Seminar Dates and Locations      Articles      Joseph Campbell      Site Map      Search     

Invoking the Sage

Choosing to End Well

A six-hour course with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach

Course Description

This is an archived course that is not offered at this time. The description will be updated if presented in the future.

This course focuses on enriching the imagination to enhance the sense of fulfillment. It takes a Jungian view of the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging, with emphasis on how adapting to changes creatively can enhance emotional well-being. We will use elder stories, from Baba Yaga to Merlin to illustrate accepting unique qualities and awakening generativity. Topics include planning well for a rich inner life, and practical strategies for living in the deepest parts of ourselves in later years

Awareness of inner dramas and motivations can increase in later life. This enhanced level of self-knowledge is one of the benefits of age. Intentional openness to the stirrings of the unconscious can give rise to unexpected choices, and possibilities in maturity. Discussion also includes the importance of accepting one’s idiosyncratic qualities. Participants examine how maturation itself can be seen as a creative project.

This fulfills requirements for a course on Aging and Long-Term Care as mandated for Psychologists, MFTs, and LCSWs in California.

Learning Objectives

  • List how archetypal patterns shape maturity.

  • Identify how accepting changes and authenticity can aid fulfillment.

  • Explain how aging can deepen self-expression and relationships.

This seminar is taught at the introductory level and requires no advance preparation. However, participants are provided with a recommended reading list as part of their class materials.

CE Credit information

The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology.

The following CE credits are available:

  • Psychology, MFT, LCSW, NBCC : 6 CE hours

  • Nursing : 7 hours

Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Center courses meet the requirements in most states. Contact us if you need more information about receiving credit in your state.

How to Register

  1. Select a seminar location from the Current Seminar Dates and Locations

  2. Register online or call the Center


Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist (PSY10231) who consults with organizational leaders and creative artists, especially filmmakers. As a professor, he created and chaired the doctoral level department of mythological studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. His background includes assisting mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and serving as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library.

Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891 is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy. She gives presentations on creativity as inner work at major conferences, and lectures widely on psychological dimensions of expressive writing. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with seriously mentally ill patients.

Other presentations on Mythic Stories

Dr. Young also gives frequent media interviews, public talks, workshops, and in-service trainings throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Asian woman, crone

Wisdom of the Crone

Day Schedule

Checking-in begins at 9:30 a.m. - Seminar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

9:30 Check-in begins.

10:00 - The sage, magician, and trickster archetypes

11:15 - Break (approximate time)

11:30 - Opening to new perspectives as the years pass

12:30 - Lunch Break

- On your own, please return on time

1:30 - Accepting surprises, challenges, losses, fragility, quirks

2:30 - Break (approximate time)

2:40 - How emerging archetypal roles build social connections

3:50 - Break (approximate time)

4:00 - Deepening, centering, and mentoring in later years

5:00 - Course concludes - Be sure to sign out

Selections from the Reading List

Bolen, Jean Shinoda (2003) Crones Don't Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women. York Beach, Maine: Red Wheel/Weiser

Bolen, Jean Shinoda (1998) Close to the Bone. New York: Scribner

Bolen, Jean Shinoda (1995) Crossing to Avalon: A Woman's Midlife Pilgrimage. New York: Harper San Francisco

Brewi, Janice and Brennan, Anne (1988) Mid-Life Spirituality and Jungian Archetypes. York Beach, Maine: Nicolas-Hays

Chinen, Allan B. (1989) Once upon a Midlife: Classic Stories and Mythic Tales to Illuminate the Middle Years. Wilmette, IL: Chiron

Chinen, Allan B. (1989) In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life. Wilmette, IL: Chiron

Corlett, Eleanor Nancy B. Millner (1993) Navigating Midlife: Using Typology As a Guide. . Palo Alto, CA: Davies-Black Publishing

Dass, Ram (2000) Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying. New York:Riverhead

DeSalvo, Louise (1999) Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives. New York: Harper San Francisco

Hillman, James (1999) The Force of Character: And the Lasting Life. New York: Random House

Hillman, James (1979) Puer Papers Putnam, CT: Spring Publications

Hollis, James (2000) Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path . Toronto: Inner City Books

Hollis, James (1993) The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife. Toronto: Inner City Books

Hollis, James (1996) Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places. Toronto: Inner City Books

Luke, Helen M. (1987) Old Age: Journey into Simplicity. New York: Parabola

Millner, Nancy Bost (1998) Creative Aging: Discovering the Unexpected Joys of Later Life Through Personality Type. Palo Alto, California: Davies-Black

Metzger, Deena (1992) Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds. New York: Harper San Francisco

Moore, Thomas (2004) Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals. New York: Harper Collins

Pretat, Jane R. (1994) Coming To Age: The Croning Years and Late-Life Transformation. Toronto: Inner City Books

Stein, Murray (1983) In Midlife: A Jungian Perspective, Putnam, CT: Spring Publications

Woodman, Marion (2002) The Crown of Age: The Rewards of Conscious Aging. (audio cassette). Louisville, CO: Sounds True

Woodman, Marion (2001) Bone. New York: Penguin Books