Communing With The Spirits: 

A Jungian Approach to the Healing Practices of Caribbean Culture

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

July 25-29, 2019 

12 Continuing Education Credits for Psychotherapists

New Orleans is unquestionably one of the most distinctive cities in the U.S.

If you’re ready to step into the heart of vibrant healing practices, re-enchant your life, and unearth New Orleans’ spiritual treasures, then join Jungian analyst, Constance Romero, and international psychotherapist, Dr. Leslee Brown, on this unique experience to awaken your senses! 

A Jungian psychological approach to the spiritual practice of Caribbean culture. 

Come feed your body, mind and soul with the unique cuisine, culture and vibrant spirituality of the city of New Orleans!  

Often referred to as the northernmost Caribbean city, New Orleans is not only famous for jazz, Mardi Gras, and some of the tastiest, most creative food in the world, but it is also one of the few places you can experience the vibrant spiritual healing practices of Caribbean culture first-hand.  

On this illuminating journey, we will explore the extraordinary roots of spiritual practice as it was transported from Africa to South America, the Caribbean, and New Orleans.  

New Orleans' unique spiritual practices are accepting of all faiths, races, and creeds. These practices were also used to help heal the city of New Orleans after the devastation of hurricane Katrina.

Together we will explore the pantheon of gods and goddesses, their archetypal patterns, and how they manifest in ceremonial practice as well as our daily lives. We will gather each morning in a specially created dream matrix for the practice of Social Dreaming which furthers our capacity for individual and community healing. 

It’s early morning and the first rays of light are trickling through the shutters of your antique filled luxurious hotel in the quiet residntial section of The French quarter. Looking around, you smile as you recall your day and the symbols of your dream world.

This looks Amazing, yes sign me up!

Why should you join us?

• To get acquainted with or further your understanding of key Jungian ideas. 

• We create our itineraries to give you, the dedicated mental health professional, the chance to let go and restore yourself while also embarking on an unparalleled immersive, psychological and spiritual experience. 

• Our expert, multi-cultural instructors come from a variety of depth psychology approaches and are uniquely qualified to help you access the most personally enlivening, authentically felt experience of self and place possible.  

• New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage and sensuous atmosphere is the perfect place to unwind and deepen your experience of Archetypes; your understanding of the Individuation process; the nature of the personal and cultural Shadow; as well as unlocking your creative potential through the process of Active Imagination.  

• This spiritually enlivening sojourn in New Orleans is like no other! Here you will have the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant soul of New Orleans while receiving a world-class trans-disciplinary educational experience! 

• New Orleans is a historic matrix of some of the most complex, timely and important socio-cultural issues of our time. It’s multi-ethnic population, famous musical heritage, creative cuisine, and spiritually vibrant atmosphere make it one of the most relevant and desirable destinations today.  


Accommodations

Savor what New Orleans has to offer in a unique blend of cultures, jazz, blues and mouth watering cuisine. We’ll begin our trip in the heart of New Orleans. 

We will have a chance to get to know each other and indulge our senses at our 4-star French Quarter Hotel.

This historic boutique hotel offers lovely antique, well-appointed rooms that will have you feeling pampered from the moment you step inside! Rooms have charming 19th century touches, like exposed brick, fireplaces, chandeliers, and antique armoires. Beds are comfortable and the quilts are divine.

This small French Quarter hotel feels peaceful, and more secluded than its central location would let on, thanks to its bricked courtyards, lush tropical plants, and two saltwater pools.

Remember all profound spiritual journeys must include indulgent nurturing to feed body, mind and soul!

The hotel although conveniently located near all the desirable historic and tourist attractions of downtown New Orleans, also offers its visitors the serenity and unique style reserved for the private, residential section of the French Quarter.

The Cuisine

Locals in New Orleans, say, "we don't eat to live. We live to eat!" 

New Orleans is known for its amazing and diverse cuisine world wide. New Orleans is a city filled with iconic dishes, like gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and sno-balls. They are dishes that define this city’s culture.

The sweet smell of Calas, a traditional New Orleans breakfast food, beckons you. Breakfast never looked, smelled and tasted so good! The locals , friendly as they are, start telling you the story of the delicous breakfast you are about to eat.

Between classic Creole cuisine, rustic country Cajun cooking, classic soul food, and the culinary stylings of waves of immigrants—Haitian, Irish, Sicilian, and more recently, Vietnamese and Latin American—New Orleans is a town where food is the common thread. It's the main event of every interaction and it reflects it's history—both past and present.

Our time together has been carefully crafted with attention to detail and the restaurants where we will dine together are no exception: hand-selected for their local, seasonal, chef-driven offerings. These restaurants are sure to awaken your soul! 


Your Lecturers

Constance Evans Romero, LPC., LMFT 

Constance Romero is a Jungian analyst with over 25 years experience in private practice and several years as a psychoanalytic supervisor. She is also a Senior Training Analyst with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, a core faculty member of the New Orleans Jungian Seminar and a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She has a prior professional background in theater as an actor and director and lectures nationally and internationally on the interface between Depth Psychology and the Arts. Recent presentations include papers delivered at the Freud Museum in London on The Ecstatic in Classical Greece and Depth Psychology and at the Jung Institute in Zurich on Performance and the Power of Transcendent Function in Troubled Times. Recent publications include articles in The Journal of Analytical Psychology (2017), the International Journal of Jungian Studies (2016) and Psychological Perspectives (2007). She lives and works in New Orleans.

Dr. Leslee Brown, PhD

Dr. Brown is President and Director of Mind Body Passport Inc. designing and leading international trips for adult professionals, offering continuing education credits worldwide. Dr. Brown's interests are multi-faceted, engaging topics of psychology, culture, art, psychoanalysis and social dreaming. She is passionate about weaving many disciplines and interests together and creating an atmosphere of growth and learning. Travel opens ones mind and creates change bringing new pwerspectives on living life. She also served as The Director of International Seminars and Gastprofessor at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna. International psychology and developing “psychologists without borders” has become her focus. Dr. Brown has been in private practice for over twenty years, has been a research psychologist for The Neurologic Institute and has served on faculty at UCLA Medical School teaching psychology and rapport building techniques to medical students. Dr. Brown was also assistant professor at The Chicago School and Director of Centers for International Studies. Leslee lives and works part time in in Los Angeles, part time in Paris, and the rest of the time is traveling the world.

Shukrani Gray, MS, MLIS Shukrani is the Creator of “Spiritual Tools – Part 1 and Part 2” Her vast experience and knowledge of Caribbean healing practices. She brings an authenticity to our experience together. She is a spiritual counselor, and works one-to- one with clients in private consultation. Her twenty five plus years of kowledge, research and experience ranges from:African Dance, Music,Song andFolklore–Senegal, Mali, Guinea West Africa; African Spirituality–Lukumi, SunniIslam; African Cultural Practices–Wolof, Djola; Senegal and West Africa.


Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, July 25 - Arrivals; New Orleans. Exploring New Orleans, general meet and welcome, relax and unwind in our hotel! Explore history and culture of the city - 8 p.m. Group dinner (included). We will take a leisurely evening stroll in the French Quarter followed by dinner at a specially selected local restaurant featuring delicious regional dishes. Get your gumbo on! Professional introductions and overview, review goals for the overall program, look at our schedule. Over dinner we will get to know one another and have a fascinating discussion  

Day 2: Friday, July 26 - 7 a.m. Breakfast (Included) - 8:00-9:00 am - Social Dreaming (Dr. Leslee Brown) Lecture, setting the foundation and Social Dreaming Group. - 9:00 a. m.- 1:00 p. m. A Jungian depth psychological approach to the spiritual practice of Caribbean cultures. In this discussion you will learn about the extraordinary roots and evolution of the spiritual and healing practices of the Caribbean, to its creative home in New Orleans. We will also explore the pantheon of Vodou gods and goddesses, their archetypal patterns and how they manifest in the practice of spiritual healing and the therapeutic process.The dramatic nature of possession and its place in psychological life will be a central theme in our time together. (Constance Romero) - 1:00-2:30 p. m. Lunch as a group (not included) Lunch at Coop’s Place, an authentic New Orleans Dionysian dive with the best jambalaya ever! Within walking distance of our hotel. - 2:30- 4:30 p. m. Walking tour of Jackson Square and the French Quarter followed by a visit to Vodou Authentica, a museum and apothecary. (included) - 4:30 p. m.- 8:00 p. m. On your own free time - 8:00 p. m. Dinner (not included) at another select local restaurant to continue our sampling of savory local cuisine. We will then take a short ride to experience one of New Orleans most unique, vibrant musical venues.  

Day 3: Saturday, July 27 - 7 a.m. Breakfast - 8-9 a.m. Social Dreaming Group - 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Seminar (Dr. Leslee Brown and Constance Romero) - 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Group lunch at the local organic restaurant (not Included) - 2:00 p.m- 4:00 p.m. Visit to Island of Salvation Botanica, we will explore Island of Salvation Botanica with it’s various spiritual and herbal healing practices meant for individuals and communities. - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. On your own to explore, free time - 8:00 p.m. Dinner and saturday night in New Orleans! Come dance and celebrate at famous local venue, The Rock-n-Bowl. (not included)  

Day 4: Sunday, July 28 - 7 a.m. Breakfast - 8-9 a.m. Social Dreaming Group - 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Multi-media presentation: “Erotic City Come Alive: Performance and the Power of the Transcendent Function in Troubled Times” by Constance Romero, Jungian Analyst. Building on our experience of the performative nature of Vodou, we will take a look at the power of artistic performance to create social change. Jung’s idea of the Transcendent Function is explored as a means of radical hope for both the individual and the collective. We will also explore the way in which the roots of Vodou came alive in the life of an American artist. (included) - 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Tap into your creativity and explore emergent archetypal patterns as we participate in the healing activity of building our own altar in preparation to meet the spirits! (Constance Romero) (included). You will build, create and curate an altar for individuation and personal transformation. Your altar for individuation may address the archetypal energy you want to invite into your life. - 1-6 p.m. Optional: Not just a tour... It's an adventure! Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime? We will go on a private boat just for our group for a New Orleans swamp tour through authentic Louisiana Bayous and Swamps. (not included) Or you can choose to have a long leisurely lunch, shopping, free time on your own (not included) - 6-8:00 p.m. Debrief and discussion of experience - 8:00 p.m. Group farewell Dinner (included) 

Day 5: Monday, July 29 - Departures 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the Program Director. 


What will you gain by attending?  

• Attendees will be able to define and apply the Jungian concept of Active Imagination both as a healing tool for themselves as well as in clinical practice and community settings. • Participants will be able to identify and discuss the Jungian concept of the Transcendent Function and its relevance to the creation of religious myth and the process of Individuation. • Participants will be able to identify and discuss the Jungian concept of archetypes; their function in clinical settings, their appearance in social dynamics and their role in individual development. • Participants will be able to identify and discuss the psychological aspects of the practice of Vodou including its performative, syncretic and communal dynamics. • Attendees will be able to name and utilize the concept of syncretism, and it’s relevance to spiritual and psychological life as well as in the creation of Vodou. • Attendees will be able to name, link and discuss the performative, healing aspects of Vodou and their counterparts in current clinical practice


What's Included

Seminars, accommodations (shared, single supplement available), all breakfasts, welcome dinner, farewell dinner, all tours and cultural/ museum visits.

COST: $2,195  

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$350 deposit, followed by 5 payments of $369

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Single supplement: $354

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You may qualify for PAY PAL credit: no interest and no finance charges for 6 months!  

Want your trip for free? Gather six people who sign up for the course, and we’ll give you yours for FREE! (Must be for the same trip; neither free trips nor paid trips include air, airport transfers or incidentals.)

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