Course Syllabus: Kinship Libido and the Participation Mystique: Archetypes, Arts and the Body


Kinship Libido, our desire for connection and search for wholeness through relationship, is dramatically experienced through a collaborative weaving of the arts. Integrating Storytelling, Authentic Movement, Visual Arts, and Poetry, participants will explore the participation mystique/intersubjective field and discover how images hold not only the individual experience, but the collective and transcendent.

Bios for Presenters:

Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D., REAT, is co-founder of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and founding faculty member of Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Through teaching, consultation, writing and private practice, Kate’s life work for the past thirty years has been to create a marriage between Jungian theory and expressive arts therapy. Her personal experiences with sacred feminine in Southwest women’s art and West African dance have greatly informed her current work.

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., ADTR, is a Jungian psychotherapist and registered dance therapist in S.F. Past Co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley. She teaches in the Somatic Psychology doctoral program at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, the Marion Woodman Foundation, and other universities and healing centers. With three decades of clinical experience she leads workshops internationally integrating body-oriented, Jungian and creative arts therapy approaches to healing and transformation. She is a candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

Course Description

“In the deepest sense, we all dream not of ourselves, but out of what lies between us and the other.”

– C.G. Jung

Though the individuation journey asks each of us to open to the unknown and discover our wholeness, it does not occur in isolation. Kinship Libido, our desire for connection and search for wholeness through relationship, is most dramatically experienced in a collaborative weaving of the arts.

This workshop will invite participants to engage in an expressive arts approach, exploring the intersubjective relationship between the individual and the collective that Jung understood as the participation mystique. Through this experience we will discover what evokes and nourishes relationship, illuminating the power of creativity and the participation mystique in this transformative process. Beginning with storytelling evoked by sacred found objects, participants will investigate how images hold intrapsychic, interpersonal, and transpersonal meaning for the individual and for the group.

Concepts that will be examined include the participation mystique/intersubjective field, the power of images to evoke and explore the transcendent function, and a theoretical approach to weaving the arts into healing and transformative tapestries.

Participants, individually and through group interaction, will then apply these concepts in an experiential process integrating Authentic Movement, Visual Arts, and Poetry. A form of Jung’s active imagination, Authentic Movement invites a descent into the body and psyche within a safe environment; an opportunity to bring awareness, expression, and form to the soul’s deeper callings as they are expressed through natural movement.

Fresh from their own inner landscape, participants will discover how each person’s mysteries may have been revealed in the encounter with others and deepened through this interaction. Together, we will discover ways each individual informs the collective and the collective informs the individual in the vibrant web of life.

Reserved Books in the Library

The Psychology of Transference by C.G. Jung

The Interactive Field in Analysis, (ed.) Murray Stein (especially the article by Verena Kast on the” Concept of Participation”

Transference and Countertransference, (Eds.) Nathan Schwartz-Salant and Murray Stein

Creative Transformations, by Penny Lewis

Authentic Movement: Essays by Mary Stark Whitehouse, Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow, (ed.) Patrizia Pallaro

Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: the Moving Imagination, by Joan Chodorow

The Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy, (Eds.) Ellen and Steve Levine

Minstrels of Soul: Intermodal Expressive Therapy, by Paolo Knill, Margo Fuchs and Helen Nienhaus Barba


Course Readings

Chodorow, Joan, (1977). Dance therapy and the transcendent function.

Chodorow, Joan. (1991). Dance therapy and depth psychology: The moving
imagination. New York: Routledge.

_________. (Ed.). (1997). Jung on active imagination. Princeton, N.J.:
Princeton University Press.

Johnson, D. H. & I. J. Grand (Eds.), The Body in Psychotherapy. North
Atlantic Books and The California Institute of Integral Studies.

Knill, P.J., Barba, H.N. and Fuchs, M. N. (1995) Minstrels of Soul: Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Palmerston Press.

Levine, E. & S. (eds.), (1999) Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy. Philadelphia, PA. Jessica Kingsley.

Lewis, P. (1993). Creative Transformation: The Healing Power of the Arts. Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Press.

Lusebrink, V.B. (1990) Imagery and Visual Expression in Therapy. New York: Plenum Press.

McNiff, S. (1992). Art As Medicine. Boston: Shambhala Press.

McNiff, S, (1987). The Arts and Psychotherapy. Springfield, Illinois: Charles, C. Thomas.

Pallaro, Patrizia. (Ed.), (1999). Authentic movement: Essays by Mary
Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler, and Joan Chodorow. London: Jessica Kingsley

Robbins. A. (1994). A Multi-Modal Approach to Creative Art Therapy. Bristol, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Robbins, A. (ed.) (1998). Therapeutic Presence: Bridging Expression and Form. Philadelphia, PA. Jessica Kingsley Press.

Date ? Schwartz-Salant, Nathan & Murray Stein (Eds.), The body in analysis.
Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Publications.

Schwartz-Salant, N. and Stein, S. (1995). Transference and Countertransference. Wilmette Press: Chiron Press.

Stein, M. (1995). Jungian Analysis. London: Open Court (second edition).

Stein, M (ed.), The Interactive Field in Analysis. Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron Press.

Stein, M. (1998). Transformations: Emergence of the Self. College Station, Texas: Texas A & M University Press>

Whitehouse, Mary. (1995). The Tao of the body. In P. Pallaro (Ed.),