MICHAEL CONFORTI, Ph.D.
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 and Psyche.
Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in Mystic, CT, where he also serves as a state-appointed advisor to the Board of Psychoanalysts. 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.
RICK TARNAS, Ph.D.
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness. He has also taught archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from ancient Greek to the postmodern that became both a best seller and a required text in many universities; and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK. Formerly president of the International Transpersonal Association, Professor Tarnas frequently lectures at various June institutes and societies in the U.S. as well as at Eranos in Switzerland, and is on the Board of Governors of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
Jean-Francois is a clinical psychologist in Quebec. He was president of the Jungian society of Quebec for seven years and the animator and producer of the radio show Projections: Psychology and cinema about symbols in the movies. He is the author of five books including Necessary Chances, a bestselling book about synchronicity and Dancing with chaos about the Trickster archetype.
He is also an international lecturer and a musician.
LORALEE CONFORTI, MFA-IA
Loralee Conforti, MFA, is an artist, activist, author and educator with over two decades of leadership experience focused on creative transformation and innovative leadership. Her graduate studies focused on the interdisciplinary links between psychology, theology, philosophy, art history, brain science, creativity theory, and dance pedagogy.
Her most recent body of artistic work is focused on the global issue of human trafficking and tells the true story of a human trafficking victim as reported by Pulitzer Prize Winning author, Nicholas Kristoff in "Half The Sky." This original production, "SoulCry!" has resulted in the passage of anti-trafficking legislation as a result of Loralee's collaboration with the Troy, NY City Council. Loralee's work around this issue is featured as part of a compilation of research included in an academic text published by Routledge: "Grief and The Expressive Arts" authored by Robert Neimeyer and Barbara Thompson.
A certified MBTI Consultant and sought after public speaker, Loralee is currently consulting with Procter and Gamble in developing training programs to catalyze breakthrough creativity and organizationally sustainable transformation. Loralee has been a featured presenter for the Pennsylvania Governor's Council, The Butler Hospital Healing Arts Conference, The IAAP Art and Psyche Conference in Sicily, The Rhode Island Family Courts Anti-Trafficking Conference, the Unbound Washington, DC Anti-Trafficking Conference, the Journey Conference and many others.
PETER AMMANN, Ph.D.
Peter Ammann is a graduate of the University of Zürich (Ph.D., in musicology, history of religion and ethnology) and of the C.G.Jung-Institute Zürich. Jungian Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist SGAP, ASP. Practice in Zürich, Geneva and Aarau.
Lecturer, training analyst and supervisor at the International School for Analytical Psychology ISAP Zurich. Lecturing regularly in South Africa, UK and USA.
Peter Ammann is also a filmmaker. His documentaries includeSpirits of the Rocks, Hlonipa – Journey into Wilderness, Sandplay with Dora Kalff.
SILVIA BEHREND, D.Min, M.Div
Silvia Behrend is an Archetypal Pattern Analyst in Olympia, Wa. She graduated from the Assisi Institute with a focus on the Archetypal Field of Leadership. In her work as a minister, Dr. Behrend lectured widely on issues of social justice and led national workshops on creativity, worship and transformation. Her doctoral work focused on the transformational power of art in secular and religious institutions, and research was based on subject-centered pedagogy, depth psychology and a theology of relationship and creativity.
SUSAN ROWLAND, Ph.D.
Susan Rowland is Chair of the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life MA, at Pacifica University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle and her MA's from the University of London and Oxford University. She was the first Chair of the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS). She is author of many studies of Jung, literary theory and gender including C.G. Jung and Literary Theory (1999), Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002), Jung as a Writer (2005) and also edited Psyche and the Arts (2008). Another recent book is C.G. Jung and the Humanities (2010), showing how Jung's work is a response to the creative, psychological, spiritual, philosophical and ecological crises of our age. In 2012 her book, The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Complexity Evolution and Jung was published by Routledge, showing how the Jungian symbol is a portal to nature. Susan's work is not so much "about" Jung as an attempt to develop his special insights into myth, technology, the feminine, nature and the numinous for today's wounded world.
MA, CAGS LMHC APA
Sandra has a BFA from UMASS Dartmouth. She was a professional illustrator for many years and is still actively involved in painting and printmaking. In 2001 she obtained a graduate degree in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University in Newport RI where she also received an Advanced Graduate Degree in Mental Health, along with a certification as an Expressive Arts Facilitator.
Since 2005 Sandra has worked as a mental health clinician in The Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence RI, where she provides extended counseling as well as facilitates an Expressive Arts Therapy support group for women
diagnosed with cancer.
In 2009 Sandra received a certification as an Archetypal Pattern Analyst from the Assisi Institute in Brattleboro Vt.
Along with maintaining a private practice Sandra is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University as well as a senior faculty member of The Assisi Institute.