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The Snow Queen: The Many Encounters with the Unconscious (Hybrid)

José Luis Leal

Event details

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” is a fairy tale saga that encompasses the many psychological processes involved in encountering our unconscious, and in dealing with the destructive consequences of being possessed by a complex. Throughout the seven stories, there is an abundance of symbols and symbolic actions that illuminate the many points of entry to the unconscious, and the processes of transformation that occur when we encounter unconsciousness. Join José Leal for a whirlwind unpacking of this saga, and what it has to teach us about our own unsconsiousness: the repressed and unknown elements in it; its many dangers, and its paradoxically limitless healing potential; sources of wisdom and intuition; and its creative ability to reorganize every aspect of our lives. This seminar will end with an active imagination exercise, to digest the symbolism and interpretation, and to ground the experience in our personal lives.
This program will be offered both in-person and via livestreaming. Please use the registration form to select which way you plan to participate. If you register to attend online, you will be emailed viewing instructions either the evening before or the morning of the event. Please be sure to check “spam” and “junk” folders!

This class will be recorded. Recordings will be distributed to registered participants ONLY, after each class session. Recordings will not be available for purchase after the program ends.

All times are CDT. Please contact with any questions.

Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

About the instructor

José Luis Leal

José has an M.A in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies from the University of Essex, where Andrew Samuels was his academic supervisor, and an MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy from the Milton Erikson Institute from Monterrey. Since 2013, he has trained with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. He works as a psychotherapist in private practice and writes the column ‘The Spiritually Ambivalent Therapist’ for Thresholds, a Journal of Psychotherapy and Spirituality, from the British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy.

General details

Date & time


Saturday, Nov 5
12 - 3pm CT

3 h

Number of sessions

Continuing Education Units





$55.00 USD


$65.00 USD

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