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

Previous Events

East Meets West in Psychotherapy: Freud, Jung and Buddha

Friday, October 18th,  2013
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tickets for the single day (Polly is only speaking on Friday October 18): $175
Whole 3-day conference: $499

Polly will be speaking about the following topics:

True Love Ways: How couples need to mind the gap between them
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Mindfulness allows us to provide a more spacious approach to a partner in the midst of difficult emotions and impulses. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to mindfulness, the Jungian idea of psychological complexes, and the concept of “projective identification” —  emotional entanglement that creates obstacles in long-term couple relationship. Exercises and didactics will be applied to personal relationships and clinical work with couples.

KEYNOTE: Unwelcome Change: Embracing the Lessons of Loss
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

When change is shocking and unwelcome in our lives, we have to change ourselves – our own identities – in order to return to our lives with a renewed sense of wonder and vitality. Transforming divorce, the death of a loved one, financial crisis, threatening illness, and similar deep uprooting changes in our life context requires something more or different than is offered by most contemporary psychological grief models. This workshop will introduce methods from mindfulness, personal narrative, poetry, and journaling to allow us to make the shift from feeling resentful and alienated to restoring our joy and fascination with life’s engagements.

The Gifts of Suffering: Finding Insight, Compassion and Renewal
3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

When we have lived through a transformative experience of deep suffering in our lives – loss, upheaval, failure – what are the earmarks for valid psychological development as result of our change? This workshop will look at the topic of “resilience” from the perspective of increased optimism and compassion as a result of transforming hardship. The presenter – a psychologist, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher — published a book called “The Gifts of Suffering” in 1998 and has worked with both military and therapeutic populations in the last fifteen years to apply and expand the insights the book uncovered. Her main interest has been in resilience as the capacity to thrive after adversity. This workshop will introduce some basic frameworks for understanding and teaching resilience.


Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster: What the Buddhists Teach

Friday – Sunday, July 19th – 21st, 2013
Omega Institute
Rhinebeck, NY

With Anyen Rinpoche and John Tarrant


Manners and Respect: Close Encounters of an Unsatisfactory Kind

Monday, April 1st,  2013
South Burlington School District’s ‘Wellness and Resilience Program.’
South Burlington, Vermont


East Meets West in Psychotherapy: Freud, Jung and Buddha (Info & Registration)

Friday, March 15th,  2013
Chicago, Illinois

“Unwelcome Change: Embracing the Lessons of Loss”
“Integrity, Wisdom, Transcendence: Psychology of Mature Spirituality”
“The Gifts of Suffering: Finding Insight, Compassion and Renewal”

Join Polly along with:

John Briere, PHD
Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT
Dennis Ortman, PHD
Victoria Abel, MA, MNT
Clifton Mitchell, PHD
Shauna Shapiro, PHD
Lynn Grodzki, LCSW-C, MCC
Kim Dennis, MD
Reid Wilson, PHD


Freedom from Self-Importance is the Key to Happiness

March 9th, 2013
TEDX Middlebury
Middlebury, Vermont

TEDX Middlebury independently organized TED event

Join Polly along with:

Ai-jen Poo
Dean Karlan
Kate Clopeck
Andy Nagy-Benson
Victoria Sweet
Tony Wagner
Ryan Kim
Natalie Randolph
Derek Amato
Big Poppa E
Jamie Laidlaw