Events

The following are the speaking events and readings by Polly. If you are interested in booking Polly for an event, click here.

April 22, 2017

Dialogue Therapy for Couples

Annual Education Conference of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work
New York, NY

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May 3, 2017

Vermont Humanities Council

7:00 p.m.
Rutland Free Library
Rutland, VT

What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life

How do we develop mindfulness and a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life.

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About the Vermont Humanities Council

Polly Young-Eisendrath at the VT Humanities CouncilA statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1974, the Vermont Humanities Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

Vermont Humanities Council LogoA state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, VHC believes that engagement with the world of ideas, in interaction with others, contributes uniquely to richer lives, stronger communities, a more humane society, and a better world.

The Vermont Humanities Council has developed a broad range of programs that serve Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds. Each year VHC sponsors more than 1,200 programs. They occur in more than 160 Vermont towns, including communities in every county.

Programs include book discussions, speaker events, conferences, a statewide one-book community reading program, and a grants program that supports humanities projects of other nonprofit organizations.

These programs and events strengthen Vermont’s communities not only by their character and design, but also by happening in the facilities of key town organizations such as libraries, museums, community centers, and schools. And humanities-based literacy programs reach childcare providers, middle school students, teen and underserved parents, incarcerated adults, and adult basic education students.

The humanities are those subjects that help us understand the human experience. They are the tools of self-reflection. The humanities include history, literature, ethics, philosophy, archaeology, linguistics, comparative religion, jurisprudence, and the history, criticism and theory of the arts.


Previous Events


Dec. 9-12, 2016

The Community Training Weekend for the Analyst Training Program

C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts
Chicago, IL

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Nov. 11-12, 2016

Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida

Lecture & Workshop

Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida
Duncan Conference Center
15820 Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL

Lecture: Gather up your Brokenness: Love, Imperfection and Human Ideals

Friday, November 11
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Registration, Reception, & Book Signing: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Friday Night Lecture only $50
2 CEUs $6 ($3 each)
Lecture + 2 CEUs $56

Most of us fear and hide our failures, difficulties, and limitations, but they may be at the heart of what makes us human and compassionate. In this presentation, I draw on my profession of Jungian psychoanalysis and my spiritual practice of Buddhism to celebrate — not grieve — human frailty. Broadly speaking, Buddhism asks us to find equanimity within adversity and change, and Carl Jung invites us to think about our neurosis as the opening into individuation, our ability to become insightful and complex. As we come to understand and embrace our limitations in the light of what life demands of us, we have the possibility of developing self-compassion, love, and wisdom, but if we refuse to pay attention to the profound imperfection of life itself, then, we may become captured by endless envy and competition. (2 CEUs)

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Workshop: The Present Heart: Love, Loss and Discovery
Saturday, November 12
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Workshop (Lunch Included): 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday Workshop only $150
6 CEUs $30 ($5 each)
Workshop + 6 CEUs $180

Love always guarantees a broken heart. No matter how else it functions in our lives, love will include loss, separation or betrayal. From my personal tragedy of my husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s – and his death after a decade of reversal of his emotional and cognitive maturity – I have closely examined both Western psychological and Buddhist approaches to love and loss

In this workshop, I will answer the question, “What is love, anyway?” In the process, I will talk about desire, romance, harmful idealizations and enmeshments with our partners, children, parents and friends. We will talk about loss in the context of the Buddha’s teachings about reality. This workshop presents a new context for personal love as a spiritual practice of deep acceptance of the human condition.

  • What do you think “true love” is?
  • Why is it so hard for us to practice true love with those who are closest to us?
  • What has happened in your own life in regard to love – of your parents, your children, your partner(s), your friends?
  • What about “therapeutic love”? How is it different from, and the same as, “transference love” and “true love”? (6 CEUs)

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July 18, 2016

“The Present Heart”

Love, Loss and Discovery

C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology | New York, NY
Monday, July 18, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

The Present Heart by Polly Young-EisendrathJoin Polly at the Jung Foundation’s Summer Study Intensive Programs at the Jung Center in New York.  The theme of the week is “Suffering and Redemption”. Polly will be talking about “The Present Heart: Love, Loss and Discovery”.

Love always guarantees a broken heart. No matter how else it functions in our lives, love will include loss, separation or betrayal. From my personal tragedy of my husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s – and his death after a decade of reversal of his emotional and cognitive maturity – I have closely examined both Western psychological and Buddhist approaches to love and loss.

In this program, I will answer the question, “What is love, anyway?” In the process, I will talk about desire, romance, harmful idealizations and enmeshments with our partners, children, parents and friends. We will talk about loss in the context of the Buddha’s teachings about reality, presenting a new context for personal love as a spiritual practice of deep acceptance of the human condition.

 

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June 12-17, 2016

Omega Institute

Love is a Spiritual Path: Baring & Breaking Your Heart

Omega Institute | Rhinebeck, NY

Polly Young-Eisendrath at the Omega InstituteTrue love – whether for a partner, child, parent, or friend–is not principally rooted in a secure attachment bond or anything biological. Instead, it is a spiritual path that requires mindfulness, insight, equanimity, emotional maturity, open communication, and honesty.

True love goes beyond cherishing another person. It requires baring your heart, your needs, and your vulnerability. Adult partners and friends, and grown children and their parents, have the opportunity to create a relationship that is at once familiar and mysterious. Sustaining true love then becomes a path to spiritual awakening.

Drawing on Jungian and psychoanalytic psychology, poetry, Buddhism, mindfulness, and personal experience, we refine our ability to love and clarify how personal love can become a transpersonal path to the divine source. Through lectures, mindfulness exercises, writing, and dyadic work, we learn to work spiritually with a heart broken by loss and nourished by love. We take home new relational skills, personal insights, and communication skills as we continue to explore love as a spiritual practice.

Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:

The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery by Polly Young-Eisendrath
The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance by Polly Young-Eisendrath
You’re Not What I Expected: Learning to Love the Opposite Sex by Polly Young-Eisendrath

Things to Bring: Bring a journal.

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May 4, 2016

Vermont Humanities Council

7:00 p.m.
Brooks Memorial Library
Brattleboro, VT

What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life

How do we develop mindfulness and a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life.

LEARN MORE

April 15, 2016

The Jung Club

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Academy House
1420 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA
4 CEs available

Seminar: Transformation through Love and Loss

Transformation through loss is a necessary and frightening part of human life. Love always brings loss into our lives because it guarantees a broken heart. No matter how love develops, it eventually includes loss through separation, death, or betrayal. The presentation will closely examine both Buddhist and Western psychological approaches to love and loss. We will draw on personal experiences and some of the presenter’s favorite poetry to respond to the question: What is love, anyway? Differentiating love from desire, romance, attachment bonds, and idealization, we develop a clearer sense of whether we are truly loving our partners, children, parents and friends — or whether we are in an unconscious identifications or enmeshment that results in feeling used, cheated or erased. We will acknowledge that love is blessed by loss – and that true love demands that we engage vitally with our beloved through being and becoming a whole self, accepting our beloved as another whole self. We will talk about loss and love in the context of the Buddha’s teachings about the nature of our existence: Off-centeredness (Dukkha), Impermanence (Anicca), and Interdependence (Anatta). We will begin to shift professional and personal perspectives on the deep context of love and loss.

Advanced Seminars in Depth Psychology – Noted Presenters – Small Group Setting. These activities are being co-sponsored by HealthForumOnline and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club and are associated with four (4) hours of CE credits each. HealthForumOnline is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. HFO maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors allows APA-approved programs to be used as CE credits for these professionals.

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February 19/20, 2016

Friday Lecture and Saturday Workshop

5 CECs available

C.G. Jung Society
Montreal QC

Friday Lecture: Gather Up Your Brokenness:
Love, Imperfection and Human Ideals

Polly Young-Eisendrath at C.G. Jung Montreal

In the poetic tradition of Zen monk and bard, Leonard Cohen, this presentation celebrates our brokenness. Often, we hear about grieving our mistakes, failures, losses and imperfections, but rarely do we learn how to mine them for their richness. Because human beings are naturally broken—with personalities that are largely unconscious, reactive and hard to manage—we have countless opportunities in our relationships and work to see our selves in the cracks of the mirror.

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Friday, Feb. 19 • 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m
The John Molson School of Business
Room MB 3.210
1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)
Members $12
Non-Members $15
Students/Senior Members $8

Saturday Workshop: “The Present Heart”: Love, Loss and Discovery

Love always guarantees a broken heart. No matter how else it functions in our lives, love will include loss, separation or betrayal. From my personal tragedy of my husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s—and his death after a decade of reversal of his emotional and cognitive maturity—I have closely examined both Western psychological and Buddhist approaches to love and loss.  In this workshop, I will answer the question, “What is love, anyway?” In the process, I will talk about desire, romance, harmful idealizations and enmeshments with our partners, children, parents and friends. We will talk about loss in the context of the Buddha’s teachings about reality. This workshop presents a new context for personal love as a spiritual practice of deep acceptance of the human condition.

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Saturday, Feb. 20 • 10:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
The John Molson School of Business
Room MB 3.435
1450 rue Guy (Metro Guy/Concordia)
Members $70
Non-Members $90
Students/Senior Members $50
($50 for OPQ Credits)
OPQ # RA01451-15

November 13/14, 2015

Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies Presents Enlightening Conversations: Enlightenment: Idealized or Real?

The Second Program in a Series in Which Psychoanalysts and Buddhist Teachers Speak Opening and Honestly About the Nitty-Gritty of Human Liberation. Through panels and small group conversations, these conferences engage all participants — speakers and audience — in reflective conversations about our discoveries from deep investigations of the mind. Idealization, with its tendencies to split our experiences into expansive and contractive or pure and impure, is required to enter into psychoanalytic and Buddhist practices. When idealization is not humanized, however, it leads to destructive projections, self-attacks, lying and ethical violations. This conference will focus precisely on what it means to be enlightened and how it is a human activity with human failures.

Read More and Register at www.EnlighteningConversations.org

November 13-14, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Registration 8:30 – 9:00 am)
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA