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Dr. Leonard to Present ‘The Art of Aging’ Lecture & Workshop this May

  • The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland 21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122) (map)

Where do we look for inspiration as we age in a culture bound to youth and materialism? What are the limitations of aging and the possibilities? Through “The Art of Aging,” Dr. Leonard will explore the various themes – including finite, time, death, remembering, despair, hope and the creative challenge of gains – plus, explore various archetypal patterns in our attitude toward changing. 

Cost: $25 for members / $30 for non-members

CEUs: 2 CEUs are available for Friday’s lecture (an additional $10)

Lecture Description:

Dr. Leonard will focus on three phases that we experience during the aging process. She’ll present a description of each phase accompanied by examples from others and herself, plus examples from film that show some of these issues in each phase. Dr. Leonard also will look at the archetypal structure in the psyche that is relevant to the aging process. She’ll present some current day definitions of aging in contrast with the original etymological meaning of the word “old.”

Lecture Objectives:

1. Understand phases and challenges of the aging process.

2. Discover how films can help people identify and understand issues in aging.


Date: 5/31/2014

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $85 for members / $95 for non-members

CEUs: 4.5 CEUs are available for Saturday’s Workshop (an additional $25)

Event Location: The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
(21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122)

Workshop Description: The Workshop will offer possibilities for further discussion of the material presented in the lecture, an experiential writing exercise in which each person can focus on their own issues with aging, and break-out groups designed to help us dialogue about our experiences with more awareness. In the workshop, participants will be encouraged to share their ideas, experiences and dreams as they’ve gone through the aging process.

Workshop Objectives:

1.  Learn to apply this material to one's own life.

2.  Discover how to help others – clients and groups – to understand the phenomenon of aging and apply it to their lives.

3.  Learn an exercise designed to help bring up aging issues and to discuss them with others.

Linda Leonard, a Jungian analyst trained in Zurich and also was trained while there by existential psychiatrist Medard Boss. She received a diploma from the original Zurich Institute in 1972. She is a founding member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is an internationally renowned author, lecturer and workshop presenter.

Her books include The Wounded WomanOn the Way to the WeddingWitness to the FireMeeting the MadwomanFollowing the Reindeer Woman and The Call to Create. 

She’s also written a number of articles, including two specifically about films Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique and Malick's The Tree of Life. These film essays were published by Spring Journal.

She has taught philosophy at California State University, San Diego, and the University of Colorado, Denver. Her doctorate degree is in philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. She also has worked as a newspaper reporter.

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