Special Events

UPCOMING Summer Alchemy weekend:

Living the Rosarium: Reflections on the Entire Series


August J. Cwik, Psy.D.

June 22, 23, 24, 2018

Jung outlined his view of the transference situation in his essay “The Psychology of the Transference.” Using a series of alchemical plates from the Rosarium Philosophorum, he explicated the basic form and vicissitudes of the analytic relationship. Jung used the first ten plates of the series for this purpose. His fundamental insight was that a “third thing” was formed in deep relationship, an “analytic third” is created in depth work that becomes the object of the analysis.   Associative Dreaming (Cwik, 2011) is the mental activity going on in the therapist for grasping the intersubjective and inter-imaginal communications of countertransference reactions. Reverie and active imagination will be discussed as a way of attaining access to, and working with, the analytic third. An “analytic compass” is created, guided by the anima mundi, which points the way in any given analytic moment and eventually leads to the individuation of both members of the analytic couple.  There is a second series of ten plates, which, inexplicably, Jung found less interesting. He once stated that the dynamics appearing in the second series only could be accomplished outside of the analytic situation. We will focus on psychological meaning of the entire series as the establishment and fate of this analytic third, the dynamics of any long term intimate relationship; individuation that occurs after the termination of analysis; an individual’s inner relationship to intrapsychic contents via dreams and active imagination; and a particular type of analysis that has changed in focus to become a “symbolic friendship.”


Location: Hyatt Place Hotel 2280 Junction Place, Boulder 80301

Reduced room rates available for out of town guests

Dates: June 22, 23, 24, 2018 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Friday 4:00-8:00 pm

Saturday 9:00-5:00 pm.

Sunday Colloquium 9:00-1:00 pm (Clinicians and non-analysts only).


Cost: $350.00 (Friday and Saturday) **Add Sunday Colloquium $125. ***Full weekend $475.00

$200. Deposit reserves your slot. **Non-refundable after April 30th, 2018. Payments made to BAJA. 

Open to Boulder Jung Seminar Participants, IRSJA Training Candidates, Jungian training candidates from other institutes, and any psychotherapist/analyst interested in alchemy, transference/countertransference, and the intersecting relationships to analytical psychology. 


Nora Swan-Foster, Seminar Coordinator 303-440-4000 or nora@swanfoster.com.

Send check deposits to 1137 Pearl Street Suite 205 Boulder 80302

Eligible for 16 professional development credits



Past Events:


A Friday Afternoon with Daniel Shaw:  “Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation”

Open to the public:

Please join us for a special afternoon with Daniel Shaw, author and New York Psychoanalyst. Dan will speak about traumatic narcissism, what it looks like, where we find it in cults, in training Institutes, and how it affects our patients.

Dan will discuss his patient, Alan, who was raised by an extraordinarily narcissistic mother and a mostly absent, mysterious father. Through examining his relationship with Alan, as it unfolded in the clinical setting, Dan developed his ideas about the traumatizing narcissist’s relational system, and the ways in which that dynamic is echoed in transference/countertransference configurations. An unusual aspect of the work, as it developed with Alan, was the extent to which Dan realized how much Alan’s struggles mirrored his own. Through his relational work with Alan, Dan also realized a powerful means to deeper self-understanding.  Their work illustrates an important principle of relational psychoanalysis, which is that if the analyst wishes to promote growth and change in his patients, he must be open to how each patient challenges the analyst to change and grow. Participants will discuss the issues raised both in small groups, and in conversation with Dan.


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Daniel Shaw LCSW is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and in Nyack, New York. Originally trained as an actor at Northwestern University and with the renowned teacher Uta Hagen in New York City, Dan later worked as a missionary for an Indian guru. His eventual recognition of cultic aspects of this organization led him to become an outspoken activist in support of individuals and families traumatically abused in cults. Simultaneous with leaving this group, Dan began his training in the mental health profession, quickly becoming a faculty member and supervisor at NIP in New York, publishing papers in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and most recently, his book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, for the Relational Perspectives Series, Routledge. Dan also teaches at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and is Adjunct Clinical Supervisor for the Smith College School of Social Work.

Date:             Friday October 13th 2017

Time:             2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Place:             Hyatt Place Hotel, 2280 Junction Place, Boulder, CO 80301 Cost:              $75.00           Early Registration by September 15th 2017 $55.00 Send payment to Nora Swan-Foster, 1137 Pearl Street Suite 205 Boulder CO 80302 More information 303-440-4000 or noraswanfoster@comcast.net Certificate of Attendance will be provided.