The McMillan Institute

McMillan LionWe are thrilled and deeply honored to announce the founding of The Frank N. McMillan, Jr., Institute of Jungian Studies at The Jung Center. The Institute hosts local and online educational experiences that advance C.G. Jung’s exploration of the frontiers of the human soul.

The son of a rancher in rural Milam County, Texas, Frank McMillan, II, once wrote a friend that “Jung saved my life.” A chance encounter with the artist Forrest Bess, in a diner on Matagorda Bay in 1954, led McMillan to a lifelong passion for Jung’s thought and an uncompromising pursuit of the authentically examined life. As he wrote, “The great contribution of Jung is not that his ideas form any final explanation . . . but that they are penetrating insights that open doors and lead the way for further elaboration and understanding.”

The Jung Center shares this passion. At the heart of our mission is the belief that compassionate, ethical action in the world depends on knowing oneself. We create community best when we are able to discern our unconscious motivations and recollect our projections onto others. And each of us must walk our own paths – no one can tell us who we are or what we must be in the world.

The McMillan Institute features lectures, workshops, conferences, and other learning opportunities, many of which will also be available online in the coming years. It is also the new home of the Fay Lectures, which for more than two decades have spotlighted the most innovative scholars in analytical psychology from around the world. These honorary lectures are presented annually and are published by Texas A&M Press. More information about the next Fay Lectures, featuring Tom Elsner, will be available soon.

Read the story behind Frank N. McMillan III’s inspiration to create this institute in honor of his father.


The Jung Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Escamilla, MD, as its first McMillan Institute Scholar.  In January of 2016, Dr. Escamilla will begin coordinating The Fay Lectures, editing The Fay Lecture book series, and curating and creating content for The Jung Page, an extensive collection of resources for students, scholars, and all others with an interest in depth psychology.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Escamilla on his appointment!

A link to the full press release regarding Michael Escamilla’s appointment can be found here.


Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
John Price
Four Tuesdays, Sep 5 – 26
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$135 ($125 Jung Center Members)
6 CE Hours

That title got your attention, didn’t it? Often thought of as taboo, these topics command a great deal of psychic energy that vacillates between attraction and repulsion. Sex can be an expression of love, or a platform for power and objectification. Drugs can cure illness, alleviate suffering, and aid in personal transformation, or lead to escapism and addiction. Rock & Roll may represent an attitude of freedom, or an unhealthy departure from fundamental collective values. In this course, we will look closely at these topics and our projections. Perhaps their allure is actually beckoning us to find the sacred in what is deemed profane.

Lunch with C.G. Jung: A FREE Course in Dreams
Virginia Angel
Four Fridays, Sep 8 – 29
12 – 1pm
1 CE Hour per session ($10 processing fee)

Bring your lunch and nourish your mind in this series of fun and easy introductions to Jungian psychology. This semester we will focus on the topic of dreams. Through lecture, discussion, visual aids, and examples, we will gain a better understanding of the nature of dreams and the purpose of dreaming. Beverages will be provided.

Look Deeper: A Reading Group
Sean Fitzpatrick
Three Fridays, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17
12 – 1 pm
1 CE Hours ($10 processing fee)

Join us for this free lunchtime reading group, facilitated by Sean Fitzpatrick. Each month, we will read and discuss a different essay on Jung and analytical psychology. Drop in at any time; no prior participation in the group is necessary. Contact Elissa Davis at for the monthly reading.

The Poem as Day Dream
J. Pittman McGehee
Three Wednesdays, Sep 20 – Oct 4
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$100 ($90 members)
4.5 CE Hours
NOTE: Pittman McGehee will teach this class live from Austin. This class will only be available for viewing at The Jung Center. The technology will allow for discussion between Dr. McGehee and the students.

Experience how the sublimity of poetry can provide insights into the structure and dynamics of the psyche. According to Jung, poetry was a significant means for understanding the soul and the symbolic life. In this course, Dr. McGehee will read from two volumes of his own writing to illustrate poetry’s vital function as a vehicle for perceiving the nature of psyche and symbol.

We Sing the Body Electric: An Authentic Movement Retreat
Michele Lees
Friday and Saturday, Sep 22 and 23
9am – 4:30 pm
$285 ($255 Jung Center Members)
12 CE Hours
Lunch is included in registration fee

Discover the embodied response that lies beneath your conscious awareness. Authentic movement, grounded in the disciplines of movement therapy and depth psychology, is a unique moving meditation that leads to a greater understanding of the relationship between your conscious and unconscious self. The process operates in automatic, immediate, and effortless ways, and provides deep attunement to body sensations and the creative process. Wear comfortable clothing. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

How Science and Psychology Can Redeem the Future: Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli
J. Gary Sparks
Four Tuesdays, Oct 3 – 24
6 – 7:30 pm
$135 ($125 members)
6 CE Hours
NOTE: Distinguished Jungian analyst, author, and accomplished teacher J. Gary Sparks will teach this class live from Indianapolis. This class will only be available for viewing at The Jung Center. The technology will allow for discussion between Mr. Sparks and the students.

Will science birth world-annihilating catastrophe? This is the question that haunted Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli after the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1932, Pauli consulted C.G. Jung in a state of personal distress. He returned to Jung in 1946, to discuss the carnage of history and his dreams that followed World War II. Pauli’s dreams, and his relationship with C.G. Jung, have much to teach us about how the conversation between science and psychology can change the future of civilization and our planet.


The Bushman Healer: Initiation and Individuation
Lynne Radomsky
LECTURE: Friday, Oct 13
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours
WORKSHOP: Saturday, Oct 14
10 am – 4 pm
$100 ($90 members)
4.5 CE Hours

Discover the cosmology and sacred rites of the Bushman of the Kalahari Desert, whose origins can be traced back two hundred thousand years to the first humans, and two million years to Homo erectus. Jungian analyst Lynne Radomsky, an initiated Zulu healer who has had direct and personal experiences within the communities of indigenous healers in Southern Africa, will guide us through the belief systems, initiation rituals, and ceremonial dances of the Bushman healer. We will examine these ceremonies through the lens of depth psychology and Jung’s theory of individuation, as these rites both initiate and fulfill personal transformation for the Bushman.

Sacrifice: An Enduring Power of La traviata
Gretchen Heyer
Thursday, Oct 19
6:30 – 8 pm
$20 ($15 JC and HGO members)
1.5 CE hours

We are surrounded by the pervasive myth that if we want something or someone, we can work to get it. Yet sacrifice holds within it the give and take of life, the exchanges of energy, and the choices we make. This lecture weaves around questions of what is sacrificed, why it is sacrificed, and what this can mean at an internal, symbolic level. Using opera themes, images, and discussion — along with the work of thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, and Judith Butler — we will explore the necessary (and sometimes unnecessary) work of sacrifice.

Beyond the Horoscope: A Jungian Perspective on Astrology and Archetypes
Jennifer Embry and Lilly Roddy
LECTURE: Friday, Oct 20
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours
WORKSHOP: Saturday, Oct 21
10 am – 3 pm
$90 ($80 members)
4 CE Hours

What, if anything, is the significance of the configuration of the constellations at the time of our birth? In The Visions Seminars, C.G. Jung called astrology “the projected psychology of the unconscious.” Jung’s notion of synchronicity suggests that the movements of the constellations throughout our lifetime could coincide with deeper dynamics underpinning our collective environment, the emergence of world events, and our individual life trajectories. In Friday evening’s conversational lecture, we will discuss the cycles of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. We will then explore the archetypal motifs associated with these planets and how they might reflect our psychological development. On Saturday, we will look at midlife from a Jungian perspective and examine the cycles of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in participants’ individual birth charts.

Fairy Tales: Why Are They Still Vital?
José Leal
Saturday, Oct 28
1 – 4 pm
$65 ($55 members)
3 CE Hours

Have you noticed the re-emergence of fairy tales in contemporary films, television shows, and books? Why do these stories from long ago still affect us? And why are they so prevalent now? In this workshop, we will look at fairy tales through a Jungian lens and discuss basic archetypes to help us understand our culture’s current fascination with these stories. Myths about petrification (turning into stone) will be discussed and applied to each participant’s life, and the workshop will close with an active imagination exercise to integrate the experience.

A Re-Membered Past: The Sephardic Presence in South Texas
Anna Guerra
Thursday, Nov 2
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours

Join us this All Souls’ Day – a time of year when tradition honors our ancestors – to remember the Sephardi (Jews from the Iberian Peninsula) and their presence in South Texas. Presenter Anna Guerra, drawing upon her own ancestry which also exists in the backgrounds of many contemporary Tejanos, will trace how Sephardic people settled in Texas following the expulsion of Jews from Spain in the fifteenth century. This lecture explores the Carvajal family, whose history includes conquistadores, Crypto- Jews, Jewish martyrs, “converso” priests, and a tragic but poignant end during the Mexican Inquisition. These fascinating historical events remind us of a narrative of intolerance and survival replayed throughout human history.

Dreamwork and the Tension of Love and Power
Carolyn Bates
Friday, Nov 3
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$25 ($20 members)
3 CE Hours

Is the tension between power and love at the core of most conflict, be it intrapsychic, interpersonal, familial, or sociopolitical? Jung described the need to understand this “old truth” of force and love, each the shadow of the other, if we are to live more deeply integrated and meaningful lives. This experiential workshop will combine lecture, film, writing, dream sharing, and discussion to explore how dreamwork can offer a rich and vital contribution to our clinical work by helping us better understand this tension of opposites and its effects on our clients’ lives.

Popcorn Psychology: Let’s All Go to the Movies
Sean Fitzpatrick
Four Tuesdays, Nov 7 – 28
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$135 ($125 members)
6 CE Hours

Grab some popcorn and discover how film and psychology go together like Mike and Ike. It is no accident that the movies came of age alongside the new discipline of psychology. Both examined the human experience in new and innovative ways, inventing vocabularies and techniques that continue to create our culture and our very perceptions of ourselves. We will watch portions of four movies in class and explore how psychology can inform our film watching – and how the art of film can teach us about human nature.

Holy Molé!: Cooking, Alchemy, and Individuation
Susan Negley
LECTURE: Friday, Dec 1
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours
WORKSHOP: Saturday, Dec 2
10 am – 4 pm
$100 ($90 members)
4.5 CE Hours

Explore the individuation process as expressed in the metaphors of cooking, food, and feasting with Jungian analyst and French-trained chef Susan Negley. Friday evening, Susan will discuss how mastery in the culinary arts, much like Jung’s study of alchemy, enhanced her understanding of psychological development and spiritual transformation. On Saturday, Susan will use lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises to delve further into the symbolic significance of cooking and eating with the hope that the use of these plainspoken metaphors will add spice and sustenance to the oftentimes esoteric topic of alchemy.