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.


An Introduction to Jung’s Red Book
J. Gary Sparks
Four Tuesdays, Jun 5 – 26
6 – 7:30 pm
$135 ($125 Jung Center Members)
6 CE Hours
NOTE: 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 Dr. Sparks and the students.

You have probably heard, or read, that Jungian psychology has its roots in The Red Book – the calligraphied and illustrated account of Jung’s visionary experiences from the beginning of the First World War and continuing for the next fifteen years. But how did this rich store of images from within form the basis of Jungian psychology and how do the images continue to speak to us today? When investigated biographically and historically, The Red Book can instill a respect for the paradox and the mystery of transformation, both personal and cultural. Join Jungian analyst J. Gary Sparks and explore the healing significance of Jung’s encounter with his depths, both for the devastation of his time and the crisis of our own.

Look Deeper: A Reading Group
Sean Fitzpatrick
Two Fridays, Jun 22 & Jul 27
12 – 1 pm
1.5 CE Hour per session ($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.

Beyond the Horoscope: A Jungian Perspective on Astrology and Archetypes with Special Emphasis on Midlife and Elderlife Initiations
Jennifer Embry and Lilly Roddy
Lecture: Friday, Jun 22
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 Jung Center Members)
1.5 CE Hours
Workshop: Saturday, Jun 23
10 am – 3 pm
$90 ($80 Jung Center Members)
4 CE Hours

What significance could the configuration of the constellations at our birth have for our lives as we age? Do they offer information beneficial to our individuation process? 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 meaningfully 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, Neptune, and Jupiter as symbols of these deeper dynamics. We will also explore the archetypal motifs associated with these planets and how they might reflect our psychological development and challenges. On Saturday, we will look at midlife and elderlife from a Jungian perspective and examine these four planetary cycles in our individual birth charts, making note of Pluto’s impact in our later years. A week prior to the workshop, please send the date, time and location of your birth to, so that she can print your birth chart.

The American Muse: Five Modern Poets
James Hollis
Four Tuesdays, Jul 10 – 31
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$135 ($125 members)
6 CE Hours
NOTE: James Hollis will teach this class live from Washington D.C. This class will only be available for viewing at The Jung Center. The technology will allow for discussion between Dr. Hollis and the students.

Read and discuss the work of five American poets: Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Maxine Kumin, and Stephen Dunn. What, if anything, marks them as American? How do these representative poems illumine what courses beneath the surface of our lives, and our culture?

Consciousness and the Body
John Price
Four Wednesdays, Jul 18 – Aug 8
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$135 ($125 Jung Center Members)
6 CE Hours

When someone tells you, “I knew that!” to where do they point? To their head, right? What messages do we miss when we ignore the wisdom of everything below the neck? As walking mysteries, we not only have the capacity to logic, think and reason; we also experience imaginations, feelings, and intuitions. These irrational experiences usually do not originate in our heads: they are heart-break, or a gut feeling, or rattled nerves. Join John Price and explore the realm of “bodywork,” a catch-all term for the many, varied systems of thought that different cultures and therapeutic practices have developed to increase awareness of the mysterious realm that has been with us all along.

An Introduction to Jung’s Theory of Complexes
Anna Guerra
Thursday, Jul 26
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours

What is a complex? We’ve all heard of the Oedipus complex, the inferiority complex, and the mother complex, but what do these ideas really mean? Jung placed great importance on the notion of the complex, which he referred to as “the architect of dreams” and “the via regia” (royal road) to the unconscious. We will explore this basic and important concept through lecture, discussion, film, and through an intuitive appeal to our everyday understanding and experience.

Exploring Our Inner Landscape Through Music and Sound
Joel Kroeker
Member-Only Appreciation Lecture: Friday, Jul 27
7 – 8:30 pm
1.5 CE Hours
Workshop (Members and Non-Members Welcome): Saturday, Jul 28
10 am – 4 pm
$100 ($90 members)
4.5 CE Hours

Jung once said that “music should be an essential part of every analysis.” What is it about music that makes it so vital to the search for meaning in our lives? How can music help us make sense of our human experience – our experiences of grief, loss, anxiety, transition, pain, and the depressions that meet us day-by-day?

Join Jungian analyst and music therapist Joel Kroeker for a members-only lecture and discover the connections between sound and psyche through an exploration of Jung’s own experiences with music, and a survey of the many cultural and scientific practices that have utilized sound to relate us to our depths.  In Saturday’s workshop (which is open to members and non-members alike), we will explore these topics in more detail, and engage in experiences that demonstrate the therapeutic and archetypal power of music.

Film and Psychoanalysis
Anne Strain on The Handmaid’s Tale
Rodney Waters on The Village
Margaret Jordan on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Diana Heritage on The Shape of Water
Four Thursdays, Aug 2 – 23
7 – 9 pm

Four Thursdays in August, Join The Jung Center and the Houston Psychoanalytic Society for the return of our ever-popular film series!  Screenings are followed by a discussion led by a local mental health specialist, and are accompanied by popcorn and lemonade.  See you there!

Psychological and Spiritual Inflation
José Leal
Saturday, Aug 11
1 – 4 pm
$65 ($55 members)
3 CE Hours

Who doesn’t want to live an enchanted life? Where religion might have provided a foundation for meaning and purpose in the past, we increasingly tend to look to a spirituality that is informed by psychotherapy and distinct from religion to orient us. But looking to spirituality for meaning and purpose comes with risks — which many myths and folktales warn us about. These stories suggest that the answer lies in embracing the necessary role of the deflating, capricious trickster. We can experience the world as re-enchanted, by connecting with elements of the unconscious that can increase purpose, vitality, and emotional vibrance. In this workshop, we will explore the shadow of spirituality, the process of psychic inflation, and ways to find the sacred in everyday life using myth, fairytales, lecture, and personal active imagination exercises.

Boundaries of the Imagination III: Shadows and Light
Various Instructors
Friday to Sunday, Aug 17 – 19
Various Times
$260 ($235 members)
11.5 CE Hours

August, the brightest, hottest month of the year, is the perfect time to encounter the cool darkness of the shadows. Jung adopted shadow to refer to the unknown parts of our souls, those that we deem the most shameful and uncomfortable. We hide these aspects of ourselves in the deepest corners of our psyche; however, it is in these dark, forgotten places that we often find the most valuable parts within us.

In this third installment of our annual summer conference, “Boundaries of the Imagination,” we will use lecture, small- and large-group work, and personal creative activities to bring light to what we usually avoid and overlook – individually, in relationships, and within the community.

Look for a full conference brochure in the coming weeks, and register early — seating is limited.