and to also participating with individuals and groups via email over the coming months!

With all my best regards,