The Assisi Institute
Located in the beautiful coastal community of Mystic, CT, the Assisi Institute is an educational center dedicated to the study and application of Archetypal Pattern Analysis. Founded in 1989 by Michael Conforti, Ph.D., the Institute has become an international focal point for leading thinkers and groundbreaking conversation on the relationship between psyche and matter, the work of C.G. Jung, discoveries in the new sciences, and the eternal truth of the world's great wisdom traditions.
Our faculty and student body consist of pioneers from disciplines as diverse as Jungian psychology, biophysics, theology, government, education, cinema, and the arts. This prolific group has published more than 3,000 books and articles, and continues to hold academic and governmental positions around the world.
Contact us at:
Phone: (860) 415-5004
Loralee Scott-Conforti, Executive Director
Loralee Scott-Conforti brings over two decades of leadership experience focused on creative transformation and program development in leadership, education, organizations and the arts. Her body of original artistic work encompasses a multi-disciplinary approach to dance, education and social activism.
Her award winning choreography has been showcased in a wide variety of venues from professional showings to art museums, to outdoor festivals.
Her most recent body of work is focused on the global issue of human trafficking and tells the true story of a human trafficking victim as reported by Putlizer Prize Winning author, Nicholas Kristoff in "Half The Sky." This original production, "SoulCry!" is touring colleges and universities and has resulted in the on-going creative collaboration with the Russell Sage College, Sage Graduate School and community legislators and NGO's in bringing this work into their curriculum as well as launching community based efforts aimed at prevention and research regarding rehabilitation for the victims traumatized by this 32 billion dollar criminal industry. Loralee's work around this issue will be featured as part of a compilation of research included in a soon to be released academic book published by Routledge: "Grief, Trauma and The Expressive Arts" authored by Robert Neimeyer and Barbara Thompson. Loralee is completing her MFA at Goddard College with a focus on inter-disciplinary art as a catalyst for personal and collective creative transformation and as a psycho/social indicator of the collective.
Dr. Michael Conforti
Dr. Michael Conforti is a Jungian analyst and the founder and Director of The Assisi Institute. He has been a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute - Boston, the C.G Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England.
A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute - Zurich and Jungian organizations in Venezuela, Denmark, Italy and Canada. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and
Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature andPsyche. His articles have appeared in Psychological Perspectives, San Francisco Jung Library Journal, Roundtable Press, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and Spring.
Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in Vermont, where he also serves as a state-appointed advisor to the Board of Psychoanalysts. He provides his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions,
and the film industry. He has served as script consultant on the recently released film, Pride and Glory. He has also been asked to consult on the application of field theory to the understanding and resolution of international
border disputes. He was selected by The Club of Budapest and the University of Potsdam to be part of a 20 member international team of physicists, biologists,
and dynamical systems theorists to examine the role and influence of informational fields. He is a recipient of the Vision Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Conforti is a Senior Fellow of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. He is currently working on a new book, Hidden Presence: Archetypes, Spells, Possessions and the Complex
Dr. Conforti's Availability:
* On-site Consultations
*Trainings (Individual and Staff)
*The Role of Initial Conditions in Forecasting the Future of a Project
*Generating Coherence in Teams and Project Initiatives
Christopher Peknic, Director of Studies
Christopher Peknic is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst and Dream Pattern Analyst. Chris possesses two Masters degrees; an MSW in Clinical Therapy from Fordham University and an MPA in Management from New York University. Chris’ professional experience includes twenty plus years of counseling in various modalities and contract negotiations with Fortune 500 corporations.
In his role as Director of Student Resources, Chris will provide students the necessary resources and support to achieve the maximum benefit and development from the Archetypal Pattern Analysis (APA) Program.